AMERICA’S Got Talent star Nightbirde won America’s hearts while competing on season 16 of America’s Got Talent.
Who was AGT star Nightbirde?
Nightbirde, whose real name was Jane Marczewski was known as an American singer and songwriter.
After sending in an audition tape to AGT the 31-year-old was invited on the show and wowed Simon Cowell and his fellow judges with her moving performance of an original song called It’s Okay.
She instantly won over an emotional Simon who honored her with the coveted Golden Buzzer, while the other judges and the crowd gave her a standing ovation and rapturous applause.
The entertainer became an overnight sensation after her incredible audition with a video of her performance racking up over 30 million views on YouTube.
“Would she have won tonight? I think she probably would, actually,” the AGT judge said at the time. “And I think she knows that deep down.
“Having said that, she knows she made the right decision,” he added.
What was her cause of death?
Nightbirde was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, that had progressed as time went on.
In August, the singer wrote alongside a black and white photo of herself: “Sharing my heart with the world on AGT has been an honor and a dream come true. My point of view this summer has been astounding.
“What a miracle that the pain I’ve walked through can be reworked into beauty that makes people all over the world open their eyes wider.”
She continued: “Since my audition, my health has taken a turn for the worse and the fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention.
“I am so sad to announce that I won’t be able to continue forward on this season of AGT.
“Life doesn’t always give breaks to those that deserve it – but we knew that already.”
Nightbirde concluded: “Thank you for all your support, it means the world to me. Stay with me, I’ll be better soon. I’m planning my future, not my legacy. Pretty beat up, but I’ve still got dreams.”
Despite months of treatment, Nightbirde passed away on February 20, 2022, after the cancer reportedly spread to her lungs, spine, and liver, according to TMZ.
What did Simon Cowell say about Nightbirde on America’s Got Talent?
During an episode of America’s Got Talent on Tuesday, July 5, Simon commented on the late Nightbirde.
He reflected on the last time he spoke with her during the show.
“The last time I saw her, she did say what that [Golden Buzzer] moment meant to her,” he said tearfully.
The moment came after the judges went through their favorite Golden Buzzer moments from the show and Simon picked Nightbirde’s audition as his favorite.