Monday, December 26, 2011
7 News Features: 7's top 7 - Obituaries
WSVN -- In 2011, we said goodbye to a technology guru, a South Florida sports legend, and some dazzling gems from Hollywood's Golden Age. 7's Craig Stevens takes a look back at their lives in 7's top seven.
Steve Jobs (1955-2011)
Steve Jobs: "Hi I'm Steve Jobs."
The world mourned the loss of a technological genius who awed us with his touch screen marvels.
Steve Jobs: "This is the new iPhone 4."
Steve Jobs changed the way we communicate and live. iPod, iPhone, and eventually the iPad had us tapping and swishing to a whole new world.
Jobs died after battling pancreatic cancer.
Amy Winehouse (1983-2011)
A south voice silenced too soon. Amy Winehouse found dead in her London apartment.
Her official cause of death- alcohol poisoning.
Clarence Clemons (1942-2011)
The music industry also said goodbye to the "Big Man"!
Clarence Clemons was best known for playing the sax in Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band.
One of his last performances was on American Idol.
Hollywood lost a number of stars from the Golden Age.
Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011)
Elizabeth Taylor: "You think a race like this is won by luck?"
Elizabeth Taylor's 60 year film career was almost as compelling as her love life- she walked down the aisle eight times!
It was her heart that eventually gave out. Five years earlier she blasted tabloid reports saying her death was imminent.
Elizabeth Taylor: "They want to hear that I'm dead, sorry folks, I'm not."
Jane Russell (1921-2011)
We also said goodbye to the original pinup girl, Jane Russell.
Russell became a movie star after being discovered by eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes.
Peter Falk (1927-2011)
Peter Falk was known as Columbo, the squinty, rumpled detective in the hit TV show.
Harry Morgan (1915-2011)
Harry Morgan played the fatherly Colonel Sherman Potter on the TV series MASH.
His wry humor earned him an Emmy on the hit show.
James Arness (1923-2011)
Actor James Arness found fame in the TV series Gunsmoke.
Cliff Robertson (1923-2011)
Cliff Robertson was the handsome movie actor who played John F. Kennedy in P.T. 109.
Jeff Conaway (1950-2011)
Jeff Conaway was John Travolta's buddy Kenickie in Grease and starred in the TV show Taxi.
His on and off again battle with substance abuse eventually led to his death.
Ryan Dunn (1977-2011)
Ryan Dunn risked his life doing dangerous stunts on the MTV series Jackass.
Police say Dunn died after losing control of his Porsche and slamming into a tree.
Jack LaLanne (1914-2011)
He was famous for fitness.
Jack LaLanne exercised his way to his own TV in the 50's.
Know for his amazing fitness feats, he swam handcuffed and shackled for a mile and a half on his 70th birthday.
Jack LaLanne: "I work at living, most people work at dying."
Joe Frazier (1944-2011)
We also lost a boxing legend.
Smokin' Joe Frazier defeated Mohammed Ali in what was called "The fight of the century."
Jim Mandich (1948-2011)
Jim Mandich: "All right Miami!"
Miami lost one of it's own sports heroes. Jim "Mad Dog" Mandich was the voice of the Dolphins.
Jim Mandich: "It's got the distance! And it is good! Yeah! Yes! That is clutch baby!"
He also played for coach Don Shula during the perfect season in '72.
He spent years announcing games on the radio.
Jim Mandich: "I love this job. This has been my life."
Nick Navarro (1929-2011)
Another local legend- former Broward County Sheriff Nick Navarro died this year.
He became famous for rounding up suspected drug dealers on the TV show Cops.
He also cracked down on the sale of 2 Live Crew albums in South Florida, arresting members of the group for obscene lyrics.
Anthony Abraham (1911-2011)
We also said goodbye to a local philanthropist and savvy businessman, Anthony Abraham.
His foundation gave millions to local charities before he died at the age of 100.
Geraldine Ferraro (1935-2011)
Geraldine Ferraro will be remembered as a political trailblazer.
She was the first female vice-president nominee on a major ticket, running alongside Democratic presidential nominee Walter Mondale in 1984.
Betty Ford (1918-2011)
We also said goodbye to former first lady Betty Ford.
While in the White House she worked to educate others about substance abuse.
Andy Rooney (1919-2011)
Andy Rooney: "The funny thing is over the years, our opinion of how our hair looks best changes."
And finally, we said goodbye to everyone's favorite grumpy old man. Andy Rooney's diatribes documenting the struggles of modern life were an instant hit on the CBS news magazine show "60 minutes." In October, after 33 years on the show, he gave his final commentary. And later told CNN's Larry King his feelings on retirement.
Andy Rooney: "I never understood retirement. What is the attraction of retirement? I go down to Florida and I look around and I said, 'My God, who wants this?'"
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