2011 Celebrity Deaths

Jack LaLanne
Jack LaLanne
Fitness guru Jack LaLanne died Jan. 23, 2011, at the age of 96. From the 1950s to the 1970s, LaLanne inspired television viewers to trim down and pump iron on his show, which was a television staple. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Dan and Jon; and a daughter, Yvonne. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Anne Francis
Anne Francis
Actress Anne Francis, who was the love interest in the 1950s science-fiction classic “Forbidden Planet” and later was sexy private eye in “Honey West” on TV, died at age 80 on January 3, 2011. (credit: AP)
Paul Picerni
Paul Picerni
Hollywood character actor Paul Picerni (top right), perhaps best-known as Robert Stack’s FBI agent sidekick on television’s “The Untouchables,” died on January 24, 2011 at 88. (credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Maria Schneider
Maria Schneider
(credit: RALPH GATTI/AFP/Getty Images) Maria Schneider, the French actress who was Marlon Brando’s young co-star in the steamy 1972 film “Last Tango in Paris,” died Feb. 3 at age 58.
John Barry
John Barry
(credit: Getty Images) Five-time Oscar-winning composer John Barry died on Jan. 30. He was 77. He is credited with arranging the “James Bond Theme,” but whether or not he actually composed it has long been in dispute.
Susannah York
Susannah York
(credit: MJ Kim/Getty Images) British actress Susannah York, one of the leading stars of British and Hollywood films in the late 1960s and early 1970s, died of cancer Jan. 15 in London at the age of 72. York received an Oscar nomination in 1970 for her role in “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?”
John Dye
John Dye
John Dye, 47, died of heart failure on Jan. 13, 2011. He was best known as an actor on the CBS series, “Touched by an Angel.” (credit: River City Entertainment/Catchlight Films)
David Nelson
David Nelson
David Nelson, known as the older son on ‘The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” died on Jan. 11, 2011. He was 74 and died after battling colon cancer. (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Peter Yates
Peter Yates
(credit: Warner Bros.) British filmmaker Peter Yates, whose eclectic output included “Bullitt” and “Breaking Away,” died Jan. 9 at the age of 81. Yates was responsible for one of the most famous sequences in cinema — actor Steve McQueen’s Ford Mustang car chase through the hilly streets of San Francisco — in the 1968 police thriller “Bullitt.”
John Roll
John Roll
(credit: John Moore/Getty Images) A portrait of slain federal judge John Roll sits at a makeshift memorial on Jan. 9, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. Roll and 5 others were killed the day before at a public event entitled “Congress on your Corner” when a gunman opened fire outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson Saturday. Fourteen people including U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), were wounded.
Gerry Rafferty
Gerry Rafferty
Gerry Rafferty, 63, died after a long illness on Jan. 4, 2011. He was best known as the singer songwriter for such songs as ‘Stuck in the Middle With You,’ and ‘Baker Street.’ (credit: Lastfm.com)
Pete Postlethwaite
Pete Postlethwaite
(credit: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images) Oscar-nominated British actor Pete Postlethwaite, described by director Steven Spielberg as “the best actor in the world,” died on Jan. 2 at age 64 after a long battle with cancer. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in 1993′s “In the Name of the Father.”
Pinetop Perkins
Pinetop Perkins
This 1988 file photo shows blues pianist Pinetop Perkins. Perkins, one of the last old-school bluesmen and oldest Grammy winner, died at his home of cardiac arrest Monday, March 21, 2011, his manager said. He was 97. (AP File Photo)
Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press
David Broder
David Broder, the Pulitzer-Prize winning Washington Post political columnist whose even-handed treatment of Democrats and Republicans set him apart from the ideological warriors on the nation’s op-ed pages, died March 9. He was 81. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press)
Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press
Drew Hill
Drew Hill
Former NFL wide receiver Drew Hill, a two-time Pro Bowler who was a key part of the Houston Oilers’ famed “Run and Shoot” offense of the 1980s, died in Atlanta on March 18 after suffering two massive strokes. He was 54 (Credit: AP File Photo)
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
Actress Elizabeth Taylor Poses In An Old Film Still, circa 1950. The iconic, Oscar-winning actress died at age 79 on March 23, 2011.(Credit: Getty Images)
Mike DeStefano
Mike DeStefano
Comedian Mike DeStefano, who finished among the top five finalists last season in NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” died on March 6. He was 44. (Credit: Cringe Humor Entertainment/AP)
Mike Starr
Mike Starr
Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr was found dead March 8 in a home in Salt Lake City. He was 44. (Credit: VH1)
Nate Dogg
Nate Dogg
Singer Nate Dogg died at age 41 on March 16, 2011 following numerous strokes. Nathaniel D. Hale sang in a distinctive monotone style on numerous hip-hop tracks. (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Jane Russell
Jane Russell
FILE - In this file handout photo, Jane Russell is shown in a scene from the movie "The Outlaw." A family member on Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 said Russell, stunning star of 1940s and 1950s films, has died at age 89. (Credit: AP File Photo)
Chuck Tanner
Chuck Tanner
The former Pittsburgh Pirates manager died on Feb. 11 at age 83 (Credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Duke Snider
Duke Snider
Dwayne McDuffie
Dwayne McDuffie
Dwayne McDuffie, who wrote comic books for Marvel and DC and co-founded his own publishing company before crossing over to television and animation, died Feb. 21. He was 49. (Credit: Comicvine.com)
Edward Zigo
Edward Zigo
Edward Zigo, the New York City detective who cracked the notorious Son of Sam case in the 1970s by acting on a hunch about a parking ticket and arrested killer David Berkowitz, died Feb. 19. He was 84. (Photo: Zigo holds up the .44 caliber gun used by the Son of Sam killer, David Berkowitz, August 11, 1977. (Credit: Photo/Dan Goodrich)
Gary Moore
Gary Moore
Legendary guitarist behind the rock band “Thin Lizzy” died on Feb. 6 of a heart attack. He was 59. Moore seen in July 2010 (Credit: Sebastien Feval/AFP/Getty)
Sargent Shriver
Sargent Shriver
VP Candidate, Peace Corps founder and father of Maria, “Sarge” died on January 18 at the age of 95. Eunice Kennedy Shriver and husband Sargent Shriver in 2004 (Credit: Doug Benc Collection: Getty Images Entertainment)
Tom Cavanagh
Tom Cavanagh
Tom Cavanagh of the San Jose Sharks was found dead in a Providence, Rhode Island mall parking garage on January 6. The cause was ruled to be blunt force trauma. (Credit: by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Len Lesser
Len Lesser
Actor Len Lesser (Uncle Leo on “Seinfeld”) (88)He died of cancer-related pneumonia on February 16. (Credit: by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
Loleatta Holloway
Loleatta Holloway
Loleatta Holloway, one of the most celebrated of disco-era vocalists, died March 21 at age 64, according to her manager. Among her most enduring hits was “Love Sensation,” which would later provide the vocal hook of Marky Mark’s ’90s hit “Good Vibrations.” (Credit: Gold Mind Records)
Rick Rypien
Rick Rypien
(Photo by Nick Didlick/Getty Images) Winnipeg Jets center Rick Rypien was found dead in his home Monday, August 15, nine months after he took a leave of absence to deal with an undisclosed personal matter. He was 27. Rypien received a six-game suspension from the NHL in October 2010 after grabbing a fan on his way to the dressing room in Minnesota.
Sherwood Schwartz
Sherwood Schwartz
(credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) TV mogul Sherwood Schwartz, who created ’60s cult favorites “The Brady Bunch” and “Gilligan’s Island,” died on July 12 in Los Angeles at age 94.
Peter Falk
Peter Falk
(credit: Getty Images) Peter Falk, the stage and movie actor who became identified as the squinty, rumpled detective in “Columbo,” died on June 23. He was 83. Falk also worked closely with renegade director John Cassavetes on films like “A Woman Under the Influence” and “Husbands.”
Clarence Clemons
Clarence Clemons
(credit: Getty Images) Clarence Clemons died on June 18, 2011. He was 69.
James Arness
James Arness
Jack Kevorkian
Jack Kevorkian
(credit: Getty Images) Dr. Jack Kevorkian, noted assisted suicide advocate, died June 3 at a Detroit-area hospital at the age of 83. Kevorkian had been released from a Michigan prison in 2007 after serving eight years for second-degree murder. He claims to have assisted in at least 130 suicides.
Jeff Conaway
Jeff Conaway
(credit: Getty Images) Actor Jeff Conaway, who starred in “Taxi” and the movie musical “Grease,” died Friday, May 27 at age 60. He died at the Encino Tarzana Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized in a coma after he tried to treat himself with pain pills and cold medicine while in weakened health. The actor had long battled drug and alcohol addiction, which he blamed in part on back problems and repeated surgeries.
Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
(credit: Getty Images) Director Sidney Lumet, whose films included “12 Angry Men” and a trilogy of tough ’70s dramas (“Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon” and “Network”), died April 9 of lymphoma. He was 86.
Jani Lane
Jani Lane
(credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Jani Lane, front man for the heavy metal band Warrant and author of the band’s 1990 hit “Cherry Pie,” was found dead in a hotel room near his home in Los Angeles on August 11. He was 47.
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
(credit: Dave Hogan/Getty Images) British singer Amy Winehouse died on July 23, 2011, at the age of 27. She won five Grammys, and lived a rock n’ roll lifestyle, which eventually got the best of her.
Betty Ford
Betty Ford
(credit: Getty Images) Former First Lady Betty Ford died of natural causes on July 8 at age 93. Ford’s husband Gerald Ford took over as U.S. President after Richard Nixon resigned in 1974. Betty Ford’s battle with alcoholism led to the creation of the Betty Ford Center, which has helped many deal with addiction since its inception in the early ’80s.
Ryan Dunn
Ryan Dunn
(credit: Getty Images) “Jackass” star Ryan Dunn died in a single-car crash in West Goshen Township, Penn. early Monday morning. He was one of two people killed in the crash. He was 34.
Randy Savage
Randy Savage
(credit: Getty Images) Randy “Macho Man” Savage, the professional wrestler known for his raspy voice, the sunglasses and bandanas he wore in the ring and the young woman named Miss Elizabeth who often accompanied him, died May 20 in a car crash in Florida. He was 58.
Osama bin Laden
Osama bin Laden
(credit: AFP/Getty Images) Osama bin Laden, architect of al Qaeda and mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, was killed on May 2 by a force of U.S. Navy SEALs. He was 54. His death sparked controversy over whether President Obama should release photos proving his death to the public. He didn’t.
Geraldine Ferraro
Geraldine Ferraro
Geraldine Ferraro, who in 1984 became the first woman to run for vice president on a major party ticket, only to lose in a landslide, died on March 26, 2011. She was 75.
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