Which ‘The Voice’ Contestants Have Died?
NBC hit series The Voice has introduced America to an array of talented singers and amazing performers. While some have found success through the show and are still able to enjoy their meaningful careers, others did not have stories that ended so well.
Throughout its eight years of being on air, there have been a few contestants who left the show only to tragically pass away at a young age. Read on below to find out more about the people that we simply lost too soon.
On the 13th season, Janice Freeman stunned coaches and audience members alike with her powerful voice. She joined Miley Cyrus’ team and went on to place in the top 11 before being eliminated.
Before appearing on the show, Freeman battled with cervical cancer and lupus. Her story was awe-inspiring and she gained the hearts of viewers everywhere.
After The Voice, Freeman and her coach Miley Cyrus remained close. Freeman even shared that Cyrus had helped her out financially. “She found us placement until we found permanent housing, gave me the deposit, covered me for 6 months so I can get on my feet,” Freeman said in a tweet.
Unfortunately, on March 4, 2019, it was reported that Janice Freeman had passed away. She died from “an extreme case of pneumonia and blood clot that traveled to her heart,” according to a statement released by her management. Freeman was 33 years old. She is survived by her husband and a 12-year-old daughter.
On the very first season of The Voice, the world was introduced to the outstanding talent of Beverly McClellan. Before joining the show, she was already an independent artist who had released five albums without the help of a record label.
As a contestant on The Voice, she wowed the coaches during her blind audition, getting both Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera to turn around. McClellan eventually chose to join Christina Aguilera’s team, where she quickly became one of the public’s favorite performers. She went on to represent her coach in the final and ended up in 3rd/4th place.
After the show ended, Beverly McClellan released an album called “Fear Nothing”, named after a tattoo she got after she found out that she had made it onto The Voice.
In March 2018, however, it was revealed that McClellan had been diagnosed with stage 3 endometrial cancer. She battled the disease for several months until she passed away in October. She was 49 years old and is survived by her wife, Monique.
In season 6 of The Voice, 19-year-old Christina Grimmie came on to the stage and blew everyone away with her rendition of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.” Her incredible voice got all four coaches to turn around to indicate that they wanted her on their team.
Before the television show, Grimmie was already a known presence in the Youtube community. In 2009, she started posting cover videos on to her channel before eventually racking up millions of views. The popularity of her videos gave Grimmie a chance to put out a couple of singles and albums as well as tour with Selena Gomez.
On The Voice, she was a part of Adam Levine’s team and became a fan favorite week after week, with Levine even saying that he was very much interested in signing her to his label after the show. Christina Grimmie made it to the final and ended up in third place.
Her career took off afterwards. She got signed to Island Records, released more original music, and won several awards. Grimmie even acted in a romantic comedy movie as the main female lead.
On June 10, 2016, however, her life tragically ended in a way that nobody saw coming. After a show in Orlando, Florida, Christina Grimmie was meeting with concertgoers and signing autographs when she was approached by a man. The singer tried to greet him with a hug when he suddenly shot her. After being tackled by Christina Grimmie’s brother, the killer committed suicide. However, it was too late to save Christina Grimmie as she passed away less than an hour later from four gunshot wounds. She was 22 years old.
After Grimmie’s death, her former The Voice coach Adam Levine offered to pay for all of her funeral expenses. Her family also established the Christina Grimmie Foundation to help families affected by gun violence.