Freddie Combs dead: Former X Factor contestant dies aged 49 from kidney failure

Freddie Combs performs on the US X Factor in 2012

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Freddie Combs, who was a contestant on the US version of The X Factor, has died at the age of 49. The news was confirmed by his wife Kay earlier today.

She shared that her husband had died last Friday, September 10 in a Florida hospital.

The singer had died from kidney failure, she confirmed to TMZ in the US.

Kay said: “I have so much gratitude to be his wife for 25 years and to be his best friend.” 

Freddie appeared on the second season of The X Factor in the US back in 2012.

He performed an emotional version of Bette Midler’s Wind Beneath My Wings in his first audition.

Dedicating it to his wife, he left judges Simon Cowell, LA Reid, Demi Lovato and Britney Spears moved.

All four voted for him to go through to the next round after his performance.

The minister didn’t win the talent show but Simon vowed to have him return if he managed to lose weight.

The singer struggled with obesity and opened up about his weight struggles when he appeared on the series.

When he first performed on the show, he weighed 540lbs (244kg).

However, he revealed he had already lost more than 400lbs (181kg) since 2009.

His wife Kay said in recent years her husband had been working hard to lose weight.

She told TMZ she was “very proud” he’d manged to get down to 385lbs (174kg).

The couple also featured in the 2010 TLC special called Heavily Ever After.

This had followed the pair as they attempted to slim down as it followed everyday struggles of overweight couples. 

Freddie was born in Jonesville, North Carolina and had been married to his wife since July 1996.

Following the news of his death, many users took to social media to pay tribute.

User Sofia Rita Belmonte wrote: “RIP X Factor singer Freddie Combs dead at 49 after suffering kidney failure.”

Freddie’s friend Barron Duffy penned: “Just got word a friend and Evangelist Bro Freddie Combs has made his transition.

“I’m covering Sis Combs in prayer during this very difficult time in her life!”

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