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America’s Got Talent star Nightbirde dies aged 31

‘America’s Got Talent’ breakout star Jane ‘Nightbirde’ Marczewski has died after a battle with cancer … TMZ has learned.

“We, her family, are devastated by her passing and unimaginable loss,” the Marczewski family said in a statement, provided by NBC.
Marczewski fought cancer for four years and died Feb. 19, her family said.

Her story captivated America — during her initial outing, she sang an original song, “It’s Okay,” which absolutely blew the judges away … making Cowell emotional and getting a standing ovation from the others, not to mention a rare golden buzzer from SC himself. Obviously, she got a green light to move on — and made it to the quarterfinals. She may well have even won the whole competition … if not for having to pull out.

Unfortunately, her ‘AGT’ run was cut short due to the cancer … and she’s been mostly out of the spotlight since — doing a few interviews here and there, while also staying positive on social media and sharing her journey.

A family statement reads, in part, “Those who knew her enjoyed her larger-than-life personality and sense of humor. She had a witty joke for every occasion — even if the joke was on her. Her lasting legacy will be the gift of hope she communicated through music and the strength she found in Jesus.”

The singer caught the attention of many after delivering a stunning audition last year on “America’s Got Talent,” performing an original song called “It’s OK.” During her performance, she disclosed to the judges that she was battling cancer that had spread to her lungs, spine and liver. She impressed judge Simon Cowell with her positivity and resolve.

You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy,” she told the judges.

Cowell awarded Marczewski a coveted “golden buzzer,” which advanced her to the next round of competition.
She ultimately had to drop out, but during a virtual interview aired on the show, Marczewski said it was “beautiful to see the world welcome that song into their own dark night.”

“I’m overwhelmed by it,” she said, of the reaction to “It’s OK.”
“Your voice, your story, and your message touched millions. Nightbirde will always be a member of the ‘AGT’ family. Rest In Peace, Jane,” the show said in a statement to CNN.

Host Terry Crews and judge Heidi Klum also paid tribute on their own social media accounts.

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