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Just a few days ago, we learned The Voice Season 13 contestant Janice Freeman had unexpectedly died of a blood clot after facing health issues including Lupus in recent years. Miley Cyrus was Freeman’s coach during her run on The Voice and she shared a wonderful tribute to Freeman this week, also noting she plans to take care of Freeman’s daughter in the future.
Janice Freeman has been survived by her husband as well as her 12-year-old daughter Hannah, whom Miley Cyrus references in her post. The singer and The Voice coach didn’t only promise to help Hannah out as she continues to grow into a young adult, however.
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,' [I] was going to create a label just so YOU could be on it.
Janice Freeman didn’t win Season 13 of The Voice, but she did make an impression on Miley Cyrus, who sat in one of two chairs that were turned during her Blind Audition. Freeman later made it to the Top 11, but fell into the Bottom 2 and lost the save.
When she was competing, she said over and over again that it was to provide a future for Hannah, and Miley Cyrus seems to want to take up that mantle.
The Voice is currently airing Season 16 on NBC. Following the news of Janice Freeman’s death, the show included an in memorium card for the well-liked singer during this week’s episode of the competition series.
The Voice is one of the few competition shows that swaps coaches super frequently. This gives flexibility for popular musicians to join the series for a season and then go off and do their own thing. Miley Cyrus is not a judge on the current season of The Voice; instead, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, John Legend, Bebe Rexha and Kelly Clarkson are the coaches. (Yes, there are 5 this season.)
If you’d like to remember Janice Freeman’s wonderful vocals, you can see her Voice audition performance of “Radioactive,” below.
New episodes of The Voice air on Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET, only on NBC. To see what the competition series is competing with at midseason, take a look at the full premiere schedule.