Former “The Voice” contestant and online star Christina Grimmie has passed away after being shot three times by an unnamed male suspect after a concert in Orlando, Florida.
Grimmie’s publicist, Heather Walsh has confirmed the death of the “Must Be Love” singer in an emailed statement to The Guardian.
“It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord,” Walsh said.
According to E! News, the New Jersey-based American singer-songwriter was signing autographs with band tourmates Before You Exit at Plaza Live in Orlando when the suspect approached and aimed a gun at her. Grimmie’s brother tackled the suspect to prevent any more harm but during the struggle, the suspect shot himself. He died on the scene.
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Grimmie was brought to a local hospital but did not survive.
An investigation has been started by the Orlando Police Department.
After news of Grimmie’s death leaked, #PrayforChristina became a top trending hashtag worldwide on the social media site Twitter as fans expressed condolences and grief.
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Just hours before the tragedy, Grimmie posted a tweet inviting her fans to see her in concert.
“ORLANDO!! Come out to the show tonight at the Plaza Live! Starts at 7:30!,” the slain singer wrote on her official Twitter account.
Fans have reported that they heard as many as six gunshots in the venue which was scheduled to host the two pop rock acts for a concert.
Grimmie first became an online presence when she started posting covers of popular songs on her YouTube channel (which now has more than 11,000 followers). She then used her considerable online fame to join the sixth season of the singing reality competition “The Voice,” where she was mentored by Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine. She placed third behind eventual winner Josh Kaufman and runner-up Jake Worthington.