Cher’s Father Figure Dies

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February 10, 2012 | 4:06am EST

Cher’s longtime father figure has died in Oklahoma after a battle with ill health.
Gilbert LaPiere, who adopted the singer after marrying her mother Georgia, passed away in Oklahoma City on Tuesday at the age of 88.

LaPiere recently suffered a heart attack and also fractured his hip, according to the Associated Press.

His daughter Verna Bullock insists her father remained close to Cher following his split from her mother.