Voici (Fr), April 9, 2001
Jennifer Syme, the woman he had chosen to be the mother of his child, has died in L.A. A new tragedy. Fate, it seems, does not want to leave the actor alone.
Los Angeles, Monday, April 2, 9 a.m. A morning like any other. At the wheel of her black jeep Cherokee, Jennifer Syme turns on Hollywood Boulevard and Cahuenga when a car whips into her. The shock is terrible. On that black Monday, Keanu Reeves has just lost his ex-girlfriend.
For the mighty Matrix hero, it is another hard blow. It is as if fate is plaguing him... We remember that a year ago, on Christmas Eve, Keanu and Jennifer were awaiting the birth of their first child when an abnormality of the umbilical cord caused the baby's death. And this, only a few days before the baby's due date.
She had returned to her job as a social worker.
At first, united in grief, closer than ever at the baby's funeral; nevertheless, Keanu and Jennifer were not able to get through this ordeal. They separated. Since then, we saw Keanu get closer to his best friend, Amanda De Cadenet, the divorced mom of little Atlanta, over whom the actor had continously shown such tenderness. His way of coping... As for Jennifer, she had returned to her job as a social worker. She continued working at an L.A. based organization.
It was in Australia, during the Matrix 2 shoot, with Monica Bellucci at his side as partner, that Keanu learned of Jennifer's death. Always very discreet about his private life, he chose to remain silent. According to the coroner's report, the young woman who died instantly was pregnant again. News that brings another wave of grief to the actor. This may prove too much for the actor. It seems as though happiness is always beyond his grasp.
Caption in large photo: The dark cloud continues to plague the Matrix hero: after his baby, he has just lost his ex-girlfriend in a car accident.
Caption in small photo: November 1999: Jennifer is expectant a little girl with the actor. Her birth is scheduled for January.
Caption at left of photo of Keanu and Jennifer on bike: October 1998: still unknown, Jennifer has just entered Keanu's life, well known as a long-time bachelor