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2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

This is my top 10 famous celebrity deaths in Hollywood - 2009

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.  Feel free to share your opinion.

  1. Michael Jackson 50
  2. Jennifer Jones 90
  3. Patrick Swayze 57
  4. Farrah Fawcett 62
  5. Ed McMahon 86
  6. Karl Malden 97
  7. Billy Mays 50
  8. David Carradine 72
  9. Ted Kennedy 77
  10. Al Martino 82
- Hollywood deaths 2009 -

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

Popular author Joe Bageant just died, as did popular author Diana Wynn Jones. Not a great weekend for authors.

Re: Michael Jackson and Elvis

I have to comment on Elvis and Michael Jackson, I don't believe Michael Jackson was trying to do anything related to Elvis, and Elvis "borrowed" his moves and vocal stylings from other singers he had seen. I adored Elvis I have a lot of his memorabilia. I saw Michael Jackson in concert, in the 80's, 5 rows back on the floor. It was amazing, all I was thinking about was running up on stage, the security kept telling me to get back in my row, I was thinking I could run up there like Wilma Rudolph, that was all I was thinking of doing! I can understand when you see the audience, the girls are screaming, crying and fainting, you had to be at one of Michael's shows. He was mezmerizing, and to this day, I can remember going in the Sports Arena and when it was over, going to my car! Everything between is a blur!! That was the effect he had on you, it was just unbelievable! So Michael was in his own and so was Elvis!

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

i'm so sad for brittany murphy... she was so so cute. oh my god i didnt know and i saw that today in this site. i love herfor always

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

Michael Jackson We're all entitled to own opinions and choices, but Michael raised the bar in the music industry in his own way :) Pushed the limit, set and broke numerous records, and oh yeah the best solo artist of all time and let's not forget the world's best selling album of all time and still going :) good day and peace and serenity to you all.

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

I hear ya!!! Michael Jackson was an amazing person but people just turned his words around and made him suffer. God bless his kids!

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

all deaths are sad . just glad we got to share the lives of all these great people. may gid be with them all.

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

Corey Hiam didnt die in 2009..x

Re: 2009 top 15 famous deaths in Hollywood

1. Patrick swayze 2. Micheal jackson 3. Farrah Fawcett 4. Elvis Presley 5. marilyn monroe 6. Tupac 7. Aaliyah 8. Selena 9. Billy Mays 10.Heath Andrew Ledger 11.Steve Irwin 12.Corey Haim 13.Erik Gates 14.The Rev 15.Notorious B.I.G

or aliyah or selena

or aliyah or selena

Re: 2009 top 15 famous deaths in Hollywood

Notorious B.I.G. didnt die in 09

Re: 2009 top 15 famous deaths in Hollywood

neither did elvis or marylin munroe...

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

I was in China, and the UK for most of the last two years, so imagine my shock and horror at the Oscar Party, whenn I saw those wonderful people on the scren, no one mentioned Dom DeLuise, but I remember my dad laughing soooo hard there were tears streaming down his cheeks, he was an amazing person, he makes me smile when I think of those memories. I remember so many of the actors, and I THank them ALL for their talent and the hours of pure entertainment. No list could cover it, so I would like to say :) to all of them. WELL DONE!!!

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

I feel sorry for you Jackson was top Frank Sinatra was great also but lets not forget 20 years out of his six decades wasn`t special he was a crooner he didn`t break any grounds or d anything special for the world. Lets not forget that when Frank was big teenagers kids would rather listen to the Beattles or Elvis, he was just great at crooning thats it..

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

When Sinatra had teenage followers, I don't believe that any of the Beatles were born. Elvis did not appear on the scene untill the 50's. So everyone can and will have a different top 10 that depends on their life experiences and not yours.

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

God I miss you Michael Jackson, I listen to your music every day. I'll never forget you...

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

you forgot Natasha Richardson, who's work is more prolific than Billy Mays

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

Prolific? Prolific? I still see Billy Mays many times a day on TV. Last time I saw Natasha Richardson on TV was 3-4 years ago.

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

What about Heath ledger??

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

Heath Ledger died in January 2008. It's been over 2 years. You must be an older person (like me), haha... time flies. 2 years flew by. Just like that.

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

I can't believe Brittany Murphy has passed away!! OMG, that was a HUGE shocker!!! I really looked up to her, this is terrible. She was extremely talented and so very beautiful. Atleast she left us with the memory of some of the Best movies I have ever seen. RIP Brittany, We will adore you forever!! Trisha Rica

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

I think Roy E. Disney (Walt Disney's Nephew) should have been included somewhere in the top 10.

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

if you have to explain who he is he probably shouldnt be one of the 10 names

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

I'd stack a 5-decade singer of the caliber of Al Martino all over some voice-over for a cartoon-- like dooood man like "guest" man-- like where you been all these years! Oh the brashness of youth-- get a clue yungun-- this world didn't begin with your birth!

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

Bea Arthur???

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

bea arthur was one of my all time favorites i still watch the golden girls and until this very day she still makes me laugh may god bless her family she might be gone but never forgotten her memory is still very much alive.

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

Bernie Mac?

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

What about Natasha Richardson? And Ted Kennedy death is very notable in 2009 but on a list of "Hollywood" deaths?

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

how about gale storm ??? she starred in 2 long running t.v.shows in the 1950s and had a very good singing career...also was the spokesperson for raleigh hills for substance abuse in the 1960s when most celebs didnt dare..

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

WTF, al Martino! Who the hell is Al Martino? No offense dude, but your list is totally off. Here is a much more accurate and fair list... 1.) Michael Jackson 50 2.) Patrick Swayze 57 3.) Farrah Fawcett 62 4.) Brittany Murphy 32 5.) David Carradine 72 6.) Ted Kennedy 77 7.) Walter Cronkite 92 8.) Ed McMahon 86 9.) Karl Malden 97 10.) Jennifer Jones 90

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

Al Martino was a singer. He sang for over 5 decades. Ironically, I didn't know the name "Brittany Murphy" We may have age gap :) Thank you for your list

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

Perhaps there is an age difference between the two of you and as your lists are very similar I must add that every single person on both lists do deserve the acknowledegment and greatfulness of the millions of people that they have touched in this world and perhaps changed a few lives for the better in their persuit to entertain us. I will however miss Brittany Murphy the most as I enjoyed her films very much. She was a beautiful young actress that had such a talent to make you laugh, smile, and be happy. She will be missed dearly.

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

This is not "Teen Beat" magazine I cannot give somebody more credit because he/she was popular among teens. I was simply comparing 50 years of work vs. 20 years of work.

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

I think this person knows exactly what she's talking about. She is right, everyone should be recognized, no matter how old they are. They all gave something to different people of different ages, and every one of them deserve the love and sorrow from their fans. Good job, I really liked your comment you left about the list. :)

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

Well said and thank you

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

Al Martino (not "Matino") was 82 when he died, and had been out of the spotlight for years. He played Johnny Fontaine in The Godfather movies. So I don't know that he qualifies for shock value or relative fame compared to Brittany Murphy.

Recent death

Avenged Sevenfold's 28 year old drummer died on December 28, at age 28 there is a huge shock value if you ask me

Re: Recent death

28 is shocking. That also means he had a very short career. The thing is... most people don't know Avenged Sevenfold. Ask your parents, boss, or your school teacher. I have never heard of Avenged Sevenfold until the drummer passed.

Re: Recent death

I am a huge Avenged Sevenfold fan and when Jimmy passed, I didn't want to believe it. I think he should be at the top of this list because he wasn't just an amazingly talented drummer but a kind hearted guy that made sure you knew he loved you. I know that Michael Jackson is such a big deal, but seriously, Jimmy comes before him. Hands down. My opinion, but still. It's just so sad.... :/ Gah, he was so young.

Re: Recent death

I agree 100% He shouldve made the top 10 atleast..

Michael Jackson was the best artist that ever was!

Michael Jackson was the best artist there ever was, He will be truly missed by all his fans and the music business as well No one will ever come close to Michael Jackson. He will always remain the King of Pop no matter that He is no long here on this Earth.

Re: Michael Jackson was the best artist that ever was!

I agree i cant believe these stupid people care about these other stinkin people except for michael jackson like i know right!!!! omg i cant believe it he was like the best!!!! i miss him so much!

Re: Michael Jackson was the best artist that ever was!

The best? I was growing up when he was popular, and I liked his mucic, but the best? Try Elvis Presley or the Beatles. In fact, Michael spent his career trying to live up to Elvis (the Prince of Pop wondered why he wasn't the King). I mean he even married Elvis' daughter in a farce of a marriage and it is obvious as to why. He wanted to get ahold of whatever Elvis he could! Elvis, in my opinion, was far more talented! I am in my 30s, and no artists now even come close to Elvis or the Beatles talent-wise. Just my humble opinion though...

Re: Michael Jackson was the best artist that ever was!

he was good i'll grant you that. i too was a fan when i was in grade school and im 38 today still listening to his music, but it is no surprise and really they (media) made it out to be a bigger tragedy than what it was.i wll miss Patrick swayze more.

Re: Michael Jackson was the best artist that ever was!

Not sure if "ever was" is appropriate here... Yes talented, like the likes of Sammy Davis, or odd like Liberace and sorta strange like Tiny Tim....but through all that he will surely be remembered for his dozen or so hits that will be everlasting. David.

Re: Michael Jackson was the best artist that ever was!

Apparently this person is too young or too ill-informed about Frank Sinatra. His career in top hits, his movies , and numerous stage performance from his teen age to his late seventies puts him far elevated above this simplistic hop around Jackson. He was a star for 6 decades and his music will last beyond the Jackson five.

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

Brittany Murphy was a HUGE SHOCK! (32 yrs old!!)

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

plus the shock value for Brittany Murphy was pretty high

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

Brittany Murphy should also be up there in the list...I loved her movies and she was very cute.

Re: 2009 top 10 famous deaths in Hollywood

Ted Kennedy was the Lion of the senate, passing more legislation, effectively contributing to policy way beyond JFK & RFK, doing what they did and beyond in the Senate.

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