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The Voice France star Kendji Girac ‘fighting for life after being shot’ in Bordeaux


Mon 22 Apr 2024 | 09:01 PM
Kendji Girac
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French singer Kendji Girac is recovering after being shot and injured in Biscarrosse, Landes, in France on Sunday night, media outlets reported.

The popular artist, who rose to fame as the winner of the French version of reality TV contest The Voice, was shot in the chest and then rushed to Bordeaux University Hospital.

French outlet Le Parisien confirmed an initial report by BFMTV and said that Girac’s condition was stable by Monday morning.

The 27-year-old was discovered conscious around 5.30 am by emergency services outside his caravan near a Traveler reception area.

According to the outlet, Girac allegedly told emergency responders that he fired the weapon that injured him due to “poor handling”. He had purchased the gun at a fleamarket the day before.

Girac, a father-of-one, achieved fame in France in 2014 after winning the third series of The Voice, where he was mentored by pop star Mika.

He was asked to appear on the show after a video of his Romanes cover of “Bella” by Congolese-French rapper and singer Gims went viral on social media.

Hailing from the Dordogne region in south France, he is of Catalan gypsy origin and was taught to sing and play guitar by his grandfather.

Since winning The Voice he has released five albums; his debut, Kendji, shot to No. 1 in France upon its release in 2014 and also topped the charts in Belgium. This was followed by his second album, Ensemble (”Together”), in 2015, and 2018’s Amigo, another No 1 record.

His latest album, "L’ecole de la vie" (School of Life) was released in 2022 via Mercury Records and charted at No 1 in France, and No.3 in Belgium. In 2020, he joined the judging panel of The Voice Kids France alongside fellow French singers Jenifer, Patrick Fiori, and Soprano.