Mandisa’s Cause of Death Revealed After Grammy-Winning American Idol Alum Died at 47

The soulful vocalist finished in the top 9 on season 5 of ‘American Idol’ and later earned a Grammy in 2014 for her ‘Overcomer’ album.

The music world is mourning the loss of Mandisa, the Grammy-winning singer and beloved American Idol alum, who passed away at age 47 due to complications from class III obesity. Mandisa’s death has left a significant void in the music community and among her fans worldwide.

Cause of Death Revealed

Mandisa was found dead in her home by friends on April 18. According to an autopsy report obtained by PEOPLE, she “was last known alive approximately three weeks” earlier. Her manner of death is listed as natural, caused by complications of class III obesity. This condition is defined by the Cleveland Clinic as having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or a BMI of 35 or higher coupled with obesity-related health conditions. Mandisa died of complications from class III obesity, according to an autopsy report obtained by People on Tuesday (June 4)

A Bright Star on ‘American Idol’

Hailing from Citrus Heights, California, Mandisa’s journey to stardom began on season 5 of ‘American Idol’, where she captivated audiences with her powerful voice and charismatic presence. She finished in the top 9, competing alongside notable talents such as Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Chris Daughtry, Paris Bennett, Elliott Yamin, and the season’s winner, Taylor Hicks.

A Flourishing Career

Following her successful run on Idol, Mandisa released her debut album, ‘True Beauty,’ in 2007, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart. This achievement made her the first new female artist to reach this milestone, earning her a Grammy nomination for best pop/contemporary gospel album. Her career peaked with the release of her 2014 album, ‘Overcomer,’ which won a Grammy Award and further solidified her status as a prominent figure in Christian music.

The Impact of Her Loss

A representative for Mandisa confirmed her death to PEOPLE in a statement on April 19. They requested privacy and prayers for her family and close friends during this challenging time. “We can confirm that yesterday Mandisa was found in her home deceased,” the rep wrote. “At this time we do not know the cause of death or any further details. We ask for your prayers for her family and close-knit circle of friends during this incredibly difficult time.”

Legacy and Tributes

Mandisa’s influence extended beyond her music. She was a source of inspiration and hope for many, particularly with her openness about her struggles and triumphs. Her passing is a significant loss, but her legacy of resilience and faith lives on through her music and the lives she touched.

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