Vanessa Hudgens performance on Grease: Live has taken on a personal meaning for the actress, following the news of her father, Greg Hudgens, passing from cancer.
The 27 – year – old posted on her Twitter page on Sunday morning: “I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg passed away from stage 4 cancer,” she wrote. “Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers.”
She added: “Tonight, I do the show in his honor.”
The High School Musical star opened up about her father’s illness in an emotional acceptance speech last August during the 2015 Industry Dance Awards & Cancer Benefit Show.
“Last year, my boyfriend Austin lost his mum Lori to cancer, and my dad had just recently diagnosed with stage four cancer,” Vanessa said. “Let me tell you, I hate cancer. I hate cancer with every cell of my being.”
Vanessa made her heartbreaking news, hours before Fox’s Grease: Live musical special. The program airs at 7pm ET.