Those We Lost in 2008

By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 27, 2008 8:00 AM CST
Those We Lost in 2008
This is a March 19, 2004 file photo of actor and comedian George Carlin posing in a New York hotel.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, file)

This year saw the passing of many notable people, from Paul Newman and Michael Crichton to William F. Buckley and designer Yves St. Laurent. Here are a few that made the lists of the NY Times and LA Times:

  • Tim Russert (b. 1950)—TV journalist and 16-year host of Meet the Press.
  • Charlton Heston (b. 1923)—star of Ben-Hur and The Ten Commandments, and later NRA activist.
  • George Carlin (b. 1937)—legendary rabble-rousing comedian.
  • Heath Ledger (b. 1979)—rising star's credits include Brokeback Mountain; Oscar rumblings for Dark Knight.
  • Steve Fossett (b. 1945)—billionaire adventurer missing since September 2007.
  • Albert Hoffman (b. 1906)—research chemist who discovered LSD.

  • Edmund Hillary (b. 1919)—first person to reach the Mt. Everest summit.
  • Harold Pinter, (b. 1930)—Nobel prize-winning playwright.
  • Louis de Cazenave (b. 1897)—Germany's last veteran of World War I.
  • Paul Newman (b. 1925)—star of The Hustler, Cool Hand Luke, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, as well as a powerful philanthropist.
  • Studs Terkel (b. 1912)—Pulitzer-Prize winning author.
Click below for the full lists.
(More obituary stories.)

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