Christina Grimmie, a pop star and finalist of the US edition of The Voice in 2014, has died after being shot at a concert in Orlando, Florida.
The 22-year-old was a popular YouTube star before finding fame on the show, on which she was mentored by Maroon 5’s Adam Levine.
Reports suggest she was shot by a man who walked up to her while she was signing autographs with US band Before You Exit at the Plaza Live Theater.
The man, said to have been in possession of two guns, then shot himself. His motive and the question of whether or not he knew Christina remain a mystery.
A statement from Christina’s publicist said: ‘It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord,’ her publicist tells E! News.
‘She was shot at her show in Orlando and, unfortunately, didn’t survive the gun shot wounds. 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 report from E! suggests that after Christina was shot, her brother ‘immediately tackled the suspect stopping him from causing any more harm to Christina and her fans.’
The singer was then transported to hospital where she died of her injuries. No others present at the signing were shot or harmed.
The hashtag #PrayforChristina is now trending on Twitter.
Christina rose to internet fame after covering Miley Cyrus track Party In The USA on YouTube and her first audition on The Voice was another Miley song, Wrecking Ball.