‘Her spirit still shines’: American Idol contestant dies at 32 after battling cancer

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An American Idol contestant has died at the age of 32.

Joanne Borgella, who made it to the top 24 on season 7 of the show, died Saturday morning after battling endometrial cancer.

The talented singer, who was also a model, kept her Facebook fans updated on her condition.

Her last post on Sept. 23 talked about heading back to radiation for two procedures.

Then, Saturday, her family announced on Facebook that she had passed away. “At an early age, Joanne made a choice to serve and trust the Lord; and 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.”