'The Voice' Season 1 contestant Beverly McClellan dies at 49, remembered as 'unique soul with a beautiful heart'
Former Voice contestant Beverly McClellan, who competed on the first season of the NBC show, has died of cancer, according to The Blast. She was 49.
McClellan memorably performed “Piece of My Heart” and other songs and competed on Christina Aguilera’s team. In the end, she finished in the final four of the competition.
In a May 2011 interview with AfterEllen, she said that doing the show had changed her life, after nearly 20 years of recording and performing. “It feels awesome,” McClellan said. “I feel blessed, and like everything was not for nothing.”
McClellan died Thursday afternoon. Her wife, Monique, and friends were by her side.
On March 30, the singer was diagnosed with endometrial cancer that had already spread to her bladder, colon, and intestines, according to a GoFundMe fundraiser established to help pay her substantial medical bills.
McClellan’s co-star on the competition show, Nakia, mourned her with a short statement and a video that showed both of them singing Aguilera’s hit “Beautiful.”
I am absolutely heartbroken. My dear friend & fellow S1 @NBCTheVoice alum, @beverlyshane has died. Truly a unique soul with a beautiful heart, full of passion & an amazing talent. This was us singing @xtina‘s Beautiful on tour.https://t.co/j7ry4PdkSt 📹 @AlTheKiller
— Nakia (@Nakia) October 31, 2018
A rep for Aguilera did not immediately respond to Yahoo’s request for comment.
In the year’s since McClellan’s turn on TV, she had continued to perform.
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