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Vanessa Hudgens supports boyfriend after mum's death

Vanessa Hudgens is playing a new role in real life following the death of her boyfriend's mom - supportive girlfriend.

Austin Butler's mother Lori passed away on Thursday (11Sep14) and Hudgens has offered her support in a tweet.

The actress/singer, who landed the role of Gigi in the new Broadway production of the hit musical earlier this week, asked her followers to "spread the love for Lori".

Announcing the sad news on Twitter, Butler wrote, "Lori Butler, my mom, my hero, & my best friend passed away this morning. Lets all celebrate her. I love you and will miss you every day Mom."

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