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Former 'The Voice' Contestant Janice Freeman Dies at 33


Update: The Blast reported on Mar. 21 that Freeman died from a pulmonary embolism, according to her death certificate. Her lupus was also listed as a contributing factor in her death.

Janice Freeman, a former contestant on “The Voice,” died Saturday at the age of 33. She was on Miley Cyrus’ team of the reality singing competition in season 13 in 2017, and made it to the top 11 before she was eliminated. She lived with several chronic illnesses, including lupus.

A statement posted on Freeman’s social media said she had an “extreme” case of pneumonia and that a blood clot had traveled to her heart. Freeman’s husband, Dion, performed CPR until an ambulance arrived. She later died at the hospital.

“A survivor and fighter, and a beautiful force in this world, Janice gained notoriety through her success on NBC’s ‘The Voice’ as a member of Miley Cyrus’ team,” the statement said. “Her story inspired fans nationwide, having successfully battled cervical cancer and living her life to the fullest while fighting lupus.”

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