Celebrity Deaths In 2012

Dave Brubeck - jazz pianist, best know for compositions and work on soundtrack for shows like “This Is America, Charlie Brown.”  (heart failure)
Dave Brubeck - jazz pianist, best know for compositions and work on soundtrack for shows like “This Is America, Charlie Brown.” (heart failure)
(Photo by The California Museum via Getty Images)
Whitney Houston - gospel-trained pop diva (accidental drowning)
Whitney Houston - gospel-trained pop diva (accidental drowning)
(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Vidal Sassoon - Hollywood hairdresser and businessman (leukemia)
Vidal Sassoon - Hollywood hairdresser and businessman (leukemia)
(Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Tony Scott - 68, producer and director best known for “Top Gun,” “True Romance” and “Crimson Tide” (suicide)
Tony Scott - 68, producer and director best known for “Top Gun,” “True Romance” and “Crimson Tide” (suicide)
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Sherman Hemsley - 74, actor best known for roles on “All In The Family” and “The Jefferson” (natural causes)
Sherman Hemsley - 74, actor best known for roles on “All In The Family” and “The Jefferson” (natural causes)
(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Sally K. Ride - 61, astronaut and first woman in space (Pancreatic cancer)
Sally K. Ride - 61, astronaut and first woman in space (Pancreatic cancer)
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Sage Stallone (L) - actor, producer, son of Sylvester Stallone (heart attack)
Sage Stallone (L) - actor, producer, son of Sylvester Stallone (heart attack)
(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Kitty Wells (at R) -  92, Country Music Hall of Famer, known as “Queen of Country Music” the first female artist with #1 hit (complications of a stroke)
Kitty Wells (at R) - 92, Country Music Hall of Famer, known as “Queen of Country Music” the first female artist with #1 hit (complications of a stroke)
(Photo by Rusty Russell/Getty Images)
Rodney King - 47, victim of 1999 infamous LAPD police brutality case (accidental drowning)
Rodney King - 47, victim of 1999 infamous LAPD police brutality case (accidental drowning)
(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Ray Bradbury - 91, Sci-Fi author, famous for “Farenheit  451” and “The Martian Chronicles” (natural causes)
Ray Bradbury - 91, Sci-Fi author, famous for “Farenheit 451” and “The Martian Chronicles” (natural causes)
(Photo by Mark Davis/Getty Images)
Phyllis Diller - 95, famous comedian (natural causes)
Phyllis Diller - 95, famous comedian (natural causes)
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Nora Ephron - 71, writer, producer, director best known for “Sleepless In Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally” (leukemia)
Nora Ephron - 71, writer, producer, director best known for “Sleepless In Seattle” and “When Harry Met Sally” (leukemia)
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for The Hollywood Film Festival)
Neil Armstrong - 82, astronaut, first person to walk on the moon (blocked coronary arteries)
Neil Armstrong - 82, astronaut, first person to walk on the moon (blocked coronary arteries)
(Photo by NASA/Newsmakers/Getty Images)
Mike Wallace - 93, longtime news correspondent (natural causes)
Mike Wallace - 93, longtime news correspondent (natural causes)
(Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Michael Clarke Duncan - 54, actor best known for roles in “The Green Mile,” “Daredevil” and “Armageddon” (heart attack)
Michael Clarke Duncan - 54, actor best known for roles in “The Green Mile,” “Daredevil” and “Armageddon” (heart attack)
(Photo by RALPH NELSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Maurice Sendak - 83, children’s author/illustrator best known for “Where The Wild Things Are”  (complications of a stroke)
Maurice Sendak - 83, children’s author/illustrator best known for “Where The Wild Things Are” (complications of a stroke)
(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Andy Griffith - 86, best known for “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Matlock” (died day after heart attack)
Andy Griffith - 86, best known for “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Matlock” (died day after heart attack)
(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Andy Williams - 84, famous singer/entertainer, “Moon River” “The Impossible Dream” and many more (cancer)
Andy Williams - 84, famous singer/entertainer, “Moon River” “The Impossible Dream” and many more (cancer)
(Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame)
Larry Hagman
Larry Hagman - 81, actor best known for his roles on “Dallas” and “I Dream Of Jeannie” (throat cancer)
(Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Larry Hagman
Johnny Lewis - 28, actor best know for his TV role on “Sons of Anarchy” (apparent suicide)
Johnny Lewis - 28, actor best know for his TV role on “Sons of Anarchy” (apparent suicide)
(Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Joe Paterno - 85, longtime college football coach (lung cancer)
Joe Paterno - 85, longtime college football coach (lung cancer)
(Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
Jerry Nelson - 78, voice actor and puppeteer best know for voicing the “Count” on “Sesame Street”  (unspecified)
Jerry Nelson - 78, voice actor and puppeteer best know for voicing the “Count” on “Sesame Street” (unspecified)
(Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for AFTRA)
Earl Scruggs - 88, Legendary Banjo picker, Bluegrass singer “The Ballad of Jed Clampett (natural causes)
Earl Scruggs - 88, Legendary Banjo picker, Bluegrass singer “The Ballad of Jed Clampett (natural causes)
(Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Gore Vidal - 86, novelist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, social critic and political activist (pneumonia)
Gore Vidal - 86, novelist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, social critic and political activist (pneumonia)
(Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images for MOCA)
George McGovern - 90, former US Representative, Senator, and 1972 Presidential nominee (natural causes)
George McGovern - 90, former US Representative, Senator, and 1972 Presidential nominee (natural causes)
(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for AFI)
Donna Summer - 63, singer best known for disco anthems, including “Last Dance” and “She Works Hard For The Money” (lung cancer)
Donna Summer - 63, singer best known for disco anthems, including “Last Dance” and “She Works Hard For The Money” (lung cancer)
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger - 86, longtime publisher and manager of The New York Times (undisclosed)
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger - 86, longtime publisher and manager of The New York Times (undisclosed)
(Photo by Bowers/Getty Images)
Davy Jones - 66, lead singer of The Monkees (heart attack)
Davy Jones - 66, lead singer of The Monkees (heart attack)
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Dick Clark - 82, television host and personality (heart attack)
Dick Clark - 82, television host and personality (heart attack)
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Jenni Rivera - 43, Mexican-American singer, popular recording artist and reality TV star (plane crash)
Jenni Rivera - 43, Mexican-American singer, popular recording artist and reality TV star (plane crash)
(Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
Helen Gurley Brown - 90, Editor in Chief for Cosmopolitan Magazine for 32 years. Author of the popular book "Sex and the Single Girl” (undisclosed)
Helen Gurley Brown - 90, Editor in Chief for Cosmopolitan Magazine for 32 years. Author of the popular book "Sex and the Single Girl” (undisclosed)
(Photo by Scott Wintrow /Getty Images)
Ron Palillo - 63, most known for his role as Horshack in "Welcome Back Kotter" (apparent heart attack)
Ron Palillo - 63, most known for his role as Horshack in "Welcome Back Kotter" (apparent heart attack)
(Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for TV Land)
Marvin Hamlisch - 68, Golden Globe and Pulitzer Prize winner, composer known for “The Sting,” “The Way We Were,” “Sophie’s Choice” and wrote the score for “The Sting”  (lung failure)
Marvin Hamlisch - 68, Golden Globe and Pulitzer Prize winner, composer known for “The Sting,” “The Way We Were,” “Sophie’s Choice” and wrote the score for “The Sting” (lung failure)
(Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Chad Everett - 75, known for his role on “Medical Center,” and guest appearances including “Murder She Wrote,” “The Love Boat,” "Melrose Place,” “Mullholland Drive” and more. (lung cancer)
Chad Everett - 75, known for his role on “Medical Center,” and guest appearances including “Murder She Wrote,” “The Love Boat,” "Melrose Place,” “Mullholland Drive” and more. (lung cancer)
(Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Etta James - 73,  singer and songwriter best known for "At Last" and "Dance With Me" (leukemia)
Etta James - 73, singer and songwriter best known for "At Last" and "Dance With Me" (leukemia)
(Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
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