FILE - In this Aug. 23, 2002 file photo, North Korean leader Kim Jong Il listens to Russian President Vladimir Putin, unseen, during their meeting in Vladivostok. North Korean television announced Monday, Dec. 19, 2011 in a "special broadcast" that its leader Kim Jong Il has died in Pyongyang. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)
The year 2011 has seen the passing of notable figures, both from around the world and in the Washington sphere. They include politicians, journalists, soldiers, and activists. Here is our look back at some of those who died this year.