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Elizabeth Taylor, Steve Jobs, Amy Winehouse

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No losses are easy. Some are damn hard.

As we remember those who left us in the last year, here's a special look back at the people who changed our pop-culture world or made us see it differently. And maybe even did both.

As part of our Best of 2011 retrospective, we celebrate 10 greats we had to say goodbye to this year.