The father of “Glee” star Charice (Pempengco) was stabbed to death in her hometown of San Pedro, Philippines on Monday, leading the teen star Tuesday to pull out of a concert in Singapore. The star posted on twitter- “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.”
According to the Laguna province police chief, Senior Supt. Gilbert Cruz, Ricky Pempengco 40, accidentally knocked into a drunk man whilst in a grocery store in the town just south of Manila on Monday. With no other provocation, the suspect then stabbed the “Glee” star’s dad to death in the chest and back with an ice pick. A manhunt has been launched for the suspect, with a 20,000 pesos ($470) award for information leading to his arrest. Cruz said the killing appeared random and there was no indication the suspect and victim had any prior grudges.
Though long been estranged from her father, (Local media reported that Charice’s mother left him when Charice and her younger brother were small children)-the 19-year-old songstress twitted-
“I loved him and I will still love him,” she wrote. “He’s still my Dad after all.”
Born Charmaine Clarice Relucio Pempengco, is widely known throughout Asia from concerts and TV talent shows in the Philippines and South Korea.
She has said she would borrow bus fare to travel to amateur singing contests, and eventually broke into the American market when she was invited at age 15 to appear on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” after the show had seen a fan video of her on YouTube that went viral.
She also appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show” and has had a recurring role on “Glee” as the character Sunshine Corazon.