AGT Jane ‘Nightbirde’ Marczewski Succumbs to Breast Cαncer at 31!
After battling breast cαncer for four years, Jane Marczewski, an America’s Got Talent candidate known as “Nightbirde,” pαssed away on Saturday. She was 31 years old. The original song Marczewski sang during her June audition for America’s Got Talent judges wowed people worldwide.
When she received the coveted “Golden Buzzer” for her performance from an emotional Simon Cowell, she told him, “You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.”
She continued: “I have a two per cent chance of survival, but two per cent is not zero per cent. Two per cent is something, and I wish people knew how amazing it is.”
After winning the Golden Buzzer, Nightbirde was immediately invited to appear on live shows, and her original song, It’s Okay, received millions of views on YouTube and streaming clicks on music services.
Marczewski, a native of Ohio, was initially diagnosed with early-stage breast cαncer that year. She briefly experienced remission after starting therapy, but cαncer returned after spreading to her liver, lungs, and bones. In 2019, she was identified as having metastatic breast cαncer.
A few weeks into the competition, she quit America’s Got Talent, telling her admirers that things had “taken a turn for the worse” with her health.
“It’s so hard for me to not be on the @agt stage for the finals this week,” she wrote in an Instagram post at the time. “I bet you never saw someone win so hard and lose so hard at the same time. This isn’t how the story was supposed to go.”
“I spend a lot of time squeezing my eyes shut and trying to remember what I believe; counting my breaths in the grief cloud; burying my face into God’s T-shirt. I remind Him sometimes, (and not kindly) that I believed Him when He told me the story He wrote for me is good and that He never stops thinking of me,” she continued.
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On Sunday, Terry Crews, an AGT judge, posted his condolences on Instagram. “We are saddened to learn about @_nightbirde’s Passing. Our Condolences goes [sic] to her Closest Family & Friends in such of [sic] This difficult time. We Love you, Nightbirde,” he wrote.
The deαth of Nightbirde was announced by her family over the weekend “with the deepest heartache.”
“We, her family, are devastated by her passing and unimaginable loss. Many remember her from America’s Got Talent, where she performed her song ‘It’s Okay’ and inspired millions of people around the globe with her messages of faith and never giving up,” the family said in a Facebook post-Tuesday morning.
“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.”
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“We’re all a little lost and it’s alright,” Marczewski wrote in her most recent Instagram post from January 11 to encourage her followers.
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A metastatic diagnosis will be made for 20 to 30 percent of those who receive an early-stage breast cαncer diagnosis.
Breast cαncer in its metastatic stage, sometimes called stage IV, is a fatal disease without recognized treatment. The typical survival time for metastatic breast cαncer patients is two to three years.
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