Carson Daly Mourns Voice Contestant Anthony Riley After Suicide (PHOTO)
Carson Daly took to Instagram on Sunday to mourn Anthony Riley, a contestant on “The Voice” who recently committed suicide. He was 28. See photo right and below.
Riley made history earlier this year when his blind audition led to the fastest four-chair turn-around in the shows eight seasons, as seen in the second part of the premiere, which aired in February. Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Christina Aguilera, and Pharrell all fought to get the singer on his or her team, before Riley selected Pharrell to be his coach. He went on to defeat a teammate during the Battles, but when it came time for the Knockout Round, it was announced that Riley had withdrawn from the competition leading to, as Gossip Cop reported at the time, the show’s first-ever three-way knockout between Pharrell’s remaining contestants.
Riley’s decision to quit the series was later revealed to be so he could seek treatment for drug addiction. NBC producers reportedly helped the aspiring star get into a rehab with a substance abuse program after he went to them in January. While it’s not clear what happened after that, it was revealed on Saturday that the former street musician was found dead on Friday from an apparent suicide.
So far, Daly is the only “Voice” star to speak out about the tragedy. Along with a photo of himself and Riley, he wrote on Instagram, “Praying for the family and friends of Anthony Riley today. It’s a heartbreaking loss. He was incredibly talented and loved to sing. God Bless him.”
In a separate statement released Sunday, NBC says, “We are sad over the passing of Anthony Riley. We offer our deepest condolences to his friends and family during this very difficult time.” Daly’s photo with Riley, and video of his standout audition, can be seen below.