American Idol finalist Michael Johns’ death in August wasn’t caused by a blood clot but was a result of his abuse of alcohol, according to his best friend, who claims Michael Johns’ wife covered up the real reason. However, she says he’s been harassing her.
The two engaged in a legal dispute in which Torrey Gambill quotes texts allegedly from Michael’s widow, Stacey Vuduris, including this (errors original):
“I rather that then ‘alcoholic” stuff’.. his good friends would never say anything.. so I don’t think that will come out. At least blood clot sounds suddent etc. So I’m not denying it.”
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Rodney Ho translates TMZ’s reporting and summarizes the legal dispute: Stacey “filed papers in Orange County accusing him of sending her abusive texts blaming her indirectly for Johns’ death. Gambill then filed papers of his own accusing Johns’ wife of creating a ‘cover story’ about a blood clot in his ankle that ultimately killed him.” TMZ reported that “Stacey and Torrey settled their beef without a judge’s order.”