In Memoriam – 2010

Another year has passed and with it, we lost many celebrities. Here is a few that left us in 2010:


Jan 8 – Art Clokey – Art Clokey, the creator of Gumby, died of complications due to a bladder infection at age 88.

Jan 13 – Teddy Pendergrass – R & B singer Teddy Pendergrass almost saw his career end in 1982 when he crashed into a tree. However, he rehabilitated and continued to sing until his death at age 59 from colon cancer.

Jan 17 – Erich Segal – Author Erich Segal, known for writing “Love Story,” died of a heart attack at age 72.

Jan 24 – Pernell Roberts – Actor Pernell Roberts, best known as Adam Cartwright on “Bonanza,” died at age 81 of pancreatic cancer.

Jan 27 – Howard Zinn – Howard Zinn, a well known writer, political activist, and teacher, died of a heart attack at age 87.

Jan 27 – JD Salinger – JD Salinger, reclusive writer of “Catcher in the Rye,” died of natural causes at the age of 91.


Feb 11 – Alexander McQueen – Fashion designer Alexander McQueen committed suicide at age 40.

Feb 14 – Doug Fieger – Doug Fieger, who penned the ‘80s hit “My Sharona” after his then-girlfriend, died of lung cancer at age 57.

Feb 20 – Alexander Haig – A retired General and former Secretary of State, Haig died at age 85 of complications due to an infection.

Feb 25 – Andrew Koenig – Andrew Koenig, who played Richard “Boner” Stabone on “Growing Pains,” committed suicide at age 41.


Mar 10 – Corey Haim – Corey Haim, part of the famed Two Coreys from the ‘80s, died of pulmonary edema at age 38.

Mar 11 – Merlin Olsen – Footballer and actor Merlin Olsen died of mesothelioma at age 69.

Mar 14 – Peter Graves – Peter Graves, who played Jim Phelps on “Mission Impossible,” died of a heart attack four days short of his 84th birthday.

Mar 17 – Alex Chilton – Alex Chilton hit #1 with “The Letter” as a teenager and was a cult figure in the music world when he died of a heart attack at age 59.

Mar 18 – Fess Parker – Fess Parker, who played both Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone on television, died at 85 of natural causes.

Mar 24 – Robert Culp – Robert Culp, who played Kelly Robinson on “I Spy,” died at age 79 of a heart attack.

Mar 31 – John Forsythe – John Forsythe had an acting career that spanned four decades. He died on pneumonia and cancer at age 92.

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I have always loved to write and gives me the opportunity to share my passion for writing with others. I work full-time as a web developer at UTHSC and most of my other time is spent with my son (born 2004). I love everything pop culture, but also enjoy writing about green living (it has opened my eyes to many things!) and health (got to worry about that as you get older!).