Michael Johns, the Australian blue-eyed soul crooner of American Idol Season 7, has died at age 35. While the singer's family has not yet issued an official cause-of-death statement, sources have told The Hollywood Reporter it was a blood clot in his ankle. Johns is the firstIdol top 10 finalist to pass away in the show's 13-season history. "It is with a heavy heart and inconsolable sadness that we confirm the passing of our friend Michael Johns. No other details will b avail atthis time. Please respect the privacy of Mike's family and friends as we know u will. Members and admin of @mjohnsonline pass on their prayers," the administrator for Johns's website tweeted Saturday, confirming the tragic news. Johns was born in Perth, Australia, in 1978, and he moved to the States in 1997. There, he fronted the rock bands Film and the Rising, the latter of which signed to Madonna's Maverick Records in 2002. After that deal, and a second solo deal with Columbia, fell through, Johns tried out for American Idol in July 2007, when he was 28, and he made the show's top 10 the following year. From the start of his Idol run, the charismatic Johns was one of the standouts and heartthrobs of Season 7, wowing fans with his soulful covers of Fleetwood Mac, Beatles, and Dolly Parton songs and his resemblance to rock icons like Jim Morrison and Michael Hutchence. Even in a competitive season featuring the likes of David Cook, David Archuleta, Jason Castro, Brooke White, and Carly Smithson, many viewers thought Johns had a good chance to win the show.