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Brittany Murphy, latest death in eventful 2009 year

With the recent tragic news of actress Brittany Murphy (Don't Say A Word) passing away on December 20th (at the young age of 32) and the coming new year just days away, 2009 has proved a very eventful and unexpected year: From OxiClean spokesman Billy Mays to CBS Evening News' Walter Cronkite, we saw the unfortunate ends in the lives of industry giants, as well as up and coming talented stars.

Above: The late Brittany Murphy in her last hit film -- "Sin City" (2005)
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Bea Arthur (Actress, Golden Girls)

David Carradine (Actor, Kill Bill: Vol. 2)

Dom DeLuise (Actor, Robin Hood: Men in Tights)

Don Galloway (Actor, General Hospital)

Ed McMahon (Actor, Fun With Dick and Jane)

Farrah Fawcett (Actress, Dr. T and the Women)

Harve Presnell (Actor, Fargo)

Henry Gibson (Actor, Magnolia)

James Whitmore (Actor, The Shawshank Redemption)

Jennifer Jones (Actress, The Towering Inferno)

Jocelyn Quivrin (Actor, Syriana)

John Hughes (Director, Ferris Bueller's Day Off)

Karl Malden (Actor, A Street Car Named Desire)

Kathleen Byron (Actress, Saving Private Ryan)

Lucy Gordon (Actress, Spider-Man 3)

Maurice Jarre (Composer, Fatal Attraction)

Michael Jackson (Songwriter, Moonwalker)

Natasha Richardson (Actress, The Parent Trap)

Pat Hingle (Actor, Batman)

Patrick Swayze (Actor, Roadhouse)

Ricardo Montalban (Actor, Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan)

Ron Silver (Actor, Silkwood)

Roy Disney (Producer, Fantasia 2000)

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