It's January 1, 2012...Happy New Year everyone!
For those of you that have hung out with me for a while, you already know what this post is about. For you newbies, well, I'm a little obsessed with death. Particularly famous death. Because of this, each year I write a post listing famous deaths of the past year. We lost some good ones in 2011. May they all Rest In Peace.
John Dye, 47, American actor (Touched by an Angel), heart attack.
David Nelson, 74, American actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), colon cancer.
Mississippi Winn, 113, American supercentenarian, Louisiana's oldest person.
Dr. Creep, 69, American television host.
Georgia Carroll, 91, American fashion model and actress (Yankee Doodle Dandy).
Milton Levine, 97, American entrepreneur, inventor of Uncle Milton's Ant Farm.
Bob Young, 87, American news journalist and anchor (ABC World News).
Tony Geiss, 86, American television writer and composer (Sesame Street), Emmy award winner, complications from a fall.
Jay Garner, 82, American actor (Pennies from Heaven, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century), respiratory failure.
Shawn McGrath, 34, American professional wrestler, suicide.
Charlie Callas, 83, American comedian and actor (Silent Movie, Switch).
Doc Williams, 96, American country music performer.
Eunice Sanborn, 114, American supercentenarian, world's oldest living person at time of her death.
Charles Sellier, 67, American film and television producer (The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams).
Michael Tolan, 85, American actor (The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Mary Tyler Moore Show), heart disease and renal failure.
Bill Foster, 78, American television director (Benson, Full House, The Mystery of Al Capone's Vaults), cancer.
Martin Quigley, Jr., 93, American publisher, spy and author.
Peggy Rea, 89, American character actress (Grace Under Fire, The Dukes of Hazzard, Step by Step, The Waltons), heart failure.
Donald Peterman, 79, American cinematographer (Flashdance, Men in Black, Cocoon), complications from myelodysplastic syndrome.
John Paul Getty III, 54, American heir and kidnapping victim, grandson of J. Paul Getty and father of Balthazar Getty, after long illness.
Gary Moore, 58, Irish rock guitarist and singer (Thin Lizzy), heart attack.
John Strauss, 90, American film and television composer (Amadeus, Car 54, Where Are You?), Parkinson's disease.
Len Lesser, 88, American actor (Seinfeld, Everybody Loves Raymond), cancer-related pneumonia.
Jane Russell, 89, American actress (The Outlaw, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), respiratory illness.
Mike DeStefano, 44, American comedian (Last Comic Standing), heart attack.
Jack Hardy, 63, American singer-songwriter.
Hugh Martin, 96, American songwriter ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas") and film composer (Meet Me in St. Louis), natural causes
Big Jack Johnson, 70, American guitarist and blues singer.
Nate Dogg, 41, American musician, heart failure.
Ferlin Husky, 85, American country music singer, heart failure.
Pinetop Perkins, 97, American blues musician, cardiac arrest.
Elizabeth Taylor, 79, British-American actress (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Cleopatra, BUtterfield 8), heart failure.
Farley Granger, 85, American actor (Strangers on a Train, Rope), natural causes.
Gil Robbins, 80, American folk singer (The Highwaymen) and actor, father of Tim Robbins, prostate cancer.
Skip O'Brien, 60, American actor (CSI).
Jackie Cooper, 88, American actor (Skippy, Our Gang, Superman) and director (M*A*S*H).
Randy Savage, 58, American professional wrestler.
Lillian Adams, 89, American actress (The Suite Life on Deck, Bruce Almighty).
Jeff Conaway, 60, American actor (Grease, Taxi, Babylon 5).
Clarice Taylor, 93, American actress (Sesame Street, The Cosby Show).
James Arness, 88, American actor (Gunsmoke), natural causes.
Clarence Clemons, 69, American saxophonist (E Street Band) and singer ("You're a Friend Of Mine"), complications following a stroke.
Ryan Dunn, 34, American reality television star (Jackass, Viva La Bam), car crash.
Peter Falk, 83, American actor (Columbo, Murder, Inc., Pocketful of Miracles, The Princess Bride).
Betty Ford, 93, American First Lady (1974–1977) and co-founder of Betty Ford Center.
Sherwood Schwartz, 94, American television producer, creator of The Brady Bunch and Gilligan's Island.
Amy Winehouse, 27, British singer-songwriter ("Rehab"), accidental alcohol poisoning.
Bubba Smith, 66, American football player (Baltimore Colts) and actor (Police Academy).
Tom Wilson, Sr., 80, American cartoonist (Ziggy).
Johnny "Country" Mathis, 77, American singer-songwriter.
Steve Jobs, 56, American computer entrepreneur and inventor, co-founder of Apple Inc., pancreatic cancer.
Chuck Ruff, 60, American drummer (Edgar Winter, Sammy Hagar), after long illness.
Sid Melton, 94, American character actor (The Golden Girls, Green Acres, The Danny Thomas Show), pneumonia.
Andy Rooney, 92, American journalist, 60 Minutes correspondent (1978–2011), surgical complications.
Joe Frazier, 67, American boxer, World Heavyweight Champion (1970–1973), liver cancer.
Heavy D, 44, Jamaican-born American rapper ("Now That We Found Love") and actor (The Cider House Rules, Life), pulmonary embolism.
Bil Keane, 89, American cartoonist (The Family Circus), heart failure.
George Gallup, Jr., 81, American pollster, liver cancer.
Anne McCaffrey, 85, American science fiction writer (Dragonriders of Pern series), stroke.
Patrice O'Neal, 41, American actor and comedian (Web Junk 20, The Opie and Anthony Show), complications from stroke.
Alan Sues, 85, American comic (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), heart attack.
Harry Morgan, 96, American actor (M*A*S*H, Dragnet), pneumonia.
Dick Sims, 60, American keyboardist (Eric Clapton, Bob Seger).
Dan Spears, 62, American musician (Willie Nelson and Family), exposure.
Alan Styles, 75, British roadie (Pink Floyd), subject of the song "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast".
Slim Dunkin, 24, American rapper (1017 Brick Squad), shot.
Cheeta, 79, chimpanzee who appeared in a number of "Tarzan" movies in the 1930's and 1940's, kidney failure.