15 Celebrities Whose Parents Were Murdered

Jennifer Hudson isn’t the whole 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 father 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.

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

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list

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.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list

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.

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list

Dylan McDermott

Dylan McDermott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list

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.

Patrick Duffy

Patrick Duffy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list

Actor Patrick Duffy’s parents, Marie and Terence Duffy, were killed in 1986 during an armed robbery of their Montana bar. Two men were convicted of the murders, and they were sentenced to 75 years in prison.

Dave Navarro

Dave Navarro is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list

In 1983, Dave Navarro’s mother, Constance, 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 Constance’s ex-boyfriend, John Riccardi.

Gregg Allman

Gregg Allman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list

In 1949, Gregg and Duane Allman’s father, Willis Turner Allman, was murdered by a hitchhiker, Buddy Green, to whom he offered a ride home from a bar.

Omarosa Manigault

Omarosa Manigault is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list

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

Malcolm X

Malcolm X is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list

In 1931, Malcolm X’s father, Rev. Earl Little, was run over by a streetcar near his home in East Lansing, MI. Though the incident was reported to be an accident, Malcolm’s brother, Philbert, said that Little was “shoved under that car,” and he suspected it was the work of local white supremacist group, the Black Legion.

Charice Pempengco

Charice Pempengco is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list

In 2011, “Glee” actress Charice Pempengco’s father, Ricky Pempengco, was stabbed to death in the Philippines. He had bumped into a drunk man who became angry and stabbed him in the chest and back multiple times with an ice pick.


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