‘The Voice’ Alum Janice Freeman’s Cause of Death in Her Pasadena Home Revealed

Published : Monday, March 25, 2019 | 5:14 AM

Janice Freeman

Former “The Voice” contestant Janice Freeman’s death in Pasadena on March 2 was caused by a pulmonary embolism, according to multiple media reports.

Freeman’s death certificate also listed the reality star’s lupus as a contributing factor, reports said. The cause of death was confirmed through Freeman’s death certificate, more than two weeks after the singer died at age 33.

Medline Plus, the National Institute of Health’s website, describes pulmonary embolism, or PE, as the sudden blockage in a lung artery, which usually happens when a blood clot breaks loose and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs.

PE is a serious condition that can cause permanent damage to the lungs, low oxygen levels in the blood, and damage to other organs in the body from not getting enough oxygen. The condition can be life-threatening, especially if a clot is large, or if there are many clots, the website said.

Freeman was reportedly at her Pasadena residence when she complained that she couldn’t breathe. TMZ reported her husband Dion called 911 and performed CPR. She was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Her family had released a statement shortly after she died saying the star passed away after battling an “extreme case of pneumonia” and a blood clot that traveled to her heart.

Freeman was on Miley Cyrus’ team during season 13 of “The Voice.” After the news of Freeman’s death broke, Cyrus paid tribute to her former team member on Instagram.

“Thank you @janicefreeman… for everything,” Cyrus captioned a photo of a rainbow. “This represents you perfectly.”

Cyrus later performed with her dad, Billy Ray Cyrus, at a memorial for Freeman.

Freeman was buried in Whittier on March 18.

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