Tori Foster, Staff Writer
“The Voice” season 13 contestant, Janice Freeman, died at the age of 33 Saturday, March 2, at 5:30 p.m. PST. Freeman is survived by Dion Neuble and 12-year-old daughter named Hannah.
On March 2, a representative for the singer reported that Freeman had been complaining of breathing trouble. Shortly after, her husband had to administer CPR and called 911. Freeman arrived at the hospital alive, but doctors were unable to reverse her condition and she later died.
Doctors believed the problem originated from a blood clot that formed in Freeman’s lungs. Freeman’s cause of death was ruled from a severe case of pneumonia and a blood clot that traveled to her heart. Her death was confirmed by her cousin, Johanna Freeman, on Instagram.
Freeman was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She battled various health issues throughout her lifetime. She was a cervical cancer survivor. She lived with two autoimmune diseases: lupus and Sjogren’s syndrome.
In a statement Dion Neuble said, “She struggled every single day. She was constantly in pain – literally, for years – but was sure she would conquer it all. She just kept on fighting.”
Freeman dealt with her pain by singing. She stated on “The Voice” after one of her performances, “I’ve definitely been singing all my life, but I’ve had so many obstacles that constantly try to stop that.”
The NBC show “The Voice” is a show where four icons compete to find and transform an American’s life by moving their singing career to the next level. Freeman was on Miley Cyrus’ team on “The Voice” and made it to the top 11 singers of the contest before getting eliminated.
Freeman’s voice touched the hearts of many Americans while performing songs like “W.O.M.A.N.,” “I’m Down,” “Fall for You,” “The Story,” “Shine” and “Chandelier.”
Her impact reached beyond just the fans of the show as she also influenced those she worked with like Miley Cyrus and Jennifer Hudson. Cyrus was Freeman’s coach on “The Voice” and Hudson had the pleasure of experiencing her journey on the show since she was one of the four coaches on “The Voice” also.
Cyrus posted a picture of her and Freeman on the set of “The Voice” in a tweet stating, “Just when my heart misses u so much I don’t think I can stand it …. I remember something special…. nothing ends for us tonight …. it BEGINS! Our friendship is infinite! I love u to the moon, my STAR! J + M = 4EVR @janice_freeman.”
This week Cyrus made a statement saying she would take care of Freeman’s daughter Hannah in the wake of her death.
Jennifer Hudson paid tribute to Freeman. Hudson wrote on Instagram Sunday, March 4, “The voice of hers we got to hear and the bit of life we got to watch her live was a blessing and inspiration to us all! My heart and prayers go out to @janicefreeman daughter and family!”
“The Voice” released a statement in response to Freeman’s death Sunday at 6 p.m. The tweet read, “Janice Freeman was an inspiration. Our thoughts are with her family and friends during this difficult time.”
“The Voice” has created a platform for America’s voice to be heard around the world. Freeman left behind a legacy with her daughter Hannah and family. Now they can make her name live on through them.