Demi Lovato’s estranged father, Patrick Lovato, passed away over the weekend. The 20-year-old pop star’s older sister Dallas Lovato confirmed the news on Twitter, writing “Rest in peace Daddy, I love you…” on Saturday night. It’s unclear what caused his death, but Lovato’s 53-year-old dad reportedly battled cancer in recent years. Read more after the jump…….

The singer and her father had a rocky relationship since he and her mother, Dianna De La Garza, divorced in 1994. Lovato told the Daily News in 2009 that it had been years since she spoke to her father.
“The last time I talked to him was two years ago,” she said at the time. “You try to have faith in somebody, even when you’re the last person that believes in him. But when somebody lets you down after you’ve been the only one there for them, and so many times, you don’t know what else to do.”

Lovato, a judge on popular singing competition “X Factor,” bowed out of a scheduled photo shoot Saturday after the news broke.

NY Times

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