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Deaths that shocked us in the 2000s

Updated on September 22, 2013

Deaths that really shocked me!

The following Deaths have occurred from 2000 til date, have really blown me away. Even though some of the following were quite old in age I just never expected to hear the news of their deaths, They were like Legends that would live forever! Some just do not seem to be fair. Why? when they were so young, Why? when they were just starting? Why Why Why....?

This is still a work in progress so please be patient I will try to complete ASAP, thank you

Deaths in 2000

Alec Guiness

April 2 1914 - August 5 2000, Aged 86

Personal Details

Birth Name - Alec Guinness de Cuffe

Place of Birth - Marylebone London, England

Place of Death - Sussex, England

Cause of Death - Liver Cancer

He was Married to Merula Salaman from 1938 til his death in 2000.

Together they had 1 child Mattheew.

Sadly his widow died just 2 months after his death.

Trvia

- His favorite TV Show is Due South

- Known for playing many roles and changing appearance to suit

- He did not like playing the role of Ben 'Obe Wan' Kenobi, As he was only ever recognized as Obi Wan, and not for his previous work.

- He never actually said "May the Force be with you" The closest he said was The Force will be with you"

- He was knighted but did not like being called Sir Alec Guinness

- He was a Seaman in the Royal Navy

- He was also a heavy smoker but wuit in is later years

Known for

Star Wars- 1977, 1980

Lawrence of Arabia - 1962

The Bridge on the River Kwai - 1957

See Alec Guinness in his best roles

Christopher Pettiet

February 12 1976 - April 12 2000, Aged 24

Personal Details

Birth Name - Christopher Lee Pettiet

Place of Birth - Dallas, Texas, USA

Place of Death - Los Angels California, USA

Cause of Death - Accidental Drug Overdose

Married to a lady called Angels from 1995 - 1996 when they divorced

Trivia

- Was in the Junior Olympics for snow skiing

- Was friends with Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio.

- Loved surfing and owned 7 surfboards, one for each day of the week

- His Ashes were scatteres at sea at Santa Monica, California, USA

Known for

Point Break - 1991

Don't tell mom the babysitters dead - 1991

YOung Riders 1991-92

See Christopher Pettiet in Action

Jim Varney

June 15 1949 - February 10 2000, Aged 50

Person Details

Birth Name - James Albert Varney Jr.

Place of Birth - Lexington, Kentucky, USA

Place of Death - Whitehouse, Tennessee, USA

Cause of Death - Lung Cancer

Married to Jacqueline Drew from 1977-1983, Divorced

Jane Varney for 3 years, 1988-1991, Divorced

Trivia

- Most popular role was Ernest P Worrell

- His IQ level was classed as near Genius

- Friends with Robin Williams

- Often appeared as Ernest for the kids who wished to meet Ernest through the ;Make A Wish' Foundation

- Plays the voice of Slinky in Toy Story 1+2

Known for

Ernest goes to camp - 1987

Toy Story/2 - 1995, 1999

Check out some of Jims finest work

Walter Mathau

October 1, 1920 - Ju;y 1, 2000 (Aged 79)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Walter John Matthow

Place of Birth - New York City, New York, USA

Place of Death - Santa Monica, California, USA

Cause of Death - Heart Attack

Was married twice to

Grace Geraldine Johnson 1948 - 1958 divorced they have 2 children Davud and Jenny

Carol Grace 1959 - 2000 til his death they had 1 child Charles

Trivia

- People were never sure if he was joking or saying things seriously, either on-screen or off-screen.

- Served in the US Army Air Force, 8th Air Force, 453rd Bombardment Group in England

- Was hospitalized for double pneumonia after filming Grumpy old Men

Had gambling habit for most of his life, saying he lost up to $5 million

Known for

Dennis the Menance 1993

Grumpy old Men 1995

Charades 1963

Walter at his best

Werner Klemperer

March 22, 1920 - December 6, 2000 (aged 80)

Personal Details

Birth Name - Werner Klemperer

Place of Birth - Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Place of Death - New York City, New York, USA

Cause of Death - Cancer

Was married 3 times

Susan Dempsey (1959 - 1968) (divorced) 2 children

Louise Troy (28 October 1969 - 1975) (divorced)

Kim Hamilton (1997 - 6 December 2000) (his death)

Trivia

Served in the U.S. Army from 1942-1945

Most famous for playing a colonel in the German Luftwaffe (air corps), Klemperer's family were German Jews who fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s.

Immersed himself into teaching himself English so completely, that he found himself actuially thinking and dreaming in English.

Known For

Hogan's Heroes 1965-1971

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    Deaths in 2001

    Aaliyah

    January 16, 1979 - August 25, 2001 (Aged 22)

    Personal Details

    Birth Name - Aaliyah Dana Haughton

    Place of Birth - Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

    Place of Death - Marsh Harbour, Abaco Island, Bahamas

    Cause of Death - Airplane Crash

    Was married to R. Kelly from 1994 - 1995 but their marriage was annulled

    Trivia

    - Had on black nail polish in nearly all of her music videos

    - Has 4 tattoos: The letter "A" on the side of her wrist, an Egyptian Unk in her inner wrist, a music symbol on her ankle and a dove on her lower back.

    - Graduated from the Detroit High School of the Performing Arts with a 4.0 GPA

    - At the time of her death, Aaliyah and her boyfriend, Roc-A-Fella co-CEO Damon Dash, had plans to wed.

    Known For

    Queen of the Damned

    Romeo Must Die Poster

    Plus her amazing singing career

    Aaliyah in action

    Anthony Quinn

    April 21, 1915 - June 3, 2001 (Aged 86)

    Personal Details

    Birth Name - Anthony Quinn

    Place of Birth - Chihuahua, Mexico

    Place of Death - Boston, Massachusetts, USA

    Cause of Death - pneumonia and respiratory failure due to complications from throat cancer

    Was married 3 times

    Katherine DeMille 1937 - 1965 they had 5 children together Christopher (dec), Christina, Catalina, Duncan and Valentina. They divorced

    Jolanda Addolori 1966 -1997 They have 3 children, Francesco (dec), Danny and Lorenzo and also divorced

    Kathy Benvin 1997 - 2001 til his death they had 2 children Antonia and Ryan

    Sean and Alex with Friedel Dunbar (never Married)

    Trivia

    - For The Magus (1968) he had to shave his hair. He had an insurance policy against the risk that it might not grow back!

    - Underwent quadruple heart bypass surgery in February 1990.

    - Son of an Irish father and Mexican mother

    Known For

    Lawrence of Arabia 1962

    Zorba the Greek 1964

    A walk in the clouds 1995

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    David Graf

    April 15, 1950 - April 7, 2001 (Aged 50)

    Personal Details

    Birth Name - David Graf (l)

    Place of Birth - Lancaster, Ohio, USA

    Place of Death - Phoenix, Arizona, USA

    Cause of Death - Heart Attack

    Was married to Kathryn Graf 1983 - 2001 until he dies and they had 2 children

    Trivia

    - He appeared in all seven Police Academy movies.

    - His father and grandfather also died of sudden heart attacks at age 51.

    - Died of a sudden heart attack at a family wedding

    Known For

    Ploice Academy Movies

    Wactch vidoes on Tackleberry from Police Academy

    George Harrison

    February 25, 1943 - November 29, 2001 (Aged 58)

    Personal Details

    Birth Name - George Harrison (l)

    Place of Birth - Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK

    Place of Death - Beverly Hills, California, USA

    Cause of Death - Lung Cancer

    Was married twice to

    Pattie Boyd 1966 - 1977 ending in divorce

    Olivia Harrison 1978 - 2001 until his death they had one child, Dhani

    Trivia

    - Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of The Beatles January 20, 1988.

    - Liked jelly babies (a softer version of jelly beans)

    - A vegetarian

    Known For

    being one of 'The Beatles'

    George Harrison 'The Beatles'

    Jack Lemmon

    February 8, 1925 - June 27, 2001, (Aged 76)

    Personal Details

    Birth Name - Jack Lemmon

    Place of Birth - Newton, Massachusetts, USA

    Place of Death - Los Angeles, California, USA

    Cause of Death - Bladder Cancer

    Was married twice to

    Cynthia Stone 1950 - 1956 divorced with 1 child Chris

    Felicia Farr 1962 - 2001 until his death they also had 1 child, Courtney

    Trivia

    - Self taught accomplished pianist

    - In Harvard, he was in Navy ROTC and graduated with a degree in "War Service Sciences."

    - Before any take he would say, "It's magic time."

    Known For

    Grumpy Old Men 1993

    Some like it Hot 1959

    The Apartment 1960

    See Jack at his Best

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      Deaths in 2002

      Dudley moore

      April 19, 1935 - March 27, 2002 (Aged 66)

      Personal Details

      Birth Name - Dudley Moore

      Place of Birth - Dagenham, Essex, England, UK

      Place of Death - Plainfield, New Jersey, USA

      Cause of Death - pneumonia

      Dudley was married 4 times to

      Suzy Kendall 1968 - 1972 (divorced)

      Tuesday Weld 1975 - 1980) (divorced) 1 child, Patrick

      Brogan Lane 1988 - 1991) (divorced)

      Nicole Rothschild 1994 - 1998) (divorced) 1 child, Nicholas

      Trivia

      - He was born with a clubfoot that was surgically corrected in his youth

      - is a Co-owner of the restaurant "72 Market Street" in Venice, Los Angeles

      - Was a classically trained pianist.

      Known For

      Arthur 2981

      10 1979

      Santa Claus 1985

      See some of Dudley's work

      Glenn Quinn

      May 28, 1970 - December 3, 2002 (Aged 32)

      Personal Details

      Birth Name - Glenn Quinn (l)

      Place of Birth - Dublin, Ireland

      Place of Death - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zH3tG5t9cN0

      Cause of Death - Drug Overdose

      Trivia

      - Was a co-owner of Goldfingers, a 007 themed nightclub in Hollywood

      - Favorite band was U2.

      - Had a tattoo "Erin Go Bragh" (Ireland Forever) on his right shoulder, and a Harp on his left.

      Known For

      Roseanne 1990-97

      ANGEL 1999-2003

      Watch Glenn do his thing

      James Coburn

      August 31, 1928 - November 18, 2002 (Aged 74)

      Personal Details

      Birth Name - James Coburn

      Place of Birth - Laurel, Nebraska, USA

      Place of Death - Beverly Hills, California, USA

      Cause of Death - Heart Attack

      Married twice to

      Beverly Kelly 1959 - 1979) (divorced) 1 child

      Paula O'Hara 1993 - 2002 until his death

      Trivia

      - Was a pallbearer at the funeral of his friend (and his martial arts instructor) Bruce Lee on July 31, 1973 in Seattle, Washington.

      - At the time of his death, he was at home listening to music and playing his flute.

      - Was the original choice for the role of Hannibal Smith in "The A-Team"

      Known For

      The great escape 1965

      Snow Dogs 2002

      Monsters Inc 2001

      Some of James's finest work

      Richard Harris

      October 1, 1930 - October 25, 2002 (Aged 72)

      Personal Details

      Birth Name - Richard Harris (I)

      Place of Birth - Limerick, Ireland

      Place of Death - Bloomsbury, London, England, UK

      Cause of Death - Hodgkin's disease

      Elizabeth Rees 1957 - 1969 divorced with 3 children Damian, Jared and Jamie

      Ann Turkel 1974 - 1982 divorced

      Trivia

      - A bout with tuberculosis ended his ambition of becoming a professional rugby player.

      - He was awarded the 1990 London Evening Standard Theatre Award for Best Actor for his performance in Henry IV.

      - By the time he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease in August 2002 it was so advanced that there was no hope of recovery.

      Known For

      Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone 2001

      Gladiator 2000

      Unforgiven 1992

      Watch Richard at work

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        Deaths in 2003

        David Hemmings

        November 18, 1941 - December 3, 2003 (Aged 62)

        Personal Details

        Birth Name - David Hemmings

        Place of Birth - Guildford, Surrey, England, UK

        Place of Death - Bucharest, Romania

        Cause of Death - heart attack

        Was married 4 times to

        Genista Ouvry 1960 - 1967 divorced with 1 child,

        Gayle Hunnicutt 1968 - 1975 divorced with 1 child, Nolan

        Baroness Prudence de Casembroot 1976 - 1997 divorced with 4 children

        Lucy Williams 2002 - 2003 until his death

        Trivia

        - He had just finished filming scenes for the movie, Blessed (2004) (aka Samantha's Child), when he suffered a heart attack and died.

        - A professional singer by the age of 9 and exhibited painter by the age of 15.

        - Recorded a pop album, in Los Angeles in 1967, titled "David Hemmings Happens"

        Known For

        Gangs of New York 2002

        Gladiator 2000

        The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen 2003

        David at work

        Gregory Peck

        April 5, 1915 - June12, 2003 (Aged 87)

        Personal Details

        Birth Name - Eldred Gregory Peck

        Place of Birth - La Jolla, California, USA

        Place of Death - Los Angeles, California, USA

        Cause of Death - cardiorespiratory arrest and bronchial pneumonia

        Married twice to

        Greta Kukkonen 1942 - 1955 divorced with 3 children Jonathan, Carey and Stephen

        Veronique Passani 1955 - 2003 til his death they had 2 children Cecilia and Tony

        Trivia

        - Oldest son, Jon, committed suicide by gunshot in 1975

        - Marched with Martin Luther King.

        - His favorite singers were Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson. He was also a big fan of Elton John.

        - Is Irish on his father's side and Amenian on his mother's side.

        Known For

        To Kill a Mockingbird 1962

        Roman Holiday 1952

        The Omen 1976

        The Guns of Navarone 1961

        Check our Gregory in Action

        John Ritter

        September 17, 1948 - September 11, 2003 (Aged 54)

        Personal Details

        Birth Name - Jonathan Southworth Ritter

        Place of Birth - Burbank, California, USA

        Place of Death - Burbank, California, USA

        Cause of Death - aortic dissection

        Married twice to

        Nancy Morgan 1977 - 1996 divorced with 3 children

        Amy Yasbeck 1999 - 2003 until his death they had 1 child

        Trivia

        - Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next to that of his father.

        - Died in the same hospital he was born in, which was the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center.

        - Died on his youngest daughter, Stella's, 5th birthday

        Known For

        Three's company 1976-1984

        Sling Blade 1996

        Heart's Afire 1992

        John Ritter in action!

        Katharine Hepburn

        May 12, 1907 - June 29, 2003 (Aged 96)

        Personal Details

        Birth Name - Katharine Houghton Hepburn

        Place of Birth - Hartford, Connecticut, USA

        Place of Death - Old Saybrook, Connecticut, USA

        Cause of Death - natural causes

        Married the once to

        Ludlow Ogden Smith 1928 - 1934 ending in divorce

        Trivia

        - Had a relationship with Spencer Tracy from 1943 until his death in 1967.

        - Did all her own stunts because the stunt woman never stood up straight enough.

        - Suffered from pyrophobia (fear of fire).

        Known For

        The African Queen 1951

        Bringing up Baby 1938

        On Golden Pond 1981

        Guess who's coming to dinner

        Watch Katharine at work

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            Excellent and comprehensive!

          Deaths in 2004

          Christopher Reeves

          September 25, 1952 - October 10, 2004 (Aged 52)

          Personal Details

          Birth Name - Christopher Reeves

          Place of Birth - New York City, New York, USA

          Place of Death - Mount Kisco, New York, USA

          Cause of Death - heart failure

          Married to

          Dana Reeve 1992 - 2004 til his death they had 1 child, Wll

          Fathered 2 Children with Gae Exton: Matthew Reeve and Alexandra Reeve (Never marrie

          Trivia

          - 5/27/95: Paralyzed in a horseback-riding accident near Charlottesville, VA.

          - Was a licensed pilot.

          - Gained 30 pounds for the role of Superman.

          -Was a fan of "Law & Order" (1990). He claimed that watching it helped him through his physical therapy.

          Known For

          Superman 1978

          YSuperman in Action!

          Janet Leigh

          July 6, 1927 - October 2, 2004 (Aged 77)

          Personal Details

          Birth Name - Jeanette Helen Morrison

          Kelly

          Place of Birth - Merced, California, USA

          Place of Death - SA

          Cause of Death - vasculitis

          She was married 3 times to

          John Carlisle Aug 1942 - Dec1942 annulled

          Stanley Reames 1945 - 1949 divorced

          Tony Curtis 1951 - 1962 divorced with 2 children, Jamie Lee and

          Trivia

          - Chosen by Empire magazine as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history #99 in 1995

          - Actually made Touch of Evil (1958), with a broken arm

          - Graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

          Known For

          Psycho 1960

          A Touch of Evil 1958

          The Manchurian Candidate 1962

          Janet Leigh at work

          Jerry Orbach

          October 20, 1935 - December 28, 2004 (Aged 69)

          Personal Details

          Birth Name - Jerome Bernard Orbach

          Place of Birth - New York City, New York, USA

          Place of Death - Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

          Cause of Death - prostate cancer

          Married twice to

          Marta Curro 1958 - 1975 divorced with 2 children, Chris and Anthony

          Elaine Cancilla 1979 - 2004 til his death

          Trivia

          - Had been battling prostate cancer for 10 years.

          - Was an organ donor and upon his death he gave his eyes as a gift of sight.

          - Was an animal-rights activist.

          Known For

          Law and Order 1991 - 2004

          Dirty Dancing

          See Jerry at work

          Marlon Brando

          Aoril 3, 1924 - July 1, 2004 (Aged 80)

          Personal Details

          Birth Name - Marlon Brando Jr.

          Place of Birth - Omaha, Nebraska, USA

          Place of Death - Los Angeles, California, USA

          Cause of Death - pulmonary fibrosis

          He was married 3 times to

          Anna Kashfi 1957 - 1959 divorced with 1 child

          Movita 1960 - 1962 divorced with 2 children

          Tarita 1962 - 1972 divorced with 2 children

          Trivia

          - Often improvised his own dialogue

          - Owned a private island

          - Expelled from high school for riding a motorcycle through the halls.

          Known For

          The Godfather 1972

          Apocalypse Now 1979

          On the Waterfront 1954

          Have a look at Marlon in action

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            Deaths in 2005

            Anne Bancroft

            September 17, 1931 - June 6 ,2004 (Aged 73}

            Personal Details

            Birth Name - Anna Maria Louise Italiano

            Place of Birth - The Bronx, New York, USA

            Place of Death - New York City, New York, USA

            Cause of Death - uterine cancer

            Martin May 1953 - 1957 - divorced

            Mel Brooks 1964 - 2005 til her death they had 1 child, Max.

            Trivia

            - She and Mel Brooks married at New York City Hall, where a passer-by served as their witness.

            - In most of her films, she habitually removes an earring before answering a telephone

            -

            Known For

            The Graduate 1967

            The elephant Man 1980

            The Miracle Worker 1962

            See how Anne became famous

            Pat Morita

            June 28, 1923 - November 24, 2004 (Aged 73)

            Personal Details

            Birth Name - Noriyuki Morita

            Place of Birth - Isleton, California, USA

            Place of Death - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

            Cause of Death - kidney failure

            Was married 3 times to

            Kathleen Yamachi 1953 - 1967 divorced with 1 child

            Yukiye Kitahara 1970 - 1989 divorced with 2 children

            Evelyn Guerrero 1994 - 2005 til his death

            Trivia

            - Diagnosed with spinal tuberculosis as a child and was told that he would never walk. Spent nine years in hos

            - During his funeral procession, his former co-star Ralph Macchio of The Karate Kid quoted, "Forever, my Sensei" towards the mourners.

            - His real accent is American, when playing "Mr. Miyagi" in the Karate Kid movies, he used a faux Japanese accent.

            Known For

            Karate Kid 1984

            Happy Days 1978-1983

            Karate Kid II & III

            Pat at his bestbe

            Richard Pryor

            December 1, 1940 - December 10, 2004 (Aged 65)

            Personal Details

            Birth Name - Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III

            Place of Birth - Peoria, Illinois, USA

            Place of Death - Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA

            Cause of Death - heart attack

            Was married 7 times to

            Patricia Price 1960 - 1961 divorced with 1 child

            Shelley R. Bonus 1968 - 1969 divorced with 1 child

            Deborah McGuire 1977 - 1978 divorced

            Jennifer Lee 1981 - 1982 divorced

            Flynn Belaine 1986 - 1987 divorced

            Flynn Belaine 1990 - 1991 divorced

            Jennifer Lee 2001 - 2005 til his death

            Trivia

            - Chosen as #1 in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time. (April 2004).

            - Suffered from Multiple Sclerosis from 1986 until his death in 2005

            - Served with U.S. army, 1958-1960.

            Known For

            Stand up Comedian

            Blazing Saddles 1974

            See No Evil, Hear No Evil 1989

            Richards funniest moments

            Vincent Schiavelli

            November 11, 1948 - December 26, 2004 (Aged 57)

            Personal Details

            Birth Name - Vincent Andrew Schiavelli

            Place of Birth - Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

            Place of Death - Polizzi Generosa, Sicily, Italy

            Cause of Death - lung cancer

            Married twice to

            Allyce Beasley 1985 - 1988 divorced with 1 child, Andrea

            Carol Mukhalian 1992 - 2005 til his death with 1 child,

            Trivia

            - Wrote three cookbooks and many food articles for magazines and newspapers

            - Owed his distinctive appearance largely to Marfan syndrome, from which he suffered

            - Studied at the New York University School of the Arts in 1969 and 1970.

            Known For

            Ghost 1990

            Batman returns 1992

            One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975

            Vincent in action

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              Deaths in 2006

              Chris Penn

              October 10, 1965 - January 24, 2006 (Aged 40)

              Personal Details

              Birth Name - Christopher Shannon Penn

              Place of Birth - Los Angeles, California, USA

              Place of Death - Santa Monica, California, USA

              Cause of Death - Enlarged Heart

              Trivia

              - Started acting at age 12 at the Loft Studio in Los Angeles

              - Had a black belt in karate.

              - In attendance at his funeral were Robin Wright, Sean Penn, Mark Ruffalo, Adrian Pasdar, Jack Nicholson, James Gandolfini, Charlie Sheen, Tim Robbins, Tom Sizemore, Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Madsen.

              Known For

              Reservoir Dogs 1992

              Footloose 1984

              Rush Hour 1998

              To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar 1995

              See Chris at work

              Jack Palance

              February 18,1919 - November 10, 2006 (Aged 87)

              Personal Details

              Birth Name - Vladimir Palahnuik

              Place of Birth - Lattimer Mines, Pennsylvania, USA

              Place of Death - Montecito, California, USA

              Cause of Death - natural causes

              Married twice to

              Virginia Baker 1949 - 1968 divorced with 3 children, Brooke, Holly and Cody

              Elaine Rochelle Rogers 1987 - 2006 til his death

              Trivia

              - American actor of Ukrainian ancestry.

              - Claimed on at least one occasion that he never watched any of his own movies.

              - Spoke six languages: Ukrainian, Russian, Italian, Spanish, French and English.

              Known For

              Batman 1989

              Tango & Cash 1989

              City Slickers 1991

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              Steve Irwin

              February 22, 1962 - September4, 2006(Aged 44)

              Personal Details

              Birth Name - Stephen Robert Irwin

              Place of Birth - Essendon, Victoria, Australia

              Place of Death - Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia stingray attack

              Cause of Death - stingray attack

              Married to

              Terri Irwin 1992 - 2006 til his death 2 children, Bindi and Robert

              Trivia

              - Had a species of turtle named after him - Elseya Irwini

              - Happy Feet (2006) and the documentary movie, Ocean's Deadliest (2007) (TV), was dedicated, in memory of Steve Irwin.

              - Has had a road named in his honor: Steve Irwin Way in Beerwah, Queensland on Australia's Sunshine Coast.

              Known For

              The Crocodile Hunter 1996

              The Crocodile Hunter: Collision Course 2002

              Watch Steve the Crocidile Hunter in action

              Peter Boyle

              October 18, 1935 - December 12, 2006 (Aged 71)

              Personal Details

              Birth Name - Peter Lawrence Boyle Jr.

              Place of Birth - Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA

              Place of Death - New York City, New York, USA

              Cause of Death - multiple myeloma and heart disease

              Was married to

              Loraine Alterman Boyle 1977 - 2006 til his death with 2 children, Lucy and Amy

              Trivia

              - John Lennon was best man at his wedding on October 21, 1977. Boyle's wife was friends with Yoko Ono.

              - Before deciding to pursue a career in acting, he was a monk in the Christian Brothers order.

              - Suffered a stroke in 1990 and couldn't talk for 6 months.

              Known For

              Everybody Loves Raymond 1996

              Taxi Driver 1976

              Peter at work

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                Deaths in 2007

                Anna Nicole Smith

                November 28, 1967 - February 8, 2007 (Aged 39)

                Personal Details

                Birth Name - Vickie Lynn Hogan

                Place of Birth - Houston, Texas, USA

                Place of Death - Hollywood, Florida, USA

                Cause of Death - accidental prescription drug overdose

                Married 3 times to

                Billy Smith 1985 - 1993 divorced with 1 child

                J. Howard Marshall II 1994 - 1995 til his death

                Howard K. Stern 2006 - 2007 til her death

                Trivia

                - Married J. Howard Marshall II when she was 26; he was nearly 90.

                - Died 5 months after her 20yo son died of the same cause, accidental prescription drug overdose

                Known For

                Palybot of the month and year in the 90s

                Deborah Kerr

                September 30, 1921 - October 16, 2007 (Aged 86)

                Personal Details

                Birth Name - Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer

                Place of Birth - Helensburgh, Scotland, UK

                Place of Death - Botesdale, Suffolk, England, UK

                Cause of Death - complications from Parkinson's disease

                Married twice to

                Anthony C. Bartley 1945 - 1960 divorced with 2 children, Melanie and Francesca

                Peter Viertel 1960 - 2007 til her death

                Trivia

                - Her surname is pronounced "car", not "care".

                - Deborah Kerr, her husband Peter Viertel and her biographer Eric Braun all died within the space of five weeks in the fall of 2007. All were aged 86.

                - Lived in Switzerland and Spain after retiring from acting, but returned to England to be with her family when her Parkinson's disease worsened.

                Known For

                The King and I 1956

                From Here to Eternity 1953

                An Affair to Remember 1957

                Deborah Kerr at her best

                John Inman

                June 28, 1935 - March 8, 2007 (Aged 71)

                Personal Details

                Birth Name - Frederick John Inman

                Place of Birth - Preston, Lancashire, England, UK

                Place of Death - Paddington, London, England, UK

                Cause of Death - Hepatitis A

                Married to

                Ron Lynch (23 December 2005 - 8 March 2007) (his death)

                Trivia

                - He was named BBC TV Personality of the Year in 1976.

                - Trade mark catch phrase "I'm free!!!"

                Known For

                Are you being served? 1972

                Grace and Favour 1992

                John funniest moments

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                  Deaths in 2008

                  Bernie Mac

                  October 5, 1957 - August 9, 2008 (Aged 50)

                  Personal Details

                  Birth Name - Bernard Jeffrey McCollough

                  Place of Birth - Chicago, Illinois, USA

                  Place of Death - Chicago, Illinois, USA

                  Cause of Death - complications from pneumonia

                  Married to

                  Rhonda McCullough 1977 - 2008 til his death with 1 child, Je'Niece

                  Trivia

                  - Is seen getting a pedicure in both Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Bad Santa (2003)

                  - Started his career in stand-up c

                  - Wears a hat at least once in almost all of his films

                  Known For

                  The Bernie Mac Show 2001-2006

                  Ocean's Eleven 2001

                  Guess Who 2005

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                  Paul Newman

                  January 26, 1925 - September 26, 2008 (Aged 83)

                  Personal Details

                  Birth Name - Paul Leonard Newman

                  Place of Birth - Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA

                  Place of Death - Westport, Connecticut, USA

                  Cause of Death - lung cancer

                  Married twice to

                  Witte, Jackie 1949 - 1958 divorced with 3 children, Stephanie, Susan and ScottHas donated between $150 million-$175 million to charity since the 1980s.

                  Joanne Woodward 1958 - 2008 til his death with 3 children, Melissa, Nell and Claire

                  Trivia

                  - Says the sound he loves most is that of a V-8 engine.

                  - He is a vocal supporter of gay marriage.

                  - Has donated between $150 million-$175 million to charity since the 1980s.

                  Known For

                  Cool Hand Luke 1967

                  Road to Perdition 2002

                  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969

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                  Estelle Getty

                  July 25, 1923 - July 22, 2008 (Aged 84)

                  Personal Details

                  Birth Name - Estelle Scher

                  Place of Birth - New York City, New York, USA

                  Place of Death - Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA

                  Cause of Death - Lewy body disease

                  Married to

                  Arthur Gettleman 1947 - 2004 til his death with 2 children, Carl and Barry

                  Trivia

                  - Was a strong supporter of gay rights

                  - During a brief reunion in November 2004 with "The Golden Girls" (1985)'s Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Bea Arthur, it was reported on TV by the ladies that Estelle was suffering from severe dementia

                  - Was nicknamed "Slats" by her Golden Girls costars because of her short height and light weight.

                  Known For

                  The Golden Girls 1985-1982

                  Stop! or my mum will shoot

                  Estelle at her best!

                  Heath Ledger

                  April 4, 1979 - January 22, 2008 (Aged 28)

                  Personal Details

                  Birth Name - Heath Andrew Ledger

                  Place of Birth - Heath Andrew Ledger

                  Place of Death - Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

                  Cause of Death - accidental overdose of prescription drugs

                  Trivia

                  - Known for completely immersing himself in his roles

                  - Has a daughter Matilda Rose

                  - Was painfully shy

                  Known For

                  The Dark Knight 2008

                  The Patriot 2000

                  10 Thing I Hate About You 1999

                  Brokeb ack Mountain 2005

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                    Deaths in 2009

                    Bea Arthur

                    May 13, 1922 - April 25, 2009 (Aged 86)

                    Personal Details

                    Birth Name - Bernice Frankel

                    Place of Birth - New York City, New York, USA

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                    Place of Death - Los Angeles, California, USA

                    Cause of Death - Lung Cancer

                    Married twice to

                    Robert Alan Aurthur ? divorced

                    Gene Saks 1950 - 1978 divorced with 2 children, Matthew and Daniel both adopted

                    Trivia

                    - Was a qualified medical technician.

                    - Served in the United States Marine Corps

                    - She was one of the first women to become an active-duty United States Marine. She volunteered and served during World War II.

                    Known For

                    The Golden Girls 1985-1982

                    Maude 1972-1978

                    Bea most memorable moments

                    Brittany Murphy

                    November 10, 1977 - December 20, 2009 (Aged 32)

                    Personal Details

                    Birth Name - Brittany Anne Bertolotti

                    Place of Birth - Atlanta, Georgia, USA

                    Place of Death - Los Angeles, California, USA

                    Cause of Death - pneumonia, anemia and drug intoxication

                    Was married to

                    Simon Monjack 2007 - 2009 til her death)

                    Trivia

                    - She visited the US troops in Baghdad and Kuwait

                    - She had trouble gaining weight, due to her high metabolism.

                    - She broke her nose three times and reset it herself.

                    Known For

                    8 Milr 2002

                    Love and Other Disasters 2006

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                    Farrah Fawcett

                    February 2, 1947 - June 25, 2009 (Aged 62)

                    Personal Details

                    Birth Name - Farrah Leni Fawcett

                    Place of Birth - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA

                    Place of Death -

                    Cause of Death - Anal Cancer

                    Married to

                    Lee Majors 1973 - 1982 divorced

                    Trivia

                    - Has a son Redmond to partner of 17 years Ryan P'neal

                    - Was originally a Microbiology major in college until changing her major to Art in her sophomore year.

                    - She died on the same day as Michael Jackson

                    Known For

                    The Apostle 1997

                    The Cannonball Run 1981

                    Charlie's Angels 1976-1980

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                    Michael Jackson

                    April 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009 (Aged 50)

                    Personal Details

                    Birth Name - Michael Joseph Jackson

                    Place of Birth - Gary, Indiana, USA

                    Place of Death - Los Angeles, California, USA

                    Cause of Death - Homicide

                    Married twice to

                    Lisa Marie Presley 1994 - 1996 divorced

                    Debbie Rowe 1996 - 1999 divorced with 2 children, Michael and Paris

                    Michael also has another son Micheal ll

                    Trivia

                    - Only artist in history to generate five #1 hits (USA) from one album with "Bad."

                    - "Thriller" is the biggest selling album of all time "Dangerous" is second to "Thriller" "BAD" is third to "Thriller"

                    - Holds 10 different Guinness World Records

                    Known For

                    His Musical Talents

                    Michael in action

                    Natasha Richardson

                    May 11, 1963 - March 18, 2009 (Aged 45)

                    Personal Details

                    Birth Name - Natasha Jane Richardson

                    Place of Birth - London, England, UK

                    Place of Death - New York City, New York, USA

                    Cause of Death - epidural hematoma

                    Married twice to

                    Robert Fox 1990 - 1992 divorced

                    Liam Neeson 1994 - 2009 til her death with 2 children, Michael and Daniel

                    Trivia

                    - Trained at London's Central School of Speech and Drama

                    - she was accomplished cook, holding lavish meals with her husband for people like Ralph Fiennes and Meryl Streep

                    - she received a serious head injury during a private beginner's skiing lesson, which resulted in her death

                    Known For

                    The Parent Trap 1998

                    Maid in Manhattan 2002

                    Nell 1994

                    Natasha at work

                    Patrick Swayze

                    August 18 1952 - September 14, 2009 (Aged 57)

                    Personal Details

                    Birth Name - Patrick Wayne Swayze

                    Place of Birth - Houston, Texas, USA

                    Place of Death - Los Angeles, California, USA

                    Cause of Death - pancreatic cancer

                    Married to

                    Lisa Niemi 1975 - 2009 til his death

                    Trivia

                    - In an interview Swayze acknowledged that his history as a recovering alcoholic and heavy cigarette smoker may have contributed to his illness.

                    - Was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008 after falling ill in the previous month.

                    - Appeared in Toto's video "Rosanna", as a dancer in a red letterman's jacket,

                    Known For

                    Dirty Dancing 1987

                    Ghost 1990

                    Point Break 1991

                    To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar 1995

                    Black Dog 1998

                    The Beast 2009

                    Patrick Swayze at his best

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                      Deaths in 2010

                      Corey Haim

                      December 23, 1971 - March 10, 2010 (Aged 38)

                      Personal Details

                      Birth Name - Corey Ian Haim

                      Place of Birth - Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                      Place of Death - Burbank, California, USA

                      Cause of Death - pulmonary edema

                      Trivia

                      - He and Corey Feldman were known as the Two Coreys at the peak of their careers in the 1980

                      - Favorite actress: Cybill Shepherd. Favorite Actor: James Dean.

                      - Ranked #26 on VH1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars.

                      Known For

                      The Lost Boys 1987

                      License to Drive 1988

                      Lucas 1986

                      Corey at his best

                      Leslie Nielson

                      February 11, 1926 - November 28, 2010 (Aged 84)

                      Personal Details

                      Birth Name - Leslie William Nielsen

                      Place of Birth - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

                      Place of Death - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

                      Cause of Death - complications from pneumonia

                      Married 4 times to

                      Monica Boyer 1950 - 1957 divorced

                      Alisande Ullman 1958 - 1974 divorced with 2 children, Maura and Thea

                      Bobbye Brooks Oliver 1981 - 1984 divorced

                      Barbaree Earl Nielsen 2001 - 2010 til his death

                      Trivia

                      - Avid motorcylist.

                      - His father was a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officerAt age 17, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and trained as an aerial gunner.

                      -

                      Known For

                      The Naked Gun Movies 1988, 1991 and 1994

                      Due South 1994-1996, 1999

                      Flying High 1980

                      Mr Magoo 1997

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                      Rue McClanahan

                      February 21, 1934 - June 3, 2010 (Aged 76)

                      Personal Details

                      Birth Name - Eddi-Rue McClanahan

                      Place of Birth - Healdton, Oklahoma, USA

                      Place of Death - New York, New York, USA

                      Cause of Death - Stroke

                      Married 6 times

                      Tom Bish 1958 - 1959 divorced with 1 child, Mark

                      Norman Hartweg 1959 - 1961 divorced

                      Peter DeMaio 1964 - 1971 divorced

                      Gus Fisher 1976 - 1981 divorced

                      Tom Keel 1985 - 1986 divorced

                      Morrow Wilson 1997 - 2010 til her death

                      Trivia

                      - Played the same character, Blanche Devereaux, on four different TV series:

                      - Was a vegan and dedicated animal rights activist.

                      - Was of Scot-Irish and Choctaw Indian ancestry.

                      Known For

                      The Golden Girls 1985-1992

                      starship Troopers 1997

                      Maude 1972-1978

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                      Tom Bosley

                      October 1, 1927 - October 19, 2010 (Aged 83)

                      Personal Details

                      Birth Name - Thomas Edward Bosley

                      Place of Birth - Chicago, Illinois, USA

                      Place of Death - Rancho Mirage, California, USA

                      Cause of Death - Lung Cancer

                      Married twice to

                      Jean Eliot 1962 - 1978 til her death with 1 child, Amy

                      Patricia Carr 1980 - 2010 til his death

                      Trivia

                      - Along with Henry Winkler and Marion Ross, he is one of only three actors to appear in every episode of "Happy Days"

                      - Served in the United States Navy.

                      - Howard Cunningham, Bosley's character on "Happy Days" (1974), was ranked #9 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].

                      Known For

                      Happy Days 1974-1984

                      Father Dowling mysteries 1987-1991

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                        Deaths in 2011

                        Andy Whitfield

                        July 17, 1971 - September 11, 2001 (Aged 40)

                        Personal Details

                        Birth Name - Andy Whitfield

                        Place of Birth - Amlwch, Anglesey, North Wales, UK

                        Place of Death - Sydney, Australia

                        Cause of Death - non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

                        Married twice to

                        Terrica Smith-Whitfield 1999 - 2003 divorced

                        Vashti Whitfield ? - 2011 til his death with 2 children,

                        Trivia

                        - Andy attended Screenwise Film & TV School for Actors in Sydney, Australia

                        - Started acting and modeling while working as an engineer and building inspector for a consulting agency.

                        Known For

                        Gabriel 2007

                        Sparticus: Blood and Sand 2010

                        The Clinic 2010

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                        Elizabeth Taylor

                        February 27, 1932 - March 23, 2011 (Aged 79)

                        Personal Details

                        Birth Name - Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor

                        Place of Birth - Hampstead, London, England, UK

                        Place of Death - Los Angeles, California, USA

                        Cause of Death - congestive heart failure

                        Married 8 times to

                        Conrad Hilton Jr. 1950 - 1951 divorced

                        Michae Wilding 1952 - 1957 divorced with 2 children, Christopher and Michael

                        Michael Todd 1957 - 1958 til his death with 1 child, Liza

                        Eddie Fisher 1959 - 1964 divorced

                        Richard Burton 1964 - 1974 divorced with 1 child

                        Richard Burton 1975 - 1976 remarried and divorced

                        John Warner 976 - 1982 divorced

                        Larry Fortensky 1991 - 1996 divorced

                        Trivia

                        - First actress to earn $1,000,000 for a movie role (in Cleopatra (1963)).

                        - Along with Julie Andrews, she was made a Dame by Queen Elizabeth II on New Year's Eve, 1999

                        - She was voted the 11th Greatest Movie Star of all time by Entertainment Weekly.

                        Known For

                        Giant 1956

                        Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958

                        A place in the sun 1951

                        Lets see Liz in action

                        John Dye

                        January 31, 1963 - January 10, 2011 (Aged 47)

                        Personal Details

                        Birth Name - John Carroll Dye

                        Place of Birth - Amory, Mississippi, USA

                        Place of Death - San Francisco, California, USA

                        Cause of Death - heart failure

                        Trivia

                        - In his spare time he liked to play tennis and pool.

                        - He wore a ring on his right hand that was a gift to him from his maternal grandfather

                        - His favorite TV show as a child was "Johnny Quest" and his favorite movie was "The Wizard of Oz."

                        Known For

                        Touched by an Angel 1994-2003

                        The Perfect Weapon 1991

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                        Pete Postletwaite

                        February 7, 1946 - January 2, 2011 (Aged 64)

                        Personal Details

                        Birth Name - Peter William Postlethwaite

                        Place of Birth - Warrington, Lancashire, England, UK

                        Place of Death - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, UK

                        Cause of Death - pancreatic cancer

                        Married to

                        Jacqueline Morrish 1987 - 2011 til his death with 2 children, William and Lily

                        Trivia

                        - He formerly taught at a Catholic girl's convent school

                        - Steven Spielberg called him "The best actor in the world".

                        - He is the only actor in Romeo + Juliet who speaks in iambic pentameter

                        Known For

                        Inception 2010

                        The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997

                        The Town 2010

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                          Deaths in 2012

                          Robert Hegyes

                          May 7, 1951 - January 26, 2012 (Aged 60)

                          Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA

                          Personal Details

                          Birth Name - Robert Hegyes

                          Place of Birth - Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA

                          Place of Death - Metuchen, New Jersey, USA

                          Cause of Death - heart attack

                          Married 3 times to

                          Mary Kunes 1973 - 1978 divorced

                          Kyle Drummer 1979 - 1984 divorced

                          Lynn O Hare' 1987 - 1993 divorced with 2 children,

                          Trivia

                          - Cousin of Jon Bon Jovi

                          - Has four children from his relationship with Cynthia Wylie 1994-2007

                          - He taught for several years at Venice High School in Venice, California.

                          Known For

                          Welcome Back Kotter 1975-1979

                          Just tell me you love me 1978

                          Robert at work

                          Whitney Houston

                          August 9, 1963 - Fruary 11, 2012 (Aged 48)

                          Personal Details

                          Birth Name - Whitney Elizabeth Houston

                          Place of Birth - Newark, New Jersey, USA

                          Place of Death - Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA

                          Cause of Death - accidental drowning caused by heart disease and cocaine use

                          Married to

                          Bobby Brown 1992 - 2007 divorced with 1 child Bobbi

                          Trivia-

                          - Her 1987 album "Whitney" became the first female album to debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts.

                          - Holds the record for winning the most American Music Awards, twenty-six in total.

                          - The world's biggest selling soundtrack is The Bodyguard (1992) with over thirty-seven million units sold. It also ranks as the best-selling female album of all time.

                          Known For

                          The Bodyguard 1992

                          Waiting to Exhale 1995

                          Her fantastic singing voice and career

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                          Davy Jomes

                          December 30, 1945 - February 29, 2012 (Aged 66)

                          Personal Details

                          Birth Name - David Thomas Jones

                          Place of Birth - Manchester, England, UK

                          Place of Death - Stuart, Florida, USA

                          Cause of Death - Heart Attack

                          Married 3 times

                          Linda Haines 1968 - 1975 divorced with 2 children, Talia and Sarah

                          Anita Pollinger 1981 - 1996 divorced with 2 children, Jessica and Annabel

                          Jessica Pacheco 2009 - 2012 til his death

                          Trivia

                          - Because of his popularity with The Monkees, another singer named David Jones was forced to change his name to David Bowie

                          - Shared a birthday with fellow Monkee Michael Nesmith.

                          - Ranked #9 in TV Guide's list of "TV's 25 Greatest Teen Idols" (23 January 2005 issue).

                          Known For

                          The Monkees 1966-1968

                          Music Career

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                              Heidi Vincent 4 years ago from GRENADA

                              We should never be shocked at death but when it does occur we are, because I guess we always think the person could have done so much more.

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                              karMALZEKE 4 years ago

                              Whitney Houston was a complete shock. I really loved her; she was one of my favorites!

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                                JoshK47 5 years ago

                                Quite a lot of work you put into this lens - wonderful work on this tribute. Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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                                BeyondRoses 5 years ago

                                I was shocked by some of the deaths, and some, not so surprised. A number of them, I was not aware of. Splendid research, and presentation.

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                                anonymous 3 years ago

                                I was shocked by some of these deaths, On the list I didn't know a few that had died

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