Famous People Who Died In 2011

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 2011. This list includes people like Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Taylor, Muammar Gaddafi, Kim Jong-il, Randy Savage and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, artists, physicists and composers who died in 2011. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, India & Germany and many more countries.
Vote for Your Favourite People Who Died In 2011

Right IconThis ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

 1 
Steve Jobs
(Co-Founder, Former Chairman and CEO of 'Apple')
Steve Jobs
177
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: October 5
A college dropout, Steve Jobs, went on to be regarded as the Father of the Digital World. The founder/co-founder of Apple Inc, Pixar Animation Studios and NeXT Inc was a passionate visionary who was responsible for the development of iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPad and the iPhone which ushered in a new era in the computer, music and film industries.
 2 
Amy Jade Winehouse
(Known for Her Deep, Expressive Contralto Vocals and Her Eclectic Mix of Musical Genres)
Amy Jade Winehouse
116
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Enfield, London, England
Died: July 23
Soul and jazz singer Amy Winehouse is best remembered for her tracks Stronger Than Me and Rehab. She was the first British female to win five Grammys. Following her death due to alcohol poisoning at age 27, her album Back to Black became U.K.’s best-selling album of the 21st century.
 3 
Elizabeth Taylor
(One of the Best Actresses of Classic Hollywood Cinema)
Elizabeth Taylor
59
Birthdate: February 27, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hampstead, London, England
Died: March 23

Considered an incandescent beauty, Elizabeth Taylor was a very popular and successful actor and her legacy is an everlasting one. She shone in movies like A Place in the Sun, Giant, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Cleopatra, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Butterfield 8 in the 1950s and 60s. Recipient of two Oscars, she married eight times.

 4 
Randy Savage
(One of the Greatest Pro Wrestlers Who Ever Lived)
Randy Savage
50
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: May 20
Macho Man Randy Savage, the WWF and WCW legend, had won 29 championships with 11 titles. Fans loved him for his over-the-top wrestling outfits, his catch phrase, "Oooh yeah!,” and his entrance music, Pomp and Circumstance. He was also a talented rapper and had appeared in many films and series. 
 5 
Joe Frazier
(The First Boxer to Defeat Muhammad Ali)
Joe Frazier
31
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 12, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
Died: November 7
Joe Frazier, nicknamed “Smokin' Joe,” was a star heavyweight champion who won the boxing gold medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. Known for his legendary 1971 “Fight of the Century” against Muhammad Ali and his defeat in the “Thrilla in Manila,” Frazier had scored 32 wins in his career.
 6 
Peter Falk
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Lieutenant Columbo’ in the TV Series ‘Columbo’)
Peter Falk
15
Birthdate: September 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: June 23
Best known for his Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning performance in Columbo, Peter Falk was one of TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. He also held art exhibitions and loved chess. He suffered from Alzheimer's disease before death. His plight inspired the passage of the Peter Falk's Law.
 7 
Aziz Shavershian
(Bodybuilder, Personal Trainer and Model)
Aziz Shavershian
64
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: August 5

Aziz Shavershian was a Russian-born Australian personal trainer, bodybuilder, and model. He started posting videos on YouTube in 2007, establishing a cult following. Aziz was the poster boy of aesthetics, a subculture of amateur bodybuilding. Before his death, due to a heart attack, Aziz Shavershian had established a clothing line and his own protein label called Protein of the Gods.

 8 
Richard Winters
(United States Army Officer and a Decorated War Veteran)
Richard Winters
16
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 21, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Holland, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 2
Richard Winters is best remembered for his act of parachuting into Normandy on D-Day. He was recalled to the army from the inactive list during the Korean War. Following his retirement, he started selling Hershey Company by-products to animal-feed manufacturers and also taught at the U.S. Military Academy.
 9 
James Arness
(Actor)
James Arness
21
Birthdate: May 26, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: June 3
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 10 
Ryan Dunn
(Stunt Performer)
Ryan Dunn
24
Birthdate: June 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Medina, Ohio, USA
Died: June 20
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 11 
Christopher Hitchens
(British-American Author Who is Known for Excoriating Criticisms of Public Contemporary Figures)
Christopher Hitchens
20
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portsmouth, England
Died: December 15

Christopher Hitchens was an advocate for New Atheism and a harsh critic of religion and of famous personalities such as Bill Clinton and Mother Teresa. He authored and edited many books on socio-political issues. As a journalist, he wrote for well-known publications such as New Statesman and The Weekly Standard.

 12 
Nate Dogg
(Rapper Best Known for His Song ‘Regulate')
Nate Dogg
39
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States
Died: March 15

Nicknamed King of Hooks, American singer and rapper Nate Dogg is best known for his collaborations with other celebrated rappers like Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Dr. Dre.  Equally successful as a solo artist, he had recorded three solo albums as well as a string of singles, concurrently charting 16 times on the Billboard Hot 100 as a featured artist.

 13 
Jane Russell
(Actress, Singer and Model Who was One of Hollywood's Leading Sex Symbols in the 1940s and 1950s )
Jane Russell
17
Birthdate: June 21, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bemidji, Minnesota, United States
Died: February 28

Jane Russell was an American actress and singer. Renowned for her beauty, Russell was considered one of the leading sex symbols of Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. In 2009, Glamour magazine named her in its list of 40 Most Iconic Movie Goddesses. Her contribution to the entertainment industry was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 14 
Harry Morgan
(Prolific Character Actor Who Starred in More Than 100 Films)
Harry Morgan
20
Birthdate: April 10, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: December 7

Harry Morgan was an American actor who appeared in over 100 films in a career that spanned six decades. Apart from contributing to the success of several films, Morgan also appeared in many TV series; for his performance in the series M*A*S*H, Morgan received an Emmy. In 2006, he was made an inductee of the Hall of Great Western Performers.

 15 
Betty Ford
(Former First Lady of the United States)
Betty Ford
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 8

Betty Ford served as the First Lady of the US from 1974 to 1977. One of the most popular First Ladies in history, Ford was a passionate supporter of abortion rights and worked towards raising breast cancer awareness. She commented on topics like sex, drugs, abortion, and equal pay. In 1991, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 16 
Cliff Robertson
7
Birthdate: September 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: La Jolla
Died: September 10

Cliff Robertson was an American actor whose career spanned half a century. He is best known for his portrayal of Charly Gordon in the 1968 drama film Charly, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. Also a well-known aviator, Robertson owned several aircraft, such as a Messerschmitt Bf 108 and multiple de Havilland Tiger Moths.

 17 
Jeff Conaway
(Actor)
Jeff Conaway
10
Birthdate: October 5, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 27
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 18 
Patrice O'Neal
(Stand-up Comedian)
Patrice O'Neal
6
Birthdate: December 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 29
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 19 
Gerry Rafferty
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Songwriter)
Gerry Rafferty
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paisley
Died: January 4
 20 
Anne Francis
(Best Known for Roles in the Film ‘Forbidden Planet, and TV Series ‘Honey West’)
Anne Francis
5
Birthdate: September 16, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ossining, New York, United States
Died: January 2
Anne Francis is best remembered as her Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated titular role in the series Honey West, which was the first series with a woman detective’s name as its title. A Broadway performer since the age of 11, Francis also gained fame with the sci-fi film Forbidden Planet.
 21 
Pete Postlethwaite
(English Actor)
Pete Postlethwaite
9
Birthdate: February 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Warrington, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Died: January 2
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 22 
Bubba Smith
(American football player)
Bubba Smith
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Orange, Texas, United States
Died: August 3
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 23 
Andy Whitfield
(Best Known for His Role in the TV Series ‘Spartacus: Blood and Sand’)
Andy Whitfield
9
Birthdate: October 17, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amlwch, Anglesey, Wales
Died: September 11

Welsh actor, Andy Whitfield, gained international fame for his leading role in the Starz television series Spartacus: Blood and Sand. A qualified engineer, he quit his corporate job to act in TV shows. He became popular within a few years and began acting in films as well. Tragically, he became ill with cancer and died at the age of 39. 

 24 
Har Gobind Khorana
(Indian American Biochemist Who was One of the Recipients of the 1968 Nobel Prize in Medicine)
Har Gobind Khorana
7
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 9, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Punjab, India
Died: November 9

Born into a poor family in British India, Har Gobind Khorana studied on scholarships and later bagged a seat at the University of Liverpool and thus moved to England. The renowned biochemist ended up winning the Nobel Prize for his research on how nucleotides in nucleic acids control protein synthesis.

 25 
Jack LaLanne
(Fitness & Nutrition Expert, TV presenter)
Jack LaLanne
1
Birthdate: September 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: January 23
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 26 
Jackie Cooper
(Actor, Director, Producer and the First Child Actor to Receive an Oscar Nomination)
Jackie Cooper
11
Birthdate: September 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: May 3

Jackie Cooper was an American actor, television producer, and director. He was the youngest and the first child actor to receive an Academy Award nomination. After receiving the nomination at the age of nine, Cooper remained the youngest Academy Award nominee for nearly 50 years. He later established himself as a successful actor in Hollywood.

 27 
Sidney Lumet
(Prolific Filmaker of the Modern Era Known for Eliciting Strong Performances From His Cast Members)
Sidney Lumet
5
Birthdate: June 25, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 9
Academy Honorary Award-winning director/producer Sidney Lumet is best known for directing iconic films such as 12 Angry Men and Dog Day Afternoon. He began his career with Off-Broadway productions. He later worked in multiple films with Sean Connery and came to be known as an "actor's director."
 28 
Nancy Wake
(British Agent who Led the Maquis Groups of the French Resistance - One of the Most Decorated Servicewomen During WW II)
Nancy Wake
16
Birthdate: August 30, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
Died: August 7

Initially a journalist, Nancy Wake earned the nickname The White Mouse for her skilful spying on Germans. Working under the alias Helene for the SOE, the stiletto-wearing socialite earned respect for her 500 km bicycle ride to report a situation to London, while being chased by the Nazis.

 29 
Geraldine Ferraro
(Politician)
Geraldine Ferraro
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 26, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newburgh, New York, United States
Died: March 26
 30 
Clarence Clemons
(Best Known as the Saxophonist of the Rock Band 'The E Street Band')
Clarence Clemons
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Died: June 18

Clarence Clemons, also popular as The Big Man, gained fame as the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. While he joined the Maryland State College on both football and music scholarships, a car accident later ended his football dreams. He also had his own band, The Red Bank Rockers.

 31 
Gil Scott-Heron
(Poet and Singer-songwriter)
Gil Scott-Heron
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 27
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 32 
Wangari Maathai
(The First African Woman to Receive 'Nobel Peace Prize')
Wangari Maathai
8
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ihithe, Kenya
Died: September 25

Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan environmental, social, and political activist. She achieved popularity after becoming the first African woman to be honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. She is credited with founding a non-governmental organization called The Green Belt Movement (GBM), which focuses on women's rights and environmental conservation.

 33 
Michael Gough
(Actor)
Michael Gough
5
Birthdate: November 23, 1916
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur
Died: March 27
 34 
Sócrates
(Brazilian Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Sócrates
9
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: February 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Belém, State of Pará, Brazil
Died: December 4
 35 
Jani Lane
(Singer-songwriter)
Jani Lane
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, USA
Died: August 10
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 36 
David Oswald Nelson
(Actor)
David Oswald Nelson
8
Birthdate: October 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Died: January 11
 37 
Seve Ballesteros
(Spanish Professional Golfer)
Seve Ballesteros
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 9, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pedreña, Cantabria, Spain
Died: May 7
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 38 
John Barry
(Composer, Musician, Songwriter, Film score composer)
John Barry
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: York
Died: January 30
 39 
Diane Cilento
(Best Known for Her Role in the Film ‘Tom Jones)
Diane Cilento
10
Birthdate: April 2, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mooloolaba, Australia
Died: October 6

Diane Cilento is one of the earliest Australian actresses to make it big in the British film industry. Although her popularity increased after marrying the famous James Bond actor Sean Connery, her film career went downhill and she could never really revive her career. In 2001, she was honored with the Centenary Medal for service to the arts.

 40 
Dennis Ritchie
(American Computer Scientist Known for Creating the C Programming Language)
Dennis Ritchie
6
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bronxville, New York, United States
Died: October 12

Computer scientist, Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie, worked at Bell Labs Computing Sciences Research Center for most of his career, co-developing the Unix operating system and B programming language with Kenneth Thompson, co-winning the 1983 A.M. Turing Award for it. Earlier, he had also created C programming language and was involved with the development of the Plan 9 and Inferno operating systems.

 41 
Jack Kevorkian
(American pathologist)
Jack Kevorkian
18
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pontiac, Michigan, U.S.
Died: June 3

Jack Kevorkian was a pathologist who believed that euthanasia or mercy killing of terminally ill patients was necessary. He later claimed to have helped 130 patients die and earned the nickname “Dr. Death.” He was later convicted of murder for his role in the voluntary euthanasia of a patient.

 42 
John Dye
(Actor)
John Dye
11
Birthdate: January 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Amory, Mississippi, United States
Died: January 10
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 43 
Sargent Shriver
(American Politician and United States Ambassador to France (1968–1970))
Sargent Shriver
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 9, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Westminster, Maryland, United States
Died: January 18
Sargent Shriver was part of the Kennedy family, as the husband of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy. He was part of the U.S. Navy and also worked as an assistant editor at Newsweek. He developed many anti-poverty programs and was the Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 1972.
 44 
Judy Lewis
(Actress)
Judy Lewis
2
Birthdate: November 6, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Venice, California, USA
Died: November 25
 45 
Susannah York
(Actress)
Susannah York
2
Birthdate: January 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England
Died: January 15
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 46 
Otto von Habsburg
(Last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary and Former Member of the European Parliament)
Otto von Habsburg
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 20, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reichenau an der Rax, Austria
Died: July 4

Otto von Habsburg was the son of Charles I, the last emperor of Austria. A staunch opponent of Nazism, he called for the unification and integration of Europe. He had been a European Parliament member and spearheaded the Pan-European Picnic at the Austrian-Hungarian border during the 1989 revolution.

 47 
Farley Granger
(Actor)
Farley Granger
1
Birthdate: July 1, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Jose, California, USA
Died: March 27
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 48 
Nickolas Ashford
(Songwriter)
Nickolas Ashford
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fairfield County, South Carolina, United States
Died: August 22
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 49 
Václav Havel
(The Last President of Czechoslovakia (1989-1992) & the First President of the Czech Republic (1993-2003))
Václav Havel
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: December 18

Vaclav Havel was a Czech statesman, poet, playwright, and author. He is best remembered for his service as the President of the Czech Republic from 1993 to 2003. He also served as the President of Czechoslovakia from 1989 until its dissolution in 1992. Havel was a recipient of several awards including the Gandhi Peace Prize and Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 50 
Michael Sarrazin
(Actor)
Michael Sarrazin
4
Birthdate: May 22, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Died: April 17
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)