Stars who have overcome tragediesCelebrities who have experienced personal tragedies during their time in the spotlightColleen Last2014-03-05T13:15:00falsetrueCelebrities who have experienced personal tragedies during their time in the spotlightLea Michele, Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts have all suffered terrible tragedies - the death of loved ones - during their time in the spotlight.Click through to see how they overcame their losses, and other celebrities who've been touched by tragedy...topLea Michele, Liam Neeson, Julia Roberts, tragedyLea Michele, Liam Neeson and Julia Roberts
Lea Michele Lea Michele was head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Glee co-star Cory Monteith, when he died suddenly last July due to an accidental drugs overdose.topLea Michele Lea Michele
Lea Michele Incredibly, Lea has channelled her grief into action and recently released her debut solo LP Louder. She said recording the album helped her deal with her loss: "If I've learned anything from this past year, it's that you have one life and you have to live your life to the fullest."topLea Michele Lea Michele
Jennifer HudsonJennifer Hudson was on top of the world in 2008 with roles in Dreamgirls and the Sex and the City movie under her belt, when her mother, brother and nephew were shot dead by her sister's estranged husband.topJennifer HudsonJennifer Hudson
Jennifer HudsonJennifer stills struggles with her grief, explaining that losing family members "literally takes a part of you", but she's forged ahead with her career and personal life - she released her second album and gave birth to a son in 2009.topJennifer HudsonJennifer Hudson
Liam NeesonLiam Neeson tragically lost his wife in 2009 when the actress, Maid in Manhattan star Natasha Richardson, died in a skiing accident. The actor recently revealed he kept his grief at bay by working solidly – he’s made 20 films in the five years since her death.topLiam NeesonLiam Neeson
Liam NeesonThe Irish star fought through his grief and his career is on a high – his latest movie Non-Stop was number one on the US box office over the Oscars weekend.topLiam NeesonLiam Neeson
John Travolta and Kelly PrestonJohn Travolta and Kelly Preston lost their son in 2009 when the 16-year-old hit his head during a seizure. The Pulp Fiction actor described the tragedy as the worst thing to happen in his life. "The truth is, I didn't know if I was going to make it... so it took a lot to get me better."topJohn Travolta and Kelly PrestonJohn Travolta and Kelly Preston
John Travolta and Kelly PrestonThe couple welcomed another son, Benjamin, in 2010. Their daughter Ella Bleu is now 13. topJohn Travolta and Kelly PrestonJohn Travolta and Kelly Preston
Kanye WestKanye West was left bereft when his mother Donda died in 2007 after complications from cosmetic surgery, having undergone liposuction and breast reduction. The pair had been incredibly close and not long after the 58-year-old's death, Kanye said: "It was like losing an arm and a leg and trying to walk through that."topKanye WestKanye West
Kanye WestOf course, Kanye's personal life has taken a positive turn recently as he and Kim Kardashian became parents to daughter North in 2013. "There's only one thing I regret," he told the audience at a recent concert. "I wish that my mother could’ve met my daughter."topKanye WestKanye West
Julia RobertsJulia Roberts' half-sister Nancy Motes took her own life in February. She was nine years younger than the Pretty Woman actress and died of a suspected overdose. Julia pulled out of many engagements after the death, but went to the Oscars on her mother's wishes.topJulia RobertsJulia Roberts
Julia RobertsThe A-list star was nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role in August: Osage County, but lost out to Lupita Nyong'o.topJulia RobertsJulia Roberts
Petra NemcovaSupermodel Petra Nemcova was in Thailand when the 2004 Tsunami hit. She survived by clinging to a palm tree for eight hours but her fiancé, photographer Simon Atlee, drowned.
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Petra NemcovaFollowing the tragedy, Petra launched a charity to raise money for countries devastated by natural disasters. Through this she met her current boyfriend, the Prime Minister of Haiti, Laurent Lamothe. ‘Things happen in life for a purpose. You make a choice. You move forward and try and make your life better,’ she said.
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TLCTLC sold around 30 million albums worldwide thanks to hits like 'Unpretty' and 'No Scrubs' before their rapper TLC, centre, died in a car accident in Honduras in 2002.topTLCTLC
TLCT-Boz and Chilli carried on as a duo with limited success, but a new TLC album is due later this year, including a rumoured collaboration with Lady Gaga.topTLCTLC
Mike TysonMike Tyson lost his four-year-old daughter Exodus in 2009 when she got tangled in the power cord of an exercise treadmill at the family home.topMike TysonMike Tyson
Mike TysonThe tragedy spurred him on to marry his long-time girlfriend Kiki Spicer just nine days after the death; they now have two children together, daughter Milan and son Morocco.topMike TysonMike Tyson
NellyNelly lost his sister Jackie to leukemia in 2005 but in the two years following her diagnosis he used his celebrity status to highlight the importance of bone marrow donors and launched his own charitiable foundation.topNellyNelly
NellyThe rapper stayed strong and his seventh album M.O. was released in 2013.topNellyNelly
Eric ClaptonEric Clapton's son Conor was just four when he fell to his death from the window of a 53rd floor apartment in Manhattan. The tragedy, which occurred in 1991, took place after a housekeeper left a window open.
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Eric ClaptonThe singer wrote 'Tears in Heaven' in tribute to his child; it went on to top charts around the world. The 68-year-old's most recent album, his 21st, was released in 2013. topEric ClaptonEric Clapton
Venus and Serena WilliamsVenus and Serena Williams experienced a terrible loss in 2003 when their sister was murdered. Yetunde Price, who was 31, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. At the time, the tennis sisters released a statement which read: 'Her death leaves a void that can never be filled.'topVenus and Serena WilliamsVenus and Serena Williams
Venus and Serena WilliamsOf course, Venus and Serena still dominate women’s tennis, with Serena currently ranked number one in the world.topVenus and Serena WilliamsVenus and Serena Williams
Sofia VergaraSofia Vergara's brother was murdered in 1998 when the budding actress was still living in her native Colombia. Two years later, Sofia was diagosed with thyroid cancer.topSofia VergaraSofia Vergara
Sofia VergaraSofia's life and career are both going great these days - the Modern Family star is the highest paid actress on television and she's engaged to businessman Nick Loeb.topSofia VergaraSofia Vergara
Bill CosbyBill Cosby's world came crashing down in 1997 when his 28-year-old son was murdered. Ennis Cosby was attacked after he pulled over on a Los Angeles road to change a tyre. He was shot in the head by a robber who was eventually jailed for the crime.
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Bill CosbyThe comedian and sitcom star started a scholarship in his son's honour and 17 years on from the murder, he has found his smile again.
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Mark WahlbergMark Wahlberg's family was hit by tragedy in 2003 when his sister died suddenly in hospital. She'd been admitted with kidney stones but suffered a fatal heart attack. The incident occurred on 3 September, the same day his first child was born.topMark WahlbergMark Wahlberg
Mark WahlbergThe Departed actor and his wife, model Rhea Dunham, now have four children, Ella, Michael, Brendan and Grace.topMark WahlbergMark Wahlberg