2012 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
Charles Durning Died at 89 (1923-2012) - 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 ...

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Jack Klugman is listed (or ranked) 95 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Jack Klugman Died at 90 (1922-2012) - 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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Ravi Shankar is listed (or ranked) 94 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Ravi Shankar Died at 92 (1920-2012) - 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 ...

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Jenni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 93 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Jenni Rivera Died at 43 (1969-2012) - 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 ...

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Dave Brubeck is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Dave Brubeck Died at 92 (1920-2012) - 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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Zig Ziglar is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Zig Ziglar Died at 86 (1926-2012) - 11/28/12: Motivational speaker and author, Zig Ziglar, passed away from pneumonia. He was 86. 

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Larry Hagman is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Larry Hagman Died at 81 (1931-2012) - 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 ...

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Arlen Specter is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Arlen Specter Died at 82 (1930-2012) - 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 ...

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George McGovern is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
George McGovern Died at 90 (1922-2012) - 10/21/12: Former U.S. Rep, Senator and the 1972 Democratic Presidental Nominee, George McGovern, died of natural causes surrounded by friends and family. He was 90.

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Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Alex Karras Died at 77 (1935-2012) - 10/10/12: Former NFL player turned actor, Alex Karras, passed away from kidney disease. He played for the Detroit Lions until 1971. Karras than went on to star in the hit TV series "Webster". He was 77.

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Johnny Lewis is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Johnny Lewis Died at 29 (1983-2012) - 9/26/12: Actor, Johnny Lewis, best known for his role in "Sons of Anarchy", was found dead in a driveway after apparently falling or jumping from the roof. He is currently the only suspect in the death of an 81 year-old ...

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Andy Williams is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Andy Williams Died at 85 (1927-2012) - 9/25/12: Singer/Songwriter and TV Personality, Andy Williams passed away from cancer of the bladder. Williams was best known as the singer of the hit song "Moon River", that won an Academy Award after being in the movie ...

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Michael Clarke Duncan is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Michael Clarke Duncan Died at 55 (1957-2012) - 9/3/12: Actor, Michael Clarke Duncan, passed away in the hospital where he had been since a heart attack in July. Duncan, most known for his roles in "The Green Mile", "Daredevil" and "Armageddon", was ...

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Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Neil Armstrong Died at 82 (1930-2012) - 8/25/12: Astronaut Neil Armstrong died at 82 due to complications from blocked coronary arteries. In 1969, Armstrong became an international icon and hero as the first man to step foot on the moon. The aerospace engineer was a member ...

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Count von Count is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Count von Count 8/24/12: Voice actor and puppeteer, Jerry Nelson, most known for voicing The Count in "Sesame Street", was died in his home of unspecified causes. Nelson also famously voiced Gobo Fraggle in "Fraggle Rock", Robin ...

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Phyllis Diller is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Phyllis Diller Died at 95 (1917-2012) - 8/20/12: Revolutionary comedian, Phyllis Diller, was found dead in her home. Diller was most known for her outlandish sense of humor and verbose laughter. She started her career in standup at the age of 35 in 1952. Diller was ...

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Tony Scott is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Tony Scott Died at 68 (1944-2012) - 8/19/12: Renowned director, Tony Scott, was found dead after committing suicide in San Pedro California. Scott was known for his numerous hit movies like "Top Gun", "True Romance" and "Crimson Tide". He ...

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Scott McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Scott McKenzie Died at 73 (1939-2012) - 8/18/12: Singer/songwriter, Scott McKenzie, known for his hit song, "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)". He was also one of the co-writers for the Beach Boys song "Kokomo". He was 73.

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Joey Kovar is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Joey Kovar Died at 29 (1983-2012) - 8/17/12: Star of "Real World: Hollywood", Joey Kovar, was found dead at the age of 29 at a friend's house. Joey was only on the show for a short while before moving himself into rehab to help with his alcoholism. He returned ...

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Ron Palillo is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Ron Palillo Died at 63 (1949-2012) - 8/14/12: Actor, Ron Palillo, most known for his role as Horshack in "Welcome Back Kotter", was found dead of an apparent heart attack. He was 63.

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Helen Gurley Brown is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Helen Gurley Brown Died at 90 (1922-2012) - 8/13/12: Brown was the Editor in Chief for Cosmopolitan Magazine for 32 years. She was also the author of the popular book "Sex and the Single Girl". Brown died in the hospital of undisclosed causes. She was 90.

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Johnny Pesky is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Johnny Pesky Died at 93 (1919-2012) - 8/13/12: Major league baseball player, Johnny Pesky, most notable for playing for the Red Sox along with teammates Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio, died at the age of 92.

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Joe Kubert is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Joe Kubert Died at 86 (1926-2012) - 8/12/12: Comic book forefather, Joe Kubert, died in his home at the age of 85. Kubert was most well known for his creation for "Tor" and "Sgt. Rock". He was also an artist for DC Comics, drawing for books like ...

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Carlo Rambaldi is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Carlo Rambaldi Died at 87 (1925-2012) - 8/10/12: Special effects creator, Carlo Rambaldi, died in his home after a long bout with illness. Rambaldi was known for his work on such films as "Alien" and the 70's "King Kong" both of which won him Academy ...

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David Rakoff is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
David Rakoff Died at 48 (1964-2012) - 8/9/12: Writer/Actor, David Rakoff, known for his contributions to "This American Life" and short stories, passed away from complications due to cancer. He was 47.

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Mel Stuart is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Mel Stuart Died at 84 (1928-2012) - 8/9/12: Director, Mel Stuart, most known for directing the children's classic, "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" with Gene Wilder, died of cancer. He was 83.

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Marvin Hamlisch is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Marvin Hamlisch Died at 68 (1944-2012) - 8/7/12: Hamlisch, a composer made famous for his work on films like "The Sting", "The Way We Were" and "Sophie's Choice" and writing the score for "A Chorus Line", died after a brief bout with ...

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Tony Sly is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Tony Sly Died at 42 (1970-2012) - 8/1/12: "No Use for a Name" front man, Tony Sly, passed away of undisclosed causes in his home. "No Use", a Northern-California punk band on the Fat Wreck Chords label, was known for their hit singles ...

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Gore Vidal is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Gore Vidal Died at 87 (1925-2012) - 7/31/12 - Vidal died at age 86 from complications of pneumonia. A prolific and versatile novelist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, social critic, and political activist, Vidal's illustrious career spanned more than six decades.

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Bill Doss is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Bill Doss Died at 44 (1968-2012) - 7/31/12: Doss, a founding member of the seminal psych-pop band Olivia Tremor Control, died of undisclosed causes at age 44. The band, founded in the early 1990s and based in Athens, Georgia, was at the center of the "Elephant ...

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O. J. Murdock is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
O. J. Murdock Died at 25 (1987-2012) - 7/30/12: Tennessee Titans wide receiver Murdock was found dead inside his car in Tampa, Florida, from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The car was parked in front of Murdock's old high school, Middleton. He was 25 ...

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Chris Marker is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Chris Marker Died at 91 (1921-2012) - 7/30/12: Experimental French documentarian and filmmaker Chis Marker was perhaps best known for his 1962 short "La Jetee," told almost entirely with still photographs. The short later inspired the Terry Gilliam sci-fi film ...

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Chad Everett is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Chad Everett Died at 75 (1937-2012) - 7/24/12: TV actor Everett was most associated with the character Dr. Joe Gannon from the series "Medical Center," which ran for 7 seasons in the 1970s. (It is tied with "Marcus Welby, M.D.," as the longest-running ...

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Sherman Hemsley is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Sherman Hemsley Died at 74 (1938-2012) - 7/24/12: Noted actor and singer, Sherman Hemsley, was found dead in his home from natural causes. Hemsley was most known for his role as George Jefferson on the hit shows, "All in the Family" and it's spin-off "The ...

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Sally Ride is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Sally Ride Died at 61 (1951-2012) - 7/23/12: Physicist Sally Ride joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman to travel to space in 1983. She was part of the five-person crew on the Space Shuttle Challenger. (At the time, she was also the youngest American ...

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Tom Davis is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Tom Davis 7/19/12: Comedy writer and "Saturday Night Live" veteran Tom Davis passed away at age 59 after a bout with throat and neck cancer. Davis was one of the first writers on "SNL," and helped define the shows voice. He ...

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Stephen Covey is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Stephen Covey Died at 80 (1932-2012) - 7/16/12: Dr. Stephen Covey was best known as the author of the bestselling self-improvement book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," originally published in 1989. The book went on to sell more than 25 million copies ...

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Celeste Holm is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Celeste Holm Died at 95 (1917-2012) - 7/15/12: Actress Holm appeared in numerous classic films of the '40s and '50s, including "All About Eve," "The Snake Pit," "A Letter to Three Wives" and "Gentleman's Agreement," for which she ...

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Richard D. Zanuck is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Richard D. Zanuck Died at 78 (1934-2012) - 7/13/12: Legendary film producer Richard Zanuck died at the age of 77. Zanuck was head of 20th Century Fox - where he oversaw productions including "The Sound of Music," "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" and ...

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Isuzu Yamada is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Isuzu Yamada Died at 95 (1917-2012) - 7/9/12: Japanese stage and film actress best known in the West for her multiple collaborations with Akira Kurosawa (including "Throne of Blood," "The Lower Depths" and "Yojimbo.") She became the first ...

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Ernest Borgnine is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Ernest Borgnine Died at 95 (1917-2012) - 7/8/12: Film and TV icon Ernest Borgnine - who won an Oscar for the titular role in 1955's "Marty" and starred in the classic series "McHale's Navy" - died at age 95. Other notable film appearances included ...

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Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Andy Griffith Died at 86 (1926-2012) - 7/3/12: Actor and American icon, Andy Griffith died at the age of 86 from natural causes. Griffith was most known for his portrayal of a small town sheriff in "The Andy Griffith Show" and later a venerable lawyer in ...

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Nora Ephron is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Nora Ephron Died at 71 (1941-2012) - 6/26/12: Notable Director, Nora Ephron passed away after a long serious illness. Ephron, most known for directing such films as "Sleepless in Seattle", "When Harry Met Sally" and "My Blue Heaven". She was ...

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LeRoy Neiman is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
LeRoy Neiman Died at 91 (1921-2012) - 6/20/12: Painter, LeRoy Neiman, most known for his sports related murals including ones made specifically for the Olympics, died from natural causes. He was 91.

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Andrew Sarris is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Andrew Sarris Died at 84 (1928-2012) - 6/20/12: Legendary film critic Sarris - known for his work originally for the Village Voice and later the New York Observer - died at age 83 due to an injury that later caused an infection. Sarris rose to prominence in the 1960s and ...

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Rodney King is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Rodney King Died at 47 (1965-2012) - 6/17/12: King was the victim of an infamous police brutality case against four LAPD officers. Despite video depicting officers beating and hitting King while he was already on the ground, 3 of the officers were acquitted and the jury ...

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Yvette Wilson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Yvette Wilson 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 extended bout with cervical cancer.

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Henry Hill is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Henry Hill 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 natural causes) after suffering ...

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Bob Welch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Bob Welch 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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Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Ray Bradbury 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 numerous short stories and books ...