Outspoken Christian Celeb Dies Suddenly Under Mysterious Circumstances

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Mandisa, a Christian rock singer, has away at the age of 47. Her incredible performance on “American Idol” began her Grammy-winning career.

According to the New York Post, Christian radio station K-LOVE revealed the artist’s demise, informing listeners that the California native had gone suddenly on Thursday at her Nashville, Tennessee, home.

“Even more than her music, the Platinum-selling singer will forever be known for her huge heart and sincerity,” K-LOVE said in a statement to the Daily Mail.

“Mandisa loved Jesus, and she used her unusually extensive platform to talk about Him at every turn. Her kindness was epic, her smile electric, her voice massive, but it was no match for the size of her heart,” David Pierce, station manager, added as well.

“Mandisa struggled, and she was vulnerable enough to share that with us, which helped us talk about our own struggles.”

Mandisa Hundley, the performer’s full name, rose to fame in 2006 when she placed among the top 5 acts in the fifth season of “American Idol.” She gave thanks to her inspirations for being a musician, including Whitney Houston, who turned 80 this month, and Def Leppard.

During “American Idol,” she encountered challenges from both the judges and the fellow contestants. A mainstay of the show since its beginning, Simon Cowell, made a number of remarks regarding her weight on-air that are unacceptable in the age of body positivity and the #MeToo movement.

After she auditioned, Cowell asked his fellow judges, “Do we have a bigger stage this year?”

“It was my worst fear come true,” Mandisa recalled in a later interview, “because it’s been the biggest struggle of my life and because it’s something I feel so vulnerable about. For him to have said that and for it to air on national television — I was devastated. After the show was over, just a bunch of my friends gathered around me and they began to pray for me. They began to pray for Simon. They asked the Lord to have mercy on him, and they began to ask the Lord to help me to forgive Simon. I realized in that moment that this was about so much more than me and my hurt feelings.”

The show’s producers had planned for Mandisa to reprimand Cowell for his comments, but they were taken aback by what she did next.

“I just thought, ‘Oh, trust me. I’ve got some words for him.’ It’s not what they expected, but I did it because it was what the Lord wanted me to do.”

“You hurt me,” she said to Cowell on that show. “It was painful. It really was. But I want you to know that I have forgiven you. You don’t need someone to apologize in order to forgive somebody. I figured that if Jesus could die so that all of my sins could be forgiven, I could certainly extend that same grace to you.”

Cowell hugged her and apologized as the argument came to a conclusion.

The 47-year-old attended Fisk University in Tennessee for music studies and American River College in Sacramento for vocal jazz. When her debut album, “True Beauty,” was published in 2007, it broke records for the first-ever release of a Christian female artist and topped the Christian album rankings. It also peaked at number 43 on the Billboard Top 200. That year, “True Beauty” was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album.

“Overcomer,” her fifth studio album, was widely praised by critics when it was released in 2013 and won her the Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album.

 

 

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