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Simon Cowell pays tribute to ‘extraordinary’ AGT star Jane Marczewski

The singer, who used the stage name Nightbirde, earned a coveted Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell on the US show.

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Simon Cowell (Ian West/PA)

Simon Cowell (Ian West/PA)

Simon Cowell (Ian West/PA)

Simon Cowell has paid tribute to America’s Got Talent (AGT) star Jane Marczewski following her death aged 31 from cancer, describing her as an “extraordinary person”.

The singer, who used the stage name Nightbirde, earned a coveted Golden Buzzer from Cowell on the US variety show after sharing her emotional story and delivering a stunning audition performance.

She was forced to withdraw from AGT mid-series in order to focus on her health full-time.

Cowell wrote in a tribute to Marczewski on Twitter: “Heartbreaking news to hear about @_nightbirde, she was an extraordinary person, so brave, so talented.

“She made a huge impact on AGT and the world. Her determination to fight this terrible illness was remarkable.

“Rest in peace, Jane. I am sending my love to her family. Simon”

During her AGT audition, Marczewski’s story and positive outlook moved the music mogul so much that he pushed the Golden Buzzer, which sends performers straight to the live shows.

Following her performance of her original song It’s OK, she told Cowell: “You can’t wait until life isn’t hard any more before you decide to be happy.”

Judges of America’s Got Talent also remembered the singer, including Sofia Vergara who wrote on Instagram: “Rest in power @_nightbirde. We lost a shining star today.

“You were a true inspiration to all. Sending so much love to Nightbirde’s family and friends. She was something special.”

Howie Mandel said Marczewski was a “bright inspirational light” and that he felt “lucky” to have met her.

He added: “We must continue to live and learn from her words and lyrics.

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“As much as I feel horribly about her passing I feel lucky to to have met, heard and known her.”

Heidi Klum and the show’s host Terry Crews also expressed their sadness at the news online.

Crews wrote:  “We are saddened to learn about @_nightbirde’s passing. Our Condolences goes to her Closest Family & Friends at such a difficult time. We Love you, Nightbirde.”

In a tribute online the show’s official account said Marczewski’s story had “touched millions”.

“Your voice, your story, and your message touched millions”, the account tweeted.

“Nightbirde will always be a member of the AGT family. Rest In Peace, Jane.”

Following her first audition Cowell said Marczewski was a “true inspiration”.

“Hello Everyone, I want you all to meet @_nightbirde,” he wrote.

“She’s my Golden Buzzer act on @AGT this year. She is a true inspiration, this was a very special moment.”

Marczewski was very open about her struggle with cancer online and was known for retaining a positive outlook.

In the weeks before her death she posted: “Honestly, things have been pretty brutal.

“But this is a photo of myself from last week where I felt pretty, and alive, and awake, and human, and real.

“I needed that. We’re all a little lost and it’s alright.”

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