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Former The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie’s management team started a GoFundMe page Saturday with a simple goal—to help cover the cost of her funeral—but the outpouring of support its received from fans has exceeded its wildest expectations.
“As family, Mother, Father, and Brother made the ultimate family sacrifice to support Christina on her musical journey,” manager Brian Teefey wrote on the landing page. “They did nothing but love her and support her as family the best they knew how, the only worry I want them to have at this point is that of recovery.”
Fans more than met the modest goal; in fact, they surpassed it nearly 50 times over. As of Monday afternoon, the total amount of money raised for Grimmie’s family is more than $174,000.
“Words cannot express,” Grimmie wrote. “Literally I have no words.”
Levine had tweeted his sadness after learning of Grimmie’s death Saturday:
At the time of publication, more than 4,900 people had donated to Grimmie’s family.
Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.