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Demi Lovato mourns her grandfather Perry's death: 'Rest easy'

July 2 (UPI) -- Demi Lovato is mourning the death of her grandfather Perry.

The 27-year-old singer and actress paid tribute to her grandpa Wednesday on Instagram after Perry, who was a preacher, died following a long illness.

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Lovato shared a slideshow of photos that included a picture of her grandpa kissing her cheek on the red carpet and a snapshot of him delivering a sermon.

In the caption, Lovato expressed her sorrow that her family won't be able to hold a "proper funeral" for her grandfather for a while due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

"Woke up to the news that my Grandpa Perry passed away early this morning. 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," the star said.

"This man loved God FIERCELY and was one of the best preacher's I've ever had the honor in witnessing spread the word of God," she added. "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. Rest easy. Love you."

Lovato's boyfriend, Max Ehrich, showed his support with praying hands and heart emojis in the comments.

Perry was father to Lovato's mom, Dianna De La Garza. De La Garza honored her dad in a post on her own account.

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"Sure am gonna miss you, Chief," she wrote. "I'm broken-hearted but happy that you're no longer suffering here on earth. You were the best Daddy in the whole world. I'll love you forever."

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Sure am gonna miss you, Chief. I'm broken-hearted but happy that you're no longer suffering here on earth. You were the best Daddy in the whole world. I'll love you forever.

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Lovato and Ehrich have been self-isolating together amid the health crisis. Lovato shared photos with Ehrich last week as they celebrated his 29th birthday.

"Being with you makes life SO MUCH FUN," the singer wrote. "I spend my days with you, bare faced and in a bathing suit.. I feel unconditionally loved and accepted by you in a way that I've never felt before."

"I can't explain it or you.. you're indescribable, you beautiful, man. Inside and out you are jaw-droppingly gorgeous," she said. "You're also such a positive lil beam of light in my life and I can't wait to make more birthday memories together.. here's to the future baby. I love you @maxehrich."

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Lovato will star in a new YouTube docuseries that gives fans a glimpse into the ups and downs of her personal and professional life over the past three years. The series is a followup to her YouTube Originals documentary, Simply Complicated.

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Moments from Demi Lovato's career

Lovato takes part in the Arthur Ashe Kids Day at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during the U.S Open in New York City on August 23, 2008. Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/UPI | License Photo

Lovato attends the European premiere of "Camp Rock" in London on September 10, 2008. Photo by Rune Hellestad/UPI | License Photo

Left to right, Joe Jonas, Lovato, Nick Jonas and Kevin Jonas attend the premiere of the film "Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience" in Los Angeles on February 24, 2009. To celebrate the film, Tiger Beat released their first issue in 3D. Photo by Phil McCarten/UPI | License Photo

Lovato arrives at the Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on March 28, 2009. The following year Lovato would star in Disney's sitcom "Sonny with a Chance." Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Lovato performs in concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on September 17, 2011. Lovato made her return in music following treatment for personal issues. Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/UPI | License Photo

Lovato arrives at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on November 10, 2011. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Lovato performs in concert in the Y-100 Jingle Ball show at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla., on December 10, 2011. The following year, Lovato joined "X Factor" as a judge. Photo by Michael Bush/UPI | License Photo

Lovato appears backstage with the Favorite Pop Artist award she garnered at the People's Choice Awards in Los Angeles on January 11, 2012. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Demi Lovato performs on "Good Morning America" in Central Park in New York City on July 6, 2012. The following summer, Lovato was announced to guest star on Season 5 of "Glee." Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Lovato holds her award Best Video with a Message for her song "Skyscraper" backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles on September 6, 2012. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPi | License Photo

Lovato attends the premiere "Frozen" in Los Angeles on November 19, 2013. She released a version of "Let It Go." Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Lovato arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, Calif., on August 24, 2014. Later that year, Lovato talked about being a role model and said Kim Kardashian helped her accept her body amid a history of struggling with eating disorders. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Lovato sings the national anthem before the New York Mets play the Kansas City Royals in game four of the World Series at Citi Field in New York City on October 31, 2015. Earlier that fall, spoke about her sexuality after her song "Cool for the Summer" released. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Lovato performed with Alanis Morissette at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on November 22, 2015. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

2016 Democratic presidential candidate, former secretary of state and Senator Hillary Clinton (R), moves to embrace Lovato as she arrives onstage during a campaign event where Lovato endorsed Clinton at University of Iowa, in Iowa City, Iowa, on January 21, 2016. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI | License Photo

Lovato performed some of Lionel Richie's greatest hits at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 15, 2016. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

First lady Michelle Obama (R) makes opening remarks during a student workshop honoring the music of Ray Charles in the State Dining Room of the White House on February 24, 2016. Performing artists, left to right, Andra Day, Demi Lovato and Jussie Smollett applaud in the background. Students from across the country participated in the event that is part of the "In Performance at the White House" series. Photo by Pat Benic/UPI | License Photo

Nick Jonas (L) and Vanguard Award honoree Lovato attend the GLAAD Media Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on April 2, 2016. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Lovato arrives on the red carpet at the Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrating the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" in New York City on May 2, 2016. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

Lovato performs for U.S.President Barack Obama and Nordic leaders and their spouses at a State Dinner on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C. on May 13, 2016. Later that summer, Lovato discussed resources for mental illness at the Democratic National Convention. Photo by Mike Theiler/UPI | License Photo

Lovato arrives for the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on February 12, 2017. Two days later Lovato performed in the "Stayin' Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees" television special. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Lovato presented at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in Inglewood, Calif., on March 5, 2017. That same month, Lovato celebrated five years sober. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Lovato was honored as an "Artist" at the TIME 100 Gala in New York City on April 26, 2017. Photo by Bryan R. Smith/UPI | License Photo

Lovato appears onstage during We Day California in Inglewood, Calif., on April 27, 2017. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Lovato sings the national anthem before the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor super-welterweight fight in Las Vegas on August 26, 2017. Photo by James Atoa/UPI | License Photo

Lovato arrives for the MTV Video Music Awards in Inglewood, Calif., on August 27, 2017. The following month, Lovato spoke out about not owing "anyone anything" in regards to her sexuality. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Lovato arrives for the American Music Awards in Los Angeles, on November 19, 2017. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Lovato performs "Skyscraper" during the March for Our Lives rally in in Washington, D.C. on March 24, 2018. Hundreds of thousands rallied in the nation's capital to demand action to end gun violence and mass shootings in schools. Photo by David Tulis/UPI | License Photo

Lovato arrives for the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 20, 2018. The following month, Lovato released her song "Sober" hinting at a relapse and in July 2018, she was hospitalized from an overdose. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Lovato sings the national anthem before Super Bowl LIV at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens on February 2, 2020. The performance followed Lovato's comeback performance at the Grammy's since her overdose in 2018. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

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