Christina Grimmie, a standout contestant from “The Voice,” was fatally shot at a Orlando concert on Friday. She was 22. Stars are now reacting to the tragedy, and paying tribute to the young singer.
Grimmie already had a large YouTube following when she competed on season 6 of “The Voice” in 2014. As a member of Adam Levine’s team, she finished in third pace. Grimmie went on to score a record deal, and her career had continued to blossom.
On Friday night, however, she was shot by an unidentified gunman as she signed autographs for fans. Her brother tackled the suspect, who then turned the gun on himself. It is not know if Grimmie was targeted or if this was a random act of violence.
But since the awful news broke, there has been an outpouring of grief on Twitter from celebrities who knew her, and those who were simply fans from afar. The official “Voice” Twitter account posted, “There are no words. We lost a beautiful soul with an amazing voice. Our hearts go out to the friends, fans and family of @TheRealGrimmie.” Host Carson Daly tweeted, “So sad about @TheRealGrimmie. I’m still in shock. She was special. Had IT. Talented. Kind. Funny. Loving. Courageous. We hurt w her family.”
“Our artists & families is my territory on #theVoice. I take great pride. Knowing them. Hosting them. Supporting them. It’s not TV. It’s real,” he went on. “Voice” coach Blake Shelton wrote, “I’m stunned and disgusted and heartbroken that we lost that sweet little girl… Keeping @TheRealGrimmie family in my heart and mind.” Usher, who coached during season 6, also tweeted, “To an amazing soul and voice…may your legacy live on forever. Rest in peace beautiful, Christina.”
Christina Aguilera, who wasn’t a coach on Grimmie’s season but likely knew her nonetheless, posted, “So sad passing of @TheRealGrimmie. Beautiful member of #TheVoice family & true #Fighter. My heart goes out to her family, friends & fans. xo.” A fellow reality show alum, Adam Lambert, expressed, “Devastating Tragedy @TheRealGrimmie.” Tori Kelly, who was a mentor on “The Voice” earlier this year, wrote, “i have no words. rip Christina. see you again, love. isaiah 25.”
Demi Lovato said, “#RIPChristina my thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones.” Victoria Justice commented, “I am devastated by this news & I’m at a loss for words. Christina, may your spirit live on you beautiful talented girl. #RIPChristina.” And Colton Haynes shared, “So sad right now. My thoughts & prayers go out to Christina Grimmie’s friends/family. What an incredible talent that won’t be forgotten.”
“Christina Grimmie… You were so talented. I hope you find peace. You didn’t deserve this. #RIPChristina,” stated Abigail Breslin. Hailey Baldwin wrote, “News about Christina Grimmie is beyond saddening. Thoughts go out to her family and friends. Rip to an amazing soul!” Becky G noted, “I can’t believe it,” adding, “I don’t understand… Honestly. Safety for artist and their fans are so important and crucial…”
She continued, “What was supposed to be a special experience turned into something it should have never became… I’m genuinely heart broken and in shock.” Hailee Steinfeld also tweeted, “At a complete loss for words. Unbelievable. My heart breaks over this news.” DJ Pauly D said, “Sending Prayers And Love To @TheRealGrimmie Family , This Is Such A Tragedy #RIPChristina #RIPChristinaGrimmie.”
Along with a photo of himself and Grimmie, Nick Jonas wrote on Instagram, “#ripchristina.” Selena Gomez, too, shared a personal picture, writing, “My heart is absolutely broken. I miss you Christina.” Miranda Lambert commented on Instagram, “I’m so sad to hear about Christina Grimmie. An amazing talent. While doing what the Lord put her on this earth to do, her life was taken. Praying for peace and healing for her family. #ripchristina
And director Jon Chu posted, “In a state of shock at the passing of @TheRealGrimmie. Was lucky enough 2work w/her a couple times &she was such a source of light &kindness.” Gossip Cop offers condolences to all of Grimmie’s loved ones. Grimmie is pictured above a pre-Grammy event in February.
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