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Biggest Headline of 2009: The Year in Celebrity Passings

We've been counting down the biggest headlines of 2009, and we'll be revealing more throughout the month of December. Read on to take a look back at some of the stories that created the most buzz throughout the year.

This year, we lost many stars, both old and young. Michael Jackson stole headlines over the Summer due to his passing, but we also spent the last 12 months mourning other public figures.

Just two days into the year, John Travolta and Kelly Preston suffered the devastating loss of their son, Jett Travolta, after complications from a seizure. Michael Jackson's highly publicized death almost overshadowed the passing of Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon, who died within days of each other at the end of June. Beloved actor Patrick Swayze lost his battle with cancer in September, after a lengthy and courageous fight. Bea Arthur, meanwhile, passed in April at the age of 86, and director John Hughes suffered a fatal heart attack in August. Legendary senator Ted Kennedy also died that month after his own fight against cancer.

Two deaths seemed particularly out of the blue — DJ AM overdosed in August after surviving a plane crash and overcoming drugs during a previous battle with addiction, and Natasha Richardson died in March after a tragic ski accident. The most recent star to be gone too soon is Brittany Murphy, who died last weekend at her LA home. Our hearts go out to all of those who lost a loved one this year, and the memories of these celebrities will certainly live on through their work.

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PinkNC PinkNC 6 years
And Michael Jackson's photo would be where? I don't see it here anywhere Pop. How rude :(
meeshee meeshee 6 years
michael jackson......? where is he?
KrisB KrisB 6 years
Yea, whats up with leaving out MJ's pic?
jaan_black jaan_black 6 years
all death is horrible, especially those who end their own life....still think DJ AM committed suicide imo...yeah, um, MJ may need to go in this collage, ya think?
shiralenea shiralenea 6 years
i'm gonna have to say Michael Jackson's death was more shocking and heartbreaking then all of these mentioned..
Pampire Pampire 6 years
What a sad year 2009 has been. :(
gt99 gt99 6 years
I think MJ's passing is the biggest headline of 2009.
nidomilo nidomilo 6 years
Someone dying is always sad but Im more sad for Richardson,Murphy,Jett,Patrick,Fawcett. Im not too sad for destructive lives.I feel sorry for them for wasting their lives and the pain their loved-ones have to endure. I hope Popsugar devote more for our troops who are dying as true heroes protecting us day by day.
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