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New Yorkers who passed on in 2010

Gone, not forgotten: Big Stein and a Broadway pixie who broke our hearts.

George Steinbrenner
The longtime Yankees owner died in July at age 80. Under his leadership, the Yanks won seven World Series championships and 11 pennants.

Elaine Kaufman
The owner of iconic Elaine’s restaurant passed away in December, leaving loyal patrons somber and questioning whether the famous restaurant would be the same without her.

Shannon Tavarez
The 11-year-old “Lion King”?Broadway star died in November after a battle with leukemia. Celebrities like Alicia Keys and Rihanna tried to help her find a bone marrow match with no success. Her illness highlighted the need for bone marrow donation.

Luisa Ordonez Chan
In January, the 34-year-old mother woke to billowing smoke in her Brooklyn apartment. She passed her children to safety but slipped from her husband’s grip. The fire, which killed five people, highlighted illegally subdivided apartments.

Mark Madoff
The older son of the hated Ponzi schemer hanged himself with a dog leash in December. Sources said impending lawsuits were too much to bear.

Metro also remembers the many 9/11 responders and workers who died this year of illnesses caused by toxic fumes from the site.

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