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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, actresses, 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 movie 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 passed away 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.

Celebs who died in 2012 include Whitney Houston, Michael Clarke Duncan, Neil Armstrong, Dick Clark, Jenni Rivera, and more. 

Also look at Celebrity Deaths 2011 for last years list as well as dead celebrities 2013 for last year and famous dead celebs 2017 for the current year.

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Sally Ride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
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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 to enter space, at the age of 32, and the first woman to use a robot arm in space.) Ride later left NASA to work in Washington, DC, at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Arms Control. She died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 61.

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Age: Died at 61 (1951-2012)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Physicist, Astronaut

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#76 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

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Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
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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 "Matlock". He was also an award winning gospel singer.

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Age: Died at 86 (1926-2012)

Birthplace: Mount Airy, North Carolina, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more

Credits: The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock, A Face in the Crowd, Waitress

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#16 on The Best TV Actors of All Time

#9 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Emmy (for Acting)

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Nora Ephron is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
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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 71.

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Age: Died at 71 (1941-2012)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Journalist, Novelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more

Credits: You've Got Mail, Sleepless in Seattle, Julie & Julia, When Harry Met Sally...

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#13 on The Greatest Female Film Directors

#54 on History's Greatest Essayists

#19 on The Most Overrated Directors of All Time

#45 on The Best Jewish Authors

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Jenni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 12 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: Long Beach, California, United States of America

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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