Another talented young man was gone too soon, as a car accident killed former “X Factor Australia” contestant Nathaniel O’Brien. Read on to know more about the dreadful incident.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that O’Brien met the accident, just a few hours after a performance at a country music festival in South Australia. The 19-year-old, who was first seen on the reality show last 2014, passed away when his car collided into a tree in Hanson, a small town 150 km north of Adelaide this Sunday, at 11 am.
O’Brien took part in the Burra Country Music Festival that morning and was driving on the Barrier Highway towards Adelaide, on his way to another singing engagement, when the accident happened.
According to South Australia Police, O’Brien was alone in the vehicle during that time and died at the scene. Tributes and messages of sympathy are being published on social media for the young singer/songwriter, a native of Burra, South Australia.
In last year’s ”X Factor” the teenager advanced past the bootcamp stage, until he became one of the top 24 contenders. This was how his audition went (via YouTube/ J1MZO7):
O’Brien was able to win a coaching session and was mentored by the show’s very own, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, who sent her sincere condolences to the young man’s family when she took to Twitter on Sunday night.
My heart goes out to Nathaniel O'briens family after hearing of his tragic passing. What a spectacular young man with the voice of an angel
— Nat Bassingthwaighte (@nataliebassing) November 8, 2015
A singer since a very tender age, O’Brien and his family had a great involvement in the country music scene. During his performance that unexpectedly turned out to be his last on Sunday morning, O’Brien was snapped singing and playing the guitar with his sister, Tracey Rains. The Country Music South Australia was the brainchild of parents Danny and Karen. They were also the ones who prepared the music festival.
Radio Adelaide host Wally Sparrow of “Saturday’s Country Brekky” said “It’s just so sad, I can’t believe it. He had the whole world ahead of him. He had an amazing voice. He was an amazing talent and he won almost everything he went in.”
According to the Police, crash investigators were examining the surroundings of the crash site and a report would be prepared for the coroner.
Rest in peace, Nathaniel O’Brien.
Photo Source: Twitter/nathanielobrie1