ITV Britain's Got Talent 'tragic loss' as Emma Jones dies from cancer at 32

Emma received a standing ovation from the judging panel on BGT when she appeared in 2015
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Former Britain's Got Talent semi-finalist Emma Jones has tragically passed away aged 32. The incredible singer appeared on the show in 2015 when she was just 23 and reached the semi-finals.

But she stunned the judges as well as viewers at home as she belted out the Opera classic Ave Maria on the ITV show. It was announced that Emma had passed away in February after a battle with cancer.

A tribute was paid to Emma, from Cumbria, on Facebook confirming the tragic news. The post read: 'I'm sorry to have to tell you that Emma Jones has died. She passed away on Valentines Day after being diagnosed with multiple organ cancer.

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The post added: "The doctor believes it originated as ovarian cancer and spread to other organs." Emma's former partner John Hastings shared with the News and Star how much he would miss her 'personality, smile and gorgeous voice'.

He added: "As a person, she was lovely, everyone wanted to be around her."

Fans were quick to send their condolences after hearing the news. One wrote: "Rest in heavenly peace, Emma. Lead the angels in choir and I so wish we could all hear that angelic beauty. I had just rewatched her BGT audition. Her performance of Ave Maria was so pure and lovely. She was a tender soul with an amazing gift. What a tragic loss. Rest with the angels, beautiful girl.'

Another said: "So sad to learn of her recent passing, having just seen her BGT audition today for the first time and been moved to tears by her beautiful voice. May she rest peacefully."

Emma moved the judges deeply with her performance, gaining a standing ovation after s shaky start where her nerves got the best of her and she hesitated before launching into her song. Simon Cowell told her: "I really like you. Actually, I'm going to change that - I love you."