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1. “Her smile and tone touched us all.” Voice contestant Natasha Stuart dies from cancer.
Natasha Stuart, a contestant on 2019’s The Voice Australia, has died of cancer, aged 43.
Stuart passed away at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney on Wednesday, surrounded by her family.
An Instagram post confirming the news was shared to Stuart’s Instagram account, with a poem from Emily Dickinson and a picture created especially for Stuart by artist Dan Marsh, showing a feather surrounded by musical notes.
Earlier in the week, performers Stuart had worked with over her career including Tina Arena and Jimmy Barnes spent time at her bedside, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
During her long career, Stuart was a backup vocalist for performers including Delta Goodrem, Guy Sebastian, Jessica Mauboy and Anthony Callea.
After touring with Michael Bolton in 2018, Stuart discovered a lump in her breast and was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of that year.
In 2019, she auditioned for The Voice and was mentored by Goodrem.
“For some reason, I decided that the right time to put myself on to national television was while I was going through one of the most vulnerable periods of my life but I am so glad I did! It was amazing to go through a rebirth of sorts on a show like this and the fact that I’ve had such an incredible, positive response is beyond anything I could’ve expected,” Stuart shared in an Instagram post following the show.
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