June Deaths 2011

In June we said farewell to many beloved figures, including the reigning world's oldest person and the world's most famous sheep.

Elmer 'Geronimo' Pratt
Pratt was a leader of the Black Panther Party. Federal authorities targeted him, and he was falsely accused of the kidnap and murder of Caroline Olsen. After spending 27 years in prison, he reached this victory.
Jack Kevorkian
Dr. Kevorkian made a name for himself in terminal patients' advocacy through physician-assisted suicide. In 1999, he was convicted of second-degree murder
Miriam Karlin
Karlin was a British actress who worked with Sir Laurence Olivier and a well-known filmmaker. She's appeared in several movies and performed on stage well into her eighties.
John Henry Johnson
Johnson was a well-known NFL fullback and is best remembered for being a member of the famed "Million Dollar Backfield"
Shrek the sheep
Shrek was a sheep who rose to international fame for his extraordinary long hair and defiance to haircuts
John R. Alison
Alison was a highly decorated World War II hero and veteran of another war. He's also known as the father of Air Force Special Operations
Edgar Tekere
Tekere was an accomplished politician who is remembered as a freedom fighter.
Leonard Stern
Stern was a prolific screenwriter, producer and director. He was also the co-creator of a popular word game
Genaro Hernández
Hernández was a world champion boxer whose career ended in a tough fight with this world champion.
Jim Northrup
Northrup was a Major League Baseball outfielder who played 10 years for one team and was a great left-handed batter
Carl Gardner
Gardner was a self-made man who established a long career in R&B with the band The Coasters. His son has since taken over as lead singer and still carries on the group.
Laura Ziskin
Ziskin was a successful film producer and was the first woman to produce one of TV's biggest awards shows. She died from this disease at her home at age 61.
Bob Banner
Banner, who grew up as a musician, was a TV programming pioneer and an Emmy-winning writer, producer and director
Wild Man Fischer
Fischer was a unique singer-songwriter who suffered from this mental disorder as well as this mental illness. He was the first musician to record for Rhino Records.
Yelena Bonner
Bonner was a Russian human rights activist and wife of controversial physicist Andrei Sakharov. She also wrote often on Russia and human rights, earning her many international awards.
Clarence Clemons
Clemons also known as "The Big Man" was the saxophonist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band. Clemons was also a celebrity in his own right, as a musician and an actor
Brian Haw
Haw was a British peace activist who held an unprecedented decade-long protest spurred by Iraq sanctions.
Ryan Dunn
Dunn was part of the "Jackass" gang with Johnny Knoxville and the spinoff, "Viva La Bam." He starred in a notorious toy-car skit in "Jackass: The Movie"
Maria Gomes Valentim
Valentim was named the world's oldest person. She died just weeks shy of her next birthday.
Peter Falk
Falk was a prolific actor who started out with an Oscar-nominated role in this movie. He then rose to great popularity as a detective in the long-running show, "Columbo."