2011’s Notable Deaths

British singer Amy Winehouse is pictured
British singer Amy Winehouse is pictured
British singer Amy Winehouse is pictured during a break in her trial outside Westminster Magistrates Court in London on July 23, 2009. British singer Amy Winehouse launched an "unjustifiable" attack on a female fan who politely asked her for a photograph at a charity ball, a court heard on Thursday. The 25-year-old songstress -- said to be on the road to recovery from her drug addiction -- denies beating Sherene Flash, a dancer, in an incident in Berkeley Square, central London, on September 26. AFP PHOTO/SHAUN CURRY (Photo credit should read SHAUN CURRY/AFP/Getty Images)
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse is the most recent tragedy in the celebrity community.
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse is the most recent tragedy in the celebrity community.
Osama bin Laden
Osama bin Laden
Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was slain in his luxury hideout in Pakistan May 2 in a firefight with U.S. forces, ending a manhunt that spanned a frustrating decade. (AP)
Gerard Smith
Gerard Smith
TV on the Radio bassist Gerard Smith died April 20 of lung cancer. He was 36.
Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington
Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington
Award-winning photojournalists Chris Hondros and Tim Hetherington, both of whom lived in Brooklyn, were killed while covering the rebellion in Libya on April 20, 2011. Hondros worked for Getty Images – hundreds of his photos are on this site. Hetherington was the Oscar-nominated co-director of the documentary “Restrepo,” about soldiers at a remote outpost in Afghanistan.
Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet
Sidney Lumet, the award-winning director of acclaimed films such as “Network,” “Serpico,” “Dog Day Afternoon” and “12 Angry Men,” died April 9. He was 86.(Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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 of congestive heart failure. (credit: Getty Images)
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)
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. (Photo: VH1)
Macho Man Randy Savage
Macho Man Randy Savage
Pro-Wrestler Randy Savage was killed in a car accident in Florida on May 20. He was 58. (credit: Vince Bucci/Getty Images Entertainment)
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. (Photo: Comicvine.com)
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 (Photo: Sebastien Feval/AFP/Getty)
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. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Pete Postlethwaithe
Pete Postlethwaithe
The actor, known for “Jurassic Park,” “Inception,” and “The Usual Suspects,” died of cancer on January 2. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)
Peter Falk
Peter Falk
Peter Falk, an actor who was best known for his role as Lieutenant Columbo in the television series Columbo, dies June 23, 2011. (credit: AP)
Ryan Dunn
Ryan Dunn
“Jackass” cast member Ryan Dunn, 34, died June 20, 2011 of injuries sustained in a car crash in suburban Philadelphia. Police said Dunn and a passenger in his 2007 Porsche died after the car left the roadway and burst into flames.(credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Clarence Clemons
Clarence Clemons
Clarence Clemons, the saxophone player in the E Street Band, died June 18 after complications from a stroke. Clemons was 69. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.)
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. (Photo: Cringe Humor Entertainment/AP)
Actor Len Lesser (Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld")
Actor Len Lesser (Uncle Leo on "Seinfeld")
He died of cancer-related pneumonia on February 16. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
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