It's never an easy thing when a person loses their parent it's even worse when that person is still very young and often still dependent on their parent. Check out the list of celebrities who lost their parents at a young age.
Actress and presenter Phumeza Mdabe lost her mother at the age of 17. She was raised by her stepfather who treated her like she was one of his own.
Former Scandal actor Brighton Ngoma lost his mother at the age of 17. He described losing a parent at a young age as being very difficult. He stated:
"You are forced to grow up and determine a place in the world but at the same time you lose a sense of innocence. You become your own parent, often not knowing how to give or receive love."
Eff leader Julius Malema was raised by her grandmother after losing her mother to an epileptic fit as a young boy. Malema was very close to his grandmother calling her his great confidante.
South African born actress Charlize Theron lost her father at the age of 16. An only child her life into tragedy when her mother shot her abusive father to death. The slaying was deemed self defense.
Media personality and presenter Pearl Modiadie has often spoken the pain of losing her mother. Pearl was 19 at the time and once recalled how she had taken care of her while she was ill. She remembered how her mother would ask her for the time over and over before going to a sleep she never woke up from.
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