Michael Madsen opened up about the final moments of his son Hudson’s life and revealed the final text the actor received from his 26-year-old son. The father says he never got any sense that something was wrong with Hudson and was shocked by his recent suicide.
“I am in shock as my son, whom I just spoke with a few days ago, said he was happy—my last text from him was ‘I love you dad,'” Michael told The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 25. He added, “I didn’t see any signs of depression. It’s so tragic and sad. I’m just trying to make sense of everything and understand what happened.”
Hudson’s father said that the young man was dealing with typical life problems, such as finances, but Michael Madsen wasn’t aware of depression. Hudson was a member of the U.S. Army and was stationed in Hawaii. He had been promoted last March. He was married to his wife Carlie. Michael Madsen got the sense that Hudson was looking forward to starting a family.
He said, “It’s so tragic and sad. I’m just trying to make sense of everything and understand what happened. He had typical life challenges that people have with finances, but he wanted a family. He was looking towards his future, so it’s mind-blowing. I just can’t.”
Hudson and Carlie moved to Oahu in 2019. The young woman has not spoken out about her husband’s death. Hudson had just finished his first tour and had previously spent some time fighting in Afghanistan.
A lawyer for the actor told The Los Angeles Times on Jan. 26 that Michael Madsen is surrounded by family, while his wife, DeAnna Madsen, is in Hawaii planning the funeral.
Hudson Madsen’s death was first reported on Monday. According to the Department of the Medical Examiner in Honolulu, the 26-year-old died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The cause of death was determined to be suicide. The young man was found on the island of Oahu, but no other details have been released, and it is unclear when the Hudson passed.
A representative released a statement and said, “We are heartbroken and overwhelmed with grief and pain at the loss of Hudson. His memory and light will be remembered by all who knew and loved him. We ask for privacy and respect during this difficult time.”
The 26-year-old was Michael Madsen’s oldest son with wife DeAnna Madsen. The couple also share sons Calvin and Luke. Michael was previously married to Jeannine Bisignano, whom he shares two older sons named Christian and Max.
Authorities say that the full autopsy for Hudson Madsen will be available to the public in four months. Michael Madsen is ordering a full investigation by the military and believes that they had something to do with Hudson’s death. According to the actor, he believes his son’s superiors were bullying him for needing therapy and convinced him not to seek help.
Michael Madsen has worked closely with director Quentin Tarantino during his career and is known for the movies they made together, including Kill Bill Vol. 1 and 2, Reservoir Dogs, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Quentin was the godfather to Michael and his younger brother, Calvin.