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15 Celebrity Parents Who Tragically Lost Their Children

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Tragedy can strike us all at any given moment. But what could possibly be worse than the feeling of losing a child? Here are 17 celebrities who suffered this tragic fate. 

1. Juvenile

New Orleans rapper Juvenile lost his four-year-old daughter Jelani to a violent end in 2008. She was murdered by her half-brother Tyrone Terrell (17), along with her mother Joy Deleston and half-sister Micaiah (11). Terrell, who was known as a good kid and student, reportedly had an argument with his mother that night, and spiraled into a blackout fit of rage. He grabbed his mother's handgun - who was a sheriff's deputy -  and took the lives of his loved ones; he later said that he intended to take his own afterwards, but couldn't bring himself to do it. Controversy surrounded Juvenile's actions following the tragedy, but speculation is just too much when innocent lives are involved.

2. Usher and Tameka Foster

During the then-ongoing custody battle during the breakup and subsequent divorce between Usher Raymond and Tameka Foster, Usher's 11-year-old step-son tragically lost his life when he was struck by a man on a jet ski while riding an inner tube on a lake. He was later declared brain dead and was taken off of life support just two weeks later. One month after her son's burial, Foster lost primary custody of her two sons with Usher.

3. Barbara and George H.W. Bush

George H. W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush had a daughter named Robin, born in 1949. She died of Leukemia just four years later. The event was said to have a strong influence on George W. Bush, even though he was only seven years old at the time. The event strengthened the bond between W and his mother. In an interview with The Today Show, Barbara Bush recalled the last moments of her daughter's life: “Robin to me is a joy. She’s like an angel to me, and she’s not a sadness or a sorrow,” she said, remembering “those little fat arms around my neck... I saw that little body, I saw her spirit go."

4. O.J. Simpson

At the height of O.J. Simpson's football career and decades before his infamous murder trial, the Juice lost his one-year-old daughter Aaren in 1979. She slipped and drowned in the family swimming pool a month before her second birthday. That same year, he and his wife at the time, Marguerite Simpson, divorced.

5. Joe Biden

Joe Biden, our fun-loving VP who makes the greatest of memes, went through a very dark period on his way to the White House. In 1972 -- a month shy of winning his first Senate race -- he lost his then-wife Neilia and 13-month-old daughter Naomi in a tragic car accident during the Christmas season. He had two remaining sons with Neilia, Beau and Hunter. "For the first time in my life, I understood how someone could consciously decide to commit suicide," the Vice President said in 2012. "Not because they were deranged, not because they were nuts, because they had been to the top of the mountain, and they just knew in their heart they would never get there again." Unfortunately, that wasn't the end of his losses. In 2015, Biden lost his 46-year-old son Beau Biden to brain cancer as he was gearing up to run for Senate. Truly heartbreaking.

6. Prince

The only beautiful one, the late Prince, and Mayte Garcia birthed a son in 1996 named Boy Gregory. Unfortunately, he died one week later due to the Pfeiffer Syndrome. The event had a profound effect on the two, eventually leading to their separation within the next year. Although Prince rarely spoke about the ordeal, Mayte began to open up more recently about the trauma it caused her: it left her with no desire to be a mother as she had previously always wanted. In a bit of lighthearted news, Mayte revealed that she was blessed to adopt a child five years ago, something she refers to as divine timing

7. Bill Cosby

Bill Cosby and wife Camille lost their only son Ennis Cosby in 1997. The 27-year-old was shot and killed while changing a tire on the side of the road -- a victim of a failed robbery. Bill was given the tragic news while on the set of his TV series Cosby in New York. "He was my hero" were the first words Cosby spoke to any reporter immediately following the news. "You don't curse God," he said in an interview many years later. "You praise God for having let you know a person like Ennis."

8. Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson told Oprah a few years after the death of his four-year-old daughter that he was devastated and enraged when the news initially broke. In 2009, Exodus Tyson was found by her 7-year-old brother Miguel, entangled in a cord attached to a treadmill. She had died from accidental asphyxiation. Since then, Tyson worked on staying responsible and not blaming anyone so that his anger wouldn't erupt into a downspiral back into addiction. "That's my angel," he said.

9. Anna Nicole Smith

This story is yet another one full of tragedy. In 2006, Anna Nicole Smith lost her 20-year-old son Daniel Smith after he died from a lethal combination of antidepressants and methadone just three days after the birth of his sister. Six months later, Anna would unfortunately follow him, dying from a fatal self-inflicted drug overdose, leaving behind her newborn.

10. John Travolta

John Travolta and wife Kelly Preston lost their eldest son, Jett, in 2009 at the age of 16. Since his death, the two confirmed that Jett was autistic and suffered from seizures. It was not until after his death that they acknowledged it due to their involvement with Scientology. Travolta was seen accompanied by church representatives for two years straight due to the depth of his grief following the tragic loss. Travolta did not work during that time, and he thanks both Quentin Tarantino and the Scientology church for helping him survive "the worst thing that's ever happened in [his] life."

11. Keanu Reeves

In 1999, Keanu Reeves and girlfriend Jennifer Syme tragically gave birth to a stillborn daughter, who they named Ava. Just 18 months later, Syme also lost her life in an automobile accident, dying instantly after ejection. 

12. Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre lost his 20-year-old son, Andre Young Jr., in August of 2008 after an overdose of heroin and morphine. His mother found him in her home unresponsive the morning after he had partied throughout the night. 

13. Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown lost his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, just three years after the tragic loss of his first wife and long-time lover, Whitney Houston. Mimicking the fatal overdose of her famed and troubled mother, Bobbi Kris was found unresponsive in a bathtub in January 2015. In a medically-induced coma, she was reported to be brain dead before they pulled the plug on her in June of the same year at the age of 22.

14. Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone's son, actor and producer Sage Stallone, died at the age of 36 in 2012. Suffering from a heart attack, his life was taken due to blockage caused by atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. “You just feel responsible," Stallone said in February 2016 about the tragedy. "That you weren’t there. Here you save all these fictitious people, and you can’t even save your son...I can talk about it now. There’s some solace in that.”

15. John and Jacqueline Kennedy

John F. and Jackie Kennedy birthed a premature son, Patrick Bouvier, in August of 1963 after winning the highest ranking in the White House. Born at just 37 weeks, the baby died hours after birth due to a crippling lung condition called hyaline membrane disease. Three months later, JFK was assasinated by gunshot wounds. The rest is public history.

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