In a tragic and sobering turn of events, the beloved “American Idol” alum Mandisa, known for her powerful voice and infectious spirit, passed away at the age of 47 on April 18. The Grammy-winning singer’s cause of death has been revealed as complications from class III obesity, according to an autopsy report obtained by People.

Class III obesity, defined by the Cleveland Clinic as having a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, or a BMI of 35 or higher with related health conditions, can lead to severe health issues such as Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Mandisa’s passing is a poignant reminder of the serious health risks associated with obesity, a growing concern in America that requires urgent attention and action.

Mandisa first captured America’s heart when she soared into the Top 10 on Season 5 of “American Idol,” ultimately finishing in ninth place. With influences ranging from Def Leppard to Whitney Houston, she showcased a remarkable versatility and passion for music. Her debut album, “True Beauty,” released in 2007, was followed by the Grammy-winning “Overcomer” in 2013, which solidified her status as a leading figure in contemporary Christian music.

The “American Idol” family paid tribute to Mandisa in an April episode, with alums Colton Dixon, Melinda Doolittle, and Danny Gokey performing a heartfelt rendition of “Shackles (Praise You)” by Mary Mary. “Mandisa was an adored icon on ‘American Idol’ and in the music industry,” the show said in a statement. “Her passing has left everyone on the show heartbroken, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family.”

Mandisa’s father, John Hundley, expressed his sorrow to News 2, saying, “She brought such joy to our family, to our lives that we’re just going to miss her every day.” Danny Gokey, a fellow “American Idol” alum, took to Instagram to share his grief. “Devastated to hear about the sudden loss of Mandisa,” he wrote. “Her joy was infectious & I loved her heart to encourage people on & off stage!”

Gokey recounted how Mandisa was his greatest supporter when he debuted in Christian music. “It wasn’t easy coming off my first failed record deal after the show but she was the one who welcomed me first and loudest,” he shared. “Mandisa, you left too soon — our community will never be the same without you.”

Melinda Doolittle, another “Idol” alum, echoed these sentiments on Instagram. “I wish everyone had even a small dose of Mandisa in their lives. She would be the loudest cheerleader you have ever known. She would laugh the hardest at your worst joke…your presence and friendship has been a gift for over 20 years. I’m so grateful to have been loved by you in a way that makes this loss so very profound.”

Mandisa’s story is both a celebration of her incredible talent and a somber call to action about the health crisis facing many Americans today. Her legacy will live on through her music and the countless lives she touched. As we remember her remarkable achievements and the joy she brought to so many, let her passing also inspire a renewed commitment to addressing the health challenges that claim too many lives prematurely. Mandisa, you will be deeply missed, but never forgotten.