Best of 2011

A Farewell to the Stars We Lost This Year

From Elizabeth Taylor to Amy Winehouse, we pay tribute to the people whose lives touched us all

RUSSELL ARMSTRONG

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong's 47-year-old estranged husband shocked family, friends and reality fans when he committed suicide on Aug. 15 at a friend's L.A. home. "Besides being upset about his divorce and its effect on his kids, he didn't show any outward signs of depression," his attorney, Ronald Richards, told PEOPLE in the wake of the tragedy. Four months after his death, his wife Taylor went public with her new memoir, Hiding from Reality, documenting the trauma she endured during their tumultuous marriage.