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Celebrity deaths 2009: A very bad year

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

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

The biggest entertainment news story of the year — and possibly the biggest news story overall — was the death of Michael
. 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

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