‘The Voice’ Contestant Anthony Riley Found Dead at 28
He was 28.
Close family friend Tootsie Iovine told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Riley was found in the basement of the downtown Philadelphia apartment where he was staying.
Riley, a street performer in Philadelphia for 7 years before appearing on The Voice, appeared on the most recent season of NBC’s hit singing competition show and chose Pharrell Williams to be his coach after he, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera and Adam Levine all turned their chairs.
Because they all turned within seconds of his first belt of James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)”, he has the fastest four-chair turnaround in the history of the show, and immediately was a fan favorite.
However, Riley chose to leave the show after winning the first battle round due to struggles with substance abuse, and entered a rehab facility in Philadelphia.
In March, he told the Inquirer, “It’s tough, because everyone’s just finding out and I’ve been moving forward.”
The Inquirer further reports that according to friends and family, Riley had been working on an album but continued to struggle with substance abuse since leaving a treatment center.
RIP Anthony Riley.