Tragedy has struck “Glee” actress and international recording artist Charice Pempengco. The AP reports that her estranged father Ricky Pempengco was stabbed to death in her hometown in the Philippines.
The 40-year-old construction worker had reportedly been at a grocery store in the township of San Pedro, which is south of Manila, late Monday night (Oct. 31) when he bumped against a drunk man who then became angry and stabbed Ricky with an ice pick in the chest and back, the province police chief Gilbert Cruz tells the AP.
There is a manhunt on for the suspect. Cruz says there is no indication the suspect and victim knew one another.
The AP also reports that local media says Charice’s mother left Ricky when Charice and her younger brother were children.
Charice posted some messages to Twitter following the news (some is roughly translated from Tagalog, one of the main languages of the Philippines):
- “I just wanted to you know that we had a really great relationship before all the mess happened … I loved him and I will still love him. He’s still my Dad after all.”
- “I am very sorry to all my fans from Singapore. I am not going to be
there to be part of David Foster and Friends concert. I have to go back
to the Philippines as soon as possible to be with my family. I hope you
all understand. I love you all and I will see you next year.”
Our condolences to Charice and her entire family.