On March 2, 2019, beloved Voice contestant Janice Freeman passed away.
We are heartbroken to confirm the news that Janice Marie Freeman unexpectedly passed away on March 2, 2019 from an…
She competed on Season 13 of the show and was on Miley Cyrus’ team. The two immediately had a strong and unique bond, and were part of each other’s lives until the very end.
After hearing about Freeman’s passing, Cyrus shared a tribute on her Instagram story of a rainbow in her front yard saying, “Thank you Janice Freeman for everything…this represents you perfectly.”
Cyrus also posted several tributes to the late singer in the days since her passing, writing, “I miss you so much it hurts…I am trying my best today to celebrate your existence but I can’t help but just deeply mourn over your absence…I will never forget you or stop loving you. I am forever yours.”
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I miss you so much it hurts. Everywhere ….. but so did you. So often. So much pain and no one would ever notice because of the smile and joy you constantly radiated . I am trying my best today to celebrate your existence but I can’t help but just deeply mourn over your absence . All those texts I would receive , just of you saying that your praying for ME. How you were so selfless I’ll never understand . The way you found the good in everything . You are now a rainbow . Something beautiful that comes after something so gloomy. You were the only artist EVER, that I tried so hard to “ sign” , was going to create a label just so YOU could be on it. No one has heard them and I hope to share at an appropriate time, but the records you were creating with @brandicarlile (where it all began , the story ) and my dear writer friend @ilsey were so magically beautiful JUST LIKE YOU. Today we lost a legend . Do you hear me . Everyone got it so wrong on our season together of The Voice because no matter what has been recorded or remembered YOU won my angel . You are not only the best singer that show has ever had the honor of having on that stage but the best fucking singer in the world. What makes me sick is we always wait till the best are gone to recognize them and truly tell them what their art meant to us. The hope their voice gave us …. the emotions they pulled from us. Janice you’re my star! I will never give up on you. Ever . I am no longer your coach , I never was ….. YOU constantly taught me. You’ve been my coach on how to love , on how to persevere , on how to fight for what I want and never let even my own body get in the way. Anything is possible if it’s being done with faith. You are my world . I will never forget you or stop loving you. I am forever yours , Miley
When Freeman was unexpectedly voted off during the live shows, she and Cyrus exchanged emotional goodbyes, both saying they would do absolutely anything for each other.
Cyrus proved this to be true by helping Freeman buy a house not long after her time on The Voice, and has vowed to fulfill a promise she made to the Voice contestant long ago – to take care of her 12-year-old daughter, Hannah.
Cyrus revealed this promise in an Instagram post on March 4.
“I made a promise to you here on earth and will keep that promise as you watch from heaven . To take care of your precious little girl , my baby sister . To shine light on your husband and mother when days are dark ! I love you,” she captioned the video.
How You Can Help
While Cyrus has vowed to take care of Hannah in some capacity, Freeman’s fans have also asked how they can help…so a GoFundMe has been set up to help Freeman’s family.
“As many of you know, Janice Freeman had ongoing physical and medical challenges and has amassed significant medical bills and other expenses,” the GoFundMe read. “Any donation from you will be deeply appreciated by Janice’s husband, Dion, and daughter, Hannah, while they get back on their feet. Additionally, this money will continue to support Hannah’s care and education, which was Janice’s first priority in life.”
To donate to her GoFundMe to help, click here.