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Vanessa Hudgens Opens Up About Her Dad's Tragic Death After Cancer Battle

Vanessa Hudgens is opening up about losing her father Greg, 65, to cancer earlier in the year.

“It felt like it was some mean joke,” the 27-year-old actress told E! News. “You think you’re going to make it through, you’re there with them every step of the way, holding their hand, wanting it to be okay.”

“It was shocking. I had never dealt with cancer personally and to hear that word, it was just like a punch in the stomach,” Vanessa continued. “You always think that you’re going to make it through and you’re going to overcome it, but sometimes that doesn’t happen. Cancer is very aggressive and it doesn’t take pity on anyone or anything.”

You may remember, but Greg passed away the night before Vanessa was scheduled to perform as Rizzo in Grease: Live!. Despite the tragic news, Vanessa performed and received rave reviews.

“Every day I came to work, [my Grease cast mates] all hugged me, checked in on me, made sure I was doing okay. My dad passed away the night before my show, and it was shocking. I knew that it was coming, but nothing can prepare you for losing a parent.”

“When someone you love has cancer, it’s a very hard thing to deal with for them and for you, but the thing that honestly got me through it was my community that I was surrounded by,” Vanessa continued. “I dedicated my performance to my dad because I knew he was up there in heaven looking down on me as proud as can be.”

Vanessa Hudgens & Her Mom Pay Tribute to Her Late Father

Vanessa Hudgens‘ father passed late last month but she is keeping his memory alive and continuing to share about him on social media.

The 27-year-old actress and her mother Gina stopped by her late father Greg‘s gravesite on Monday afternoon (February 22) and she took to her Instagram to tell fans about it.

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Vanessa shared a touching photo with her mom sitting in the grass near her father’s grave.

“Visiting pops with mama g,” she captioned the sweet image.

Vanessa Hudgens Shares a Photo of Her Dad's Gravesite

Vanessa Hudgens grabs some snacks at CVS on Tuesday (February 9) in Studio City, Calif.

The 27-year-old actress took to her Instagram account that day to share a photo of her late father Greg Hudgens‘ gravesite.

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Vanessa shared a photo of a large portrait of her dad sitting at his grave with flowers surrounding the frame.

“Rest in peace daddy❤️,” Vanessa captioned the photo, which you can see below.

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'Grease: Live' Was Dedicated to Vanessa Hudgens' Late Dad Greg

The entire performance of Grease: Live was dedicated to Vanessa Hudgens‘ father Greg Hudgens after his death on Saturday (January 30).

The 27-year-old actress and singer announced the tragic news on her Twitter account, and dedicated her performance to him.

At the end of the live broadcast, a message memorializing Greg popped up on the screen, and read, “In loving memory of Greg Hudgens.”

If you missed it, watch Vanessa‘s amazing performance of “There Are Worse Things I Could Do,” which came towards the end of the broadcast.

Vanessa Hudgens' Father Passes Away; Will Still Perform In 'Grease: Live'

We are sending our love and thoughts to Vanessa Hudgens during this difficult time.

The 27-year-old actress just announced on Twitter that her father, Greg, has passed away.

“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,” Vanessa shared on Twitter this morning.

She added, “Tonight, I do the show in his honor.”

Vanessa will play Rizzo in Fox’s Grease: Live, airing live tonight on Fox @ 7PM ET/PT.

Send all your love to Vanessa, sister Stella, and their mom Gina.

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