Freddie Combs dead latest – X Factor star's cause of death at 49 revealed as kidney failure as fans pay tribute

THE X factor alum Freddie Combs died on Friday at the age of 49.

Freddie Combs was a fan favorite contestant during season 2 of the singing competition.

His wife Kay revealed he passed away due to kidney failure and his death was not caused by Covid, reports TMZ.

Freddie was surrounded by family and friends at a Florida hospital at the time of his passing.

Kay shared that she knew the day before his death that he was about to die but was happy to have gotten that last day with him.

"I have so much gratitude to be his wife for 25 years and to be his best friend,” she added.

Read our Freddie Combs live blog for the latest news and updates…

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    AUDITION

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    A post shared by Freddie Combs (@fredboco)

    Freddie shared a photo of Kay kissing him after he had auditioned for X Factor and received four yes's.

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    FREDDIE AND KAY

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    A post shared by Freddie Combs (@fredboco)

    Freddie shared this photo of him and his wife Kay in 2013.

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    NOT COVID RELATED

    Kay clarified that Comb's death was not Covid realted, but rather kidney failure.

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    WHAT DID COMBS SING FOR HIS AUDITION?

    He performed Wind Beneath My Wings during his audition, dedicating the song to his wife.

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    SENDING PRAYERS

    Fellow church goers are sending their prayers for Combs who was a minister.

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    WHAT SEASON OF THE X FACTOR DID COMBS APPEAR ON?

    He was a fan favorite contestant during season 2 of the singing competition.

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    KAY ON COMB'S PASSING

    Kay shared that she knew that he was about to die the day before his death but was happy to have gotten that last day with him.

    "I have so much gratitude to be his wife for 25 years and to be his best friend,” she added.

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    HOW DID COMBS DIE?

    Accoridng to TMZ, Combs' wife revealed he passed away due to kidney failure, stating Covid did not cause his death.

    Family and friends surrounded the former X Factor contestant at a Florida hospital when he passed.

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    TLC STARS

    Combs and Kay starred in two episodes of TLC's special Heavily Ever After, which documented the everyday struggles of overweight couples as they attempt to slim down.

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    WHAT DID SIMON COWELL TELL COMBS?

    Judges Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid promised to back Combs if he promised to get healthy, lose weight and get out of his wheelchair, which Freddie vowed to do so.

    Though he never won the competition, he did manage to lose more than 400lbs from 2009, when he weighed 920lbs.

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    NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCE

    Before his time on The X Factor, Freddie had a near-death experience due to obesity, as he weighed 920 pounds at that time.

    The minister said on the reality show that he loved singing as part of his job but was on disability due to his health issues and no longer had his minister role.

    At the time, Combs appeared on X Factor, weighing in at 540 pounds, performing on a wheelchair.

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    WAS COMBS MARRIED?

    In July 1996, Combs married Katrina "Kay" Rife.

    Born in Jonesville, North Carolina, the fan-favorite received four yes votes for his rendition of Wind Beneath My Wings, which he dedicated to his wife, Kay.

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    WHO WAS FREDDIE COMBS?

    Combs was an American singer, songwriter, and musician who competed in season two of The X Factor music competition series.

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    HOW OLD WAS COMBS?

    Combs was 49-years-old at the time of his death.

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    FREDDIE COMBS PASSES AWAY

    Former X Factor star Freddie Combs tragically passed away on September 10.

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