BURBANK, CA - APRIL 20: Christina Grimmie performs at What's Trending's Fourth Annual Tubeathon Benefitting American Red Cross on April 20, 2016 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Photo: Vivien Killilea
Photo: Vivien Killilea

'The Voice' star Christina Grimmie shot and killed after performance in Orlando

Grimmie's publicist confirmed her death in a statement sent to WFTV. She was 22 years old.

"It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord," the statement said, in part. "We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning."

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Orlando Police have identified the gunman as Kevin James Loibl. He died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Orlando police. Police said during a news conference Saturday morning that Loibl, 27, traveled to Orlando to confront Grimmie. In addition to two guns, the suspect had a hunting knife.

Twitter users reported hearing at least six gunshots inside the venue, which was hosting pop-rock band Before You Exit and Grimmie.

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Police said the shooter had two guns and started to open fire as Grimmie was signing autographs for fans. 

Grimmie's brother was able to tackle the shooter, who then shot himself.

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Grimmie first gained fame on YouTube. Her YouTube channel has more than 11,000 followers. She was a contestant in the sixth season of the singing competition "The Voice," which aired in 2014. She finished in third place.

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Fans and celebrities mourned her passing on social media.

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