A new season of Cold Justice premieres on Oxygen at 8/7c on July 22nd. Cold cases are crimes that are no longer being investigated. For the families, these cases can be especially heartbreaking and difficult, giving no sense of closure. Cold cases affect everyone. These five celebrities have first-hand experience with unsolved murder cases in their family.
"I don't have a lot of memories of my father," Sean "Diddy" Combs says. The hip-hop mogul's father, Melvin Combs, was gunned down when he was just three. Melvin was reportedly a big time dealer with alleged ties to a large heroin ring in New York. Diddy doesn't often speak about his father but opened up to Revolt in 2013. "My father was a hustler...I learned early in life that there's two ways out of that: dead or in jail." Diddy says that his ambition and drive came from his father. "We still have their DNA in us...I have his hustler's mentality."
Before she was a household name, Sofia Vergara lived in her native Colombia. In 1999, the Modern Family star's older brother, Rafael, was murdered in their hometown. The actress has said that Rafael was a target for kidnappers. "We come from a successful family, and he knew he was a target for kidnapping. He always had bodyguards. Then one day he went out alone and was shot dead [in a kidnapping attempt gone wrong]. I was devastated.”
"You never get over it; you just get used to it," Mark Ruffalo said about the death of his younger brother in 2008. Scott Ruffalo, a celebrity hairstylist, was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head. He was 39. “You get calloused, a little bit harder maybe, so be on guard for that,” the actor/activist has said. “But take these tragic things and turn them into something meaningful and worthy of the loss. Make it count.”
Lil Wayne has been rapping since he was a young kid. In 1995, while the hip-hop star was still a newbie, his stepfather, Reginald "Rabbit" McDonald, was murdered. Wayne named his daughter Reginae in honor of his late stepfather.
When 50 Cent was 12 years old, he began dealing drugs. It's a world that he's always known. The rap star's mother, Sabrina, was a cocaine dealer. She was killed in a mysterious incident in which she reportedly was drugged and left in a home to be poisoned by carbon monoxide when he was eight.
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