Christina Grimmie, a former contestant on The Voice US, has died from gun shot wounds.
The singer was signing autographs with the band Before You Exit after their show at Plaza Live in Orlando last night [June 10] when a man pulled two guns and shot her, ABC reports.
Police responded to a call at 22:24 reporting the incident, Grimmie was rushed to hospital in critical condition, and subsequently died a few hours later.
Wanda Miglio, Orlando Police Department’s public information officer, has said that it is “unclear how the suspect entered the venue with the firearms” and that Grimmie’s brother “immediately tackled” the gunman after the shots were fired to prevent anybody else getting hurt. The as yet unknown assailant then shot himself dead.
Only 10 hours ago, Grimmie posted her final video on Twitter, an upbeat, self-shot clip of her saying: “Hey guys, what’s up? We’re in Orlando today. Please come to the show if you live near Orlando, Florida. I’ll be at the Plaza Live. Please come out. Bye!”
Last December Grimmie contributed to a charity single, ‘Love Song to the Earth’, alongside Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Leona Lewis, Fergie and more.
Grimmie appeared on The Voice US in 2014, when she finished third in the competition under the mentorship of Maroon 5‘s frontman Adam Levine.
Via the @NBCTheVoice Twitter handle, representatives of the show tweeted, “We are heartbroken. @TheRealGrimmie is a loved member of our family. Our thoughts are with her and her family. #PrayForChristina” and “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.”
Levine posted an old photo of him and the late Grimmie on Instagram, writing: “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.”