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2008 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

This is my top 10 famous death stories in Hollywood - 2008

I came up with the list by considering three factors: 1) How much I like them personally, 2) How much they contributed to entertainment industry, 3) Shock value. 

So, you are likely to disagree with me.  But it's OK.

  1. Paul Newman (83)
  2. Charlton Heston (83)
  3. Richard Widmark (93)
  4. Heath Ledger (28)
  5. Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother murdered
  6. Sydney Pollack (73)
  7. Eddy Arnold (89)
  8. Harvey Korman (81)
  9. Don LaFontaine (68)
  10. Jo Stafford (90)

Feel free to reply with your own top 10 deaths of 2008.

It's not easy to trim out the others and come up with only 10, but that's the beauty of it. 

Hollywood deaths 2008, dead celebrities

No one has mentioned the loss

No one has mentioned the loss of actor Jeff MacKay (10.20.1948-8.22.2008), who passed away of liver failure. He was best known as "Mac" on TV's Magnum P.I. and as mechanic Corky on TV's Tales Of the Gold Monkey. He has been credited for a number of guest appearances and starred in the 2008 film December.

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Where's poor Anita Page?

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I'm sorry, she didn't make top 10. To be honest, I have never heard of Anita Page.

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she wasn't poor....she had a lot of money!!!!!

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1. Heath Ledger 2. Bernie Mac 3. Paul Newman 4. Estelle Getty 5. George Carlin 6. Brad Renfro 7. Eartha Kitt 8. Tim Russert 9. Charlton Heston 10. Isaac Hayes

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I think Heath Ledger was also great in the "Patriot" as far as self destructing I agree,but it is human especially in the 20's it happened to me when I lost my family I think he poured himself into the Joker role and he should be commended for that,after all it is rare that we get to see the end result of someones life played out on film.....it is sad.

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I agree with the top 3 + 1 Paul Newman (83) (legend) Charlton Heston (83) (legend) Richard Widmark (93) (legend) Harvey Korman (81) (with Mel Brooks and Carol Burnett hilarious) * Heath Ledger (28) - No offense great actor, Batman joker performance great, gay cowboy (yawn) but its more tragic than significant in my opinion. Also he self destructed and I take points off for that. The goal in my opinion is not to die young but live long. (let this be a lesson drugs kill and stay close to your family.) ** Jennifer Hudson's mother and brother murdered (not to mention the kid) is high on the tragic scale but trivial in the scheme of humanity and celebrity. I would consider the following 6 to fill in the top 10: George Carlin (changed comedy, classic) Suzanne Pleshette (beauty, wit, humor, charm and sexy voice) Roy Scheider (all that jazz and lead in Jaws, a classic) Cyd Charisse (sexy woman, golden age cinema danced and acted) Timothy John Russert (beloved fair smart respected political pundit) Bo Diddley (famous musician, influenced & copied by many others) These had more affect on our collective culture, conscience, life and made more impact in my opinion.

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I'm straight, but I thought Heath Ledger was amazing as a gay cowboy. Absolutely amazing... love the movie.

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I loved Heath Ledger but just couldnt bring myself to watch Brokeback mountain.

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Haha.. I understand. It took me a few years for me to be willing to watch Brokeback Mountain. I thought it would be... you know... people with mustache and stuff. Anyway. I love Brokeback Mountain. I even bought Annie Proulx's short story book (Brokeback Mountain is one of the short stories in this book). Heath Ledger earned my respect on Brokeback Mountain. Not as a Joker. It's a great movie. It's not sexy or "homo" (as some might say). If you haven't watched it, you need to check it out.

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Heath was accidental. He wasn't abusing, it was a lethal cocktail.

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Agreed that Heath was accidental. People don't realize that acetaminopin (main ingredients in Tylenol is in everything.

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