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Former American Idol contestant dies after battle with rare cancer

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Posted at 9:21 PM, Oct 18, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-18 21:21:20-04

NEW YORK — Former American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella Ramirez died Saturday after a year-long battle with cancer.

“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 family posted on Facebook. “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.”

The 32-year-old singer appeared on American Idol in 2008