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'American Idol' Contestant, 32, Dies of Cancer

Joanne Borgella fought endometrial cancer
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2014 8:40 AM CDT
Updated Oct 19, 2014 9:07 AM CDT
'American Idol' Contestant, 32, Dies of Cancer
"American Idol" contestant Joanne Borgella, 25, of Hoboken, NJ, is shown in this 2008 file photo.   (AP Photo/FOX)

(Newser) – Former American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella died yesterday at the age of 32, after a lengthy fight with endometrial cancer, reports Fox. Her family lamented her "great loss" via a Facebook post: "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." She announced her diagnosis with the rare cancer, which attacks the womb's lining, a year ago, notes CBS; she had recently said it had spread to her chest. Borgella appeared on Season 7 of Idol, which was eventually won by David Cook; in 2005, she won the short-lived show Mo’Nique’s Fat Chance. (Read more Joanne Borgella stories.)

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