It's tragic to lose a sibling at any age, but these celebrities who lost siblings young were 30 years old or younger when their brother or sister passed away. Several actors, musicians, comedians, and artists had siblings who died at a young age. Some of their siblings' deaths were accidental, while others were classified as murder.
Who is the most famous person who lost a sibling young? Chelsea Handler tops our list. When Chelsea Handler was 10 years old, her older brother died in tragic hiking accident. She told Rosie O'Donnell, "My family wanted to talk to me about it but I was just, like, cut off ‘cause I didn’t want to cry in front of anyone." In 1992, 22-year-old Queen Latifah lost her 24-year-old brother, Lance, when he died in a motorcycle accident.
Several famous men's siblings also died when they were young. In 1975, when Kelsey Grammer was 20 years old, his 18-year-old sister, Karen, was raped by four men before being murdered by Freddie Lee Glenn. Five years later, Grammer's half-brothers, Stephen and Billy, both died in a scuba diving accident. Joaquin Phoenix was 19 years old when he witnessed his brother, River, die of a drug overdose in Los Angeles in 1993.Did you lose anyone close to you when you were young? Share your experiences in the comments section.
In December 2015, former reality TV star Kristin Cavallari lost her 30-year-old brother, Michael. Michael was found dead in the Salt Wash area of Utah, nearly two weeks after he was reported missing. A troubled young man, Michael was arrested in Orange County just days before his disappearance. After finding his body and his abandoned car in Utah, police were unsure as to his cause of death.
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When Chelsea Handler was 10 years old, her older brother died in tragic hiking accident. He fell off an 80 ft. cliff in the Grand Tetons, and was killed on impact. She told Rosie O'Donnell, "My family wanted to talk to me about it but I was just, like, cut off ‘cause I didn’t want to cry in front of anyone."Source
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In 2008, Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew were brutally murdered by her estranged brother-in-law. Hudson's elder brother, Jason, was only 29 years old. The killer, William Balfourt, was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 2012.
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In 2010, when Joseph Gordon-Levitt was 29 years old, his brother Daniel died at age 36. While initial speculation focused on the possibility of drug use, Gordon-Levitt vehemently denied such unsubstantiated theories.
“He could do it better than I could," the actor said of his sibling, who co-founded their production company HitRECord. “He also died first. So, I have that as an example, in a way. And, frankly, it makes it less scary in a way, too, knowing that he’s done it. ‘Cause all the big things that I ever had to do, he did ‘em first. So, that’s what it’s like being second.”
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