Reports: Jennifer Hudson Mother, Brother Killed

The mother and brother of Academy Award-winning actress and rising music star Jennifer Hudson were found shot to death in the mother's Chicago home on today (Oct. 24), according to reports.

The mother and brother of Academy Award-winning actress and rising music star Jennifer Hudson were found shot to death in the mother's Chicago home on today (Oct. 24), according to reports.

The Chicago Tribune said one of the victims was Hudson's mother, Darnell Donnerson. The entertainment website TMZ, citing a neighbor, said Hudson's brother Jason also was found dead.

A cousin who lived nearby discovered the bodies, TMZ said. The Tribune, quoting police, said the killings may be linked to a domestic disturbance.

The Chicago Police Department confirmed two people were found shot to death at the residence and said it was "being investigated as a homicide." But police did not release the identities of the victims or other details.

Other media reports said a 7-year-old boy, also a family member, was taken from the scene and that police had issued an alert for him.

Hudson won an Academy Award for her role in "Dreamgirls." Her self-titled debut album for Arista was released last month, and its single, "Spotlight," is No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.


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