Star of The Voice US Christina Grimmie dies after being shot outside Florida concert hall

Singer shot while she was signing autographs for fans and later died of her injuries

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Christina Grimmie, a star of the US version of The Voice, was shot while signing autographs for fans after a show in Florida.

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The gunman then turned his weapon on himself after shooting the star of the 2014 US series. Grimmie died later in hospital of her injuries.

A publicist for Grimmie said that “we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord”.

The Orlando police department also confirmed on its official Twitter page that Grimmie had died:

The 22-year-old singer had performed with the band Before You Exit at The Plaza Live in Orlando. The concert ended around 10pm and Grimmie was shot as she signed autographs for fans at a merchandise table.

Grimmie’s brother immediately tackled the gunman who then shot and killed himself during the struggle, police said.

The gunman was not identified, and Orlando police have not said why he attacked the singer. An investigation is ongoing.

Grimmie, who was born in New Jersey, finished third during season six of the US series of The Voice, competing on the team of Maroon 5 star Adam Levine.

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Before Friday night’s concert the singer posted a now hugely poignant message to her more than 700,000 Twitter followers imploring them to come to her gig.