Dancer and Choreographer Sean Viator Dies at 31, Adding to Losses for ‘American Idol’ Family

Baton Rouge, Louisiana – The entertainment industry, particularly the “American Idol” family, has mourned the loss of several beloved members in 2024. Among them were season 5 finalist Mandisa, vocal coach Debra Byrd, and dancer/choreographer Sean Viator, who passed away at the young age of 31.

Viator’s untimely death on May 3 shocked many in the entertainment world. The obituary described him as a talented individual with a genuine love for his craft, forming strong bonds and friendships throughout his career. Tributes poured in from fellow artists, including “American Idol” alum Todrick Hall, reflecting on the impact Viator had on his life and career.

Viator’s passion for dance led him to memorable moments on “American Idol,” such as performing alongside pop star Kylie Minogue during the season 21 finale. The experience was described as a dream come true for Viator, who idolized Minogue and frequently used her music for his dance classes.

Beyond his appearances on “American Idol,” Viator worked with various celebrities on shows and music videos, showcasing his talent and creativity. His best friend, Breanne Wilson Kripps, described his death as an unimaginable loss, promising to carry on his legacy through her work in the dance community.

The passing of Viator adds to the significant losses the “American Idol” family has endured over the past few years. From Nikki McKibbin to Willie Spence and C.J. Harris, the community has grieved the untimely deaths of talented individuals who left a lasting impact on the entertainment industry.

As the industry continues to mourn the loss of Viator and other talented artists, a “Celebration of Life” ceremony will be held in Baton Rouge to honor his memory. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite colors in tribute to Viator, with donations requested for a dance scholarship created in his name at The University of Arizona School of Dance.

The legacy of Sean Viator and others who have passed away will continue to live on through their work and the memories they have left behind in the hearts of their fans and fellow artists. The entertainment world will always remember their contributions and the impact they had on those around them.