Singer Janice Freeman Dead At 33
Janice Freeman, who competed on season 13 of NBC’s The Voice in 2017, has died at age 33, according to a report by Corinne Heller of the well known entertainment online platform E!News.
The singer, a married mother of one who was on coach Miley Cyrus’s team and reached the top 11 on the singing contest series, passed away on Saturday due to combined complications of lupus and a bronchial infection, Freeman’s rep told E! News in a statement.
Janice Freeman is survived by her husband Dion, her 12-year-old daughter Hannah, her mother Janice, brothers and sisters, and many extended family. Her cousin, Johanna Freeman, later confirmed and mourned her death on Instagram.
“On Saturday afternoon, Janice Freeman began complaining that she couldn’t breath properly and, in a matter of minutes, required CPR from her husband,” her rep said. “He called 911, continuing to do CPR until paramedics arrived. While Janice arrived at the hospital alive, continued efforts could not save her. Doctors believe a blood clot had formed in her lungs, which led to her quick demise. Janice Freeman died at 5:30 p.m. PST.”
Janice Freeman, a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, had battled many health issues through her life. She beat cervical cancer and lived with two autoimmune diseases, lupus and Sjogren’s syndrome. She also survived the bacterial infection meningococcal meningitis as a teen and kidney failure as a child.
“She struggled every single day,” her husband said in a statement. “She was constantly in pain—literally, for years—but was sure she would conquer it all. She just kept on fighting.”
“She was a survivor and fighter, and a beautiful force in this world,” read a statement from Freeman’s management team. “Janice gained notoriety through her success on NBC’s The Voice as a member of Miley Cyrus’s team. Her story inspired fans nationwide, having successfully battled cervical cancer and living her life to the fullest while fighting lupus.”