Jane ‘Nightbirde’ Marczewski Dies: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Star Was 31

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Jane Marczewski, the singer known as Nightbirde who found fame last year on America’s Got Talent and chronicled her battle with breast cancer on social media, died of the disease yesterday. She was 31.

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AGT’s star Nightbirde reveals how she’d ‘like to die’

Jane Marczewski — or “Nightbirde,” as she is more commonly known — has won the hearts of the nation ever since she stepped out on the stage of American’s Got Talent to sing “It’s Okay,” an inspiring song that made us take a look at our lives with even more gratitude.

The Zanesville, Ohio, native earned a judges’ standing ovation and the NBC show’s sought-after Golden Buzzer with her audition performance of an original song, “It’s Okay,” last June. Just weeks later, in early August, she announced that she was dropping out of the competition, explaining that her “fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention.”

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 “You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” – Nightbirde

Today, AGT judge Howie Mandel tweeted his condolences, writing, that 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 horrible about her passing I feel lucky to have met, heard, and known her.”

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10 Facts You Didn’t Know About ‘America’s Got Talent’s Nightbirde.

This girl is a warrior, as we all know. She had cancer in her spine, lungs, and liver at the time of her audition, with a 2% chance of survival. “I have a two percent chance of survival but two percent is not zero percent” Nightbirde said. However, one standout performer is heading directly to the live performances.

Nightbirde's emotional poem: A Hero in Flames.

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 “You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” – Nightbirde

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