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


During a family vacation in the Bahamas, John Travolta and Kelly Preston's 16-year-old son Jett suffered a seizure on Jan. 2, and fatally struck his head. "I remember Jett when he was born," family friend Tom Cruise said. "I saw him when he was just a few months old and John just adored him, and both of his children, and Kelly." The family held a memorial for their son in their Ocala, Fla., hometown, where the locals remembered sharing a special bond with the boy. Said nearby resident Barbara Weiland, "We felt it was important to come out and let them know that every day people loved Jett too."