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Published:October 25th, 2008 15:03 EST
Jennifer Hudson's Mother and Brother Shot Dead

Jennifer Hudson's Mother and Brother Shot Dead

By Robert Paul Reyes

"CHICAGO (Reuters) - The mother and brother of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson were found shot to death in the mother`s Chicago home on Friday, according to published reports. The Chicago Tribune Web site quoted a police source as saying the suspect in the double homicide was in custody, but a 7-year-old boy, possibly Hudson`s nephew, was still missing from the house on Chicago`s South Side, where the victims were found. Police did not confirm the report or the names of the victims."


Jennifer Hudson was a finalist on the third season of American Idol. Hudson was clearly the most accomplished singer, unfortunately her Rubenesque figure probably cost her the title. But Hudson overcame Simon`s insults and her premature departure from American Idol to achieve success as an actress and singer. On February 25, 2007 Hudson won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "Dream Girls." Hudson has also had prominent roles in the films "Sex and the City" and "The Secret Lives of Bees".

To lose your mother and brother in such a violent and senseless way is a shock, and I hope Hudson takes a sabbatical from her career to recuperate.

Hudson was raised in the tough streets of Chicago, and she has demonstrated grit and strength in becoming a huge success against all odds. I know that she has what it takes to come back from this blow and once again make great movies and inspiring songs.

Jennifer, you are in our thoughts...