November 1st, 2011
03:11 PM ET
Singer Charice Pempengco, the powerhouse vocalist who's also appeared on Fox's "Glee," has suffered a loss in her family. A rep for the singer/actress tells CNN that Charice was informed Monday that her father had been murdered in her native Philippines.
According to the statement, Charice and her father "had been estranged for several years but Charice, who has been touring in South East Asia with David Foster, was hoping to reconcile with him."
But in light of the devastating news, the singer has pulled out of the rest of her scheduled appearances and departed to be with her family in the Philippines.
The young star tweeted about her father last night, writing primarily in Filipino but adding in English, "I loved him and I will still love him. He's still my Dad after all."
Charice, 19, adds in a statement regarding her canceled tour stops, "I want to thank my fans from around the world for their support and love at this very difficult time for my family and I. We are all very sad about this terrible tragedy."
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