Actress Vanessa Hudgens attends the FOX All-Star Party at the Fox Winter TCA on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Actress Vanessa Hudgens attends the FOX All-Star Party at the Fox Winter TCA in Pasadena, Calif., on Jan. 15, 2016. Richard Shotwell—Invision/AP

Vanessa Hudgens Will Perform in Grease: Live Hours After Father's Death

Vanessa Hudgens announced Sunday that her father, Greg, has died of cancer.

“I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg passed away from stage 4 cancer. Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers,” the 27-year-old wrote on Twitter.

Hudgens is starring as Rizzo in Sunday’s production of Grease: Live, and says she’s dedicating her performance to him. “Tonight, I do the show in his honor,” she said.

The actress first revealed her father’s diagnosis this past summer.

“Last year, my boyfriend, Austin [Butler], lost his mom, Lori, to cancer, and my dad has just been recently diagnosed with stage four cancer,” she said in a speech at the Industry Dance Awards in August. “Let me tell you, I hate cancer. I hate cancer with every cell of my being … This award, it means a lot to me, but I dedicate it to my boyfriend’s mom, Lori, my dad, and to all the families out there who are struggling with this, because it really takes a strong person and a strong family to be able to help those out who are going through this.”

Hudgens’ performance in Grease: Live airs beginning at 7 p.m. ET on Fox.

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