Grammy-winning Christian Singer Mandisa Found Dead at 47, Police Suspect No Foul Play


Franklin, TN – Mandisa, the beloved Grammy-winning Christian singer and former American Idol contestant, was found dead in her Franklin home on Thursday, April 18, 2024. She was 47 years old. The Franklin Police Department has stated that no foul play is suspected in her sudden death.

Born Mandisa Lynn Hundley in Citrus Heights, California, the singer rose to fame after appearing on the fifth season of American Idol in 2005, where she made it to the top nine contestants. Following her stint on the show, Mandisa launched a successful career in the Christian music industry, releasing six studio albums and earning a Grammy Award for her 2013 album “Overcomer.”

Police spokesperson Max Winitz confirmed that Hundley was identified by a medical examiner and expressed the department’s condolences to her family, friends, and fans. While the cause of death has not been disclosed, Winitz emphasized that there is no indication of suspicious or criminal activity.

Mandisa’s talent agency, The Media Collective, also confirmed her passing on Friday but did not provide any details regarding the cause of her death.

Throughout her career, Mandisa’s music served as an inspiration to many. Fellow artists and celebrities have taken to social media to express their grief and share memories of the late singer. Amy Grant, a well-known Christian artist, described Mandisa’s smile as “like turning on sunshine,” while frequent collaborator TobyMac noted her encouraging and supportive nature towards other artists.

Paula Abdul, who served as a judge during Mandisa’s American Idol season, called her a “true beacon of light” and praised her warmth, kindness, and powerhouse performances. “I’ll always remember her poise, grace and dignity — and how could anyone forget those incomparable vocals!” Abdul told People magazine.

Mandisa’s musical achievements include three No. 1 albums on the Top Christian Albums chart, two chart-topping singles on the Hot Christian Songs chart, and five Grammy nominations. She also received 15 GMA Dove Award nominations, winning one for pop/contemporary album of the year.

As the music community mourns the loss of an irreplaceable voice, fans and friends alike remember Mandisa for her uplifting spirit, undeniable talent, and the indelible mark she left on the Christian music industry. The Franklin Police Department continues to investigate her death, and further details may be released pending the outcome of their investigation.


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