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Hudson's mother, brother shot to death

A spokesman for actress Jennifer Hudson said police were investigating the deaths of her mother and brother after at least two people were found shot dead Friday at a South Side home. Police were seeking a missing child who might also be related to the singer and Oscar-winning actress.

Police spokeswoman Monique Bond said the deaths appeared to be the result of domestic abuse. Deputy Chief Joseph Patterson said a family member entered the home about 3 p.m. Friday, found a woman shot on the living room floor and left to notify authorities. Responding officers found a man shot in the bedroom, Patterson said. There was no sign of forced entry.

Public records show the address listed to a Jennifer Hudson and Darnell Donerson, the name of the singer's mother.

Authorities issued an Amber Alert for 7-year-old Julian King. The child was the grandson of the female victim, Patterson said, and Bond added that the boy could also be a relative of Hudson.

The tragedy comes as Hudson, who grew up in Chicago, continues to reach new heights in her career. Her song “Spotlight” is No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop charts and her recently released, self-titled album debut has been a top seller. The “American Idol” contestant was featured in this year's “Sex and the City” and is also starring in “The Secret Life of Bees.” She won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in “Dreamgirls.” Associated Press

Cole to join ‘Entourage' on HBO

Yeah … “Entourage” is going to have to ask Gary Cole to go ahead and join the show for next season.

The “Office Space” and “Pineapple Express” actor will be a regular on the HBO comedy next year. He'll play an agent named Andrew Klein, an old friend of Ari Gold's ( Jeremy Piven), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

N.Y. Times invites Bono to write

Bono, the activist, philanthropist and U2 front man, has been invited to write an Op-Ed page column for The New York Times.

New York Times Co. spokeswoman Catherine Mathis said, “We have asked Bono to write an occasional column for the paper next year, covering a range of subjects, but are still finalizing the details.”

Kathy McKiernan, a spokeswoman for the ONE Campaign, a charitable organization created by Bono, said it was not clear if he would be paid, but if he were, she said, the money would go to the charity. New York Times

Underwood gets a double, in wax

Country music star Carrie Underwood now has a double. Underwood visited Madame Tussauds in New York on Thursday to help unveil a wax figure of herself to be added to the museum's “VIP Room.” Associated Press


Former baseball player Bobby Thomson, 85. Actress Marion Ross, 80. Author Anne Tyler, 67. Movie director Julian Schnabel, 57. Actress Nancy Cartwright (“The Simpsons”), 51. Actor Adam Goldberg, 38. Actor-singer Adam Pascal, 38. Violinist Midori, 37. Actor Craig Robinson, 37. Singer Ciara, 23.

This day in history Oct. 25

1400: Author Geoffrey Chaucer died in London.

1854: The “Charge of the Light Brigade” took place during the Crimean War as an English brigade of more than 600 men, facing hopeless odds, charged the Russian army and suffered heavy losses.