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


Best known for his hit '90s single "Now That We Found Love," the larger-than-life hip-hop star influenced artists from Diddy to Jennifer Lopez with his uplifting music. "Heavy D is the person who gave me my 1st chance in the music industry," blogged Diddy shortly after the rapper (real name Dwight Meyers) collapsed outside his L.A. home on Nov. 8 at the age of 44. A self-described optimist, the musician left a fittingly upbeat final message for fans just hours before his death, Tweeting, "BE INSPIRED!"