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'American Idol' Finalist Rickey E. Smith Killed in Car Crash

'American Idol' Finalist Rickey E. Smith Killed in Car Crash
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Rickey E. Smith, a former “American Idol” contestant, has died. He was 36.

The singer was involved in a head-on collision on I-240 in Oklahoma at 3 a.m. Friday, reports the Associated Press.

Gerardo Cerda Jr., 27, was allegedly driving a pickup truck westbound in the eastbound lanes of I-240 when he slammed into Smith head-on.

Smith died at the scene, while Cerda was taken to the hospital and later arrested for DUI.

Smith finished eighth place on Season 2 of “American Idol.”

Fellow contestant Clay Aiken remembered Smith on Twitter, writing, "Suffice it to say my heart is truly breaking today. Heaven's choir has a new beautiful voice. I love you and will miss you, Rickey.”

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