America's Got Talent (AGT) star Nightbirde has died after a battle with cancer. The 31-year-old was a standout as soon as she took to the stage during the season 16 auditions of America's Got Talent (AGT) and continued to inspire the world with her story of strength as she fought the disease.
Nightbirde, whose real name was Jane Marczewski, died on Saturday after being diagnosed with cancer in 2017.
“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 music and the strength she found in Jesus,” reads a statement released by her family.
Tributes have poured out from around the world, including those from her AGT family.
“We are saddened to learn about @_nightbirde's Passing. Our Condolences goes to her Closest Family & Friends in such of This difficult time. We Love you, Nightbirde,” host Terry Crews shared on Instagram Monday.
“We love you. Rest in peace @_nightbirde,” judge Heidi Klum posted to her Instagram story.
“@_nightbirde was such a bright inspirational light in all our lives. We must continue to live and learn from her words and lyrics. As much as I feel horribly about her passing I feel lucky to have met, heard and known her,” judge Howie Mandel took to Twitter.
“Rest in power @_nightbirde. We lost a shining star today you were a true inspiration to all. Sending so much love to all of Nightbirde's family and friends. She was something special,” judge Sofia Vergara said on her Instagram story.
Nightbirde's last Instagram post from January, 12 expresses the “pretty brutal” time she experienced with the disease but, despite the pain and frailty in her body, she remained positive and with a smile on her face.