Former American Idol Finalist Charged with Felony DUI Following Fatal Crash

After reaching American Idol's top five last year, Caleb Kennedy withdrew from the competition after an old social media post resurfaced

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17-year-old Caleb Kennedy, who reached the top five of American Idol last year before withdrawing under a cloud of controversy, has been charged with a felony DUI resulting in death after his vehicle allegedly struck a building and killed a man inside.

WYFF reports that Kennedy was driving a 2011 Ford pick-up truck around 12:40 in the afternoon in Spartanburg, South Carolina when he veered off the road and into a building. The 54-year-old victim, Larry Duane Parris, was pronounced dead at a local hospital three hours later. Kennedy was expected to appear in court for a hearing Wednesday morning.

Last year, a then-16-year-old Kennedy made a deep run on American Idol Season 19. But after reaching the final five he abruptly left the competition after one of his old social media posts gained national attention. In a video made when he was 12, Kennedy appeared next to a person wearing a white hood, which many people believed was in the style of the Ku Klux Klan.

In response, Kennedy released a statement that read, “There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way. I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse. I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down.”


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