Murdered The Voice singer Christina Grimmie's mother has lost her battle with cancer in another devastating loss for the family.
“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 Grimmie family said in a social media statement on Sunday.
“Tina fought a courageous and brave battle with cancer for many years, even until her final hours with family by her side. 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 statement also read.
On June 10, 2016, an assailant, Kevin James Loibl, shot Christina, 22, to death as she was signing autographs after she performed at The Plaza Live venue near downtown Orlando, Florida.
An autopsy showed that Christina had been shot once in the head and twice in the chest. Her death was ruled a homicide. Her parents later claimed in legal papers that Christina's death was due to "cost cutting" in security.
The pretty singer was a competitor on season 6 of The Voice in 2014.
That same year, Christina, who previously had shot to fame on YouTube, told followers that her mother had survived breast cancer four times.
But more than two years after Christina's stunning death, her mom also passed away.
Her family called Tina a “powerful and shining example of motherhood” who was known for her “laugh, energy, passion and joyful spirit.”
The Grimmies have asked that in lieu of flowers, fans make a donation to the Christina Grimmie Foundation, which supports the families of gun violence victims.
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