'The Voice' contestant Janice Freeman dead at 33

Janice Freeman, a favorite contestant on The Voice in 2017, has died. She was just 33 years old.

In a statement to ET, Freeman's rep said the singer passed away at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

“It's an unexpected shock to all of us," the statement reads. "She had traveled to Kansas City just a week ago (Friday, Feb 22) to perform at a gala one of my client's was sponsoring, and performed beautifully."

“She felt very weak the next morning, and my clients were very concerned and suggested she check into an ER before getting back on a plane, but Janice chose to fly home to L.A.,” the rep continued. “I don't know if she did any performances between now and then. "

Freeman has open in the past about her battle with Lupus, an autoimmune disease which attacks its own tissue, leading to a myriad of symptoms including fatigue, swollen joints, chest pains and more. According to her rap, during the past few months, her symptoms were getting progressively worse. 

In season 13 of the singing competition show, Freeman was on Miley Cyrus’ team, where she dazzled audiences with her soulful performances.

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MIAMI BEACH, FL - DECEMBER 06: Janice Freeman arrives at 2018 Global Gift Gala at Eden Roc Hotel on December 6, 2018 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jason Koerner/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Janice Freeman arrives at The COTA Awards (Celebration of the Arts) on September 15, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for COTA)
MALIBU, CA - SEPTEMBER 15: Janice Freeman performs at The COTA Awards (Celebration of the Arts) on September 15, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for COTA)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - SEPTEMBER 06: Singer / TV Personality Janice Freeman attends the 70th Emmy Awards nominees reception for Outstanding Casting Directors at Mr. C Beverly Hills on September 6, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 10: Janice Freeman speaks at the Global Gift Foundation USA Women's Empowerment Luncheon at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar on May 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/Getty Images for Yardbird Southern Table & Bar)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 24: Recording artist Janice Freeman attends the Unstoppable Foundation 10th Anniversary Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 24, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by JC Olivera/Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 11' Episode 1318B -- Pictured: Janice Freeman -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 11' Episode 1318B -- Pictured: (l-r) Janice Freeman, Ashland Craft, Miley Cyrus, Brooke Simpson -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 11' Episode 1318B -- Pictured: (l-r) Janice Freeman, Miley Cyrus, Ashland Craft, Brooke Simpson -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 11' Episode 1318B -- Pictured: (l-r) Ashland Craft, Janice Freeman, Brooke Simpson, Adam Cunningham -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 11' Episode 1318A -- Pictured: Janice Freeman -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode 1317B -- Pictured: (l-r) Brooke Simpson, Miley Cyrus, Janice Freeman, Ashland Craft -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
THE VOICE -- 'Live Top 12' Episode 1317B -- Pictured: (l-r) Davon Fleming, Ashland Craft, Janice Freeman, Jon Mero, Adam Cunningham -- (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Although she was eliminated in the playoffs, she bonded with the “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart” singer, who posted a photo on Sunday morning of a rainbow, writing, “Thank you @janicefreeman… for everything. This represents you perfectly.”

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Freeman is survived by her husband and daughter.

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