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Hollywood stars face tragedy and loss just like everyone else. Money and fame cannot mend a broken heart. Tere are some tragic tales of celebrities losing loved ones at the hand of someone else. Here are eight famous people whose parents were murdered.

1. Charlize Theron

The South African beauty tragically lost her father at the hands of her mother. In 1991, when Theron was only 15, her mother, Gerda, shot and killed her father, Charles, out of self-defense. Charles was an alcoholic who often physically abused his wife. On June 21st he attacked Gerda and threatened both her and a teenage Charlize while he was drunk. Gerda then shot and killed her husband. The shooting was legally adjudged to have been self-defense and Gerda did not face any charges.

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