Demi Lovato’s Father Patrick Passes Away

The biological father of Demi Lovato has died.

On Saturday, the singer’s family confirmed the passing of Patrick Lovato via Twitter.

“Rest in peace daddy I love you..,” Lovato’s older sister Dallas wrote.

Their mother Dianna wrote, “Thank you all for the outpouring of love and prayers. Y’all are amazing,” along with an old family photo of her girls and their father. Dianna and Patrick divorced in 1994.

Demi has been estranged from her father since 2007. Over the years, Patrick, a former musician, has been quite public about their relationship.

“Kids grow, and I’ve been away from the family for so long, it’s because of me,” Patrick, who had been battling cancer in recent years, told Rumor Fix in 2010. “I mean, I haven’t been in jail or anything, it’s just that I’ve always tried to leave them [Demi and her mom] the space that they need and I respect them so much that that’s why I’ve stayed away.”