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Josiah Leming’s Mother Loses Cancer Battle

Lyndsey Parker
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Sharon Leming, beloved mother of American Idol underdog Josiah Leming (and eight other children), passed away yesterday after a five-year battle with cancer. She was only 39 years old.

When Josiah auditioned for Idol last season, he left behind his ailing mother--but she wanted him to pursue his musical dream, even if it meant temporarily leaving her side and, famously, living out of his car. She supported Josiah as much as he supported her.

And eventually her encouragement paid off: While Josiah was not selected to be in last season's Idol top 36 (to the shock of many), he still eventually landed a record deal with Warner Bros. and released the critically heralded Angels Undercover EP (with a full album to follow). I'm sure Sharon was very proud, and that she was delighted she'd lived long enough to see Josiah's dream come true.

For more information on Sharon's brave struggle, check out her blog, My Life With Cancer, and also look for her in Josiah's documentary-style "Angels Undercover" video below:

A full documentary about Josiah and Sharon is also in the works.

I invite you to post your well-wishes and expressions of sympathy to Josiah and the entire Leming family on the message board below during this tragic time, and I will leave you with these sad yet appropriate lyrics to "Angels Undercover":

Take me to the church where my father and my mother
Prayed for me and my dear brother
While the angels undercover cursed our names

Children, do you believe in heaven?
Tell me, do you believe in heaven?
'Cause there's a place that's filled with flames
And it's calling out your name
So you best believe in heaven
With your blind and absent faith
 
And take me to the park where we played, the light went dark
And even Jesus didn't matter
'cause our souls were filled with laughter
And our laughter reached to heaven
While our sorrows went to hell
 
Take me to the fields where my father spent his days
Slaving for a beggar's wage
The day is over, turn the page
There'll be another when you wake
Waiting in your cup of coffee
And you hear our mother coughing
As you whisper to her softly
But we still hear we every strain
We still hear every strain
 
And take me to the house where my mother rests her bones
In that chair she rests her bones
Quietly, unsuspecting throne
Lock me out, but don't deny her what she owns
Because I don't believe in heaven
No, I don't believe in heaven
There's a place that's filled with flames
And it's calling out my name
'cause I don't believe in heaven
Lock me out but don't deny her what she owns
Lock me out but don't deny her what she owns
 
And take me to the church where my father and my mother
Pray for me and my dear brother
While the angels undercover cursed our names

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