Jane ‘Nightbirde’ Marczewski, the America’s Got Talent contestant who won the world’s heart, has lost her battle with cancer, her family has confirmed.
‘AGT’ star Jane ‘Nightbirde’ Marczewski (31) loses cancer battle
Former America’s Got Talent contestant Jane "Nightbirde" Marczewski has died while battling cancer, her family confirmed to Fox News Digital.
"Nightbirde," a favourite from Season 16, died on Saturday at the age of 31.
"It is with the deepest heartache that we confirm that after a four year battle with cancer, Jane Marczewski, known to many of you as Nightbirde, passed away on February 19th 2022. We, her family, are devastated by her passing and unimaginable loss," the singer’s family wrote in a statement to Fox News Digital.
"Many remember her from America’s Got Talent, where she performed her song ‘It’s OK’ and inspired millions of people around the globe with her messages of faith and never giving up."
The family concluded the statement with, "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 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."
Nightbirde’s performance earned a coveted golden buzzer from Simon Cowell
"Nightbirde" received the "Golden Buzzer" from judge Simon Cowell during Season 16, but ended up withdrawing due to her battle with cancer.
"Sharing my heart with the world on ‘AGT’ has been an honor and a dream come true," she wrote on Instagram at the time. "My point of view this summer has been astounding. What a miracle that the pain I’ve walked through can be reworked into beauty that makes people all over the world open their eyes wider."
"Since my audition, my health has taken a turn for the worse and the fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention," she continued. "I am so sad to announce that I won’t be able to continue forward on this season of ‘AGT.’ Life doesn’t always give breaks to those that deserve it—but we knew that already."
"Nightbirde" shared a photo of herself on Instagram weeks ago and revealed things had been "brutal" recently.
"Honestly, things have been pretty brutal," she wrote. "But this is a photo of myself from last week where I felt pretty, and alive, and awake, and human, and real. I needed that. We’re all a little lost and it’s alright."
AGT judges and presenter shared their condolences on social media
"America’s Got Talent" released a statement on the singer’s death to Fox News Digital.
"Your voice, your story, and your message touched millions," the statement reads. "Nightbirde will always be a member of the AGT family. Rest In Peace, Jane."
Judge Simon Cowell shared his condolences on Twitter.
"Heart breaking news to hear about @_nightbirde, she was an extraordinary person, so brave, so talented. She made a huge impact on AGT and the world. Her determination to fight this terrible illness was remarkable. Rest in peace, Jane. I am sending my love to her family."
"America’s Got Talent" host Terry Crews reacted to the death on Instagram.
"We are saddened to learn about @_nightbirde’s Passing," he captioned a social media post. "Our Condolences goes to her Closest Family & Friends in such of This difficult time. We Love you, Nightbirde."
"AGT" judge Heidi Klum also shared her condolences on Instagram.
"We love you," the model wrote while sharing a photo of Nightbirde on her Instagram Story. "Rest in peace @nightbirde."
Jane “Nightbirde” Marczewski‘s lasting legacy will be the gift of hope
A few words from Mitch Marczewski:
We are raising funds in honor of Jane in order to create a memorial foundation to donate to cancer research & give grants/support to those who may be unable to afford the treatment they need. The proceeds from this fund will be used to honor Jane’s memory by allowing her dream and inspiration to impact millions of others.
Jane Kristen Marczewski, age 31, also known as Nightbirde of Nashport OH went home to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 19, 2022 after a four-year battle with cancer. She most recently resided in San Clemente CA with her brother Andrew.
Jane was born December 29, 1990 in Zanesville OH to Mitchell and Sharon Marczewski. She is survived by siblings Mitchell Jr (Brook); Andrew and Katelyn Marczewski; grandparents Richard and Elizabeth Rumora; Uncle Keith and Aunt Sheryl Ross; Nephews Mitchell III and Jude Marczewski; niece Magnolia Marczewski and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
She was a 2009 graduate of Licking County Christian Academy and a 2013 graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg VA with a marketing degree.
Many remember her as the winner of Simon Cowell’s Golder Buzzer on America’s Got Talent in 2021 with the hit song It’s OK which charted No. 1 on iTunes and charted on Billboard. Her other top songs include New Year’s Eve, Girl in a Bubble and Brave.
Before she became Nightbirde, she dedicated her high school years volunteering with the youth ministry at Cornerstone Church in Licking County OH. She also spent many nights and weekends leading worship at Christian events throughout Ohio. It was during this time when she cultivated her love for music and ministry.
During college she continued her love for music by becoming a prolific songwriter and performer. When she was not writing or singing, she shared Jesus with the unparented youngsters in her neighborhood while providing them snacks after school.
When she resided in Nashville TN, she was involved at The Belonging Church leading worship and participating as a youth camp counselor. She also enjoyed sharing Christ with the women at the Davidson County Jail. Many now know the Lord because of her evangelism and commitment to Christ.
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 lasting legacy will be the gift of hope she communicated through her music and the strength she found in Jesus.
NIGHTBIRDE MEMORIAL FUNDRAISER
A few words from Mitch Marczewski — We are raising funds in honor of Jane in order to create a memorial foundation to donate to cancer research & give grants/support to those who may be unable to afford the treatment they need. The proceeds from this fund will be used to honor Jane's memory by allowing her dream and inspiration to impact millions of others.