‘American Idol’ Alum Mandisa’s Cause of Death Released by Coroner

Mandisa singing at the 2016 Winter Jam in Glendale, Arizona USA November 11,2016 (Credit: Shutterstock)

The autopsy report has been released for gospel singer Mandisa.

The American Idol alum and Grammy Award-winning singer died from “complications of class III obesity,” according to the report obtained Tuesday by TMZ. The coroner noted that Mandisa weighed 488 pounds at the time of her death.

Per the report, the singer’s friends found her decomposing body at her home in Franklin, Tennessee, on April 18. She was 47.

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The autopsy said there were no signs of trauma and the toxicology report found nothing unusual. Her manner of death was ruled as “natural.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, class III obesity is listed as having a body mass index (BMI of 40-59). The condition is “associated with substantially elevated rates of total mortality, with most of the excess deaths due to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes,” NIH says on its website.

Mandisa rose to stardom after competing on season 5 of American Idol in 2005, and finishing in the top 10.

The singer was born Mandisa Lynn Hundley in Citrus Heights, California on Oct. 2, 1976.

She studied music at Fisk University in Nashville and was a member of the school’s renowned Jubilee singers. She graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in music.

After Idol, she released her first album True Beauty in 2007. It debuted at No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums charts.

Her fourth studio album titled Overcomer was released in 2013, and earned a Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album category.

Following her death, American Idol paid tribute to Mandisa on the Monday, April 29 episode of the singing competition.

Former contestants Danny Gokey, Melinda Doolittle, and Colton Dixon — who were all friends with Mandisa — returned to perform one of her favorite songs. The trio took the stage together and belted out the Mary Mary single “Shackles (Praise You)” — which was the first song Mandisa performed on the Idol stage.

“I’ve known [Mandisa] for over 20 years,” Melinda shared after the tribute. “We started off singing background and sessions together, and then she got on Idol and I cheered for her, and I came the next season and she cheered for me. That is my girl.”

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