Former 'American Idol' contestant Joanne Borgella dies at 32

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American Idol Season 7's Top 24 contestant Joanne Borgella poses at a party in their honor, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2008, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 22: Joanne Borgella attends the 2013 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards at Hammerstein Ballroom on August 22, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for BMI)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: (L-R) Lornalitz Baez and Joanne Borgella film on location for NUVOtv's 'Curvy Girls' on June 7, 2013 at 6 Columbus Hotel in New York City.(Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Joanne Borgella films on location for NUVOtv's 'Curvy Girls' on June 7, 2013 at 6 Columbus Hotel in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Joanne Borgella films on location for NUVOtv's 'Curvy Girls' on June 7, 2013 at 6 Columbus Hotel in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - OCTOBER 28: Joanne Borgella attends the unveiling of Royal Chie's 'Mosaique de Chie - Eco Harmony' Luxury Fur Collection at Geisha on October 28, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: American Idol finalist Joanne Borgella attends the launch of DOW XLA Redesign the Rules campaign at Highbar on September 16, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Joanne Borgella during Kelis And VH1 Soul Present: The Summer of Soul Party - August 1, 2006 at Crobar in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Jason Kempin/FilmMagic)
Joanne Borgella and Mo'nique during 'Mo'Nique's Fat Chance' at Tribune Stage 6 in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage for Oxygen Media)
Joanne Borgella during 'Mo'Nique's Fat Chance' at Tribune Stage 6 in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage for Oxygen Media)
The contestants of 'Mo'Nique's Fat Chance' with winner Joanne Borgella (c) and Mo'nique (r) (Photo by L. Cohen/WireImage for Oxygen Media)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 20: American Idol contestant Joanne Borgella attends the YRB magazine issue release party at RDV on May 20, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Killian/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: (L-R) Denise Bidot, Ivory Kalber, Rosie Mercado, Lornalitz Baez and Joanne Borgella film on location for NUVOtv's 'Curvy Girls' on June 7, 2013 at 6 Columbus Hotel in New York City.(Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: Joanne Borgella films on location for NUVOtv's 'Curvy Girls' on June 7, 2013 at 6 Columbus Hotel in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 07: (L-R) Denise Bidot, Ivory Kalber and Joanne Borgella film on location for NUVOtv's 'Curvy Girls' on June 7, 2013 at 6 Columbus Hotel in New York City.(Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)
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(Reuters) - Singer and model Joanne Borgella, who competed on "American Idol" in 2008, died on Saturday at age 32 after a battle with cancer, her family said on her Facebook page.

"With heavy hearts, we are deeply saddened to announce the passing of our beloved Joanne," the family said in a statement, which did not say where Borgella had died.

The Long Island, New York-born Borgella made it to the top 24 on "American Idol" in 2008, three years after she appeared on reality series "Mo'Nique's Fat Chance" and won its contest to find the ideal plus-sized model. In recent years, she had modeled professionally and launched her own clothing line.

Borgella last year shared a video with her fans to say she was diagnosed with cancer and that it had spread to her chest. She had since chronicled her treatment on her Facebook page.

Joanne Borgella Dies At 32 After Year-Long Battle With Cancer

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