'The Voice' star Christina Grimmie shot dead while signing autographs for fans after show

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Published 11.06.2016 13:30
Updated 11.06.2016 13:34
In this March 2, 2016 file photo, Christina Grimmie performs as the opener for Rachel Platten at Center Stage Theater, in Atlanta (AP)
In this March 2, 2016 file photo, Christina Grimmie performs as the opener for Rachel Platten at Center Stage Theater, in Atlanta (AP)

Former contestant on the US version of The Voice Christina Grimmie was shot dead in Orlando, Florida, a media report said Saturday.

"It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord," her publicist Heather Weiss said in a statement, NBC reported.

A gunman attacked the singer late Friday while she was signing autographs, Orlando Police spokeswoman Wanda Miglio said.

Grimmie's brother intervened and the gunman then shot himself dead.

She had appeared at The Plaza Live theatre before the shooting.

The gunman's motive was not known, the report said.

Grimmie competed in the sixth series of The Voice on NBC and finished in third place.

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