Mandisa’s Autopsy Completed as Police Investigate Her Death

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Police in Franklin, Tennessee are continuing their investigation into the death of former American Idol contestant Mandisa Hundley.

The gospel singer died Thursday, April 18, at her home in Franklin, outside of Nashville. She was 47.

On Monday, April 22, the Franklin Police Department released a statement on social media, saying the case remains under investigation, but “there is no indication the death was the result of suspicious or criminal activity.”

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An autopsy has now been completed on the singer’s remains, the Davidson County Medical Examiner’s Office told RadarOnline Monday.

An official cause of death is pending as the police investigation moves forward, and the coroner’s report won’t be released for eight to 12 weeks, authorities said.

The coroner’s office was initially unable to determine the identity of the remains and forensic tests were conducted to confirm if it was Hundley. Police said the medical examiner’s office positively identified the body over the weekend.

The Grammy Award-winning 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.

Mandisa auditioned for season 5 of American Idol in 2005, and finished in the final 9.

After leaving Idol, she released her first full-length album titled True Beauty in 2007. The LP 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.

On the Sunday, April 21 episode of American Idol, host Ryan Seacrest paid tribute to the late singer.

“Before we take a break I wanted to take a moment to honor a dear member of the Idol family who we sadly lost this week, Mandisa,” Seacrest told the audience. “She was an inspiration during her time on this show and beyond.”

“We are going to celebrate her next week with a special musical tribute,” he added.