On Sunday, February 20, 2022, America's Got Talent singer Jane Marczewski, aka Nightbirde, passed away at the age of 31. The news of her demise was shared to TMZ by an insider source.
The late singer had been receiving treatment for several months. However, her cancer had reportedly spread to multiple organs, including her lungs, spine, and liver. She was one of the most renowned participants of the 16th season of America's Got Talent before leaving the show in August last year following complications with her health.
Marczewski fought cancer for over four years following her diagnosis in 2017.
AGT star Nightbirde's tragic bout with cancer
In 2017, Jane Marczewski was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. Following her diagnosis, Nightbirde underwent chemotherapy, and in July 2018, the singer-songwriter was declared cancer-free.
After beating cancer for the first time, the Ohio native, who had been involved with songwriting since the age of six, returned to music. A few months later, in March 2019, Marczewski released her first single, Girl in a Bubble, under her stage name. Later in April of that year, she returned to live performances after years of hiatus.
Her cancer returned in 2019 when Marczewski was told that she only had three to six months to live. However, a year later, further diagnosis declared her cancer-free. After her audition for AGT aired last year, she told NBC4i.com that her cancer had recurred.
At the time, the cancer had metastasized to her other organs. During her auditions, Marczewski shared that she had a "2% chance of survival, but 2% is not 0%."
In February 2020, Jane Marczewski moved to LA after she separated from her husband. She took to her Instagram and stated in a post,
"This time around with cancer, it's the toughest battle I've ever fought. Bright days are ahead for me—thank you for investing in them."
Condolences rush in following the unfortunate demise of Nightbirde
After news of her demise was shared online, AGT judge Howie Mandel paid his tribute to the late participant on Twitter. Mandel referred to Jane Marczewski as "a bright inspirational light."
Following Mandel's tweet, AGT judge Heidi Klum shared a photo of Marczewski on her Instagram story. AGT host Terry Crews also paid his condolences to Nightbirde's family and associates.
Meanwhile, a plethora of AGT viewers took to their social media to pay their tributes to the late star. Numerous tweets recognized her as a beacon of inspiration for others. Several of her followers acknowledged her legacy by posting her quotes from the show.