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The Worst. Year. Evar. 2008 Death List

ETA: SUSAN DID NOT DIE I PROMISE!

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Brad Barron Renfro (July 25, 1982 – January 15, 2008) was an American actor. He made his movie debut in 1994 in the title role of The Client. He acted in 21 movies, several short films, and one television episode during his career. Much of his later career was marred by a pattern of substance abuse. He died January 15, 2008, due to an accidental overdose of heroin.

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Suzanne Pleshette (January 31, 1937 – January 19, 2008) was an American actress, on stage, screen and television, known for her role of Emily Hartley on The Bob Newhart Show in the 1970s, and for prior roles in several major films which included the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Birds and Rome Adventure, as well as in Broadway plays. On August 11, 2006, her agent Joel Dean announced that Pleshette was being treated for lung cancer at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. On August 14, 2006, New York Newsday reported that Dean claimed the cancer was the size of "a grain of sand" when it was found during a routine X-ray, that the cancer was "caught very much in time," that she was receiving chemotherapy as an outpatient, and that Pleshette was "in good spirits." Pleshette died early in the evening of January 19, 2008 of respiratory failure at her Los Angeles home at age 70. She received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television on January 31, 2008, which would have been her 71st birthday.

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Heath Andrew Ledger (April 4, 1979 – January 22, 2008) was an Academy Award-, BAFTA-, Golden Globe-, and SAG Award-nominated Australian film and television actor. After performing television roles during the 1990s, Ledger developed a movie career, acting in 19 films, including such critical and box-office successes as 10 Things I Hate About You, The Patriot, Monster's Ball, A Knight's Tale, Brokeback Mountain, and The Dark Knight. Ledger had finished filming his penultimate performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight (2008) a few months before his death, on January 22, 2008, from an accidental prescription drug overdose at 28.

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Roy Richard Scheider (November 10, 1932 – February 10, 2008) was an Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated American actor. He was best known for his role as police chief Martin Brody in the 1975 blockbuster Jaws, his Academy Award nominated role as Joe Gideon in Bob Fosse's fictional self-biopic All That Jazz, and as Captain Nathan Bridger in Steven Spielberg's Emmy Award winning television series seaQuest DSV. In 2004, Scheider was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. In June 2005, he underwent a bone marrow transplant to treat the cancer which was classified as being in partial remission. Scheider died on February 10, 2008 in Little Rock, Arkansas, at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences Hospital. He was 75 years old. Though a cause of death was not immediately released, Scheider's wife attributed her husband's death to complications from a staph infection.

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Charlton Heston (born John Charles Carter; October 4, 1923 – April 5, 2008) was as an American actor of film, theater and television.[3] Heston is known for having played heroic roles, such as Moses in The Ten Commandments, Colonel George Taylor in Planet of the Apes, Rodrigo Díaz de Vivar in El Cid, and Judah Ben-Hur in Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. In the 1950s and 1960s he was one of a handful of Hollywood actors to speak openly against racism and was an active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. Initially a liberal Democrat, he later supported conservative politics and was president of the National Rifle Association from 1998 to 2003. In 1998, shortly after he was elected President of the National Rifle Association, Heston had a hip replacement. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer later that year. In August 2002, Heston publicly announced he was diagnosed with symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease. In August 2005, a rumor circulated that Heston was hospitalized at a Los Angeles hospital with pneumonia, but this was never confirmed. In April 2006, various news sources reported that Heston's illness was at an advanced stage and that his family was worried he might not survive the year. Heston died on Saturday, April 5, 2008 at his home in Beverly Hills, California, with Lydia, his wife of 64 years, by his side. The cause of death was pneumonia.

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Heather Stohler (29 November 1979 – 11 May 2008) was an American model. Born as Heather Arrick she changed her name when she entered modeling. During her short career she worked on photoshoots with Kate Moss for Calvin Klein and also appeared on the covers of Italy's version of Vogue and Germany's version of Marie Claire. She also worked on several European catwalk shows. Stohler died on 11 May, 2008 during a fire in her apartment. It is believed to be an accident. Stohler's boyfriend, Daniel Risley also died in the fire.

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Sydney Irwin Pollack (July 1, 1934 – May 26, 2008) was an Academy Award-winning American film director, producer and actor. His 1985 film Out of Africa won him Academy Awards for directing and producing; he was also nominated for Best Director Oscars for They Shoot Horses, Don't They? and Tootsie, the latter of which he also appeared in. Later films included Havana (1990), The Firm (1993), Sabrina (1995) and The Interpreter (2005). Concerns about Pollack's health had surfaced in 2007 when suddenly he stepped out of directing HBO's television film Recount. The film aired on May 25, 2008. Pollack died the next day of cancer at his home in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California, surrounded by family. He died on May 26, 2008.

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Yves Henri Donat Mathieu Saint Laurent (August 1, 1936 – June 1, 2008) was a French fashion designer who was considered 'one of the greatest figures in French fashion in the 20th century'. In 1985, in Caroline Rennolds Milbank's book Couture: The Great Fashion Designers, she wrote, "The most consistently celebrated and influential designer of the past twenty-five years, Yves Saint Laurent can be credited with both spurring the couture's rise from its Sixties ashes and with finally rendering ready-to-wear reputable". He also created a foundation with Pierre Bergé in Paris to trace the history of the house of YSL, complete with 15,000 objects and 5,000 pieces of clothing. He died on June 1, 2008 from the effects of brain cancer, at his residence in Paris. According to The New York Times, a few days before he died, Saint Laurent and Bergé were joined in a same-sex civil union known as a "civil pact of solidarity" in France.

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Cyd Charisse (March 8, 1922 – June 17, 2008) was an American dancer and actress. Charisse is now principally celebrated for her on-screen pairings with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. She first appeared with Astaire in a brief routine in Ziegfeld Follies (produced in 1944 and released in 1946). Her next appearance with him was as lead female role in The Band Wagon (1953), where she danced with Astaire in the acclaimed "Dancing in the Dark" and "Girl Hunt Ballet" routines. Another early role cast her opposite Judy Garland in the 1946 film The Harvey Girls. After the decline of the Hollywood musical in the late 1950s, Charisse retired from dancing but continued to appear in film and TV productions from the 1960s through the 1990s. She had a supporting role in "Something's Got To Give", the last, unfinished film of Marilyn Monroe. She made cameo appearances in Blue Mercedes's "I Want To Be Your Property" (1987) and Janet Jackson's "Alright" (1990) music videos. Charisse was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, on June 16, 2008 after suffering an apparent heart attack. She died the following day, aged 86.

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George Denis Patrick Carlin (May 12, 1937 – June 22, 2008) was an American stand-up comedian, actor and author who won four Grammy Awards for his comedy albums. Carlin was noted for his political insights, black humor, language observations, psychology, religion and various taboo subjects. Carlin and his "Seven Dirty Words" comedy routine were central to the 1978 U.S. Supreme Court case F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation, in which a narrow 5–4 decision by the justices affirmed the government's power to regulate indecent material on the public airwaves. On June 22, 2008, Carlin was admitted to St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California after experiencing chest pain. He died later that day at 5:55 p.m. PDT of heart failure at the age of 71. Carlin worked right up until the end. His death occurred just one week after his last performance at The Orleans hotel and casino in Las Vegas.

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Ruslana Sergeevna Korshunova (July 2, 1987 – June 28, 2008) was a Kazakhstani model. Korshunova was represented by IMG (New York, Paris, London and Milan),[6] Beatrice (Milan), Traffic Models (Barcelona), Marilyn Models and iCasting Moscow, which was her mother agency. Korshunova modeled for the covers of Elle (France), Vogue (Poland) and Vogue (Russia). She also modeled in print-ads for Blugirl by Blumarine, Clarins, Ghost, Girbaud, Kenzo Accessories, Marithé & François, Max Studio, Moschino, Old England, Pantene Always Smooth, Paul Smith and Vera Wang lingerie. On June 28, 2008 at around 2:30 p.m., Korshunova died after falling from the ninth-floor balcony of her apartment at 130 Water Street in Manhattan's Financial District. Police stated there were no signs of a struggle in her apartment and concluded that Korshunova's death is an apparent suicide, although no suicide note was found.

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Natasha Shneider (May 22, 1956 - July 2, 2008) was a Russian musician, born in Moscow, Russia, USSR. She was most notably the keyboardist and vocalist in the musical group Eleven, and was the partner of bandmate Alain Johannes. Shneider and Johannes were part of the line-up of the band Queens of the Stone Age on the tours to support the 2005 album, Lullabies to Paralyze. She was also a significant contributor to Chris Cornell's 1999 solo album, Euphoria Morning. She also wrote and performed her own song, "Who's in Control", for the 2004 action flick, Catwoman and contributed harpsichord to the 2008 Louis XIV track "Guilt By Association". She died on July 2nd, 2008 at 11:11am of cancer.

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Lawrence Weiss (January 2, 1925 – July 3, 2008), better known by the stage names Larry Harmon and Bozo the Clown, was an American entertainer. In 1956, Harmon purchased the licensing rights to the Bozo character Capitol Records. Harmon marketed the Bozo property aggressively. By the late 1960s, Harmon had licensed local Bozo TV shows in nearly every major U.S. market, and across the world in places as far away as Thailand, Greece and Brazil. On New Year's Day 1996, Harmon dressed as Bozo for the first time in 10 years, appearing in the Rose Parade in Pasadena, California to a deafening reaction from a thrilled crowd. On July 3, 2008 Harmon died in his home of congestive heart failure in Los Angeles, California.

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Evelyn Keyes (November 20, 1916 – July 4, 2008) was an American film actress. A chorus girl by age 18, Keyes was put under contract by Cecil B. DeMille. After a handful of B movies at Paramount Pictures, she landed her most notable role, that of Scarlett O'Hara's sister Suellen in Gone with the Wind (1939).[1] Her 1949 role as Kathy Flannigan in Mrs. Mike pushed her to Hollywood stardom.[2] Keyes' last important film role was a small part as Tom Ewell's vacationing wife in The Seven Year Itch (1955), which starred Marilyn Monroe. Keyes officially retired in 1956, but continued to act. She died of uterine cancer on July 4, 2008 at her home in Montecito, California, near Santa Barbara. She had also suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

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Dorian Leigh (born Dorian Elizabeth Leigh Parker) (April 23, 1917 - July 7, 2008) was an American supermodel and one of the earliest modelling icons of the fashion industry. She worked from the late 1940s to the 1960s, at a time when modeling for photographs was considered the most prestigious segment of the profession. Photographic models were paid more than those who worked fashion shows and considered themselves above such work. While in demand as a cover girl, Leigh also became the signature model for the cosmetic line, Fire and Ice, for Revlon. It is believed that she was an inspiration for the Audrey Hepburn character in the film musical, Funny Face as well the character Holly Golightly in Truman Capote's novel Breakfast at Tiffany's. After ending her career as a model, Leigh opened her own modeling agency in Paris, but, due to the illegal activities of her fourth husband, the agency had to be closed down. Leigh then became a chef and caterer in Paris, New York and Italy. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, she lived in Pound Ridge, New York, where she made pâtés for delicatessens and specialty food shops. Ms. Leigh died in a Falls Church, Virginia nursing home of the effects of Alzheimer's disease.

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Estelle Scher-Gettleman (July 25, 1923 – July 22, 2008), better known by her stage name Estelle Getty, was an American actress, who appeared in film, theatre and television. She is best known for her long-running role as Sophia Petrillo on The Golden Girls from 1985 to 1992 and on The Golden Palace from 1992 to 1993. For the role, she won Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. In her later years, after retiring from acting, she battled Lewy body dementia. On July 22, 2008, at approximately 5:30 a.m. PDT, Getty died in her Hollywood Boulevard home in Los Angeles from natural causes (according to her manager), three days before her 85th birthday.

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Hiroaki Aoki (October 9, 1938 – July 10, 2008), known in the United States by the Anglicized name Rocky Aoki, was a Japanese wrestler, founder of the Benihana chain of "Japanese Steakhouse" restaurants, thrillseeker and entrepreneur. He is the father of Devon Aoki and Steve Aoki. Before his death, he had become a United States citizen. Aoki was the recipient of The International Center in New York's Award of Excellence. He died of pneumonia in New York. He suffered from diabetes, Hepatitis C, and cirrhosis of the liver.

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Irina Mikhailovna Baronova, FRAD, (March 13, 1919 – June 28, 2008) was a Russian ballerina who was one of the Baby Ballerinas discovered by George Balanchine in Paris in the 1930s. She created roles in Léonide Massine's Le Beau Danube (1924), Jeux d'enfants (1932), and Les Présages (1933); and in Bronislava Nijinska's Les Cent Baisers (1935). In Britain in 1946 she met the agent Cecil Tennant, who asked her to marry him if she would give up ballet. Aged only 27, she agreed, and retired. Between 1940 and 1951 Baronova appeared in several films, and worked as ballet mistress in the 1980 film Nijinsky. She appeared as herself in the 2005 documentary Ballets Russes. Only five weeks before her death she spoke at a symposium in Adelaide on the Ballets Russes tours of Australia. She died in Byron Bay on 28 June 2008, aged 89, and is survived by her children.

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Bernard Jeffrey McCullough (October 5, 1957 – August 9, 2008), better known by the stage name Bernie Mac, was an American actor and comedian. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Mac gained popularity as a stand-up comedian. He joined comedians Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer and D.L. Hughley as The Original Kings of Comedy.

After briefly hosting the HBO show Midnight Mac, Mac appeared in several movie in smaller roles. His most notable movie role was as Frank Catton in the remake of Ocean's Eleven and its two sequels. Mac also starred in several movies, including Mr. 3000. He was the star of The Bernie Mac Show , which ran from 2001-2006, and earned two Emmy Award nominations.

Mac suffered from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory lung disease that produces tiny lumps of cells in the body's organs, but had said the condition went into remission in 2005. On August 1, 2008, Mac was hospitalized with - according to his publicist - pneumonia. The next day, responding to rumors that the actor was in "very, very critical condition", his publicist said that he was responding well to treatment, and should be released soon. On August 9, Bernie Mac died from - according to his publicist - complications of pneumonia.

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Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. (August 20, 1942 – August 10, 2008) was an American soul and funk singer-songwriter, musician, record producer, arranger, composer and actor. Hayes was one of the main creative forces behind southern soul music label Stax Records, where he served as both an in-house songwriter and producer with partner David Porter during the mid-1960s. In the late 1960s, Hayes became a recording artist, and recorded successful soul albums such as Hot Buttered Soul (1969) and Black Moses (1971) as the Stax label's premier artist. Hayes was found unconscious in his home located just east of Memphis, Tennessee on August 10, 2008 as reported by the Shelby County, Tennessee Sheriff’s Department. A Shelby County Sheriff's deputy responded to Hayes' home after his wife found him on the floor near a still-running treadmill. Hayes was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, where he was pronounced dead at 2:08pm.


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Timothy John Russert (May 7, 1950 – June 13, 2008) was an American television journalist and lawyer who appeared for more than 16 years as the longest-serving moderator of NBC's Meet the Press. He was a NBC News' Senior Vice President, Washington bureau chief and also hosted the eponymous CNBC/MSNBC weekend interview program Tim Russert. He was a frequent correspondent and guest on NBC's The Today Show and Hardball. Russert covered several presidential elections, and he presented the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey on the NBC Nightly News during the 2008 U.S. presidential election. Time Magazine included Russert in its list of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2008.Shortly after 1:30 on the afternoon of June 13, 2008, Russert collapsed at the offices of WRC-TV, which houses the Washington, D.C. bureau of NBC News where he was bureau chief. He was recording voiceovers for the Sunday edition of Meet the Press. According to Brian Williams during his speech at the Kennedy Center on June 18, Russert's last words were, "What's happening?" spoken as a greeting to NBC Washington bureau editing supervisor Candace Harrington. He then collapsed. A co-worker began rescue breathing on him, although Russert needed CPR. The District of Columbia Fire and Rescue service received a call from NBC at 1:40 and dispatched an EMS unit which arrived at 1:44. Paramedics attempted to defibrillate Russert's heart three times, but he did not respond. Russert was then transported to Sibley Memorial Hospital, arriving at 2:23, where he was pronounced dead.

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Robert Anthony Snow (June 1, 1955 – July 12, 2008) was an American political commentator, television news anchor, syndicated columnist, blues-rock musician, radio host, and the third White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush. Snow also worked for President George H. W. Bush as chief speechwriter and Deputy Assistant of Media Affairs. Snow served as White House Press Secretary from May 2006 until his resignation effective September 2007. Between his two White House stints, Snow was a broadcaster and newspaper columnist. After years of regular guest-hosting for The Rush Limbaugh Show and providing news commentary for National Public Radio, he launched his own talk radio program, The Tony Snow Show, which went on to become nationally syndicated. He was also a regular personality on Fox News Channel since 1996, hosting Fox News Sunday and Weekend Live, and often substituting as host of The O'Reilly Factor. In April 2008, Snow briefly joined CNN as a commentator. In February 2005, while still at Fox News, Snow was diagnosed with colon cancer. He returned to broadcasting in April 2005 after having surgery. On March 23, 2007, after almost a year as press secretary, Snow once again recused himself from work to seek treatment for recurrent cancer. Treatment for the spreading cancer continued to force periodic absences from his duties in his final few months as press secretary, his subsequent position as a CNN commentator, and his public speaking engagements. In the early morning of July 12, 2008, Snow died at Georgetown University Hospital as a result of colon cancer that had spread to his liver. Reacting to Snow's death, former President George H. W. Bush lauded what he felt was Snow's ability to bring "a certain civility to this very contentious job."

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I AM SO FUCKING OVER 2008. FUCK THIS SHIT!





ETA: Tim Russert, Marcel Marceau, Tony Snow.

Also, [info]jiai1's grandmother and brother died. So did [info]agenda's brother. [info]danadanger's great-uncle and grandma died, too. Please spam them with tasty TDK happy gifs, please. kthnx.
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