Official 2010 Celebrity Deaths: 2010 Famous Deaths List People

Official 2010 Celebrity Deaths: 2010 Famous Deaths List

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List Criteria: List was updated throughout 2010 so the people at the top of the list passed on closest to the end of the year

List of celebrity deaths in 2010 is a round-up of celebrities who died in 2010. This celebrity death list was updated every time a notable celebrity met their death in 2010. The more recent deaths are listed at the top of this list. Celebrity deaths in 2010 includes dead writers, dead poets, dead celebrities, dead actors, dead actresses, and dead TV personalities. This famous deaths list has any notable deaths in 2010 as it happened. See also the 2012 Famous Deaths list and the 2011 celebrity deaths list as well as the more recent famous celebrity deaths 2013 and famous dead celebs 2014 for up to date celebrity deaths.

This list of 2010 famous deaths can be sorted by any column and the more recently deceased famous people can be found at the top. May they all rest in peace. This list allows you to remember the great talents that have passed in 2010.



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  1. Bernie Wilson

    Baritone in Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes with Teddy Pendergrass.
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    Teena Marie
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    Famous for the '80s song "Lover Girl"

    Mary Christine Brockert, better known by her stage name Teena Marie, was an American singer, songwriter, and producer. She was known by her childhood nickname Tina before taking the stage name Teena Marie; she later acquired the nickname of Lady Tee, given to her by collaborator and friend, Rick ...more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1956-2010)
    • Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer, + more
    • Credits: The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott, Hip Hop Hold 'Em
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    Bob Feller
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    Robert William Andrew Feller, nicknamed "The Heater from Van Meter", "Bullet Bob", and "Rapid Robert", was an American baseball pitcher who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians. Feller pitched from 1936 to 1941 and from 1945 to 1956, interrupted only by a four-year ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1918-2010)
    • Birthplace: Van Meter, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Baseball player, Sailor
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    Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
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    Captain Beefheart, real name Don Van Vliet
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    • Birthplace: Glendale
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Artist
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    Blake Edwards
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    Died Dec 16th. Legendary comedy director. Oversaw the Pink Panther films.

    Blake Edwards was an American film director, screenwriter and producer. Edwards' career began in the 1940s as an actor, but he soon turned to writing screenplays and radio scripts before turning to producing and directing in film and television. His best-known films include Breakfast at Tiffany's, Days ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1922-2010)
    • Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Pink Panther, A Shot in the Dark, The Return of the Pink Panther, The Party, + more
  6. Breast Cancer

    Mary Elizabeth Anania Edwards was an American attorney, a best-selling author and a health care activist. She was married to John Edwards, the former U.S. Senator from North Carolina who was the 2004 United States Democratic vice-presidential nominee. Edwards lived a private life until her husband's ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1949-2010)
    • Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Lawyer
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    Irvin Kershner
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    Director of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Robocop 2, Never Say Never Again and many other films. Died in his home November 28, 2010.

    Irvin Kershner was an American film director and occasional actor, best known for directing quirky, independent films early in his career, and then The Empire Strikes Back, the James Bond film Never Say Never Again, and RoboCop 2.more

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    • Age: Died at 87 (1923-2010)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Film Producer, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, RoboCop 2, The Last Temptation of Christ, Never Say Never Again, Amazing Stories, + more
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    Andy Irons
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    Three-time world champion, Andy Irons was found dead in his hotel room in Dallas on November 2, 2010. He had reportedly been suffering from dengue fever, a viral diseases.

    Andy Irons (July 24, 1978 – November 2, 2010) was a professional surer. Irons learned to surf on the dangerous and shallow reefs of the North Shore in Kauai, Hawaii, and won three world titles (2002, 2003, 2004), three Quiksilver Pro France titles (2003, 2004, 2005), two Rip Curl Pro Search titles (2006 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 32 (1978-2010)
    • Birthplace: Oahu, USA, Hawaii
    • Profession: Actor, Surfer
    • Credits: Rise Above: The Tribe 8 Documentary, Under the Radar, Green: A Shortboard Documentary, Pure Surf, OP Pro Mentawai 2001, + more
  9. Famous for his dead pan delivery of incredibly absurd dialogue, Nielsen played Lt. Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun films and appeared in countless parody movies, including Airplane, his breakthrough role. Died November 28, 2010.

    Leslie William Nielsen, OC was a Canadian-American actor and comedian. He appeared in more than 100 films and 150 television programs, portraying more than 220 characters. Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and later worked as a disc jockey ...more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1926-2010)
    • Birthplace: Regina, Canada
    • Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Airplane!, The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, The Poseidon Adventure, Creepshow, Forbidden Planet, + more
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    Best known for his role as Mr. Baxter on the kids' show Captain Kangaroo, TV star James Wall died in his sleep at the ripe old age of 92. He was a former vaudevillian and, following the end of his work on Captain Kangaroo, he continued to work as a stage manager at the CBS Broadcast Center in Manhattan.
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    Tony Curtis
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    Tony Curtis, famed star of such great films as Some Like it Hot, died on September 30, 2010 of cardiac arrest.

    Tony Curtis was an American film actor whose career spanned six decades, but had his greatest popularity during the 1950s and early 1960s. He acted in more than 100 films in roles covering a wide range of genres, from light comedy to serious drama. In his later years, Curtis made numerous television ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1925-2010)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Painter, Actor
    • Credits: Rosemary's Baby, Some Like It Hot, Spartacus, Sweet Smell of Success, The Great Race, + more
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    Greg Giraldo
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    Stand Up comedian and judge on Last Comic Standing. He was an insult comic that was known for doing Comedy Central Roasts. Overdosed on prescription pills.

    Gregory C. "Greg" Giraldo was an American stand-up comedian, television personality, and lawyer. Giraldo was best known for his appearances on Comedy Central's televised roast specials, and for his work on that network's television shows Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, Lewis Black's Root of All Evil, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 45 (1965-2010)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Stand-up comedian, + more
    • Credits: Common Law, Z Rock, The Colin Quinn Show, Eventual Wife, Dave Attell's Insomniac Tour, + more
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    Sally Menke, longtime film editor for director Quentin Tarantino, collapsed during a hike with her dog in Beachwood Canyon on September 27, 2010. Her body was found at the bottom of the ravine. The coroner's office is determining whether or not the heat had anything to do with her death, as it was the hottest day recorded in the history of Los Angeles.

    Sally JoAnne Menke was an American film and television editor with more than 20 feature film credits. She had a long-time collaboration with director Quentin Tarantino, having edited all of his films until her death. Menke was nominated for the Academy Award for Film Editing for Tarantino's Inglourious ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1953-2010)
    • Birthplace: Mineola, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Editor
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    Eddie Fisher
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    Famous 50's pop singer, ex-husband of Elizabeth Taylor and father of actress Carrie Fisher, Eddie Fisher passed away from complications due to hip surgery late at night on September 22, 2010.

    Edwin Jack "Eddie" Fisher was an American entertainer. He was the most successful pop singles artist of the first half of the 1950s, selling millions of records and hosting his own TV show. Fisher left his first wife, actress Debbie Reynolds, to marry Reynolds' best friend, actress Elizabeth Taylor, ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1928-2010)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Suddenly, Last Summer, BUtterfield 8, The George Gobel Show, Bundle of Joy, + more
  15. Lead Singer of Boy Band LFO. Succumbed to Leukemia. 9/8/2010

    Richard Burton "Rich" Cronin was an American singer and songwriter, best known for being the lead singer and primary songwriter for the pop group Lyte Funkie Ones.more

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1974-2010)
    • Birthplace: West Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Singer
    • Credits: Mission: Man Band, LFO: Live from Orlando & More
  16. Actor famous for roles in Tim Burton films including Otho in Beetljuice. Died from inter-cranial bleed from a fall. 9/7/2010

    William Glenn Shadix was an American actor, known for his role as Otho Fenlock in Tim Burton's horror/comedy film Beetlejuice and the voice of the Mayor of Halloween Town in The Nightmare Before Christmas.more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1952-2010)
    • Birthplace: Bessemer, USA, Alabama
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Planet of the Apes, Heathers, Demolition Man, + more
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    Patricia Neal
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    Tony, Golden Globe, and Oscar-winning actress best known for her roles in "The Day The Earth Stood Still," "Breakfast at Tiffany's," and "Hud."

    Patricia Neal was an actress.more

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    • Age: Died at 84 (1926-2010)
    • Birthplace: USA, Packard, Kentucky, Kentucky
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Breakfast at Tiffany's, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Hud, A Face in the Crowd, In Harm's Way, + more
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    Known as "The Assassin," Jack Tatum, safety guard for the Oakland Raiders, died of a heart attack on July 27, 2010. He had diabetes for the last several years and lost his left leg due to circulation problems.



    He's best known for his 1978 crushing hit that paralyzed Darryl Stingley. So much so that even today, after each weekly Ohio State game, the coaching staff awards the "Jack Tatum hit of the week" for the hardest tackle or block.

    John David "Jack" Tatum was an American football safety who played ten seasons from 1971 through 1980 for the Oakland Raiders and Houston Oilers in the National Football League. He was popularly known as "The Assassin" because of his playing style." He was voted to three consecutive Pro Bowls and was a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1948-2010)
    • Birthplace: Cherryville, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: American football player
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    Maury Chaykin
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    Maury Chaykin Filmography

    Maury Alan Chaykin was an American-born Canadian actor, best known for his portrayal of detective Nero Wolfe, as well as for his work as a character actor in many films and television programs.more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1949-2010)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Dances with Wolves, My Cousin Vinny, WarGames, Twins, Devil in a Blue Dress, + more
  20. Controversial owner of the New York Yankees. During his time as owner, the Yankees won 11 Pennants and 7 World Series Championships.

    George Michael Steinbrenner III was an American businessman who was the principal owner and managing partner of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. During Steinbrenner's 37-year ownership from 1973 to his death in July 2010, the longest in club history, the Yankees earned seven World Series titles ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1930-2010)
    • Birthplace: Rocky River, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Theatrical producer, Investor, Entrepreneur
    • Credits: The Scout, The Bronx Is Burning, Billy Martin: The Man, the Myth, the Manager
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