Famous Deaths in 2012

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  • Jan 1 Elizabeth Brumfiel, American feminist archaeologist, dies of cancer at 66
  • Jan 1 Gary Ablett, English footballer and manager, dies of non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at 46
  • Jan 1 Bob Anderson, English Olympic fencer and renowned film fight choreographer, dies at 90
  • Jan 1 Alfredo Battisti, Roman Catholic Archdiosese of Udine, Italy, dies at 87
  • Jan 1 Kiro Gligorov, President of the Republic of Macedonia 1991-1999
  • Jan 1 Hermann Guggiari, Paraguayan engineer and sculptor, dies at 88
  • Jan 1 Ed Jenkins, American Congressman for Georgia, died at 78
  • Jan 1 Yafa Yarkoni, Israeli Singer, dies after years of Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • Jan 1 Carlos Soria, Argentine lawyer and politician, dies from gunshot to the head at 62
  • Jan 1 Marcelle Narbonne, French supercentenarian and oldest person in Europe, died at 113
  • Jan 1 Fred Milano, American doo-wop singer, member of the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • Jan 1 Nay Win Maung, Burmese physician, and pro-democracy activist, dies from a heart attack at 50
  • Jan 2 Ian Bargh, Canadian jazz pianist and composer, dies from lung cancer at 76
  • Jan 2 David Barron, British physicist and computer scientist, at 76 (b.1935)
  • Jan 2 Ivan Calin, Moldavian President and Prime Minister 1980-1990, dies at 76
  • Jan 2 William Carey, American businessman and philanthropist, died from complications after a heart attack at 81
  • Jan 2 Gordon Hirabayashi, civil rights activist and WWII internment opponent dies after Alzheimer's disease at 93
  • Jan 2 Larry "Rhino" Reinhardt, rock guitarist (Iron Butterfly) dies at 63
  • Jan 3 Wylie Walker Vale, American Endocrinologist who discovered the stress hormone, dies at 70.
  • Jan 3 Robert L Carter, American civil rights activist and judge, dies after complications from a stroke at 94
  • Jan 3 Winifred Milius Lubell, American illustrator and writer, dies of congestive heart failure at 97
  • Jan 3 Josef Skvorecky, Czech writer and publisher, dies at 87
  • Jan 3 Bob Weston, British guitarist and songwriter (Fleetwood Mac), dies from a gastrointestinal hemorrhage at 64 (body found on this date)
  • Jan 3 Harold Zirin, American astronomer, dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Eve Arnold, American photojournalist, dies at 99
  • Jan 4 Ruben Ayala, American politician (California State Senator 1974-1998), dies of natural cause at 89
  • Jan 4 James Crow, American geneticist, dies at 95
  • Jan 4 Harry Fowler, English actor, dies at 85
  • Jan 4 Gatewood Galbraith, [Louis], lawyer, American political activist, iconic Kentucky political figure, dies from pneumonia at 64
  • Jan 4 Rod Robbie, Canadian architect and planner, dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Donald Carter, American professional bowler, dies from pneumonia and emphysema complications at 85
  • Jan 5 Frederica Maas, American playwright and screenwriter, dies at 111
  • Jan 6 Robert Dozier, Hollywood screenwriter, dies at 81
  • Jan 6 Louise Annand-MacFarquhar, Scottish painter and filmmaker, dies at 96
  • Jan 6 Robert Holness, English radio and television presenter, dies at 83
  • Jan 6 William McBeth, American composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 6 Ellen Pence, social activist, dies from cancer at 63
  • Jan 6 Roger Boisjoly, American aerodynamicist, dies at 73
  • Jan 7 Ibrahim Aslan, Egyptian author, dies from heart failure at 77
  • Jan 9 Malam Bacai Sanhá, President of Guinea-Bissau, dies of diabetes at 64
  • Jan 9 Brian Curvis, British boxer and 1960 welterweight champion, dies from leukemia at 74
  • Jan 9 Ruth Fernandez, Puerto Rican singer and politician, dies from septic shock and pneumonia at 92
  • Jan 9 Bridie Gallagher, Irish singer, dies at 87
  • Jan 9 William Roll, parapsychologist, dies at 85
  • Jan 10 Gevork Vartanian, Soviet intelligence agent, dies at 87
  • Jan 12 Bill Janklow, four-term Governor of South Dakota, dies of brain cancer at 72
  • Jan 12 Reginald Hill, British crime author, dies of brain cancer at 75
  • Jan 12 Charles Price, American businessman and diplomat, dies at 80
  • Jan 13 Rauf Denktash, leader of Turkish Cypriots, dies of multiple organ failure at 87
  • Jan 13 Gianpiero Moretti, steering wheel designer, dies from cancer at 71
  • Jan 15 Edward Derwinski, Chicago congressman 1959-83 and first Secretary of Veteran Affairs, dies of cancer at 85
  • Jan 16 Gustav Leonhardt, Master Dutch harpsichordist, organist and conductor, dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Jimmy Castor, American pop and funk musician (Troglodyte (Cave Man), Jimmy Castor Bunch), died of heart failure at 71
  • Jan 17 Johnny Otis, R&B musician and talent scout, known as the godfather of rhythm and blues, dies at 90
  • Jan 17 Marty Springstead, American Major League baseball umpire and umpire supervisor, dies of heart attack at 74
  • Jan 20 John F Baker Jnr, United States Army Master Sergeant and Medal of Honour recipient dies at 66
  • Jan 20 Etta James, American singer, dies from leukaemia at 73
  • Jan 21 Jonathan Idema, American torturer, kidnapper and con-artist, dies from Aids complications at 55
  • Jan 21 Roy John Britten, American molecular biologist, dies at 92
  • Jan 22 Joe Paterno, American college hall of football coach (Penn State) and Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of 1986, dies from lung cancer at 85
  • Jan 22 Dick Tufeld, American voice actor, dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Anthony Capo, DeCavalcante crime family hitman and informant, dies from heart attack at 52/53
  • Jan 24 Patricia Neway, American opera and musical theatre singer, dies at 83
  • Jan 24 James Farentino, American actor, dies from heart failure at 73
  • Jan 25 Paavo Berglund, Finnish conductor dies aged 82
  • Jan 26 Ian Abercrombie, English actor, dies from kidney failure at 77
  • Jan 27 Kevin White, American politician, dies at 82
  • Jan 29 Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Italian politician, dies at 93
  • Jan 29 Camilla Williams, American operatic soprano, dies at 92
  • Jan 30 Frederick Treves, English actor, dies at 86
  • Jan 30 Mary Grierson, Welsh botanical artist, dies at 99
  • Jan 31 Anthony Bevilacqua, American cardinal, dies at 88
  • Jan 31 Dorothea Tanning, American artist, dies at 101
  • Jan 31 Tristram Coffin, American folklorist, dies from pneumonia at 89
  • Jan 31 mike Kelley, American artist, commits suicide at 57
  • Feb 1 Gerlando Alberti, Sicilian Mafioso, dies from cancer at 88
  • Feb 1 Don Cornelius, American television host, commits suicide by gunshot at 75
  • Feb 1 Angelo Dundee, American boxing trainer and cornerman, dies at 90
  • Feb 1 Wislawa Szymborska, Polish poet and Nobel Laureate, dies at 88
  • Feb 2 Dorothy Gilman, American mystery writer, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • Feb 3 Christopher Samuel Youd, British science fiction writer, dies at 89
  • Feb 3 Ben Gazzara, American actor, dies from pancreatic cancer at 81
  • Feb 3 Norton Zinder, American biologist, dies from pneumonia at 83
  • Feb 3 Zalman King, American actor and director, dies from cancer at 69
  • Feb 4 Florence Green, last surviving veteran of World War One, dies at 110
  • Feb 4 Robert Glaser, American educational psychologist, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 91
  • Feb 4 Istvan Csurka, Hungarian writer and politician, dies at 77
  • Feb 4 Robert Daniel, five term American congressman for Virginia, dies at 75
  • Feb 5 Sam Coppola, American actor, dies at 79
  • Feb 6 Janice Voss, American astronaut, dies from breast cancer at 55
  • Feb 6 Antoni Tapies, Spanish artist, dies at 88
  • Feb 6 Peter Breck, American actor, dies at 82
  • Feb 7 Patricia Stephens Due, African-American civil rights activist, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 72
  • Feb 7 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer, dies of natural causes at 80
  • Feb 7 Florence Holway, American rape victim and activist, dies at 96
  • Feb 8 Luis Alberto Spinetta, Argentinian rock musician, dies from lung cancer at 62
  • Feb 8 Gunther Plaut, German-Canadian rabbi, dies at 99
  • Feb 10 Geoffrey Cornish, Canadian golf course architect, dies at 97
  • Feb 10 Jeffrey Zaslow, American author and columnist, dies in a car accident at 53

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Feb 11 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 12 Zina Bethune, American actress, dies from hit and run at 66
  • Feb 12 David Kelly, Irish actor, dies at 82
  • Feb 12 John Severin, America comic book artist, dies at 90
  • Feb 13 Freddie Solomon, American football wide receiver, dies from colon and liver cancer at 59
  • Feb 13 Mohamed Lamari, Chief of Staff of the Algerian Army, dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Feb 13 Lillian Bassman, American photographer and painter, dies at 94
  • Feb 14 Dory Previn, American singer-songwriter, dies at 86
  • Feb 15 Charles Anthony [Caruso], American tenor, dies from kidney failure at 82
  • Feb 16 Gary Carter, American Hall of Fame baseball catcher dies from brain tumor at 57
  • Feb 16 Baddeley Devesi, first Governor-General of the Solomon Islands, dies at 70
  • Feb 16 Anthony Shadid, New York Times foreign correspondent and two time Pulitzer winner, dies from asthma at 43
  • Feb 16 Harry McPherson, presidential counsel and lobbyist, dies from cancer at 82
  • Feb 16 Elyse Knox, American actress and model (Hit the Ice, Black Gold) dies at 94
  • Feb 17 Ulric Neisser, American psychologist, dies at 83
  • Feb 19 John Hogan, American research chemist, dies at 92
  • Feb 19 Steve Kordek, American pinball machine designer, dies at 100
  • Feb 20 Renato Dulbecco, Italian-born American virologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 97
  • Feb 21 Baron Hooson [Hugh Emlyn], British politician and peer, dies at 86
  • Feb 21 Colin Ireland, British 'Gay Slayer' serial killer, dies at 57
  • Feb 21 Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, dies at 89
  • Feb 21 John Michuki, Kenyan politician, dies from heart attack at 79
  • Feb 21 Barney Rosset, American publisher and free speech advocate, dies at 89
  • Feb 21 Eiko Ishioka, Japanese Costume designer, dies from pancreatic cancer at 74
  • Feb 22 Billy Strange, American singer-songwriter, dies at 81
  • Feb 23 Bruce Surtees, American cinematographer, dies at 74
  • Feb 24 Jan Berenstain, American author dies from a stroke at 88
  • Feb 24 Istvan Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian composer, dies at 92
  • Feb 24 Kenneth Price, American ceramic artist and print maker, dies from cancer at 77
  • Feb 24 Benedict Freedman, American novelist and mathematician, dies at 92
  • Feb 25 Louisiana Red, American blues musician, dies from stroke at 79
  • Feb 25 Lynn Compton, American jurist and commissioned officer, dies from heart attack at 90
  • Feb 25 Red Holloway [James], American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies from stroke and kidney failure at 84
  • Feb 27 Tina Strobos, Dutch physician and resistor to Nazi occupation, dies from cancer at 91

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

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

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

Newscaster Mike Wallace
Newscaster
Mike Wallace
  • Apr 8 Jack Tramiel, Polish-American businessman, dies at 83
  • Apr 9 Mark Lenzi, American springboard diver (Olympic Gold 1992), dies at 43
  • Apr 10 Raymond Aubrac, French Resistance Leader, dies at 97
  • Apr 11 Ahmed Ben Bella, First president of Algeria, dies at 93