Miley Cyrus is paying tribute to her former “The Voice” team member Janice Freeman.
Freeman unexpectedly passed away on March 2. She appeared on the 13th season of hit reality singing competition on Cyrus’ team.
After hearing about her sudden death, Cyrus posted an emotional message to Freeman, “I miss you so much it hurts,” she wrote on Instagram. “Everywhere ….. but so did you. So often. So much pain and no one would ever notice because of the smile and joy you constantly radiated.”
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I miss you so much it hurts. Everywhere ….. but so did you. So often. So much pain and no one would ever notice because of the smile and joy you constantly radiated . I am trying my best today to celebrate your existence but I can’t help but just deeply mourn over your absence . All those texts I would receive , just of you saying that your praying for ME. How you were so selfless I’ll never understand . The way you found the good in everything . You are now a rainbow . Something beautiful that comes after something so gloomy. You were the only artist EVER, that I tried so hard to “ sign” , was going to create a label just so YOU could be on it. No one has heard them and I hope to share at an appropriate time, but the records you were creating with @brandicarlile (where it all began , the story ) and my dear writer friend @ilsey were so magically beautiful JUST LIKE YOU. Today we lost a legend . Do you hear me . Everyone got it so wrong on our season together of The Voice because no matter what has been recorded or remembered YOU won my angel . You are not only the best singer that show has ever had the honor of having on that stage but the best fucking singer in the world. What makes me sick is we always wait till the best are gone to recognize them and truly tell them what their art meant to us. The hope their voice gave us …. the emotions they pulled from us. Janice you’re my star! I will never give up on you. Ever . I am no longer your coach , I never was ….. YOU constantly taught me. You’ve been my coach on how to love , on how to persevere , on how to fight for what I want and never let even my own body get in the way. Anything is possible if it’s being done with faith. You are my world . I will never forget you or stop loving you. I am forever yours , Miley
On Monday, Freeman’s family hosted a celebration of life to honour her achievements. Cyrus and her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, both attended, spoke and performed.
“Before we sing this song for Janice, I just want to clear up a rumour. I was never her coach, ever, she was always mine,” Cyrus said through her tears. “I’ve learned more from her than anyone that I’ve ever gotten the honour to be in the room with, not just vocally, I should’ve gotten more lessons than I did, but she taught me everything that I know about love.”
“And, to be here, and I had planned on singing a song for her, but just losing her is just too much for me,” Cyrus continued. “So my dad’s gonna take care of this for me. But, I’ll always be your sister, I’m here for you, and I’m here for your family, and Janice I’ll miss you more than I could ever say. So, my dad is going to do this for me.”
Both the Cyrus’ performed a heartbreaking rendition of “Amazing Grace”.
Following her death, Freeman’s rep released a statement, revealing, “On Saturday afternoon, Janice began complaining that she couldn’t breathe properly and, in a matter of minutes, required CPR from her husband,” the rep said of her passing. “He called 911, continuing to do CPR until paramedics arrived. While Janice arrived at the hospital alive, continued efforts could not save her. Doctors believe a blood clot had formed in her lungs, which led to her quick demise. Janice Freeman died at 5:30 p.m. PST.”
Watch Cyrus’ tribute above.