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'La Voz Kids' Spain News: 11-Year-Old Contestant Iralia Dies of Cancer [VIDEO]

La Voz Spain contestant Iralia la Torre. Youtube

Iralia was just eleven years old when she wowed judges on the Spanish version of "La Voz Kids." Sadly, the talented singer has succumbed to cancer, passing away on Monday in Valencia, Spain. "Iralia, my darling, the angels are waiting for you ... rest in peace," posted her coach, Malú on social media. This thursday, the next episode of the program will air, showing the young girl in the second round of competition. The show was taped in July 2013 when Iralia was relatively healthy.

Iralia la Torre wowed judges in her blind audition: all three judges turned their chairs around after just a few bars of he 11-year-old singing Rhianna's hit "Diamonds." Less than a year later, Iralia will sing no more. Representatives from Mediaset and Boomerang, the companies behind La Voz Spain, traveled to Valencia to give their condolences to the grieving family as well as to know how the family would feel about footage of their daughter continuing to appear on TV. 

The girl's family has thanked fans for the tremendous support they have received on social media, and ask that people wishing to remember Iralia donate to the Asmanion foundation, an organization that helped the la Torre family greatly during the last four years of Iralia's battle with cancer. You can watch her audition below: despite being overcome by nerves and emotion, Iralia was able to deliver an incredible rendition of the song, to the amazement of all.

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Oscar Lopez is a Brooklyn-based writer. Originally from Mexico, Oscar moved with his family to Australia in 2000. Graduating from the University of Melbourne in 2011 with a BA (Honors) Oscar was awarded the Keith Macartney Scholarship for the Arts, the Louise Homfrey Award and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award. As well as reporting for Latin Times, Oscar's writng has been featured in Newsweek, New York Magazine (nymag.com) and Musee Magazine.

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