Jessi Zazu dies aged 28 following cervical cancer battle

Nashville-based indie rocker Jessi Zazu died Tuesday following a longtime battle to cervical cancer. She was only 28.

Nashville-based indie rocker Jessi Zazu died Tuesday following a longtime battle to cervical cancer. She was only 28.

The 'Those Darlins' frontwoman was largely recognized in the famed 'Music City' for her leading role in the rock group's establishment among the country-saturated Nashville scene.

The band announced the sad news to their official Facebook page Wednesday.

'From the desk of Linwood and Those Darlins HQ: Yesterday I said goodbye to my best friend, long time partner in crime and hero, Jessi Zazu Wariner,' the post read.

Nashville indie rocker Jessi Zazu, 28, died Tuesday following a cervical cancer battle

Nashville indie rocker Jessi Zazu, 28, died Tuesday following a cervical cancer battle

Zazu shared parts of her cancer journey with fans and followers since being diagnosed in 2016

Zazu shared parts of her cancer journey with fans and followers since being diagnosed in 2016

Zazu, left, received overwhelming support from friends during her 18-month journey

Zazu, left, received overwhelming support from friends during her 18-month journey

Zazu initially noticed severe bleeding in 2015, which continued for months

Zazu initially noticed severe bleeding in 2015, which continued for months

'She maintained a sense of humor and a commanding presence up until and through her final moments. She was in the company of those who cared deeply about her and who she cared deeply about.'

Zazu was diagnosed with cervical cancer in the spring of 2016 following several doctor's visits after she noticed irregular bleeding and other unusual symptoms that began in February 2015, according to the Nashville Scene.

Zazu first visited her gynecologist that month, when results from a pap smear came back normal. 

Months later, she continued hemorrhaging and went back to see the doctor, who again informed her the bleeding was not concerning.

'Those Darlins' posted the news of her passing to Facebook Wednesday along with tributes to the late singer

'Those Darlins' posted the news of her passing to Facebook Wednesday along with tributes to the late singer

She was only 26 when she found out she had stage 2 cervical cancer

She was only 26 when she found out she had stage 2 cervical cancer

Following her diagnosis, Zazu became an advocate for women's health

Following her diagnosis, Zazu became an advocate for women's health

'Jessi was a force of nature -- the way she lived, the way she played... It was an honor to work with her and to know her,' said fellow indie singer, Margo Price on Twitter

'Jessi was a force of nature -- the way she lived, the way she played... It was an honor to work with her and to know her,' said fellow indie singer, Margo Price on Twitter

'I can't tell you what exactly this is, but I can rule out pregnancy and cancer,' the doctor said at the time, the local newsweekly reported back in June.

As symptoms became worse, a distressed Zazu decided to make an appointment with Planned Parenthood to receive another examination. When she arrived, staff ordered her to visit the ER. Again, she was dismissed for 'abnormal bleeding.'

The following day, her gynecologist office called about an opening in the office.

When Zazu received another one of several exams, results came back showing she had stage 2 cervical cancer.

The 26-year-old was informed the cancer originated from a human papillomavirus infection, commonly known as HPV. 

Since her diagnosis, Zazu underwent several treatments, and began actively advocating for women's health and early detection for female cancers.

Nashville friends and fans expressed grievances about the late singer to social media this week

Nashville friends and fans expressed grievances about the late singer to social media this week

One of the singer's friends and author of the Nashville Scene feature, spoke further about Zazu during a new interview with The Tennessean

'Jessi advocated for women. She thought women deserve more respect than they get. That's why she was so open about her experience with cervical cancer,' said Shelley DuBois.

'She wanted other women to know that they weren't alone, that they should listen to their bodies and speak up for themselves without shame if they knew something was wrong.'

Margo Price, another Nashville-based indie artist, expressed her grievances after learning of the heartbreaking passing of the young singer.

'Jessi advocated for women. She thought women deserve more respect than they get. That's why she was so open about her experience with cervical cancer,' said friend Shelley DuBois

'Jessi advocated for women. She thought women deserve more respect than they get. That's why she was so open about her experience with cervical cancer,' said friend Shelley DuBois

'She wanted other women to know that they weren't alone, that they should listen to their bodies,' DuBois said

'She wanted other women to know that they weren't alone, that they should listen to their bodies,' DuBois said

Just weeks before her tragic passing, Zazu shared sweet pictures from her hospital bed

Just weeks before her tragic passing, Zazu shared sweet pictures from her hospital bed

'Jessi was a force of nature - the way she lived, the way she played... It was an honor to work with her and to know her,' Price wrote to her Twitter page.

'(She) helped her loved ones through her music and art and story. But she also helped strangers ... Teenage girls everywhere pick up guitars after listening to her songs.

'Cancer patients she'll never know will be comforted by the art she made for the radiation room at Vanderbilt. She was so much bigger than herself ... She'll continue to help so many people,' said Price.