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How did Keanu Reeves’ ex-wife Jennifer Syme die?

Keanu Reeves and his girlfriend Alexandra Grant left fans swooning as they walked the red carpet in a rare public appearance together. As the actor’s love life blossoms, so does fan curiosity about his late girlfriend.

The “Matrix Resurrections” actor graced the recent 2022 MOCA Gala in Los Angeles alongside his artist girlfriend. The loved-up couple looked happy together as they held hands and smiled fondly.

Reeves and Grant, who started out as friends and collaborators, revealed their romance to the world in November 2019 when they made their red carpet debut at the LACMA Art + Film Gala presented by Gucci in LA

Keanu Reeves attends the 2022 MOCA Gala at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on June 4, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images


Almost two decades before his relationship with Grant, Reeves suffered a devastating loss. On April 2, 2001, his ex-girlfriend Jennifer Syme died in a tragic car accident. She was 28 years old.

Syme had just come from a party at Marilyn Manson. Another party guest drove her home shortly before dawn, but she then left her house, apparently to return to Manson’s.

More than a year before the tragedy, Syme gave birth to her baby girl with Reeves. But their daughter, named Ava Archer Syme-Reese, was stillborn, which reportedly led to Syme’s depression.

Keanu Reeves arrives at the LA special screening of Amazon’s ‘Too Old To Die Young’ at Vista Theater on June 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. | Source: Getty Images


Reeves and Syme, who met and fell in love at a promotional party for his alternative rock band Dogstar, were together from 1998 to 2000. They never married but lived happily together.

However, with the loss of their child weighing on their relationship, the ‘Point Break’ actor and Syme went their separate ways weeks later. The actor did not know that she would also be gone from his life several months later.

He once opened up about his death, saying he was having a hard time coping with it. The actor seems to have tapped into his real grief to play his famous John Wick character, who also lost his wife.


Reeves is now dating Grant, his close friend since 2011. The duo went public with their relationship in 2019 at the LACMA Art + Film Gala in Los Angeles, which was attended by several celebrities such as Naomi Cambell and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Since beginning their relationship with the public, Grant and Reeves have graced more red carpet events together. They attended the Saint Laurent fashion show and the MOCA Benefit event.

Grant said in a 2020 Vogue interview that she had mixed emotions when they went public with their relationship. For his part, Reeves would like to openly share his life with her, and he is grateful to have her in his life.

The “John Wick” actor and the 46-year-old visual artist have collaborated on several art projects, including Reeves’ 2011 art book “Ode to Happiness.” and 2016 “Shadows”. In addition to being artistic and witty, Grant is enterprising.

Alexandra Grant attends Santiago Gonzalez’s dinner at Mr Chow’s on November 16, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. | Source: Getty Images

In 2017, Grant and Reeves also founded a publishing company called X Artists’ Books. The couple’s company publishes high-quality, artist-centric books that fit within and across genres.

Interestingly, Grant has lived in several cities and different countries. She lived in Spain for most of her childhood, then in France and Mexico before settling in Los Angeles in 1995.


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