On June 11th the singer Christina Grimmie, who competed on the US talent show The Voice, died aged only 22 after being shot at a concert in Orlando, Florida the night before. Also previously recognised for her YouTube videos, she was a proud fan of anime, manga and Japanese games, and used a quote from Tokyo Ghoul‘s protagonist Ken Kaneki in her Twitter profile. The quote, written by the original manga’s author Sui Ishida, read “All the disadvantages of this world are due to the insecurities of the person himself’s ability.” Ishida has since honoured her passing with a piece of tribute art.
Grimmie’s publicist has set up a GoFundMe page, inviting fans and well-wishers to give their donations in aid of the artist’s family. Our thoughts, and doubtless those of the wider anime fandom, are with her loved ones at this tragic time.