Rock and blues belter Beverly McClellan, an out lesbian who wowed audiences as part of team Christina Aguilera on The Voice’s first season, died of cancer Tuesday, according to The Blast.
The 49-year-old was surrounded by family, friends, and her wife, Monique Vasquez, when she died after being diagnosed in March with endometrial cancer that had spread to her colon, bladder, and intestines, according to a GoFundMe page set up for her at the time.
One of four finalists on the hit singing competition’s inaugural season, McClellan inspired coaches Aguilera and Adam Levine to turn their chairs during the blind audition with her incendiary rendition of “Piece of My Heart.”
McClellan was out and proud throughout the course of The Voice’s 2011 season, as was co-contestant Vicci Martinez (Orange Is the New Black).
While Javier Colon won the season, McClellan amassed a devoted fan base by singing classics like “The Thrill Is Gone” and Melissa Etheridge’s lesbian anthem “I’m the Only One.”