Last June, singer Christina Grimmie died after being shot by an assailant who then turned the gun on himself following a concert in Orlando, Florida. Christina had a significant YouTube following even before she appeared on Season 6 of The Voice, where Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine became her coach. Adam was hit hard by her death and even offered to pay for her funeral.
On Tuesday, Christina’s family was in the audience at The Voice, where Adam planned a tribute for Christina and performed The Beatles' "Hey Jude" with this season’s contestants for the emotional audience. Addressing her parents before performing, Adam said, “God, I loved her so much. I am talking to you guys specifically. I’m talking to everybody. I miss her. It is unfair she is not here. We are going to sing a little song. I am going to be singing every word to her in her honor. Thank you for being here. Christina, we love you.”
Us Weekly reports that prior to the performance The Voice host Carson Daly also announced the creation of a foundation in Christina’s name.
"As you know, family is very, very important to us here at The Voice,” said Carson. ”And last year we tragically lost one of our own, the incredibly talented and beautiful Christina Grimmie. Tonight, in memory of our good friend and along with Christina's family, we're honored to help announce the creation of the Christina Grimmie Foundation, benefiting those impacted by gun violence and families just like her own affected by breast cancer. Thank you for letting us be a part of this very important moment. And Christina we can feel your spirit here at The Voice every single day and we love and miss you dearly.”
Christina was only 22 years old when she died. Nothing can make up for that, but it’s good that her family has a larger community to stand strong around them.