We tip a fortyyyyyy to ya’ memoryyyyy…
2011 was a year that we experienced some of the most unexpected celebrity deaths in several years. Although some may have been battling an illness, many of these folks seem to die rather suddenly due to drugs, alcohol, a car accident, or a combination of them all.
Flip through the pages and take a look see at all the lives that were lost in 2011, part 2 will be up tomorrow.
Beloved soul singer Amy Winehouse died over the summer due to alcohol poisoning.
14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011
NFL baller and Police Academy star Bubba Smith passed away from an acute drug intoxication and heart disease.
February 28, 1945 – August 3, 2011
Clarence Clemons suffered a stroke on June 12, 2011, and died of complications from it on June 18, at 69 years of age. He was the saxophone player for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
January 11, 1942 – June 18, 2011
British-American actress Elizabeth Taylor was an American icon and actress that died of congestive heart failure after many years of battling a bevy of health issues.
February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011
Loleatta Holloway was a disco singer best known for her songs “Hit And Run” and “Love Sensation”.
November 5, 1946 – March 21, 2011
Mia Amber Davis is best known for her role in the movie Road Trip, but in addition to being an actress Davis was a plus-sized model. She passed due to blood clots in her lungs.
July 25, 1975 – May 10, 2011
Nate Dogg is a man that needs no introduction. He was one of the foremost and beloved hip-hop singers of all time and almost every one of his verses and hooks are classic in and of themselves. His official cause of death was complications from multiple strokes.
August 19, 1969 – March 15, 2011
Nick Ashford was a singer/songwriter was part of a duo with his wife Valerie Simpson (Ashford and Simpson) that wrote some of the biggest Motown songs of all-time including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “You’re All I Need To Get By”, and even Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman”. Nick Ashford passed from throat cancer complications.
May 4, 1941 – August 22, 2011
Patrice O’Neal was a comedian who’s style was confrontational and harsh, he made a name for himself by the hilarious insults he would hurl at the crowd during his set. In October, Patrice suffered a stroke and a month later he died due to complications from that stroke.
December 7, 1969 – November 29, 2011
“Macho Man” Randy Savage was a beloved professional wrestler in the WWF. His matches against Hulk Hogan and The Ultimate Warrior were the stuff of wrestling legend, but even bigger fame came when he was chosen to be the front man for Slim-Jim beef jerky. Savage was killed instantly when he crashed his car after suffering a heart attack while driving.
November 15, 1952 – May 20, 2011