Joanne Borgella dies at 32 of endometrial cancer

Singer/songwriter Joanne Borgella, who competed on the seventh season of American Idol and made it to the Top 12 of that season’s female finalists, died Saturday after a yearlong battle with endometrial cancer. She was 32.

Her run on American Idol wasn’t the first brush with reality TV fame for the Long Island, NY native. Borgella competed on and won the first season of Oxygen’s Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance.

She went on to sign with Wilhelmina Models and embarked on a modeling career, in addition to appearing on MTV’s Made and NUVOtv’s Curvy Girls.

Announcing her passing in a Facebook post Sunday, Borgella’s family lauded her decision to go public with her cancer battle: “[S]ince 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.”

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