1 of 10 As sad as it was, Amy Winehouse’s death at the age of 27 was not entirely unexpected. After years of substance abuse, she was found dead at her home in London on 23 July. Despite intense media speculation, the coroner found her death was not drug related, but due to a high blood alcohol level. Album As sad as it was, Amy Winehouse’s death at the age of 27 was not entirely unexpected. After years of substance abuse, she was found dead at her home in London on 23 July. Despite intense media speculation, the coroner found her death was not drug related, but due to a high blood alcohol level. Album Elizabeth Taylor, who was considered the last of the glamorous, great movie stars, died in Los Angeles on 23 March in the company of her four children. The icon of the silver screen, who immortalised the role of Cleopatra, had experienced health problems throughout most of her life. Having been hospitalised around 70 times and undergoing at least 20 major operations, she eventually died of congestive heart failure at the age of 79. http://beingcleopatra.blogspot Ryan Dunn, star of MTV's Jackass, died in a car crash on 20 June in West Goshen, Pennsylvania, as a result of drink drinking. Following his death at the age of 34, the network MTV, which brought him fame, aired an hour-long tribute commemorating his life. REUTERS Steve Jobs died on 5 October at his home in Palo Alto, California, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The tech guru's death at the age of 56 - just two months after he resigned as CEO of Apple and days after the release of the iPhone 4S - was mourned across the world as people paid tribute to the visionary genius, who changed their lives by encouraging them to think differently. Reuters Joe Frazier died of liver cancer on 9 November in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the age of 67. Smokin' Joe, as the heavyweight boxing legend came to be known, finally beat his arch rival Muhammad Ali in a match dubbed the Thrilla in Manilla, which took place in 1975. REUTERS Randy Savage died in a car crash on 20 May after suffering a heart attack at the age of 58 while at the wheel in Tampa, Florida. The sporting world mourned the loss of the colourful professional wrestler, who had the ring name of Macho Man. Randy Savage Jimmy Savile died of pneumonia on 29 October at the age of 84 in his beloved Leeds. The former DJ, television personality and charity fundraiser was the first presenter of the long-running BBC music show Top of the Pops, spread a lot of happiness with his own show Jimm'll Fix It and raised an estimated £40 million for charity throughout his lifetime. Savile Harry Morgan died in his sleep from pneumonia on 7 December at his home in Los Angeles. The well-known actor, who lived to the age of 96, was best known for playing Colonel Sherman T. Potter in the popular TV series M*A*S*H. Morgan Jeff Conaway died at the age of 60 on 27 May after being taken off a life support machine in Encino, California. The actor had been suffering from pneumonia with sepsis, for which he was placed into an induced coma. He became famous for his role as Kenickie in the 1978 hit film Grease and was well known, later in life, as a drug addict. Conway Dwight Arrington Myers, better known as Heavy D, died in Beverly Hills on 8 November after being found unconscious at his Los Angeles home. The hip-hop rapper, actor and self-proclaimed overweight lover had been experiencing breathing difficulties and is believed to have died of pneumonia at the age of 44. HD
There is an adage that when you die, you die alone - unless you happen to be a celebrity.
International Business Times UK looks back on some of the high-profile deaths of 2011.
While the past year has brought fantastic fortune to some, with the rise of Little Mix, X Factor's first-ever group winners, and the deaths of the most wanted men in the world, Osama Bin Laden and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, some tragic losses have taken place as well.
Here we pause to remember some of those whose deaths have left a hole in our lives, including Amy Winehouse and Jimmy Savile.
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