The Voice contestant dies aged 33

Janice Freeman, who competed on season 13 of NBC's The Voice in 2017, has died at age 33.

"On Saturday afternoon, Janice began complaining that she couldn't breath properly and, in a matter of minutes, required CPR from her husband", her rep said. She was pronounced dead at the hospital at 5:30pm. Her story inspired fans nationwide, having successfully battled cervical cancer and living her life to the fullest while fighting lupus.

Last year, the star publicly spoke out about her friendship with Miley Cyrus, and thanked her for giving her financial support when she needed it most.

The singer made an impression during her time on the show with both her gritty soulful tones and personal spirit of survival.

Freeman revealed that her family had been struggling with looking for a place to live when Cyrus helped her out financially, paying her rent for six months.

She and Miley remained close following the end of her run on The Voice. She finished 11th in the season, but continued to receive support from Cyrus.


Freeman's blind audition for "The Voice" saw her perform a rendition of Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive", which turned Jennifer Hudson and Cyrus' chairs. She revealed on Twitter past year that the pop star had helped her family cover some bills until they found permanent housing.

"Thank you @janicefreeman ... for everything".

Cyrus posted a tribute to Freeman on her Instagram story, with an image of a rainbow and the words, "This represents you perfectly". "She was a BEAST vocalist", singer Crystal Lewis tweeted.

"Rise up! I don't care what you've been diagnosed with." she wrote in December underneath her performance of an Andra Day song.

Her family says she was at home when she started saying she couldn't breathe. "And may God rest her too-young soul", MSNBC host Joy Reid tweeted.

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