Jennifer Hudson, whose live has been struck by tragedy this year, welcomed a joyous new addition to her family late Monday when she gave birth to her first child.

The Academy Award winner and American Idol reject and fiancé David Otunga are proud parents of David Otunga, Jr., who weighed in at seven pounds, 14 ounces.

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It's no longer a question: Jennifer Hudson is pregnant.

According to The Chicago Tribune, the Oscar-winner was honored with a baby shower in the Windy City this weekend, as longtime friend Felicia Fields confirms the event took place on Saturday.

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Jennifer Hudson's estranged brother-in-law, William Balfour, has pleaded not guilty in the murders of the singer's mother, brother and 7-year-old nephew.

Balfour, 27, entered his plea to charges of first-degree murder and home invasion Tuesday at Cook County Criminal Court in Chicago. Before doing so he nodded to members of his family in the courtroom, The Associated Press reports.

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According to Chicago police officials, the chain of events leading to the tragic murders of Jennifer Hudson's three family members began when her sister, Julia, celebrated her 31st birthday on October 23 with cake and a small party at home.

The next morning, Julia's estranged husband William Balfour – booted last February from the house in Chicago where they lived with Julia's mother and 7-year-old son – showed up and spotted a gift he believed came from another man.

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Jennifer Hudson's estranged brother-in-law, William Balfour, was arrested late Monday in the slayings of the Oscar winner's mother, brother and seven-year-old nephew, according to Chicago police and the Chicago Tribune.

Formal charges have not yet been brought by the Cook County prosecutor's office, but Balfour was transferred from an Illinois state prison – where he has been held on suspicion of a parole violation – back into police custody.

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In the wake of the notorious shootings, hundreds of friends and relatives gathered to mourn the deaths of Jennifer Hudson's mother, brother and nephew, at Pleasant Gift Memorial Baptist Church on Chicago's South Side on Sunday.

At the public memorial, mourners listened to songs and recounted stories about Darnell Donerson, 57, Jason Hudson, 29, and Julian King, 7.

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Jennifer Hudson Biography

Jennifer Hudson, Julian King Jennifer Hudson is a former American Idol star AND Oscar winner. No one else on the planet can make that claim. Granted American Idol has... More »
Born
Birthplace
Chicago, Illinois
Full Name
Jennifer Kate Hudson