Former 'American Idol' Contestant Joanne Borgella Dies at 32

by 8:06 AM PDT, October 19, 2014
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Former American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella died at the age of 32 yesterday after battling cancer.

Her family made the announcement on Facebook.

Borgella's family says:

Since her diagnosis over a year ago, Joanne made a choice to also be a fighter and share her journey with the world. Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered. Although our family is suffering with this great loss, we find comfort in the closeness Joanne shared with the Lord. We know her spirit still shines and will continue to live on in heaven.

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They also hope that people educate themselves on Endometrial Cancer and support research efforts.

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Borgella was a contestant on season seven of American Idol. She made it to the top 24 before being eliminated. She was also on reality shows including MADE, Mo'Niques Fat Chance and Curvy Girls.

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