The singer said that the family "won’t get to say goodbye with a proper funeral for a while" due to the coronavirus pandemic

By Gabrielle Chung
July 01, 2020 10:15 PM

Demi Lovato is in mourning after the death of her grandfather.

The "Anyone" singer revealed that her grandfather Perry had died early Wednesday morning and honored the family patriarch with a heartfelt tribute shared on her Instagram.

"Woke up to the news that my Grandpa Perry passed away early this morning," she began, sharing a slideshow of Perry throughout the years.

"He's been sick for a couple years now so although I'm relieved he is out of pain, it still hurts to think our family won't get to say goodbye with a proper funeral for a while. But that's the reality during this pandemic," Lovato, 27, continued.

The pop star went on to describe her grandfather as a man who "loved God FIERCELY and was one of the best preachers I've ever had the honor in witnessing spread the word of God."

Demi Lovato's grandfather Perry
Demi lovato/instagram. Inset: Getty Images

"I love you Grandpa. I'm sorry we didn't take more pictures together but I have so many memories to make me smile until we meet again someday," she added. "Rest easy. Love you. ❤️🕊🙏🏼."

Among the photos Lovato shared included a throwback of her grandfather in his younger years, as well as a picture of the preacher giving her a kiss at what appeared to be a fan event backstage.

Lovato's mother, Dianna De La Garza, also paid tribute to her father on social media. The Falling with Wings: A Mother's Story author shared a photo of herself with Perry alongside a note addressed to her dad.

"Sure am gonna miss you, Chief," she wrote. "I'm broken-hearted but happy that you're no longer suffering here on earth."

De La Garza continued, "You were the best Daddy in the whole world. I'll love you forever.💔."

In the past, Lovato has celebrated the life of her late relatives through ink.

Last year, "Neon Lights" songstress honored her late great-grandmother, who died in 2016, by getting a forearm tattoo of the grand matriarch's portrait taken when she was 26.

"This is for you Mimaw. You at 26 on my arm while I'm 26, and forever. I love you more," she wrote on Instagram, showing her appreciation for celebrity tattoo artist Dr. Woo the tattoo. "Thank you @_dr_woo_ for making her come back to life for me.. it's stunning and the most meaningful tattoo I have ever gotten. 🙏🏼🙌🏼."

In a social media tribute from 2016, Lovato called her great-grandmother “the world’s most special woman.”

"I hate that I can't hear your voice but I love that you are no longer in pain," she shared at the time. "I love you so much and I miss you more than anyone could ever imagine. I'll miss your smile, your wittiness, painting your nails and your kisses. I really do love you more. Rest in peace and most importantly rest in the Lord."