April 26, 2017
“The Voice” coach Adam Levine and his team of vocal contestants dedicated a moving rendition of “Hey Jude” to former show contestant and finalist Christina Grimmie on Tuesday night's show.
Grimmie, 22, a native of Evesham Township, Burlington County, who finished third in Season 6 of the NBC singing competition TV show, was fatally shot by an alleged stalker while she was on stage performing in Orlando last June.
While she was on “The Voice,” Grimmie was a member of the Maroon 5 star’s team, and the two had remained friends up until her death. Levine also paid for her funeral expenses.
On Tuesday night’s show, Levine and his current team sang “Hey Jude” for the Jersey girl, whose family was in the audience. Family members who were there included her brother, Marcus, who witnessed her death, and her mother, Tina, who has breast cancer.
"I'm gonna be singing every word to her,” Levine began. He also plugged the Christina Grimmie Foundation, a charitable organization in Grimmie's honor that raises funds for individuals affected by gun violence as well as for those facing a breast cancer diagnosis.