'American Idol' alum Joanne Borgella dead at 32
Joanne Borgella, a contestant on the seventh season of American Idol, died Saturday following a battle with cancer. She was 32.
Borgella’s family announced the news via Facebook writing, “To God be the glory! With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne.
“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.”
Borgella—who had been chronicling her cancer treatments on Twitter—made it to the top 24 of Idol in 2008, in addition to winning the first season of the Oxygen reality series Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance in 2005. She was also signed to Wilhelmina Models.
Borgella’s fellow Idol season 7 alum Michael Johns died earlier this year at the age of 35.