List of Celebrities Whose Family Members Were Murdered, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Thousands of people are murdered every year in the United States. Several celebrities have had family members that have been victims of murder. Some famous people had family members who were killed while they were children and others had family members killed when they were successful adults.
Who is the most famous person who had a family member murdered? Charlize Theron tops our list. The Young Adult star’s mother shot her father in self-defense in 1991. Theron’s father was an abusive alcoholic and he threatened to kill her mother and Charlize in a drunken rage. This incident propelled Theron’s mother to legally shoot him in order to save both of their lives. Some actors who have had family members that were murdered include Kelsey Grammer, Bill Cosby, and Dylan McDermott.
Tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams are also on this list. Their older sister, Yetunde Price, was shot dead in Compton, California. Their story is just one of many tragic cases of celebrity siblings, relatives, and families who died.
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.
Celebrity Apprentice star Omarosa Manigault’s father was murdered when she was seven years old. Tragically, her brother, Jack, was also murdered in 2011.
Glee actress Charice Pempengco’s father was stabbed to death in 2011. The incident stemmed from an altercation at a local grocery store.
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.
Melvin Combs, father of rapper and entertainment mogul Sean Combs, was murdered when the rapper once known as Puff Daddy was only three years old. The elder Combs was an associate of drug dealer, Frank Lucas, so this might hae been a hit.
In 2001, Robert Blake’s wife Bonnie Lee Bakey was shot and killed while waiting in a parked car for Blake. Blake was charged with the murder. Despite being acquited on all charges, Blake was found liable in a civic suit for his wife’s wrongful death.