Christina Victoria Grimmie (March 12, 1994 – June 10, 2016) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, actress and YouTuber known for her participation in the NBC singing competition The Voice and for her covers of hit songs by contemporary pop musicians. In June 2011, she released her debut EP, Find Me. Her studio album With Love was released in 2013. A second EP, Side A, was released in 2016. A posthumous release, Side B, was also made available on iTunes and Spotify. Her posthumous album, titled All Is Vanity, was released on June 9, 2017.
In 2014, Grimmie was a contestant on season 6 of The Voice and finished in third place. Adam Levine, her coach on the show, announced in the finale that regardless of the results he would sign her to his label 222 Records. Lil Wayne also offered to sign her to his label, Young Money Entertainment. She was signed with Island Records for a short time before being dropped. She took an acting role in 2016, making her first and only motion picture appearance in The Matchbreaker.
On June 10, 2016, Grimmie died of gunshot wounds inflicted in a targeted attack that followed her concert performance in Orlando, Florida.
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On June 10, 2016, Grimmie was shot by 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl while she signed autographs following her performance with Before You Exit at The Plaza Live in Orlando. Loibl was tackled by Grimmie's brother, but the gunman broke free, backed against a wall, and shot himself dead. Grimmie was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition with four gunshot wounds; she was pronounced dead just before 11 p.m. local time.
The Orlando Police Department said Loibl traveled by taxicab to Orlando from his home in St. Petersburg, Florida, bringing two handguns, two extra magazines full of ammunition, and a hunting knife. "We believe he came here to commit this crime." Loibl did not have an arrest record in his home county, and did not appear to know Grimmie personally. Police did not offer a motive, but said Loibl had shown an "unrealistic infatuation" with the singer, and tried to make himself more physically attractive through weight loss, and hair and eye surgery. Loibl's family said they were not aware of his plans to travel to Orlando, nor that he possessed any guns.
Dozens of artists, producers and other celebrities took to social media in response to Grimmie's death. The Voice tweeted, "There are no words. We lost a beautiful soul with an amazing voice". Her former coach, Adam Levine, wrote that he and his wife were "absolutely devastated and heartbroken ... This is yet another senseless act of extreme violence." Blake Shelton wrote “I’m stunned and disgusted and heartbroken that we lost that sweet little girl". Longtime friend and former tour-mate Selena Gomez wrote, "My heart is absolutely broken. I miss you, Christina." Before You Exit, with whom Grimmie had performed before the shooting, tweeted, "Today we lost an angel, sister, and a beloved friend." Songs written and recorded in Grimmie's memory include Tyler Ward's "A Song for Christina"; Before You Exit's "Clouds"; and "Blink of an Eye" by Tori Kelly.