Famous People Who Died in 2009

For one reason or another, we as human beings seem to be fascinated by celebrity deaths. Every year we mourn the loss of famous people who pass away, and 2009 was no exception. The most obvious death was that of pop legend Michael Jackon, whose passing resulted in the arrest of one of his physicians. Iconic actress Farrah Fawcett died as well, leaving behind millions of sad fans. Here's our list of the most notable people to die in 2009, ordered by how well-known they were.

All walks of famous people are on this list, including actors, athletes, musicians, politicians and more.Although the rich and famous are just like the rest of us, it's alarming how many of them have their lives cut short because of drug overdoses or other accidents. Still others live out many long years only to succumb to diseases like cancer late in life.

Which celebrities died in 2009? Scroll down and see for yourself.
  • Michael Jackson
    Cardiac arrest, Homicide
  • Farrah Fawcett
    Anal cancer
  • Brittany Murphy
    Cardiac arrest, Anemia, Pneumonia
  • Ted Kennedy
    Cancer, Brain Cancer
  • Walter Cronkite
    Cerebrovascular disease
  • Patrick Swayze
    Pancreatic cancer
  • Dom DeLuise
    Renal failure, Cancer
  • Adam Goldstein
    Drug overdose
  • Test
    Chronic traumatic encephalopathy
  • Ricardo Montalbán
    Heart failure
  • Ed McMahon
    Bone cancer
  • Les Paul
  • Ron Silver
    Esophageal cancer
  • John Updike
    Lung cancer
  • David Carradine
    Erotic asphyxiation, Hanging
  • John Hughes
    Myocardial infarction
  • Naomi Sims
    Cancer, Breast cancer
  • Natasha Richardson
    Skiing accident, Epidural hematoma, Traumatic brain injury
  • Jack Kemp
  • Jim Carroll
    Myocardial infarction
  • Dominick Dunne
    Bladder cancer
  • Jennifer Jones
    Natural causes