by Samantha Denäe
During the eighth season on The Voice, audiences and judges fell in love with Riley’s voice as he was chosen by all four judges during his audition when he sang James Brown’s “I Got You (I Feel Good)”, but left the show after the first battle round in January to receive assistance with substance-abuse issues.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Riley’s body was found in the basement of his apartment building in Philadelphia.
In a statement released by NBC Network [via PEOPLE]:
“We are sad over the passing of Anthony Riley. We offer our deepest condolences to his friends and family during this very difficult time.”
Although struggling with his addiction, friends and family reportedly informed The Philadelphia Inquirer that Riley had been continuously working on an album since his departure from The Voice.
“He’d had his problems recently. But at the heart of all that was a very kind, gentle person,” Robby Parsons, a fellow musician, told the Inquirer.
Riley was named Philadelphia’s Best Street Performer last year by Philadelphia Magazine.
Our condolences go out to the Riley family. May he rest well.
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