This list may seem a bit morbid, but it's really meant as more of a tribute. I know that many other folks in tinsel town passed away this year, but these are the few folks who stood out in my mind the most. CNN recently published an article about celebrity deaths this year, posing the questions of whether tinsel town took an extra hard hit this year, or if it only seemed so because social media seemed to perpetuate it. I think it's a combination of both.
Let's take a moment to remember these great folks and all of the contributions that they've made to pop culture that have entertained us so during their careers. RIP.
Bea Arthur passed away from cancer on April 25, 2009. I absolutely loved her in the Golden Girls. I'd be lying if I said that she was my favorite, though, because I loved all the ladies on that show, but there was something about her character's wry, wittiness that bounced off of the others so well. Apparently, she was like that in real life, too.
David Carradine died a mysterious death on June 3, 2009. Older generations probably know David Carradine for his kung fu series, but to the younger generation, he'll always be known as the hardcore Bill from Kill Bill. This man lived quite the life, and it looks like he left it in as crazy a way as he lived it.
Les Paul passed away on August 12, 2009 from complications from pneumonia. I didn't actually know too much about Les Paul until after his death, but I sure can appreciate the guitars that he created and the inspiration that he gave to some of my favorite musicians in the past few decades.
Farrah Fawcett passed away on June 25, 2009 from anal cancer. This blonde bombshell will probably always be known for her red swimsuit, feathered hair, and Charlie's Angel. In her later years, she seemed to be a little more kooky than usual, re: her stint on Roast and her interview on David Letterman, but that was just more Farrah to love. I thought it was hilarious and loved her more for her craziness.
Michael Jackson passed away on June 25, 2009, after going into cardiac arrest. This was a sad, sad day for music, and with his upcoming tour, his death was totally uncalled for. In his adulthood, based on his mannerisms and the things that he did, it never seemed like he was truly part of "our" world, which sometimes led him to legal and financial troubles. I guess he's relieved of all that now, but I still feel badly for his family, especially for his very young children. Despite the crazy life he lived, he will always be remembered for his great contribution to music.
John Hughes passed away on August 6, 2009, after going into cardiac arrest. He brought the world so much awesomeness in the 80's and early 90's through the films he wrote and directed, including Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink and Home Alone. I think I'm going to have to have a John Hughes marathon soon.
DJ AM passed away on August 28, 2009 from an accidental drug overdose. Every time I read a news article about him or saw an interview, it seemed like he was always talking about overcoming something, whether it was obesity, depression, drug abuse or a plane accident, and I always thought that his candor and openness to talking about this was very admirable. It's extra tragic that at the time of his death, it only seemed like he was on his way up and he was working on a show called Gone Too Far about helping drug abusers, yet the one person who he couldn't help was himself.
Gidget Chipperton was put down on July 21, 2009, after suffering from a massive stroke. Yes, the Taco Bell dog has a real name. A real awesome one at that. A lot of people say that Paris Hilton started the whole chihuahua craze, but I swear it all started with Gidget! She will forever be known as the "Yo Quiero Taco Bell?" dog.
Patrick Swayze passed away on September 14, 2009, from pancreatic cancer. He gave us such hit movies as Dirty Dancing and Ghost. At the time of his death, he had been married to his childhood sweetheart, Lisa Niemi, for almost 35 years, which is amazing, especially for Hollywood. It's really admirable how even after he had surgery and was going through cancer treatments, that he continued to make appearances and appeal to the public for support in finding a cure for cancer.
Brittany Murphy passed away on December 20, 2009, after going into cardiac arrest, which is really unusual for a seemingly healthy 32 year old woman. Hearing her husband gush about her and talk about how they had planned on having children next year is absolutely heartbreaking. Brittany played the frumpy friend on Clueless, but later shed some pounds, played some great roles and became a bombshell. She seemed like such a sweet, bubbly and free spirited person. Ashton Kutcher was right when he tweeted, "the world lost a little piece of sunshine" after her death.
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