23 Celebrities Whose Family Members Were Murdered

Every year, thousands of people fall victim to volatile offenders in the United States. Among them are family members of a surprising number of celebrities. Some celebrities were just children when tragedy struck while others were successful adults.

Charlize Theron's mother, for example, shot her father in self-defense in 1991. Theron's father was reportedly a heavy drinker prone to aggression, and he threatened to kill her mother and Charlize in a fit of rage. This incident caused Theron's mother to legally take him down in order to save both of their lives. Other actors who have had family members who were victims include Kelsey Grammer, Bill Cosby, and Dylan McDermott.

Tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams are also on this list. Their older sister, Yetunde Price, was murdered in a Los Angeles neighborhood. Their story is just one of many tragic celebrity cases of siblings, relatives, and families who passed at the hands of another.