IN MEMORIAM: ‘The Voice’s’ Beverly McClennan Dies // Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths
‘The Voice’ Season 1 contestant Beverly McClellan dies at 49, remembered as ‘unique soul with a beautiful heart’
By Raechal Leone Shewfelt || Former Voice contestant Beverly McClellan, who competed on the first season of the NBC show, has died of cancer, according to The Blast. She was 49.
McClellan memorably performed “Piece of My Heart” and other songs and competed on Christina Aguilera’s team. In the end, she finished in the final four of the competition.
In a May 2011 interview with AfterEllen, she said that doing the show had changed her life, after nearly 20 years of recording and performing. “It feels awesome,” McClellan said. “I feel blessed, and like everything was not for nothing.”
McClellan died Thursday afternoon. Her wife, Monique, and friends were by her side.
On March 30, the singer was diagnosed with endometrial cancer that had already spread to her bladder, colon, and intestines, according to a GoFundMe fundraiser established to help pay her substantial medical bills.
McClellan’s co-star on the competition show, Nakia, mourned her with a short statement and a video that showed both of them singing Aguilera’s hit “Beautiful.”
A rep for Aguilera did not immediately respond to Yahoo’s request for comment.
In the year’s since McClellan’s turn on TV, she had continued to perform.
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Photo: “The Voice” finalist Beverly McClellan has died of cancer. She was 49.(Photo: Mitchell Haaseth, NBC)
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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…
30: Hardy Fox, 73, American musician and composer (The Residents), co-founder of The Cryptic Corporation, brain cancer; Rico J. Puno, 65, Filipino pop singer, heart failure.
29: Vladimir Borodin, 52, Russian composer; Jimmy Farrar, 67, American rock singer (Molly Hatchet, Gator Country), heart attack; Young Greatness, 34, American rapper (“Moolah”), shot.
28: Richard Gill, 76, Australian conductor, colorectal and peritoneal cancer.
27: Freddie Hart, 91, American country musician and songwriter (“Easy Loving”, “My Hang-Up Is You”, “Got the All Overs for You (All Over Me)”), pneumonia; Fred Hess, 74, American tenor saxophonist; Ingo Insterburg (de), 84, German musician and comedian; Todd Youth, 47, American punk and metal guitarist (Warzone, Murphy’s Law, Danzig).
26: Darijan Božic, 85, Slovenian composer (death announced on this date); Boris Temirkanov (ru), 81, Russian conductor and composer.
25: Sonny Fortune, 79, American jazz saxophonist, stroke; Elder Roma Wilson, 107, American gospel harmonica player and singer.
24: Hip Hop Pantsula, 38, South African rapper, suicide; Wah Wah Watson, 67, American guitarist (The Funk Brothers); Tony Joe White, 75, American singer-songwriter (“Polk Salad Annie”, “Rainy Night in Georgia”), heart attack.
23: Mighty Shadow, 77, Trinidadian calypsonian, stroke.