2012 Celebrity Deaths

Helen Gurley Brown, longtime editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine, died on Aug. 13, 2012. She was 90. (credit: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Helen Gurley Brown Helen Gurley Brown, longtime editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine, died on Aug. 13, 2012. She was 90. (credit: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Actor Ron Palillo, best known for playing Arnold Horshack on the 70s TV show, "Welcome Back, Kotter," died on Aug. 14, 2012. He was 63. (credit: Rob Loud/Getty Images)
Ron Palillo Actor Ron Palillo, best known for playing Arnold Horshack on the 70s TV show, "Welcome Back, Kotter," died on Aug. 14, 2012. He was 63. (credit: Rob Loud/Getty Images)
"Top Gun" Director Tony Scott died on Aug. 19, 2012 after committing suicide. He was 68. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Tony Scott "Top Gun" Director Tony Scott died on Aug. 19, 2012 after committing suicide. He was 68. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actress and comedian Phyllis Diller died on Aug. 20, 2012. According to her family, her health had declined in recent years. She was 95. (credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
Phyllis Diller Actress and comedian Phyllis Diller died on Aug. 20, 2012. According to her family, her health had declined in recent years. She was 95. (credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
US astronaut Neil Armstrong died on Aug. 25, 2012 due to complications from blocked coronary arteries. He was 82. (credit: JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US astronaut Neil Armstrong US astronaut Neil Armstrong died on Aug. 25, 2012 due to complications from blocked coronary arteries. He was 82. (credit: JOSE JORDAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor and singer Tony Martin died of natural causes on July 27, 2012. He was 98. (credit: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
Tony Martin Actor and singer Tony Martin died of natural causes on July 27, 2012. He was 98. (credit: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
American country music singer Ellen Muriel Deason, known as Kitty Wells, died from complications from a stroke on July 16, 2012. She was 92. (credit: Rusty Russell/Getty Images)
Kitty Wells American country music singer Ellen Muriel Deason, known as Kitty Wells, died from complications from a stroke on July 16, 2012. She was 92. (credit: Rusty Russell/Getty Images)
Film producer Richard D. Zanuck won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989 for Driving Miss Daisy. He died of a heart attack at his Beverly Hills home on July 13, 2012 at the age of 77. (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Richard D. Zanuck Film producer Richard D. Zanuck won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989 for Driving Miss Daisy. He died of a heart attack at his Beverly Hills home on July 13, 2012 at the age of 77. (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Automatic designer and racing driver Carroll Shelby died on May 10, 2012. He was 89. (credit: Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
Carroll Shelby Automatic designer and racing driver Carroll Shelby died on May 10, 2012. He was 89. (credit: Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
Journalist Mike Wallace, known as one of the original correspondents for CBS' 60 Minutes died on April 7, 2012. He was 93. (credit: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Mike Wallace Journalist Mike Wallace, known as one of the original correspondents for CBS' 60 Minutes died on April 7, 2012. He was 93. (credit: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Bluegrass musician Earl Scruggs, known for popularizing a three-finger banjo-picking style, died on March 28, 2012 at the age of 88. (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Earl Scruggs Bluegrass musician Earl Scruggs, known for popularizing a three-finger banjo-picking style, died on March 28, 2012 at the age of 88. (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Songwriter Hal David poses for photographers after being honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 14, 2011 in Southern California. The Academy-Award winning lyricist, who celebrated his 90th birthday earlier this year, wrote hit songs such as “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head,” “This Guy’s in Love With You,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” and “What The World Needs Now is Love.” He was Chairman Emeritus of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He died in September at 91. (credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
Hal David Songwriter Hal David poses for photographers after being honored by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce with his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on October 14, 2011 in Southern California. The Academy-Award winning lyricist, who celebrated his 90th birthday earlier this year, wrote hit songs such as “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head,” “This Guy’s in Love With You,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” and “What The World Needs Now is Love.” He was Chairman Emeritus of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. He died in September at 91. (credit: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)
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Actor Michael Clarke Duncan died at the age of 54. His fiancée says he died on Sept. 3, 2012 at a Los Angeles hospital after nearly 2 months of treatment following a heart attack in July.
Michael Clarke Duncan (Photo credit: David Livingston/Getty Images) Actor Michael Clarke Duncan died at the age of 54. His fiancée says he died on Sept. 3, 2012 at a Los Angeles hospital after nearly 2 months of treatment following a heart attack in July.
Singer Andy Williams died on Sept. 26, 2012 from bladder cancer. He was 84. (credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame)
Andy Williams Singer Andy Williams died on Sept. 26, 2012 from bladder cancer. He was 84. (credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall of Fame)
Alex Karras died Oct. 10, 2012 of kidney failure. He had been in declining health for years, suffering from heart disease, stomach cancer and dementia.
Alex Karras Alex Karras died Oct. 10, 2012 of kidney failure. He had been in declining health for years, suffering from heart disease, stomach cancer and dementia.
Mary Ann Mobley Collins died on Dec. 9, 2014 at the age of 75 (credit: Getty Images)
Gary Collins and Mary Ann Mobley At The Associates For Breast And Prostate Cancer Studies 13th Annual Gala Mary Ann Mobley Collins died on Dec. 9, 2014 at the age of 75 (credit: Getty Images)
Larry Hagman, the villainous J.R. Ewing of "Dallas," died at the age of 81 from complications due to cancer, according to his family. The Dallas Morning News reported Hagman died Friday, Nov. 23, in Dallas. Hagman was in bad health for years but rebounded in the past two years to star in the "Dallas" reboot for TNT. Before starring in "Dallas," Hagman was well-known for his role in "I Dream Of Jeannie" with Barbara Eden (seen above). (credit: Thos Robinson/Getty Images Entertainment)
Larry Hagman Larry Hagman, the villainous J.R. Ewing of "Dallas," died at the age of 81 from complications due to cancer, according to his family. The Dallas Morning News reported Hagman died Friday, Nov. 23, in Dallas. Hagman was in bad health for years but rebounded in the past two years to star in the "Dallas" reboot for TNT. Before starring in "Dallas," Hagman was well-known for his role in "I Dream Of Jeannie" with Barbara Eden (seen above). (credit: Thos Robinson/Getty Images Entertainment)
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John Rich
Television director John Rich, who won an Emmy Award for the memorable “All in the Family” scene showing Sammy Davis Jr. planting a kiss on Archie Bunker, died in Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 2012 at 86.
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Sarah Burke
Sarah Burke, a Canadian freestyle skier who was a pioneer of the superpipe event, died on Jan. 19, 2012 following a ski accident in Utah.
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Don Cornelius
Soul Train creator Don Cornelius died Feb. 1, 2012 after committing suicide.
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Joe Paterno
Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno died on Jan. 22, 2012 from lung cancer.
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Etta James
Singer Etta James died on Jan. 20, 2012 at the age of 73 from complications with leukemia.
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Ben Gazzara
Ben Gazzara (left) and Regis Philbin attend a Charles Grodin book party in November 2007. Star of stage, screen and TV, Gazzara died in February after a long battle with cancer. He was most known for the popular 1965 TV show "Run For Your Life."
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The six-time Grammy winner and music icon died at the age of 48 for unknown reasons. (credit: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Whitney Houston (1963-2012) The six-time Grammy winner and music icon died at the age of 48 for unknown reasons. (credit: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Davy Jones of The Monkees died on Feb. 29. He was 66. (credit: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Davy Jones Davy Jones of The Monkees died on Feb. 29. He was 66. (credit: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Andrew Breitbart, conservative commentator and media publisher, died on Mar. 1 at the age of 43 from natural causes.  (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Andrew Breitbart Andrew Breitbart, conservative commentator and media publisher, died on Mar. 1 at the age of 43 from natural causes. (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Dick Clark died on April 18, 2012 after suffering from a massive heart attack. (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Dick Clark
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 4: Dick Clark at "Motown 45" Anniversary Celebration Show held at the Shrine Auditorium, April 4, 2004 in Los Angeles, California.
Dick Clark died on April 18, 2012 after suffering from a massive heart attack. (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Drummer and singer  for "The Band," Levon Helm, died on April 19, 2012 from throat cancer. (credit: Rob Loud/Getty Images)
Levon Helm Drummer and singer for "The Band," Levon Helm, died on April 19, 2012 from throat cancer. (credit: Rob Loud/Getty Images)
Former San Diego Charger and USC Trojan died May 2, 2012 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (credit: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Junior Seau Former San Diego Charger and USC Trojan died May 2, 2012 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (credit: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys died on May 4, 2012 from cancer. He was 48 years old.  (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Adam Yauch Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys died on May 4, 2012 from cancer. He was 48 years old. (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Maurice Bernard Sendak, author of "Where the Wild Things Are," died on May 8, 2012 at the age of 63. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Maurice Bernard Sendak Maurice Bernard Sendak, author of "Where the Wild Things Are," died on May 8, 2012 at the age of 63. (credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Actor George Lindsey of "The Andy Griffith Show" died on May 6, 2012 at the age of 83. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
George Lindsey Actor George Lindsey of "The Andy Griffith Show" died on May 6, 2012 at the age of 83. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Legendary hairstylist Vidal Sassoon died on May 9, 2012 from natural causes at his Bel Air home. He was 84. (Photo Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)
Vidal Sassoon Legendary hairstylist Vidal Sassoon died on May 9, 2012 from natural causes at his Bel Air home. He was 84. (Photo Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images)
Singer Donna Summer died on May 17, 2012 from cancer. The "Queen of Disco" was 63. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Donna Summer Singer Donna Summer died on May 17, 2012 from cancer. The "Queen of Disco" was 63. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Singer Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees died on May 20, 2012 from cancer. He was 62. (credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Robin Gibb
LONDON - MAY 22: Robin Gibb arrives at the 53rd Ivor Novello Awards At the Dorchester Hotel on May 22, 2008 in London, England.
Singer Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees died on May 20, 2012 from cancer. He was 62. (credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Folk music legend Doc Watson died on May 30,2012 after a fall at his home. He was 89.  (credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Doc Watson Folk music legend Doc Watson died on May 30,2012 after a fall at his home. He was 89. (credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Actress Kathryn Joosten, who won 2 Emmys playing the nosy Mrs. McCluskey on "Desperate Housewives," died in June at 72. She was also known for playing Mrs. Landingham, the president's wise secretary on "The West Wing." She was a tireless advocate against lung cancer. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Entertainment)
Kathryn Joosten Actress Kathryn Joosten, who won 2 Emmys playing the nosy Mrs. McCluskey on "Desperate Housewives," died in June at 72. She was also known for playing Mrs. Landingham, the president's wise secretary on "The West Wing." She was a tireless advocate against lung cancer. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images Entertainment)
Former actor and game show host Richard Dawson died June 3 of complications after a long battle with cancer. He was 79 years old. He was best known for his role in the TV show "Hogan's Heroes" and for hosting the game show "Family Feud". He was also a longtime panelist on "Match Game". (credit: CBS)
Richard Dawson, host of Family Feud Former actor and game show host Richard Dawson died June 3 of complications after a long battle with cancer. He was 79 years old. He was best known for his role in the TV show "Hogan's Heroes" and for hosting the game show "Family Feud". He was also a longtime panelist on "Match Game". (credit: CBS)
Ray Bradbury, author of "Fahrenheit 451" died on June 6 after suffering from a prolonged illness. He was 91. (credit: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Ray Bradbury Book Signing Ray Bradbury, author of "Fahrenheit 451" died on June 6 after suffering from a prolonged illness. He was 91. (credit: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Emmy-winning fashion designer, who popularized shoulder pads on the prime time soap "Dynasty" died in June. He had suffered with lung cancer for six years. Miller was best known for working on just about every Aaron Spelling show and for a signature jewelry and accessories line on QVC. (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty Images)
Fashion Designer Nolan Miller
LOS ANGELES - MAY 16: Costume designer Nolan Miller attends the AMPAS Centennial Celebration agesfor Barbara Stanwyck on May 16, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Nolan Miller
Emmy-winning fashion designer, who popularized shoulder pads on the prime time soap "Dynasty" died in June. He had suffered with lung cancer for six years. Miller was best known for working on just about every Aaron Spelling show and for a signature jewelry and accessories line on QVC. (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/ Getty Images)
Actress Ann Rutherford, who had a small role as Scarlett's younger sister, Carreen, in the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind," died on June  11 from declining health and heart problems. She was 94. (credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Ann Rutherford Actress Ann Rutherford, who had a small role as Scarlett's younger sister, Carreen, in the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind," died on June 11 from declining health and heart problems. She was 94. (credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
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Rodney King
Rodney King, the man at the center of an infamous police beating that ignited the 1992 Los Angeles riots, died on June 17, 2012. He was found dead at the bottom of a pool at his home in Rialto. King was 47.
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Legendary painter LeRoy Neiman died in June at 91. Neiman was known for more than five decades for painting athletes and musicians. His work was often featured in Playboy and TV Guide. He was given a lifetime achievement award by USC. Neiman's works were often of Olympic athletes and their achievements. His original works often went for upwards of $500,000. (Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USOC)
neiman1 Legendary painter LeRoy Neiman died in June at 91. Neiman was known for more than five decades for painting athletes and musicians. His work was often featured in Playboy and TV Guide. He was given a lifetime achievement award by USC. Neiman's works were often of Olympic athletes and their achievements. His original works often went for upwards of $500,000. (Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USOC)
Author and filmmaker Nora Ephron died on June 26, 2012 in Manhattan from leukemia. She was 71. (credit:  Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
Nora Ephron Author and filmmaker Nora Ephron died on June 26, 2012 in Manhattan from leukemia. She was 71. (credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
"My Three Sons" star, Don Grady (right), died on June 27, reportedly from cancer. He was 68. (credit: Robert Mora/Getty Images)
Don Grady "My Three Sons" star, Don Grady (right), died on June 27, reportedly from cancer. He was 68. (credit: Robert Mora/Getty Images)
Actor Andy Griffith, star of "The Andy Griffith Show," died on July 3, 2012 at his home in North Carolina. He was 86. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Andy Griffith Actor Andy Griffith, star of "The Andy Griffith Show," died on July 3, 2012 at his home in North Carolina. He was 86. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Academy Award-winning Actor Ernest Borgnine died on July 8, 2012 from renal failure. He was 95. (credit:  Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Ernest Borgnine Academy Award-winning Actor Ernest Borgnine died on July 8, 2012 from renal failure. He was 95. (credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Sage Stallone (credit: Frazer Harrison/Gettty Images)
Sage Stallone Sage Stallone (credit: Frazer Harrison/Gettty Images)
Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm died on July 15, 2012 at 95. (credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Celeste Holm Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm died on July 15, 2012 at 95. (credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
"I Love Lucy" Director Bill Asher died on July 16, 2012 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 90. (credit: CBS)
"I Love Lucy" Director Bill Asher Dies At 90 "I Love Lucy" Director Bill Asher died on July 16, 2012 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 90. (credit: CBS)
Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, died on July 23, 2012 from pancreatic cancer. She was 61. (credit: Getty Images)
NASA astronaut Sally K. Ride Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, died on July 23, 2012 from pancreatic cancer. She was 61. (credit: Getty Images)
"All In The Family" and "The Jeffersons" actor Sherman Hemsley died on July 24, 2012. He was 74. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Sherman Hemsley "All In The Family" and "The Jeffersons" actor Sherman Hemsley died on July 24, 2012. He was 74. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Actor Chad Everett died on July 24, 2012 from lung cancer. He was 75. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Chad Everett Actor Chad Everett died on July 24, 2012 from lung cancer. He was 75. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Mexican-American Actress Lupe Ontiveros died July 26, 2012. She was best known for her roll as Yolanda Saldivar in "Selena." Ontiveros was 69. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Lupe Ontiveros Mexican-American Actress Lupe Ontiveros died July 26, 2012. She was best known for her roll as Yolanda Saldivar in "Selena." Ontiveros was 69. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Playwright and author Gore Vidal died July 31, 2012 from complications of pneumonia. He was 86. (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Gore Vidal la - Arrivals Playwright and author Gore Vidal died July 31, 2012 from complications of pneumonia. He was 86. (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Composer Marvin Hamlisch died on Aug. 7, 2012 after suffering a brief, undisclosed illness. He was 68. (credit: David Livingston/Getty Images)
Marvin Hamlisch Composer Marvin Hamlisch died on Aug. 7, 2012 after suffering a brief, undisclosed illness. He was 68. (credit: David Livingston/Getty Images)
Mel Stuart, who directed "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, died on Aug. 9, 2012 of cancer. He was 83. (credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
Mel Stuart Mel Stuart, who directed "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, died on Aug. 9, 2012 of cancer. He was 83. (credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
Mexican-American singer and television star Jenni Rivera died on Dec. 9, 2012 in a plane crash. She was 43. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for LARAS)
Jenni Rivera Mexican-American singer and television star Jenni Rivera died on Dec. 9, 2012 in a plane crash. She was 43. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for LARAS)
"Odd Couple" star Jack Klugman died on Dec. 24, 2012 at the age of 90.(credit: Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
Jack Klugman "Odd Couple" star Jack Klugman died on Dec. 24, 2012 at the age of 90.(credit: Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
Actor Charles Durning died on Dec. 25 at the age of 89. (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Charles Durning is honored with a Actor Charles Durning died on Dec. 25 at the age of 89. (credit: ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
Fontella Bass, who became famous for her hit song "Rescue Me," died on Dec. 27 in Missouri. She was 72.
R&B Foundation Pioneer Awards Fontella Bass, who became famous for her hit song "Rescue Me," died on Dec. 27 in Missouri. She was 72.
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