5:13 PM PT — Janice Freeman’s family released a statement, confirming the star passed away after battling an “extreme case of pneumonia” and a blood clot that traveled to her heart. Freeman’s husband performed CPR until an ambulance arrived and she died after being transported to the hospital.
“The Voice” star Janice Freeman has unexpectedly passed away.
Known for her big, gospel voice, Freeman’s friend and fellow gospel singer Crystal Lewis broke the news Sunday morning around midnight.
“I received word that my beautiful friend Janice Freeman passed away. I’m at a loss. A complete and utter loss,” she wrote. “She was beating cancer. She was a BEAST vocalist… like no one I’d ever heard.”
There are reports that Freeman died on Saturday from an apparent blood clot. She had battled through a series of health issues throughout her life including, lupus, cervical cancer and meningitis.
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Just before I stepped on stage to sing with Tori Kelly at her Orange County show tonight I received word that my beautiful friend Janice Freeman passed away. I’m at a loss. A complete and utter loss. She was beating cancer. She was a BEAST vocalist… like no one I’d ever heard. We only met in person one time but we continued to communicate and I have to say few people IN MY WHOLE LIFE were as encouraging. As authentic. As real. As breathtakingly beautiful. Life. Is. Short. Love hard. Be honest. Do good. Sing loud. I already miss her random intensely felt texts. I’m at a loss.
Freeman was on Miley Cyrus‘ team during “The Voice” season 13. The “Nothing Breaks Like a Heart” singer paid tribute to Freeman on Sunday morning, posting a photo of a rainbow and writing, “This represents you perfectly.”
She leaves behind her husband and one daughter. Freeman was only 33 years old.