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9 Famous People Who Tragically Lost Their Children

Rebelander Basilan
Aug 19, 2019
12:20 P.M.

Indeed, even big stars live through personal hardships, from breakups and setbacks to the most awful tragedy of all, losing a child.

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Here's a list of nine celebrities who tragically lost their children.

1. Loretta Lynn

Loretta Lynn at Cipriani 42nd Street on December 11, 2015 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Loretta Lynn at Cipriani 42nd Street on December 11, 2015 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

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Lynn's son, Jack Benny Lynn, passed away at age 34 in 1984, while attempting to ford the Duck River at the family's ranch. In 2013, her daughter, Betty Sue, died of emphysema. She was 64.

2. Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan arrives at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on August 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Pierce Brosnan arrives at Regal Cinemas L.A. Live on August 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

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Brosnan's daughter, Charlotte, passed away from ovarian cancer in 2013, the same illness that claimed her mom Cassandra Harris's life.

3. Marie Osmond

Marie Osmond at The Broadway.com Studios on December 8, 2010 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Marie Osmond at The Broadway.com Studios on December 8, 2010 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

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Osmond's son, Michael, took his own life by jumping from the eighth floor of his apartment building in Los Angeles in 2010.

4. Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves at the Saint Laurent Mens Spring Summer 20 Show on June 06, 2019 in Paradise Cove Malibu, California | Photo: Getty Images

Keanu Reeves at the Saint Laurent Mens Spring Summer 20 Show on June 06, 2019 in Paradise Cove Malibu, California | Photo: Getty Images

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In 1999, Reeves' girlfriend, Jennifer Syme, gave birth eight months into her pregnancy to Ava Archer Syme-Reeves, who was stillborn.

5. Joe Biden

Joe Biden at UNLV on August 3, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada| Photo: Getty Images

Joe Biden at UNLV on August 3, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada| Photo: Getty Images

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In 1972, Biden's first wife, Neilia Hunter, and their daughter, Naomi, were killed in an auto accident while Christmas shopping in Hockessin, Delaware.

His son, Beau, died at 46 years old after a two-year battle with brain cancer in 2015. He had been generally seen as the frontrunner to be the Democratic nominee for Governor of Delaware in 2016 at the time of his passing.

6. Paul Newman

Paul Newman at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Paul Newman at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

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Newman's son, Scott, who starred in several films, including "Breakheart Pass," and "The Towering Inferno," died in 1978 from a drug overdose.

7. Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett at SiriusXM Studios on May 3, 2018 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Carol Burnett at SiriusXM Studios on May 3, 2018 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

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Burnett's 38-year-old daughter, Carrie Hamilton, died of pneumonia as a complication of lung and brain cancer in 2002. She was an actress and singer.

8. Anna Nicole Smith

Anna Nicole Smith at Grand Central Station on April 7, 2005 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

Anna Nicole Smith at Grand Central Station on April 7, 2005 in New York City | Photo: Getty Images

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Smith's son, Daniel Wayne, died from a combination of antidepressants Zoloft and Lexapro and the painkiller methadone in 2006 while visiting his mom in the hospital.

9. John Travolta

John Travolta at 3LABS on January 26, 2019 in Culver City, California | Photo: Getty Images

John Travolta at 3LABS on January 26, 2019 in Culver City, California | Photo: Getty Images

In 2009, while on a Christmas vacation in the Bahamas, Travolta's son, Jett, died of a seizure at age 16.

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