Glee star Charice Pempengco has not had it easy. She spent her early life using her singing capabilities to help take care of her family after they became estranged from her father. At 19 years old, Pempengco has begun a TV acting career, playing Sunshine Corazon on Glee, and has a hit album under her belt, with another on its way. Today, the star has a new trouble to contend with: the death of her father.

Ricky Pempengco was stabbed to death in the Philippines late Monday. The Associated Press is reporting the 40 year-old construction worker left a grocery store and brushed up against a drunk man, who promptly took an ice pick and slammed it through Pempengco’s chest and back. Thus far, the police have stated they have no reason to believe the killing was anything but random.

The tragedy means Charice Pempengco will pull out of an upcoming concert series in Singapore set for Wednesday and Thursday. The actress and Billboard charted singer apologized to fans via Twitter, stating she needs to head to her hometown of Manila to attend the funeral.
"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."

Whether or not Pempengco was remotely close to her father, the manner of his death was brutal and senseless. It takes a certain amount of courage and conviction to head home after learning news of that nature, especially about someone who is estranged from the family. My heart goes out to Pempengco and her family as they deal with this tragedy.

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