Christina Grimmie, a 22-year-old singer who starred in NBC’s The Voice, died early Saturday after a gunman shot her while she was signing autographs in Orlando, Florida, CNN reports.
The shooter opened fire after Grimmie’s concert with the band Before You Exit at The Plaza Live late Friday night. He fatally shot himself after Grimmie’s brother tackled him to the ground, an Orlando police spokeswoman told CNN. “[Grimmie’s] brother is a hero for saving and stopping him from not hurting anyone else,” said the spokeswoman.
Grimmie was rushed to the hospital in critical condition and died a few hours later. “It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord,” Grimmie’s publicist Heather Weiss 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.”
“We don’t know if he was just a crazy fan that followed her on Twitter or on social media,” the police spokeswoman said. “We really don’t know … it’s undetermined at this point.”
Grimmie finished third on Season 6 of The Voice. The band touring with Grimmie mourned the singer on Twitter: “Christina was such a loving, caring, beautiful person with the biggest heart,” the band wrote.
Before the concert, Grimmie posted video on Twitter encouraging fans to come out to the show.
ORLANDO!! Come out to the show tonight at the Plaza Live! Starts at 7:30!pic.twitter.com/0D4mNupCTi
— Christina Grimmie (@TheRealGrimmie) June 10, 2016