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JoJo gives touching tribute to late father

JoJo's father died on Saturday and she has wished him a restful passing.

Singer JoJo has promised to "keep singing" for her late father Joel after he passed away at the age of 60 on Saturday 14 November (15).

JoJo, real name Joanna Noëlle Blagden Levesque, is the daughter of two musicians, as her dad Joel was a blues singer and her mother Diana sang in church as a soloist and also dabbled in musical theatre.

Even though her childhood was filled with blissful singing, she and loved ones are now performing dirges to honour patriarch Joel's memory in light of his passing.

Writing via Instagram, the 24-year-old singer provided a touching tribute to her dad: "I missed you even while you were here. I will miss you infinitely more now that you're gone. Thank you for holding on as long as you did. I know you tried your best. You are free now. I will love you always, Dad. I can feel you with me. Rest now. In PEACE. I miss your voice. I wish more people could have heard it. I promise I will keep singing for you.

Joel Maurice Levesque.

January 8, 1955- November 14, 2015."

JoJo learned a lot about musicality from her parents and she credits mum and dad with helping her master the art of singing.

"I just listened and learned," she shared during an interview with USA Today in 2004.

JoJo has just made a musical comeback with her 2015 EP III following years of being engaged in a legal conflict with her former record label Blackground Music. Due to the court battle she was unable to release a full LP for over a decade and JoJo previously spoke about how she suffered deeply not being able to share new sounds with fans for so long.

“I wanted to express myself musically and the fact that I couldn’t was the most frustrating thing ever,” JoJo told MTV News. “I was very depressed. It’s not in the past; that’s probably something that will stay with me and hopefully I won’t be as down as I had been, but it really put things in perspective for me — it made me appreciate things a lot more the second time around.”

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