Vanessa Hudgens wows in Grease Live hours after announcing the death of her father

Chloe Best

Vanessa Hudgens was ever the professional as she went ahead with her performance in Grease Live on Sunday, just hours after announcing the sad news that her father had passed away. The actress impressed fans with her performance in the star-studded musical, which she dedicated to her late father Greg, who died on Saturday.

"I am so sad to say that last night my daddy, Greg passed away from stage 4 cancer," Vanessa tweeted on Sunday. "Thank you to everyone who kept him in your prayers."

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Vanessa Hudgens dedicated her Grease Live performance to her father

She continued: "Tonight, I do the show in his honor."

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 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 mum Lori to cancer, and my dad has just recently been diagnosed with stage four cancer," the actress shared. "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

She added: "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 with it personally.

"This award, it means a lot to me. But I dedicate it to my boyfriend's mum 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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