Janice Freeman, Local Singer and ‘The Voice’ Alum, Dies at 33

Tanya Cunningham
March 4, 2019

Freeman - who competed on Cyrus' team during season 13 of the reality singing show, has previously battled lupus, cervical cancer and meningitis.

While on the show, Freeman was one of judge Miley Cyrus' favorites and was on her team, making it to the top 11. News in a statement.

Janice told fans that Miley had covered her rent for six months so she was able to move into a new home.

According to her rep, on Saturday afternoon, Freeman began complaining that she couldn't breathe properly, and in a matter of minutes, required CPR from her husband.

Both Miley and Dreamgirls actress Jennifer Hudson, 37, turned their chairs for Janice, wanting her on their respective teams, but Janice chose to be on Team Miley.

The statement continued, "A survivor and fighter, and a handsome force in this world, Janice gained notoriety through her success on NBC's The Voice as a member of Miley Cyrus's team".

She is survived by her husband and daughter. She was taken to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.


While Freeman was only 33 years old, she had already faced and beaten incredible odds in her life before even appearing on The Voice.

It's truly sad to lose Freeman's impressive vocal talents so soon; she was just 33 years old at the time of her passing yesterday.

Sadly, Freeman is not the first cancer-survivor Voice contestant to pass away recently.

Cyrus posted a tribute to Freeman on her Instagram story, with an image of a rainbow and the words, "This represents you perfectly".

Hudson also honored the late singer Sunday, posting to Instagram a snippet of Freeman's blind audition and offering condolences to her family.

Her cause of death was not immediately known. "And may God rest her too-young soul", MSNBC host Joy Reid tweeted.

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