Celebrity Facts 12 Celebrities Who Tragically Lost Their Siblings Young  

Celebrity Lists
988k views 12 items

It's tragic to lose a sibling at any age, but these celebrities who lost siblings young were under 30 when their brothers and sisters passed away. Several actors, musicians, comedians, and artists have siblings who died at a young age. Some of their siblings' deaths were accidental, while others were more disturbing. Whatever the cause, the loss of a loved one is always tragic. 

What famous people have lost a sibling young? When Chelsea Handler was 10 years old, her older brother died in a tragic hiking accident. In 1992, Queen Latifah lost her 23-year-old brother, Lance, who died in a motorcycle accident. Joseph Gordon-Levitt lost his brother at 29. 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
Photo: Peabody Awards/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

When Stephen Colbert was only 10, he lost two of his brothers and his father. In 1974, Eastern Airlines Flight 212 crashed into a cornfield in North Carolina. Colbert's father and his brothers Peter and Paul, ages 18 and 15 respectively, died in the tragic plane crash.

Colbert struggled emotionally for years after the tragedy. He claimed it took him until 35 to truly come to terms with what happened. 

Also Ranked

#47 on The Funniest People of All Time

#64 on The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

#90 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#87 on The Funniest TV Characters of All Time

More Stephen Colbert

Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert 34 Things You Didn't Know About Stephen Colbert
Chelsea Handler is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 12 Celebrities Who Tragically Lost Their Siblings Young
Photo: US Dept. of Education/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

When Chelsea Handler was 10 years old, her older brother died in a tragic hiking accident. He fell off an 80-foot cliff in the Grand Tetons and died on impact. She told Rosie O'Donnell, "My family wanted to talk to me about it but I was just, like, cut off because I didn’t want to cry in front of anyone."

Also Ranked

#36 on The Funniest Female Comedians of All Time

#63 on Female Celebrities You'd Want to Be Your BFF

#88 on The Most Powerful Women Of All Time

#63 on People We Want to See on a Comedy Central Roast

More Chelsea Handler

Interesting Facts You May Not Know About Chelsea Handler Chelsea Handler Loves And Hookups
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 12 Celebrities Who Tragically Lost Their Siblings Young
Photo: David Torcivia/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

In 2008, Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew were shot to death. William Balfour, then the estranged husband of Hudson's sister, was convicted of the murders and sentenced to life in prison. 

Also Ranked

#50 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#34 on The Best Current Female Singers

#74 on The Greatest R&B Artists and Bands of All Time

#37 on The Greatest Non-White Actresses

More Jennifer Hudson

The Best Jennifer Hudson Songs The Best Jennifer Hudson Movies
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 12 Celebrities Who Tragically Lost Their Siblings Young
Photo:  Christopher William Adach/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 2.0

In 2010, when Joseph Gordon-Levitt was 29 years old, his brother Daniel died at age 36. While some outlets speculated that Daniel had died of a drug overdose, Gordon-Levitt has vehemently denied that characterization.
 
“He died first," the actor said of his sibling, who co-founded their production company HITRECORD. “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. Because all the big things that I ever had to do, he did 'em first. Guess that’s what it’s like being second.”

Also Ranked

#62 on The Best Living American Actors

#56 on The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

#10 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

#13 on The Greatest '90s Teen Stars

More Joseph Gordon-Levitt

The 45+ Best Joseph Gordon-Levitt Movies: Ranked Filmography 30 Pictures of Young Joseph Gordon-Levitt