American Idol’ Willie Spence dies at age 23

‘American Idol’ Runner-Up Willie Spence Dies in Car Crash at Age 23 "

Willie Spence's 'American Idol' Family Pays Tribute After His Death: 'If You Met Him, You Loved Him

Hometown Hero Willie Spence Returns to Georgia Ahead of 'American Idol' Finale "

Local news agency Douglas Now also made a tribute post on Facebook.

A display on the lawn outside the Coffee County Courthouse  shows residents' support for "American Idol" finalist and hometown hero Willie Spence "

He was an extraordinary talent and a ray of light to millions across the world,”  The publication wrote.  “He will be missed.”

The singing competition show has described Spence as  "a true talent who lit up every room he entered".

Spence's journey on the show began with an audition performance of Diamonds by Rihanna.

During his audition in front of judges Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan.