Joanne Borgella, a plus-size model who kick-started her singing career on the seventh season of American Idol, died at the age of 32 after battling endometrial cancer.
She was known for her confidence, praised for her vocal abilities and loved by many.
The star’s family took to Facebook to make the heartbreaking announcement.
“To God be the glory! With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne,” the Facebook post read. “Joanne Borgella Ramirez was called by the Lord to heaven.”
Ever since her appearance on American Idol, where she made her way to the Top 24, she started making quite a name for herself in the entertainment industry.
She appeared on MADE, Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance and Curvy Girls.
She was also being represented by Wilhelmina Models, which helped the songstress bag several high-profile gigs as a plus-size model.
Borgella’s family made it a point to let fans know that the young powerhouse vocalist was a true fighter throughout her entire battle with cancer.
“Since her diagnosis over a year ago, Joanne made a choice to also be a fighter and share her journey with the world,” the Facebook post added. “Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered. Although our family is suffering with this great loss, we find comfort in the closeness Joanne shared with the Lord. We know her spirit still shines and will continue to live on in heaven.”
Borgella’s own Facebook page had not been updated for about a month.
The last message she shared with her fans was when she was on her way to radiation.
“We are heading back to radiation for 2 procedures!!!” she shared with her followers and fans. “God is with us!! I have lots to fill you in on. The presence of The Lord is here…Prayers Up!! I love you guys #GodsGotThis #ThePowerofPrayer #Faith #IWilBeCancerFree2014 #JoanneBorgella.”
The family is asking any fans of the star to leave a message on her Facebook page if they wish to show support or send condolences.