News Column

Who Died in 2011?

Dec. 3, 2012

Staff -- HispanicBusiness

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Celebrity deaths left some big holes in 2011. Amy Winehouse. Jack LaLanne. Liz Taylor. A lot of people died in 2011, some deserving, some not.

There seemed to have been a spate of pancreatic cancer, too, most notably of Steve Jobs.

Some people on the list were in the "I didn't know they were still alive" category, while others died heartbreakingly young. And too many others took themselves out for reasons often known only to themselves.

And of course there were drug overdoses and liver disease among the celebrities. Not surprisingly to anyone who watches "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew," Jeff Conaway and Mike Starr both climbed the stairway to heaven in 2011.

Other people were in big holes that needed to be filled in on top of them. Osama bin Laden. Moammar Gadhaffi. Kim Jong-il. Dorothea Puente. All gone. All still dead, just like one-time Spanish strongman Francisco Franco, as Chevy Chase used to report on "Weekend Update."

The (partial) list, in chronological order

-- Mark Ryan, 51, British musician (Adam and the Ants).
-- John Barry, 77, British film score composer (From Russia with Love).
-- Megan McNeil, 20, Canadian singer, adrenal cancer.
-- Charlie Callas, 83, American comedian and actor (Silent Movie, Switch).
-- Charlie Louvin, 83, American country music singer (The Louvin Brothers.
-- Jack LaLanne, 96, American fitness and nutritional expert.
-- Sargent Shriver, 95, American diplomat and politician.
-- Don Kirshner, 76, American record producer and songwriter, host of "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert."
-- Milton Levine, 97, inventor of Uncle Milton's Ant Farm.
-- Susannah York, 72, English actress (Tom Jones, Superman), bone marrow cancer.
-- Susana Chávez, 36, Mexican poet and human rights activist, strangled. (death confirmed on this date)
-- Gerry Rafferty, 63, Scottish singer-songwriter (Stealers Wheel), liver failure.
-- Pete Postlethwaite, 64, British actor (In the Name of the Father, The Usual Suspects), pancreatic cancer.
-- Richard Winters, 92, American army officer and World War II veteran, basis of book and miniseries Band of Brothers, Parkinson's disease.
-- Jane Russell, 89, American actress (The Outlaw, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), respiratory illness.
-- Duke Snider, 84, American Baseball Hall of Famer (New York Mets, San Francisco Giants).
-- Gary Moore, 58, Irish rock guitarist and singer (Thin Lizzy), heart attack.
-- John Paul Getty III, 54, American heir and kidnapping victim, grandson of J. Paul Getty, after long illness.
-- Farley Granger, 85, American actor (Strangers on a Train), natural causes.
-- Dorothea Puente, 82, American serial killer, natural causes.
-- Elizabeth Taylor, 79, British-American actress (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cleopatra, Butterfield 8), heart failure.
-- Mike Starr, 44, American bassist (Alice in Chains, Sun Red Sun).
-- Phoebe Snow, 60, American singer-songwriter, brain hemorrhage.
-- Poly Styrene, 53, British musician (X-Ray Spex), breast cancer.
-- Michael Sarrazin, 70, Canadian actor (They Shoot Horses, Don't They?), cancer.
-- Jeff Conaway, 60, American actor (Grease, Taxi, Babylon 5).
-- Randy Savage, 58, American professional wrestler.
-- Harmon Killebrew, 74, American Hall of Fame baseball player (Minnesota Twins, Kansas City Royals), esophageal cancer.
-- Jackie Cooper, 88, American actor (Our Gang comedies, Superman).
-- Osama bin Laden, 54, founder of al-Qaida, planned September 11 attacks, shot.
-- Peter Falk, 83, American actor (Columbo, Murder, Inc.).
-- Ryan Dunn, 34, American reality television star (Jackass, Viva La Bam), car accident.
-- Wild Man Fischer, 66, American street musician, heart failure.
-- Leonard B. Stern, 87, American television director, producer, and writer (Get Smart), creator of The Honeymooners, co-creator of Mad Libs.
-- Jack Kevorkian, 83, American physician and right to die activist, pulmonary thrombosis.
-- Richard Chavez, 81, American activist and labor organizer, brother of Cesar Chavez, complications from surgery.
-- Amy Winehouse, 27, British singer-songwriter ("Rehab"), accidental alcohol poisoning.
-- Elliot Handler, 95, American businessman, co-founder of Mattel, namer of the Barbie doll, creator of Hot Wheels, heart failure.
-- Sean Hoare, 47, British journalist (News of the World), whistleblower of the 2011 phone hacking scandal. (body found on this date)
-- Sherwood Schwartz, 94, American television producer, creator of The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island.
-- Betty Ford, 93, American First Lady (1974–1977) and co-founder of Betty Ford Center.
Jerry Leiber, 78, American songwriter ("Stand By Me", "Hound Dog", "Jailhouse Rock", "Kansas City"), cardiopulmonary failure.
-- Peter Gent, 69, American football player (Dallas Cowboys) and author (North Dallas Forty).
-- Johnny "Country" Mathis, 77, American singer-songwriter.
-- Cliff Robertson, 88, American actor (Charly, Spider-Man, PT 109), natural causes.
-- Tom Keith, 64, American radio personality (A Prairie Home Companion).
-- Moammar Gadhafi, 69, Libyan leader (1969–2011), shot.
-- Steve Jobs, 56, American computer entrepreneur and inventor, co-founder of Apple Inc., pancreatic cancer.
-- Ken Russell, 84, British film director (Women in Love, Tommy), stroke.
-- George Gallup Jr., 81, American pollster, liver cancer.
-- Anne McCaffrey, 85, American science fiction writer (Dragonriders of Pern series), stroke.
-- Heavy D, 44, Jamaican-born American rapper ("Now That We Found Love") and actor (The Cider House Rules, Life).
-- Bil Keane, 89, American cartoonist (The Family Circus), heart failure.
-- Joe Frazier, 67, American boxer, World Heavyweight Champion (1970–1973), liver cancer.
-- Andy Rooney, 92, American journalist, 60 Minutes correspondent (1978–2011), surgical complications.
-- Matty Alou, 72, Dominican Republic-born American baseball player (Pittsburgh Pirates, San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals), diabetes.
-- Harry Morgan, 96, American actor (M*A*S*H, Dragnet).
-- Alan Sues, 85, American comic (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In).
-- Kim Jong-il, 70, Supreme Leader of North Korea

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