One of the most memorable and painful days in 2016 was probably the day when Christina Grimmie, a blooming star, was suddenly sent into the world beyond by an apparent murder.
At the age of 22, Christina had already touched many hearts and achieved much in her short-lived career. She was an American actress, singer, songwriter and a YouTube sensation known as ‘zeldaxlove64’ on the video-sharing platform. Her YoutTube activities, which included publishing covers of popular songs, helped her achieve fame, and she became even more popular when she demonstrated her vocal prowess after participating in the NBC singing competition The Voice.
Christina Grimmie Bio, Wiki
She was born on March 12, 1994, as Christina Victoria Grimmie, daughter of Tina, a receptionist, and Albert, who joined Verizon Communications in 2014. Christina attended Bethel Baptist Christian School, Marlton Middle School and Cherokee High School in Marlton, New Jersey. For her junior year 2010, however, she was taught at home.
Her singing talent was discovered by her father when she was six years old, and by the age of ten, she was already playing the piano. Before her death, Christina was an animal rights activist and participated in fundraising activities for the Humane Society of the United States. The Christina Grimmie Animal Medical Fund was founded in her honor.
Her passion for everything to do with entertainment led her to create her YouTube channel at the age of 15. The channel served as a platform through which she made her works available to the public. Her debut video on the channel was a cover of “Don’t Wanna Be Torn”, a popular title by Hannah Montana. Little by little, she worked her way to fame and had two million viewers in four years.
As a singer, Christina released her first extended piece “Find Me” in 2011. The EP debuted at #35 on the US Billboard 200 and #2 on iTunes and was a success that brought her even more fame. She signed with Creative Artists Agency in 2012 and released her only studio album With Love in August 2013. Before her tragic death, Christina finished second in the popular singing competition The Voice in 2016. She also tried her hand at acting and in 2016 she starred in the independent romantic comedy The Matchbreaker.
Christina Grimmie’s Brother, Family
Christina was born as the daughter of Tina and Albert Grimmie and was of Italian and Romanian descent. Her mother, Tina, was diagnosed with breast cancer, a problem that troubled Christina before her murder. She also had an older brother Marcus, who acted as her road manager during her performances. Marcus was there when the singer’s life was taken by an armed, obsessed fan.
Christina was born in a Christian home and her family attended Fellowship Alliance Chapel in Medford before moving to Los Angeles.
Who Was Christina Grimmie’s Boyfriend?
Although they never made it public, fans concluded that the late singer was dating Stephen Rezza. This follows some beloved social media recordings of the two together. Their killer is said to have seen a picture of the 22-year-old singer with her boyfriend, which sparked anger and hatred in him. Above all, he was overly obsessed with her and tried in vain to get her attention.
Stephen Rezza, also singer and producer at the Jim Henson Studios, was devastated by the unexpected death of Grimmie.
Cause Of Christina Grimmie’s Death
In the midst of global chaos and senseless killings around the world, Orlando police delivered the saddest news on their Twitter account: “With deep regret, we have confirmed that Christina Grimmie, @TheRealGrimmie, has died of her injuries. The singer was shot three times by 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl on June 10, 2016. The tragic incident occurred when she was signing autographs after her performance with Before You Exit at The Plaza Live in Orlando. She was brought to the Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Early the next morning she was pronounced dead.
Since Loibl had fatally shot himself after the attack by Grimmie’s brother Marcus, the police could not interrogate him to find out the reason for the attack on the singer. Nevertheless, it was assumed that Loibl’s extreme obsession with Christina Grimmie might have inspired him to take her life, as he did not get any attention from her.