Gone too soon! Grammy-winning Mandisa dies at 47

The music world is mourning the loss of Mandisa, the Grammy Award-winning singer who rose to fame as a contestant on season 5 of American Idol. Mandisa, born and raised in Citrus Heights, California, passed away on Thursday, April 18, at the age of 47. While the cause of her death remains unknown, her sudden passing has left her fans and the entertainment industry in shock.

“We can confirm that yesterday Mandisa was found in her home deceased,” a rep for the singer tells PEOPLE in a statement. “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.”


Mandisa’s journey in the spotlight began when she captivated audiences on American Idol, earning praise from judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, and Randy Jackson for her soulful performances. Despite being eliminated in the top 9, Mandisa’s talent and magnetic personality left a lasting impression on viewers.

Following her time on American Idol, Mandisa pursued a successful music career, releasing six albums that showcased her powerful vocals and heartfelt lyrics. Her debut album, True Beauty, made history by debuting at No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums charts, establishing Mandisa as a rising star in the industry.

Throughout her career, Mandisa’s music resonated with audiences worldwide, earning her multiple Grammy nominations and a win in 2014 for her hit song “Overcomer.” Collaborating with acclaimed artists such as TobyMac, Michael W. Smith, and Kirk Franklin, Mandisa’s contributions to the music industry were widely celebrated.

However, fame also brought Mandisa personal struggles, including battles with depression and anxiety. In her memoir, “Out of the Dark: My Journey Through the Shadows to Find God’s Joy,” Mandisa candidly shared her journey of overcoming these challenges and finding hope and healing.

Despite facing her darkest moments, Mandisa emerged as a beacon of resilience and strength, inspiring others with her courage and vulnerability. Through her music and her story, she touched the lives of many, leaving behind a legacy of love and perseverance.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Mandisa’s family, friends, and fans during this difficult time.