‘The Voice’ Season 13 Contestant Janice Freeman Dead At 33, Coach Miley Cyrus Pays Tribute
Janice Freeman, who competed on Season 13 of NBC’s The Voice, died Saturday at her home in Pasadena, California. The 33-year-old, who had previously suffered from lupus, meningitis and cervical cancer, died of a blood clot that had formed in her lungs. After her husband performed CPR, Freeman was declared dead on Saturday afternoon.
Freeman first wowed The Voice judges Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson with her rendition of Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive” during her blind audition. Choosing team Miley, Freeman advanced to the next couple of rounds and finished 11th in the season. After her elimination, she and Cyrus kept in touch, with Cyrus even providing financial support for her medical and housing bills.
Both Cyrus and Hudson posted emotional tributes to the singer after learning of her death. “The voice of hers we got to hear and the bit of life we got to watch her live was a blessing and inspiration to us all,” Hudson wrote on her Instagram page. Cyrus, meanwhile, posted a lengthy tribute declaring Freeman the true winner of the season and thanking her for teaching her a number of life lessons throughout their friendship.
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I miss you so much it hurts. Everywhere ….. but so did you. So often. So much pain and no one would ever notice because of the smile and joy you constantly radiated . I am trying my best today to celebrate your existence but I can’t help but just deeply mourn over your absence . All those texts I would receive , just of you telling me that your praying for ME. How you were so selfless I’ll never understand . The way you found the good in everything . You are now a rainbow . Something beautiful that comes after something so gloomy. You were the only artist EVER, that I tried so hard to “ sign” , was going to create a label just so YOU could be on it. No one has heard them and I hope to share at an appropriate time, but the records you were creating with @brandicarlile (where it all began , the story ) and my dear writer friend @ilsey were so magically beautiful JUST LIKE YOU. Today we lost a legend . Do you hear me . Everyone got it so wrong on our season together of The Voice because no matter what has been recorded or remembered YOU won my angel . You are not only the best singer that show has ever had the honor of having on that stage but the best fucking singer in the world. What makes me sick is we always wait till the best are gone to recognize them and truly tell them what their art meant to us. The hope their voice gave us …. the emotions they pulled from us. Janice you’re my star! I will never give up on you. Ever . I am no longer your coach , I never was ….. YOU constantly taught me. You’ve been my coach on how to love , on how to persevere , on how to fight for what I want and never let even my own body get in the way. Anything is possible if it’s being done with faith. You are my world . I will never forget you or stop loving in you. I am forever yours , Miley
Freeman’s last performance was on February 22, for a non-profit gala in Kansas City. She is survived by her husband and daughter.