Cyndi Lauper reveals uncle died during Sandy

Cyndi Lauper performs onstage at the One World Concert at Syracuse University on Oct. 9, 2012, in Syracuse, N.Y. Getty

Cyndi Lauper has revealed that her uncle was one of those who died when superstorm Sandy hit the East Coast last week.

The singer, 59, dedicated her hit "Time After Time" to him during her performance at Lenox Hill's Autumn Ball in New York on Monday, according to the New York Post.

"I lost my Uncle George in the hurricane," Lauper said at the event, the Post reports. The newspaper says that George Stathis, 90, was found dead in his home in Rockaway, Queens, after the storm.

"He was old. He didn't want to leave his house," she continued, according to the Post. "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."

More than 110 people were killed during the storm.

According to Autumn Ball's website, this year's event changed its focus toward helping those who "suffered catastrophic devastation" as a result of Sandy.

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