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Christina Grimmie (1994 - 2016)

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Christina Grimmie (1994 - 2016)

Singer Christina Grimmie, the YouTube sensation who starred on season six of NBC’s “The Voice,” died June 11, 2016, hours after she was shot following a Friday night concert, according to authorities. She was 22.

Grimmie was signing autographs after the concert in Orlando, Florida, when a gunman approached her and opened fire. She was struck several times before her brother, Mark, tackled the gunman, who then shot himself to death.

She was taken to a hospital where she died of her injuries shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday, according to a statement from the Orlando Police Department.

Born March 12, 1994, in Marlton, New Jersey, Grimmie began singing when she was 6. She later learned how to play the piano. She began posting videos on YouTube when she was 15. Her covers of songs by Miley Cyrus, Nelly, and other pop stars caught the attention of Selena Gomez and her managers, who signed the young singer. Grimmie soon began appearing at various Disney events.

In 2014, Grimmie auditioned for season six of NBC’s “The Voice.” She was a hit on the popular singing competition show, eventually placing third overall. As a result, she signed a recording contract with Island Records.

“There are no words. We lost a beautiful soul with an amazing voice. Our hearts go out to the friends and family of @TheRealGrimmie,” tweeted “The Voice.”

She maintained a strong social media presence, especially on her YouTube channel, where she often updated her fans with video blogs and uploaded new music.

As her career developed she expressed an interest in recording more of her own original songs. She released her second EP, “Side A,” in February 2016.

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