American Idol alum Caleb Kennedy is charged with felony DUI resulting in death after crash

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American Idol alum Caleb Kennedy is charged with felony DUI resulting in death after crash in Spartanburg, South Carolina

  • Kennedy, 17, was driving a 2011 Ford pick-up in the incident Tuesday 
  • His vehicle careened into a private driveway and struck a residential building in which a man named Larry Duane Parris was inside 
  • Parris, 54, was pronounced dead in the wake of the crash 
  • Kennedy was hospitalized after the crash and taken to a nearby hospital 
  • Kennedy last year withdrew from American Idol amid a racism scandal 
  • He was seen in a social media clip seated next to a person wearing an apparent Ku Klux Klan hood 










American Idol alum Caleb Kennedy has been charged with felony DUI resulting in death following a crash in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Tuesday that left a man dead.

South Carolina Highway Patrol Master Trooper Mitchell Ridgeway told WYFF4 that the 17-year-old singer was driving a 2011 Ford pick-up northbound on West Murph Road that careened into a private driveway and struck a residential building in which a man named Larry Duane Parris, 54, was inside.

Parris was pronounced dead at 3:45 p.m. at a nearby hospital in the wake of the crash, Rusty Clevenger of the Spartanburg County Coroners Office told the outlet.

The latest: American Idol alum Caleb Kennedy, 17, has been charged with felony DUI resulting in death following a crash in Spartanburg, South Carolina on Tuesday that left a man dead

Kennedy was hospitalized after the crash and taken to a nearby hospital, Ridgeway told the station.

Kennedy made headlines last year after he withdrew from American Idol amid a racism scandal, as he was seen in a social media clip seated next to a person wearing an apparent Ku Klux Klan hood.

‘Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise but I am no longer gonna be on American Idol,’ he wrote in an Instagram post in May of 2021. ‘There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way.’

Kennedy said of the video: ‘I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse.’

Kennedy was hospitalized after the crash and taken to a nearby hospital, officials said

Kennedy was hospitalized after the crash and taken to a nearby hospital, officials said 

ABC traffic anchor 'Trooper' Bob Berest confirmed the incident on his Twitter

ABC traffic anchor ‘Trooper’ Bob Berest confirmed the incident on his Twitter 

Kennedy apologized for the sequence of events and said he hoped to redeem his reputation moving forward.

‘I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down,’ he said. ‘I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me. 

‘I’m so sorry! I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me.’

Kennedy made headlines last year after he withdrew from American Idol amid a racism scandal

Kennedy made headlines last year after he withdrew from American Idol amid a racism scandal

He was seen in a social media clip seated next to a person wearing an apparent Ku Klux Klan hood

He was seen in a social media clip seated next to a person wearing an apparent Ku Klux Klan hood

Kennedy’s relatives said the Snapchat video in question was taken four years ago when he was 12, the Herald-Journal reported.

His mother Anita Guy told the paper, ‘I hate this has happened and how Caleb is being portrayed by people online.

‘This video was taken after Caleb had watched the movie The Strangers: Prey at Night and they were imitating those characters. It had nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan, but I know that’s how it looks. Caleb doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. He loves everyone and has friends of all races.’

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