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

WALTER CRONKITE

Dubbed "the most trusted man in America," the TV news legend – who anchored the CBS Evening News and reported on President John F. Kennedy's assassination, the moon landing and the Vietnam War – died at age 92 on July 17. His distinguished voice still can be heard introducing the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, per his family's wishes. As he said on his last Evening News broadcast, "Old anchormen, you see, don't fade away – they just keep coming back for more."