Haley Smith, 26, originally from Utah, who made it to the Hollywood round of “American Idol,” died Saturday after a motorcycle crash.
TMZ writes that the accident happened on a road in Millinocket, Maine. The site adds that Smith failed to make a sharp turn on a road.
Smith’s family has said that it’s possible a deer caused the accident.
TMZ said she was pronounced dead at the scene.
Smith appeared on the 11th season of “American Idol” in 2012, auditioning in Colorado when she was 18.
She sang Rufus’ “Tell Me Something Good” as judges Steven Tyler, Randy Jackson and Jennifer Lopez watched.
“I love nature. I definitely love being outdoors. It’s where I feel most at peace,” she says in her audition video.
The video also includes some reflections that are eerie given the recent tragic news.
“The landscape is to die for, if you were to die for anything. It’s beautiful,” she says of the western land.
She definitely seemed to impress the judges with her rendition of “Tell Me Something Good.”
“I love your voice so much. You’re right out of my era,” Steven Tyler told her after she finished her audition.
The judges called her a “flower child” for the way she interpreted the Chaka Khan hit.
Smith didn’t make it too far in the competition, but did get to participate in the Hollywood round.
Watch her audition video.