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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Michael Jackson Cardiac arrest, Homicide - Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. Called the King of Pop, his contributions to music and dance, along with his publicized personal ...more

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Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Farrah Fawcett Anal cancer - Mary Farrah Leni Fawcett was an American actress and artist. A four-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe Award nominee, Fawcett rose to international fame when she posed for her ...more

Brittany Murphy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Brittany Murphy Cardiac arrest, Anemia, Pneumonia - Brittany Murphy-Monjack, known professionally as Brittany Murphy, was an American film and stage actress, singer, and voice artist. Murphy, a native of Atlanta, moved to Los Angeles as a ...more

Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Ted Kennedy Cancer, Brain Cancer - Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy was a United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. He was the second most senior member of the Senate when he died and was ...more

Walter Cronkite is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Walter Cronkite Cerebrovascular disease - Walter Leland Cronkite, Jr. was an American broadcast journalist, best known as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years. During the heyday of CBS News in the 1960s and 1970s, he was ...more

Patrick Swayze is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Patrick Swayze Pancreatic cancer - Patrick Wayne Swayze was an American actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter. Having gained fame with appearances in films during the 1980s, Swayze became popular for playing tough guys and ...more

Billy Mays is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Billy Mays William Darrell "Billy" Mays, Jr. was an American television direct-response advertisement salesperson most notable for promoting OxiClean, Orange Glo, Kaboom, and other cleaning, ...more

Dom DeLuise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dom DeLuise Renal failure, Cancer - Dominick "Dom" DeLuise was an American actor, comedian, film director, television producer, chef, and author. He was the husband of actress Carol Arthur from 1965 until his death and ...more

Adam Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Adam Goldstein Drug overdose - DJ AM was an American DJ, remixer, record producer and musician. Goldstein was a member of the rock band Crazy Town, co-owner of a management company called Deckstar and worked on albums for ...more

Test is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Test Chronic traumatic encephalopathy - Andrew Robert Patrick Martin was a Canadian professional wrestler. He was best known for his time with the World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment under the ring name Test. Martin won six ...more

Ricardo Montalbán is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Ricardo Montalbán Heart failure - Ricardo Montalbán was an actor.

Ed McMahon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Ed McMahon Bone cancer - Edward Leo Peter "Ed" McMahon, Jr. was an American comedian, game show host and announcer. He is most famous for his work on television as Johnny Carson's sidekick, announcer, and ...more

Les Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Les Paul Pneumonia - Lester William Polsfuss, known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar, ...more

Ron Silver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Ron Silver Esophageal cancer - Ronald Arthur "Ron" Silver was an American actor, director, producer, radio host and political activist.

John Updike is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
John Updike Lung cancer - John Hoyer Updike was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic. Updike's most famous work is his "Rabbit" series, which chronicles the life of ...more

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David Carradine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
David Carradine Erotic asphyxiation, Hanging - David Carradine was an American actor and martial artist, best known for his leading role as a warrior monk, Kwai Chang Caine, in the 1970s television series Kung Fu. He was a member of a ...more

John Hughes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
John Hughes Myocardial infarction - John Wilden Hughes, Jr. was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He directed or scripted some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and early 1990s, including the ...more

Erica Boyer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Erica Boyer Traffic collision - Erica Boyer, legal name Amanda Margaret Jensen was an American pornographic actress. She is a member of the AVN Hall of Fame, Legends of Erotica and the XRCO Hall of Fame.

Naomi Sims is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Naomi Sims Cancer, Breast cancer - Naomi Ruth Sims was an American model, businesswoman and author, She was the first African-American model to appear on the cover of Ladies' Home Journal, and widely credited as being the first ...more

Natasha Richardson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Natasha Richardson Skiing accident, Epidural hematoma, Traumatic brain injury - Natasha Jane Richardson was an English stage and screen actress. A member of the Redgrave family, she was the daughter of actress Vanessa Redgrave and director/producer Tony Richardson and the ...more

Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Jack Kemp Cancer - Jack French Kemp was an American politician and a collegiate and professional football player. A Republican, he served as Housing Secretary in the administration of President George H. W. Bush ...more

Bea Arthur is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Bea Arthur Cancer - Beatrice "Bea" Arthur was an American actress, comedian, and singer whose career spanned seven decades. Arthur achieved fame as the character Maude Findlay on the 1970s sitcoms All in ...more

Stephen Gately is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Stephen Gately Stephen Patrick David Gately was an Irish pop singer-songwriter, actor, children's writer and dancer, who, with Ronan Keating, was one of two lead singers of the pop group Boyzone. Gately and ...more

Jim Carroll is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Jim Carroll Myocardial infarction - James Dennis "Jim" Carroll was an American author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. Carroll was best known for his 1978 autobiographical work The Basketball Diaries, which ...more

Dominick Dunne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dominick Dunne Bladder cancer - Dominick John Dunne was an American writer and investigative journalist whose subjects frequently hinged on the ways in which high society interacts with the judicial system. He was a movie ...more

Jennifer Jones is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Jennifer Jones Natural causes - Jennifer Jones, also known as Jennifer Jones Simon, was an American Oscar-winning actress during the Hollywood golden years. Jones, who won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance ...more

Umaga is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Umaga Myocardial infarction - Edward Smith "Eddie/Eki" Fatu was a Samoan-American professional wrestler. He was best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment in ...more

Lou Albano is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Lou Albano Myocardial infarction - Louis Vincent "Captain Lou" Albano was an Italian-born American professional wrestler, manager and actor. He was active as a professional wrestler from 1953 until 1969 before becoming ...more

George Tiller is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
George Tiller Ballistic trauma, Murder - George Richard Tiller, MD was an American physician from Wichita, Kansas. He gained national attention as the medical director of Women's Health Care Services, one of only three clinics ...more

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Robert McNamara is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Robert McNamara Natural causes - Robert Strange McNamara was an American business executive and the eighth Secretary of Defense, serving from 1961 to 1968 under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, during which ...more

Karl Malden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Karl Malden Natural causes - Karl Malden was an American actor. Malden was primarily a character actor who "for more than 60 years brought an intelligent intensity and a homespun authenticity to roles in theater, film ...more

James Whitmore is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
James Whitmore Lung cancer - James Allen Whitmore, Jr. was an American film, theatre and television actor. He won a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award, and was nominated for two Academy Awards.

Eunice Kennedy Shriver is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stroke - Eunice Mary Kennedy Shriver, DSG was a member of the Kennedy family, sister of President John F. Kennedy and Senators Robert F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy. Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the founder in ...more

Frank McCourt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Frank McCourt Melanoma - Francis "Frank" McCourt was an Irish-American teacher and writer. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his novel Angela's Ashes, a tragicomic memoir of the misery and squalor of his childhood.

Henry Liu is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Henry Liu Henry Liu was a retired American civil engineer and the president of Freight Pipeline Company, now known as EcologicTech. Liu earned his PhD in civil engineering from Colorado State University ...more

Fred Travalena is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Fred Travalena Cancer - Frederick Albert "Fred" Travalena III was a U.S. entertainer, specializing in comedy and impressions.

Soupy Sales is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Soupy Sales Cancer - Soupy Sales was an American comedian, actor, radio-TV personality and host, and jazz aficionado. He was best known for his local and network children's television show, Lunch with Soupy Sales; a ...more

Patrick McGoohan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Patrick McGoohan Patrick Joseph McGoohan was an American-born actor, writer and director who was brought up in Ireland and Britain, where he established an extensive stage and film career. His most notable roles ...more

Daul Kim is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Daul Kim Suicide - Kim Daul was an international South Korean fashion model, Painter and blogger. She committed suicide at the age of 20.

Bessie Blount Griffin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Bessie Blount Griffin Bessie Virginia Blount was a physical therapist, inventor, and forensic scientist also known by her married name, Bessie Blount Griffin.

Murali is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Murali Myocardial infarction - Murali is an actor.

The Rev is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
The Rev Drug overdose, Natural causes - James Owen Sullivan, more commonly known by his stage name The Rev, was an American musician and songwriter, best known as the drummer and founding member for the American heavy metal band ...more

Leonore Annenberg is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Leonore Annenberg Natural causes - Leonore Cohn Annenberg, also known as Lee Annenberg, was an American businesswoman, government official, and philanthropist, noted for serving as Chief of Protocol of the United States from 1981 ...more

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Steve McNair is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Steve McNair Ballistic trauma - Stephen LaTreal McNair, nicknamed Air McNair, was an American football quarterback who spent the majority of his National Football League career with the Tennessee Titans. McNair played college ...more

Mark Leduc is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Mark Leduc Hyperthermia - Mark Leduc was a boxer from Canada, who won a silver medal at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics.

Merce Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Merce Cunningham Natural causes - Mercier Philip "Merce" Cunningham was an American dancer and choreographer who was at the forefront of the American modern dance for more than 50 years. He is also notable for his ...more

Francis Magalona is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Francis Magalona Leukemia - Francis Durango Magalona, also known as FrancisM, Master Rapper, The Mouth and The Man From Manila, was a Filipino rapper, entrepreneur, songwriter, producer, actor, director, and photographer. ...more

Ken Ober is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Ken Ober Ken Ober was an American game show host, comedian, and actor.

Mitsuharu Misawa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Mitsuharu Misawa Heart failure - Mitsuharu Misawa was a Japanese professional wrestler. He made his professional debut on August 21, 1981 for All Japan Pro Wrestling. From 1984 until 1990, Misawa wrestled as the second ...more

Melodye Prentiss is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009