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Ex-'Voice' contestant Christina Grimmie dies after concert shooting

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Florida authorities said early Saturday that former “The Voice” contestant Christina Grimmie died after being shot while signing autographs for fans after a show.

Heather Walsh, a publicist for Grimmie, said in an email to the Associated Press Saturday 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.

Grimmie, 22, had finished third during season six of NBC’s “The Voice” in 2014, competing on the team of Maroon 5 star Adam Levine. Grimmie amassed a huge following on YouTube as a teenager, gripping gripping online viewers with her powerful renditions of hit songs. Her videos on YouTube have garnered millions of views.

Police said in a news release that the New Jersey native had performed with the boy band Before You Exit at The Plaza Live in Orlando. The concert finished at around 10 p.m. and Grimmie was shot as she signed autographs for fans at a merchandise table.

According to authorities, Grimmie’s brother immediately tackled the gunman, who then shot and killed himself during the struggle. The gunman has yet to be identified, and police have not said why he attacked the singer.

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