Tragic Loss: A Father Remembers


Michael Madsen, known for his role in the Reservoir Dogs and Kill Bill franchises, recently suffered a devastating loss. His son, Hudson Madsen, tragically took his own life at the age of 26. As a U.S. Army Sergeant stationed in Hawaii, Hudson had just completed his first tour. Michael recalls the last text he received from his son, a simple yet heartfelt message that said, “I love you dad.”

In an interview with the LA Times, Michael expressed his shock and disbelief. Just a few days before his son’s death, they had spoken and Hudson appeared to be happy. Michael saw no signs of depression. He is still trying to make sense of what happened and find understanding in the midst of this tragedy.

Hudson was the eldest son of Michael and his wife DeAnna Madsen. He had two younger brothers, Kalvin and Luke. With his previous wife, Jeannine Bisignano, Michael also has two boys named Christian and Max. Hudson’s godfather was the renowned filmmaker Quentin Tarantino.

Michael’s wife Carlie, whom he married in 2019, shared their positive relationship on social media. However, she also revealed that they were considering in-vitro fertilization (IVF) due to their difficulty conceiving naturally. Carlie mentioned in a post that she had recently undergone surgery to remove a tumor from her breast. Michael had been by her side throughout the entire process, showing his unwavering support.


Just one week before Hudson’s passing, Carlie posted a selfie on Instagram wearing a hospital gown, expressing her gratitude for her amazing husband. Michael had gone out of his way to make her feel loved and cared for during her surgery by surprising her with flowers, comfortable pajamas, her favorite candy, and a thoughtful card. Carlie praised Michael for his dedication and support in her recovery.

As time passed, Carlie shared a touching photo of herself and Hudson, accompanied by the poignant words, “I miss you so much.” Everyone was left wondering what led Hudson to take such a tragic step.

Michael, who was 64 years old at the time, mourned the loss of his son and expressed his confusion. While Hudson faced the typical challenges of life, such as financial struggles, he had dreams of building a family. Michael found it mind-blowing that his son, who seemed content, was contemplating his future and seeking a way out. He simply couldn’t comprehend what had happened.

The Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor also revealed that behind his son’s seemingly happy exterior, there were hidden mental health issues. Hudson had served in Afghanistan and had been silently coping with his problems without seeking help. Michael suspected that the military may have contributed to his son’s struggles and requested an investigation. However, the results of the investigation remain classified.

Tragedy struck once again when, a month after Hudson’s death, Michael was arrested for trespassing at his recently confiscated mansion in Malibu. Despite this setback, Michael was granted bail. It is worth noting that Michael has had some legal troubles in the past, including charges of child endangerment in 2012 and a DUI in 2019 after crashing his SUV.

The heart-wrenching loss of Hudson has left the Madsen family shattered. In their official statement, they expressed their overwhelming grief and pain, emphasizing that Hudson will always be remembered and cherished by those who knew and loved him.

On January 23, 2023, exactly one year after Hudson’s passing, Carlie paid tribute to her beloved husband on Instagram. She confessed that she still feels an indescribable pain and longing for him every single day. Carlie regrets not being able to understand what Hudson was going through on that fateful day. She wishes she could have done more to help him and deeply apologizes for any ways she may have let him down. Carlie concludes by assuring Hudson that he will forever be in her heart and thoughts, as she continues to cope with the immense loss.

In light of this tragic event, it is crucial to remind everyone around you that they are loved. If you or someone you know is struggling, remember that help is available. In the United States and Canada, you can call the Suicide Hotline at 9-8-8 to speak with someone anonymously. Let’s support one another through the dark times and encourage open conversations about mental health.