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Simon Cowell responds to the ‘heart breaking’ passing of America’s Got Talent contestant Nightbirde

Less than a year after being moved by Nightbirde’s original song, Simon Cowell honored the beloved singer after her passing.

Nightbirde (born Jane Marczewski) auditioned in the 16th season of America’s Got Talent last June, performing her own original song It’s OK, which moved Cowell so much that he gave her his Golden Buzzer.

Unfortunately, Nightbirde announced in August that she had to withdraw from the competition because her battle with cancer was worsening, before passing away on February 19 at just 31 years of age. 

R.I.P.: Less than a year after being moved by Nightbirde’s original song, Simon Cowell honored the beloved singer after her passing

‘Heart breaking news to hear about @_nightbirde, she was an extraordinary person, so brave, so talented,’ Cowell began. 

‘She made a huge impact on AGT and the world. Her determination to fight this terrible illness was remarkable,’ he added. 

‘Rest in peace, Jane. I am sending my love to her family. Simon,’ the AGT judge concluded.

Heart breaking: 'Heart breaking news to hear about @_nightbirde, she was an extraordinary person, so brave, so talented,' Cowell began

Heart breaking: ‘Heart breaking news to hear about @_nightbirde, she was an extraordinary person, so brave, so talented,’ Cowell began

After her Golden Buzzer episode of AGT aired on NBC, her original song It’s OK became the #1 song on iTunes and was the #2 song on YouTube. 

The singer took to her Instagram on August 2 to announce she had to withdraw from the show since her health took a ‘turn for the worse.’

‘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,’ she said on Instagram.  

Golden buzzer: After her Golden Buzzer episode of AGT aired on NBC, her original song It's OK became the #1 song on iTunes and was the #2 song on YouTube

Golden buzzer: After her Golden Buzzer episode of AGT aired on NBC, her original song It’s OK became the #1 song on iTunes and was the #2 song on YouTube

‘Thank you for all your support, it means the world to me. Stay with me, I’ll be better soon. I’m planning my future, not my legacy. Pretty beat up, but I’ve still got dreams,’ she concluded.

The singer remained rather active on Instagram throughout her cancer battle, with her last post on January 11 that featured a photo and a heartfelt message.

‘Honestly, things have been pretty brutal. 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,’ she said.

Support: 'Thank you for all your support, it means the world to me. Stay with me, I’ll be better soon. I’m planning my future, not my legacy. Pretty beat up, but I’ve still got dreams,' she concluded

Support: ‘Thank you for all your support, it means the world to me. Stay with me, I’ll be better soon. I’m planning my future, not my legacy. Pretty beat up, but I’ve still got dreams,’ she concluded

The singer’s family posted a final video of the late singer on Tuesday, along with a statement from the family.

‘After a four-year battle with cancer, Jane Kristen Marczewski, also known as Nightbirde, passed away on February 19th, 2022,’ the statement began.

‘Many remember her from America’s Got Talent, where she performed her hit song “It’s OK” and inspired millions of people around the globe with her messages of faith and never giving up,’ the statement added.

Video: The singer's family posted a final video of the late singer on Tuesday, along with a statement from the family

Video: The singer’s family posted a final video of the late singer on Tuesday, along with a statement from the family

‘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,’ they continued.

‘Her lasting legacy will be the gift of hope she gave to so many through her music and the strength she found in Jesus,’ the statement concluded.

AGT debuted a new spin-off series America’s Got Talent: Extreme on Monday, with Season 17 of AGT slated to debut this summer. 

Larger than life: '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,' they continued

Larger than life: ‘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,’ they continued


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