Famous Deaths in 2012

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  • Jan 1st Nay Win Maung, Burmese physician, and pro-democracy activist, dies from a heart attack at 50
  • Jan 1st Fred Milano, American doo-wop singer, member of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • Jan 1st Marcelle Narbonne, French supercentenarian and oldest person in Europe, died at 113
  • Jan 1st Carlos Soria, Argentine lawyer and politician, dies from gunshot to the head at 62
  • Jan 1st Yafa Yarkoni, Israeli Singer, dies after years of Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • Jan 1st Hermann Guggiari, Paraguayan engineer and sculptor, dies at 88
  • Jan 1st Kiro Gligorov, President of the Republic of Macedonia 1991-1999
  • Jan 1st Bob Anderson, English Olympic fencer and renowned film fight choreographer, dies at 90
  • Jan 1st Elizabeth Brumfiel, American feminist archaeologist, dies of cancer at 66
  • Jan 1st Gary Ablett, English footballer and manager, dies of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at 46
  • Jan 1st Alfredo Battisti, Roman Catholic Archdiosese of Udine, Italy, dies at 87
  • Jan 1st Ed Jenkins, American Congressman for Georgia, died at 78
  • Jan 2nd Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) dies at 63
  • Jan 2nd Ian Bargh, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies from lung cancer at 76
  • Jan 2nd David Barron, British physicist and computer scientist, at 76 (b.1935)
  • Jan 2nd Ivan Calin, Moldavian President and Prime Minister 1980-1990, dies at 76
  • Jan 2nd William Carey, American businessman and philanthropist, died from complications after a heart attack at 81
  • Jan 2nd Gordon Hirabayashi, civil rights activist and WWII internment opponent dies after Alzheimer's disease at 93
  • Jan 3rd Wylie Walker Vale, American Endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, dies at 70.
  • Jan 3rd Robert L Carter, American civil rights activist and judge, dies after complications from a stroke at 94
  • Jan 3rd Winifred Milius Lubell, American illustrator and writer, dies of congestive heart failure at 97
  • Jan 3rd Josef Skvorecky, Czech writer and publisher, dies at 87
  • Jan 3rd Bob Weston, British guitarist and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac), dies from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at 64 (body found on this date)
  • Jan 3rd Harold Zirin, American astronomer, dies at 82
  • Jan 4th Eve Arnold, American photojournalist, dies at 99
  • Jan 4th Ruben Ayala, American politician (California State Senator 1974-1998), dies of natural cause at 89
  • Jan 4th James Crow, American geneticist, dies at 95
  • Jan 4th Harry Fowler, English actor, dies at 85
  • Jan 4th Gatewood Galbraith, [Louis], lawyer, American political activist, iconic Kentucky political figure, dies from pneumonia at 64
  • Jan 4th Rod Robbie, Canadian architect and planner, dies at 83
  • Jan 5th Donald Carter, American professional bowler, dies from pneumonia and emphysema complications at 85
  • Jan 5th Frederica Maas, American playwright and screenwriter, dies at 111
  • Jan 6th Robert Dozier, Hollywood screenwriter, dies at 81
  • Jan 6th Louise Annand-MacFarquhar, Scottish painter and filmmaker, dies at 96
  • Jan 6th Robert Holness, English radio and television presenter, dies at 83
  • Jan 6th William McBeth, American composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 6th Ellen Pence, social activist, dies from cancer at 63
  • Jan 6th Roger Boisjoly, American aerodynamicist, dies at 73
  • Jan 7th Ibrahim Aslan, Egyptian author, dies from heart failure at 77
  • Jan 9th Malam Bacai Sanhá, President of Guinea-Bissau, dies of diabetes at 64
  • Jan 9th Brian Curvis, British boxer and 1960 welterweight champion, dies from leukemia at 74
  • Jan 9th Ruth Fernandez, Puerto Rican singer and politician, dies from septic shock and pneumonia at 92
  • Jan 9th Bridie Gallagher, Irish singer, dies at 87
  • Jan 9th William Roll, parapsychologist, dies at 85
  • Jan 10th Gevork Vartanian, Soviet intelligence agent, dies at 87
  • Jan 12th Reginald Hill, British crime author, dies of brain cancer at 75
  • Jan 12th Bill Janklow, four-term Governor of South Dakota, dies of brain cancer at 72
  • Jan 12th Charles Price, American businessman and diplomat, dies at 80
  • Jan 13th Rauf Denktash, leader of Turkish Cypriots, dies of multiple organ failure at 87
  • Jan 13th Gianpiero Moretti, steering wheel designer, dies from cancer at 71
  • Jan 15th Edward Derwinski, Chicago congressman 1959-83 and first Secretary of Veteran Affairs, dies of cancer at 85
  • Jan 16th Jimmy Castor, American pop and funk musician (Troglodyte (Cave Man), Jimmy Castor Bunch), died of heart failure at 71
  • Jan 16th Gustav Leonhardt, Master Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, dies at 87
  • Jan 17th Johnny Otis, R&B musician and talent scout, known as the godfather of rhythm and blues, dies at 90
  • Jan 17th Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, dies of heart attack at 74
  • Jan 20th John F Baker Jnr, United States Army Master Sergeant and Medal of Honour recipient dies at 66
  • Jan 20th Etta James, American singer, dies from leukaemia at 73
  • Jan 21st Roy John Britten, American molecular biologist, dies at 92
  • Jan 21st Jonathan Idema, American torturer, kidnapper and con-artist, dies from Aids complications at 55
  • Jan 22nd Joe Paterno, American College Hall of Fame football coach, dies from lung cancer at 85
  • Jan 22nd Dick Tufeld, American voice actor, dies at 85
  • Jan 23rd Anthony Capo, DeCavalcante crime family hitman and informant, dies from heart attack at 52/53
  • Jan 24th James Farentino, American actor, dies from heart failure at 73
  • Jan 24th Patricia Neway, American opera and musical theatre singer, dies at 83
  • Jan 25th Paavo Berglund, Finnish conductor dies aged 82
  • Jan 26th Ian Abercrombie, English actor, dies from kidney failure at 77
  • Jan 27th Kevin White, American politician, dies at 82
  • Jan 29th Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Italian politician, dies at 93
  • Jan 29th Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, dies at 92
  • Jan 30th Frederick Treves, English actor, dies at 86
  • Jan 30th Mary Grierson, Welsh botanical artist, dies at 99
  • Jan 31st mike Kelley, American artist, commits suicide at 57
  • Jan 31st Anthony Bevilacqua, American cardinal, dies at 88
  • Jan 31st Dorothea Tanning, American artist, dies at 101
  • Jan 31st Tristram Coffin, American folklorist, dies from pneumonia at 89
  • Feb 1st Wislawa Szymborska, Polish poet and Nobel Laureate, dies at 88
  • Feb 1st Angelo Dundee, American boxing trainer and cornerman, dies at 90
  • Feb 1st Gerlando Alberti, Sicilian Mafioso, dies from cancer at 88
  • Feb 1st Don Cornelius, American television host, commits suicide by gunshot at 75
  • Feb 2nd Dorothy Gilman, American mystery writer, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • Feb 3rd Norton Zinder, American biologist, dies from pneumonia at 83
  • Feb 3rd Christopher Samuel Youd, British science fiction writer, dies at 89
  • Feb 3rd Ben Gazzara, American actor, dies from pancreatic cancer at 81
  • Feb 3rd Zalman King, American actor and director, dies from cancer at 69
  • Feb 4th Florence Green, last surviving veteran of World War One, dies at 110
  • Feb 4th Robert Glaser, American educational psychologist, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 91
  • Feb 4th Istvan Csurka, Hungarian writer and politician, dies at 77
  • Feb 4th Robert Daniel, five term American congressman for Virginia, dies at 75
  • Feb 5th Sam Coppola, American actor, dies at 79
  • Feb 6th Janice Voss, American astronaut, dies from breast cancer at 55
  • Feb 6th Antoni Tapies, Spanish artist, dies at 88
  • Feb 6th Peter Breck, American actor, dies at 82
  • Feb 7th Patricia Stephens Due, African-American civil rights activist, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 72
  • Feb 7th Phil Bruns, American actor and writer, dies of natural causes at 80
  • Feb 7th Florence Holway, American rape victim and activist, dies at 96
  • Feb 8th Luis Alberto Spinetta, Argentinian rock musician, dies from lung cancer at 62
  • Feb 8th Gunther Plaut, German-Canadian rabbi, dies at 99
  • Feb 10th Geoffrey Cornish, Canadian golf course architect, dies at 97
  • Feb 10th Jeffrey Zaslow, American author and columnist, dies in a car accident at 53

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Feb 11th Whitney Houston, American singer and actress, dies from an accidental drowning at age 48

Singer and actress Whitney Houston
Singer and actress
Whitney Houston
  • Feb 12th Zina Bethune, American actress, dies from hit and run at 66
  • Feb 12th David Kelly, Irish actor, dies at 82
  • Feb 12th John Severin, America comic book artist, dies at 90
  • Feb 13th Freddie Solomon, American football wide receiver, dies from colon and liver cancer at 59
  • Feb 13th Mohamed Lamari, Chief of Staff of the Algerian Army, dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Feb 13th Lillian Bassman, American photographer and painter, dies at 94
  • Feb 14th Dory Previn, American singer-songwriter, dies at 86
  • Feb 15th Charles Anthony, American Tenor dies from kidney failure at 82
  • Feb 15th Charles Anthony [Caruso], American tenor, dies from kidney failure at 82
  • Feb 16th Elyse Knox, American actress and model (Hit the Ice, Black Gold) dies at 94
  • Feb 16th Anthony Shadid, New York Times foreign correspondent and two time Pulitzer winner, dies from asthma at 43
  • Feb 16th Gary Carter, American Hall of Fame baseball catcher dies from brain tumor at 57
  • Feb 16th Baddeley Devesi, first Governor-General of the Solomon Islands, dies at 70
  • Feb 16th Harry McPherson, presidential counsel and lobbyist, dies from cancer at 82
  • Feb 17th Ulric Neisser, American psychologist, dies at 83
  • Feb 19th John Hogan, American research chemist, dies at 92
  • Feb 19th Steve Kordek, American pinball machine designer, dies at 100
  • Feb 20th Renato Dulbecco, Italian-born American virologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 97
  • Feb 21st Baron Hooson [Hugh Emlyn], British politician and peer, dies at 86
  • Feb 21st Colin Ireland, British 'Gay Slayer' serial killer, dies at 57
  • Feb 21st Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, dies at 89
  • Feb 21st John Michuki, Kenyan politician, dies from heart attack at 79
  • Feb 21st Barney Rosset, American publisher and free speech advocate, dies at 89
  • Feb 21st Eiko Ishioka, Japanese Costume designer, dies from pancreatic cancer at 74
  • Feb 22nd Billy Strange, American singer-songwriter, dies at 81
  • Feb 23rd Bruce Surtees, American cinematographer, dies at 74
  • Feb 24th Jan Berenstain, American author dies from a stroke at 88
  • Feb 24th Istvan Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian composer, dies at 92
  • Feb 24th Kenneth Price, American ceramic artist and print maker, dies from cancer at 77
  • Feb 24th Benedict Freedman, American novelist and mathematician, dies at 92
  • Feb 25th Louisiana Red, American blues musician, dies from stroke at 79
  • Feb 25th Lynn Compton, American jurist and commissioned officer, dies from heart attack at 90
  • Feb 25th Red Holloway [James], American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies from stroke and kidney failure at 84
  • Feb 27th Tina Strobos, Dutch physician and resistor to Nazi occupation, dies from cancer at 91

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Feb 29th Davy Jones, English musician, dies from heart attack at 66

Singer Davy Jones
Singer
Davy Jones
  • Mar 1st Andrew Breitbart, American conservative blogger and publisher, dies at 43
  • Mar 2nd Van Barfoot, American army colonel and Medal of Honour recipient, dies at 92
  • Mar 2nd Lawrence Anthony, South African conservationist and author, dies from heart attack at 61
  • Mar 2nd James Wilson, American criminologist, dies at 80
  • Mar 2nd Norman St John-Stevas, Baron St John of Fawsley, British MP (1964-1987), dies at 82
  • Mar 3rd Dave Charnley, British lightweight boxer, dies at 72
  • Mar 3rd Ralph McQuarrie, American conceptual designer, dies at 82
  • Mar 3rd Ronnie Montrose, American guitarist, dies from prostate cancer at 64
  • Mar 3rd Alex Webster, American football coach, dies at 80
  • Mar 3rd Leonardo Cimino, American actor, dies from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 94
  • Mar 4th Don Mincher, American Major League Baseball first baseman, dies at 73
  • Mar 4th Runako Morton, West Indian cricketer, dies in a traffic collision at 33
  • Mar 5th William Heirens, American serial killer, dies at 83
  • Mar 6th Donald Payne, American Congressman, dies from colon cancer at 77
  • Mar 6th Francisco Xavier do Amaral, East Timorese President, dies at 75
  • Mar 6th Robert Sherman, American songwriter, dies at 86
  • Mar 7th Jimmy Ellis, American soul singer, dies from complications from Alzheimer's disease at 74
  • Mar 8th Leslie Cochran, American peace activist and police critic, dies from head trauma at 60
  • Mar 9th Peter Bergman, American Comedian, dies from leukemia at 72
  • Mar 9th Selma Rubin, American environmental activist, dies at 96
  • Mar 9th Lord Wedderton of Charlton, British academic and politician, dies at 84
  • Mar 10th Jean Giraud, French comic artist, dies at 73
  • Mar 10th Julio Gonzalez, Mexican light heavyweight boxer, dies from a hit and run at 35
  • Mar 10th Mykola Plaviuk, Ukrainian president, dies at 86
  • Mar 10th Frank Rowland, American Nobel laureate in chemistry, dies from Parkinson's disease at 84
  • Mar 10th Richard White, New Zealand rugby union player, dies at 86
  • Mar 11th Sid Couchey, American comic book artist, dies at 92
  • Mar 12th Mike Hossack, American rock drummer, dies from cancer at 65
  • Mar 13th Jock Hobbs [Michael], New Zealand Rugby Union chairman and All Black, dies from leukemia at 52
  • Mar 14th Censu Tabone, President of Malta, dies at 98
  • Mar 14th Pierre Schoendoerffer, French Academy Award winning director and screen writer, dies from surgical complications at 83
  • Mar 15th Dave Philley, American Major League Baseball switch-hitter, dies at 91
  • Mar 16th Estanislao Basora, Spanish footballer, dies at 85
  • Mar 17th John Demjanjuk, convicted Nazi war criminal, dies from natural causes at 91
  • Mar 17th Pope Shenouda III, Egyptian Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria, dies from prostate cancer at 88
  • Mar 17th Chaleo Yoovidhya, Thai co-creator of Red Bull, dies from natural causes at 88
  • Mar 18th George Tupou V, King of Tonga, dies at 63
  • Mar 19th William Charette, American navy hospital corpsman and Medal of Honour recipient, dies at 79
  • Mar 20th Jim Stynes, Irish Australian rules footballer, dies from cancer at 45
  • Mar 20th Mel Parnell [Melvin], American Major League Baseball pitcher, dies from cancer at 89
  • Mar 23rd Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, President of Somalia, dies from liver failure at 77
  • Mar 24th Jocky Wilson, Scottish world champion darts player, dies at 62
  • Mar 25th Bert Sugar, American sports writer, dies from a cardiac arrest at 74
  • Mar 25th Larry Stevenson [Richard], American skateboard innovator, dies from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • Mar 27th Hilton Kramer, American art critic, dies from heart failure at 84
  • Mar 27th Adrienne Rich, American feminist poet/essayist, dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at 82
  • Mar 27th Warren Stevens, American actor, dies from lung disease at 92
  • Mar 28th John Arden, English novelist/playwright, dies at 81
  • Mar 28th Alexander Arutiunian, Armenian composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 28th Harry Crews, American writer/actor, dies from neuropathy at 76
  • Mar 28th Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass musician, dies from natural causes at 88
  • Mar 29th Bill Jenkins, American Hall of Fame drag racer and engineer, dies at 81
  • Mar 30th Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater and 1960 Olympic gold medalist, dies at 74
  • Apr 1st Giorgio Chinaglia, Italian soccer star, dies from heart attack at 65
  • Apr 1st Miguel de la Madrid, Mexican President, dies from complications of pulmonary emphysema at 77
  • Apr 2nd Elizabeth Catlett, American-born Mexican artist, dies at 96
  • Apr 4th Claude Miller, French director and screen writer, dies at 70
  • Apr 5th Ferdinand A. Porsche, German car designer, dies at 76
  • Apr 6th Fang Lizhi, Chinese astrophysicist/dissident, dies at 76
  • Apr 6th Bingu wa Mutharika, President of Malawi, dies from heart attack at 78
  • Apr 6th Thomas Kinkade, American artist, dies from acute intoxication at 54

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Apr 7th Mike Wallace [Myron], American media personality, dies at 93

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Newscaster
Mike Wallace
  • Apr 8th Jack Tramiel, Polish-American businessman, dies at 83
  • Apr 9th Mark Lenzi, American Olympic Diver, dies from hypertension at 43
  • Apr 10th Raymond Aubrac, French Resistance Leader, dies at 97