It can be easy to think of celebrities as ridiculously lucky people who never have to endure any pain or hardship, but in reality they’re just as likely to be the victims of tragedy as the rest of us are. These unfortunate celebs had to endure the early deaths of their parents at the hands of some one else – sometimes before they became famous enough to have the power and money to do anything about the situation!
Having a parent murdered is tragic, but it’s even worse when you watched it happen. That’s what actress Charlize Theron had to endure when she was only 15! As if that’s not traumatizing enough, the parent who was killed was her abusive, alcoholic father – and her mother was the person who shot him. The shooting was ruled self-defense, so her mother faced no charges, but Charlize has said that she’s drawn on that traumatic experience for some of her darker acting roles.