Janice Freeman, a favorite contestant on The Voice in 2017, has died. She was just 33 years old.
In a statement, Freeman’s rep said the singer passed away at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday due to combined complications of lupus and a bronchial infection.
According to her rep, on Saturday afternoon, Freeman began complaining that she couldn’t breathe properly, and in a matter of minutes, required CPR from her husband. He called 911, continuing to do CPR until paramedics arrived. Although she was alive when she arrived at the hospital, continued efforts could not save her. Doctors believe a blood clot had formed in her lungs, causing her death.
“It’s an unexpected shock to all of us,” the statement reads. “She had traveled to Kansas City just a week ago (Friday, Feb 22) to perform at a gala one of my client’s was sponsoring, and performed beautifully.”
“She felt very weak the next morning, and my clients were very concerned and suggested she check into an ER before getting back on a plane, but Janice chose to fly home to L.A.,” the rep continued.
She is survived by her husband, Dion, and her 12-year-old daughter, Hannah.