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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.

Whitney Houston is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Whitney Houston 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." Houston had become a regular ...

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Michael Clarke Duncan is listed (or ranked) 2 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", ...

Neil Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 3 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 ...

Adam Yauch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Adam Yauch 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 2009. The Beastie Boys were ...

Dick Clark is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Dick Clark 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" as well as game shows like ...

Etta James is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Etta James 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," "At Last," ...

Phyllis Diller is listed (or ranked) 7 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 ...

Tony Scott is listed (or ranked) 8 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 ...

Sally Ride is listed (or ranked) 9 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 ...

Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 10 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 ...

Nora Ephron is listed (or ranked) 11 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".

Jenni Rivera is listed (or ranked) 12 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 ...

Ravi Shankar is listed (or ranked) 13 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 ...

Rodney King is listed (or ranked) 14 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 ...

Sherman Hemsley is listed (or ranked) 15 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 ...

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Richard Dawson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Richard Dawson 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

Ray Bradbury is listed (or ranked) 17 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 ...

Robin Gibb is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Robin Gibb 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

Donna Summer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Donna Summer 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 on the Billboard charts. Her ...

Bob Anderson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Bob Anderson 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" trilogy as well as the fight ...

Johnny Otis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Johnny Otis 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 the hit song "Every Beat ...

Sarah Burke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Sarah Burke 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.

Joe Paterno is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Joe Paterno 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 head coach of the Penn State ...

Dick Tufeld is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Dick Tufeld 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 Bill Mumy.According to Mumy, ...

James Farentino is listed (or ranked) 25 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.

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

Leslie Carter is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Leslie Carter 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 New York. Officials who ...

Don Cornelius is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Don Cornelius 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.

Ben Gazzara is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Ben Gazzara 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 of a Chinese Bookie".

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Zalman King is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Zalman King 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.

Bill Hinzman is listed (or ranked) 31 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.

Danny Clyburn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Danny Clyburn 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.

David Kelly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
David Kelly 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 of 82.

Gary Carter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Gary Carter 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 Silver Sluggers. In 2003 he was ...

Erland Josephson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Erland Josephson 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.

Davy Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Davy Jones Died at 67 (1945-2012)

Andrew Breitbart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Andrew Breitbart Died at 43 (1969-2012) - 3/1/12: Conservative commentator, and Internet publishing startup founder Andrew Breitbart has died, according to Breitbart.com, his publishing company, after dying unexpectedly from natural causes shortly after midnight ...

James Q. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
James Q. Wilson 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.

Leonardo Cimino is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Leonardo Cimino 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 succumbing to chronic obstructive ...

Ronnie Montrose is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Ronnie Montrose 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 Morrison and Boz Scaggs.

Robert B. Sherman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Robert B. Sherman 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 Jungle Book" and ...

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Jimmy "Orion" Ellis 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.

Moebius is listed (or ranked) 43 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 famous serials, including ...

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Thomas Kinkade is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Thomas Kinkade Died at 54 (1958-2012) - 4/6/12: Popular American painter, Thomas Kinkade died of an overdose at the age of 54.

Mike Wallace is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Mike Wallace 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".

Jonathan Frid is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Jonathan Frid 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.

Levon Helm is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Levon Helm 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 their hits, including Up On ...

Tommy Marth is listed (or ranked) 48 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 also toured with the band in ...

Junior Seau is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Junior Seau 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 and played in the league ...

Bob Stewart is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Celebrity Deaths: 2012 Famous Deaths List
Bob Stewart 67 - 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 Angeles of natural causes. He was ...