Former “X Factor” star Freddie Combs has died, Fox News has confirmed. He was 49.
The inspirational singer, whose voice was bigger than life, died on September 10, according to a funeral home in Cocoa, Fla.
Combs’ wife, Katrina Combs, told TMZ on Thursday that he died of kidney failure.
According to Katrina, Combs was surrounded by friends and family at a Florida hospital at the time of his death
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The performer and minister, who once weighed 920 pounds, was hospitalized in 2009. But Combs worked his way down to 385 pounds through a strict training regime and changed diet when he appeared on “X Factor” in a wheelchair.
“I have so much gratitude for being his wife for 25 years and for being his best friend,” Katrina told TMZ.
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During his unforgettable time on “X Factor” in 2012, Combs delivered a show-stopping rendition of Bette Midler’s 1988 hit, “Wind Beneath My Wings,” for celebrity judges Simon Cowell, Britney Spears, LA Reid and Demi Lovato.
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It was announced in July that “X Factor”, which has started the careers of One Direction, Leona Lewis and many others, is ending after 17 years.