Tributes Paid to America's Got Talent Singer Nightbirde, Who Has Died of Cancer Aged 31

The family of America's Got Talent singer Jane Marczewski said that the 31-year-old has passed away from cancer.

The singer, whose stage name was "Nightbirde," died on Saturday after months of treatment for the disease, which had spread to her lungs, spine, and liver, TMZ reported.

She had previously survived a battle with breast cancer, which was diagnosed in 2017. She withdrew from the 16th season of America's Got Talent in August last year after wowing the audience with her rendition of an original song entitled "I'm OK."

Marczewski said that she had been given just a 2 percent chance of survival in 2019, adding that doctors had given her a window of survival of just three to six months. The following year she said she was cancer-free.

But by 2021 it had returned and spread, or metastasized, to her lungs, spine and liver.

In a statement to CNN, the show said: "Your voice, your story, and your message touched millions. Nightbirde will always be a member of the 'AGT' family. Rest In Peace, Jane."

In the United States during 2018 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that over 257,000 breast cancers were diagnosed. During the same year, over 42,000 women died of the disease.

The CDC added that the five-year survival rate for breast cancer is 90 percent. That means only 10 percent of sufferers die within five years of first being diagnosed. The rate rises, however, when cancer has spread to other parts of the body.

The Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CCTA) says that even after initial breast cancer treatment there is a chance it may return, a condition known as recurrent breast cancer.

It adds that in most cases, recurrent cancers appear within the first three years following treatment, but that the disease also could return many years later, either locally or others organs around the body.

Distant recurring cancer, also known as metastatic breast cancer, occurs when cancer cells travel away from the original tumor in the breast to other parts of the body. This spread happens most often through the lymphatic system, a system of nodes, vessels, or organs that forms part of the immune system, or through the bloodstream.

Risk of Disease Spreading

The CCTA says that common metastatic areas to which cancer cells spread are the bones, liver and lungs. It adds that even when a metastatic breast tumor spreads to a different part of the body, it contains the same cancerous cells that developed in the breast.

Every person who has suffered from breast cancer carries the risk of recurrence, but the CCTA says that this risk is relatively low and that it falls as time progresses.

The CCTA writes: "Cancer is most likely to recur in the first two years after treatment, and once people get to five years of living cancer-free after treatment, it's considered to be a significant milestone to be celebrated.

"Recurrence after that five-year mark—rare, but possible—is called late recurrence."

Terry Crews, the host of America's Got Talent, also paid tribute to the singer on his Instagram account. Crews concluded his post: "We Love you, Nightbirde."

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An image of America's Got Talent logo. AOT singer Nightbirde has passed away after cancer spread to her lungs, liver and spine. Fernando Leon/GETTY