Date: 10th January 2001
Hollywood star RENEE ZELLWEGER has tragedy in her past - the senseless suicide of a boyfriend, who killed himself as she fought her way to fame.
The beautiful JERRY McGUIRE star first met SIMS ELLISON at a bar in Austin, Texas, America, while she was at university studying English and acting. Renee soon moved to Hollywood, California, to pursue her dream, and Sims, battling depression over the break-up of his band PARIAH and the loss of his love, shot himself in June 1995 - aged just 28.
A former friend of the star's says, "They were perfect together, like a married couple. After Renee moved to Los Angeles, Sims reached out to her from time to time in an attempt to reconcile but it wasn't the same. "By the summer of 1995, he couldn't take it anymore." Heartbroken Renee rushed back to her home town of Katy, Texas to mourn her lost love, giving up her first feature film role - but within a year she was back in Hollywood, starring in MY BOYFRIEND'S BACK. (NFA/WNTSU/PDD