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.
In 1993, Michael Jordan's father pulled over along a North Carolina highway at a rest stop to take a nap. While he was sleeping, he was taken out by two teenagers.
His body was found in a swamp days later, while his car was found abandoned in a wooded area, stripped of everything valuable.
- Age: 57
- Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
In 2008, Jennifer Hudson suffered a horrible family tragedy when her mother, brother, and nephew were all slain by her brother-in-law, William Balfour.
Balfour was separated from Hudson's sister Julia when he went on the violent spree.
- Age: 38
- Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Dylan McDermott's mother passed when he was just 5 years old. Her boyfriend, John Sponza, was the only witness to her shooting and claimed that she took her own life.
Years later, the case was reopened and ruled a murder based upon a reexamination of evidence. John Sponza became the primary suspect, but had already perished.
- Age: 58
- Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, USA
In 2003, the eldest sister of Serena and Venus Williams, Yetunde Price, was slain while driving in a Los Angeles neighborhood.
Police believe that her boyfriend, who was in the passenger seat, was the intended target.
- Age: 38
- Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America