Vanessa Hudgens Posts Touching Tribute to Her Late Father, Celebrates His Life at Memorial Service
By John Boone
Vanessa Hudgens has laid her late father to rest.
On Tuesday, the 27-year-old actress said goodbye to her dad, Greg Hudgens, who died on Jan. 30 at the age of 65 after battling stage 4 cancer. Vanessa marked the occasion by posting a touching photograph of her dad on Instagram, captioning it, "Rest in peace daddy ❤"
Vanessa also sent a few Snapchats from Greg’s memorial service, including one of a group of people dancing. Over it, she wrote, "This is how you celebrate a life." In another, she used a filter to write "LOVE YOU" on the screen.
Meanwhile, her little sister, Stella Hudgens, has been posting similarly sweet posts. "I don't know what to say. Thank you so much for the support," Stella tweeted. "I will miss my dad, but I’m so glad to have had such an amazing man in my life."
She also Instagrammed an old photo of her father working as a firefighter.
Greg died one day before Vanessa's debut as Rizzo in Grease: Live, but the High School Musical alum continued on, dedicating her performance to her father. Afterwards, Stella wrote, "I know daddy is smiling down on you."
"I can't believe @gogrease is OVER!" Vanessa later posted. "Thank you to everyone who watched and supported me last night. Doing #greaselive was one of the most incredible experiences and I'm so glad you guys liked it as much as I did. Till next time Rizz..."
Watch more highlights from Vanessa's show-stopping performance in the video below.