Following her tragic death at a Florida concert, Adam Levine has offered to pay for the funeral of former The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie’s funeral. Levine was Grimmie’s vocal coach when she was on the sixth season of the show and reportedly reached out to her family following her death at the hand’s of a fan this past Friday (June 10).
According to Billboard, her brother Marcus shared the news in a Facebook post that read, “I found out this morning that Adam Levine personally called my mother and said he will pay for her funeral and her plane flight, and I was blown away.”
Grimmie’s manager, Brian Teefey, also set up a GoFundMe page to help fund the funeral, and as of this time the donations have reached over $100,000.
“Words cannot express,” Marcus wrote on Facebook. “Words cannot express… literally I have no words. I promise both my parents and I will read every one of these personalized messages. I’m so blown away by everything right now. But all I can say is thank you. And Christina will be missed and never forgotten.”
Grimmie was murdered by 27-year-old Kevin James Loibl while signing autographs after a concert in Florida, who then shot himself as her brother tried to defend her. The pop/punk band Before You Exit was close by selling merchandise when she was shot.
Behati and I are absolutely devastated and heartbroken by Christina Grimmie’s death. Our hearts go out to her family pic.twitter.com/y4OMkm0uXu
— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) June 11, 2016
Following the shooting, Grimmie was taken to the Orlando Regional Medical Center but died shortly thereafter. There were 60 people in the area but Orlando Police Department spokeswoman Wanda Miglio said at a news conference that no one else was injured in the attack.
“This should have been something that was fun and exciting and of course when something like this happens it’s just a tragedy,” Miglio said at the conference, referring to Marcus as a “hero” for protecting others in the venue according to NBC News.
Grief from fans and other celebrities ran rampant on Twitter after her death, using the hashtag #RIPChristina, which became the top trending on social media.
Levine also posted about his grief on Twitter after he received the news.