Former "X Factor" star Freddie Combs has died, Fox News has confirmed. He was 49.The inspirational singer, whose voice was larger than life, died S
Former “X Factor” star Freddie Combs has died, Fox News has confirmed. He was 49.
The inspirational singer, whose voice was larger than life, died Sept. 10, according to a funeral home in Cocoa, Fla.
Combs’ wife, Katrina Combs, told TMZ Thursday he died of kidney failure.
Combs was surrounded by friends and family at a hospital in Florida at the time of his death, according to Katrina
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The performer and minister, who once weighed 920 pounds, was hospitalized in 2009. But Combs worked himself down to 385 pounds through a strict exercise regimen and change in diet by the time he appeared on “X Factor” in a wheelchair.
“I have so much gratitude to be his wife for 25 years and to be his best friend,” Katrina told TMZ.
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During his unforgettable stint 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, L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato.
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It was announced in July that “X Factor,” which has launched the careers of One Direction, Leona Lewis and many others, will end after 17 years.