Miley Cyrus celebrated the life and legacy of The Voice contestant, Janice Freeman. Two weeks after Freeman died of complications from pneumonia and a blood clot at age 33, a celebration of life ceremony was held in her honor on Monday and streamed live on Facebook.
Midway through the memorial, Miley took the stage with her father Billy Ray Cyrus and struggled to hold back tears as she honored Freeman, who competed on Team Miley during the singing competition show’s 13th season.
“Before we sing this song for Janice, I just want to clear up a rumor. I was never her coach, ever, she was always mine,” Miley said in her tearful speech. “I’ve learned more from her than anyone that I’ve ever gotten the honor to be in the room with, not just vocally, I should’ve gotten more lessons than I did, but she taught me everything that I know about love.”
“And, to be here, and I had planned on singing a song for her, but just losing her is just too much for me,” she continued. “So my dad’s gonna take care of this for me.But,I’ll always be your sister, I’m here for you, and I’m here for your family, and Janice I’ll miss you more than I could ever say. So, my dad is going to do this for me.”
Billy Ray Cyrus sang “Amazing Grace” in Miley’s place, but she joined in for a little.
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