By Olivia Bahou
Updated Feb 02, 2016 @ 10:00 am
Actors Carlos PenaVega as Kenickie and Vanessa Hudgens as 'Rizzo' during the dress rehearsal for GREASE: LIVE airing LIVE Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 (7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), on FOX.
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Vanessa Hudgens’s father passed away on Saturday night after a long battle with cancer, and the star delivered an unforgettable performance in his honor in Sunday’s Grease: Live. Hudgens played Rizzo, the sarcastic leader of the Pink Ladies, and poured her heart and soul into her heartbreaking solo, “There Are Worse Things I Could Do.”

Support flooded in from celebrities and fans, praising the actress’s performance and her strength after dealing with such personal tragedy. On Monday night, Hudgens took to social media to thank everyone for their love and support.

“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…” she wrote.

The show paid tribute to Hudgens's late father after the final scene: "In loving memory of Greg Hudgens. June 22, 1950 - January 30, 2016."