Powerful 'Voice' 1st season finalist Beverly McClellan passed away due to cancer
Singer Beverly McClellan passed away on Tuesday afternoon from endometrial cancer. The disease had spread to her colon, bladder, and intestines.
The singer was 49 and had been diagnosed on March 30. She was known for becoming a finalist on “The Voice” in 2011.
A day after Beverly McClellan passed, her wife Monique revealed that she wasn’t alone in her last moments. The singer was surrounded by close friends and Monique.
The star’s wife wrote:
“Beverly went home at 4:36 p.m. 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.”
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. McClellan auditioned on “The Voice” during its first season in 2011.
She sang a powerful rendition of “Piece of My Heart” that had Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera turning in their chairs. McClellan ended up joining Team Christina.
After making it to the final four with Vicci Martinez and Dia Frampton, the singer said:
“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. I just want to keep shooting for the moon.”
Ultimately, Javier Colon won that year’s season of the singing competition. McClellan’s publicist also released a statement in the wake of her death.
The statement released on Tuesday read:
“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 had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometrial cancer and was undergoing treatment. Her family ran a GoFundMe page titled “Beverly Mitchell Will Beat Cancer Opens a New Window.”
Earlier in October, her family revealed that the singer was dying:
“Our journey to get Beverly better has come to an end.”
In light of her death, “The Voice” also sent their condolences:
“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.”
Nakia, who was a semifinalist with McClellan, also shared his thoughts on her passing:
“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.”
McClellan started playing the piano at age four and she later learned to play the guitar, trumpet, French horn, mandolin, ukulele, bass guitar, djembe and a number of drums and percussion. She started singing when she was 24.
For 20 years, the singer performed at clubs and in bars around Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In 2004, she won the New York National Music Festival for Best Overall Performer amongst 500 contestants.