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Leona Lewis will still meet fans after Christina Grimmie tragedy

Leona Lewis will continue to host meet-and-greet events to keep "the faith" in her fans following the death of Christina Grimmie.

The former The Voice finalist was shot by 27-year-old gunman Kevin James Loibl while she was signing autographs after her concert in Orlando, Florida on Friday (10Jun16) and the 22-year-old subsequently died from her injuries.


The tragedy comes less than a month after Japanese pop star Mayu Tomita was repeatedly stabbed at a fan event in Tokyo, but British singer Leona is adamant these incidents haven't made her reconsider meeting fans because she would rather "keep the faith" in them.


"It's horrible and it's so... I'm so sad about what happened (to Christina) and just my heart goes out to her, her family, her friends," she told ETOnline. "For me, I just keep pushing through it. That's one in a million, one in a billion, so you have to keep, you know, have faith in people, I think."


Leona is no stranger to meet-and-greet drama. During a book signing at Waterstone's book store in London in 2009, she was punched in the head by a man while she was signing her autobiography. Peter Kowalczyk was arrested and sectioned under the Mental Health Act, and was later charged.


Reflecting on the incident, she continues, "I have had an experience of having someone come to a book signing and attack me, so I've had that experience, I still go out and do meet-and-greets, I still love to meet my fans and I still love to have that one-on-one interaction with them. I would never let anything stop me from doing that."


According to E! Online, Selena Gomez canceled a meet-and-greet at her show in Miami, Florida on Saturday (11Jun16).


Stars including Maroon 5's Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton have paid tribute to Christina Grimmie online, while Selena, Meghan Trainor, Fifth Harmony, and Charlie Puth honored her on stage over the weekend (11-12Jun16).