Christina Grimmie dead: Voice alum shot after Florida concert
Singer Christina Grimmie, a contestant during season 6 of The Voice, was shot and killed after a concert in Orlando, Florida on Friday night, police confirmed. She was 22 years old.
“With deep regret, we have confirmed Christina Grimmie has died from her injuries,” the Orlando police department said in a statement. According to authorities, Grimmie was signing autographs alongside the band Before You Exit following a show at the city’s Plaza Live venue on Friday when “the suspect walked toward Christina and shot her.” The unidentified man was tackled by Grimmie’s brother before he shot and killed himself at the scene.
“It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord. She was shot at her show in Orlando, and unfortunately didn’t survive the gun shot wounds,” Grimmie’s rep said in a statement to PEOPLE. “We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning.” A gofundme page was created to help support Grimmie’s family.
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Grimmie was a third place finisher on The Voice in 2014, and had just released her second EP, Side A, this year.
“We are heartbroken,” The Voice Twitter account posted on early Saturday morning. “@TheRealGrimmie is a loved member of our family. Our thoughts are with her and her family.”
After news of Grimmie’s death was confirmed, The Voice added, “There are no words. We lost a beautiful soul with an amazing voice. Our hearts go out to the friends, fans and family of @TheRealGrimmie.”
The Voice judges Blake Shelton and Adam Levine, also commented after Grimmie was shot, with Levine writing in the immediate aftermath, “I’m sad, shocked and confused. We love you so much Grimmie. We are all praying hard that you can pull through this… this just isn’t fair.” Grimmie was on Levine’s team in season 6.
After Grimmie’s death was confirmed, Levine posted a lengthier statement on Facebook: “Behati [his wife] and I are absolutely devastated and heartbroken by Christina Grimmie’s tragic death. Our hearts go out to her family. Christina was a natural, a gifted talent that comes along so rarely. She was taken from us too soon. This is yet another senseless act of extreme violence. I am left stunned and confused how these things can conceivably continue to happen in our world.”
Following news of the shooting, the hashtags #prayforchristina and #ripchristina trended on Twitter, with many stars and members of the music community paying tribute to the late singer.