MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Fans all over the world were shocked by the sudden death of former The Voice singer Christina Grimmie, who was shot dead on Friday, June 10, in Orlando. (Singer Christina Grimmie dies after post-concert attack)
Christina’s attacker was an unidentified man, who shot himself after shooting her at The Plaza Live in Orlando. She was signing autographs with the band Before You Exit after a concert when the incident happened. (READ: ‘The Voice’ singer Christina Grimmie shot, injured)
Among those who reacted to the incident were the stars who were fans of Christina and her friends as well. Some were only able to voice out concern for her well-being before news of her death broke.
On Twitter, Christina’s good friend Selena Gomez spoke about her loss. Christina and Selena were friends, as Christina sang back-up vocals for the singer during her 2011 tour.
My heart is absolutely broken. I miss you Christina pic.twitter.com/KWGwZZlj4t— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) June 11, 2016
Selena’s stepfather, Brian Teefey, discovered Christina and became her manager. On social media, he wrote: “Words cannot begin to describe the pain I am feeling. I learned this business through the eyes of a father and Christina was like a second daughter to me. All I wanted to do was assist her in achieving her musical dreams while protecting her from the pitfalls associated with the business. I never could have imagined this horrific event being one of the pitfalls needing to be avoided.”
Brian has created a GoFundMe page to support Christina’s family.
Before You Exit, the band Christina was with during her Orlando concert and meet-and-greet, posted a message on Twitter, saying: “Christina was such a loving, caring, beautiful person with the biggest heart. She was an incredible musician and an even better friend. We are so sasdened by her passing and are completely heartbroken.”
The Voice producers and judges, old and new, took to social media to express their condolences.
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.— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) June 11, 2016
This is a tragic loss. My heart goes out to @therealgrimmie's family, friends and all the people that she touched.— Pharrell Williams (@Pharrell) June 11, 2016
So sad about @TheRealGrimmie. I'm still in shock. She was special. Had IT. Talented. Kind. Funny. Loving. Courageous. We hurt w her family.— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) June 11, 2016
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— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) June 11, 2016
I'm stunned and disgusted and heartbroken that we lost that sweet little girl… Keeping @TheRealGrimmie family in my heart and mind.— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) June 11, 2016
Adam Levine, Christina’s mentor on The Voice, posted a message when news of the incident came out. He also sent out a message after her death.
Behati and I are absolutely devastated and heartbroken by Christina Grimmie’s death. Our hearts go out to her family pic.twitter.com/y4OMkm0uXu— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) June 11, 2016
Musicians like Sam Tsui and Tori Kelly who, like Christina, made a name for themselves on YouTube, also expressed their condolences on social media. Christina collaborated with Sam and Tori in the past, as well as with many other young, up-and-coming musicians.
At a loss for words and absolutely sick to my stomach. So lucky to have had a friend so purely good and impossibly talented. #RIPChristina— Sam Tsui (@SamuelTsui) June 11, 2016
A day after her death, Sam Tsui paid tribute to Christina by performing a song they collaborated on, “Just a Dream.” “Amidst all the things that I and all of us are feeling, I do know that I feel incredibly lucky that I not only got to call Christina my friend but that I had the opportunity to make music with such an incredible talent and an amazing person,” he said.
Their “Just a Dream” cover was a collaboration with Kurt Hugo Schneider, a musician and producer who made a name for himself on YouTube as well. Listen to their 2010 cover below:
Kurt himself posted a message for Christina on Facebook, saying: ” It was obvious working with you that you were not only an incredible singer but also such a genuine person. When you came back several months later to record Just A Dream I knew it was special.”
i have no words. rip christina— Tori Kelly (@ToriKelly) June 11, 2016
see you again, love. isaiah 25:8 https://t.co/z6d4joaMPQ
i am beyond devastated i don't even know how to put together the right words to express how i feel. rest in peace Christina— Ricky Dillon (@RickyPDillon) June 11, 2016
its so unfair how you were taken from the world way too soon doing the thing that you love, but you left a beautiful impact on so many— Ricky Dillon (@RickyPDillon) June 11, 2016
#RIPChristina to a loving, beautiful, talented and kind hearted soul.— Ricky Dillon (@RickyPDillon) June 11, 2016
please take a moment to pray for Christina Grimmie. My heart is broken. I love her so much. pic.twitter.com/bidoNLIQTG— Shane Dawson (@shanedawson) June 11, 2016
Before You Exit posted a tribute to Christina. The group was with Christina before she died.
AJ Rafael, who is a good friend of Christina took to Twitter to express how upset he was now that she’s gone.
I'm so unbelievably mad and disgusted and heartbroken all at the same time. Can't think straight. She doesn't deserve this.— aj rafael (@ajRAFAEL) June 11, 2016
A friend texted me reminding me she knew Jesus. How comforting it is to know that… She never was ashamed to know Him. She knew real love.— aj rafael (@ajRAFAEL) June 11, 2016
It's crazy cuz @tylerwardmusic and I talked about all having a bday show. We all have the same bday… I texted her and she was down.— aj rafael (@ajRAFAEL) June 11, 2016
Literally have a flight in a couple of hours and can't sleep… I am so angry… Why.. Just why. I'm sorry guys. This is so much to take in— aj rafael (@ajRAFAEL) June 11, 2016
Among the other stars who paid tribute to Christina’s memory were Demi Lovato, Jessica Sanchez, and Colton Haynes.
#RIPChristina my thoughts and prayers are with her loved ones..— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) June 11, 2016
So sad right now. My thoughts & prayers go out to Christina Grimmie's friends/family. What an incredible talent that won't be forgotten— Colton Haynes (@ColtonLHaynes) June 11, 2016
Devastating. #ripchristinagrimmie how is this real??!!!! Sending all prayers to her family. So angry the world lost such a beautiful soul.— Ally Maki (@allymaki) June 11, 2016
oh my god. oh my god. my heart is so cold and heavy. in awe. i got to sing with u last year. rest in peace angel#RIPChristinaGrimmie— JOSH LEVI (@JoshLeviWorld) June 11, 2016
Artists know there is risk in being vulnerable publicly, & do it anyway 2 connect w fans. We MUST protect them/this space. #PrayForChristina— Alyson Stoner (@AlysonStoner) June 11, 2016
No. #RIPChristina— Alyson Stoner (@AlysonStoner) June 11, 2016
No no no no no no. NO. #RIPChristina— Alyson Stoner (@AlysonStoner) June 11, 2016
So terribly tragic. May she rest in peace.— Rowan Blanchard (@rowblanchard) June 11, 2016
At a complete loss for words. Unbelievable. My heart breaks over this news. #RIPChristina— Hailee Steinfeld (@HaileeSteinfeld) June 11, 2016