“American Idol” runner-up Willie Spence died Tuesday from injuries sustained in a car accident. He was 23

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A family source tells us Willie had a flat tire at some point Tuesday, but allegedly got it fixed and continued to drive back home to Atlanta from Tennessee

The talented crooner was in Tennessee at the time of the accident, local news outlet Douglas Now reported

Willie posted a video just hours before the crash ... doing what he does best -- singing his heart out

Katharine McPhee, who performed a duet with Spence during his Season 19 appearance, posted videos mourning him on her Instagram Story

Fans of the show remember Willie blowing the judges away in season 19, and making it all the way to the finale ... singing hits like "A Change is Gonna Come" and "Georgia on My Mind."

Producer Randall Emmett also left a message for Willie, writing "I was lucky to have him sing for me live at my home and other events, I will miss you my friend

A Georgia native, Spence became an Idol fan favorite throughout Season 19 with his soulful, gospel-infused performances