Charice Pempengco, a pop star best known to TV fans for her recurring role on Glee last season, has pulled out of concerts in Singapore this week due a a family tragedy: her estranged father was killed in the Philippines.
Local police say Ricky Pempengco, 40, rubbed up against an inebriated individual inside a small grocery store in San Pedro on Monday. The man became angry and stabbed Pempengco in the chest and back with an ice pick.
Charice had grown apart from her father after her mom reportedly moved the singer and her brother away when they were young. But “I loved him and I will still love him,” the artist Tweeted yesterday. “He’s still my Dad after all.”
Charice rose to fame at the age of 15 when she appeared on Ellen and later on Oprah. Our thoughts go out to her family.
UPDATE: Angel Capili Jr. has turned himself in and said:
“What I did was wrong. I am seeking forgiveness from the family left behind by Mr. Pempengco…I am prepared to suffer whatever is the judgment.”