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30 Celebrities Who Lost Children

It is always a tragedy when a parent outlives their child. Unfortunately, several famous people have had children who passed away at a young age. These children of famous people died before their time, tragically cutting their lives short. Some famous people create memorial funds for their children, while others pay tribute to them in song. No matter how each celebrity handles their grief, it can't be easy. This list of celebrities whose children died, is loosely ranked by fame and popularity, and includes information about these famous Hollywood celebrities who sadly had to say goodbye to their children.

Who is the most famous person who dealt with the death of their child? Anna Nicole Smith tops our list. Anna Nicole Smith's son Daniel died on Sept. 10, 2006 of a lethal combination of Zoloft, Lexapro, and methadone. Daniel Smith's father is Billy Wayne Smith and he was half brother to Dannielynn Birkhead. Tragically, Anna Nicole Smith died less than a year after her son of “combined drug intoxication” associated with sleeping pills. Other famous women who've outlived their children include Mary Tyler Moore, Loretta Lynn and Carol Burnett.

Several famous musicians have also experienced the deaths of their children. Eric Clapton's son Connor died in 1991 when he was just four years old. He tragically fell out of a hotel room window. Clapton wrote the song "Tears in Heaven" in his honor. Other musicians who've lost children include Vince Neil, Robert Plant, and Roy Orbison.

How do you think a parent copes with the tragic loss of a child? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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  1. John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston's son, Jett, died in 2009 at age 16 after complications with a seizure. Jett had two siblings, Ella Blue and Benjamin, who was born after Jett's death.

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    Age: age 61
    Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States of America
    Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Singer, Dancer
    Schools: Dwight Morrow High School
    Children: Jett Travolta, Ella Bleu Travolta, Benjamin Travolta
  2. Sylvester Stallone's son, Sage, died of a heart attack on July 13, 2012, at age 36.  Sage Stallone's mother is Sasha Czack.

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    Age: age 69
    Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting + 1 more
    Schools: Abraham Lincoln High School, Miami Dade College, Montgomery Blair High School, American College of Switzerland, University of Miami + 1 more
    Major/Field Of Study: Fine art
    Children: Sage Stallone, Sophia Rose Stallone, Sistine Rose Stallone, Seargeoh Stallone, Scarlet Rose Stallone
  3. Johnny Carson's son, Richard, died on June 21, 1991, in a car accident. He was taking photographs at the time of the accident.

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    Age: Died at 80 (1925-2005)
    Birthplace: Corning, Quincy Township, Iowa, United States of America
    Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Presenter
    Schools: University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Millsaps College
    Cause Of Death: Emphysema
    Place Of Death: West Hollywood, California, United States of America
    Children: Kit Carson, Cory Carson, Richard Carson
  4. Boxer Mike Tyson's four year-old daughter, Exodus, died of accidental asphyxiation on May 25, 2009. She was found by her 7 year-old brother, Miguel, tangled up in a cord attached to a treadmill.

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    Age: age 49
    Birthplace: Bedford-Stuyvesant, New York City, New York, United States of America
    Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Athlete, Professional Boxer
    Children: Morocco Tyson, Exodus Tyson, Amir Tyson, D'Amato Tyson, Miguel Leon Tyson + 3 more
    Medical Conditions: Bipolar disorder
  5. Charlie Chaplin's first child, Norman Spencer Chaplin, died in 1919 three days after he was born. Then, in 1968, his son Charlie Chaplin, Jr., died at age 42 of a blood clot in the lungs. His father was living out of the country at the time of his death and did not attend the funeral. Chaplin had a total of 11 children born from his four marriages.

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    Age: Died at 88 (1889-1977)
    Birthplace: Walworth, United Kingdom
    Profession: Film Score Composer, Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Editor + 3 more
    Schools: Cuckoo Schools
    Cause Of Death: Stroke
    Place Of Death: Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland
    Children: Geraldine Chaplin, Sydney Chaplin, Charles Chaplin, Jr., Christopher Chaplin + 7 more
    Medical Conditions: Bipolar disorder
  6. Paul Newman's son, Scott, died of a drug overdose on Nov. 20, 1978, when he was 28. He had been taking painkillers after being in a motorcycle accident. His mother was the actress Jackie Witte.

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    Age: Died at 83 (1925-2008)
    Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States of America
    Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Racing driver + 4 more
    Schools: Actors Studio, Ohio University, Yale University, Shaker Heights High School, Kenyon College + 1 more
    Major/Field Of Study: Acting
    Cause Of Death: Lung cancer
    Place Of Death: Westport, Connecticut, United States of America
    Children: Nell Newman, Scott Newman, Susan Kendall Newman, Melissa Newman, Stephanie Newman + 1 more
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