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Former “X Factor” star Freddie Combs has died, Granthshala News has confirmed. He was 49 years old.

The inspirational singer, whose voice was larger than life, passed away on 10 September funeral Home In Cocoa, Fla.


Combs’ wife Katrina Combs tmz He died of kidney failure on Thursday.

According to Katrina, Combs was in a Florida hospital surrounded by friends and family at the time of his death.

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The artist and minister, once weighing 920 pounds, was hospitalized in 2009. But Combs reduced himself to 385 pounds through a strict exercise regimen and dietary changes until he appeared on “X Factor” in a wheelchair.

“I am so grateful to have been his wife for 25 years and to be his best friend,” Katrina told TMZ.

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.

In July it was announced that “The X Factor”, which launched the careers of One Direction, Leona Lewis and many others, would end after 17 years.