American Idol Alum Joanne Borgella Dies at 32

American Idol Alum Joanne Borgella Dies at 32
Joanne Borgella
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10/18/2014 AT 08:15 PM EDT

Joanne Borgella, a contestant on season 7 of American Idol, died on Saturday morning after battling cancer. She was 32.

Borgella's family posted a message on her Facebook fan page announcing her death.

"Her faith, courage and strength were unshaken throughout every obstacle she encountered," they said. "We know her spirit still shines and will continue to live on in heaven."

Borgella – who made it to the top 24 on her season of Idol – also appeared on MTV's MADE and the Oxygen network's Mo'Nique's Fat Chance, and was signed to Wilhelmina Models.

The singer suffered from endometrial cancer, and regularly updated fans on her health on her Facebook page. Her last post, dated Sept. 23, read: "Gooooood morning!! We are heading back to radiation for 2 procedures!! God js with us!! I have lots to fill you in on.. The presence of The Lord is here.. Prayers up!!! I love you guys #GodsGotThis #ThePowerofPrayer #Faith #IWillbeCancerFree2014 #JoanneBorgella"



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