Best of 2009

Tributes: The Stars We Lost This Year

From Patrick Swayze to Natasha Richardson, we say goodbye to the smiles and voices who left their mark onscreen and off


Products like Oxi Clean and Kaboom became household must-haves thanks to infomercial pitchman Billy Mays, who always prided himself on the fact that he never endorsed a product he didn't believe in. That voice was silenced when Mays, 50, died in his sleep June 28 due to a pulmonary embolism. "The news of Billy's death came as a total shock to me," Anthony Sullivan, Mays's costar on Discovery Channel series Pitchmen told PEOPLE. "I'm devastated."