2011 Celebrity Deaths

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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Sargent Shriver, founder of the Peace Corps and father to former California First Lady Maria Shriver, died in January at the age of 96. Shriver was married to JFK's sister Eunice. Shriver was a vice presidential nominee in 1972. (credit: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
Sargent Shriver Sargent Shriver, founder of the Peace Corps and father to former California First Lady Maria Shriver, died in January at the age of 96. Shriver was married to JFK's sister Eunice. Shriver was a vice presidential nominee in 1972. (credit: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)
David Nelson was one of Ozzie and Harriet's two sons in the long-running "Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet." He died in January at the age of 74.
David Nelson David Nelson was one of Ozzie and Harriet's two sons in the long-running "Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet." He died in January at the age of 74.
Actress Betty Garrett, who played Frank Sinatra’s sweetheart in two MGM musicals, died Feb. 13, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Garrett was also well-known for her recurring roles in “All in the Family” and “Laverne and Shirley.” (credit: Toby Canham/Getty Images)
Betty Garrett Actress Betty Garrett, who played Frank Sinatra’s sweetheart in two MGM musicals, died Feb. 13, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Garrett was also well-known for her recurring roles in “All in the Family” and “Laverne and Shirley.” (credit: Toby Canham/Getty Images)
Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, born August 19, 1969 in Long Beach, California.  He died March 15, 2011 at age 41. (credit:  Frazer Harrison, Getty Images)
Nate Dogg Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, born August 19, 1969 in Long Beach, California. He died March 15, 2011 at age 41. (credit: Frazer Harrison, Getty Images)
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born February 27, 1932 in Hampstead, London, England.  She died March 23, 2011 at age 79 in Los Angeles.  Liz was a leading child star by the age of 12 after her performance in MGM's National Velvet. It wasn't long before she was knocking critics dead as a serious adult actress with films like Giant, Raintree County and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She reigned the box office as the quintessential movie star taking the breath away from viewers with her glamorous looks and those velvet eyes. (credit:  Associated Press)
Elizabeth Taylor Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was born February 27, 1932 in Hampstead, London, England. She died March 23, 2011 at age 79 in Los Angeles. Liz was a leading child star by the age of 12 after her performance in MGM's National Velvet. It wasn't long before she was knocking critics dead as a serious adult actress with films like Giant, Raintree County and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. She reigned the box office as the quintessential movie star taking the breath away from viewers with her glamorous looks and those velvet eyes. (credit: Associated Press)
Actor Farley Granger, who starred in Alfred Hitchcock classics “Rope” and “Strangers on a Train" died in March 2011.  In his memoir "Include Me Out", the onetime screen idol made a revelation, unusual among Hollywood tell-all books.  He was bisexual. Granger was 85 when he died. (credit: Associated Press)
Farley Granger Actor Farley Granger, who starred in Alfred Hitchcock classics “Rope” and “Strangers on a Train" died in March 2011. In his memoir "Include Me Out", the onetime screen idol made a revelation, unusual among Hollywood tell-all books. He was bisexual. Granger was 85 when he died. (credit: Associated Press)
Rapper Montae "M-Bone" Talbert of the group Cali Swag District was killed in a drive-by shooting in Inglewood on May 15. Cali Swag District became popular with their song "Teach Me How To Dougie." He was 22-years-old. (credit: Charley Gallay/ Getty Images)
Montae "M-Bone" Talbert Rapper Montae "M-Bone" Talbert of the group Cali Swag District was killed in a drive-by shooting in Inglewood on May 15. Cali Swag District became popular with their song "Teach Me How To Dougie." He was 22-years-old. (credit: Charley Gallay/ Getty Images)
Former "Taxi" and "Grease" star Jeff Conaway died In May at the age of 60. Conaway battled addictions for years but his official cause of death was reportedly pneumonia.
Jeff Conaway
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 08: Actor Jeff Conaway arrives at the 6th annual "TV Land Awards" held at Barker Hangar on June 8, 2008 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for TV Land)
Former "Taxi" and "Grease" star Jeff Conaway died In May at the age of 60. Conaway battled addictions for years but his official cause of death was reportedly pneumonia.
James Arness, best known for playing Marshal Matt Dillon in the hit series “Gunsmoke,” died in his Brentwood home on June 3, of natural causes. He was 88. (credit: AP)
James Arness James Arness, best known for playing Marshal Matt Dillon in the hit series “Gunsmoke,” died in his Brentwood home on June 3, of natural causes. He was 88. (credit: AP)
"Dr. Death", aka Jack Kevorkian, died in June at the age of 83. Kevorkian made a name for himself in the area of assisted suicides helping more than 130 people end their own lives before prosecutors filed second-degree murder charges against him. Fewer than five states have adopted "right to die" laws.
Jack Kevorkian
Jack Kevorkian talks to members of the media during a news conference Monday, March 24,2008, in which he announced his decision to run in the November election as an independent for a congressional seat representing Detroit's suburbs in which he will face incumbent Republican Rep. Joe Knollenberg. (AP Photo/Jerry S. Mendoza)
"Dr. Death", aka Jack Kevorkian, died in June at the age of 83. Kevorkian made a name for himself in the area of assisted suicides helping more than 130 people end their own lives before prosecutors filed second-degree murder charges against him. Fewer than five states have adopted "right to die" laws.
Former First Lady Betty Ford looks at her husband former US President Gerald Ford during the Congressional Medal of Honor ceremony in the Rotunda of the Capitol 27 October 1999 in Washington, DC. She died July 8, 2011, at age 93. (credit: STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Former First Lady Betty Ford Former First Lady Betty Ford looks at her husband former US President Gerald Ford during the Congressional Medal of Honor ceremony in the Rotunda of the Capitol 27 October 1999 in Washington, DC. She died July 8, 2011, at age 93. (credit: STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Ryan Dunn
Ryan Dunn
"Jackass" cast member Ryan Dunn died June 20, 2011 of injuries sustained in a fiery car crash. (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
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Sherwood Schwartz
Sherwood Schwartz, writer-creator of two of the best-remembered TV series of the 1960s and 1970s, "Gilligan's Island" and "The Brady Bunch," died on July 12, 2011 at age 94.
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Singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home on July 23, police have confirmed. The 27-year-old, who shot to fame with hit album "Back to Black," struggled with drugs and alcohol abuse. Her cause of death was not immediately known. (credit: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Amy Winehouse Singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home on July 23, police have confirmed. The 27-year-old, who shot to fame with hit album "Back to Black," struggled with drugs and alcohol abuse. Her cause of death was not immediately known. (credit: Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Famed Pianist Roger Williams died on Oct. 8, of complications from pancreatic cancer. He topped Billboard charts with his hit recording of "Autumn Leaves" in the 1950s and played for nine presidents during a long career. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)
Roger Williams Famed Pianist Roger Williams died on Oct. 8, of complications from pancreatic cancer. He topped Billboard charts with his hit recording of "Autumn Leaves" in the 1950s and played for nine presidents during a long career. (credit: David McNew/Getty Images)
Al Davis, the owner of the Oakland Raiders, died on Oct. 8, at his home in Oakland. He was 82. (credit: JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)
Al Davis Al Davis, the owner of the Oakland Raiders, died on Oct. 8, at his home in Oakland. He was 82. (credit: JOHN G. MABANGLO/AFP/Getty Images)
Rapper Heavy D died on Nov. 8 at the age of 44. (credit: Chris McKay/Getty Images)
Heavy D Rapper Heavy D died on Nov. 8 at the age of 44. (credit: Chris McKay/Getty Images)
Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion who handed Muhammad Ali his first defeat yet had to live forever in his shadow, died Nov. 7 after a brief final fight with liver cancer. He was 67.(credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)
Joe Frazier Joe Frazier, the former heavyweight champion who handed Muhammad Ali his first defeat yet had to live forever in his shadow, died Nov. 7 after a brief final fight with liver cancer. He was 67.(credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)
Andy Rooney, one of the giants of CBS News, died Nov. 4, 2011 in a hospital in New York City of complications following minor surgery. He was 92.(credit: Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)
Andy Rooney Andy Rooney, one of the giants of CBS News, died Nov. 4, 2011 in a hospital in New York City of complications following minor surgery. He was 92.(credit: Joe Corrigan/Getty Images)
Dorothy Rodham, mother of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton’s mother-in-law, died Tuesday, Nov. 1 at age 92 after an illness.(credit: Barbara Kinney/Getty Images)
Dorothy Rodham Dorothy Rodham, mother of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton’s mother-in-law, died Tuesday, Nov. 1 at age 92 after an illness.(credit: Barbara Kinney/Getty Images)
Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, died Oct. 5, 2011. He was 56. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Steve Jobs Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, died Oct. 5, 2011. He was 56. (credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy’s daughter Kara Kennedy Allen speaks during funeral services for Sen. Kennedy on August 29, 2009 in Boston. Kara, the eldest of the senator’s three children, died Sept. 16, 2011 at age 51, collapsing after her daily workout at a Washington health club. (credit:  Brian Snyder-Pool/Getty Images)
Kara Kennedy U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy’s daughter Kara Kennedy Allen speaks during funeral services for Sen. Kennedy on August 29, 2009 in Boston. Kara, the eldest of the senator’s three children, died Sept. 16, 2011 at age 51, collapsing after her daily workout at a Washington health club. (credit: Brian Snyder-Pool/Getty Images)
Actor Andy Whitfield, 39, star of Showtime’s ‘Spartacus: Blood And Sand,’ died of Lymphoma on Sept. 11, 2011. (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Andy Whitfield Actor Andy Whitfield, 39, star of Showtime’s ‘Spartacus: Blood And Sand,’ died of Lymphoma on Sept. 11, 2011. (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Singer Nick Ashford, half of the Motown songwriting duo ‘Ashford & Simpson,’ died on Aug. 22, 2011 following a battle with throat cancer. Ashford & Simpson wrote ‘Solid As A Rock,’ ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,’ and many more hits. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Nick Ashford Singer Nick Ashford, half of the Motown songwriting duo ‘Ashford & Simpson,’ died on Aug. 22, 2011 following a battle with throat cancer. Ashford & Simpson wrote ‘Solid As A Rock,’ ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,’ and many more hits. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Jani Lane, the former lead singer of the metal rock band Warrant, died August 11 in Los Angeles. He was 47. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Jani Lane Jani Lane, the former lead singer of the metal rock band Warrant, died August 11 in Los Angeles. He was 47. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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