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Famous People Who Died in 2009

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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
Dec. at 51 (1958-2009) from USA, Indiana, Gary
Michael Joseph Jackson (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, and dancer. Dubbed the "King of Pop", he is regarded as one of the most significant ...more
Farrah Fawcett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 62 (1947-2009) from Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Farrah Leni Fawcett (February 2, 1947 – June 25, 2009) was an American actress of stage and screen, model, and artist. A four-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe Award nominee, ...more
Brittany Murphy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 32 (1977-2009) from Georgia, USA, Atlanta
Brittany Anne Murphy-Monjack (born Brittany Anne Bertolotti; November 10, 1977 – December 20, 2009) was an American actress and singer. A native of Atlanta, Murphy moved to Los Angeles as a ...more
Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 77 (1932-2009) from Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) was an American politician who served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts for almost 47 years, from 1962 until his ...more
Walter Cronkite is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 93 (1916-2009) from Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States of America
Walter Leland Cronkite Jr. (November 4, 1916 – July 17, 2009) was an American broadcast journalist who served as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–1981). During the heyday of ...more
Patrick Swayze is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 57 (1952-2009) from Texas, USA, Houston
Patrick Wayne Swayze (; August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009), was an American actor, dancer, singer, and songwriter. Gaining fame with appearances in films during the 1980s, he became popular ...more
Billy Mays is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 51 (1958-2009) from McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, United States of America
William Darrell "Billy" Mays Jr. (July 20, 1958 – June 28, 2009) was an American television direct-response advertisement salesperson most notable for promoting Fix-It, OxiClean, ...more
Dom DeLuise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 76 (1933-2009) from New York City, USA, New York
Dominick DeLuise (August 1, 1933 – May 4, 2009) was an American actor, voice actor, comedian, director, producer, chef and author. He was the husband of actress Carol Arthur and the father of ...more
Adam Goldstein is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 36 (1973-2009) from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Adam Michael Goldstein (March 30, 1973 – August 28, 2009), known professionally as DJ AM, was an American disc jockey (DJ). Born in Philadelphia, Goldstein became interested in deejaying as a ...more
Test is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 34 (1975-2009) from Whitby, Canada
Andrew James Robert Patrick Martin (March 17, 1975 – March 13, 2009) was a Canadian professional wrestler and actor. He was best known for his time with the World Wrestling ...more
Ricardo Montalbán... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 89 (1920-2009) from Mexico, Mexico City
Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, KSG (; Spanish pronunciation: [montalˈβan]; 25 November 1920 – 14 January 2009) was a Mexican actor of Spanish origin. His career spanned seven ...more
Ed McMahon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 86 (1923-2009) from Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
Edward Leo Peter McMahon Jr. (March 6, 1923 – June 23, 2009) was an American announcer, game show host, comedian, trapeze artist, police officer, actor and singer. McMahon and Johnny Carson ...more
Les Paul is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 94 (1915-2009) from Waukesha, Wisconsin, United States of America
Lester William Polsfuss (June 9, 1915 – August 12, 2009), known as Les Paul, was an American jazz, country, and blues guitarist, songwriter, luthier, and inventor. He was one of the pioneers of ...more
Ron Silver is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 63 (1946-2009) from New York City, New York, United States of America
Ronald Arthur Silver (July 2, 1946 – March 15, 2009) was an American actor, director, producer, radio host, and political activist. As an actor, he portrayed Henry Kissinger, Alan M. Dershowitz ...more
John Updike is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 77 (1932-2009) from Reading, Pennsylvania, United States of America
John Hoyer Updike (March 18, 1932 – January 27, 2009) was an American novelist, poet, short-story writer, art critic, and literary critic. One of only three writers to win the Pulitzer Prize for ...more
David Carradine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 73 (1936-2009) from Los Angeles, USA, Hollywood, California
David Carradine (born John Arthur Carradine; December 8, 1936 – June 3, 2009) was an American actor, best known for playing martial arts roles. He is perhaps best known as the star of the 1970s ...more
John Hughes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 59 (1950-2009) from Lansing, Michigan, United States of America
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
Naomi Sims is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 61 (1948-2009) from Oxford, Mississippi
Naomi Ruth Sims (March 30, 1948 – August 1, 2009) was an American model, businesswoman and author, She was the first African-American model to appear on the cover of Ladies' Home Journal, which ...more
Natasha Richardson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 46 (1963-2009) from Marylebone, London, United Kingdom
Natasha Jane Richardson (11 May 1963 – 18 March 2009) was an English-American actress of stage and screen. Richardson was a member of the Redgrave family, being the daughter of actress Vanessa ...more
Jack Kemp is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 74 (1935-2009) from Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Jack French Kemp (July 13, 1935 – May 2, 2009) was an American politician and a professional player in both American football and Canadian football. A member of the Republican Party from New ...more
Bea Arthur is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 87 (1922-2009) from New York City, USA, New York
Beatrice Arthur (born Bernice Frankel; May 13, 1922 – April 25, 2009) was an American actress and comedienne. Arthur began her career on stage in 1947 and made her Broadway debut in The ...more
Stephen Gately is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 33 (1976-2009) from Republic of Ireland
Stephen Patrick David Gately (17 March 1976 – 10 October 2009) was an Irish pop singer-songwriter, actor, children's writer, and dancer, who, with Ronan Keating, was co-lead singer of the pop ...more
Jim Carroll is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 60 (1949-2009) from Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
James Dennis Carroll (August 1, 1949 – September 11, 2009) was an American author, poet, autobiographer, and punk musician. Carroll was best known for his 1978 autobiographical work The ...more
Dominick Dunne is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 84 (1925-2009) from USA, Connecticut, Hartford
Dominick John Dunne (October 29, 1925 – August 26, 2009) was an American writer, investigative journalist, and producer. He began his career as a producer in film and television, noted for ...more
Jennifer Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2009
Dec. at 90 (1919-2009) from USA, Oklahoma, Tulsa
Jennifer Jones (born Phylis Lee Isley; March 2, 1919 – December 17, 2009), also known as Jennifer Jones Simon, was an American actress and mental health advocate. Over the course of her career ...more