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Celebrities Who Bid A Farewell in 2011

Updated on December 26, 2011

Each year that passes we lose famous people who in one way or another had made an impact in our lives. I've compiled a list of some celebrities that we lost in 2011 that I'd like to give a shout-out to. Whether it was with their acting, singing, entertainment, humor or varied talented gifts they might be gone but never will be forgotten.

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs
Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor
Jeff Conaway
Jeff Conaway
Clarence Clemens with Bruce Springsteen
Clarence Clemens with Bruce Springsteen
Betty Ford
Betty Ford
Jack LaLanne
Jack LaLanne
Michael Gough
Michael Gough
Ryan Dunn
Ryan Dunn
Nick Ashford w/ Valerie Simpson
Nick Ashford w/ Valerie Simpson
Dan Wheldon
Dan Wheldon
Sherwood Schwartz
Sherwood Schwartz
Andy Rooney
Andy Rooney
Duke Snider
Duke Snider
Osama who?!?
Osama who?!?

My mini memo's to the celebs we have lost....

Steve Jobs: Thank you for APPLE. Each time I use my Apple technology I think of the genius you were and still are in passing. The gifts that you have given us are more than we ever could have imagined.

Amy Winehouse: I truly wish that rehab would have worked for you. Thank you for your music that will live on for many generations to enjoy.

Elizabeth Taylor: We go back a long way since my mother was also a fan of yours. Whether you were acting, fighting for a cause close to your heart or creating a new fragrance, your fans were always behind you. Thank you for always being you.

Jeff Conaway: Your character Kenickie helped make Grease that much more awesome! As Bobby Wheeler on Taxi, you had us fans in hysterics laughing! It's a shame that addictions took you down but we will always remember you as the slick taxi driver who entertained us like the memorable actor you were. Thank you for the memories!

Clarence Clemens: Hi Big Man. The world has lost a multitude of talent when you passed away due to a stroke at the age of 69. Those who knew and appreciated your saxophone genius will miss you. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street will not be the same without you.

Betty Ford: Words could never express how many people you have helped with your rehab clinic. The celebrities and some non-celebs who filed in and out of The Betty Ford Clinic will always admire your kind heart and generousity. May your gentle soul rest in peace.

Jack Kevorkian: You were known as Dr. Death. You stood your ground on what you believed in. "Dying is not a crime." People protested you. Some agreed with physician-assisted suicide, many didn't. We all have our opinions. No one understands about pain, death and the inevitable unless they are in that position. Your patients understood. RIP.

Jack LaLanne: Well if anyone was living proof that diet, exercise and living a healthy lifestyle could prolong your life until the age of 96...you could! You did! No one kicks sand at Jack! Your jumpsuit will be a piece of iconic history that was worn by the "First Fitness Superhero." Bravo to you!

Michael Gough: Watching Batman we envied Bruce Wayne not only for his superpowers or his batmobile but for his butler Alfred. We all wanted an Alfred in our lives! You were not just an member of the household staff...you kew how to keep a secret!

Ryan Dunn: I know you don't want to hear this or you possibly heard it repeatedly but what were you thinking while racing your car?! Jackass was a stunt TV show and stunts were NOT intended to be performed in the real world. I'm sorry your life was cut short at the young age of 34. Operating a vehicle and being under the influence of alcohol do not blend well together. I hope fans of your show learned a difficult lesson from your untimely passing. Thank you for the humor and the shock of "Did he really just do THAT"?

Nick Ashford: Ashford and Simpson need I say more? You along with your wife Valerie gave your millions of fans some of the finest music collaborations! Whether you were writing or singing you both were a sensational team that will always be cherished and respected. Throat cancer took you away but your music will always live on.

Dan Wheldon: You were a winner of the Indianapolis 500 twice. When you died in a car crash at the age of 33 many people said, "he died doing what he loved doing." Huh? I don't get that. Yes obviously you knew car racing is dangerous and you risked your life doing what you loved but it's still heartbreaking for your family to not have you around anymore to cheer you on. You were a master behind the wheel...you will never be forgotten.

Sherwood Schwartz: A genius of TV creations with Gilligan's Island and the Brady Bunch! Two fantastic classic sitcoms that will always be remembered by their many fans. We wondered if Gilligan, the professor and Maryann would ever get rescued off the island. Each show poor Gilligan would get into mischief to irritate the Skipper or the Howells. On the other end of the spectrum we had the Brady Bunch. The drama, chaos, family mishaps, Marsha's broken nose...and sweet, loving Alice who we all adored. You earned your star of the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.

Andy Rooney: "60 Minutes" and Andy Rooney will always have a connection. You were a tradition among many households who viewed your broadcast with open ears and closed mouths because they didn't want to miss a word of what you were about to share. Thank you for many years of interesting, entertaining tidbits. A famous quote of yours that I enjoy is..."Elephants and grandchildren never forget" and I absolutely agree!!

Duke Snider: My husband was one of your biggest fans. For the past 15 years I've heard many baseball stories and tales about his favorite Hall Of Famer. You were considered the best centerfielder in New York and at that time Mantle and Mays were also playing there. The Dodgers could always count on "The Duke".

Not a celebrity nor a star, but I have something to say to Osama Bin Laden...Take that!! Nobody messes with the good old U.S.A and lives to tell about it!


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      Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

      I think I found a hub of yours that I have not written a comment on....a nice tribute to some very talented people....hard to believe that over a year has passed on many of these people already. I miss Rooney on 60 minutes.......voted up and interesting.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      Linda.... thanks :-)

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      This is a...list that you never want to really have to see. So many people who touched so many lives in such positive ways (except one!). Steve Jobs I've been a fan of since the beginning of Apple (that's the only computer I've ever used). Amy Winehouse was gone far too soon (joining the list of other talents who passed on at 27). I took it for granted that Andy Rooney would always wrap up 60 Minutes. Sadly, really good hub.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      TS....Me! Pick me! Lol

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Make me think.. the world needs a new curmudgeon now that Andy Rooney is gone. I loved his view on things. I can't think of anyone who can take his place... Anyone have any ideas or is it the end of the curmudgeon?

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      What a list.. I forgot about many of these deaths. RIP Ryan Dunn.. so many tragedies. Great job!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Very true time2rite, he won't be missed a bit! Thanks!

      PDX, I understand...they will both be missed. They died way to young. Nice beard!:)

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      the saddest ones on this list to me are amy winehouse and ryan dunn, though neither is really shocking. Ryan Dunn was always my favorite of the jackass people because he seemed the most sane and approachable, and he had a beard like me. Good work, Linda!

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      time2rite 5 years ago from Navarre, Fl, USA

      Awesome job with the tributes to some of the influential people who passed this past year; they will be missed...except for Osama, lol! Terrific hub!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I agree about Jack Lalanne Rajan! He brought fitness to the attention of many, many people!

      Hi JP, I never heard of Marco ... thank you for posting his name to this tribute.

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      JP993 5 years ago from England

      It's sad to see all of these. A very sad lost to me in 2011 was MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Fine tribute to all these stalwarts in their own field. Though I haven't a clue about some of them it was good to know a bit about them.

      Jack Lalanne is my favorite. He is the pioneer of fitness as is seen today, whom even Arnold Schwarzenegger held in high esteem.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Sue and Sharon!!! Elizabeth Taylor and Nick Ashford will always be remembered:)

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Excellent hub with that Sunshine spin! There are a couple I didn't hear about. Especially Nick Ashford. I always loved Ashford & Simpson. Thanks for the memories!

      Sharyn

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      Sueswan 5 years ago

      Hi Sunshine

      A great tribute to some talented and famous people that we lost in 2011.

      I am lucky to still have my mother. She was born three days before Elizabeth Taylor. She is not famous but she will always be a star to me.

      I love the video. The song is beautiful and Brad Paisley is very easy on the eyes. :-)

      Voted up and awesome

      Best wishes for a Happy New Year!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Lord, One day I hope to read Steve Job's book...I must get a copy first. I only heard rave reviews about it but since Steve basically wrote it, it must be genius!

      Kudos to your son, I salute him!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Tina ~ Marisa ~ Alecia ... Great minds think alike:)

      Frank, I think Charlie will be back soon. He's epic! He'll be winning again, one day...hopefully! Ashton Kutcher hasn't been very successful with Two and a Half Men, the show is in the crapper now.

      Thanks for your comments!

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      thanks for reminding us who we may miss.. loved this tribute.. oh.. but you forgot Charlie Sheen's career...:)

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      Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

      Good list Sunshine,

      Forgot about half of them. Life is not forever and we all know it. I'm 49 and I see back and I wonder always..all these knowledge is going down the drain? I better keep hubbing..and feel good about it. Steve's book which I haven't read completely is just heart breakining... All those billions in papaer money, from this Icon that hopefully his daughter and kids will make good use of it. Thanks Linda. And I believe that my son knew about the assault to OBL, and the job had to get done, by any means possible.

      LORD

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      Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      We lost some one of a kind people this year and while I'm sad to see them go, at least they're not suffering any longer. Great hub Sunshine!

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      It always makes me sad when I hear of someone's passing. This was a nice memorial hub Sunshine. These faces brought back many memories. Celebrities and the famous are people too and I respect their various contributions - with the exception of OBL of course :)

      Thank you for sharing

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      What a great mini memo! You did a great job putting this list together LInda. So may great people, it is sad that they are gone,

      Tina

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Thank you very much for voicing your thoughts George. I truly appreciate them. I also appreciate our armed forces, firefighters and police officers who place their lives on the line for us. Your comment was awesome!

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      American View 5 years ago from Plano, Texas

      Linda,

      Each year we lose some great people and this list id no different. I would add the brave Men and Woman of our armed forces that gave their lives protecting us.

      I understand when people say "he died doing what he loved". I loved being a firefighter and never had an issue knowing that any call I responded to may have been my last.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi Vinaya, We will always have Amy Winehouse's music...just wish we still had her.

      Hi Ardie, there are many more...these are just the ones I wanted to make a shout-out to.

      Hi Paula, I heart Steve Jobs and all he has given us and will continue to give us.

      Hi Bryan, Awwwww. My man of few words that always make a big impact.

      Thank you for your comments:)

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      Mentalist acer 5 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      Your Hub Linda is a beautiful tip over thine cup of memories so that it may flow to those who did not know.;-))

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Sunshine....Beautiful and touching memorium to some very talented and famous individuals. Steve's genius has brought us all into the fascinating world of high tech and Amy's music will soothe our hearts and souls forever. We lost so many in the past year and only ONE we are much better off without!.....May they R.I.P.

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      I didn't realize how many celebrity deaths we had this year! Its always sad to remember the true talents of those who passed. But this hub did them justice Linda :)

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      U did an impressive job of paying tribute to each of the celebrities in your list! Interesting! Vote up.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      Amy Winehouse was one of my favorite singers.

      Thanks for reminding us these wonderful people once again.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Daisy

      Real Deal

      Kris

      drbj

      Thank you for stopping by and your comments are very much appreciated.

      There are many other memorable icons that we lost this year. Feel free to add their names also.

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      drbj and sherry 5 years ago from south Florida

      An impressive list, Sunshine, of some of those celebrities who passed away this year and will be missed.

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      Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

      Great review of many who have made lasting impacts on our history!

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      Kelly Umphenour 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hi Sunshine - so nice of you to do this tribute. I was just thinking about some of these people and wondering who had passed away last year. Some of the very brightest stars:) Up and everything but funny.

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      Daisy Mariposa 5 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Thanks for the tributes...and the "thumbs down" to O B L.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Suburban Poet...I agree with that article!

      Thanks Justateacher! Arusho and Deborah!

      I'm glad Canada was just as pleased as the USA Saddle! OBL was kicked to the curb, never to return again.

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      arusho 5 years ago from University Place, Wa.

      Great list!

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      saddlerider1 5 years ago

      Every year a few more greats depart to the other side, I enjoyed how you did this hub and sad to see many familiar t.v. and big screen faces. Thanks for giving a real good Kick Ass send off to O B L he deserves his fate and Karma kicked him where it permanently hurt XXX'd OUT INDEED don't mess with the USA...Canada was delighted to see his end.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Great job... so glad you put this together..Have a great New Year.

      I voted up and awesome

      Debbie

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      LaDena Campbell 5 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      We lost many greats this past year...this is a great memorial!

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      The Suburban Poet 5 years ago from Austin, Texas

      Thanks for the list... the other day I saw the front page of a recent edition of The Onion and one of their "articles" was titled, "The last American who knew what the fuck he was doing dies." It was referring to Jobs....