Chelsea Handler opens up about her brother's tragic death and the untimely accident that took his life. The comic and talk show host reportedly shut down in the aftermath as a means of dealing with her grief, and now realizes that wasn't the best way to have handled it.
According to a report from Radar Online, even though her brother died when she was just ten years old, the impact of that loss has impacted her entire life. The Chelsea Lately and Are You There, Chelsea? star opened up to Rosie O'Donnell this week about what a difficult time she has had coming to terms with her loss.
"He was hiking in the Grand Tetons and he literally fell like 80 feet off a cliff," Chelsea says of her brother Cliff, who was 22 years old at the time he died.
And while she readily admits to having closed herself off emotionally from everyone, it's all the ten-year-old Chelsea knew how to do.
"I was shut down," she says. "I was shut down because I didn't want to cry in front of anyone. I had seen my parents cry I was embarrassed."
Chelsea Handler claims that because of the grief her parents were suffering at the very same time, they were unaware of how desperately she needed their help in dealing with her own feelings.
"I was used to walking into a room and having everyone pay attention to me and I couldn't get any attention. I was in pain too and I felt like no one was tending my pain," she says.
Fortunately the tragedy of losing her brother wound up making Chelsea Handler and her whole family much closer than they were before his accident. But that didn't come without years of pain and suffering on behalf of all of them.
Nowadays Chelsea calls that time in her life 'the most informing,' but it's clear to see some residual pain is still exists. You can check out a clip of her interview with Rosie O'Donnell and hear some of the discussion of Chelsea Handler's brother's death by clicking here.
Do you suppose her brother's death played a pivotal role in Chelsea becoming a comedian? Even though they laugh and draw laughter from their audience, there are lots of comedians suffering from very deep, underlying pain.
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