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


While taking a private ski lesson at the Mont Tremblant resort in Québec, the actress, 45, fell down in what appeared to be a minor incident. Two days later, on March 18, she died from what was later ruled "blunt trauma" to her head, leaving behind her husband of 14 years, actor Liam Neeson, and two sons. "She was an adoring and loving wife and mother," family friend Ralph Fiennes said. "I cannot imagine a world without her wit, her love, her mischief, her great, great talent and her gift for living."