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'American Idol' Contestant Haley Smith's Death Is Beyond Tragic


Back in 2012, American Idol contestant Haley Smith captured the hearts of countless viewers with her audition. Although Haley didn't last long on American Idol Season 11, she certainly left a mark with her folk cover of Chaka Khan's "Tell Me Something Good." American Idol judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler were really impressed with the then-18-year-old's talent. "You're going to Hollywood, girl," Steven told her in the audition. It's been confirmed that the Utah native died Saturday, due to a motorcycle crash, in Millinocket, Maine. According to a statement to Deadline, the Millinocket police say that Haley missed a sharp turn and crashed.  She was only 26 years old. 

What happened to make Haley Smith crash her motorcycle?

There's a pending investigation, but Haley's father, Mike Smith, claims his daughter was a good rider. Haley's family tells TMZ that they think a deer may have stepped into the road, which could have caused Haley to lose focus. They "doubt she simply lost control of her bike." According to TMZ, the family was prepping to celebrate her 27th birthday, which is in November.