Cat Janice, singer whose hit 'dance' song dedicated to young son went viral on TikTok, dead from cancer at age 31

 February 29, 2024

Cat Janice, 31, a singer-songwriter and mother who was battling cancer and went viral on TikTok over the past month when she dedicated her latest hit song to her young son, ultimately lost that fight against cancer and passed away on Wednesday, according to NBC News.

Her tragic loss will serve as a blessing in disguise to her 7-year-old son, however, in that she had recently made arrangements for the entirety of the proceeds from her viral "Dance You Outta My Head" song to go to her child.

Battle with cancer finally over

The sad news was announced by Janice's family on her Instagram page on Wednesday with a message that read, "This morning, from her childhood home and surrounded by her loving family, Catherine peacefully entered the light and love of her heavenly creator."

"We are eternally thankful for the outpouring of love that Catherine and our family have received over the past few months," the statement continued. "Cat saw her music go places she never expected and rests in the peace of knowing that she will continue to provide for her son through her music. This would not have been possible without all of you."

It was noted that her brother would continue to run the Instagram page as a memorial to her and "also manage all operations surrounding Cat’s music, merchandise, and public relations. Per Cat’s request, there is some more art that she wants to share too. All in due time."


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Song erupts into a huge hit

According to NBC News, Janice's "Dance You Outta My Head" song exploded in popularity on TikTok following its release on Jan. 19, reaching No. 1 on the social media platform's Top 50 chart, cracking the Top 10 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, and being streamed nearly 13 million times on Spotify.

The song further sparked a viral trend on TikTok when it was used as the soundtrack for more than 200,000 videos of other users dancing to the hit tune, in large part in support of her announced plan to financially support her son's future through her created music once she was no longer around.

Just days before the song was released, Janice explained in a video, "I’m crawling to my radiation so I can buy myself some time so I can see this song released," and added, "I changed all the rights of my songs to my son so I can leave him behind something. I don’t have much."

Her battle with cancer over the last few years

Last month, Janice spoke with the "Today" show and said of her hit song going viral on TikTok, "I’m just honestly so blown away by everyone’s love and how they’ve supported me through this and shared this story. I really wasn’t expecting to be here. I really do believe it’s a miracle to be able to witness this. I'm just very happy to be here."

She shared how it was in November 2021, after recovering from a bout with COVID, that she had first felt an odd lump in her neck that she initially attributed to still-swollen lymph nodes and otherwise didn't think much about.

When she realized several months later, in March 2022, that the lump was not only still there but had grown larger and harder, she became concerned and had it checked out by a doctor. That lump turned out to be sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that had formed on her scalene muscle, which was treated with chemotherapy and radiation and removed, and though she seemed to be on the road to recovery, the cancer returned in May 2023, this time on her lungs.

Thanked fans for their support of her and her son

Janice continually updated her fans on her ongoing battle with cancer, which undoubtedly contributed to the huge outpouring of support on behalf by other users listening to and sharing her hit song that she dedicated to her young son who now no longer has the in-person support of his loving mother.

As for all of that love and support that she had received from everybody online, the late singer-songwriter told the "Today" show, "It’s so beautiful and wonderful and amazing."

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