Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen revealed his son Hudson ‘had typical life challenges that people have with finances’ but did not ‘see any signs of depression’ before his suspected suicide at age 26.
The actor, 64, revealed the last touching text message he received from his son as he spoke about the death himself for the first time in a statement obtained by The Los Angeles Times.
‘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,”‘ he said.
‘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,’ he added.
Madsen said his son’s marriage was ‘going strong’ and he had recently completed his first tour in the U.S. Army. Hudson was a sergeant stationed in Hawaii.
‘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 grasp what happened.’
Reservoir Dogs star Michael Madsen revealed he did not ‘see any signs of depression’ in his son Hudson before he took his own life at age 26; pictured 2011
Now Madsen has requested a full investigation done by the military. The actor thinks ‘the officers and rank and file were shaming’ Hudson for wanting therapy. He believes this stopped him from seeking help for mental health issues he had been keeping to himself.
It emerged earlier this week that Hudson, the godson of Quentin Tarantino, had died from an ‘apparent self-inflicted gunshot,’ according to The Sun.
His family have since paid tribute to the Afghanistan veteran, saying in a statement: ‘We are heartbroken and overwhelmed with grief and pain at the loss of Hudson.
Hudson Madsen, actor Michael Madsen, Max Madsen, Luke Madsen, DeAnna Madsen, Christian Madsen and Kalvin Madsen in July 2011
A spokeswoman for the Department of the Medical Examiner in Honolulu said earlier: ‘I can confirm Hudson Lee Madsen, 26, died by a gunshot wound to the head in a suspected suicide on the island of Oahu’; seen on Instagram
Madsen is seen with his wife Carlie in a photo posted to Facebook
‘His memory and light will be remembered by all who knew and loved him. We ask for privacy and respect during this difficult time. Thank you.’
Hudson’s mother DeAnna Madsen, 61, was traveling to Hawaii to deal with the tragedy, a source told the publication. His father Michael is a famed Hollywood hellraiser, and was forced into rehab by a judge in 2013 after failing to attend AA meetings following a DUI arrest.
In 2019, the actor was axed from a $100,000 role in movie Confessions of a Serial Killer after crashing his Land Rover into a pole and subsequently being arrested for DUI. He was later sentenced to four days in jail.
A spokeswoman for the Department of the Medical Examiner in Honolulu said earlier: ‘I can confirm Hudson Lee Madsen, 26, died by a gunshot wound to the head in a suspected suicide on the island of Oahu.’
Michael Madsen is pictured with Quentin Tarantino in January 2017, at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah
Hudson is survived by his wife, Carlie, and since August 2019 had been living in Wahiawa, Hawaii after serving time in the U.S. Army.
Madsen was based at the Schofield Barracks in Oahu, home to the 25th Infantry Division, and in March was promoted.
Last week, on January 15, Carlie underwent surgery and paid tribute to her husband for his support.
‘I just want to give a shout-out to my amazing husband!’ she wrote on Instagram.
‘Yesterday I had surgery to remove a tumor from one of my breasts and he was and has been so patient throughout this whole process!
‘We were at the hospital for about 7 hours yesterday and while I was in surgery he went to target and got me flowers, comfy pajamas, my favorite candy and a card! He’s also been amazing in helping with my recovery and I’m just so thankful!
‘I also want to thank my family and friends that have reached out to make sure I’m okay and to check in on me! I love you all so much.’
Madsen, 26, is seen with Carlie. His death has been confirmed by the Honolulu medical examiner
Hudson Madsen and Carlie met in 2017, while he was stationed in Colorado with the army. They married in 2018 (pictured)
Madsen is pictured (right) with his father and brother Max (left) at the premiere of The Astronaut Farmer in 2007
The couple met in 2017, with the Minnesota-born Carlie commenting on Facebook to a friend, who asked if he was ‘a keeper’: ‘He’s actually in the army and stationed down in Colorado! I met him through my best friend that lives there! And I think he’s a keeper!’
Madsen replied: ‘I am a keeper by the way’.
In June 2017, she posted a sweet black and white photo of them together, captioned: ‘Miss you so much.’
In June 2017, Carlie Madsen posted a sweet black and white photo of them together, captioned: ‘Miss you so much’
Madsen proposed in November 2017, getting down on one knee on top of Pike’s Peak in Colorado.
The couple were married in 2018, Carlie’s Facebook says.
Soon after, he was deployed with the Army.
On January 20, 2019, a friend commented: ‘Yo you home already Hudson Madsen?’
Carlie replied: ‘No, it keeps on getting pushed back’ – accompanied by a crying emoji.
By January 27, 2019, he was home, with Carlie posting a photo of the pair together.
The couple held an ‘official’ wedding in June 2019 at Cheyenne Mountain state park in Colorado, ‘even though we had been married for a year and half already at that point,’ Carlie wrote on Instagram.
‘It was one of the happiest days of my life but also very uhhh… interesting I’ll say.
‘We had an outdoor ceremony during a thunderstorm and no one could hear us.
‘I was puking in the bathroom till about 2 minutes before I walked down the isle.
‘We had to fire our DJ halfway through the reception and thankfully a different, way better, DJ showed up.
‘We almost got kicked out of our reception place because people got caught sneaking alcohol in and got caught attempting to do uhhmm.. ‘extra curricular activities’.
‘BUT even after all of that it was still one of the best days of my life because I got to celebrate with all our family and friends and I got to marry my best friend for the second time.
‘Thank you to everyone that was able to make it and make it a day I will never forget.
‘And thank you to my wonderful husband for everything you do for me and our family. I couldn’t be happier to have you by my side through this crazy life. I love you more.’
Madsen was promoted in March 2021, Carlie proudly noted
They moved to Hawaii in August 2019.
In May 2020 he was deployed again, this time from his new Hawaii home.
‘Saying goodbye to you never gets easier,’ she wrote.
‘I’m already missing the s*** out of you. Please come home quickly. I’ll see you in 5 months my love. I love you more.’
In March 2021, Carlie revealed that they were embarking on fertility treatment, and said she was sharing their news to end the stigma.
‘In the last 2 months Hudson and I found out that we can’t have kids naturally and we have to do IVF,’ she wrote.
‘We also were told that it will probably take 2 or more times of IVF treatment for me to get pregnant. I’m only sharing this because it needs to be normalized and more talked about.’
Their Facebook pages were equally full of loving comments.
Carlie Madsen posted her last picture of the couple together in November, captioned: ‘So in love with how these pictures turned out’
Hudson Madsen is pictured with his wife Carlie, having returned from his tour of duty at the end of January 2019. He is believed to have deployed to Afghanistan
Michael Madsen (R) and sons Max Madsen, Hudson Madsen, Christian Madsen and Luke Madsen attend the ‘Free Willy’ 20th anniversary celebration at the Egyptian Theatre on August 17, 2013
In April 2021, when Carlie posted a photo of herself holding a huge bird, Madsen commented: ‘Ayyy. Dats my wife. I love you baby.’
When she posted a photo on the beach, he said: ‘Dayyyuuummm gurll. You fine.’
In another beach photo, he joked: ‘Ooooo gurlll. Can i get yo number?’
Her final photo of the couple together, in November, showed Madsen giving his wife a piggy back on a beach.
‘So in love with how these pictures turned out,’ she said.
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Madsen is survived by his brothers Calvin, 25, and Luke, 16, and step-brothers Christian, 31, and Max, 27, from Michael’s previous relationship with Jeannine Bisignano.
Michael Madsen and Tarrantino have collaborated on multiple films together, including Reservoir Dogs and the Kill Bill series.