Unforgettable New Jersey stars we’ve lost so far in 2016

Christina Grimmie, who was 22 at the time of her death, was killed by a gunman in Orlando earlier this month. Getty Images

Christina Grimmie, who was 22 at the time of her death, was killed by a gunman in Orlando earlier this month.

We’re only halfway through 2016 and (sadly) we’ve already lost some of the Garden State’s most talented performers.

On June 10, Evesham Township’s own Christina Grimmie, a YouTube star who came in third on The Voice in 2014, was shot and killed after an Orlando concert by a man “police believe was an obsessed fan,” according to a NJ.com report.

Singer Billy Paul — best known for the hit “Me and Mrs. Jones” — died from pancreatic cancer at his Blackwood home on April 24 at the age of 80.

Cordes Attrell who was comprised half of the Jersey City hip-hop duo P.M. Dawn died of kidney failure at age 46 on June 17.

Frank Sinatra’s son and former bandleader, Frank Sinatra, Jr., spent his early years performing here in New Jersey. The son of the Hoboken native died March 16 of cardiac arrest while on tour in Florida at the age of 72.

Character actor Abe Vigoda — whose death was falsely reported for years — died peacefully in his sleep at age 94 at his daughter’s Woodland Park home on January 26.

On February 22 we lost former Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum of Margate when she was critically injured in a car crash.


Our thoughts go out to their families, friends and fans.