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


The TV personality, who emceed Star Search and famously introduced Johnny Carson's Tonight Show for 30 years with his signature opening cry "Heeeeeere's Johnny!" died of cancer on June 23 at age 86. Britney Spears – who appeared on Star Search as a young girl – Tweeted about the loss, saying, "He is responsible for giving so many artists their first shot including myself. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed."