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Tori Kelly debuts Christina Grimmie tribute tune

Tori pays tribute to fellow YouTube pop star Christina Grimmie

Tori Kelly has debuted a new song she wrote following the death of her friend Christina Grimmie.

Christina was shot and killed by an obsessed fan at a meet-and-greet last month (Jun16) and Tori was so shaken by the tragedy she penned a song about her feelings.

The 23-year-old singer says, "This song was written for Christina Grimmie after she passed away tragically. I needed to write this song. Thank you to my good friend, Zac Poor, who was brave enough to take on the challenge of writing it with me."

"My heart was & is still so heavy when i think of her not being with us," Tori adds. "However, I am still comforted knowing that I’ll get to see her again someday in heaven. My prayers go out to her family & loved ones."

And she admits the track, titled Blink of an Eye, has taken on a very special meaning since she wrote it: "Even though this song had specific meaning, more recently I’m overwhelmed at the pain & the brokenness in the world today," she writes on social media, "& so this is really just me grieving. at all of it. Life is so short. Thanks for listening, I love you guys."

Tori posted video of her performing the song alone in a dark room on YouTube on Sunday (10Jul16).

The song begins with the line: "It's 2am, I can't believe you're gone", and features Kelly singing, "It could have been me out there, chasing a dream..."

Just weeks ago, Tori was paying tribute to another dead star when she joined Stevie Wonder and the Roots for a performance of the tragic superstar's Take Me With U at the BET Awards on 26 June (16).

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