Former The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie has tragically died after being shot at a concert in Orlando.
The 22-year-old singer was taken to hospital after being shot by an unidentified male suspect, who then proceeded to shoot himself.
Members of the band Before You Exit were signing autographs after a concert at Orlando’s Plaza Live when the suspect reportedly walked toward Christina and shot her.
Christina’s brother immediately tackled the suspect stopping him from causing any more harm to Christina and her fans and, during the struggle, the suspect shot himself and was pronounced dead at the scene, reports ENews.
Christina’s publicist told ENews:
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.
If you’d like to give back to Christina’s family in her memory, please consider donating to the families GoFundMe page in their time of need.
A fan has posted – some now incredibly poignant – footage from Christina’s last performance to Instagram:
In 2014, the singer participated in season six of The Voice with her unique sound causing all four coaches to turn their chairs.
She joined Adam Levine’s team and went on to finish in third place. Earlier this year, Christina released her second EP, Side A, with plans to later release Side B.
Hometown show – Plaza Live Orlando. Let's go pic.twitter.com/3L3tjfMdjq
— Before You Exit⇞ (@beforeyouexit) June 10, 2016
After news of her death emerged fans took to Twitter to express their heartbreak in an outpouring of emotion under #RIPChristina:
Truly incredible people like @TheRealGrimmie deserve everything in life, not to have their life cut short. It just doesn't make sense.
— Shayne Topp (@supershayne) June 11, 2016
RIP, Christina Grimmie. Such a sad and senseless passing. My thoughts go to her family, especially her heroic brother who helped save lives.
— AaronTveit.net (@aarontveitnet) June 11, 2016
No! No! No @TheRealGrimmie oh my god what horrible news to wake up to! No no no no no no
— dodie (@doddleoddle) June 11, 2016
#RIPChristina i can't believe it. Absolutely every last bit of my love. Such an inspiration to me and so many ❤️
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) June 11, 2016
How can somebody do such a horrendous act against another human being. Thoughts and prayers with her family and friends #RIPChristina
— Josh Devine (@JoshDevineDrums) June 11, 2016
The shrill reminder to live life fully feels horridly shallow next to the grief and tragedy of the cost of the reminder. #RIPChristina
— Alyson Stoner (@AlysonStoner) June 11, 2016
Our thoughts are with Christina’s family and friends at this incredibly sad and difficult time.