Today brings about some sad news to report, as The Voice Season 13 competitor Janice Freeman passed away suddenly on Saturday evening. The singer was at her West Covina home when she told her husband, Dion, she was having trouble breathing. Dion immediately called 911 and performed CPR on Freeman until the paramedics arrived, desperate to keep her alive. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of Dion, the first responders, and the hospital staff, Freeman was pronounced dead at the hospital at around 5:30 p.m. The reality TV star was just 33 years old.
Although she was clearly full of life and doing all she could to stay healthy, Freeman had been dealing with various issues related to her health prior to her passing. According to her manager, the singer had been battling bronchitis and lupus. An apparent blood clot had made its way into her lungs, contributing to her sudden death. A full autopsy will reveal if there were any other contributing factors which led to the singer's passing. Previously, Freeman had suffered from cervical cancer as well, though she had successfully beaten it and had been living cancer free.
First premiering in 2011, The Voice has now aired 15 seasons. The concept of the reality series has aspiring singers competing for the top prize of $100,000 and a recording contract from Universal Music Group. Freeman had appeared on the televised singing competition in 2017 for its 13th season where she was coached by Miley Cyrus. In her blind audition, Freeman had made Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson turn their chairs with her version of "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons. As a part of Team Miley, Freeman had made it to the top 11 before she was eliminated. Her final performance as a competitor was a rendition of "Shine" as originally performed by Collective Soul. Chloe Kohanski ultimately won the competition that season, though Freeman was certainly one of the year's most memorable performers.
With Freeman's passing hitting headlines, Cyrus took to social media to comment on the news. Posting a photo of a rainbow in the sky, Cyrus thanked Freeman "for everything," noting that the rainbow perfectly represents the late singer. The two had actually maintained contact following Freeman's elimination on the voice, as just last year Freeman had posted an emotional video online thanking Cyrus for her support. 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. "This woman blessed me to be able to move," Freeman says through tears in the clip. "I will defend you to the very end," she adds, referring to Cyrus as her best friend.
Freeman's passing is made all the more heartbreaking given her age and talent. She is survived by her husband and daughter, and we wish them our condolences at this incredibly difficult time. May Janice Freeman rest in peace. This information comes to us courtesy of TMZ.