The 28-year-old busker from Philadelphia appeared on the talent show in February, becoming the fastest ever contestant to be chosen by all four judges – Pharrell Williams, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and country singer Blake Shelton. He selected Williams to be his “coach” for the remainder of the competition, but dropped out after winning his first “battle round” to seek treatment for substance abuse problems.

Close friends told the Philadelphia Inquirer that Riley was found dead at his apartment in the city centre on Friday (June 5) having taken his own life. In March, Riley told the newspaper that he had successfully completed a two-week course of treatment in rehab and was beginning work on an album…

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