Gaga’s Grandfather Dies

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September 27, 2010 | 11:45am EST

Lady Gaga is in mourning following the death of her beloved grandfather on Friday.
The pop superstar jetted back to her native New York last week to visit 88-year-old Joseph Germanotta at the Lincoln Park nursing home in New Jersey on Wednesday.

Joseph sadly passed away two days after his famous granddaughter’s visit.

Gaga previously spoke out about her grandfather’s health troubles at a show in Nottingham, England earlier this year, telling the crowd, “I don’t always talk about my personal life but my grandpa’s sick. I’m really close with my grandpa and he’s really sick and he’s in the States and my dad’s with him. So I was, like, crying all day, really sad. So I thought I would be honest and tell you that’s what’s going on… It’s been one of those tough things that my grandpa’s too old to come to my show.”

Germanotta’s obituary, published in the New Jersey Star-Ledger, asked for donations to be made in lieu of flowers to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.