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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    Died at 48 (1964-2012) 6/14/12: Actress and comedian Wilson starred in "Moesha" and Andell Wilkerson and continued in the same role in the spin-off series "The Parkers." She died at age 48 after an

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    Died at 69 (1943-2012) 6/12/12: Gangster-turned-informant Hill's life was the basis for the massively popular Martin Scorsese crime film "Goodfellas," in which he was portrayed by Ray Liotta. He died at age 69 (of

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    Died at 67 (1945-2012) 6/7/12: Former member of Fleetwood Mac, Bob Welch, was found dead from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the chest. He was 65.Source

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    Died at 92 (1920-2012) 6/5/12: Ray Bradbury, one of the most prolific and beloved writers in science fiction, died at the age of 91 peacefully in his home. Bradbury is one of the foremost writers in the sci-fi genre, with

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    Died at 80 (1932-2012) 6/2/12: "Hogan's Heroes" actor and longtime "Family Feud" game show host Richard Dawson passed away at the age of 79 following complications from esophageal cancer. Source

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    Died at 73 (1939-2012) 6/2/2012: Emmy Award-winning actress Kathryn Joosten, who appeared on the television series "Desperate Housewives" and "The West Wing," lost an 11-year battle with lung cancer and

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    Died at 63 (1949-2012) 5/20/12: Member and co-founder of the universally popular disco mega group "The BeeGees", Robin Gibb passed away after a long bout with cancer. He was 62.Source

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    Died at 64 (1948-2012) 5/17/12: Legendary disco queen Donna summer died at 63 after a battle with cancer. Summer was a five-time Grammy winner and was the first artist to ever have three consecutive double albums reach #1

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    59 5/16/12: Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s estranged passed away at her home in Mount Kisco, New York. Mary and RFK Jr. were married in 1994. Robert filed for divorce in May 2010. Mary was Robert's second wife.

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    Died at 76 (1936-2012) 5/16/12: Guitarist and musician Brown was considered the "Godfather of Go-Go" music, typified by his 1970 hit "Bustin' Loose." The song has remained a standard of the genre (a

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    Died at 71 (1941-2012) 5/13/12: Notable bass guitarist, songwriter and music producer, Donald "Duck" Dunn, was found dead in his hotel room in Tokyo after playing his 5th consecutive show. Causes are unknown. Dunn

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    Died at 84 (1928-2012) 5/9/12: Legendary hairdresser Vidal Sassoon was found dead in his Los Angeles home at age 84. He had been diagnosed with blood cancer in 2009 and was fighting leukemia in 2011. Sassoon is best known

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    Died at 84 (1928-2012) 5/8/12: Beloved children's book author, Maurice Sendak passed away due to complications from a stroke. Maurice is best known for his book "Where the Wild Things Are" as well as his other

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    Died at 84 (1928-2012) 5/6/12: George Lindsey who played Goober on the classic TV show "The Andy Griffith Show," died Sunday morning after an extended illness. He also appeared on "Gunsmoke" and

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    Died at 48 (1964-2012) 5/4/12: Adam Yauch was better known as "MCA" from the iconic hip hop group The Beastie Boys. He was 47 years old. Yauch had been diagnosed with the cancer that eventually ended his life in

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    Died at 93 (1919-2012) 5/2/12: Patricia Median had lead roles in "Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion" in 1950, "Sangaree" with Lamas in 1953, "Plunder of the Sun" with Ford in 1953,

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    66 5/4/12: Bob Stewart created such beloved and long-running television game shows as To Tell The Truth, The Price Is Right, Password, and Pyramid, passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los

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    Died at 43 (1969-2012) 5/2/12: At 43 years old, NFL legend Junior Seau was founded dead in his home in Oceanside, CA, from an apparent suicide by gunshot. After playing for USC, Seau was a first-round NFL draft pick in 1990

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    Tommy Marth is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List

    Tommy Marth 4/23/12: Tommy Marth played the saxophone for The Killers he was found dead at his Las Vegas home of an apparent suicide. Marth played sax on two Killers albums -- Sam's Town and Day & Age. He

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    Died at 83 (1929-2012) 4/18/12: Renowned TV Host, Dick Clark, died at the age of 82 after suffering a heart attack post surgery. Clark was known for hosting the long running music TV program, "American Bandstand"

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    Died at 72 (1940-2012) 4/18/12: Levon Helm, drummer and lead singer of The Band, one of the most original and critically acclaimed rock bands of all time. Although The Band had 3 lead vocalists, Levon sang lead on most of

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    Died at 88 (1924-2012) 4/13/12: Jonathan Frid, a Canadian actor best knowing for playing Barnabas Collins on the 1960s supernatural soap opera "Dark Shadows," died of natural causes, at age 87.

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    Died at 94 (1918-2012) 4/7/12: Long time news correspondent, Mike Wallace, passed away of natural causes. He was 93. Wallace was known for his 4 decades of reporting on the popular news program, "60 Minutes".

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    Died at 54 (1958-2012) 4/6/12: Popular American painter, Thomas Kinkade died of an overdose at the age of 54.

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    Moebius is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List

    Moebius 3/10/12: Jean Giraud, also known as Moebius, died in Paris after a long battle with cancer. The comic book artist was a founder of Métal Hurlant (Heavy Metal), which published some of his most

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    Died at 53 (1945-1998) 3/8/12: Jimmy Ellis, lead singer for the Trammps, known for their hit "Disco Inferno", died Thursday in a South Carolina nursing home. He was 74.

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    Died at 87 (1925-2012) 3/5/12: Songwriter Robert B. Sherman, most known as one half of the Sherman Brothers, passed away of natural causes. Sherman wrote classic songs for movies such as "Mary Poppins", "The

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    Died at 65 (1947-2012) 3/3/12: Influential American Rock guitarist, Ronnie Montrose passed away at the age of 64 from prostate cancer. He was known for his work with musicians such as Sammy Hagar, Herbie Hancock, Van

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    Died at 95 (1917-2012) 3/3/12: Leonard Cimino was known as the most in-demand character actor for over 609 years. He played gangsters, grandfathers, the pope, Vincent van Gogh and "Scary German Guy," before

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    Died at 81 (1931-2012) 3/2/12: James Q. Wilson, the American political scientist known for creating the "Broken Windows" theory, died at the age of 80 from leukemia.

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    Died at 43 (1969-2012) 3/1/12: Conservative commentator, and Internet publishing startup founder AndrewBreitbart has died, according to Breitbart.com, his publishing company,after dying unexpectedly from natural causes

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    Died at 67 (1945-2012)

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    Died at 89 (1923-2012) 2/25/12: Actor, Erland Josephson, most known for his roles in Igmar Bergman's films "Scenes From a Marriage" and "Cries and Whispers", died from Parkinson's Disease. He was 88.

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    Died at 58 (1954-2012) 2/16/12: Former MLB catcher, Gary Carter, passed away due to complications from a brain tumor. During his career he played mainly for the Expos and the Mets. Carter won 3 Gold Glove awards and 5

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    Died at 83 (1929-2012) 2/12/12: Irish actor, David Kelly, most known for his roles in "Faulty Towers", "Waking Ned Devine" and Tim Burton's "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", died at the age

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    Died at 49 (1963-2012) 2/11/12: Gospel-trained pop diva, who during the course of her life sold over 55 million records, as well as the star of popular films "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale."

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    Died at 38 (1974-2012) 2/7/12: Former Outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, Danny Clyburn was shot and killed in his hometown of Lancaster, SC. He was 37.

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    Bill Hinzman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List

    Bill Hinzman 2/5/12: Actor Bill Hinzman, most known as the original Zombie from "Night of the Living Dead", passed away due to complications from cancer. He was 75.

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    Died at 70 (1942-2012) 2/3/12: Director Zalman King died after a long battle with cancer. He is most well known for movies like "9 1/2 Weeks" and "Red Shoe Diaries". He was 70.

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    Died at 82 (1930-2012) 2/3/12: Beloved actor, Ben Gazzara, passed away due to complications from pancreatic cancer. He was best known for his work in films by John Cassavetes like, "Husbands" and "The Killing

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    Died at 76 (1936-2012) 2/1/12: Creator and host of the hit show "Soul Train", Don Cornelius, was found dead in his Los Angeles home from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was 75.

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    Died at 26 (1986-2012) 1/31/12 Leslie Carter is the sister of former Backstreet Boy Nick Carter, and teen pop rapper Aaron Carter. Leslie was found dead of an apparent presecription overdose at the family's home in upstate

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    Died at 61 (1951-2012) 1/26/12: Robert Hegyes, an actor best known for his role as Epstein on the popular TV show "Welcom Back, Kotter", died of a heart attack. He was 60.

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    James Farentino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List

    James Farentino 1/24/12 Joe Farentino was an iconic TV actor with over 100 credits to his name. He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angelesat the age of 73 from complications due to a broken hip.

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    Died at 86 (1926-2012) 1/24/12: Dick Tufeld was the man who voiced the robot in the 1960's sitcom "Lost In Space", he died peacefully at an L.A. area hospital according to Dick's "Lost in Space" co-star

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    Died at 86 (1926-2012) 1/22/12: A fixture in college football for over four decades, Joe Paterno passed away on January 22, 2012, from complications from lung cancer. "JoePa" as he was fondly known served as the

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    Died at 74 (1938-2012) 1/20/12: Prolific singer/songwriter Etta James passed away after a long bout with leukemia. James bridged the gap between R&B and rock & roll, with hits like "Dance With Me, Henry,"

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    Died at 30 (1982-2012) 1/19/12: Freestyle skier and X-Games winner Sarah Burke died from injuries sustained after a crash at the bottom of a superpipe on 1/10. She was 29.

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    Died at 91 (1921-2012) 1/17/12: Johnny Otis was known to most as the "Godfather of Rhythm and Blues." He was a songwriter, musician and producer. He notably discovered and produced for Etta James and also wrote

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    Died at 90 (1922-2012) 1/1/12: Bob Anderson, famed English fencer and actor, died on New Year's Day at the age of 89. He was most well known for being the fight double for Darth Vader in the original "Star Wars"

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