Former American Idol star Marque 'Tate' Lynche dies aged 34

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Marque "Tate" Lynche, a contestant on season three of American Idol and a former member of The Mickey Mouse Club, has died at the age of 34. He passed away on Sunday 6 December.

A spokesperson for the New York Police Department confirmed to The Wrap that the actor had died, although his cause of death is currently unknown. Police are in the process of investigating.

The report went on to say that Marque, who was known as Tate, was found by his roommate in his New York City apartment.

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Marque "Tate" Lynche's cause of death is still unknown

Tate began his career in the limelight at a young age. He starred in Disney's The All-New Mickey Mouse Club from 1993 to 1995 – at the same time that Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera appeared on the show.

Tate was one of the 35 Mouseketeers on the series – the cast who entertained viewers with skits and sketches.

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Tate starred in Disney's The All-New Mickey Mouse Club alongside Ryan Gosling and Britney Spears

He went on to enjoy a stint on Broadway, performing in The Lion King in 2000, and also took part in Fame On 42nd Street.

In later years, Tate was perhaps best known for appearing on the third season of American Idol. He sang under the name Marque Lynche and made it to the semi-finals, performing Wind Beneath My Wings.