Reports: ‘American Idol’ Alum Katharine McPhee’s ‘Horrible Tragedy’ Was Death of Employee She ‘Considered Family’
According to multiple reports, the tragedy that caused Katharine McPhee to abruptly return home from a tour in Asia was the death of a beloved employee that she and her husband, legendary songwriter, musician and producer David Foster, "considered family."
Entertainment Tonight reports that the nanny for the couple's 2-year-old son, Rennie Foster, died. TMZ was first to report the news, and a source close to the former American Idol contestant told the outlet the circumstances of her death were unknwown.
McPhee posted on Friday (Aug. 11) that she would be forced to miss two concerts the couple had slated for Jakarta, Indonesia, on Friday and Saturday (Aug. 12).
"David and I have had a horrible tragedy in our family and at least one of us needs to get back home to our family," the singer writes. "Please know how sorry I am and how much I wish to return one day and perform for you all.”
McPhee placed second to Taylor Hicks during Season 5 of American Idol in 2006, and Foster served as a mentor to the cast that season. The couple married in 2019, and their son is two years old.
McPhee's most recent studio album was I Fall in Love Too Easily in 2017, and she's stayed busy with TV, film and stage appearances, including the Fox reality competition The Masked Singer and Country Comfort for Netflix.
Her most recent film credit is a 2021 movie titled The Tiger Rising. Most recently, she's joined her husband as the featured vocalist for his Hitman Tour. The dates in Indonesia are part of that tour.