Pernell Roberts, who starred in “Bonanza” and “Trapper John, M.D.” died on Jan. 25, 2010, at the age of 81. He had been suffering from cancer. (Credit: AP)
Tila Tequila (right) and Casey Johnson attend the Famouse Stars and Straps 10th Anniversary and Snoop Dogg’s 10th album release party on Dec. 8, 2009, in Hollywood, Calif. Johnson reportedly died of natural causes on Jan. 5, 2010. (Credit: Noel Vasquez/Getty Images)
Actor Corey Haim died at age 38 on March 10, 2010. Haim starred in “The Lost Boys” with actor Corey Feldman. The duo made a number of movies together in the 1980s. (Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Daryl Gates, the Los Angeles police chief during the deadly 1992 riots following the Rodney King verdict, died on April 14, 2010, at age 83. (Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actor Dennis Hopper died at the age of 74. The “Easy Rider” star was battling terminal prostate cancer. (Credit: Gabriel Bouys/Getty Images)
“Designing Women” actress Dixie Carter, who used her charm and stately beauty in a host of roles on Broadway and television, died on April 10, 2010. She was 70. (Credit: David Livingston/Getty Images)
Gary Coleman , the child star of the smash 1970s TV sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” whose later career was marred by medical and legal problems, died after suffering an intercranial hemorrhage. He was 42. (Credit: Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Howard Zinn, an author, teacher and political activist who leftist “A People’s History of the United States” became a million-selling alternative to mainstream texts, died of a heart attack on Jan. 27, 2010. He was 87. (Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
J.D. Salinger, who authored “The Catcher in the Rye” in 1951, passed away on Jan. 28, 2010. The reclusive writer died of natural causes, according to his son. (Credit: AP)
Vice President Joe Biden points to his mother, Jean Finnegan Biden, in this 2008 file photo. Mrs. Biden passed away on Jan. 8, 2008, at the family’s Delaware home. She was 92. (Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Jimmy Dean was a country singer who made his fortune with a breakfast sausage company that bears his name. He died on June 12, 2010.
John Forsythe arrives at the premiere of his new film “Charlie’s Angel’s” in Hollywood, Calif. He died on April 1, 2010, at the age of 92, after suffering complications of pneumonia. (Credit: Lucy Nicholson/Getty Images)
Actor Justin Mentell, who appeared on the TV show “Boston Legal,” was killed in an SUV crash in Wisconsin on Feb. 1, 2010. (Credit: Thos Robinson/Getty Images)
Lena Horne, actress and jazz singer, born in 1917 died on May 9, 2010, at age 92. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Lynn Redgrave, an introspective and independent player in her family’s acting dynasty, died on May 3, 2010. She was 67.
Manute Bol watches the game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Golden State Warriors on Feb. 2, 2007, at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bol died at age 47 on June 19, 2010.
Miep Gies died on Jan. 11, 2010, from a neck injury suffered when she fell the previous month, the Anne Frank House said. She was 100 and had been one of the few people alive who knew Anne Frank, whom she hid from the Nazis for two years. (Credit: CBS)
Actor Peter Graves died from a heart attack at his Los Angeles home on March 14, 2010, after returning from brunch with his family, according to his publicist. Graves starred in the TV series “Mission Impossible” as well as the film “Airplane.” Credit: Mark Ralston/Getty Images)
Author Robert Parker, seen in this 2006 file photo, died Jan. 19, 2010. Parker, a crime novelist who helped revive the hard-boiled genre, was 77. (Credit: Chitose Suzuki/AP)
Senator Robert Byrd (left) D-WV is approached by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman, Senator Carl Levin ((D-MI) during a full committee hearing on Iraq and testimony from Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Peter Pace 12 January, 2007 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Credit: Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Rue McClanahan poses at a book signing for her new book "My First Five Husbands" near Book Soup May 2, 2007, in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, seen here in 2006, died on July 13, 2010, after suffering a massive heart attack. The Yankees won several World Series trophies since he took ownership in 1973.
Ted Stevens, the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history who lost his seat after a corruption conviction that was later dismissed, was killed on Aug. 10, 2010, in a small plane crash in Alaska. He was 86. (Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Fashion designer Alexander McQueen walks down the catwalk after his Ready-to-Wear 2009 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on March 10, 2009, in Paris. McQueen hanged himself in his London apartment on Feb. 11, 2010. (Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)