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LOS ANGELES – Actress Vanessa Hudgens will be dedicating her performance in Grease: Live to her father, who passed away hours before tonight’s production.

The 27-year-old said  that her father, Greg Hudgens, 65,  died after battling stage 4 cancer.  Vanessa had revealed his ailment last August, according to E! Online.

Her announcement comes just hours before she is to appear as Rizzo in FOX’s Grease: Live musical special. The program airs tonight at 7 p.m. PT on Q13 FOX.

In addition to Vanessa, Greg is survived by her mother, his wife Gina, and Vanessa’s 20-year-old sister Stella.