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Vanessa Hudgens Announces Father’s Death Right Before Live Performance of ‘Grease’

Right before taking the stage as Rizzo in Fox’s highly anticipated live performance of Grease, Vanessa Hudgens took to Twitter to announce that her father, Gregory Hudgens, had passed away. Gregory Hudgens had been battling stage 4 cancer since summer 2015.

Condolences and support poured in across social media from fans and the cast.

Overall, there was still a celebratory air leading up to the performance. The Broadway community had been gearing up for it with tweets from the Hamilton cast members Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jonathan Groff.

Hudgens has kept positive with a number of backstage peeks and upbeat pics on her Instagram.

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Pink Lady Forever ❤️❤️

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An hour away!!! #GreaseLive

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[Ed. note: Her Grease performance of “There Are Worse Things I Could Do” below.]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKsXNyb44Jw

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