Here is a partial list of some of the notable losses:
Author, novelist John Updike.
Broadcast pioneer Paul Harvey (pictured).
Congressman Jack Kemp.
Actor David Carradine.
King of Pop Michael Jackson.
Pitchman Billy Mays.
Anchorman Walter Cronkite.
Author Frank McCourt.
Philippine leader Corazon Acquino.
Philanthropist Eunice Kennedy Shriver.
Musical pioneer Les Paul.
Journalist extraordinaire Robert Novak.
TV producer Don Hewitt.
Lion of the Senate Ted Kennedy.
Author, social critic Dominick Dunne.
Actor Patrick Swayze.
Anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss.
Evangelist Oral Roberts.
Actress Brittany Murphy.