2011: In memoriam
Some of the people we lost in 2011.
December 28th, 2011
05:49 AM ET

2011: In memoriam

As 2011 draws to a close, we’d like to look back at some of the notable people who died this year. These videos highlight their achievements and honor their legacies.

Screen siren – Elizabeth Taylor is remembered not only as a strikingly beautiful Academy Award-winning actress, but also as a compassionate and devoted advocate for HIV/AIDS research.

Soulful songbird – Amy Winehouse enchanted many of us with her sultry voice and modern style of music. The Grammy Award-winning singer had notoriously battled substance abuse issues for years.

The visionary – Pioneer, innovator, creative genius - these are words peers used to describe iconic Apple co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs. Many first got word of his passing on one of the devices he helped create and popularize.

Witty journalist – Legendary commentator Andy Rooney was known for his dry wit and profound intelligence to audiences all over the globe. Rooney’s last televised commentary aired on “60 Minutes” on October 2, 2011.  He died about one month after leaving the show at age 92.

More notable faces – CNN looks back at some of the notable people who died in 2011.

Post by:
Filed under: 2011 Year in Review • Amy Winehouse • Apple • Celebrity • Elizabeth Taylor • Gotta Watch • Movies • Music • Steve Jobs • Technology
soundoff (203 Responses)
  1. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Elizabeth Taylor would also have been my choice to head the above list.
    Thank you for that, CNN.

    December 28, 2011 at 5:57 am | Report abuse |
    • alpg49

      Never boring, fiercely loyal to her friends.

      December 28, 2011 at 8:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mmmmm

    you forgot cheeta...

    December 28, 2011 at 6:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Certainly not banasy.

    December 28, 2011 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. Larry Risko

    Also You're all forgetting the wonderful, beautiful Anne Francis, ( who played Altiera in movie Forbidden Planet) she died in Jan . 2011!

    December 28, 2011 at 7:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. CJH

    First on my list is my Dad.

    December 28, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. Terry

    What about Dick Winters of the 506th PIR. "Band of Brothers". To me he was more important than all the "celebrities" that was on this list. He and men like him saved the country.

    December 28, 2011 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Christiane

      I concur with Terry–Dick Winters is an inspiration, the embodiment of good leadership and the truest example of a role model for growing young men. They don't make them like that anymore.

      December 28, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Pam

      I agree with you Terry. Major Dick Winters is a hero and should top the list.

      December 28, 2011 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Brad

      Very true. Still no word on the Congressional Medal of Honor for him either

      December 28, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. Charlie

    What does it say about our culture when entertainers top the list of notable deaths? At least Elizabeth Taylor beat out Amy Winehouse.

    December 28, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • dogs rule

      Well, entertainers, like it or not, are more widely known than other people, aren't they!

      December 28, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. WJR

    Winehouse was a drunken junkie!.......How about the deaths of all the starving pagan babies in Africa!

    December 28, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
    • dogs rule

      They're not celebrities, you cretin!

      December 28, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • comeon

      "They're not celebrities, you cretin!"
      Who cares... Amy Winehouse threw her life away. She has no business being recognized above others more deserving. She was more famous for her antics than her music. She had 1 commercially successful album.

      December 28, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Willie

    Tampa residents would say you left Leroy Selmon off this list. First draft pick by the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. A community leader, and an all around good person.

    December 28, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  10. Catch22ofNJ

    As I read the headlines, I think an interesting article would have been people we SHOULD have lost.

    December 28, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Simply Amazing

      They are not lost. We know where they are. They are worm food. Celebrate life people!

      December 28, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Chris

    Where's Patrice O'Neal? I think he left much more of a lasting impression on people's lives than Amy Winehouse. Unfortunately he is a talent who will be appreciated more in death than while he was alive.

    December 28, 2011 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. serdich

    Kim Jong not on da list ?

    December 28, 2011 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  13. Larry

    I didn't see James Arness,he was truely a great guy all the way around.....CNN did you forget one of the best??

    December 28, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  14. Stacell

    They year isn't over w/yet...

    December 28, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Stacell

      I meant the year isn't over w/yet!

      December 28, 2011 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jenny

      You're right! How observant!!
      But what does that have to do with this article?

      December 28, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
    • MrMutton

      Absolutely right. Tragically, it has just been reported that Cheetah, the chimp of Tarzan movie fame, has just died. Clearly, this article is incomplete and premature.

      December 28, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  15. gwioe

    w/yet? I get what you are saying, but why?

    December 28, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8