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

HEAVY D

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!"