After a long battle with cancer that caused Ariana Grande to cancel her UK tour dates, Grandpa Grande has passed away. The singer posted a heartbreaking series of tweets announcing her grandfather's death, thanking her fans for their support and expressing her feelings about losing someone so important to her.
thank you for your continuous love & light over the past few weeks... we did lose my favorite person to ever exist yesterday, my grandpa :'(— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 23, 2014
if only y'all knew how amazing he was.. my 💜 hurts so much. It's beyond broken :'( but I got to hold his hand and watch him find his peace— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) July 23, 2014
She said, "This is the hardest thing imaginable, but I'm so grateful that I got to spend time with him and my family, taking care of him and loving him."
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