RIP: 2009 In Remembrance

To those we loved and will always be in our hearts.

The world stood still for moment when people heard of of Michael Jackson’s passing on June 25. The King of Pop lived on… and on… and on through remembrances, magazines and TV specials.

That same day, fans were still reeling from the death Farrah Fawcett, after her long battle with cancer. Her recent two-hour documentary reminded us why we loved Charlie’s angel and we thanked her for gracefully leaving us with her memory (and not going on… and on… and on about it for months after).

We mourned alongside Kelly Preston and John Travolta at the beginning of the year over the passing of their 16-year-old son, Jett Travolta. According to police, Jett had a seizure in the family’s home, causing him to hit his head and causing his death. Still grieving their loss, the Travolta’s had to also endure an extortion plot surrounding Jett’s death.

Natasha Richardson passed March 13, after a serious ski accident, which left her brain dead. Wife of actor Liam Neeson, daughter of Vanessa Redgrave and sister to Joely Richardson, Broadway dimmed the lights in honor of Tony award winning actress and her family.

We watched Dirty Dancing an extra 100 times more while playing ‘Hungry Eyes’ in the background after learning Patrick Swayze passed on Sept. 14. Swayze was 57 when he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. The actor known for starring in the ultimate love stories: Dirty Dancing and Ghost, died in the arms of his childhood sweetheart and wife, Lisa Niemi. I wouldn’t have expected anything less heart wrenching.

Filmmaker John Hughes died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 59. Hughes gave us legendary, coming of age romantic comedies such as Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club.

The legendary journalist Walter Cronkite passed July 17 at the ripe age of 92. The CBS Evening News anchorman suffered from cerebrovascular disease for years. And that’s the way it is.

Billy Mays “as seen on tv” passed away on June 28. Famous for endorsing Oxiclean and other TV special products, Mays was synonymous with his products… and now we’re stuck with the Sham-wow guy.

Last, but certainly not least, a bright star faded on Dec. 20, when Brittany Murphy was pronounced dead. The actress, 32, was found unconscious in the bathroom by her mother, rushed to Cedar-Sinai Medical Center and pronounced dead upon arrival. The Clueless, 8 Mile and Sin City actress was remembered by Hollywood co-stars as a vibrant and talented commodity in Hollywood.