We take a look back at some of the notable deaths of the past year.
John Murtha (1932-2010) entered politics in the Pennsylvania House before a 36-year career in the U.S. House of Representatives, which ended when he died in February year after complications from gall bladder surgery.
Critically acclaimed fashion designer Alexander McQueen (1969-2010) was a favorite among celebrities and piled up high honors during his career. A coroner ruled he took his own life in February, nine days after his mother passed away.
One-time child star Corey Haim (1971-2010) enjoyed a slightly rekindled career with the help of reality television. He died of an apparent overdose in March.
Veteran actress Dixie Carter (1939-2010) is best known for her role as one of four Southern interior designers in ‘Designing Women’ and her Emmy-nominated recurring role on ‘Desperate Housewives.’ She died in April after a long battle with endometrial cancer.
Benjamin Hooks (1925) was a Baptist minister, a criminal court judge and the leader of the NAACP for 16 years. He died in April following a long illness.
Civil rights leader Dorothy Height (1912-2010) headed several organizations throughout her career, many of which focused on improving the circumstances of and opportunities for African American women. She passed away in April of natural causes.
Lynn Redgrave (1943-2010), an award-winning Hollywood and Broadway actress, a part of five generations of thespians, lost her battle to breast cancer in May.
Singer and actress Lena Horne (1917-2010) was also known for her role in roles in civil rights and politics. She died at a New York hospital in May.
Radio and television personality Art Linkletter (1912-2010) saw his career span more than 60 years and also enjoyed success as a businessman. He passed away in his Los Angeles home in May.
Child star Gary Coleman (1968-2010) battled many personal demons after his fame died down, but maintained celebrity status until his death of a hemorrhage after falling in his home in May.
Dennis Hopper (1936-2010) was known for his dark roles in films spanning six decades. He made his last public appearance in March to accept a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March, two months before he died from prostate cancer.
‘Golden Girl’ Rue McClanahan (1934-2010) starred on Broadway before a long career in television. She passed away from a stroke in June.
Jimmy Dean (1928-2010), the longtime actor-turned sausage maker, died while eating dinner in front of the television in June.
West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd (1917-2010) served in Congress for 51 years until his death in June following about two years of failing health.
George Steinbrenner ( 1930 – 2010 ), the longtime owner of the New York Yankees loved to win and was known for paying whatever he had to to make it happen. He died of a massive heart attack in July.
Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens (1923-2010) was the longest-serving Republican ever in Congress. He passed away in a plane crash in August.
An American heartthrob in the 1950s, Tony Curtis (1925–2010) continued to appear in films until 2008. He passed away from cardiac arrest in September.
Always known for his role as Howard Cunningham in 'Happy Days,' Tom Bosley (1927-2010) also won a Tony in 1960. He died in October after fighting lung cancer.
Leslie Nielsen (1926-2010) began his career playing serious roles in dramatic shows and films, but his role in 'Airplane' launched a new era of his work that saw two decades of silly roles. He died in November from pneumonia.
Elizabeth Edwards (1949-2010) lost her battle to breast cancer in December. The wife of one-time vice presidential candidate John Edwards was a best-selling author and health care advocate.