Investigation underway after American Idol alum Mandisa found dead

A Franklin Police Department spokesperson said officers were involved in an active death investigation Friday after Christian singer and American Idol alum Mandisa was found dead in her Franklin-area home. Nashville a day early.

Mandisa, born in Citrus Heights, California as Mandisa Lynn Hundley, was 47 years old.

A representative for the singer, The Media Collective, released a statement confirming her death Friday morning.

“At this time we do not know the cause of death or any other details,” the statement said. “We ask for your prayers for his family and close-knit circle of friends during this incredibly difficult time.”

Franklin police declined to confirm that Hundley had died in connection with the death investigation, but the home address where the investigation is taking place was linked to the singer through a records search.

“What I can confirm is that our officers attended a residence for a death investigation Thursday evening, and the investigation is currently under active investigation,” the spokesperson wrote of Franklin Police Department Max Winitz in an email to The Tennessean Friday.

No further details were immediately released.

After growing up in California, Hundley attended Fisk University in Nashville and was a member of the famous Fisk University Jubilee Singers. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Fisk in 2000, according to the university.

In 2005, Hundley auditioned for “American Idol” in Chicago, where she finished in the final nine.

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