'American Idol' Alum C.J. Harris Dead at 31

American Idol alum C.J. Harris, who placed sixth on the show's 13th season in 2014, has died. He was 31. A spokesperson for the Walker County Coroner

confirms to PEOPLE that Harris died on Sunday after he was rushed to the Walker Baptist Medical Center in Jasper, Alabama. CPR efforts were unsuccessful. TMZ was first to

report the news. Jessica Meuse, who competed on season 13 of Idol alongside Harris, remembered the star in an Instagram tribute. "Your talent and smile will be

missed, and the world is definitely a darker and eerily quieter place without you in it," she wrote. "I'll miss your random phone calls asking for life advice and talking about

the music world... There are a lot of things I realize I will never understand — you leaving us so soon is one of those things." The musician first auditioned for American

Idol on a Tuscaloosa bus tour, then sang before judges Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez and Harry Connick Jr. in Salt Lake City. His take on the Allman Brothers hit

"Soulshine," which he dedicated to his father, earned him three votes for Hollywood, and he later had memorable performances of hits like "Can't You See" by The Marshall Tucker

Band and "If It Hadn't Been for Love" by The SteelDrivers. After his time on the show, Harris performed with Darius Rucker at the Grand Ole Opry, and released the single

"In Love" in 2019. He regularly shared videos of him singing and playing guitar on TikTok and Instagram, and in October, wrote on Facebook that he was working on new music in

Muscle Shoals, Alabama.