2011 has been a big year for Celebrity deaths with the passing of legends like Heavy D, Nate Dogg, Elizabeth Taylor, Nick Ashord, and Amy Whinehouse. We also lost innovative entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs and Oakland Raiders owner, Al Davis. Checkout the full list of celeb deaths of 2011 brought to you by our staff at GWOP Magazine. Hopefully we don’t have any more names or faces to add to this list by December 31st. Full list, bios and videos after the jump.
Kim Jong Il
12/18/11- Kim Jong Il the leader of North Korea passed away while riding on a train due to fatigue.
12/16/11 – Rapper Slim Dunkin, real name Mario Hamilton, a Detroit native was shot and killed on December 16, at an Atlanta music studio after an altercation over a piece of candy.
12/6/11 – Former Ohio State Buckeye Brent Darby passed due to heart problems at the young age of 30.
11/28/11 – Forty-one year-old actor and comedian Patrice O’Neal died late last night (November 28) after complications stemming from a stroke he suffered in October.
11/8/11: Heavy D, Popular rapper Heavy D (real name: Dwight Arrington Myers) was rushed to an LA hospital after collapsing at his Beverly Hills home. Though Heavy was conscious when first responders arrived at the scene, he died shortly thereafter.
Smokin’ Joe Frazier
11/7/11: Joe Frazier, Former Heavyweight Champion, Smokin’ Joe Frazier, succumbed to liver cancer at the age of 67. Winner of 27 out of 32 fights, Friazier only lost 4 times in his career, twice to George Foreman and twice to Muhammad Ali.
11/5/11: Andy Rooney, Emmy Award winning 60 Minutes commentator Andy Rooney, most famous for his A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney segment, died of complications due to a recent surgery. His final taping was on November 2, 2011 and he died on November 5, 2011.
10/20/11 – Muammar Gaddafi, leader of Libya for 42 years from 1969 to 2011, died on 20 October 2011 during the 2011 Libyan civil war. Gaddafi was captured alive after his convoy was attacked by NATO warplanes as Sirte fell on 20 October 2011. He was then beaten and killed by NTC forces.
10/8/11: Al Davis, Longtime owner of the Oakland Raiders football team died at 82. As commissioner of the American Football League in the ’60s, he was instrumental in organizing the merger with the NFL that led to the current league as we know it today. Davis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1992.
10/5/11: Steve Jobs, Chairman and Co-Founder of Apple, died due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He was 56. Jobs was known for his keynote speeches that were given each year to update the loyal Apple followers, as well as his enlightening interview style.
9/21/11: Troy Anthony Davis was convicted of and executed for the August 19, 1989, murder of police officer Mark MacPhail in Savannah, Georgia.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian
6/3/11 – Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the Michigan pathologist who put assisted suicide on the world’s medical ethics stage died at the Beaumont Hospital. He was 83. The assisted-suicide advocate had been hospitalized in Michigan for pneumonia and a kidney-related ailment.
Gil Scott Heron
5/27/11 – Gil Scott Heron, American poet.
Macho Man Randy Savage
5/20/11 – “Macho Man” Randy Savage (real name Randall Mario Poffo) died due to injuries from a car accident after suffering a heart attack while driving in Tampa, Florida. The pro-wrestler was popular for over twenty years on the WWE, WCW and TNA wrestling programs, He was champion over twenty times in multiple wrestling circuits and programs. He was also famous for his ring attire and his legendary catchphrase, “Ohhhh Yeahhh.”
5/15/11- Rapper M-Bone (real name Montae Talbert) of the popular hip hop group Cali Swag District was victim of a drive-by shooting in front of a liquor store in his hometown of Inglewood, California. The “Teach Me How to Dougie” star was in the driver’s seat when a group of gunmen pulled up beside him and fired off two rounds.
Robert “Tractor” Traylor
5/11/11 – Robert “Tractor” Traylor born in Detroit, MI was a McDonald’s All-American the same year as Kevin Garnett, Vince Carter and Paul Pierce. He attended the University of Michigan and was a 1st round 6th draft pick (1998) of the Dallas Mavericks.
Traylor (age 34) was found dead at his apartment in Isla Verde, Puerto Rico. The cause of death was apparently a heart attack. He was allegedly talking to his wife on the phone at the time. A connection was suddenly lost, at which point his wife alerted team officials to investigate.
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