Jane Duski died aged 59 (Picture: Lauren Duski/Instagram)
The Voice singer Lauren Duski’s mother has died aged 59.
Lauren, who was runner-up in the 2017 series of the US version of the singing competition, posted a loving tribute to Janis Duski.
‘Said goodbye to my best friend and hero this past Friday. My mom was the greatest human I’ve ever known,’ the 32-year-old wrote on Instagram.
‘There was no one who loved harder. She offered her entire being — heart and soul to everyone she encountered and always held up the mirror to remind you of how wonderful and special you were. She set the bar above the moon.’
Although Lauren never intended to talk about she felt ‘the most violent pull in my heart to remind you to please talk to one another’.
‘If you’re struggling, do not be ashamed. Do not be ashamed. Do not be ashamed. Your mental health is nothing to be ashamed of and neither is talking about it,’ she urged.
‘If you’re struggling, do not be ashamed,’ wrote Lauren (Picture: Lauren Duski/Instagram)
‘We are all trying to navigate this beautiful, messy life. I’ve learned that even the strongest humans have a breaking point. Be patient and gentle with yourself. Minute by minute. Please do not lose hope. Trust in God. There is always another chance…and there will never be another you.’
TMZ reported that Janis was found dead in her car. They quote Michigan’s Tuscarora Township Police as confirming she had a ‘single gunshot wound to the chest’ and the handgun was in the vehicle.
‘Mom, you are infinitely loved. I will miss you every second of every day. I still don’t know how the hell I’m supposed to do this without you. I will thank God every day for our 32 years together and see you every time I look in that mirror,’ Lauren also wrote in the heartfelt message.
Lauren competed on The Voice (Picture: Trae Patton/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images)
In the statement, Lauren also celebrated Janis’ many achievements which included pioneering the Wolverine Patriot Project alongside the University of Michigan School of Dentistry after making it ‘her mission to provide oral health care to disabled and homeless Michigan military veterans’.
She concluded: ‘We have the opportunity to save a generation and beyond. Say “I love you” every chance you get. Dont wait. You never know the true impact you have on those around you.
‘I love you, mom. Forever. May you rest in glorious peace. Janis Patricia Duski – 1964-2024 💜🦋.’
If you’re a young person, or concerned about a young person, you can also contact PAPYRUS Prevention of Young Suicide UK. Their HOPELINK digital support platform is open 24/7, or you can call 0800 068 4141, text 07860039967 or email: [email protected] between the hours of 9am and midnight.
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‘My mom was the greatest human I’ve ever know.’