The beauty queen of the US died after he was stabbed in the back with a garden hose and then attacked with a baseball bat.
The 29-year-old singer, known for his work in the film industry and his singing career, died in a motel room in Georgia after suffering a heart attack on Wednesday.
His family had reportedly told him he would never make it out of his house alive.
A man in the hotel room was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, but a lawyer for the man was not immediately available for comment.
In his own blog, a friend of the singer, Josh Taylor, described the attack as “a terrible, painful, and brutal attack”.
“He was such a good person and such a beloved man to us all.
It’s hard to believe that the same man who was such an icon to us, who would not only perform and create, but who was also a good father, husband, brother, friend, and teacher, would suddenly find himself at the hands of a stranger and have his life destroyed by an unknown assailant,” he wrote.
The attack took place in the small town of Tarpon Springs, a suburb of Atlanta, near the Georgia state line.
The singer, who was best known for the work in which he played the role of a beauty queen, was stabbed several times in the abdomen and back and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.