‘The Voice’ contestant Anthony Riley commits suicide, dead at 28
The Voice contestant Anthony Riley has died. He was 28.
Anthony made headlines this season when he missed the Knockout Rounds after achieving the fastest four chair turn in the show’s history.
It was later revealed that Anthony went to rehab.
No details yet on his passing, but friends on social media have confirmed the news. It was first reported today by Anthony’s best friend and collaborator Roberto Man.
Gone too soon.
Update: Anthony Riley Committed Suicide from Philly.com:
Anthony Riley, 28, a Philadelphia street performer who left NBC’s singing-competition show The Voice in January to deal with substance abuse issues, died Friday.
Over the last decade, Riley had been a fixture in Center City Philadelphia, crooning Motown and pop songs for tips on the bustling streets outside Reading Terminal, Penn’s Landing, and Independence Hall.
Since leaving the TV show, he had been working on an album but continued to struggle with addiction, his friends and family said Saturday.
Riley took his life, and was found Friday in the basement of the Center City apartment where he was staying, said Tootsie Iovine, a co-owner of the Iovine Bros. produce store in Reading Terminal who said she was like “a second mother” to Riley.