Christina Grimmie Dead

The Voice Finalist Christina Grimmie Dies Following Shooting at Concert

The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie, who finished third place in Season 6 and was subsequently signed to Adam Levine’s label, has died after being shot late Friday following a concert performance in Orlando. She was 22.

According to Orlando’s WKMG-TV, Grimmie was signing autographs near the venue’s merchandise booth when an unknown individual walked up and opened fire. The assailant was then tackled by Gimmie’s brother before turning the gun on himself. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Earlier that night, Grimmie performed at Orlando’s The Plaza Live theater. Following the shooting, she was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, but died several hours later.

A motive is unknown at this time.

“It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord,” her publicist said in a statement. “She was shot at her show in Orlando and, unfortunately, didn’t survive the gunshot wounds. We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning.”

The Voice released its own statement via Twitter early Saturday, saying, “There are no words. We lost a beautiful soul with an amazing voice. Our hearts go out to the friends, fans and family of Christina Grimmie.”

Relive her unforgettable Voice audition below:

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44 Comments
  1. wild_child says:

    Just now finding out and I am so saddened by another senseless death. So young. May she RIP and may her family and friends find peace….someday.

  2. lori says:

    I am so very sad for her and her family. She was too young.

  3. LADY_in_MD says:

    This is so sad I can’t believe such a beautiful person is gone in such a senseless way condolences to her family and friends RIP

  4. Oh my God, this is what I wake up to on a Saturday morning?

    A very talented singer on The Voice, and in some of her music before and after the show. If you’ve ever watched her Youtube videos she seemed like a very down to earth person too.

  5. Jonathan says:

    Oh but the US doesn’t have a gun problem

    • thisismenow says:

      Not saying guns aren’t an issue, but mental illness is a significant factor.

      • FatherOctavian says:

        Every country has roughly the same percentage of mentally ill people, though, and among developed nations only the US has mass shootings like this on the regular.

        • If we really want to politicize this situation… This sounds like a pretty targeted attack, not a mass shooting. Every country has crazy people attacking people, whether ot is a specific target or a mass casualty event. If you think that guns are the problem, look up mass stabbings, bomb attacks, and people running through crowds with their cars.
          And given the fact that the US is as large as several European countries put together, it isn’t surprising that any numbers would be higher. The interesting number is how many of these incidents happen in gun-free zones or areas with strict gun laws. Chicago should be fairly safe by your estimation. How is that working out?

          • It wasn’t a mass shooting because her brother tackled the guy before he could open fire on others. More than 3/4ths of the guns used in mass shootings were obtained legally and the vast majority of gun deaths in Chicago are gang-related. And how on earth do you think it is appropriate to compare bomb attacks and running through crowds with cars to mass shootings?

        • This wasn’t a mass shooting, it sounds like a specific attack.
          Other countries have attacks all the time, both with specific targets and mass events. Guns are not always used either. Mass stabbings have had just as many victims, as have bombings and people running througj crowds in cars. Guns are not the universal factor here. They are one tool of many used in attacks.

          • Tai says:

            It wasn’t a mass shooting mostly because her brother tackled the shooter and stopped him. I hate this blaming of mental illness for everything in this country. Especially when people blame mental illnesses and do nothing to help reform the abismal mental health care in this country.

        • David4 says:

          The problem is the USA doesn’t have health care for the mentally ill. Also we have a special type of mentally ill from centuries of racism and hatred.

      • kevstar says:

        How do you know the killer was mentally ill? Easy scapegoating, perhaps?

      • NM says:

        People using mental illness to justify problems with the world we live in is growing up. Although, if mental illness was an issue than this just further elaborates why there should be higher control on how accessible guns are.

        • NM says:

          ***OLD*** – not “up”.

        • Both issues need to be addressed to solve this problem. It’s not “one or the other”. It’s debating a chicken vs. egg problem.

          Yes, access to guns needs to be controlled to prevent guns from landing in the “wrong” hands (some, including myself, would argue that any hands are the wrong hands, but I digress).

          And yes, people with mental health issues need to be better recognized, diagnosed, and able to get treatment to try to prevent the small amount of people with mental illness who resort to violence.

          And, I would even add that, in this situation, security obviously needs to be heightened at concerts. It doesn’t matter if the person in this situation was mentally ill or not, it’s a known problem. A proverbial elephant in the room that everyone talks about but no one wants to deal with.

          A comprehensive solution to this problem would address all these issues head-on. We cannot assume a complex problem has a simple one-dimensional solution. And to say otherwise is to besmirch the memory of all the people who have died from gun violence. Full stop.

    • HTGR says:

      Not that it necessarily had anything to do with this case (I know Hinckley was way before and I’m sure there have always been a very few around and if this guy was that type maybe nothing much had to do with it externally), but we do have so much more focus these days and darkness and violence, so many games are just nothing but realistically blowing people away, a lot of hip-hop still worships nasty violent gang culture, and yeah there are so many guns (and yeah knives can be used too but Monica Seles survived at least, it does give the targets a better chance).
      .
      In the bubblegum 80s you just didn’t used to see kids doing mass shootings. Then in the 90s mainstream became grunge and gangster rap and blowing people away six hours a day on screen and people started mocking people for acting soft and 80s ‘corny’. Maybe that change was just enough to send the rare few over the edge in a different way than they went in the past, just enough to make the unthinkable action seem like a realistic option. Although once it was done once, I’m sure copycatism played a large role. And the NRA wasn’t yet quite so utterly crazy (for fast money). And you didn’t see as many kids living at the borderline between gang life and suburban life getting sucked over to the wrong side before the glamorization of it with the big gangster rap/hip-hop craze of the 90s. I directly saw that influence, personally, lead to the loss of three lives. Maybe the world could use some more softness and silly corniness.

  6. Joey Padron says:

    Heard about the shooting last night. Sad she’s gone at a young age. Hate shootings are still happening. RIP Christina.

  7. shkamidit says:

    Stunned. This is just so beyond terrible.

  8. Eurydice says:

    She was so sweet and bright and cheerful – my prayers go to her family.

  9. Florence+TheMachineRulez!!! #TeamMariah says:

    I’m at a loss for words . . . But WHY? Why would someone do something so disgusting and try to take someone’s life away from it. #RIPChristina

  10. kevstar says:

    This is disgusting. Why are you allowed to bring guns to an autograph signing? Maybe Bieber is right not dealing with fans right now!
    Cue the ‘Why couldn’t it be him ” jokes”.

  11. Angie_Overrated says:

    Such a talented young woman with a wonderful spirit. I was looking forward to watching her career unfold. Taken from us far too soon. RIP, girl. We love you.

  12. Timmah says:

    Shocking and sad. RIP Christina.

  13. Goldenvibefan says:

    Wow… I never would’ve thought that this would happen so early on. My prayers go out to her family, she was a beautiful person with a beautiful soul. So disgusting that someone would do this.

  14. Voice Fan says:

    It’s a tragedy that Christina Grimmie was gunned down at 22 after performing at a concert. Police haven’t released his name but say the shooter was a 21 year old deranged fan who specifically targeted Christina Grimmie and traveled from another Florida city with two guns, extra bullets and a knife. This is why most celebrities travel with armed guards. Maybe, Grimmie’s brother was guarding her and that is why he was so quick to tackle the gunman. I am interested to find out more about the gunman.

  15. Sarah96 says:

    Such a sad story :(
    My prayers go to her family and friends who lost young girl full of life.
    I can’t understand how the hell did he get past security with two guns and god knows what? Wasn’t there anyone at the door checking people coming in? Just awful.

  16. HTGR says:

    Oh man, heard about it last night. It was hard to believe it was real. Man, so sad to hear this morning that she didn’t make it. So sad for her friends and family.
    .
    What an awful and sick thing. I just don’t get it.

    • Smokey says:

      Yes, although I didn’t know or ever meet Christina, I had enjoyed her on the show and watched her audition on youtube a number of times in the past……………………………………………..

      So, I have felt depressed all day, sadness – like you have lost your favorite cousin to a senseless tragedy………………………………………………… and it makes one understand more how victims families of other violent evil such as the Uber driver killings, the batman movie killings, campus shootings, etc. — are impacted and struggling to make any sense out of it. ………………. Prayers for Christina’s beautiful spirit will be heard in the great forever, and the heavenly world beyond has only gained a bright and precious soul.

  17. Qwe says:

    Yup
    Just keep selling guns like candy…..
    Guns kill people people, don’t give me the mentally ill crap.

    • Commonsense says:

      People kill people, people. I think killing someone is a pretty clear sign of mental illness, so that theory is hardly crap. Happy healthy people don’t go around shooting strangers.

      • Shame says:

        And unhappy unhealthy people wouldn’t be able to if guns weren’t so bleeping easily accessible to any and every one. But alas, if a horrific tragedy involving a classroom full of 5 year olds doesn’t bring about any positive changes in the USA, this tragedy isn’t going to either unfortunately.

      • MC says:

        I agree that, first and foremost, this is a case of mental illness. I live in the Newtown area and this subject has been part of our consciousness for a long time. Easy access to guns is also part of the problem, Christina seemed like a joyful and considerate person who loved life. We need more people like that in our society. She will be greatly missed.

  18. Ian Parsons says:

    so beautiful and so sad for such a young talent to loose her life in that way way she sing with the angels and R I P so sad

  19. I thought of Selena when I saw the news….

  20. Terry says:

    What kind of piss poor security did this venue have that a man was able to walk right in and go right up to her with two loaded guns and a knife!?!?!

  21. Annie says:

    So sad and so tragic. My condolences to her family and friends.

  22. Jaszy says:

    This is really heartbreaking news. I was obsessed with Christina Grimmie when she was on the Voice. I really can’t imagine what her family is going through…
    The girl was a true star!

    • Smokey says:

      Yes, she brought a happy, fun-loving spirit to the show and was always a good singer/performer as well. I also think she was recently set-up to tour with Selena Gomez, or did or something. I agree it is heartbreaking news. May her bright spirit be blessed in her new heavenly home.

  23. Nisha says:

    I want to cry.. this woman was so talented and had such a bright future ahead of her… and i know that sounds cliche but it’s so true.. her voice… my god her voice.. it was amazing… it made all the feels come out. it’s too bad she wasn’t around longer… she would have been the next big thing. but that’s not the saddest part. the saddest part is that such a young promising life has been taken away from us too soon because the government cannot crack down on gun laws. this is very unfortunate.. words cannot convey how tragic this is… my heart goes out to her family and all I can hope for is that her death may lead to some change. Rest in Peace beautiful Christina.. may you sing with the angels

  24. Amy says:

    This is so messed up. Thoughts with her family and all who knew her.