‘American Idol’ Contestant Dies

Oct 20, 2014  •  Post A Comment

A singer, songwriter and model who was a contestant on the Fox competition show “American Idol” has died. Deadline.com reports that Joanne Borgella, who competed during the seventh season of “Idol,” died Saturday after battling endometrial cancer for a year.

On “Idol,” Borgella made it into the top 12 among the season’s female contestants.

The piece notes, “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.’”

In a Facebook post Sunday about Borgella’s death, her family wrote, “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.”

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Joanne Borgella

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