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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Filed under: 2011 Year in Review • Amy Winehouse • Apple • Celebrity • Elizabeth Taylor • Gotta Watch • Movies • Music • Steve Jobs • Technology
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  1. Gonfis

    Never forget those who sacrificed it all so we could live the American Dream. Support the Wounded Warriors all you posssibly can, we can do something for them now. Wish we would look back on the year at the true hero's who have been lost, not just actors and people with face time on the SCREEN. Hoorah!

    December 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bobby Frank- Dallas, TX

    Life is the most precious thing that there is. If you are a teacher and i don't just mean schools only....i am talking anybody that is in the teaching of anything business worldwide, should teach one important thing. Life is the most important thing in the universe and we need to teach everyone that it is not acceptable to take a life. Consider the consequences for yourself, your family and the family of the life you are taking away.

    December 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. James

    What about Hitchens? WHAT ABOUT CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS!?

    December 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Duplantier

      Absolutely! Winehouse over Hitchens? 😛

      December 28, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Irish189

    No mention of Jack Lalanne?

    December 28, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JasperJack

      What about "CHEETAH" ?

      December 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Project: out of bounds

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMrWt-SDS-k&w=640&h=360]

    December 28, 2011 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Ben

    Slow year on the celebrity death front.

    December 28, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. DON

    YOU FORGOT ABOUT TED BUNDY

    December 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. gman

    rip bin laden, kim jong il, heavy d, risto benji, joe frasier

    December 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GrandOldPatsy

    Jobs who?

    December 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dave

    Winehouse always reminded me of a rorschach test cards.

    December 28, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dave

    Card. Sorry!

    December 28, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Pants987987

    I lost my car keys these past year.

    December 28, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Damn, you too?

      December 28, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mike Johanson

    What about Kim Jong, Osma Bin Laden Gadafi and the other amazing leaders in other parts of the world we lost this year!?

    December 28, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sandra LeVin

    @ "Simply Amazing" – you sound like an amazingly angry person.

    December 28, 2011 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • AssumingOne

      Sandra, what anger? Makes sense. Liberials think they control everthing.
      I would agree, possibly toning down would help get the message across.

      Take care and Happy 2012...

      December 29, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  15. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    PETER STEEL LEAD SINGER FOR TYPE O NEGATIVE RIP DUDE

    December 28, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
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