Year in Review: 2010 in Memoriam

From one time child star Gary Coleman, political spouse Elizabeth Edwards, and comedian favorite Leslie Nielsen, take a look back at some of the most notable deaths of 2010.

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From one time child star Gary Coleman, political spouse Elizabeth Edwards, and comedian favorite Leslie Nielsen, take a look back at some of the most notable deaths of 2010.
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Famed R & B singer Teena Marie, a Rick James protege known as the "Ivory Queen of Soul," passed away at 54 on December 26 after reportedly suffering a seizure. Signed by Motown in 1976, she is best known for hits "Lovergirl" and "Fire and Desire."
Former child star Gary Coleman, best known for his role Diff'rent Strokes, died on May 28. His death was the result of complications stemming from a head injury he suffered from a fall in his Utah home. He was 42.
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Elizabeth Edwards, the wife of former Sen. John Edwards, died at her North Carolina home after a 6-year battle with breast cancer. Elizabeth Edwards was 61 .
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Leslie Nielsen passed away on n Nov. 28 after a battle with pneumonia. His comic delivery in such classics as The Naked Gun movies and Airplane! made him one of Hollywood's funniest stars. He was 84.
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Actor Tom Bosley who is best known for playing Mr. Cunningham on Happy Days, died Oct. 19 after a long battle with lung cancer. His death came only a few days after that of another iconic '50s TV parent, Barbara Billingsley, of Leave It to Beaver. Bosley was 83.
Simon Monjack, husband of late actress Brittany Murphy, was found dead on May 23. The British filmmaker died of a heart attack just five months after the shocking death of his actress wife. He was 40.
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Barbara Billingsley, most famous for her role as June Cleaver on the long-running Leave It To Beaver, died Oct. 16. She was 94.
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Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was found dead in his London home on Feb. 11 after an apparent suicide. The death of the British fashion icon came just days before his secondary fashion line was set to be displayed at New York Fashion Week. He was 40.
Dorothy Height, an icon of the Civil Rights Movement and a longtime leader in the pursuit of equal rights for women, died on April 20. She was 98.
Golden Girls star Rue McClanahan, who played Blanche Deveraux iconic series, died on June 3 after suffering a stroke. Last year, Golden Girl co-star Bea Arthur died from cancer. Estelle Getty died in 2008. McClanahan was 76.
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Teacher Jaime Escalante, who's work in East L.A inspired the film Stand and Deliver died on March 30. He was 79.
Gregory Isaacs, the late '70s and '80s Reggae legend known as "The Cool Ruler," died Oct. 25 of lung cancer. Isaacs released an estimated 500 albums, including his landmark 1982 "Night Nurse" record. He was 59.
American novelist and short story writer J.D. Salinger, author of The Catcher In The Rye died on Jan. 27 at his home in New Hampshire. He was 91.
Hollywood legend Tony Curtis died Sept. 30. The actor is best known for his roles in Some Like it Hot, The Defiant Ones and Spartacus. He was married to actress Janet Leigh and is the father of Jamie Lee Curtis. He was 85.
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Guru, a pioneering rapper who formed the duo Gang Starr, died April 19 after losing a battle with cancer. The Hip-Hop legend, whose real name was Keith Elam, had been suffering from the illness for more than a year. He was 43.
Paul Gray, the bassist for Grammy-winning metal band Slipknot, was found dead on May 24. The oft-masked musician was found dead in an Iowa hotel room after an apparent accidental overdose. He was 38.
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Legendary R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass died Jan. 13 after months of hospitalization. He had undergone surgery for colon cancer eight months prior to his death. He was 59.
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Corey Haim, the child actor who was best known for his roles in '80s teen cult classics such as The Lost Boys and Lucas died of an apparent overdose on March 10. He was 38.
Two-time Oscar nominee Jill Clayburgh died on Nov. 5, after a two-decade battle with leukemia. She was nominated for her breakthrough performances in the 1976 film Silver Streak as well as the 1978 comedy An Unmarried Woman.
Don Meredith, one of the most recognizable quarterbacks for the Dallas Cowboys and an original member of ABC's "Monday Night Football" broadcast team, died Dec. 5 after suffering a brain hemorrhage. He was at 72.
James MacArthur, who played "Dano" in the original version of television's Hawaii Five-0 and was the son of actress Helen Hayes and playwright Charles MacArthur, died on Oct. 28. He was 72.
Joseph Stein, the playwright who brought Fiddler on the Roof to Broadway and penned the screenplay for its film adaptation, died on Oct. 24 of complications from a fall. He was 98.
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Bob Guccione, the founder of Penthouse magazine, died Oct. 20, after a long battle with cancer. The media man's magazine reached the height of its popularity in 1984 after publishing nude pictures of Vanessa Williams, the former Miss America. He was 79.
American film-maker, Blake Edwards died on Dec16th in southern California. Among the films Edwards directed were The Pink Panther, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Victor/Victoria and 10. He was 88.
Denise Borino-Quinn, who played Ginny Sacrimoni on the HBO drama The Sopranos, died on Oct. 27 at age 46 after battling liver cancer. Bornio-Quinn earned the role when she showed up for casting to help a friend.
Soul Legend Solomon Burke, who was renowned among music's premier vocalists and influenced such soul superstars as James Brown and Marvin Gaye, died on Oct. 10. Burke died of natural causes while on his way to Amserdam to perform a sold-out show. He was 70.
Hall of Fame manager George “Sparky” Anderson died Nov. 4 from complications from dementia. He was 76. The Cincinnati Reds won back-to-back championships in 1975 and 1976 with Anderson at the helm. He also led the Detroit Tigers to a 1984 title.
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Stephen J. Cannell, the voracious writer-producer of dozens of series that included TV favorites The Rockford Files, The A-Team and The Commish, died on Sept. 30. He was 69.
Comedian Greg Giraldo, known for his stint as a judge on reality show Last Comic Standing and celebrity roasts on Comedy Central, died Sept. 29 of complications from an apparent overdose. He was 44.
Director and producer Arthur Penn, who is known for such classics as Bonnie and Clyde and Little Big Man died Sept. 28. He was 88.
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Film editor Sally Menke, known for her work with Quintin Tarantino, died while hiking in California on Sept. 28. Her body was found at the bottom of a ravine and her cause of death remains unclear. She was 56.
Eddie Fisher, a popular singer in the 1950s who married Elizabeth Taylor and is the father of actress Carrie Fisher, died from complications of hip surgery on Sept. 22. He was 82.
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Denver Broncos wide receiver Kenny McKinley was found dead in his apartment on Sept. 20 after he apparently shot himself. The second-year NFL pro was on the Bronco's injured reserve list. He was 23.
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Veteran actor Harold Gould, who played Betty White’s boyfriend in The Golden Girls, and also starred in The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, died Sept. 11 of prostate cancer. Gould also appeared opposite Lindsay Lohan in the film Freaky Friday. He was 86.
Erich Segal, professor for literature and author of the the best-selling novel Love Story, died on Jan. 17. He was 72.
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Kevin McCarthy, who starred as a frantic doctor trying to save his community in the science-fiction movie classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers died Sept. 11. He was 96.
Art Clokey, the creator of the bendable pop culture phenomenon Gumby in the early '50s, died on Jan. 8. He was 89.
Martin Short's wife, Nancy Dolman, died Aug. 21. The Canadian comic married the "Father of the Bride" actor in 1980. She was 58.
Ex-Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) was killed on Aug. 9 along with four others in a small plane crash in southwest Alaska. He was the longest-serving Republican senator in the U.S. and was the fifth sitting senaor in history to be convicted by a jury after he was accused of making false statements. He was 86.
Oscar-winning actress Patricia Neal died on Aug. 8. The husky-voiced star of Hud and The Fountainhead famously recovered from a stroke at age 39 to return to acting. She had five children with her former husband, British writer Roald Dahl. She was 84.
Mitch Miller, the goateed orchestra leader who asked Americans to "Sing Along With Mitch" on TV and records, died on July 31. The Sing Along series began as a record collection and then became a popular NBC show in the 1960s. He was 99.
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Jack Tatum, the All-Pro safety for the Oakland Raiders best known for his hit that paralyzed Darryl Stingley in an NFL preseason game in 1978, died on July 27. He was 61.
James Gammon, known for playing a grizzled "good ol' boy" role in numerous movies including Major League and Cold Mountain, died on July 16 in California following a bout with cancer. He was 70.
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Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died on July 13 after suffering a massive heart attack. During Steinbrenner's 37-year ownership of the club, the longest tenure in Bronx Bombers' history, the Yankees won seven World Series titles and 11 penants. He was 80.
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Robert C. Byrd, the longest serving U.S. senator in history, died on June 28. During his 57-year tenure, Byrd filibustered against the Civil Rights Act in 1964 and supported the Vietnam war. The West Virginia pol later criticized the Iraq War. He was 92.
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Legendary NBA Star and humanitarian Manute Bol died on June 19 of complications he suffered from a skin disorder and kidney failure. The Sudanese-born athlete was one of the tallest centers in NBA history at 7-feet, 7-inches tall. He was 47. , died at 47, from complications of a skin disorder and kidney failure. Bol, originally from Sudan, was one of the tallest centers in NBA history at 7 foot, 7 inches tall.
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Country singer Jimmy Dean, whose music career was equaled later in life by his success as a sausage entrepreneur, died June 13. He was 81.
Marvin Isley, whose muscular bass lines propelled the hits of his classic sibling band The Isley Brothers, died on June 6. Isley, who grew up in Englewood, New Jersey, is known for playing on many hits including "Who's That Lady?" He was 56.
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Iconic ex-UCLA basketball coach John Wooden, who took the Bruins to 10 NCAA titles, died June 4. He notched seven consecutive championships in his 27-year career at the school and won 620 games. He also mentored NBA players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton. He died at 99.
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Ali-Ollie Woodson, who led the legendary Motown quintet The Temptations in the '80s and '90s, died May 30, after a battle with cancer. He was 58.
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Legendary actor and filmmaker Dennis Hopper, who had iconic roles in Easy Rider and Apocalypse Now, died on May 29. His accomplishments in film - writing, directing and acting - are largely considered unmatched. He was 74.
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TV icon Art Linkletter, former host of the long-running shows People Are Funny and House Party, died on May 26. He also authored the best-selling "Kids Say the Darndest Things!" based on the House Party segment. He was 97.
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Ronnie James Dio, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne as the lead singer of Black Sabbath in 1980, died May 16 after battling stomach cancer. He was 67.
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Legendary singer and actress Lena Horne, who became the first African-American to sign a long-term contract with a major movie studio, died on May 9. She was best-known for her performance of the song "Stormy Weather" from the 1943 movie musical of the same name. She was 92.
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Actress Lynn Redgrave died on May 2 after a long battle with breast cancer. The star was best known for her turns in Georgy Girl and her onstage performances in Shakespeare for My Father and Nightingale. Her sister is acting great Vanessa Redgrave and her niece, actor Natasha Richardson, died last year. Redgrave was 67.
As the World Turns soap star Helen Wagner, who held a Guinness World Record for playing the same role on television for the longest amount of time, died May 1. Wagner played the mild-mannered Nancy Hughes for more than a half-century. She was at age 91.
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Actress Dixie Carter, best known for her role as Julia Sugarbaker on Designing Women, died on April 10. She was 70 years old.
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Meinhardt Raabe, who played the Munchkin coroner in The Wizard of Oz and proclaimed that the Wicked Witch of the East was "really most sincerely dead," died on April 9. He was 94.
Legendary Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren died on April 8. Besides giving the Sex Pistols their name, McLaren aggressively promoted the motley group of British punk rockers. He was 64.
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Christopher Cazenove, who was best known for his role in the 1980's soap opera Dynasty, died on April 7 after a battle with septicaemia. Cazenove came just days after Dynasty castmate John Forsythe, 92, died of cancer. Cazenove was 64.
Actor John Forsythe, who played scheming oil tycoon Blake Carrington in Dynasty, on April 1. He won two Golden Globes for his performance in the role. He died at 92.
David Mills, one of the writers of NYPD Blue, died on March 30. Mills was a veteran television writer who worked on the award-winning series ER and The Wire. He was 48.
Robert Culp, who teamed up with Bill Cosby as American agents in I Spy and was Bob in the acclaimed comedy Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, died on March 24 after collapsing outside his Hollywood home. He was 79.
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Actor Fess Parker, who became every baby boomer’s idol in the 1950s and launched a craze for coonskin caps as television’s Davy Crockett, died March 18. He was 85.
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Peter Graves, best known for his portrayal of special agent leader Jim Phelps in the long-running television series Mission: Impossible, died March 14. Graves died of an apparent heart attack outside his Los Angeles home, about a week shy of his 84th birthday.
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Los Angeles Rams' defensive tackle Merlin Olsen, a Pro Football Hall of Famer and former television actor, died on March 10. He was 69.
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Tom "T-Bone" Wolk, who performed with scores of musicians but was best known as the longtime bass player for Hall and Oates, died from what was believed to be a heart attack on Feb 28. He was 58.
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Alexander Haig, a four-star general and ex-secretary of state who served three presidents and ran for the office in 1988, died Saturday Feb. 20 of complications from infection. He was 85.
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British author Richard "Dick" Francis a professional jockey and best selling author of popular thrillers set in the equestrian, world died on Feb. 14. He was 89.
Doug Fieger, lead singer of the power pop band The Knack, who sang on the 1979 hit "My Sharona," died on Feb. 14. He was 57.
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Rep. Charlie Wilson, the controversial Texan Democrat who secretly funded the CIA in Afghanistan, died Feb. 11. He was 76.
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Captain Phil Harris of the Discovery Channel's Deadliest Catch died Feb. 9 of complications from a stroke. Harris, the captain of the Cornelia Marie, was a veteran commercial fisherman. He was 53.
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Rep. John Murtha, who said the Bush administration's handling of the war in Iraq was based on "flawed policy wrapped in illusion" and called for a withdrawal of U.S. troops there, died Feb. 8 after suffering complications from gallbladder surgery. He was 77.
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Frances Reid, who played matriarch Alice Horton on Days of Our Lives died on Feb. 3. She worked as a regular on the daytime soap opera for four decades, from its premiere in 1965 until 2007. She was 95.
Boston Legal actor Justin Mentell died Feb. 1 in Wisconsin in a car crash. The actor portrayed attorney Garrett Wells in 16 episodes of Boston Legal and also appeared in several independent films and did a voice over in the 2009 Disney film G-Force. He was 27.
Pernell Roberts, the handsome actor who shocked Hollywood by leaving TV's Bonanza at the height of its popularity, then found fame again years later on Trapper John, M.D., died of cancer Jan. 24. He was 81.
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James Mitchell, who for nearly three decades played gruff patriarch Palmer Cortland on soap opera All My Children, died on Jan 23. Mitchell had suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease for years, complicated by a recent bout of pneumonia. He was 89.
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Jennifer Lyon, fourth place finalist on Survivor: Palau, died Jan. 20. The reality TV star was diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after Survivor wrapped in 2005. She was 37.
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Guys and Dolls Academy Award-nominee Jean Simmons died of a heart attack Jan. 22. She was 80.
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Vice president Joe Biden's mother died on Jan. 8. Jean Biden was 92.
Author Robert Parker, creator of the Boston hardscrabble private-detective Spenser, died on Jan. 18. He was 77.
Donald Goerke, the Campbell Soup Co. executive who was behind the enduring brands Spaghetti O's and Chunky Soup, died on Jan. 10. He was 83.
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