James Brown Dead at 73

Dec 25, 2006
The legendary innovator and icon died early Christmas morning after being hospitalized for pneumonia in Atlanta. When it comes to his influence on American culture, the "Godfather of Soul" said it best himself: "Disco is James Brown, hip-hop is James Brown, rap is James Brown. You know what I'm saying?"

Robert Altman Dead at 81

Nov 22, 2006
The auteur filmmaker behind "MASH" died of complications from cancer. An unconventional artist, Altman was nominated for five best-directing Academy Awards over the years, and won an honorary statue this year.