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Carson Daly, Adam Levine Remember Slain 'Voice' Contestant Christina Grimmie

The singer was shot and killed by an unknown gunman while signing autographs on Friday night (June 10.) 

 

Former The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie was remembered by fans and her Voice coach Adam Levine on Saturday (June 11) after she was shot and killed by an unknown gunman in Florida.

According to ABC Newsthe 22-year-old was shot in the head as she signed autographs for fans after a show in Orlando. Following the shooting, Grimmie's brother wrestled with the unknown 21-year-old white male. The gunman later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police believe Grimmie did not know the man. The suspect also had two loaded magazines and a large hunting knife in addition to the two handguns he was carrying in his car.

"The suspect traveled to Orlando apparently to commit this crime and then had plans to travel back to where he came from," Orlando Police Chief John Mina told reporters Saturday.

Grimmie was widely known for her appearance on The Voice. The NJ native came in third place but gained a heavy following after the show. She was the opening act for Before You Exit, a pop-rock band, and encourage fans to come to the show via Twitter that day.

After news of her death spread over social media, fans shared their favorite performances from the budding star. Levine, who was her coach on the show, also sent prayers before her death was confirmed.

Other coaches including Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton also sent their condolences. Voice host Carson Daly posed the question about gun violence while discussing Grimmie's time on the show. "She really was special," he said. "She had an infectious laugh, she was determined, she was confident, but she was so incredibly sweet. You would never forget meeting her."

Singers Tori Kelly and Demi Lovato also sent prayers the singer's family.

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Police are expected to release the gunman's name by Saturday afternoon. Mina says they are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting. "It's "unknown what his plans were for after killing Christina, but very heroic actions by Marcus Grimmie to jump in definitely could have prevented future loss of life there," Mina said.

Watch a fan-favorite performance from Grimmie below.

UPDATE: 6/11/16 5:58 P.M.

The alleged suspect in the death of Christine Grimmie has been identified as Kevin James Loibl from St. Petersburg, Florida.

TMZ reports his home is currently being searched by the authorities.  Currently, a note written by family members declining interviews hangs from his door. Police believe Loibl was a deranged fan. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chairman NBC Entertainment Robert Greenblatt issued a statement on the singer's death."Christina's talent, energy, and spirit set her apart as a true star, and this tragedy leaves a gaping hole in our NBC family,” he said.

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Tory Lanez Sued For Alleged Attack In Miami Nightclub

Tory Lanez is facing legal trouble over an alleged altercation that went down inside Miami’s LIV nightclub last year. Christopher “Prince” Harty, an up-and-coming artist and Miami promoter who appeared on Love & Hip-Hop: Miami claims that Lanez attacked him last November.

The onetime reality star alleges that Lanez, along with his entourage and security team, punched and attacked him in the nightclub. According to reports, Prince claims to have suffered blunt force trauma to his head, neck, and chest, in addition to contusions, bruises and anxiety, as a result of the incident. He is suing for unspecified damages.

“They backed me into a corner, and once I was there, they started stomping on me, jumping me,” he recalled to NBC Miami.

He believes that the friction stemmed from an Instagram post about music. “They felt that I was insinuating that they stole the record from me, and I was just like, no, I would never do that, that was never my intention. I had no issue with him at all.”

A portion of the incident was captured on cellphone video. Prince stated that he knew Lanez prior to the run-in, and helped get him into clubs before.

His attorney, Marwan Porter of Porter Law Firm, called the violent incident “a chronic problem” with Lanez who is accused of shooting Megan Thee Stallion in July. The 28-year-old recording artist has yet to publicly address either incident.

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Cardi B Opens Up About Filing For Divorce From Offset

Cardi B took to Instagram Live on Friday (Sept. 18) to air out a few things about filing for divorce from Offset.

The Bronx rapper made it clear that she didn’t file for divorce as a publicity stunt to promote her upcoming album. “I’m not doing it for clout and on top of that I don’t need stunts to sell music,” she said. “I’m not [trying to] brag but don’t ever say I’m doing anything for clout. My first album is three-times platinum and I didn’t need no stunts to do that. My [“Wap”] single is no. 1 worldwide why would I need stunts to sell music? I don’t need stunts — [especially] when it comes to family — to sell anything, so don’t play yourself.”

As for the reason for the divorce filing, the estranged couple simply grew apart. “Nothing crazy out of this world happened, sometimes people really do grow apart. I been with this man for four years. I have a kid with this man, I have a household with this man…sometimes you’re just tired of the arguments and the build up. You get tired sometimes and before something happens, you leave.”

“I just wanna' be a free bird,” Cardi said after questioning whether people secretly want infidelity to be the reason for the split.

“I am the f**king clout,” she added. “I never needed anything. I never needed no stunts to sell sh*t.Why would I need anything to sell my next album?”

Speaking of the new album, Cardi has been indecisive about choosing her next single because “WAP” did so well. “That means that my second single has to be even better.”

Towards the end of her venting session, Cardi reiterated that she’s focusing on her work, and revealed that she's starting new business for her daughter Kulture.

 

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Barack Obama Announces Release Date For ‘A Promised Land’ Memoir

Following the mega-success of his wife’s Becoming release, Barack Obama is poised to debut his own memoir, A Promised Land, this fall. The former president made the literary announcement on Twitter on Thursday (Sept. 17).

“There’s no feeling like finishing a book and I’m proud of this one,” Obama tweeted while explaining that he tries to give an “honest account” of his presidency in the book. The release will also touch on “the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our division and make democracy work for everybody.”

There’s no feeling like finishing a book, and I’m proud of this one. In 'A Promised Land,' I try to provide an honest accounting of my presidency, the forces we grapple with as a nation, and how we can heal our divisions and make democracy work for everybody. pic.twitter.com/T1QSZVDvOm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) September 17, 2020

The highly anticipated and introspective release takes readers on a “compelling journey” and details Obama’s “improbable odyssey from a young man searching for his identity to leader of the free world.” Included in the memoir are striking personal details about his political education, as well as landmark moments from his first term presidency.

The Obamas secured the reported $60 million book deals around a year after ending their tenure in the White House. Michelle Obama’s book became the best-selling memoir in history.

A Promised Land is currently available for pre-order at Obamabook.com. The memoir will be released on Nov. 17.

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