Katharine McPhee’s Father Daniel Dies at Age 69

Condolences go out to Katharine McPhee and her family. The American Idol alum shared on her Instagram page, that her father Daniel has died.

I can’t believe I’m even writing this….

But it is with heavy heart that I share that my sweet sweet Papa left this earth yesterday morning. We as a family are completely heartbroken and devastated. He was my biggest fan, my biggest champion, always telling me to “Give em hell kid!” He was so kind and caring and made sure we knew how much he loved us. Not sure my heart will ever be the same. I’m so sad he missed my broadway debut. But when I return to the stage next week I hope he can watch it in peace and from up above. Thank you to all my friends who’ve been so loving and supportive these last 48 hours. I love you Papa. I already miss you so much. This hurts.


The singer and actress, who is currently starring in the Broadway musical Waitress in New York, informed her fans that she would be missing some shows due to a family emergency.


Katharine’s mother Pesha and sister Adriana have both been vocal coaches on American Idol at various times. Katharine’s father, Daniel, who worked as a television producer, was 69 years old.

This sad news comes only weeks after Katharine announced her engagement to music producer David Foster.

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  1. Sorry to read about this, but the abrupt departure from NY on Saturday seemed to signal serious trouble. My sympathies – a sad time that always comes too soon.

  2. So sad. I’m glad she got to be with him at the end and wasn’t stuck in New York.

  3. Aw. I remember her dad in the Idol audience with tears in his eyes every time Kat sang. Condolences to the family.

  4. How sad. I remember how he cried (with joy? Pride?) at many of Kat’s performances.

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