From Steve Jobs to Elizabeth Taylor: Notable Celeb Deaths of 2011
The year's not over yet, but the media and entertainment industries have already dealt with a lot of loss in 2011. From digital visionary Steve Jobs to troubled young singer Amy Winehouse to America's curmudgeon, Andy Rooney, the significant departures are worth remembering. GET IT ALL: TheWrap's Year in Review: From Moguls to ... WTF?! TheWrap looks back on the major contributors who left us this year.
Computer pioneer Steve Jobs, who co-founded Apple and later revolutionized it, died in October at the age of 56, after battling pancreatic cancer.
Screen legend and two-time Oscar winner Elizabeth Taylor died in March of congestive heart failure at the age of 79.
"Rehab" singer Amy Winehouse died in her London home in July at 27, after a much-publicized struggle with substance abuse.
John Calley, who at various times headed Sony Pictures Entertainment, Warner Bros. Entertainment and MGM/United Artists, died in September at 81.
Gilbert Cates, longtime producer of the Academy Awards and two-term president of the Directors Guild of America, died in November at 77. He had recently undergone heart surgery.
E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons died in June at the age of 69, days after suffering a stroke.
Sherwood Schwartz, the man who brought the world "The Brady Bunch" and "Gilligan's Island," died in July at the age of 94.
Oscar-winning "Charly" star Cliff Robertson died in September of natural causes. He was 88.
Longtime "60 Minutes" curmudgeon Andy Rooney died at 92 in November, after experiencing complications from minor surgery. He had recently stepped down from his regular duties on the long-running CBS newsmagazine.
"Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" star Jane Russell died at 89 in February.
Legendary "Dog Day Afternoon" and "Network" director Sidney Lumet died of lymphoma in April at age 86.
"Spider-Man" producer Laura Ziskin died in June at 61, after a seven-year battle with breast cancer.
Agent Susan Mengers, who pioneered behind-the-scenes roles for women in Hollywood, died in October. Her age was unknown.
"Gunsmoke" star James Arness died in June of unstated causes. He was 88.
Peter Falk, best known as the star of "Columbo," died in June. The actor, who had suffered from Alzheimer's disease, was 83.
Epic Records executive and Michael Jackson manager Frank DiLeo died in August at 63, due to complications from a long illness.
A.C. Nielsen Jr., who pioneered the way that success and failure are measured in television, died in October at the age of 92.
Ted Forstmann, chairman and CEO of sports talent agency IMG, died of brain cancer in November. He was 71.
Former First Lady Betty Ford, who pioneered addiction treatment, died in July. She was 93.
"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Russell Armstrong was found dead of suicide in August, after complaining to family about how the show would portray him in its upcoming season. His death caused many to question the tactics of reality TV shows.
"Jackass" star Ryan Dunn died behind the wheel in a Pennsylvania car crash at 34 in June, after a night of heavy drinking.
Harry Morgan, best known for playing Col. Potter on "M*A*S*H," died on Dec. 7 at the age of 96.
Andy Whitfield, star of Starz's gladiatorial drama "Spartacus: Blood and Sand," died in September following a battle with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. He was 39.
Christopher Hitchens, controversial but esteemed author, journalist and essayist, died in December following a battle with espohageal cancer. He was 62.
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