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Anthony Riley dead: The Voice contestant dies at 28

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Anthony Riley, a contestant on the most recent season of The Voice, was found dead Friday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He was 28.

The Philadelphia-based singer and street performer made his debut on The Voice earlier this year with a soulful cover of James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)” that had all four coaches fighting to have him on their team. He chose Pharrell as his coach and quickly became a fan favorite, but he left the show for personal reasons after only a few episodes. Riley later told the Inquirer he was struggling with substance abuse and left The Voice to enter rehab, and in the past few months, he had been working on an album.

NBC and The Voice issued a statement, saying, “We are sad over the passing of Anthony Riley. We offer our deepest condolences to his friends and family during this very difficult time.”

On Instagram, Voice host Carson Daly posted a tribute to Riley as well. “Praying for the family and friends of Anthony Riley today. It’s a heartbreaking loss. He was incredibly talented and loved to sing. God Bless him,” Daly wrote.

 

Watch Riley on The Voice below.