Beverly McClellan, 'The Voice' season 1's runner-up, succumbs to cancer at age 49
McClellan's wife Monique Garcia McClellan took to Facebook to announce about her loss to McClellan's fans
'The Voice' season one's artiste Beverly McClellan succumbed to cancer at the age of 49. McClellan, who was diagnosed with endometrial cancer that had spread to her colon, bladder, and intestines, passed away on Tuesday.
McClellan, who was third runner-up on the NBC singing competition’s first season, auditioned with a powerful rendition of 'Piece of My Heart' during which coaches Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera turned their chairs. McClellan joined Team Christina.
Born in Kingsport, Tennessee and raised in Gate City, Virginia, McClellan had an impressive resume before auditioning for 'The Voice'. She won the New York National Music Festival in 2004 as Best Overall Performer among 500 contestants. She had recorded five independent albums without having been signed by a record label when she auditioned for 'The Voice'.
Her wife Monique Garcia McClellan took to Facebook to announce about her loss to McClellan's fans.
Many of her fellow friends from 'The Voice' and 'The Voice' posted notes of condolences.
Javier Colon, the season one winner posted on his Instagram in light of McClellan's death and called her an "insanely talented artist".
Aguilera too posted on her Instagram story a picture of her and McClellan with a heart.
During her run on the singing competition, McClellan sang 'Baba O'Reilly', 'I'm the Only One' and 'The Thrill Is Gone'. She also sang 'Beautiful', a duet with Aguilera.
Nakia Reynoso, who appeared in the same season as McClellan tweeted "I am absolutely heartbroken."
I am absolutely heartbroken. My dear friend & fellow S1 @NBCTheVoice alum, @beverlyshane has died. Truly a unique soul with a beautiful heart, full of passion & an amazing talent. This was us singing @xtina's Beautiful on tour.https://t.co/j7ry4PdkSt 📹 @AlTheKiller— Nakia (@Nakia) October 31, 2018
McClellan's GoFundMe page noted in June that she was finding musical inspiration in her battle. The page read, "Beverly has mentioned multiple times that a great album and 'The Living Room' tour is coming out of this experience — she has lots of material coming from this journey and it’s only the beginning."
In October her GoFundMe page informed fans, "Our journey to get Beverly better has come to an end." The page also noted that McClellan would be "singing for us in the heavens."
McClellan's Twitter bio read, "I sing & I did that on SEASON (1) team Xtina of Nbc's 'The Voice' I made FINAL 4 & since then I am blessed to share my music with the world!"