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December 26, 2011  | by: Emily Longeretta

Amy WInehouse & Elizabeth Taylor

Each year, millions of new people are born that become icons in years to come. At the same time, each year we lose people that changed the entertainment business as we knew it. Here are 4 people we lost in 2011 who will be dearly missed.

With violet eyes and glowing beauty, Elizabeth Taylor was one of the most beautiful and wonderful actresses of all time. As a true star beginning in National Velvet, Taylor co-founded The American Foundation for AIDS Research in 1985. Married eight times to seven husbands, Taylor was known for her fine jewelery and fine heart. A Golden Globe, Academy Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Elizabeth Taylor was one of the stars that others look up to. The diva died of congestive heart failure on March 23 at the age of 79.

Clarence Clemons and Springsteen

When we think of Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band, it’s impossible to not remember Clarence Clemons, the tenor saxaphone player of the band. “The Big Man” also released solo albums and joined some amazing bands on stage, such as The Grateful Dead. As a great friend to Springsteen, this statement was released by the star after Clemon’s death:

“His loss is immeasurable and we are honored and thankful to have known him and had the opportunity to stand beside him for nearly forty years.”

The saxophone player had a stroke a few days before his death, causing complications, and he passed on June 18 at the age of 69.

Like a painting, Amy Winehouse was a star that is highly recognzied now that she is gone. With a deep voice and high hair, the English singer-songwriter was known for her true unique self. With five Grammy Awards, the star had hits such as “Rehab,” and “Back to Black,” while also recently recording a duet, “Body and Soul,” with the great Tony Bennett. The duet was released on September 14, which would have been Winehouse’s 28 birthday. The star died on July 23 of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27.

When we think of the technology of the past years, it would be almost impossible to imagine it without Steve Jobs. The co-founder of Apple, Inc., Jobs was also co-founder and cheif-executive of Pixar Animation Studios, and was one of the great visionaries of the time. Overseeing the creations of the iMac, iPod, and iPad, Jobs changed the world of computers. Jobs died from respiratoric arrest on October 5, at the age of 56.

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