Heartbreak for Vanessa Hudgens and her boyfriend Austin Butler

There is tragic news for actor Austin Butler and his family following the death of his mum, Lori.

The heartbroken Carrie Diaries actor tweeted about the passing of his beloved mum, writing: “Lori Butler, my mom, my hero, & my best friend passed away this morning. Lets all celebrate her. I love you and will miss you ever day Mom.”

Vanessa, who has been with Austin for two years now, also tweeted her own tribute to her boyfriend’s mother, writing: "I miss you already mama."

She also tweeted a touching message to her fans to celebrate Lori's life, writing: #ripLoriButler #celebrateLori spread the love for Lori."

The tragic news comes just a day after it was announced that Vanessa had landed the lead role in the Broadway play, Gigi.

Our thoughts are with Austin and his family at this terrible time.