Celebrities 15 Celebrities Whose Parents Were Murdered  

Celebrity Lists
4.5M views 15 items

Jennifer Hudson isn't the only celebrity whose parents were murdered. Unfortunately, several celebrities have had their parents murdered, including Patrick Duffy, Michael Jordan, and Dylan McDermott. Some of these famous people's parents were murdered in self defense, while others were assassinated. Several of these celebrities' parents were murdered in robberies.

Who is the most famous person whose parents were murdered? Charlize Theron tops our list. In 1991, when Monster actress Charlize Theron was a teen, her mother, Gerda, shot and killed her father, Charles, in self defense. Her father was an alcoholic and he physically attacked her mother one night, which led to the incident. Michael Jordan's dad James Jordan was murdered in 1993. He was shot and killed by a couple of men who then stole his car and other items including two NBA championship rings that Jordan had given his father. 

Other Hollywood stars who suffered a death of a parent as a child include Dylan McDermott and more. 

Do you think these celebs will ever get over the murders of their parents? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

 

Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 15 Celebrities Whose Parents Were Murdered
Photo:  Noel Vasquez/Getty Images

In 1991, Charlize Theron's mother, Gerda, shot and killed her father, Charles. An alcoholic, Charles had physically attacked Gerda, who shot in self-defense and faced no charges.

(Source)
 

Age: 42

Birthplace: Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa

Also Ranked

#38 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#17 on The Most Beautiful Women of All Time

#11 on The Most Beautiful Women In Hollywood

#91 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

see more on Charlize Theron
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 15 Celebrities Whose Parents Were Murdered
Photo:  Michael Jordan to the Max

Michael Jordan's father, James Jordan, was murdered in 1993. He was shot and killed by men who then stole his car and other items, including two NBA championship rings that Michael had given as a gift.

(Source)

Age: 55

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

Also Ranked

#35 on The Best NBA Players of the Decade

#1 on The Best North Carolina Men's Basketball Players Ever

#44 on The Best Charlotte Hornets Players of All Time, Ranked

#6 on The Best NBA Player Nicknames

see more on Michael Jordan
Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 15 Celebrities Whose Parents Were Murdered
Photo: Jennifer Hudson/Instagram

In 2008, Jennifer Hudson's estranged brother-in-law, William Balfour - who was married to her sister, Julia - shot and killed Hudson's mother, Darnell, brother, Jason, and nephew, Julian King. Balfour was convicted of the murders and was given three life sentences.

(Source)

Age: 36

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Also Ranked

#51 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

#39 on The Best Current Female Singers

#72 on The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

#5 on The Best American Idol Contestants Ever

see more on Jennifer Hudson
Dylan McDermott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 15 Celebrities Whose Parents Were Murdered
Photo: Freebase/GNU Free Documentation License

In 1967, when Dylan McDermott was 5 years old, his mother, Diane, was shot dead. Though her death was first ruled an accident, police later filed murder charges against her boyfriend, John Sponza, who was suspected to have ties to organized crime.

(Source)

Age: 56

Birthplace: USA, Connecticut, Waterbury

see more on Dylan McDermott