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It's one of only two guarantees in life, so it's never too surprising when a star leaves us. But this year was quite unlike most others in terms of celebrity deaths, both in terms of pure volume and in the nature in which some passed away.

From some of the biggest celebrities on the planet to those we barely got to know, and from older stars to those who were taken from us far too soon, 2009 marked a sad farewell to so many memorable names and faces.

Here's a list of notable celebrity deaths of 2009. If we left anyone off, it was just a mistake. Just leave a comment and we'll add them ASAP ...

Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein

Bea Arthur

Billy Mays

Brittany Murphy

Chris Henry

David Carradine

Dominick Dunne

Don Hewitt

Ed McMahon

Erik Gates

Farrah Fawcett

Henry Gibson

Jack Kemp

Jasmine Fiore

Jett Travolta

John Hughes

John Updike

Les Paul

Michael Jackson

Vintage MJ

Natasha Richardson

Patrick Swayze

Paul Harvey

Robert Novak

Ron Silver

Roy Disney

Ryan Alexander Jenkins

Sahel Kazemi

Soupy Sales

Steve McNair

Ted Kennedy

"The Rev" Sullivan

Walter Cronkite

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Popular Irish boy band member Stephen Gately has died at the age of 33. 

He had been a huge part of Boyzone, which topped charts and broke sales records in Britain and Ireland during the 1990s, and which recently made a comeback.

Stephen passed away on a holiday in Majorca, Spain. The cause of death is not yet known, but has been reported that he choked on his own vomit after drinking.

Aside from huge success with Boyzone, Stephen was also notable for being the first member of a major boy group to come out as gay, which he did in 1999.

He married long-term partner Andrew Cowles in a civi ceremony in 2006.

Writing that they are “completely devastated” on his website, the other members of the band say, “Stephen was a beautiful person in both body and spirit. He lit up our lives and those of the many friends he had all over the world.”

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