Beverly McClellan, a beloved contestant on The Voice who advanced to the final four back on Season 1, died on Tuesday after a lengthy battle with cancer.
She was 49 years old.
The artist was on Team Christina Aguilera back during her run on the NBC singing competition and her death was confirmed by her publicist via the following statement:
“It is with great sadness I have to share the news that we lost Beverly today.
“She was a wonderful, funny, complicated, and incredibly talented young woman who touched millions with her voice and her huge heart. I am honored to have been her manager and her friend.
“Please keep her spirit alive by sharing her music and all the wonderful memories you have of her.”
McClellan, who became a fan favorite after belting out “Piece of My Heart” for her blind audition, was surrounded by loved ones at the time of her passing
McClellan had been battling stage 4 endometrial cancer for approximately a year.
She had recently been sent to a California hospital to receive treatment after her health took a turn for the worse.
The singer’s family had been running a GoFundMe page titled “Beverly Mitchell Will Beat Cancer” and the latest update was posted on October 22.
It reads as follows:
Hi everyone please continue to share. We received the bill today for incidentals and we owe $10,099.00 as of today.
As you all may have already heard Beverly broke her femur while at CHIPSA, only 3 days into her treatments. And the Benefit, did not raise enough to cover it all.
Please share and share again! Bev needs your help in covering the hospital bills. As you all have seen this is working and she is making major strides.
We appreciate any and all donations. Peace, Love and Light!
Nakia, another semifinalist on season 1 of The Voice, Tweeted his thoughts on McClellan upon learning this sad piece of news.
“I am absolutely heartbroken. My dear friend & fellow S1 @NBCTheVoice alum, @beverlyshane has died.” he wrote, adding:
“Truly a unique soul with a beautiful heart, full of passion & an amazing talent. This was us singing @xtina’s Beautiful on tour.”
Prior to her death, the aforementioned GoFundMe page had raised $31,850 to assist with Beverly’s medical bills.
“She depends on her talents for income, and needless to say, she cannot sing or play at gigs during these trying times,” wrote a previous entry on this page, concluding:
“Her summer and fall tours have been canceled and hopefully rescheduled for next year.
“Beverly has a beautiful heart and beautiful music; on many, many occasions has donated her performances for the benefit and fundraising of others in need – recently for #marchforourlives.”
May Beverly McClellan rest in peace.