2008 IN REVIEW: OBITS
Saturday, December 27, 2008
HEATH LEDGER - January 22
2008 began was the shocking death of actor Heath Ledger. Ledger was found dead in his apartment in New York City of an accidental prescription drug overdose. The Australian actor was just 28 years old.
CHARLTON HESTON - April 5
Legendary actor who won an astounding 11 Academy Awards. He's best known for his roles in "The Ten Commandments," "Ben-Hur," and "Planet of the Apes." Heston was 84.
TIM RUSSERT - June 13
One of the most shocking deaths of the year, Tim Russert was the longtime and well-respected moderator of NBC's "Meet The Press." He was gearing up for his show when he suffered a heart attack. Russert was just 58 years old.
GEORGE CARLIN - June 22
Legendary comedian who had more than 20 comedy albums. His "Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television" became an instant classic. Carlin died of heart failure at 71.
TONY SNOW - July 12
Conservative commentator and former press secretary to President George W. Bush. He died at 53 after a long battle with colon cancer.
ESTELLE GETTY - July 22
The actress played Sophia Petrillo on the 80's sitcom "The Golden Girls." She had been suffering from dementia for years when she passed away at 84.
DR. RANDY PAUSCH - July 25
The professor at Carnegie Mellon University was diagnosed with terminal cancer when he delivered his upbeat "The Last Lecture." The lecture became an Internet sensation, which even led to an appearance on "Oprah." Pausch was 47.
BERNIE MAC - August 9
Comedian and movie star who also starred in his own TV show, "The Bernie Mac Show." Mac was only 50 years old when he died from complications of pneumonia.
ISAAC HAYES - August 10
Legendary musician who won Grammy's and Oscars for his classic "Theme From Shaft." He was also the voice of Chef on South Park. Isaac Hayes was 65.
SANDY ALLEN - August 13
The world's tallest woman at 7 feet 7 1/4 inches. She made countless appearances on talk shows including Jerry Springer and Sally Jessy Raphael. Allen was just 53 years old.
LEROI MOORE - August 19
The saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band. He was just 46 when he died from complications of injuries suffered in an ATV accident.
DON LAFONTAINE - September 1
The voice of the movies. LaFontaine became world famous for his voiceovers in movie trailers. He had just turned 68 when he died of a collapsed lung.
PAUL NEWMAN - September 26
Legendary actor who starred in countless movies. He used his fame for good when he founded the Newman's Own brand. The money raised from his salad dressings, pasta sauces and other food products goes to charity. Newman died of lung cancer at 83.
MR. BLACKWELL - October 19
Fashion critic and journalist who was best known for his annual list of "Ten Worst Dressed Woman." He died from complications due to an intestinal infection. Mr. Blackwell was 86.
MICHAEL CRICHTON - November 4
Author of numerous best-selling novels that were made into movies, such as "Jurassic Park" and "Congo." He was also the executive producer of the hit TV show "ER." He died of cancer at the age of 66.
PAUL BENEDICT - December 1
Actor best known for his role as English neighbor Harry Bentley on The Jeffersons. He was found dead at his home on Martha's Vineyard. Benedict was 70 years old.
EARTHA KITT - December 25
Well known for her rendition of "Santa Baby," the popular actress and singer died on Christmas day. Kitt also starred as Catwoman in the 1960's TV series, "Batman." Kitt was 81 years old when she died of colon cancer.
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