Update After Sad Passing of Mandisa

Hello everyone, today, we have a heartbreaking story to share about the untimely passing of a beloved singer and former American Idol contestant, Mandisa Hundley.

Known simply as Mandisa, she left an indelible mark on the world with her powerful voice and inspirational music. Unfortunately, Mandisa passed away due to complications from class III obesity, as confirmed by an autopsy report obtained by People.

On April 18, Mandisa was found in her home by friends, and it was noted in the report that she had last been seen alive approximately three weeks prior.

The autopsy listed her manner of death as natural. Class III obesity, also known as morbid obesity, is a chronic condition characterized by a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher or a BMI of 35 or higher with obesity-related health conditions, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Mandisa’s death was officially announced on her Instagram account by her representative on April 19. The post read, “We can confirm that yesterday Mandisa was found in her home deceased. At this time, we do not know the cause of death or any further details.” The announcement requested prayers for her family and close friends during this incredibly difficult time, highlighting how Mandisa was a beacon of encouragement and truth to many facing life’s challenges.

Mandisa first gained national attention as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol. Hailing from Citrus Heights, California, she captivated audiences with her voice and finished in the top 9 alongside other notable contestants like Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, and eventual winner Taylor Hicks. Following her stint on Idol, Mandisa released her debut album, “True Beauty,” in 2007, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Christian Albums chart, marking a significant milestone in her career.

Throughout her career, Mandisa released six albums, with her 2013 album “Overcomer” earning her a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. Her music often resonated deeply with fans, particularly during challenging times. In 2014, she faced a personal tragedy when her best friend and backup singer, Kisha Mitchell, passed away from breast cancer. This event led Mandisa into a period of deep depression, during which she struggled with her mental health and weight gain.

Mandisa openly shared her struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts, especially following her friend’s death. She revealed that during her darkest times, she became a recluse and turned to food for comfort, gaining a significant amount of weight.

However, through the intervention of friends and professional counseling, she began to work on her mental and physical health, eventually channeling her pain into her music. Her 2017 album, “Out of the Dark,” and her memoir, “Out of the Dark: My Journey Through the Shadows to Find God’s Joy,” documented her journey through grief and recovery.

Mandisa’s story is a powerful reminder of the importance of mental health and the impact of personal connections. Her music and legacy will continue to inspire and comfort many. As we remember Mandisa, let us also extend our thoughts and prayers to her family and friends during this time of loss.

BreitBart and People