Vanessa Hudgens was applauded when she revealed that the show must go on following the death of her father, Greg Hudgens, to stage four cancer. Losing her father a day before she was set to go on as Rizzo in Fox’s musical, Grease Live!, no one would have blamed Hudgens if she pulled out due to mourning her father’s death. Instead, she decided to go on stage, and she killed her role, earning rave reviews from numerous outlets.
After everything calmed down, Vanessa Hudgens decided to share a photo of her father’s grave. It looks like Vanessa had time to properly mourn her father and remember his life after his short battle with cancer.
The actress decided to take to the popular social media site Snapchat to share a few moments from her father’s memorial. Using one of the app’s filters, which made her photos appear to be in fog, the words “I Love you, Dad” appeared when she blew a kiss.
The second shared moment was a photo of Greg Hudgens in his firefighter uniform. This photo was laid to rest at his grave. This photo being a clear representation of her father before his illness, Hudgens decided to post the photo to Instagram to write a short and sweet note in memory of her father.
Lastly, in a video Vanessa shared on Snapchat, people are seen dancing around in what appeared to be a memorial service. Vanessa wrote: “This is how you celibate [sic] a life.”
Prior to Hudgens’ Snapchats, while people were giving Hudgens support as she decided to go on as Rizzo in the Fox musical, her younger sister, Stella Hudgens, took to Twitter to express her sorrow for the loss of her father. Her first tweet was a retweet from her older sister.
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 Hudgens (@VanessaHudgens) January 31, 2016
I don’t know what to say. Thank you so much for the support. I will miss my dad, but i’m so glad to have had such an amazing man in my life.
— Stella Hudgens (@stellahudgens) January 31, 2016
After Vanessa performed, she tweeted the following.
— Stella Hudgens (@stellahudgens) February 1, 2016
— MTV (@MTV) February 1, 2016
Professional musician and Broadway star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is the star and creator of the hit show Hamilton, gave Hudgens props for being a consummate professional in the wake of a giant loss.
Imagine you had Vanessa Hudgens’ day, and doing that.
What a superhero.
In total awe.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) February 1, 2016
Prior to her father’s death, Vanessa Hudgens opened up about his cancer diagnosis. The actress had accepted an award for Breakthrough Performer at the Industry Dance Awards, and when she took to the stage to accept her award, she opened up about her father in her speech.
“Last year, my boyfriend, Austin, lost his mom, Lori, to cancer, and my dad has just been recently diagnosed with stage four cancer. Let me tell you, I hate cancer. I hate cancer with every cell of my being.”
“This award, it means a lot to me but I dedicate it to my boyfriend’s mom, 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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