It was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, and now we know exactly how it happened.
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On Thursday night, Rickey Smith, a season 2 American Idol alum, tragically lost his life at 36 years old after he was involved in a car crash on a highway outside of Oklahoma City.
Apparently, Smith was driving down the I-240 when Gerardo Cedra Jr., who was driving a 2003 GMC pickup traveling the wrong way, slammed into the singer's vehicle head-on. Once police arrived, they pronounced Rickey dead on the scene and TMZ reports that police booked Cedra for a DUI.
During his run on the singing competition show, Smith was most well-known for performing What the World Needs Now Is Love by Dionne Warwick and was compared to Brian McKnight for his vocal talent.
After learning about the news, both Studdard and Aiken took to Twitter to share:
You knew American Idol was going to go out with a bang! And it turns out, it's a gang bang!
Former contestants Jennifer Hudson, Carrie Underwood, Kellie Pickler, Ruben Studdard, Scotty McCreery, Josh Gracin, Lauren Alaina, Bucky Covington, Danny Gokey, and Clay Aiken, all took the stage to say goodbye!
Unfortunately, Kelly Clarkson couldn't be at the live event because she is about to give birth to her second child! However, she was able to do a taped segment (above) where she performed a medley of her classic hits!
Overall, the night celebrated Idol's legacy as one of the best competition shows in the history of television! It will truly be missed!
To watch ALL of the performances, ch-ch-check them out (below)
That's because in addition to the news that Kelly Clarkson, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson will be stopping by to say goodbye to iconic reality show, original co-host Brian Dunkleman and She Bangs singer William Hung will also be making farewell appearances!
We wonder if Ryan Seacrest is going to be jealous he has to share the spotlight again? LOLz!!!
Oh — and in case you still cared, the final three contestants vying for the crown are La'Porsha Renae, Dalton Rapattoni, and Trent Harmon.
Make sure to catch American Idol say goodbye to 15 seasons this Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night on FOX!
The Vote Off Song has a new voice in Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery.
As each Idol contestant says goodbye from the final 13, Scotty's rendition of Garth Brooks' Please Remember Me will try to soothe them as they leave.
The Idol winner joins
Yup, this has happened before.
Back in 2008, Ruben Studdard had a property lien filed against him after he failed to pay $200,000 in taxes.
And now the former American Idol champ and his estranged wife Zuri have found themselves in hot water again as they have had another tax lien strike against them in the amount of $180,216.73 for the year 2009.
The two filed for divorce back in November so looks like things about to get even more messier for them.
Seems like Ruben is getting to be known more for his money problems than his music. Sad.
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Nice to see Ruben bouncing back after his recent divorce.
Check out the behind-the-scenes look (above) at Ruben Studdard's upcoming music video for June 28th (I'm Single).
Keep up the good work, Ruben! We have a feeling things'll be all uphill from here for ya!
What do U think? Are U excited for new music from the American Idol season 2 winner???
We haven't talked about this guy in a while and we wish we were bringing up his name with better news, but unfortunately we're not.
Season 2 American Idol winner Ruben Studdard and his wife are divorcing.
He filed the papers in Alabama this week and cited "irreconcilable differences."
Studdard married Surata Zuri McCants in 2008, but his rep told sources that they "have gone their separate ways.”
It sounds like it was for the best and with no kids, it shouldn't be too messy of a divorce.
Sorry to hear that things didn't work out, guys! We wish them both the best of luck as they move on with their lives.