The untimely death of Christina Grimmie left her family, friends, and fans shocked and devastated. The 22-year old “The Voice” former contestant was fatally shot during a meet and greet event at Plaza Live in Orlando, FL on June 11.
The singer was signing autographs along with the band Before You Exit when the suspect, who is later identified as the 27-year old Kevin James Loibl fired an open shot directly at Grimmie. He killed himself after the tragic incident.
Meanwhile, Julie Emmet, one of the witnesses, recalled the fateful night on E! News. “People that I was with—acquaintances with—they saw [the shooter],” Emmet revealed.
“They were in front of him in line. One of my friends tweeted that she looked right into his eyes and smiled. She didn’t know.”
Emmet then added that Christina Grimmie was “very bubbly and energetic” during her opening act for the band, like it was just a normal night for the singer, hours before she was killed. “It really hasn’t hit me yet that she’s gone, but it’s just really shocking and heartbreaking, to have been there especially,” the witness added.
This is not the first time that a musician or an artist was killed during events. Based on research, here are the 5 famous musicians who were killed onstage:
- Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott (August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004). The famous guitarist of Pantera also known as Dimebag Darrell was killed by an obsessed fan while performing for his new band Damage Plan in 2004, notes Rolling Stones.
The band also condemns the killing of Christina Grimmie as it brings back memories of how Dimebag was murdered the same way. “We are so sad and disappointed to hear that Christina Grimmie was gunned down the same way that Dimebag Darrell was,” Pantera’s official Facebook Page stated. They are calling the attention of promoters and club owners to protect artists.
2. Ty Longley (September 4, 1971- February 20, 2003). The Great White guitarist and vocalist was one of the victims of “Great White Fire Club” in Rhode Island in 2003 due to a “pyrotechnic mishap,” notes MTV News.
3. Lee Morgan (July 10, 1938 – February 19, 1972). The jazz musician was shot at Slug Saloon club in New York while performing with “common law wife” Helen More , notes his Wiki page.
4. Leslie Harvey. (September 13, 1944- May 3, 1972). Stone The Crows’ guitarist was accidentally electrocuted after touching a microphone that was not earth-grounded with wet hands.
5. Skinny Dennis (September 3, 1946 – March 20, 1975). The Sunset Beach bassist died of a heart failure on stage.
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