Celebrity deaths 2009: A very bad year

Dec 22, 2009 at 1:52 p.m. ET

In 2009 celebrity death dominated the headlines. Sure, our celebrated performers always pass as the years go by, but in 2009 celebrity death was everywhere.

Michael Jackson passed June 25If you're a celebrity, chances are you can't wait to ring in the new year -- not just because you hope 2010 will bring a marked increase to your investment portfolio, but because stars died by the droves in 2009.

The celebrity deaths started early in the year, when the teenage son of John Travolta, Jett, died in the early morning hours of January 2 after suffering a seizure during a family vacation to the Bahamas.

The biggest entertainment news story of the year -- and possibly the biggest news story overall -- was the death of Michael Jackson. The superstar was found dead in his rented California home after being given a fatal overdose of Propofol by his doctor.

Other pop culture icons breathed their last in 2009, such as Farrah Fawcett, Patrick Swayze, director John Hughes, Ed McMahaon, and most recently Brittany Murphy.

Stars, listen up: the year is not over. You still have another week-plus to keep yourselves alive. Please do us all a favor and do so. 2009 was depressing enough.

Major celebrity deaths of 2009:

Michael Jackson
Farrah Fawcett
Patrick Swayze
John Hughes
Brittany Murphy
Chris Henry
Roy Disney
Brittany Murphy passed December 20Walter Cronkite
Ken Ober
Soupy Sales
Captain Lou Albano
Senator Ted Kennedy
Les Paul
Eunice Shriver
Steve McNair
Karl Malden
Billy Mays

Ed McMahon
David Carradine
Dom DeLuise
Bea Arthur
Natasha Richardson
John Updike
Jett Travolta

RIP, beautiful stars.

Read on for more celebrity death in 2009

Brittany Murphy's autopsy is complete
Farrah Fawcett and Michael Jackson die on same day: two icons...one awful time
Stars chime in on DJ AM's death
John Hughes biggest star remembers the filmmaker