Haley Smith, a singer who once appeared on the singing contest, American Idol in 2012 has died in a motorcycle accident. Smith died at the age of 26. Reports state that the singer was involved in a single-vehicle accident in Maine. The crash happened at 2am local time on Saturday, after which she was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to Smith’s father, the aspiring singer was an experienced motorcyclist and the accident could have been caused by a deer. “It would appear initially that she failed to negotiate a sharp turn and crashed” said Millinocket Police Department. A full investigation into the cause of the accident is pending. Variety reports.
In 2012, when Smith was aged 18, she appeared on the US talent contest, American Idol passing the first round of auditions. She impressively sang “Tell Me Something Good” by Rufus and Chaka Khan. She received good feedback from the judges including Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler (Aerosmith front man). Steven Tyler had reportedly said to Smith “I love your voice so much. You’re right out of my era and I’m honored to be here listening to your voice.”
Despite passing through the first round, Smith didn’t make it through to the live shows as she was sent home after the second round of auditions.
Smith reportedly auditioned in Colorado and earned a ticket to Hollywood. From her interview, she was a lover of nature who worked a series of odd jobs when she auditioned.