As 2009 draws to a close, you'll likely be seeing a lot of celebrity death lists, remembering those who died throughout the year. For as long as I've had a personal home page on the interweb, I've marked celebrity passings. You can read them all at http://www.torontomike.com/rest_in_peace/.
Here are twenty celebrities of note who passed away in 2009.
The Death of Childhood Memories
Here are ten deaths that in one way or another represented my fleeting youth. The older we get, the more icons from our childhood loves we lose. Still, we lost most of the following far too early.
- Captain Lou Albano, Dead at 76
- Patrick Swayze, Dead at 57
- John Hughes, Dead at 59
- Martin Streek, Dead at 45
- Steve "Air" McNair, Dead at 36
- Michael Jackson, Dead at 50
- Farrah Fawcett, Dead at 62
- Billy Red Lyons, Dead at 77
- Peter Zezel, Dead at 44
- Walt Poddubny, Dead at 49
Other Significant Celebrity Passings
There were a number of significant celebrity deaths in 2009. Here are ten more who left us in 2009.
- Brittany Murphy, Dead at 32
- Haydain Neale of Jacksoul, Dead at 39
- Jim Carroll, Dead at 60
- Ted Kennedy, Dead at 77
- Ted "Teeder" Kennedy, Dead at 83
- Walter Cronkite, Dead at 92
- Ed McMahon, Dead at 86
- David Carradine, Dead at 72
- Dom DeLuise, Dead at 75
- Bea Arthur, Dead at 86
Abe Vigoda, however, is alive.