Cyndi Lauper's 90-Year-Old Uncle Died in Hurricane Sandy

5:25 AM PST 11/07/2012 by THR Staff

The singer pays tribute to George Stathis at benefit for victims in New York City.

New York City native Cyndi Lauper has paid tribute to her uncle George Stathis, 90, who died at his home in Queens during Hurricane Sandy.

The singer-activist performed "Time After Time" in honor of Stathis on Monday at the Lenox Hill "Autumn Ball." The event, held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, benefited Sandy victims.

"He was old. He didn’t want to leave his house. I was in Chicago, and I called and said [to relatives], 'Why did you guys leave him?' and they just didn’t think it was going to get that bad," Lauper told eventgoers, according to the New York Post.

Stathis' body was discovered at his Beach 121st Street home in Rockaway Park after Sandy struck the Eastern Seaboard, leaving more than 100 people dead in its wake.

Lauper, 59, recently released a memoir chronicling her depression and rise to fame in the '80s. Last month in Chicago, she and Harvey Fierstein premiered their new Broadway-bound musical Kinky Boots, which they co-wrote and is based on the 2005 film.

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