The passing of famous figures often dominate the headlines, with 2011 no different. From veterans such as Hollywood siren Elizabeth Taylor and Canadian funnyman Roger Abbott to the shocking demise of Amy Winehouse and reality show stuntman Ryan Dunn, readers eagerly pored over details of many entertainment world deaths. 

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A painting of Amy Winehouse is displayed in Lock Tavern, one of her favorite bars. The British singer was found dead at her London home on July 23, 2011. (Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images)

On the flip side, however, the CBCNews.ca audience also followed more celebratory events, from baby news from Beyoncé and the Beckhams to a former Beatle’s latest wedding to Oscar and Grammy Award wins. Regular servings of scandal from Charlie Sheen, courtroom drama tied to Michael Jackson’s doctor Conrad Murray and a headline-grabbing anti-Nickelback campaign are among the other stories that piqued audience curiosity in 2011.

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