There were a number of celebrity deaths in 2011, but the following were also significant contributers to Pop Culture.
Elizabeth Taylor 2/27/32-3/23/11 One of the world’s most famous actresses, her award-winning performances in films and her scandalous personal life made her a pop culture icon. Ms. Taylor will also be remembered for her personal jewelry collection, perfume lines and perhaps most importantly, her crusade on the behalf of AIDS sufferers.
Anne Francis 9/16/30-2/2/11 The actress is best remembered for her role in the Sci-Fi film classic Forbidden Planet, and also won a 1966 Golden Globe for her portrayal of TV’s sexy private detective Honey West.
Jeff Conaway 10/5/50-5/27/11 The actor appeared on Celebrity Rehab, but sadly lost his battle with addiction. He also played Kenickie in the classic musical Grease, and Bobby Wheeler on TV’s Taxi.
Ryan Dunn 6/11/77-6/19/11 The Reality TV star and fan-favorite performer in the Jackass series lost his life in an alcohol-related car crash.
Cliff Robertson 9/9/25-9/10/11 The actor, writer and director won an Academy Award, Emmy, Theater World Award and Advertising Age Award. He rose to pop culture fame for his portrayal of Uncle Ben in the Spider-Man movies.
Heavy D 5/24/67-11/8/11 The pioneering hip-hop MC and actor died of a pulmonary embolism.
Patrice O’Neal 12/7/69-11/29/11 The stand-up comedian and radio host died from complications after a suffering a stroke in October. He had appeared on The Office, Chapelle’s Show, and the Comedy Central roast of Charlie Sheen.
Harry Morgan 4/11/15-/12/7/11 The prolific film actor was best known for his television work in Dragnet and as Colonel Potter in M*A*S*H.
And no, Jon Bon Jovi did NOT die. That was all a hoax.