Celebrity Deaths: 2011's Fallen Stars

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    Celebrity Deaths: 2011's Fallen Stars

    Dan FrazerVeteran character actor, best known for his role as Captain Frank McNeil on TV's Kojak, died of cardiac arrest. He was 90.

    Harry MorganThe Emmy-winning actor, best known for playing the caustic but beloved Colonel Potter who oversaw those lovable goofball doctors on CBS's M*A*S*H, passed away at age 96 after battling pneumonia.

    Patrice O'NealFunnyman, best known for a slew of stand-up cable specials, passed away from complications of a stroke suffered in Oct. 2011. He was 41.

    Ken RussellThe Oscar-nominated director, whose films included Women in Love, Tommy and Altered States, died peacefully in his sleep following a series of strokes. He was 84.

    Heavy DPopular rapper, whose hits included "Nuttin' But Love" and "Now That We Found Love," died of as-yet unknown causes. He was 44.

    Andy RooneyThe legendary 60 Minutes commentator died in a New York City hospital due to complications following minor surgery. He was 92.

    Wyatt KnightThe actor, who played bad boy Tommy Turner in all three Porky's movies, was found dead in Hawaii after apparently committing suicide. He was 56.

    Leonard StoneThe actor, best known for playing Violet Beauregarde's father in the 1971 fantasy film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, passed away from cancer. He was 87.

    Gil CatesThe veteran director-producer who oversaw a record 14 Academy Award telecasts died at the age of 77.

    Patricia Breslin ModellThe veteran actress, who, at one point in her career had appeared on more TV shows than any other woman, died at the age of 80. She had been hospitalized for several months. The former General Hospital star was also the wife of Art Modell, former owner of and president of the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens.

    Mikey WelshThe former bass player for Weezer was found dead in a Chicago hotel room. The 40-year-old musician played with the band from 1998 to 2001.

    Charles NapierThe character actor appeared in the Jonathan Demme-directed The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, as well as Rambo: First Blood Part II, Austin Powers and dozens of other films and TV shows. He had been in ill health for some time when he died Oct. 5 at a Bakersfield hospital at the age of 75.

    Mary FickettAn original member of the cast of All My Children, Fickett, who died Sept. 8 at 83, was the first soap-opera star to win an acting Emmy, before soaps were relegated to the Daytime Emmys. She played Ruth Martin (and before that Ruth Brent), one of the most enduring residents of the fictional Pine Valley.

    Andy WhitfieldThe Spartacus: Blood and Sand star died of non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma in Sydney, Australia. He was 39 years old. His wife, Vashti, issued a statement, calling Whitfield "a beautiful young warrior."

    Cliff RobertsonVeteran actor, who won an Oscar for his role as a mentally disabled man in 1968's Charly, passed away due to natural causes. He was 88. His other film credits included PT 109, in which he played a young John F. Kennedy. More recently, Robertson appeared as Tobey Maguire's Uncle Ben in Spider-Man.

    Michael ShowersThe Treme actor's body was found floating in the Mississippi River in New Orleans. He was 45. Showers made appearances in Breaking Bad and The Vampire Diaries, and his movie credits include Traffic, I Love You Phillip Morris and The Tree of Life.

    Jerry LeiberThe rock 'n' roll songwriter behind "Stand by Me," "Hound Dog" and "Jail House Rock," died of cardiopulmonary failure. He was 78.

    Nick AshfordHalf of the husband-and-wife songwriting team Ashford & Simpson, the Motown hitmaker's tunes included "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "I'm Every Woman." He died at 70 after a battle with throat cancer.

    Russell ArmstrongThe 47-year-old estranged husband of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong was found dead after apparently committing suicide in his home. Taylor filed for divorce last month, and the couple were also the target of a $1.5 million lawsuit filed by a company claiming that Russell, a venture-capital exec, misappropriated investment funds.

    Jani LaneThe '80s metal rock icon and Warrant frontman was found dead in a Los Angeles area hotel room when the fire department responded to calls. No cause of death has been determined. He was 47.

    Francesco QuinnThe versatile actor, and son of Anthony Quinn, made his debut in 1986's Platoon and had recurring roles on such TV shows as 24, JAG and The Young and the Restless. He passed away at 48 of an apparent heart attack.

    Bubba SmithThe NFL great and Police Academy star died at age 66. Authorities believe Smith succumbed to natural causes at his Los Angeles-area home.

    Dan PeekThe singer, one of the founding members of the 1970s band America, which had hits with such songs as "Ventura Highway" and "A Horse With No Name," passed away at the age of 60. The cause of death is not yet known.

    G.D. SpradlinThe veteran character actor, who most famously played Nevada Sen. Pat Geary in The Godfather: Part II as well as the Army general who gives Martin Sheen's character the assignment to find and kill Marlon Brando's Kurtz in Apocalypse Now, died of natural causes. He was 90.

    Linda ChristianThe Mexican actress, best remembered for being the original Bond girl in a 1954 TV adaptation of Casino Royale, died at the age of 87. She had reportedly been battling colon cancer.

    Amy WinehouseThe talented but troubled Grammy winner's drug addiction and rehab stints were well-documented by the press. Sadly, Winehouse passed away at 27 after being found lifeless in her London home.

    Roberts BlossomThe actor may have appeared in such films as The Great Gatsby, Escape from Alcatraz and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but he'll most likely be remembered most for playing Old Man Marley opposite Macaulay Culkin in the hit 1990 comedy Home Alone. The veteran thespian died of natural causes at the age of 87.

    Sherwood SchwartzThe veteran writer/producer, who created The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island, passed away at the age of 94.

    Rob GrillThe lead singer of The Grass Roots, which had hits during the '60s and '70s with such songs as "Let's Live for Today," "Midnight Confessions" and "Sooner or Later," died of unknown causes at a hospice facility in Florida. He was 67.

    MIchael "Würzel" BurstonGuitarist, who was a prominent member of the heavy metal band Motörhead, died from heart disease. He was 61.

    Peter FalkThe Emmy-winning Columbo star—and Princess Bride's book-reading grandpa!—passed away at his home in Beverly Hills. Falk, who reportedly suffered from Alzheimer's disease, was 83.

    Ryan DunnThe daredevil, who costarred in all three Jackass movies, died in a car crash. He was 34. Authorities say speed may have been a factor.

    Clarence ClemonsThe legendary saxophonist, who powered Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band for nearly 40 years, passed away due to complications stemming from a stroke he had a week prior to his death. He was 69.

    Laura ZiskinThe producer, best known for her work on Pretty Woman and the Spider-Man films, died from breast cancer. She was 61. After receiving a Stage 3 diagnosis in 2004, she cofounded Stand Up to Cancer and produced several televised fundraisers for the foundation.

    James ArnessThe actor, who played Marshall Matt Dillon on Gunsmoke for 20 years, passed away at the age of 88. A message posted on his website after his death read: "I had a wonderful life and was blessed with some many loving people and great friends."

    Clarice TaylorThe stage and screen vet, who found her greatest fame playing Bill Cosby's mom, Anna Huxtable, on The Cosby Show, died at the age of 93. The Emmy nominee's publicist says the she succumbed to heart failure and passed away in Englewood, N.J.

    Jeff ConawayThe star of Grease and Taxi had struggled with drugs and alcohol over the last decade, even seeking help from experts on Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. He had been in a coma for more than two weeks after being hospitalized with pneumonia and the blood poisoning known as sepsis. He died May 27 in Los Angeles after being taken off life support. He was 60.

    Joseph BrooksThe Oscar-winning songwriter of the '70s hit "You Light Up My Life" was found dead of an apparent suicide Sunday, after a friend discovered his body in his NYC apartment with a plastic bag over his head and a helium tank nearby. Brooks, whose son Christopher was charged in the murder of his girlfriend five months ago, was awaiting trial for sexually assaulting 11 women.

    Randy "Macho Man" SavageThe flamboyant '80s wrestler, who competed with the likes of Hulk Hogan and Jesse Ventura, died in a car accident after reportedly suffering a heart attack. He was 58.

    M-BoneThe hip-hop artist and member of Cali Swag District, which had a crossover hit with "Teach Me How to Dougie," died after being gunned down during a drive-by shooting. He was 22.

    Mia Amber DavisThe voluptuous model and actress (she seduced DJ Qualls' character in Road Trip) died one day after undergoing seemingly routine knee surgery in Los Angeles. She was just 36.

    Jackie CooperIn a career spanning nearly all of his 89 years, Jackie Cooper began as a child star in the Our Gang comedies and films such as The Champ and his Oscar-nominated performance in Skippy, before going on to become a director of television and actor in the Christopher Reeve-era Superman films.

    Yvette VickersThe Attack of the 50 Foot Woman star and former Playboy pinup was sadly found mummified in her home a year after her death at age 82.

    Phoebe SnowThe singer-songwriter, best known for her 1975 hit "Poetry Man," passed away from complications related to a brain hemorrhage she suffered last year. She was 60.

    Poly StyreneThe lead singer of the '70s punk band X-Ray Spex died in her sleep after a battle with breast cancer. She was 53.

    Kevin JarreThe acclaimed screenwriter, best known for penning Glory, Tombstone and Rambo: First Blood Part II, died after suffering heart failure. He was 56.

    Tim HetheringtonThe documentary filmmaker, nominated for an Oscar this year for codirecting the Afghanistan war story Restrepo, was killed while chronicling the Libyan civil conflict. He was 40.

    Elisabeth SladenActress was best known for playing investigative reporter Sarah Jane Smith on the BBC's long-running sci-fi cult series, Doctor Who. Sladen proved so popular, in fact, she landed her own spinoff series, The Sarah Jane Adventures.

    Michael SarrazinThe Canadian character actor, perhaps best known for starring opposite Jane Fonda in the 1969 drama They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, died following a brief cancer battle on April 17. He was 70.

    Farley GrangerThe veteran actor, best known for starring in the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock classic Strangers on a Train, passed away due to natural causes in New York. He was 85.

    Elizabeth TaylorOne of Old Hollywood's last great screen legends, Taylor got her start as a child actress at the age of 10 and went on to make more than 50 films and earn two Academy Awards. She was just as famous for her offscreen exploits, which included eight marriages, a fierce devotion to AIDS activism and a fragrance empire. The 79-year-old died of congestive heart failure at L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai hospital. She is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

    Pinetop PerkinsThe boogie woogie and blues piano player enjoyed a long career that included a stint with Muddy Waters, tours with Eric Clapton and the Rolling Stones and appearances in the films The Blues Brothers and Angel Heart. Reportedly the oldest Grammy winner on record for his Best Traditional Blues nod earlier this year, Perkins died at the age of 97 of cardiac arrest.

    Ferlin HuskyThe Country Music Hall of Famer, whose 1957 hit "Gone" helped bring a more pop-oriented sound to Nashville, died of congestive heart failure at the age of 85.

    Michael GoughThe esteemed British thesp's career spanned five decades, with roles in such films as Out of Africa and The Age of Innocence, but mass movie audiences probably remember him best for playing the Caped Crusader's butler Alfred in 1989's Batman (and its three sequels). The actor died March 17 at the age of 94.

    Nate DoggThe rapper and G funk heavyweight passed away after a years-long battle with his health, including suffering two strokes in recent years. No cause of death was immediately released. He was 41.

    Mike StarrThe original bassist for Alice in Chains, who battled drug addiction and appeared on the third season of Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew in 2009, was found dead March 8 in Utah. He was 44.

    Mike DeStefanoThe Last Comic Standing contestant, who mined material from his life as a former heroin junkie to become a finalist on the stand-up show, has died, his rep confirmed. According to his MySpace page, he was only 44.

    Jane RussellThe brunette bombshell whose breakout role came in the 1941 western The Outlaw died at 89, just a few weeks after her health started to decline. Russell, who also costarred with Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, continued to sing and use her celebrity for charity work after her film career slowed down in the 1960s.

    Gary WinickThe director of Letters to Juliet, Bride Wars and 13 Going on 30, died at age 49 following a long fight with brain cancer. As founder of InDigEnt, Winick produced 19 independent films over the last decade, including Ethan Hawke's Chelsea Walls, the Katie Holmes vehicle Pieces of April, Rebecca Miller's Personal Velocity and his own Sundance hit, Tadpole.

    Justin TennisonA year after saying goodbye to Phil Harris, the Deadliest Catch fleet has suffered another devastating loss. Tennison, a crew member on the Time Bandit, was found dead in a Homer, Alaska, motel room. He was only 33.

    Len LesserDespite a lengthy career, the character actor will most likely be remembered for playing Jerry's Uncle Leo on Seinfeld. He was 88 when he died of complications from cancer-related pneumonia.

    Kenneth MarsThe veteran film and TV actor, whose résumé included The Producers, Party of Five and The Little Mermaid (the voice of Ariel's father, King Triton), passed away from pancreatic cancer. He was 75.

    Betty GarrettThe versatile actress, who starred in such musicals as On The Town and Take Me Out to the Ballgame, passed away due to an aortic aneurysm. She was 91.

    Maria SchneiderThe French actress, best known for her work in the controversial 1972 X-rated film Last Tango in Paris opposite Marlon Brando, died after a long illness. She was 58.

    John BarryThe Oscar-winning composer who scored several James Bond movies as well as movies like The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa and Dances With Wolves passed away from a heart attack at the age of 77.

    Jack LaLanneThe fitness guru whose name became synonymous with healthy living died from respiratory failure resulting from pneumonia. He was 96.

    Charlie LouvinThe veteran singer, whose influence extended past country music and touched the likes of such artists as The Beatles, The Everly Brothers and The Beach Boys, died at 83 from pancreatic cancer.

    John DyeThe actor, who starred as the Angel of Death in the long-running CBS show Touched By an Angel, passed away at the age of 47 of supposed heart failure.

    Peter YatesThe Oscar-nominated director behind such films as Bullitt, Breaking Away and Suspect died in London at the age of 81 following a long illness.

    Pete PostlethwaiteThe British actor, best known for his roles in The Usual Suspects, Amistad and In the Name of the Father, for which he earned a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination, passed away from cancer. He was 64.

    Anne FrancisThe veteran actress, who not only starred opposite the late Leslie Nielsen in Forbidden Planet, but also in such cinema classics as Bad Day at Black Rock and Blackboard Jungle, died at the age of 80 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Her work on the small screen was equally impressive, including the short-lived 1965 TV series Honey West, for which she nabbed an Emmy nomination.
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    Awww I didn't know Roberts Blossom died.He's my favorite character in Home Alone.Bless his heart.
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    I never realize how many people died that year until they put out the list at the end of the year. I know I shouldn't be, but I am still mourning my Amy Winehouse. I was always hoping she would clean up and get it together. :-(
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    I loved Amy as well. Such an incredible talent, I watched for years hoping she'd pull through her troubles. So glad we still have the great music she left behind, to remember her by. :(

    RIP Amy - I hope you've found some peace, girl. And peace to all others we lost this year; the famous, the ordinary, the beloved, but especially to all who went alone, unknown, or forgotten.
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    Waldowas Former Member

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    27 seems to be a dangerous age, especially in the music and entertainment business... :waitasec:

    [ame=""]27 Club - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

    So, good for all of us already beyond that, and for those of you not yet there, enjoy your life as long as it lasts! :biggrin:
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