8 November 2012 9:30 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Cyndi Lauper said her elderly uncle died in Superstorm Sandy and dedicated a performance of her iconic ballad "Time After Time" to him at Lenox Hill's Autumn Ball in New York City on Monday. George Stathis, 90, was found dead in his home in the hard-hit Rockaways neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., the New York Post reports. More than 110 people in the U.S. lost their lives in the storm. "He was old. He didn't want to leave his house," Lauper, a Queens native, told the crowd at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. "I was in Chicago, and I called and said [to relatives], 'Why did you guys leave him? »

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