Jade Marczewski, a reality show star best known by the moniker “Nightbirde,” has died at the age of 31, her family confirms.
“Nightbirde,” who participated on “America’s Got Talent” despite a dire breast cancer diagnosis and became a fan favorite, died on Saturday.
“It is with the deepest heartache that we confirm that after a four year battle with cancer, Jane Marczewski, known to many of you as Nightbirde, passed away on February 19th 2022. We, her family, are devastated by her passing and unimaginable loss,” the singer’s family told Fox News.
“Many remember her from America’s Got Talent, where she performed her song ‘It’s OK’ and inspired millions of people around the globe with her messages of faith and never giving up,” the statement continued.
“Those who knew her, enjoyed her larger-than-life personality and sense of humor. She had a witty joke for every occasion — even if the joke was on her.
“Her lasting legacy will be the gift of hope she gave to so many through her music and the strength she found in Jesus. We thank everyone for their messages of love and support.”
Marczewski, a Liberty University graduate, went viral after she performed an original piece called “It’s OK” during the “America’s Got Talent” audition stage in June of 2021.
At the time, she mentioned to the judges that the cancer had spread to lungs, spine and liver.
She said that she had “2 percent chance of survival, but 2 percent is not zero percent.”
“You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy,” she told the judges.
While judge Simon Cowell gave her a “golden buzzer” — a pass through to the live rounds — she was unable to compete in the quarterfinals due to worsening health.
On Tuesday, Cowell paid his respects to the late star.
Heart breaking news to hear about @_nightbirde, she was an extraordinary person, so brave, so talented. She made a huge impact on AGT and the world. Her determination to fight this terrible illness was remarkable. Rest in peace, Jane. I am sending my love to her family. Simon
— Simon Cowell (@SimonCowell) February 22, 2022
“Heart breaking news to hear about [Marczewski], she was an extraordinary person, so brave, so talented,” he wrote on Twitter.
“She made a huge impact on AGT and the world. Her determination to fight this terrible illness was remarkable. Rest in peace, Jane. I am sending my love to her family. Simon.”
The show also released a statement remembering the singer.
“Your voice, your story, and your message touched millions,” the statement read. “Nightbirde will always be a member of the AGT family. Rest In Peace, Jane.”
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.