Jennifer Syme Died over a Year after Having a Stillbirth — Who Was Keanu Reeves' Ex-girlfriend?

Jennifer Syme was Keanu Reeves' girlfriend, but she also worked as the assistant to a renowned Hollywood director before her tragic death in a car accident.

There is very little information available to the public about Jennifer Syme. She was known to have been the girlfriend of superstar Keanu Reeves, 56, and the mother of his only daughter delivered in a stillbirth. 

Syme and Reeves were together for a couple of years. However, the relationship ended shortly after the loss of her daughter. The incident filled their lives with sadness, and they apparently had a hard time overcoming it.

Keanu Reeves attending the 92nd Annual Academy Awards  in Hollywood, California, in February 2020 | Image: Getty Images.

Keanu Reeves attending the 92nd Annual Academy Awards in Hollywood, California, in February 2020 | Image: Getty Images.

It is known that Syme worked as an assistant to director David Lynch and that he gave her a stake in his movie "Lost Highway." She was also a personal assistant to Dave Navarro from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The young woman was killed in a car accident when the vehicle she was driving crashed into other cars in a parking lot. The accident happened on April 2, 2001, in the early hours of the morning.

Keanu Reeves arriving at the LA Special Screening of Amazon's "Too Old To Die Young" at the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles, California, in June 2019. | Image: Getty Images.

Keanu Reeves arriving at the LA Special Screening of Amazon's "Too Old To Die Young" at the Vista Theatre in Los Angeles, California, in June 2019. | Image: Getty Images.

WHO WAS JENNIFER SYME?

Syme was born in California on December 7, 1972. She had a brief career in Hollywood as an actress with some minor roles. She and Reeves met in 1998 at a promotional party for the band “Dogstar” and fell instantly in love.

The couple never got married or talked about weddings. However, Reeves bought a house where they lived together until tragedy struck. After a year together, Syme became pregnant.

Keanu Reeves attending the Saint Laurent Mens Spring Summer 20 Show Photo Call in Malibu, California, in June 2019. I Image: Getty Images.

Keanu Reeves attending the Saint Laurent Mens Spring Summer 20 Show Photo Call in Malibu, California, in June 2019. I Image: Getty Images.

THE TRAGEDY HITS

The couple's happiness from expecting their first child together was cut short on Christmas Eve 1999 when their little daughter Ava Archer Syme-Reeves was stillborn at eight months.

The relationship could not bear the pain, and in the midst of mourning the death of their daughter, they separated a few months later. However, the couple reported that they were on good terms as friends.

JENNIFER SYME'S DEATH

On April 1, 2001, Syme attended a party at the home of the famous rock singer Marilyn Manson. After Syme's death, the musician said that he had arranged for her to arrive at her house safely at dawn.

It is not known why Syme left her home again early on the morning of April 2. She drove her vehicle and crashed, resulting in her death at the scene of the accident. A withdrawn Reeves reportedly called the Coroner's office to verify if Syme was there afterward.

ACCUSATIONS AGAINST MANSON

Syme's mother brought an accusation against Marilyn Manson, holding him responsible for encouraging her daughter to drive a vehicle despite knowing that she was in poor condition.

The accusation was unsuccessful, and the singer defended himself. Manson said he had become aware of Syme's condition and, as a result, gotten a driver to take her safely to her house.

MOVING FORWARD

Reeves has not been able to shed the image of a sad and lonely man, and the knowledge of the history of his life contributes to promoting the melancholic image of him. For a long time, he has been alone and has not had children either.

The good news is that he is now in a relationship with the artist Alejandra Grant, 47. It began as a friendship, and little by little, progressed to a public romance in 2019 when they made their red carpet debut. This year, she visited him on the set of "Matrix 4."
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