Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List

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The Official 2012 Celebrity Deaths list. What famous stars died in 2012? These are the famous deaths in 2012. These famous people who died in 2012 are actors, musicians and notable world leaders who we now mourn their passing. This list of dead celebrities was updated with all notable deaths in 2012 along with a brief obituary for each. Which stars died in 2012? The more recent famous celebrity deaths are listed at the top, though you are also able to sort by the notable stars names as well. The stars that died in 2012 will be missed and all the famous dead celebrities of 2012 have been listed. If we have missed anyone though, please let us know if the comments below.

Also look at Celebrity Deaths 2011 for last years list as well as dead celebrities 2013 for last year and famous dead celebs 2014 for the current year.
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    Charles Durning is listed (or ranked) 96 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
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    12/24/12: Award winning actor, Charles Durning, died of unknown causes in his home in New York. Durning was known as one of the kings of character acting. He had roles in such films as "The Sting", "Tootsie" and "The Best Little Whore House in Texas". Most recently he starred in the hit TV show "Rescue Me". He was 89.
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    • Age: Died at 89 (1923-2012)
    • Birthplace: USA, New York, Highland Falls
    • Profession: Soldier, Actor, Voice acting, Dancer, Teacher
    • Credits: The Sting, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Tootsie, Dog Day Afternoon
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    Jack Klugman is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
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    12/24/12: Television and movie actor, Jack Klugman, passed away from natural causes. Klugman was best known for his roles in "The Odd Couple", "Quincy, ME" and "12 Angry Men". He was 90.
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    • Age: Died at 90 (1922-2012)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
    • Profession: Television director, Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Credits: 12 Angry Men, The Odd Couple, Days of Wine and Roses, Quincy, M.E., + more
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    Ravi Shankar is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
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    12/11/12: Ravi Shankar, the world renowned sitarist, passed away from natural causes. Shankar is best known as the man who brought Indian music to the foreground in the West by being the sitar teacher of former Beatles member George Harrison. Ravi Shankar played throughout the world including his famous set at Woodstock in 1969. He was 92.
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    • Age: Died at 92 (1920-2012)
    • Birthplace: India, Varanasi
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Composer
    • Credits: Gandhi, The World of Apu, Aparajito, Pather Panchali, Charly, + more
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    Jenni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
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    12/9/12: Mexican singer and TV personality, Jenni Rivera, was killed in a plane crash. Rivera, producer of such hit records as "I Love Jenni" and host on shows like "Jenni Rivera Presents:" died after the small jet she was travelling on crashed in Mexico. She was 43.
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    • Age: Died at 43 (1969-2012)
    • Birthplace: USA, Long Beach, California
    • Profession: Television producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Actor
    • Credits: Filly Brown, Al otro lado, El show de Cristina, I Love Jenni, Jenni Rivera: En Vivo Desde Hollywood, + more
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    Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
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    12/5/12: Acclaimed jazz pianist, Dave Brubeck, died of heart failure. Brubeck was best known for his experimental jazz compositions and his work on soundtracks for shows like "This is America, Charlie Brown". He was 92.
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    • Age: Died at 92 (1920-2012)
    • Birthplace: Concord, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Jazz Pianist, Musician, Bandleader, Composer
    • Credits: Not My Life, Ordeal by Innocence, All Night Long, The Timex All-star Swing Festival, Jazz Icons: Dave Brubeck: Live in '64 & '66, + more
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    11/28/12: Motivational speaker and author, Zig Ziglar, passed away from pneumonia. He was 86. 
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    • Age: Died at 86 (1926-2012)
    • Birthplace: Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Writer, Motivational speaker
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    11/23/2012: Actor of TV and film, Larry Hagman, died from complications due to throat cancer. Hagman was best known for his roles as J.R. Ewing on the hit TV Show "Dallas" and Tony Nelson on "I Dream of Jeanie". He was 81.
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    • Age: Died at 81 (1931-2012)
    • Birthplace: Texas, Fort Worth, USA
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie, Primary Colors, Nixon
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    Arlen Specter is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
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    10/14/12: Former U.S. Senator, Arlen Specter, died after a long battle with non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Specter was known for his multiple party switches, changing party lines three times in his career. He also played a large part in the election of many Supreme Court Justices. He was 82.
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    • Age: Died at 82 (1930-2012)
    • Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Lawyer
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