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.

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  1. jdurand

    The problem with these lists is that they always leave people out. Some more notable departures: Geraldine Ferraro, Sargent Shriver, cartoonists Bil Keane and Tom Wilson, Sr, Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, actors Cliff Robertson and James Arness, Nick Ashford (Ashford and Simpson), Ret., Maj. Richard "Dick" Winters (think Band of Brothers)

    December 28, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      My peeve is that they announce notable deaths in 2011. According to my calendar we still got three days left and only God knows if anybody notable will die in the three remaining days of 2011. They really should wait until January to announce the list.

      December 28, 2011 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rob

    Guitar great Gary Moore

    December 28, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      A legend with Skid Row, Thin Lizzy and as a solo musician. RIP Gary, you are soooooo missed. Thanks for posting Rob.

      December 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Neil

    Don't forget Cornelius Flagbottom.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. michael kelly

    Amy Winehouse? Really? Should have been called Amy Crackhouse. How about someone who brought intelligence into this world like Christopher Hitchens.

    December 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joie

      People do not have to be perfect in order to make an impact and be missed.

      December 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Leucadia Bob

    WAS Amy Winehouse really a loss?

    December 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. martha

    just found out Sir Anthony Hopkins died. What a tragedy!

    December 28, 2011 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oykevalt

      You might want to check a fact or two before you post something, martha. He's not only NOT dead, he's releasing an album.

      December 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • martha

      and you might want to read some news before you spout out nonsense Oykeviavolata. It just hit the wires. Died of a heart attack last night.

      December 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Precisely my point. There's always someone 'in the wings' waiting to die. Wait until 2011 is OVER-that's January 1, 2012 before you make the list.

      December 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simply Amazing

      Fact check... AP, CNN and FOXNEWS.... no one has that announcement.

      What are your sources?

      December 28, 2011 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leucadia Bob

      FAT Check-also Reuters and TMZ. Is this a FAT check-meaning the person that claimed this is fat and sitting on the couch with nothing better to do?

      December 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • AVON

      Ahhh Martha he is alive.

      December 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • nannimoe

      Sir Anthony Hopkins is alive and well. Whatever your source of info is, it is incorrect.

      December 28, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. paul

    how about cheetah the chimp?

    December 28, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simply Amazing


      just a bit late joining the dialog on this blog I see....

      We mourn the lose of the monkey earlier this morning. See, he is evolving now into a new species now or just worm food. Hard to tell the difference.

      Sorry to hear about your lose, tarzen.

      December 28, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Arlen

    Yes, Amy Winehouse was a loss. She was a talented musician. Grow up.

    December 28, 2011 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • mike

      Amy Winehouse was not a musician. She sang. Horribly I might add. She was no instrumentalist

      December 28, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Leucadia Bob

      Grow Up? How about learn how to reply to a thread on a comments section you baboon? Amy Winehouse may have had some talent but she set a bad example and was a waste of a life. Anyone who chooses to remember that pathetic excuse for a human being can eat my fodder.

      December 28, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mike H

    Don't forget Sean Collins, who just passed Dec. 26th.

    December 28, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Argle Bargle

    I'm gonna miss ol' Kim Jong Il-vis. He was one of the true fruity nuts of humanity.

    I'm sure ol' Beelzebub already has him on a spit and turning slowly.

    December 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Some List....

    CNN left out a lot of names. Do over.

    December 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Simply Amazing

      Yes they did.

      Millions of aborted babies were not mentioned. They lost their life too.

      December 28, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. woodrow

    Wouldn't it be awesome if they didn't have 30 second advertisement on these videos and instead had maybe 5 second promos? Then I might actually watch the videos!

    December 28, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Maurie Murray

    We lost a tragic number of young American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Have we forgotten them already? Kids–some of of then just kids–who will never know lovers, children, family, etc. God bless them all.

    December 28, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • BL

      Thanks for your comment, and I agree 100%. The media and public assumes some inherent superiority in celebrities. Therefore, their passing must somehow be more "meaningful." It's not. To add to your wise comment, here's tribute also to the untold number of unknown souls that were equal as human beings; the one's lost in suicide bombings, or insurrections, or just acts of nature. God bless them all, for you too will be remembered.

      December 28, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Never amazed at the stupidity of others

      Where is the "like" button?

      December 28, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sweetenedtea

      Remembering one does not preclude the other. It's not an either/or situation, nor does this article imply in any fashion that other people besides the ones mentioned here are unimportant. This particular article depends on its audience recognizing the names of the people it mentions. The fact that you can't rattle off the list of those who died in Iraq and Afghanistan could be attributed to you not caring at all about them...but, of course, that would just be a silly thing to say. But no sillier that getting in your moral outrage over a non-issue like an article on celebrity deaths not talking about soldiers who died in the line of duty.

      December 28, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • womble

      ...and an even greater number of innocent Iraqi and Afghan citizens unfortunately. Regardless of their country of origin, (USA, Iraq, Afghanistan and others) none of them needed to die, none of them should have died – but such is the world in which we live that certain factions see no alternative than military action at all costs.

      December 28, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Michael

    So easily forgotten are the heros. The ones that willing gave thier lives. This is for all military members that payed in full your right to free speech. You are not forgotten brothers and sisters.

    December 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • BL


      December 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • womble

      ...really dude????? You've certainly butchered that so-called freedom speech. And pray tell, just how does sending young soldiers halfway around the globe to kill and be killed serve any interest of the US or anyone else for that matter. Take your head out of the sand.....

      December 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    And yet there are many within this very country that seek to take away that right, on a daily basis, from those that disagree with them. Which is the greater threat?

    December 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gonfis

      Who are the many??????? The 1% who serve are the ones we are talking about. There's a boat load of free speech as some call it, don't see anyone trying to stop any of it. Don't mind you talking so much just wish you would say something.

      December 28, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
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