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It's tragic to lose a sibling at any age, but these celebrities who lost siblings young were under 30 when their brothers or sisters 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. Whatever the cause, such deaths are always tragic. 

What famous people have lost a sibling young? When Chelsea Handler was 10 years old, her older brother died in tragic hiking accident. In 1992, 22 year old Queen Latifah lost her 24 year old brother, Lance, when he died in a motorcycle accident. Joseph Gordon-Levitt lost his brother at 29 and Kelsey Grammer lost his sister and two half-brothers at a young age. 

To learn more about celebrities who lost siblings at a young age, read this list. 


Stephen Colbert is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 12 Celebrities Who Tragically Lost Their Siblings Young
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When Stephen Colbert was only 10, he lost two of his brothers and his father in a tragic plane crash. In 1974, Eastern Airlines Flight 212 crashed into a cornfield in North Carolina. Stephen Colbert's father and his brothers Peter and Paul, ages 18 and 15 respectively, died in the crash. Colbert struggled emotionally for years after the tragedy and claimed it took him until 35 to truly come to terms with what happened. 

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Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 12 Celebrities Who Tragically Lost Their Siblings Young
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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."

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Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 12 Celebrities Who Tragically Lost Their Siblings Young
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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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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 12 Celebrities Who Tragically Lost Their Siblings Young
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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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