Cher's former stepfather Gilbert LaPiere has died aged 88.
Gilbert Hartmann LaPiere, the adoptive father of superstar Cher, passed away on Tuesday in Oklahoma City. Born 29 June 1923, Gilbert would eventually become the husband of Cher's mother, Georgia Holt. He adopted Cher at a very early age and she took his name.
After Georgia and Gilbert divorced, he would stay married to his next wife, Beverly, for over thirty years, until her death in 1997.
Cher has not yet commented on the subject. In her 1998 autobiography, Cher wrote about him, "I loved him, more than he could ever know." Gilbert's daughter Verna Bullock has stated that him and Cher remained close over the years.
Cher didn't meet her real father, John Sarkisian, until she was eleven years old.
Gilbert LaPiere 1923-2012,
Rest In Peace.