According to an Ipsos poll released Dec. 27, the death of Osama bin Laden was chosen by Canadians as the biggest news story of 2011.

It was a year with many big stories but somehow, 2011 also seems to be a year with more than its share of deaths of those in the public eye.

The gallery below features some prominent people around the world who died this year and below is an index to a longer list of international obituaries on CBCNews.ca.

We also have pages profiling the passing of prominent people in arts and entertainment and Canada, as well as this international list.

2011 obituary index, international

This is a list of links to obituaries on the CBC website of prominent international figures who died in 2011.

(If there are any international obituaries that you feel belong on the list but aren't there, please mention them in the comments and include a link if you can. Dennis Ritchie has been added to the index. Thanks to the commenters below for mentioning him. There is a separate Canadian obituaries list.)