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Oscar-winning actress and American Idol star Jennifer Hudson's family slain in Chicago
Julian King, 7, (R) and his mother Julia are pictured in this photo left at a makeshift memorial in front of the childhood home of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson on October 27, 2008. A body found in an SUV on Chicago's west side early Monday morning is believed to be that of Jennifer Hudson's missing 7-year-old nephew Julian King, the focus of a desperate search since the Oscar winner's mother Darnell Donerson, 57, and 29-year old brother Jason Hudson were found shot to death in their home three days earlier. (UPI Photo/Brian Kersey)
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Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter and film actress. Hudson came to prominence in 2004 as one of the finalists on the third season of the FOX reality television series American Idol. She made her film debut in the 2006 hit Dreamgirls. She won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance, also winning a Golden Globe Award, a BAFTA Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award among many others.

She won a Grammy Award for her R&B/soul self-titled debut album, which was released in 2008 on Arista Records and soon certified gold by the RIAA for more than 500,000 shipped copies, spawning the hit single "Spotlight."

In late 2008 Hudson's mother, brother, and nephew were killed in a shooting. Her estranged brother-in-law has been charged with their murders.

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