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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    Robert Hegyes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
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    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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    • Age: Died at 61 (1951-2012)
    • Birthplace: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Cagney & Lacey, Welcome Back, Kotter, Living in TV Land
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    James Farentino

    James Farentino is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
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    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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    Dick Tufeld is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
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    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 Bill Mumy.

    According to Mumy, Tufeld -- a cancer survivor -- suffered from Parkinson's disease. He was 85 years old.
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    • Age: Died at 86 (1926-2012)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Announcer, Voice acting
    • Credits: Lost in Space, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Thundarr the Barbarian, Adventures of the Road Runner, The Hollywood Palace
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    Joe Paterno is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
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    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 head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 until 2011 and won 409 games, the most of any NCAA Division I coach in history. Paterno was 85.
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    • Age: Died at 86 (1926-2012)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: American Football coach, Coach, American football player
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    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," "At Last," "Tell Mama," and "I'd Rather Go Blind." She is the winner of 6 Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards as well as being an inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Blues Hall of Fame and the Grammy's Hall of Fame. She was 73.
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    • Age: Died at 74 (1938-2012)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
    • Profession: Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer
    • Credits: Back to the Future, Rain Man, American Pie, Burlesque
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    Sarah Burke is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
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    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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    • Age: Died at 30 (1982-2012)
    • Birthplace: Barrie, Canada
    • Profession: Freestyle skier
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    Johnny Otis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
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    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 the hit song "Every Beat of My Heart" which was later used by Gladys Knight and the Pips. He was 90.
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    • Age: Died at 91 (1921-2012)
    • Birthplace: USA, California, Vallejo
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Journalist, Musician, Author, + more
    • Credits: Play Misty for Me, Billy Jack
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    Bob Anderson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
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    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" trilogy as well as the fight choreographer. Anderson helped create the lightsaber fighting style. He was also the Sword Master for the "Lord of the Rings" Trilogy, "Highlander" and "The Princess Bride."
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    • Age: Died at 90 (1922-2012)
    • Birthplace: England, Gosport
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Candleshoe, Fräulein
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