'Glee' Singer Charice's Dad Killed in Philippines
Glee star Charice has suffered an horrific family tragedy: her estranged father has been stabbed to death in the Philippines. The singer, 19, cancelled a Tuesday concert in Singapore after learning about his death. Charice apologized to her fans for having to skip the show scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, so she could travel home to the Philippines.
"I am not going to be there to be part of David Foster and Friends concert," she said in a post Tuesday on Twitter. "I have to go back to the Philippines as soon as possible to be with my family."
Charice's father, Ricky Pempengco, 40, was a construction worker who accidentally brushed up against another man, while shopping on Monday. The unidentified other man, who was allegedly drunk, became enraged and stabbed Pempengco, according to the Laguna province police chief, Senior Supt. Gilbert Cruz.
Charice hadn't seen her father since her mother left him when Charice and her brother were young -- but the Glee star added, "I loved him and I will still love him. He's still my Dad after all."