Here are some of the many remarkable people — political leaders, business leaders, visionary thinkers, scientists, athletes, artists, entertainers of various sorts, journalists, old soldiers, diplomats, despots, humanitarians and terrorists — who died during the year.
After years of speculation about North Korean leader Kim Jong Il declining health, the leader passed away Dec. 19, 2011. He was 69. Buy Photo
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