Lady Gaga Mourns Loss Of Her Grandfather

Joseph Germanotta, to whom the singer dedicated a song at a concert earlier this year, passed away on Friday.

[artist id="3061469"]Lady Gaga's[/artist] grandfather, Joseph Germanotta, died on Friday at the age of 88. Germanotta reportedly suffered a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

On Sunday, Gaga remembered her late grandfather via Twitter, writing, "Having a Perfect Manhattan, for my perfect guy. Love you Giuseppe." ("Giuseppe" is the Italian name for Joseph.)

According to an obituary at, Germanotta was born in Jersey City, New Jersey, before relocating to other cities in the Garden State including Elizabeth and Montville. He was a World War II veteran and also worked as a self-employed businessman. Gaga was reportedly spotted just two days prior to his death visiting him at a nursing home in New Jersey.

Instead of flowers, the Germanotta family is accepting donations to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research as well as the St. Pius X Church in Montville.

In May, [article id="1640328"]Lady Gaga[/article] opened up to fans about her then sick grandfather during her Monster Ball Tour show in Nottingham, England. "I don't always talk about my personal life but my grandpa's sick," she revealed. "And 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 might just be honest and tell you that's what's going on."

But in true Gaga fashion, the singer put her emotions into her music by dedicating her ballad "Speechless" to Germanotta. "So it's been one of those tough things that my grandpa's too old to come to my show, but I suppose if we sing loud enough, he'll be able to hear us. So this one's for you Grandpa," she said after breaking down in tears.

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