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October 24, 2008

Breaking News: Jennifer Hudson's Mother and Brother Fatally Shot

The mother and brother of Academy Award winning actress and singer Jennifer Hudson have been fatally shot at a home on the city's South Side, according to news reports.

CBS2 in Chicago reports:
The mother of Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson was reportedly found dead in a South Side home.
Two adults were found fatally shot at a home at 70th Street and Yale Avenue at 3 p.m. Friday, authorities said. Willie Davis, the pastor of the Hudson family's church, Progressive Baptist, confirmed that 57-year-old Darnell Hudson Donnerson was one of the victims.
The other victim was a man, the Chicago Fire Department said.
The shooting is believed to be domestic.

The Cook County Medical Examiner's office has been notified of the deaths of two people from a home at the address, but additional information is unavailable.
TMZ has also confirmed the death of Darnell, pictured here with her daughter Jennifer at the Governor's Ball following the 2007 Academy Awards, and Jennifer's brother. According to the website:

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Jennifer Hudson's mother was one of two victims shot and killed in Chicago earlier today.
A neighbor tells TMZ the other victim was Jennifer's brother Jason. A cousin who lived nearby discovered the bodies.
We're told the two bodies were found dead on the scene at 2:44 PM. When the fire department arrived and discovered the bodies, police were brought in and the home was declared a crime scene.
A call to Hudson's rep was not immediately returned.
WABC in New York reports that Jennifer is on a plane en route to Chicago. Jennifer, 27, is the youngest of three children. Her brother Jason reportedly was a mechanic and her sister Julia is a school bus driver. Their father Samuel Simpson, who died, was a bus driver.
Since announcing her engagement to David "Punk" Otunga last month, the singer/actress has been busy promoting her movie, "The Secret Life of Bees," which opened a week ago, and her self-titled debut album.
Our prayers go out to Jennifer and her family.
More details to come.

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Claire said...

Omg, my prayers go out to her and her family.

NaySue said...

Yes, I've been overdosing on CNN for Obama/McCain updates and was very surprised to hear about the Holiday family this morning. My prayers are with them.

Alienation said...

This was so unbelievably sad. I don't have a t.v. and usually don't keep up with pop culture, but I was really hurt when I read this. Poor Jennifer, her world was looking so beautiful and now this happens to her. UGH :-(

Ebony Intuition said...

I felt the exact same way, my heart just dropped.

Amina said...

this is such a tragedy!!! My prayers are with them


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