Jennifer Hudson's Missing Nephew Found Dead


The FBI has confirmed that it was indeed the body of Jennifer Hudson's 7-year-old nephew Julian that was found inside an SUV today, CNN reports.

This is a heartbreaking development in a tragedy that began to unfold last Friday when Jennifer's mother Darnell Donerson and brother Jason Hudson were found shot dead in their Chicago home on Friday, and her nephew Julian was reported missing.

Jennifer posted a reward of $100,000 for the safe return of her nephew on her MySpace page this weekend.

Julian was the son of Jennifer's sister Julia.

Julia's estranged husband and Julian's stepfather, a parolee named William Balfour, is considered a person of interest in the case. He has been questioned by police and is being held on a parole violation, although he has not been changed with any crime in connection with the case.

Our hearts go out to Jennifer, who came out of nowhere to make a name for herself as a contestant on American Idol three years ago then went on to win an Oscar for her portrayal of Effie in Dreamgirls, and her sister Julia.

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