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22 Celebrities Whose Family Members Were Murdered  

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Every year, thousands of people fall victim to volatile offenders in the United States. Among them, several celebrities have lost family members in such a manner. Some famous people had family members who were struck down while they were children, and others unexpectedly lost family members when they were successful adults.

Who is the most famous person who had a family member felled? Charlize Theron tops our list. The Young Adult star's mother shot her father in self-defense in 1991. Theron's father was reportedly a heavy drinker prone toward aggression, and he threatened to end her mother and Charlize in a rage. This incident propelled Theron's mother to legally take him down in order to save both of their lives. Some actors who have had family members that 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 struck down in Compton, California. Their story is just one of many tragic celebrity cases of siblings, relatives, and families who passed at the hands of another.

Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 22 Celebrities Whose Family Members Were Murdered
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Oscar winner Charlize Theron's father was terminated by her mother in self-defense in 1991. 

Age: 43

Birthplace: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

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Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 22 Celebrities Whose Family Members Were Murdered
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In 1997, Bill Cosby's son Ennis was struck down when he was changing a tire on the side of the road. His female friend was following behind him in her car, and she drove 50 yards away when she saw the armed perp. When she returned, she found Ennis Cosby had already passed.

Age: 81

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Kelsey Grammer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 22 Celebrities Whose Family Members Were Murdered
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Kelsey Grammer has had several tragic events occur throughout his life. In 1968, Grammer's estranged father was targeted and terminated due to race issues in St. Thomas. Then, in 1975, notorious serial offender Freddie Glenn took Grammer's sister, eventually ending her life.

Age: 64

Birthplace: Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 22 Celebrities Whose Family Members Were Murdered
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In 1993, Michael Jordan's father pulled over in a rest stop to take a nap. Two men spotted the car and recognized the license plate as the one the Jordan bought for his father. They struck down James Jordan and lifted his car as well as two NBA Championship rings that Michael had given his father.

Age: 56

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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