A Tragic Loss In Voice Community
On Saturday (March 2) The Voice community lost one of its brightest stars and most beloved contestants.
Janice Freeman, the 33-year-old R&B and soul singer from Season 13, passed away after suffering a severe case of pneumonia and developing a blood clot that traveled to her heart. Her team confirmed her passing on Sunday (March 3) through an emotional announcement on her social media accounts.
We are heartbroken to confirm the news that Janice Marie Freeman unexpectedly passed away. We are heartbroken to report…
The powerhouse vocalist won over Voice viewers with her blind audition performance of “Radioactive.” She ended up on coach Miley Cryus‘ team after that.
Coach and contestant developed a powerful bond. Cyrus strongly believed in Freeman’s talent, and helped guide her all the way into the Top 11.
A True Fighter
In addition to inspiring viewers with her gorgeous performances, Freeman’s life story was also a source of inspiration. At such a young age she had already been through many trials in life, having been diagnosed with lupus, meningitis, and cervical cancer in the past.
Despite the many hardships she faced in life, Freeman remained strong. She showed this same sense of strength just days before her death, in what ended up being one of her final posts to her Facebook page.
“It has been a difficult, trying, discouraging, mentally draining, etc last 3 months I have had to deal with in a very long time!” she wrote. “But God is FAITHFUL and HE is healing my body and I’m starting to see a little clearly again!”
I want to give ALL praises to THE FATHER for this healing process! It has been a difficult, trying, discouraging, …
Her Voice Family Reacts
Freeman is survived by her husband, daughter, mother, and many others who loved her, including her Voice family. Her former coach reacted to her passing through her Instagram Story, sharing a photo of a rainbow outside her house that made her think of her beloved contestant.
“Thank you @janicefreeman…for everything,” Cyrus wrote. “This represents you perfectly.”
Freeman’s other Voice family members reacted to the news of her passing on social media, with many expressing shock that the young, vibrant singer had left this Earth so soon.
GOD What is going on???? Lord please protect us all. Just found out that my voice fam Janice Freeman Neuble has just passed away. I can’t get over this. I did not know her personally but… https://t.co/2BtJ0DSyln
— Rayshun LaMarr (@RayshunLaMarr) March 3, 2019
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My heart goes out to @janicefreeman’s family through such a hard and unexpected time in their lives. Janice was truly a woman that lived to serve the Lord! I am so honored to have worked alongside her on @nbcthevoice, and I know that she is no longer in pain! Janice WE LOVE YOU and your legacy and shining light will live on forever!? #teammiley
@janice_freeman 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! My heart and prayers go out to @janice_freeman… https://t.co/yT9bsA5mYM
— Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD) March 3, 2019
The Voice Addresses The Sad News
Not long after news of Freeman’s death was announced, The Voice also addressed her tragic passing on its social media accounts. The show released a simple, but emotional statement on her death, making it clear that the entire Voice family will be keeping her loved ones in their thoughts and prayers.
“Janice Freeman was an inspiration,” the statement started. “Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.”
We too, join The Voice community and the many others who are keeping Freeman’s family and loved ones in their prayers.
Although she may be gone, Freeman will never be forgotten. Please remember her and her extraordinary talent by watching one of her best performances in the video below.