Gone Too Soon: The Voice’s Christina Grimmie Dead At 22


Christina Grimmie had just finished a concert at The Plaza Live in Orlando when a man went up to her and shot her.

Grimmie's brother proceeded to tackle the man - who shot himself in the ensuing scuffle - to keep the armed individual from further hurting the singer and the fans around her. When police arrived, Grimmie was taken to the hospital while the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

Unfortunately, Grimmie did not survive her injuries.

"It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord ... We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning," said her publicist.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by her management team to accept donations from anyone who would like to give back to Grimmie's family in her memory.

Grimmie started out as a YouTube star in 2009, posting a cover of Hannah Montana's "Don't Wanna Be Torn" when she was just 15 years old. She then went on to become a part of season six of The Voice in 2014, joining Adam Levine's team and competing in the finals where she finished in third place.

Despite not winning the competition, Grimmie was offered a record deal by Levine through 222 Records. She eventually went with Island Records and was working with the label to release her first major album in the fall. Grimmie released her second EP, Side A, earlier in the year. She was also scheduled to perform in Los Angeles and San Francisco later in the month.

The hashtag #PrayForChristina flooded posts on social media as news of the singer's hospitalization spread. Fans and celebrities alike expressed their concern for Grimmie. The Voice's official Twitter account also shared a heartfelt message, calling the singer "a beautiful soul with an amazing voice."

She had been signing autographs with Before You Exit when the shooting occurred. The band did not comment on the events of the night but said that words can't describe what the singer meant to them.

"She was always a constant beam of light and energy into the hearts of everyone around her," they said.

According to Orlando Sgt. Wanda Miglio, the suspect has not been identified but revealed that he had two guns on him. An investigation is underway to determine the reason for the shooting and to provide answers to as many questions as possible.

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