Heartbreak as family of singer announce she has passed away

It has been confirmed by the family of American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella that she passed away on the 18th October last. 

The 32-year-old was battling cancer and tragically lost her fight against the disease yesterday. 

Her family announced the heartbreaking news on Facebook, writing: “To God be the glory! With heavy heart, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne. On Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 5.45am, Joanne Borgella Ramirez was called by the Lord to heaven. At an early age, Joanne made a choice to love and trust the Lord; and since her diagnosis over a year ago, Joanne made a choice to 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.”

Joanne made it to the top 12 girls on American Idol back in 2008. 

Since then she has become a familiar face on US television, appearing on MTV's Made and NUVOtv's Curvy Girls

The singer and actress shared updates of her diagnosis with her fans through videoes. 

Here is a reminder of the amazing talent Joanne shared with the world during her appearance on American Idol.

Our thoughts are with Joanne’s family at this difficult time.