Singer JoJo Announces Father’s Death, Goes On To Perform National Anthem

Singer JoJo announced the death of her father in a heart warming tribute. It was not revealed what her father, who died at the age of 60, perished of. That said, JoJo did take to Instagram to tribute her father in a memorial post.

In the tribute, JoJo wrote:

“I missed you even while you were here. I will miss you infinitely more now that you’re gone. Thank you for holding on as long as you did. I know you tried your best. You are free now. I will love you always, Dad. I can feel you with me. Rest now. In PEACE. I miss your voice. I wish more people could have heard it. I promise I will keep singing for you. Joel Maurice Levesque. January 8, 1955-November 14, 2015.”

The picture JoJo featured is a photo of her father hugging her when she was a little girl.

Fans of the singer reacted to her father’s death, posting messages of support on twitter.

@iamjojo My condolences, Jojo. I’m very sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers to your family. — Justin S. Dolak (@SFGiants_JD) November 14, 2015

Following her Instagram post, JoJo decided to follow through on her commitments and has decided to sing the national anthem. In a separate Instagram post the singer wrote:

Today I will be singing the national anthem to honor my dad. He was a disabled veteran. I wish he was here with me today. He would have cried. I will be crying because I miss him already. We all thought it would happen eventually… But now that it’s happened, I can’t believe this is real life. #RIPJoel #GodblessAmerica #GodblessFrance and may God help us all to love and understand each other better. To lead with compassion and live in peace on this one planet we are entrusted with.

A photo posted by JoJo (@iamjojo) on

The last we heard from JoJo, she was promoting brand new music after being held for years in a music contract with her former label, Da Family and Blackground Records. In 2009, she was in limbo while waiting for her label to sign a distribution deal to release her of her third album. When she was signed, she was 12-years-old, and at the time she signed a seven album deal in 2004.

However, because she was a minor, her contract would have become null and void in 2011. In January of 2014, JoJo was let out of her contract. At 23-years-old, the singer signed a brand new deal with Atlanta Records. At the time she shared the news with the hashtag #FREEDJOJO which is a play on a campaign her fans took on Twitter called “FreeJoJo” in the midst of her legal battle with her former record label.

In August of 2015, the singer finally released new music and has dominated the charts since then. She released two mix tapes and an EP featuring three songs that bridged the pop music gap. The three singles were well received. Currently the singer is still scheduled to perform at Turner Hall Ballroom on November 16 in Milwaukee.

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