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They lived by the sword, both inspiring fear and acts of bloodshed around the world. And in the end, they both suffered violent deaths befitting their fearsome reputations. Perhaps no two deaths in 2011 transfixed the world more than those of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi. If relief and even celebration by many greeted their demise, the deaths of other notables in 2011 brought reflection on lives of achievement. The world of science and innovation lost Steve Jobs, the Apple founder who invented and marketed sleek gadgets that transformed everyday technology from the personal computer to the iPod, iPhone and iPad. In entertainment, the world lost Elizabeth Taylor, a woman whose sultry screen persona, stormy personal life and enduring fame made her one of the last of the classic movie stars. The year also saw the passing of soul singer Amy Winehouse, whose death at age 27 left many wondering what works of musical brilliance the world might have seen from the troubled, young star. See the full list here.

Osama bin Laden
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This April 1998 file photo shows exiled Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden is seen in Afghanistan. Bin Laden's died May 2, 2011 during a raid by U.S. Navy SEALs in Pakistan.

Moammar Gadhafi

In this Feb. 5, 2001 photo, Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi listens to questions during a news conference in Tripoli. Libya's information minister said Gadhafi was killed Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011 when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte, the last major bastion of resistance two months after the regime fell.

Kim Jong Il
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In this May 25, 2011 file photo released by China's Xinhua news agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il shakes hands with Chinese President Hu Jintao, unseen, during a meeting in Beijing. North Korean state media announced Kim's death from a heart attack on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.

Betty Ford
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In this Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2000 file photo, former President Gerald Ford and former first lady Betty Ford react to a tribute to his presidency at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. Betty Ford, the former first lady whose triumph over drug and alcohol addiction became a beacon of hope for addicts and the inspiration for her Betty Ford Center, has died, a family friend said Friday, July 8, 2011. She was 93.

Steve Jobs
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In this June 6, 2011 file photo, Apple CEO Steve Jobs is shown during a keynote address to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Jobs died of "respiratory arrest" as the immediate cause of death with "metastatic pancreas neuroendocrine tumor" as the underlying condition that caused the respiratory problem, according to the death certificate.

Elizabeth Taylor
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In this Sept. 25, 1953 file photo, actress Elizabeth Taylor stands on the balcony of the Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden. Publicist Sally Morrison says the actress died Wednesday, March 23, 2011 in Los Angeles of congestive heart failure at age 79.

Sidney Lumet
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This Tuesday Jan. 31, 2006 picture shows director Sidney Lumet during an interview in his New York office where he discussed the current state of TV news, the focus of his 1976 film, "Network." Lumet, the award-winning director of such acclaimed films as "Network," "Serpico," "Dog Day Afternoon" and "12 Angry Men," has died the family said Saturday, April 9, 2011. He was 86.

Amy Winehouse
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In this Feb. 16, 2007 file photo, British singer Amy Winehouse poses for a photograph at a studio in north London, Friday, Feb. 16, 2007. British police say singer Amy Winehouse has been found dead at her home in London on Saturday, July 23, 2011. The singer was 27 years old.

Clarence Clemons
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In this Friday Sept. 28, 2007 file picture, Clarence Clemons, left, and Bruce Springsteen, right, perform on the NBC "Today" television program in New York's Rockefeller Center. A spokeswoman for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band says saxophone player Clarence Clemons has died in Florida at age 69 on Saturday, June 18, 2011 .

Dan Wheldon
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In this May 30, 2011, file photo, IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, of England, poses with the Borg-Warner Trophy during the traditional winners photo of the Indianapolis 500 auto race champion on the start/finish line at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Wheldon was killed Oct. 16 during IndyCar's season finale in Las Vegas in a fiery 15-car crash.