Michael Jackson, Sir Bobby Robson, and the last three UK-based WWI veterans, all died in the past 12 months. Here, we remember them and other well-known faces no longer with us after this year.
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Walter Cronkite audio courtesy CBS News, and Maggie Jones audio courtesy ITV 1. Music by Michael Jackson, The Stranglers, Boyzone, Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes, and courtesy KPM Music. Images courtesy PA, AP, AFP, Getty Images and Rex Features.
Slideshow production by Paul Kerley and Natasha Grüneberg. Publication date 24 December 2009.
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