America’s Got Talent darling Jane “Nightbirde” Marczewski has passed away at the age of 31 after a brave public battle with cancer.
A source familiar with TMZ said the singer died on Sunday while undergoing treatment for the disease that spread to her lungs, spine and liver.
The tragic news comes after the Ohio native, who was an early favorite to win the “AGT”, withdrew from The competition in August amid her battle with illness.
The phenomenon of singing revealed in A heartbreaking announcement was posted on her Instagram page. “I am very sad to announce that I will not be able to continue this season of AGT.”
Marczewski added, “Life doesn’t always give breaks to those who deserve them — but we already knew that.”
A month ago, the singer auditioned for “AGT,” where she sang an original song, “It’s OK,” which is based on her struggles with the disease. The performance earned her a standing ovation from the audience and a Golden Buzzer from master judge Simon Cowell. A video of the performance has nearly 40 million views on YouTube.
Marczewski was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, which would be the first of three recurring cancer diagnoses, and it peaked in 2019, when a doctor told her she only had three months to live. However, Nightbirde refused to let illness define her: “It’s important for everyone to know that I’m so much more than bad things happen to me,” she said before her performance.
She also said after the performance that she had a 2% chance of surviving — “but 2% is not zero percent,” she said.
Despite her struggles with the disease, the vocal sensation said she was grateful for running on “AGT”.
“Sharing my heart with the world on AGT was an honor and a dream come true,” the star wrote on IG. “My view this summer has been amazing. What a miracle the pain I’ve been through can be recast into beauty that makes people all over the world open their eyes wider.”
Judge “AGT” Howie Mandel mourned Nightbirde’s death at Tweet Monday.
“Tweet embed He was such a shining inspiring light in all of our lives,” he wrote. “We must continue to live and learn from her words and her words. As appalled as I am about her death, I feel fortunate to have met her, heard her, and knew her.”
Host Terry Cruz He also shared his condolences.
“We are sad to know more Tweet embedhe wrote. “Our condolences are with her closest family and friends at such a difficult time. We love you, Nightbird.”