Anthony Riley made "The Voice" history earlier this year when singing "I Feel Good." All four coaches turned around for him in the fastest chair swivels yet. That episode aired in February; tragically, Anthony was found dead just a few months later, on Friday, June 5. According to Philly.com, the 28-year-old Philadelphia street performer took his own life in the basement of the apartment where he was staying.
On "The Voice," Anthony chose to be coached by Pharrell Williams, and he won his "Get Ready" Battle Round. But Anthony quit the NBC show before the Knockout Round to seek treatment for substance-abuse issues. He was reportedly working on an album before his death, but still struggling with addiction. In a statement released Sunday, NBC said, "We are sad over the passing of Anthony Riley. We offer our deepest condolences to his friends and family during this very difficult time." "The Voice" host Carson Daly reacted to the tragic news over the weekend, posting this photo and note:
It is truly heartbreaking. Relive Anthony's historic blind audition in the video below, which now has more than 4 million views:
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