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Jennifer Hudson isn't the whole celebrity whose parents were murdered. Unfortunately, several celebrities have had their parents murdered, including Patrick Duffy, Michael Jordan, and Dylan McDermott. Some of these famous people's parents were murdered in self defense, while others were assassinated. Several of these celebrities' parents were murdered in robberies.

Who is the most famous person whose parents were murdered? Charlize Theron tops our list. In 1991, when Monster actress Charlize Theron was a teen, her mother, Gerda, shot and killed her father, Charles, in self defense. Her father was an alcoholic and he physically attacked her mother one night, which led to the incident. Michael Jordan's dad James Jordan was murdered in 1993. He was shot and killed by a couple of men who then stole his car and other items including two NBA championship rings that Jordan had given his father. 

Other Hollywood stars who suffered a death of a parent as a child include Dylan McDermott and more. 

Do you think these celebs will ever get over the murders of their parents? Share your thoughts in the comments section.


Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Celebrities Whose Parents Were Murdered
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In 1991, Charlize Theron's mother, Gerda, shot and killed her father, Charles. An alcoholic, Charles had physically attacked Gerda, who shot in self-defense and faced no charges.

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Age: 41

Birthplace: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

Profession: Spokesperson, Film Producer, Model, Actor, Film Director

Credits: Mad Max: Fury Road, Prometheus, Monster, Hancock

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Celebrities Whose Parents Were Murdered
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Michael Jordan's father, James Jordan, was murdered in 1993. He was shot and killed by men who then stole his car and other items, including two NBA championship rings that Michael had given as a gift.

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Age: 54

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Spokesperson, Basketball player, Entrepreneur, Actor, Athlete

Credits: Michael Jordan to the Max, Michael Jordan: His Airness, Playground, He Got Game

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Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Celebrities Whose Parents Were Murdered
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In 2008, Jennifer Hudson's estranged brother-in-law, William Balfour - who was married to her sister, Julia - shot and killed Hudson's mother, Darnell, brother, Jason, and nephew, Julian King. Balfour was convicted of the murders and was given three life sentences.

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Age: 35

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Spokesperson, Actor, Singer, Artist

Credits: American Idol, Dreamgirls, Sex and the City, And the Oscar Goes To...

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Dylan McDermott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Celebrities Whose Parents Were Murdered
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In 1967, when Dylan McDermott was 5 years old, his mother, Diane, was shot dead. Though her death was first ruled an accident, police later filed murder charges against her boyfriend, John Sponza, who was suspected to have ties to organized crime.

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Age: 55

Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, United States of America

Profession: Actor, Presenter

Credits: The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Practice, Olympus Has Fallen, In the Line of Fire

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