Celebrities who have tragically lost a family member
Kurt Cobain took his own life in April 1994. He left behind his wife Courtney Love and a daughter, Frances Bean Cobain.
Singer Celine Dion lost her husband in 2016 to throat cancer. Two days later, Daniel Dion, the artist's brother, also died.
John Lennon was gunned down in front of the Dakota building in New York. His widow, Yoko Ono, was as famous as he was, and to this day, she is an artist of world reputation.
Paul and Linda McCartney formed one of pop's great iconic couples. For 30 years they shared a life together. In 1995, breast cancer was discovered in Linda's body. It soon spread to her liver, and she died two years later.
One of the most traumatic losses on this list was that of Exodus, the youngest daughter of Mike Tyson, in 2009. The girl accidentally suffocated on a cord from the family's treadmill. Her 7-year-old brother was the one who found her lifeless body.
Craig Raymond Turner, the son of Tina Turner, was 59 years old when they found him with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the head in July 2018. It was unclear whether he did it on purpose or by accident.
Princess Caroline of Monaco and Stefano Casiraghi were happily married until he died in a boating accident while racing in the waters of Monte Carlo. It happened in 1990 and he was just 30 years old.
Liam Neeson lost his wife, the actress Natasha Richardson, to a ski accident in 2009. She was 45 years old.
The late Olivia Newton John had a tragic and curious experience with a loved one. Patrick McDermont, her boyfriend disappeared during a boat trip in the summer of 2005. Eleven years later, a private detective claimed he had found the man who allegedly confessed that he had planned his disappearance to start a new life elsewhere. The story was never substantiated.
Keanu Reeves and his girlfriend Jennifer Syme lost their baby after a premature birth in 1999. Just over a year later, Jennifer Syme died in a car accident.
Eric Clapton had to face the death of Conor, his 4-year-old son, after he fell from the 53rd floor of a building in New York in 1991. The singer would dedicate a song to him: 'Tears in Heaven.'
Pierce Brosnan's daughter Charlotte lost her life in July 2013 to ovarian cancer. She was 41 years old and could not be rescued. In 1991, the wife of Brosnan, Cassandra Harris, had also died of cancer.
Model Petra Němcová survived the tsunami that devastated Thailand in 2005, but her boyfriend, the British photographer Simon Atlee, got carried away by the water and died.
The actor's son Sage was 36 years old when he suddenly died of coronary artery disease. After no one had heard from him in a few days, he was found lifeless in his home.
'Glee' actress Becca Tobin's boyfriend Matt Bendik was found dead in a hotel room while accompanying Tobin during one of her business trips in 2014. The cause of death was never revealed.
Usher's 11-year old stepson Kyle Glover lost his life in an accident in 2012. The boy was hit by a jet ski in Georgia and remained comatose for a week before he died.
Mia Farrow raised 15 children, most of them adopted. Sadly, three of them lost their lives prematurely. The first, Tam, died at age 19 of heart failure in 2000. The second, Lark, died of AIDS at age 35 in 2008. Finally, the 27-year-old Thadeus took his own life in September 2016.
Actress Michelle Dockery, known for her role as Lady Mary Crawley in 'Downton Abbey,' did not get to marry her fiancé, John Deneen, because he died at age 34 of cancer.
Prince Rainier of Monaco was widowed in 1982 when his wife, Grace Kelly, died in a car accident. His daughter, Princess Stéphanie, was also in the car and contracted a fracture of the neck vertebra in the crash.
Roman Polanski was married and expecting a baby with actress Sharon Tate, when the gang of Charles Manson entered their house in his absence and murdered Tate and four others in August 1969.
On September 28, 2015, Jim Carrey's girlfriend Cathriona White took her own life after a long history with depression.
Michelle Williams and Heath Ledger were married, both fictionally in 'Brokeback Mountain' and in real life. They also had a daughter together. A year after their marriage ended, in 2008, the actor died from an accidental overdose of several medications.
Lea Michele's partner, the actor Corey Monteith, was found dead in a Vancouver hotel in 2013. The autopsy showed that a mixture of heroin and alcohol was the cause of death.
The death of Robert Wagner's wife, Natalie Wood, remains shrouded in mystery. It happened one night when she fell into the water and drowned after the couple docked their yacht on Catalina Island in Los Angeles. Some have considered Robert Wagner a suspect to this day.
Throughout her life, Elizabeth Taylor had seven husbands. Producer Mike Todd was one of them, and she tragically lost him to a plane crash.
In 2008, Jennifer Hudson's brother-in-law shot and killed her mother (in the picture), a brother and a nephew during a fit of rage. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Prince's son Boy Gregory was born in October 1996 with Pfeiffer syndrome, causing a premature fusion of the skull bones and the loss of his life after one week. The singer was so shocked by the event, he later told Oprah, that he burned everything he and his wife (Mayte Garcia, photo) had bought for the baby.
The Minnesota Timberwolves player suffered immensely from the Covid-19 pandemic. Karl Anthony Towns lost seven family members to the coronavirus in 2020, including his mother, Jacqueline Cruz-Towns.
Charlize Theron's childhood and adolescence was marked by domestic violence, as she told on NPR. One day, when she was 15 years old, her mother killed her father in self-defense after he came home drunk and started shooting at her with a gun.
The actor, who became famous for playing Tarzan in the 1960s series of the same name, experienced tragedy in his Santa Barbara home when his son Cameron stabbed his wife, Valerie Lundeen (photo), in 2019. When police arrived, Cameron told them he had a gun, and the officers shot him to death.
Newman's son Scott, born from his first marriage to Jackie Witte, developed a dependence on painkillers after a motorcycle accident. In 1978, when the young man was 28 years old, he died from the intake of a deadly mixture of alcohol, Valium and painkillers.
Anna Nicole Smith's son, Daniel Wayne, died in the Bahamas at the age of 20 from a lethal combination of drugs. The actress and model never got over that loss, in 2006, and fell into depression until she died in 2007.
The singer lost her son Beckett (pictured here at age 13) to an overdose when he was 21 years old. It happened in May 2020.
37-year-old actor Guillaume Depardieu, son of the famous French actor Gerard Depardieu, died in November 2008 as a result of pneumonia. He had contracted it in Romania during the filming of Alexandre Iordachescu's 'L'enfance d'Icare' ('The Childhood of Icarus').
Joaquin Phoenix's brother, River, was a rising Hollywood star when he died in 1993 at the age of 23 from an excess in illegal substances. It happened at Johnny Depp's bar, The Viper Room, and Joaquin, who saw it happen, did everything to try and save his brother.
Jett Travolta was 16 years old when he dramatically lost his life. John Travolta's son fatally hit his head when he had a seizure in the bathroom of the family's Bahamas' suite. He died upon arriving at the hospital.
The 'Star Trek' actor found the lifeless body of his third wife, Nerine Kidd, in the pool of their Hollywood Hills home in August 1999, when she was only 40 years old. According to the autopsy, Kidd had elevated levels of alcohol and pills in her blood, which led to her fatal accident.
In December 1972, Joe Biden's wife Neilia was involved in a terrible car accident with their three children. The car was hit by a truck and both Neilia and their 13-year-old daughter Naomi died. The two eldest sons, Hunter and Beau, survived the crash. Beau would later pass away from brain cancer, at the age of 46, in 2015.