Leah LaBelle died in an automobile accident early Wednesday morning in Los Angeles.
And though she appeared on American Idol 15 years ago, her Idol family made it clear she was never forgotten.
Social media tributes to the 31-year-old also included Twitter statements from Paula Abdul, the judge who made sure Leah made it to the Season 3 finals, and Pharrell Williams, the man who produced her 2013 singles “Sexify” and “Lolita.”
Paul Abdul: @leahlabelle was beautiful & had the voice of an ANGEL. She was my wild card pick on @AmericanIdol. I’m heartbroken to know that she & her husband @RasualButler45 have passed away. What a horrible tragedy. I send my love and deepest condolences to her family and friends.
Pharrell Williams: “@leahlabelle , your spirit was just as your voice; beautiful. Moments like these leave us with so many questions. What I don’t question is how much you loved God, how much you love your life partner and where you guys are now. Sing Sis, sing.”
Here are the tributes to Leah from her Season 3 colleagues on American Idol.
— Fantasia (@TasiasWord) January 31, 2018
Oh sweet, sweet, Leah. I cannot believe you are gone.
My second friend in two days.
Heaven must be a musical paradise.
— Diana DeGarmo Young (@DianaDeGarmo) January 31, 2018
So sad to hear the devastating news. Remembering happy times w/ my friend @leahlabelle & my @AmericanIdol family. We love you, Leah! Your light shines on in the memories of all those you touched. Love & aloha to Leah’s family. ?❤️? #leahlabelle #americanidol #gonetoosoon #rip pic.twitter.com/TrYKUBj4Yy
— Jasmine Trias (@JasmineTrias) February 1, 2018