Vanessa Hudgens's father dies hours before her impressive 'Grease Live' performance

Vanessa Hudgens had a lot of emotion to pour into her performance in Grease: Live on Sunday (Jan. 30), having shared the heartbreaking news that her father had passed away just hours earlier. The actress dedicated her performance in the star-studded musical to her 'daddy' before wowing fans with her singing and dancing skills.

"I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg, passed away from stage four cancer," Vanessa tweeted on Sunday. "Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers."

TAP TO VIEW FULL GALLERYVanessa Hudgens dedicated her Grease Live performance to her father.

"Tonight, I do the show in his honour."

Vanessa revealed in August that her father was battling stage four cancer, and recently suggested that his health may have taken a turn for the worse as she asked fans to pray for his recovery in an emotional tweet.

"Hey guys. My dad isn't doing too well. Please say a prayer for him! It would mean a lot to me," she wrote.

The 27-year-old singer previously discussed his diagnosis during a passionate speech at the 2015 Dance Awards, which were held to raise money for a charity that supports dancers who are cancer survivors.

"Last year, my boyfriend, Austin [Butler], lost his mom Lori to cancer, and my dad has just recently been diagnosed with stage four cancer," the actress said. "Let me tell you, I hate cancer, I hate cancer with every cell of my being."

My daddy and I ❤️❤️❤️ Please pray for his healing!!! The more prayers the better. 

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Vanessa had asked fans to pray for her father's recovery.

"If you would have asked me two years ago what I thought of cancer, I would have said 'Man, you know it sucks. It's a horrible disease,' but that's only because I hadn't been faced it personally," she said. "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."

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