America's Got Talent Golden Buzzer Star Nightbirde Dead at 31

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Jane Marczewski, better known by her stage name Nightbirde, has died following a battle with cancer, according to her family. She was a participant on NBC's America's Got Talent, where she gained a legion of fans.

"We, her family, are devastated by her passing and unimaginable loss," the Marczewski family said in a statement.

Marczewski battled cancer for four years before passing away on Feb. 19, her family confirmed.


Nightbirde Earned Simon Cowell's Golden Buzzer in AGT Season 16

Many people were drawn to the singer after she performed an original song called It's OK on America's Got Talent last year. During her performance, she revealed to the judges that she was battling cancer that had spread to her lungs, spine, and liver. She wowed judge Simon Cowell with her optimism and determination.

"You can't wait until life isn't hard anymore before you decide to be happy," she told the judges.

Marczewski was given the coveted Golden Buzzer by Cowell, advancing her to the next round of the competition. Despite having to pull out, Marczewski stated it was "beautiful to see the world welcome that song into their own dark night" during a virtual interview featured on the show.

Host Terry Crews and judge Heidi Klum, both expressed tribute on social media.

Nightbirde's Inspiring Story Took Over the Internet in 2021

Marczewski arrived at the world’s stage with a bright smile and walked away with a million fans. It was evident from the start that she would be a shining star on Season 16 of America's Got Talent. Indeed, the singer had the judges, audience, and viewers at home in tears as she delivered the moving lyrics after disclosing her ongoing cancer battle.

Her performance was so touching that it went viral on social media, garnering 27 million views on YouTube alone. With over 2 million Spotify streams, it sent It's OK to the top of the Apple Music charts.

"Those who knew her, enjoyed her larger-than-life personality and sense of humor. She had a witty joke for every occasion—even if the joke was on her," her family said in the statement. "Her lasting legacy will be the gift of hope she gave to so many through her music and the strength she found in Jesus. We thank everyone for their messages of love and support."