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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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2. Jennifer Hudson

In 2008, the American Idol star nearly had a mental breakdown after her de facto brother-in-law, William Blafour, shot and killed her mother Darnell, brother Jason, and nephew Julian King. In July 2012, Balfour was sentenced to three life sentences without the possibility of parole, to be served consecutively followed by an additional 120 years for his other convictions. Hudson’s family created The Hudson-King Foundation for Families of Slain Victims, in honor of the three victims.

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