Thomas Wells, a singer best known for his stint on Fox’s The X Factor, died in a terrifying workplace accident earlier this month, reports indicate.

The Arkansas-born singer also competed on NBC’s The Voice and America’s Got Talent, where he wowed audiences performing country music classics. 

Wells, an Oklahoma resident, was 46, according to his obituary. He leaves behind a wife, Jessica Wells, and a host of friends and family.  

What Happened to Thomas Wells?

His wife Jessica told TMZ that the singer was involved in a brutal industrial accident at the tire factory in Oklahoma where he worked. 

She told the outlet that “part of Thomas’ body” became stuck on an “automatic conveyor belt type of machine.” Wells was dragged along by the machine, which continued to operate, and became badly injured in the terrifying accident. 

He was reportedly rushed to an emergency room in nearby Idabel for treatment. But doctors there apparently did not have the means to treat the badly wounded 46-year-old, and he was airlifted to another hospital in Tyler, Texas, about 130 miles south. 

Though his condition initially appeared stable, his wife said in a heartbreaking video message posted to Facebook on Thanksgiving that his prognosis rapidly deteriorated in the final hours before his death.

“The lack of oxygen to his brain was causing his body to shut down,” Jessica said. He died on Nov. 13. 

Thomas Wells, 46, was remembered by his wife Jessica Wells for his sense of humor, warm personality and love of music.
Thomas Wells, 46, was remembered by his wife Jessica Wells for his sense of humor, warm personality and love of music. Photo credit: Facebook

Known For His Singing Talent

Thomas Wells was best known nationally for his time on various nationally televised singing shows. He competed on The Voice, The X Factor, America’s Got Talent and And The Winner Is

Though he never finished first place in those competitions, viewers were charmed by Wells’ unassuming stage presence, his warm demeanor, and the natural talent and love for singing that made his performances memorable. 

In the years since his television run, Wells posted covers of country music and classic rock songs to his Facebook fan page recorded in his home studio. His last post, uploaded in June, was a rendition of Ivan Parker’s “Midnight Cry,” which Jessica later said brought her comfort in the final hours of her husband’s life. 

Wells also briefly maintained a YouTube channel, posting clips from his TV appearances and some renditions of songs he recorded at home, which accumulated thousands of views in the years since they were uploaded. 

Thomas Wells didn't win on The X Factor or America's Got Talent, but continued to sing for his online fans until his death.
Thomas Wells didn’t win on The X Factor or America’s Got Talent, but continued to sing for his online fans until his death. Photo credit: Facebook

Remembering ‘Hollywood’ Wells

Wells, who friends called “Hollywood” after his appearances on various network TV singing competitions in the early 2010s, was a lifelong lover of music and a gifted singer, according to his obituary. He reportedly taught himself to play several instruments by ear, and was a member of his school chorus and his church’s choir. 

Jessica Wells, his wife of 17 years, told TMZ her husband had a big personality and a sharp sense of humor. Thomas — or Tommy, as loved ones called him — was known to burst into song, and was comfortable being at the center of attention in any room he entered. 

What happened to Thomas Wells. The X Factor and The Voice star was killed in a terrifying workplace accident at 46.
What happened to Thomas Wells. The X Factor and The Voice star was killed in a terrifying workplace accident at 46. Photo credit: Facebook

The couple did not have children, but lived together with their three beloved dogs and a large extended family with which they were close, according to Thomas’ obituary.

“It was the worst day of my life because I lost my husband, but the best day of my life because God told me he was home,” his wife said on Facebook. “I know one hundred and million percent that Thomas is up there waiting for me.”