This is heartbreaking. Former ‘American Idol’ contestant Joanne Borgella died on Oct. 18 after a courageous fight with cancer. She was just 32.
The American Idol family has lost another great music talent. Joanne Borgella, a contestant on the hit reality show in season seven, passed away on Oct. 18, her family announced on her Facebook page. The singer had been fighting endometrial cancer and chronicling her brave journey.
Joanne Borgella Dead: ‘American Idol’ Contestant Dies From Cancer
Joanne’s family announced her passing on Facebook. Read their statement here:
To God be the glory!
With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne.
On Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 5:45AM, Joanne Borgella Ramirez was called by the Lord to heaven.
At an early age, Joanne made a choice to serve and trust the Lord; and since her diagnosis over a year ago, Joanne made a choice to also be a fighter and share her journey with the world. Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered. Although our family is suffering with this great loss, we find comfort in the closeness Joanne shared with the Lord. We know her spirit still shines and will continue to live on in heaven.
Joanne was battling a rare form of endometrial cancer. She would frequently post on Facebook about her journey.
She was a contestant on the seventh season of American Idol, making it to the top 24. After her Idol run, she appeared on the Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance reality show. She became the first winner of the show in 2005.
In addition to their announcement, Joanne’s family urged her fans to educate themselves about endometrial cancer and research efforts.
Our thoughts go out to Joanne’s family and friends at this time.
— Avery Thompson