Final goodbye: A roll call of some who died in '10

By Bernard McGhee

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 21 2010 12:00 a.m. MST

Gennady Yanayev, 73. Leader of the abortive coup who briefly declared himself Soviet president, replacing Mikhail Gorbachev. Sept. 19.

Eddie Fisher, 82. Pop singer who crooned love tunes in the 1950s but whose life was overshadowed by drug use, gambling and failed marriages to actresses Elizabeth Taylor and Debbie Reynolds. Sept. 22.

Gloria Stuart, 100. The 1930s Hollywood beauty who gave up acting for 30 years and later became the oldest Academy Award acting nominee as the spunky survivor in "Titanic." Sept. 26.

Arthur Penn, 88. A myth-maker and myth-breaker who, in directing such film classics as "Bonnie and Clyde" and "Little Big Man," refashioned movies. Sept. 28.

Tony Curtis, 85. Defiantly worked to mold himself from a 1950s heartthrob to a respected actor in such films as "Some Like It Hot." Sept. 29.


Albertina Walker, 81. Grammy-winning singer from Chicago known as the "Queen of Gospel." Oct. 8.

Linda Norgrove, 36. British aid worker killed after being taken captive in Afghanistan. Oct. 8. Head and chest injuries during a rescue attempt.

Maurice Allais, 99. Nobel economics winner and early critic of shortcomings in the worldwide financial system that led to the latest crisis. October 9.

Joan Sutherland, 83. Acclaimed opera singer whose voice stretched more than three octaves. Oct. 10.

Georges Mathe, 88. Performed the world's first bone marrow transplant in 1959. Oct. 15.

Barbara Billingsley, 94. Played the mother of Beaver and Wally in "Leave it to Beaver." Oct. 16.

Tom Bosley, 83. Actor best known for his role on "Happy Days." Oct. 19. Lung cancer.

Bob Guccione, 79. Publisher of the adult magazine Penthouse. Oct. 20. Lung cancer.

Robert Katz, 77. American writer and historian, whose reconstruction of an infamous Nazi massacre in Rome sparked a trial over whether he defamed the pope. Oct. 20. Cancer surgery.

James F. Neal, 81. Attorney who prosecuted Jimmy Hoffa, key Watergate figures, and defended Elvis Presley's doctor and the Exxon Corp. after the Alaska oil spill. Oct. 21.

Alexander Anderson Jr., 90. TV cartoon artist who created Rocky the flying squirrel, Bullwinkle the moose and Dudley Do-Right the Canadian mountie. Oct. 22.

Joseph Stein, 98. Turned a Yiddish short story into "Fiddler on the Roof." Oct. 24.

Sheik Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, 90. Ruler in the United Arab Emirates federation and one of the world's longest-reigning monarchs. Oct. 27.


Viktor Chernomyrdin, 72. Served as Russia's prime minister in the turbulent 1990s as the country was throwing off communism. Nov. 3.

Eugenie Blanchard, 114. Nun considered the world's oldest person. Nov. 4.

Sparky Anderson, 76. Legendary baseball manager who led the Cincinnati Reds to back-to-back World Series championships. Nov. 4.

Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki, 76. Polish composer famous for his "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs." Nov. 12.

Laurie Bembenek, 52. Former Milwaukee police officer who escaped from prison after she was convicted of murder. Nov. 20. Liver failure.

Ingrid Pitt, 73. Survived a Nazi concentration camp to become an acclaimed British movie actress. Nov. 23.

Leslie Nielsen, 84. Actor who starred in comedies such as "Airplane" and "The Naked Gun." Nov. 28.

David F. Nolan, 66. Co-founder of the Libertarian Party. Nov. 28.

John D'Agostino Sr., 81. His work in comic books ranged from Archie and Jughead to the Incredible Hulk and G.I. Joe. Nov. 28.

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