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

TED KENNEDY

The iconic Democratic senator from Massachusetts – and the last brother from the Kennedy political dynasty – died Aug. 25 at age 77 after battling a malignant brain tumor. "For his family, he was a guardian," said President Obama, who was among four Presidents who came out to commemorate the statesman for his life and public service at his burial at Arlington Cemetery. "For America, he was the defender of a dream."