Josiah Leming’s Mother Succumbs to Cancer

Update: Announcement in the Leming’s hometown newspaper HERE.

Sharon Leming, the mother of Season 7 contestant, Josiah Leming, passed away from cancer Tuesday afternoon.

You might remember Josiah from his Season 7 audition and the Hollywood rounds.   He broke down on camera when just missed the cut to Top 24.

His quirky take on Mika’s “Grace Kelly” caught the attention of Idol fans, as did his backstory–he’d been living out of his car prior to his Idol audition.

A detail not included in his Idol backstory–his mother was fighting a nearly decade long struggle with ovarian leiomyosarcoma, a very rare from of the disease.   She chronicled her struggle on her blog   here.

On Sharon’s blog, a friend of the family posted that she’d been   admitted to ICU.   Hours later the news of Sharon’s passing was posted in comments, where fans have been posting condolences.

Since his Idol run, Josiah was signed to Warner Brothers and has been shuffling between the US and London, recording his debut album.

When I have more information on Sharon’s passing, I’ll update this post.

Sending out thoughts and prayers to Josiah and his family at this sad time…

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