Janice Freeman, the singer who stunned Jennifer Hudson and the other judges on The Voice with her talent, has passed away. She was 33 years old.
Freeman’s family confirmed her sudden in a statement released on social media.
“We are heartbroken to report that Janie Marie Freeman passed away on March 2, 2019 from an extreme case of pneumonia and a blood clot that traveled to her heart,” the statement began.
Freeman, who had battled both lupus and cervical cancer, was at the home with her husband Dion in Pasadena, California when she began to have difficulty breathing. Dion performed CPR, and Freeman was transported to a hospital where she later died, her family revealed in a statement.
Hudson became impressed by Freeman’s talent when she sang a soulful interpretation of Imagine Dragons’ signature hit “Radio Active” for her blind audition on The Voice, capturing the crowd’s support with strong riffs and a charming stage presence. Freeman was officially on Miley Cyrus’ team, but her star power led everyone to root for her.
Hudson extended condolences to the Freeman family on her Instagram page.
“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,” she wrote in the caption of a video that depicted Freeman’s blind audition.
“My heart and prayers go out to @janicefreeman daughter and family,” the Oscar winner concluded.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Freeman family and all of those who loved and were inspired by the singer.