Notable Deaths of 2012

James Farentino
James Farentino
Actor James Farentino died on January 24th at age 73 from heart failure. (Credit: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Chad Everett
Chad Everett
Chad Everett died at the age of 75 on July 24th at his home in Los Angelos after battling cancer for over a year. (Credit: Frederick M Brown/Getty Images)
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
Singing legend Whitney Houston died of unknown causes on Saturday, February 11, 2012. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal died on August 1st at age 86 in his Hollywood Hills home after complications with pneumonia. (Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Helen Gurley Brown
Helen Gurley Brown
Helen Gurley Brown, editor who made Cosmopolitan magazine big, died on August 13th at the age of 90 after being hospitalized in New York for a brief time. (Credit: Amy Sussman/Getty Images for the Israeli Film Festival)
Ron Palillo
Ron Palillo
Ron Palillo, known for his role as a nerdy high school student on “Welcome Back, Kotter,” died at age 63 in his Florida home. It is believed he died of a heart attack. (Credit: Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
Phyllis Diller
Phyllis Diller
Actress and Comedia Phyllis Diller died August 20th in her home in Los Angeles at the age of 95. (Credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch died at age 68 in Los Angeles on August 7th after a brief illness. (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Andy Griffith
Andy Griffith
Andy Samuel Griffith died at age 86 in his North Carolina home on July 3rd. (Credit; Douglas A Sonders/Getty Images)
US Sen. Arlen Specter
US Sen. Arlen Specter
Arlen Specter died at the age of 82 on October 14th after complications with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Sally K. Ride
Sally K. Ride
Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, died at age 61 on July 23rd after a 17-month battle with pancreatic cancer. NASA astronaut Sally K. Ride, the Space Shuttle Challenger crew member, pose in January 1983 in Johnson Space Center, Houston. Sally Ride and other four NASA Astronauts will be aboard the Shuttle Challenger for NASA STS-7 mission, scheduled of June 1983. (Credit:AFP/Getty Images)
Michael Clark Duncan
Michael Clark Duncan
Michael Clark Duncan died September 3rd at the age of 54 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles while being treated for a heart attack. (Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Mel Stuart
Mel Stuart
Mel Stuart, the director of Willy Wonka, died in his Los Angeles home on August 9th from cancer. (Credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
Garrett Reid
Garrett Reid
Garrett Reid was found dead in his dorm room at Lehigh University, location of the Eagles’ training camp, on August 5th. A moment of silence is observed for Philadelphia Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid’s son Garrett Reid before the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on August 5, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Credit: Brian Garfinkel/Getty Images)
Tony Blankley
Tony Blankley
Tony Blankley, former press secretary for former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, died from stomach cancer on January 7th at age 63. (Credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Angelo Dundee
Angelo Dundee
Angelo Dundee, Muhammad Ali’s long time trainer, died at age 90 on February 1st. (Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua
Archbishop of Philadelphia, Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua died at age 88 on January 31st. His death came less than 36 hours after a judge ruled him competent to testify in open court in two grand jury reports exposing clergy sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. (Credit: Don Murray/Getty Images)
Ben Gazzara
Ben Gazzara
Actor Ben Gazzara died from pancreatic cancer on February 3rd at age 81. (Credit: Brad Barket/Getty Images)
Joe Tamburro
Joe Tamburro
Joe “Butterball” Tamburro died on July 27 at age 70. (Joe “Butterball” Tamburro. File photo)
Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury died at age 91 on June 6th. (Credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images) LOS ANGELES – APRIL 28: Writer Ray Bradbury delivers a lecture at the 12th Annual LA Times Festival of Books at Royce Hall on the UCLA campus on April 28, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. (Credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
Alex DeCroce
Alex DeCroce
NJ Assemblyman Alex DeCroce (L) died at age 75 in the State House on January 9th. (Credit: Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
Sarah Burke
Sarah Burke
Sarah Burke, Canadian freestyle skier, died January 19th at age 29. (Credit: Christophe Pallot/Agence Zoom/Getty Images)
Danny Clyburn
Danny Clyburn
Danny Clyburn, former Outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Devil Rays, died February 7th at age 37. (Credit: Jamie Squire/Allsport/Getty Images)
Bingham Ray
Bingham Ray
Bingham Ray (R), former head of United Artist and Indie-Film Executive, dies at age 57 on January 23rd. (Photo by Darryl James/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** John Turturro;Bingham Ray
Charla Krupp
Charla Krupp
Charla Krupp, known for giving advice to women on how to look younger and thinner, died January 23rd at age 58. (Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Don Cornelius
Don Cornelius
Don Cornelius, creator and host of “Soul Train”, died February 1st at age 75. (Credit: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Robert Hegyes
Robert Hegyes
Actor Robert Hegyes (R), best known for playing Juan Epstein on “Welcome Back Kotter” died January 26, 2012 at the age of 60. (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Sherman Hemsley
Sherman Hemsley
Sherman Hemsley died July 24th at age 74 in El Paso, Texas. (Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Bill Janklow
Bill Janklow
Former South Dakota Governor and Representative Bill Janlow, who was convicted of manslaughter in a 2003 traffic accident, died at age 72 from brain cancer on January 12th. (Credit: U.S. House of Represenatives/Getty Images)
Etta James
Etta James
Blues singer Etta James, famous for hit song “At Last,” died on January 20th at age 73 from leukemia complications. (Credit: Getty Images)
Ian Abercrombie
Ian Abercrombie
Ian Abercrombie, an English actor who appeared as Justin Pitt in the 6th season of Seinfeld, died at age 77 on January 26th. (Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Gene Bartow
Gene Bartow
Gene Bartow, former UAB and UCLA basketball coach, died at age 81 in his Birmingham home on January 3rd. (Credit: Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
John Rich
John Rich
TV Director John Rich, famous for directing shows like All in the Family, Good Times, and The Brady Bunch, died January 29th from heart failure at age 86.(Credit: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Illinois v Penn State
Illinois v Penn State
STATE COLLEGE, PA - OCTOBER 29: Joe Paterno receives a plaque celebrating his 409th career win after the game against the Illinois Fighting Illini on October 29, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania. The Nittany Lions defeated the Fighting Illini 10-7. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
Andy Williams
Andy Williams
Andy Williams died on September 25th at the age of 84 after a year long battle with with bladder cancer. (Credit: Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Larry Hagman
Larry Hagman
Larry Hagman died at the age of 81 on November, 23 in Texas. (Credit: CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)
Leslie Carter
Leslie Carter
Leslie Carter, sister of singer Nick Carter (former Backstreet Boy) and pop rapper Aaron Carter, died January 31st at age 25. (Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Michael Mussa
Michael Mussa
Michael Mussa, a former chief economist for the International Monetary Fund, died on January 15th in Washington at age 67 from heart failure. (Credit: Leslie E. Kossoff/AFP/Getty Images)
Stone Johnson
Stone Johnson
Civil rights activist Colonel Stone Johnson, one of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “foot soldiers”, died January 19th at age 93. (Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Tony Scott
Tony Scott
Director Tony Scott died after apparently jumping from a bridge in San Pedro, California on August 19th. He was 68. (Credit: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
John Levy
John Levy
Jazz Master Honoree John Levy died on January 20th at age 99 in Altadena, California. (Credit: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Philip Vannatter
Philip Vannatter
Los Angeles Police Detective Philip Vannatter, who was the lead detective of the O.J. Simpson case, died January 20th from cancer at age 70. (Credit: Reed Saxon/AFP/Getty Images)
Dick Clark
Dick Clark
Music Icon Dick Clark died on April 18th of a heart attack. (Credit: Robert Mora/Getty Images)
Jim Huber
Jim Huber
American sports commentator Jim Huber died January 2nd at age 67. (Credit: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Jonathan Idema
Jonathan Idema
Con man and Afghan bounty hunter, Jonathan Idema, died January 21st at his home in Bacalar, Mexico at age 55. (Credit: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)
Richard Sheirer
Richard Sheirer
Richard Sheirer (L), official in charge of September 11th rescues, died January 19th in Manhattan at age 65. (Credit: SHANNON STAPLETON/AFP/Getty Images)
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