Golden Voice Silenced: Inspirational “Voice” Singer Janice Freeman, 33, Dies at Home in Pasadena

Miley Cyrus pays tribute

Published : Monday, March 4, 2019 | 5:37 AM

Janice Freeman

Pasadena resident Janice Freeman, who gained fame as a contestant from Season 13 of NBC’s “The Voice,” died Saturday, March 2, from “complications of lupus and a bronchial infection,” the singer’s family announced on Facebook. She was 33.

“We are heartbroken to report that Janice Marie Freeman passed away on March 2, 2019 from an extreme case of pneumonia and a blood clot that traveled to her heart,” the post said. “While at home her husband Dion performed CPR until the ambulance arrived. She passed away at a local hospital shortly after.”

The post described Freeman as “a survivor and fighter, and a beautiful force in this world” who gained “notoriety through her success” on 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,” her family said in the post.

A TMZ report said the singer was at home in Pasadena on Saturday when she began complaining she couldn’t breathe.

Her husband Dion called 911 and performed CPR until paramedics arrived. She was brought to the hospital and pronounced dead at around 5.30 p.m.

Doctors confirmed that a blood clot had traveled to her heart, the report said.

On learning of Freeman’s passing, Cyrus, her mentor, posted on Instagram a photo of a rainbow with the caption: “Thank you @janicefreeman… for everything. This represents you perfectly.”

Freeman and Cyrus had stayed in contact from the time Freeman made it to the top 11 on Season 13 of The Voice.

In January 2018, Freeman publicly thanked Cyrus for covering six months of her rent.

“Miley, you are my dawg, like, my best friend, and I will defend you to the bitter end,” Freeman said on Instagram. “This woman blessed me to be able to move in. Do you understand? What she don’t know is, I’ve been praying for her.”

On the Facebook post, Freeman’s husband Dion told of her suffering.

“She struggled every single day,” Dion said. “She was constantly in pain – literally, for years – but was sure she would conquer it all. She just kept on fighting.”

The family asked that they be given space “to remember everything that Janice was” to them as they mourn her loss.

Freeman is survived by her husband Dion, daughter Hannah, her mother Janice, brothers and sisters, and her extended family.