In sad news, Jane Marczewski, who went by the name Nightbirde, died on Saturday after living with breast cancer for four years. The Ohio-based singer was a contestant on America’s Got Talent in the most recent season, season 16, rose to prominence when she received the Golden Buzzer from judge Simon Cowell. She was only 31 years old. His family announced it on their Twitter account, in writing« Those who knew her appreciated her larger-than-life personality and sense of humor. She had a witty joke for every occasion, even if the joke was on her. » The family also encouraged fans to donate to the new Nightbirde Memorial Fund, rather than sending flowers. « We are raising funds in Jane’s honor to create a memorial foundation to donate to cancer research and provide grants/support to those who may not be able to afford the treatment they need. “, wrote his family on a GoFundMe page. So far, they’ve raised nearly $23,000 of their $500,000 goal.
In June 2021, Nightbirde won both a standing ovation and the Golden Buzzer on America’s Got Talent when she auditioned with her original song « It’s Okay. » A Youtube video of his audition has garnered over 41 million views at press time. In August 2021, she was forced to retire from the talent show after her cancer symptoms worsened. « My health has deteriorated and the fight against cancer demands all my energy and attention. I am so sad to announce that I will not be able to continue this season of AGT. Life does not always give respites to those who deserve it, but we already knew that, » the singer shared in an emotional post on instagram. After withdrawing from the competition, she appeared on the show via video link saying, « I can’t thank you enough for the opportunity to have a moment to share my story, and I think we’re witnessing to such a beautiful image of the human spirit and the triumph of the human spirit. »
The singer was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017. After her remission, the cancer returned in a metastatic state, meaning it had spread to another part of the body. In Nightbirde’s case, it unfortunately spread to her lungs, spine, and liver. According to American Cancer Society. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in women, causing 43,600 deaths each year. Metastatic breast cancer causes the majority of these deaths.
Since his death on Saturday, tributes have poured in. America’s Got Talent Judge Simon Cowell tweeted« Heartbreaking news to hear about @_nightbirde, she was an amazing person, so brave, so talented. She had a huge impact on AGT and the world. Her determination to fight this terrible disease was remarkable The show also paid a touching tribute, Tweeter“Your voice, your story and your message have touched millions. Nightbirde will always be part of the AGT family. Rest in peace, Jane.