Two years after singer Christina Grimmie was shot after a performance in Orlando, her mother has passed away after battling with cancer.
The Christina Grimmie Foundation announced the news on Twitter, writing, “We are saddened to announce the loss of our beloved Tina, also affectionately known as ‘Mama Grimmie’ to the millions of fans of Christina Grimmie around the world. She will be missed immensely.’
The tweet was accompanied by a longer statement from the Grimmie Family.
The statement revealed that she had been struggling with cancer for many years, saying, “Tina fought a courageous and brave battle with cancer for many years, even until her final hours with family by her side.”
It added, “Tina Grimmie was a powerful and shining example of motherhood, being an amazing wife while giving love and encouragement to others. Her laugh, energy and passion and joyful spirit will eternally be a part of all of us.”
On June 11, 2016, Christina was shot in Orlando at the Plaza Live Theater by Kevin James Loibl, and she passed away from her wounds at the hospital. Her autopsy report revealed that she died from gunshot wounds to the head and chest.
Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, who was Christina’s coach on The Voice, said, “Christina was a natural, a gifted talent that comes along so rarely. She was taken from us too soon. This is yet another senseless act of extreme violence. I am left stunned and confused how these things can conceivably continue to happen in our world.”
The statement for Tina said, “While this is a bittersweet moment for us as a family, particularly after losing Christina two years ago, we rejoice at the thought that Tina and Christina are united once again in the presence of our Lord and Savior.”
The Christina Grimmie Foundation serves to provide resources to shooting and breast cancer victims, and asked for donations in honor of Mama Grimmie.
Read the full statement below:
Donate to the Christina Grimmie Foundation here.