16 Celebrities Whose Close Ones Were Murdered

16 Celebrities Whose Close Ones Were Murdered

Yes, there are celebrities whose family members were murdered. Every year some people are killed someway or the other. We present those celebrities who had witnessed the crime or the after effects of some loved one's murder at a very little age or even after becoming adult.

In 1997, Bill Cosby's son Ennis was killed 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 some yards away when she saw the armed gunman. When she returned, she found Ennis dead.


In 1968, Kelsey Grammer's estranged father was murdered. Again in 1975, Grammer's sister was raped and murdered by the notorious killer Freddie Glenn.

In 1993, Michael Jordan's father pulled over and stopped to take a nap. Two men spotted the car and shot James Jordan and stole his car as well as two NBA Championship rings that Michael had given his father.

In 2008, Jennifer Hudson suffered a lot when her mother, brother, and nephew were all murdered by her brother-in-law William Balfour.

Dylan McDermott's mother died when he was just five years old. Her boyfriend John Sponza was charged with murder, but he claimed that she accidentally shot herself while cleaning out a gun.

In 2003, Serena Williams's half-sister, Yetunde Price, was shot while driving in Compton. Police believe that her boyfriend, who was in the passenger seat, was the intended victim.

In 1986, Patrick Duffy's parents were murdered by two men during a robbery.

In 1981, when he was 12 years old, Ice Cube's half-sister, Beverly Jean Brown, was murdered by her husband.

Roman Polanski's wife, Sharon Tate. was murdered by Charles Manson's "family" in 1969.

In 1983, Dave Navarro's mother, was shot to death in her West LA apartment. Her friend, Sue Jory, was also killed. After Navarro appeared on "America's Most Wanted" in 1991, a viewer tip led to the arrest and conviction of his mother's ex-boyfriend, John Riccardi.

In 2008, Ruffalo's brother, Scott, was shot at his Beverly Hills condominium, with one report describing the shooting as "execution-style" in the back of the head. Scott died on December 8, 2008. Police took two people into custody: a woman who is considered a suspect and a man considered a "person of interest." One of the suspects reportedly told police that Scott Ruffalo shot himself while playing Russian Roulette. The witnesses were later released as the police investigation continued.

"Celebrity Apprentice" star Omarosa Manigault's father was murdered when she was 7 years old. Tragically, her brother, Jack, was also murdered in 2011.

"Glee" actress, Charice Pempengco's father was stabbed to death in 2011.

Legendary guitarist, Duane Allman's father was murdered by a hitchhiker who had been offered a ride by Allman's father.

Malcolm X's father, Rev. Earl Little was run over by a streetcar in 1931 in the Littles' home town of East Lansing, Michigan. Although the official incident report ruled that it was an accident, Malcolm and his brother believed their father had been pushed; possibly by members of a white supremacist group.


Famed, radio commenter Paul Harvey's father, Harry Aurandt, was murdered in a mugging gone wrong.