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'The Voice' Alum Christina Grimmie Dies After Being Shot at Concert

by Philiana Ng 11:46 PM PDT, June 10, 2016
Playing 'The Voice' Alum Christina Grimmie Dies After Being Shot at Concert

The Voice alum Christina Grimmie has died after being shot following a concert in Orlando, Florida, the singer's rep confirmed on Friday. She was 22.

"It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord," her rep said in a statement. "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 her friends in their time of mourning."

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The Orlando Police Department also issued a statement late Friday, confirming her death: "With deep regret, Christina Grimme has succumbed to her injuries." A preliminary investigation is currently underway. 

Grimmie was performing at The Plaza Live, one of Orlando’s oldest theaters, with another band, Before You Exit. According to Orlando police, Grimmie and her band stayed after the show ended at 10 p.m. to sign autographs for fans and sell merchandise.

Detectives were told the suspect -- who is not being identified at this time -- walked toward Grimmie and shot her. Grimmie's brother immediately tackled the suspect, stopping him from causing any more harm to Grimmie and her fans. During the struggle, the suspect shot himself and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

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Grimmie competed on the sixth season of The Voice, where she was a member of Adam Levine’s team. She finished in third place, behind winner Josh Kaufman and runner-up Jake Worthington.

The Voice shared a heartfelt message on Twitter, remembering Grimmie as "a beautiful soul with an amazing voice."

A concertgoer who was present at Grimmie's concert on Friday posted video of the singer performing onstage.

Hours before the show Grimmie urged her fans to come out to the Orlando show.

On Friday evening, The Voice coach Blake Shelton took to Twitter to ask for prayers for Grimmie, writing, "Praying.."

Levine shared an Instagram photo of the two, writing, "I'm sad, shocked and confused. We love you so much Grimmie. We are all praying hard that you can pull through this...this just isn't fair."

Recent Voice winner Alisan Porter expressed her shock, tweeting, "My heart is with @TheRealGrimmie tonight. I'm speechless. #PrayForChristina."

ET has reached out to NBC for comment. Stay tuned for updates…

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