Summer of Death

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The "Summer of Death" is a name given to the summer of 2009 when numerous high-profile people died in a short time frame of one another. These included (but are not limited to) Billy Mays, Ted Kennedy, Walter Cronkite, Farrah Fawcett, Ed McMahon, David Carradine, Patrick Swayze, and most prominently, Michael Jackson, also known as "The King of Pop". Though there was nothing statistically unusual about the number of celebrity deaths that particular summer, some have speculated that the sheer number of headline deaths, coupled with increasing nostalgia in the population of Western nations may have increased the outpouring of grief during the summer of 2009.

List of celebrities that died during the summer of 2009[edit]

The full list of celebrities and high-profile people that died in, or close to, the Summer of 2009 is contained below, in order of their death:

In popular culture[edit]

The "Summer of Death" was parodied in the South Park episode "Dead Celebrities", and also mentioned in the JibJab animation Never a Year Like '09.

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