Voice France Star Kendji Girac Seriously Injured in Shooting

French singer Kendji Girac hospitalized after accidental shooting incident.

by Nouman Rasool
Voice France Star Kendji Girac Seriously Injured in Shooting
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French singer Kendji Girac, famously known for winning "The Voice France," is in critical condition after shooting himself in the chest. The incident took place early Sunday at a travellers' camp, located in Biscarrosse, around 31 miles from Bordeaux.

Authorities confirmed his injuries to be severe but said that his condition is now stable, and his life is no longer in immediate danger. The event unfolded around 5:30 AM local time, leading to immediate police and medical response.

Initial reports from French media suggest that the 27-year-old singer accidentally shot himself while handling a newly purchased pistol from a local junk shop. "In the course of examining the firearm, it discharged unintentionally," Girac reportedly explained to the first responders who arrived at the scene.

Accidental Shooting Investigated

He was swiftly transported to a hospital in Bordeaux for urgent care. A police spokesperson mentioned that the investigation is ongoing, and while they are treating it as an accident, no possibilities have been ruled out.

The shooting occurred near the main reception area of a traveller community camp in Biscarosse, a place Girac had been visiting for several days. A relative, identified as Emilio and claiming to be Girac's uncle, stated to AFP, "This isn’t gang-related; it’s purely an accident.

He was just messing around with the pistol when it went off." The incident has forced Girac to cancel his scheduled performance in Marseille, where he was to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic flame this Friday. The cancellation underscores the severity of his condition and the impact on his professional commitments.

Kendji Girac, whose real name is Kendji Maille, grew up in the Catalan Gypsy community. He first shot to the limelight back in 2013 with his cover of a song by the Congolese-French rapper Gims, and then went on to win the title in The Voice France in 2014.

After his discovery, he has released five studio albums to date, his most recent album being "L'Ecole de la Vie" (The School of Life) back in 2022. French television host Cyril Hanouna expressed the collective concern of fans and friends, saying, "We are all shocked.

We love him, he's a great guy, incredibly kind, always smiling, always ready to help." As the community rallies around him, Girac's journey to recovery is closely watched by admirers worldwide.