AMERICA’S Got Talent star Nightbirde won America's hearts while competing on season 16 of America's Got Talent.
In August 2021, she was forced to leave the show due to cancer treatment and she unfortunately passed away in February 2022 at the age of 31 due to her diagnosis.
Who was AGT star Nightbirde?
Nightbirde, whose real name was Jane Marczewski was known as an American singer and songwriter.
After sending in an audition tape to AGT the 31-year-old was invited on the show and wowed Simon Cowell and his fellow judges with her moving performance of an original song called It's Okay.
She instantly won over an emotional Simon who honored her with the coveted Golden Buzzer, while the other judges and the crowd gave her a standing ovation and rapturous applause.
The entertainer became an overnight sensation after her incredible audition with a video of her performance racking up over 30 million views on YouTube.
Simon told ET that he thought Nightbirde would have made it all the way if she stayed in the competition.
"Would she have won tonight? I think she probably would, actually," the AGT judge said at the time. "And I think she knows that deep down.
"Having said that, she knows she made the right decision," he added.
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What was her cause of death?
Nightbirde was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, that had progressed as time went on.
In August, the singer wrote alongside a black and white photo of herself: "Sharing my heart with the world on AGT has been an honor and a dream come true. My point of view this summer has been astounding.
"What a miracle that the pain I’ve walked through can be reworked into beauty that makes people all over the world open their eyes wider."
She continued: "Since my audition, my health has taken a turn for the worse and the fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention.
"I am so sad to announce that I won’t be able to continue forward on this season of AGT.
“Life doesn’t always give breaks to those that deserve it – but we knew that already.”
Nightbirde concluded: "Thank you for all your support, it means the world to me. Stay with me, I’ll be better soon. I’m planning my future, not my legacy. Pretty beat up, but I’ve still got dreams."
Despite months of treatment, Nightbirde passed away on February 20, 2022, after the cancer reportedly spread to her lungs, spine, and liver, according to TMZ.
In December 2021, she was seen posting on social media saying it was a "miracle" to "even be alive" then adding a month later that things had gotten "pretty brutal."
What did people say about Nightbirde quitting AGT?
Twitter users sent Nightbirde heartwarming messages after she announced she was leaving the competition.
One fan wrote: “You inspire me everyday keep going!
Another added: “I would be remiss if not to shoutout @_nightbirde tonight. If she could’ve continued in the competition she would be performing tonight without a question.
“Will always be a great regret that we weren’t able to see her live. #AGTFinals #AGT.”
A third said: “Because we need to need you! We love you! Your words, when they come out of you, touch our souls. Sending healing energy, and love right back to you!”
Taking to Instagram on September 14, Nightbirde shared a screenshot of her tweet that read: “Don’t you want to see what happens if you don’t give up?”
She captioned the post: “This isn’t just about my story, maybe it’s about yours too.”
The caption concluded with the hashtags #seeJaneWin, #seeJaneWinAgain and #nightbirde.
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