It is every parent's worst fear to lose a child. I know it is my biggest fear. And for the lucky ones, it is just that - a fear. Unfortunately though, there are so many parents whose nightmare turns into living nightmare.
No parent should ever have to bury their child, and celebrities are no exception to this. They may live lavish lifestyles, never have to worry about money or paying bills, but they are not immune to the heartache that comes with the loss of a child. It is a pain many know all too well, a pain that never heals. No matter the child's age, whether 2 years old or fifty, the pain is the same in the heart of the parent.
There are many celebrities who have lost a child. Some were very widely publicized, others were kept quiet and may come as a surprise. How terrible it is to lose a child, but also to be famous and have reporters constantly bringing it up and asking questions which are incredibly inappropriate. Questions a normal person wouldn't ask someone who just lost their child.
Many celebrities who have had a child pass don't enjoy talking about it to the media, and who can blame them?
15 John Travolta's Son Passes Tragically
John Travolta and his beautiful wife Kelly Preston had to go through something which no parent should, and that was losing their son. Their son Jett, was only 16 when he died. Jett was autistic and had suffered from seizures most of his life. In 2009 he and the family were vacationing in the Bahamas for their Christmas vacation. Jett suffered a seizure and hit his head in the bath, which caused his ultimate demise. Travolta has spoken about the loss of his son in interviews and stated that afterward, he cared about nothing and life seemed meaningless. He started a foundation for special needs children in memory of his beloved son, The Jett Travolta Foundation. He also says the love from his family and support from fellow Scientologists have helped with is the healing process. And due to this he was able to move on.
14 Bill Cosby's Son Is Slain On The Freeway
Bill Cosby has been making headlines for sexual assault allegations. He was once known for his hit tv series as the lovable and always understanding father. In real life, he is a loving father to his five kids. One of his five children, Ennis, was shot in the head and killed in an attempted robbery. His murder occurred in 1997 when he was only 18 years old. Ennis had pulled over off the freeway to fix a flat tire. He had a friend come to help him. She claims that a man appeared and told her to open the door or be killed, but she drove away. Then when she turned around and came back, she saw a man fleeing and Ennis on the ground. The motive was attempted robbery, but Ennis was still wearing his Rolex and had 60 dollars in his pocket.
13 Anna Nicole Smith's Son Od'd
Anna Nicole Smith, a beauty from the small town of Mexia Texas became famous for her modelling and becoming Playboys 1993 playmate of the year. She was married twice, most notably for the marriage to J Howard Marshall. Many believed she married him only for money, due to their huge age difference. She later had a tv show on the E! channel, which documented her at times, odd behavior. Her son Daniel was also on the show, and it was very apparent she loved her son dearly. They both had a history of substance abuse issues.
In 2005, Smith was in the hospital after giving birth to her second child, a girl. While there, Daniel was in his mother's room and died of an overdose. Smith was heartbroken, and 6 months later also died of an alleged overdose.
12 Joe Biden's Tragic Family History
Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States was just getting his start in politics in the early 70's. In 1972 he was elected to the Senate. Shortly after he was elected to the Senate tragedy struck. His wife Neilia Hunter and baby girl, one-year-old Naomi were killed in a car accident while out Christmas shopping. The care was hit by a tractor-trailer while going through an intersection, and the driver was found to not be at fault. Biden's two sons were also in the car and survived with some minor and not so minor injuries. After the crash, Biden claimed the driver had been drinking, which caused the crash. The claim was never founded, however. Not only did Biden lose a wife and daughter, his eldest son, Beau passed away in May of 2015 due to a lengthy battle with brain cancer.
11 Sylvester Stallone's Son Suffers A Heart Attack
Sylvester Stallone made a name for himself when he wrote, produced and starred in the film Rocky and it's sequels. He has been in the Hollywood scene since the 1970's. He faced numerous hardships in his life and fought tooth and nail to become an actor and make his Rocky Franchise. While he is no stranger to tough times, nothing could prepare him for the loss of his eldest son, Sage Moonblood Stallone, age 36. Sage started acting at a young age and played Rocky Balboa Jr in Rocky V. Despite his acting career, he had a substance abuse problem, which led to his untimely demise. Nobody heard from him for a few days, and his body was discovered in his apartment, surrounded by empty prescription bottles. However, toxicology showed he actually died from atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.
10 Keanu Reeves Loses His Daughter
Keanu Reeves is an incredibly talented and well-known actor. He is also a philanthropist and all around good guy. He reached stardom in the 80's and 90's in films like Bill And Ted's Excellent Adventure, and The Matrix. He has a life that most would love to have, or so it would appear.
However, Mr. Reeves has lived a life marked by pain and profound tragedy. His father abandoned him and his family when he was very young, and he lost a good friend, River Phoenix to a drug overdose. He eventually found love with Jennifer Syme. They became pregnant and in late 1999 Syme went into labor at 8 months, only to deliver their daughter stillborn. After that tragedy, the 2 found solace in one another and grew strong in their relationship, only for Syme to lose her life in a car accident just 18 months later.
9 Marie Osmond's Son Takes His Own Life
Marie Osmond, member of the popular Osmond family gained success in the 70's and 80's as a country singer. She also had a tv show with her brother, Donny. In 2007 her son, Michael went to rehab after a substance abuse problem. Her brother Donny stated that she had been dealing with Michaels issues for some time.
During this period Marie's father died, and she divorced her husband of 20 years. She obviously had a lot on her plate, and her troubled son was no help. He did start doing better upon their move to LA and things seemed to be looking up for the family. Unfortunately, Michael had many demons and also suffered from depression. He lept to his death from his 8th-floor apartment on February 26th, 2010. No drugs were found in his system.
8 Mike Tyson's Daughter Dies In A Tragic Accident
Mike Tyson, known for being a tumultuous human being, as well as one heck of a boxer. He had an incredible boxing career and reigned as an undisputed heavyweight. He is also known for some other stuff, some troubling mental disorders, abuse claims and his time in prison for being convicted of raping a woman. Yes, his life appears to be quite troublesome. He has also faced addiction abuse. Through all of this, the worst thing he has endured is the loss of his little girl, 4-year-old Exodus.
His little girl was found by her seven-year-old brother, in their mom's house, tangled in a treadmill cord. Her mother tried to revive her with CPR and called an ambulance. Unfortunately, little Exodus succumbed to the trauma and passed away. Leaving her father completely heartbroken.
7 Prince's Son Passes Away At 6 Days Old
Prince, known for his flamboyant style and musical innovations, unfortunately, passed away in 2016. He lived a life that would make most envious. He bedded some of the most beautiful women in the world, he had a huge fanbase, and people love him for his unique and true to self style. He was 37 years old when he married his 22-year-old backup singer/dancer Mayte Garcia. They married on Valentine's Day in 1996 and on October 16th, 1996 their son was born. Tragically, their baby boy was born with a rare condition called Pfeiffer Syndrome. It is an extremely rare genetic condition causing the premature fusion of certain bones in the face and skull. It can also cause abnormalities in the hands and feet. Prince and Garcia's son lasted only one week on this earth.
6 Pierce Brosnan Loses His Wife And Daughter To The Same Disease
Bond...James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan has been dealt some tragic losses in his life. His wife, Cassandra had two children when she married Brosnan. He helped raise them and when their father died in 1986 he adopted them. He and Cassandra had their own son together. They were a happy family until 1992, when he lost his beloved Cassandra to ovarian cancer. 22 years later he lost his daughter, Charlotte, to the very same disease that took her mother. Brosnan has spoken about the tragic losses and how cruel it is. His mother in law also lost her life to ovarian cancer. Losing a spouse is absolute devastating enough, then to lose a child as well, to the very same disease...well Brosnan is right. It is just cruel and completely unfair.
5 Dr. Dre's Son Loses His Battle With H
Dr. Dre, or Andre Ramelle Young, achieved his initial success at the ripe in the late 80' and early 90's while with the gangsta rap group, NWA. He has gone on to lead an incredible career, the founder of Aftermath Productions and Beats Electronics, as well as a solo career and producing albums for some of the biggest rap names in the game. He also had some trouble of his own in the past. There were allegations of abuse by women, and he assaulted a police officer, as well as leading the police on a high speed chase while drunk in the early 90's. None of this could prepare him for the devastating loss of his son, Andre Young Jr. He was only 20 years old when he overdosed on heroin and morphine, after a night out with friends. His mother found him unresponsive and called 911.
4 John F. Kennedy's Son Sadly Passes Away
JFK and Jackie were more than happy to welcome their third child to the world on August 7th, 1963. After suffering a miscarriage in 1955 and a stillborn baby girl in 1956, they had two healthy kids, and the third was expected to be healthy as well. Patrick Bouvier Kennedy was delivered by emergency c-section. He weighed a tiny 4 pounds 10.5 ounces. He was the first baby to be born to a sitting President since the 19th century. After his birth, he developed a disease which is now known as infant respiratory distress syndrome. After realizing the breathing difficulties and disease, the doctor recommended he be transferred to a hospital in Boston. Jackie and JFK were only able to see their son for a few short hours before transfer. He was monitored by the doctor but sadly passed away after a mere 39 hours.
3 Willie Nelson's Son Ends It All
Willie Nelson A.K.A The Red Headed Stranger has been around for what seems like forever. He began his music career in 1956 and achieved success in the 60's and 70' when he became part of outlaw music (my favorite music). And for those who don't like country music, many still like Willie for activism, pro-pot stance and all around hippie ways. He just seems like someone you would want to hang out with.
His life hasn't been without its fair share of pain and tragedy. He was married four different times and with his first wife, fathered his first son, Willie "Billy" Hugh Jr. Billy had his own share of problems, including addiction, which he struggled with for years. Unfortunately, Billy's demons were too great for him, and he hung himself in 1991, much to Willie's devastation.
2 Eric Clapton's Son Falls Out Of A Window
Clapton has been listed as one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times! His list of musical accomplishments is quite long and impressive. However, like many other celebrities, the fame and status do not keep them safe from the pains and loss life brings. Clapton married Pattie Boyd in 1979. He fathered a child with another woman in 1985. Clapton had another affair with an Italian model, Lory Del Santo, who went on to bore him a son. The little boy, Connor had a short life with a tragic ending. He fell out of his mother's apartment, which was 53 stories up, when he was only 4. Clapton wrote "Tears on the floor of Heaven" in memory of his late son and as a way to cope with his death.
1 Mia Farrow Burries 3 Of Her Children
Mia Farrow is an actress and activist. She starred in Rosemary's Baby in 1965 and had a short marriage to Frank Sinatra. She has a long film and tv career, and she was in a relationship with Woody Allen, for many years. Farrow has 11 children, 4 biologically and seven adopted children. One of her adopted daughters went on to have an affair with Woody Allen, which led to the end of Farrow and Allen's relationship. In addition to that devastation, Farrow has lost 3 of her children. Tam died of complications from a long-term illness the age of 19. Lark Devin died of undisclosed reason when she was 35, but it is speculated it was AIDS-related. Thaddeus was found dead of what appeared to be a car crash. However, it was later determined it was suicide as he shot himself in the torse. He was 27.