Beverly McClellan of Voice fame has died of cancer at age 49. The singer, who competed on the NBC singing competition show’s premiere season in 2011, passed last night (October 31) surrounded by her loved ones, according to The Blast.
In March, McClellan was diagnosed with stage 3 endometrial cancer which spread to her colon, bladder, and intestines, according to a GoFundMe page established to assist with medical bills.
“Beverly went home at 4:36 p.m.” her wife Monique wrote on Facebook. “She was surrounded by so much love and we shared some beautiful last days. Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of us. We appreciate all of the love you have given and the good vibes you have sent. Peace love and light to you and your loved ones.”
“The only thing greater than Beverly McClellan’s voice was her heart. Our thoughts are with her family, friends and fans during this difficult time,” read a note posted to The Voice‘s social media page in light of her death.
Fellow contestant Nakia also sent his condolences over the heartbreaking news. “I am absolutely heartbroken,” he tweeted. “Truly a unique soul with a beautiful heart, full of passion & an amazing talent.”
McClellan’s memorable performance of “Piece of My Heart” made her a standout during the blind auditions and earned her a spot on Christina Aguilera‘s team. She would become one of the season finalists alongside Vicci Martinez, Dia Frampton, and eventual winner Javier Colon.
“I feel like I’m waking up in a dream every day and I don’t ever want it to go away because it’s the best ever,” McClellan told PEOPLE after making it to the final four. “I just want to keep shooting for the moon.”