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February 19, 2020

Jennifer Hudson Remembers Her Late Brother Jason with Photos & Videos on His Birthday

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Jennifer Hudson celebrates what would have been her late brother's 41st birthday. Her brother was one of those killed by William Balfour in 2008. 

In a series of pictures and videos, Jennifer Hudson remembered her brother on what would have been his 41st birthday. Her brother was killed in 2008 alongside Jennifer's mom and nephew.

"Today would have been my big brother Jason's 41st birthday. Happy birthday big brother, we celebrate you!"

Jennifer Hudson on the set of the "TODAY" promoting the live-action remake of "Cats" | Source: Getty Images/GlobalImagesUkraine

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REMEMBERING HUDSON'S FAMILY

The Oscar Award-winning actress and singer lost her mother, Darnell Donerson, brother, Jason Hudson, and seven-year-old nephew, Julian King, to gun violence in 2008 when her brother-in-law William Balfour murdered them. 

Jennifer Hudson finally received the closure she was longing for after justice was served for the senseless murders of her loved ones. 

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ON FORGIVING THE SUSPECT

While it's clear that Jennifer was heartbroken over the loss, she revealed during an interview that she does not blame him entirely for what he did, but rather, she blames his upbringing. 

Years later, Jennifer Hudson finally received the closure she was longing for after justice was served for the senseless murders of her loved ones. William Balfour was given three life sentences for what he did. 

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DEALING WITH ANOTHER LOSS

Recently, Jennifer had to deal with a loss yet again after the death of Kobe and Gianna Bryant. During the 2020 NBA All-Star Game, she delivered a powerful tribute to the late Mambas, which put people in tears yet again. 

Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna "GiGi" Bryant passed away from a tragic helicopter accident, and people continue to mourn them. 

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REMEMBERING KOBE AND GIANNA BRYANT

In the NBA All-Star Game, where the MVP award was renamed the "Kobe Bryant MVP Award," Hudson sang a beautiful and heartfelt rendition of Donny Hathaway's "For All We Know (We May Meet Again)," while a picture montage of GiGi and Kobe played in the background. 

After the tragic accident on January 26, GiGi and Kobe Bryant were buried on February 7 in a Southern California cemetery. Fans, friends, and colleagues from around the world are given the chance to celebrate their lives as well in a farewell tribute to happen on February 24, 2020, at the Staples Center. 

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