Michael Madsen Struggles with His Son’s Suicide, Holding onto Hope for Answers

The last text that Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen received from his son before his tragic suicide read, “I love you dad,” as disclosed by Madsen himself. Hudson Madsen, aged 26, the son of a Hollywood legend, served as a U.S. Army Sergeant stationed in Hawaii. He had recently completed his first tour when he took his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.


Madsen, known for his role in the Kill Bill franchise, expressed his shock over the incident. Just a few days before, he had spoken to his son, who seemed happy during their conversation. Madsen shared with the LA Times, “It’s so tragic and sad. I didn’t see any signs of depression. I’m just trying to make sense of everything and understand what happened.”

Hudson, who had Quentin Tarantino as his Godfather, was Madsen’s eldest son from his marriage to DeAnna Madsen. He had two younger brothers, Kalvin and Luke. Madsen also has two other sons, Christian and Max, from his previous marriage to Jeannine Bisignano.


According to social media posts from Hudson’s wife, Carlie, whom he married in 2019, the couple appeared happy and strong. Carlie’s posts indicated that they were facing challenges with conceiving naturally and had plans for IVF. She shared a photo of herself in a hospital gown, revealing that she had undergone surgery to remove a tumor from her breast. In her caption, she praised her husband for his support and care during her recovery.

Carlie later posted a picture of herself with Hudson, expressing how much she missed him. The circumstances leading to Hudson’s suicide left everyone puzzled.

In the aftermath of his son’s suicide, the 64-year-old father, who starred in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, revealed that his son had been struggling with mental health issues despite appearing happy on the surface. Hudson had previously received therapy but had stopped seeking help for his private issues. Madsen suspected that the military environment discouraged seeking support, leading him to request an investigation into the matter, although the details of the investigation remain undisclosed to the public.

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One month after Hudson’s tragic death, Madsen, known for his collaborations with Quentin Tarantino, was arrested for trespassing at his recently evicted luxury home in Malibu. He was later released on bail. This was not the actor’s first encounter with the law, as he had previously faced charges of DUI in 2019 and child endangerment in 2012.

The family released a statement expressing their heartbreak and overwhelming grief over the loss of Hudson. They remembered him as a source of light and cherished memories.

Actors DeAnna Madsen and Michael Madsen attend the ‘Reservoir Dogs’ 25th Anniversary Screening during 2017 Tribeca Film Festival / Shutterstock

On January 23, 2023, Carlie paid a heartfelt tribute to her late husband on her Instagram account. She referred to him lovingly as “Lump” and expressed the pain and emptiness she felt since his passing. She wished that he had opened up to her about his struggles on that fateful day and apologized for not recognizing the signs and not being able to do more. Carlie concluded by expressing her everlasting love for him and how he remained in her thoughts constantly.

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