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 comedian, who made his mark with goofy roles in Mel Brooks's History of the World Part 1 and alongside Burt Reynolds in The Cannonball Run died in his sleep on May 4 after a long illness. He was 75. "Dom always made you feel better when he was around, and there will never be another like him," Reynolds told PEOPLE. "I will miss him very much."