Deaths in History in 2012

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  • Jan 1 Elizabeth Brumfiel, American feminist archaeologist, dies of cancer at 66
  • 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 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 Nay Win Maung, Burmese physician, and pro-democracy activist, dies from a heart attack at 50
  • 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 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 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 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 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 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 20 John F Baker Jnr, United States Army Master Sergeant and Medal of Honour recipient dies at 66
  • 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 23 Anthony Capo, DeCavalcante crime family hitman and informant, dies from heart attack at 52/53
  • Jan 27 Kevin White, American politician, dies at 82
  • Jan 29 Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Italian politician, dies at 93
  • 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 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 Norton Zinder, American biologist, dies from pneumonia at 83
  • 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 6 Janice Voss, American astronaut, dies from breast cancer at 55
  • Feb 6 Antoni Tapies, Spanish artist, dies at 88
  • Feb 7 Patricia Stephens Due, African-American civil rights activist, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 72
  • Feb 7 Florence Holway, American rape victim and activist, dies at 96
  • Feb 8 Gunther Plaut, German-Canadian rabbi, dies at 99
  • Feb 10 Jeffrey Zaslow, American author and columnist, dies in a car accident at 53
  • Feb 12 John Severin, America comic book artist, dies at 90
  • 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 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 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 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 23 Bruce Surtees, American cinematographer, dies at 74
  • Feb 24 Jan Berenstain, American author dies from a stroke at 88
  • 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 Lynn Compton, American jurist and commissioned officer, dies from heart attack at 90
  • Feb 27 Tina Strobos, Dutch physician and resistor to Nazi occupation, dies from cancer at 91
  • 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 Ralph McQuarrie, American conceptual designer, dies at 82
  • 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 8 Leslie Cochran, American peace activist and police critic, dies from head trauma at 60
  • 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 Mykola Plaviuk, Ukrainian president, dies at 86
  • Mar 10 Frank Rowland, American Nobel laureate in chemistry, dies from Parkinson's disease at 84
  • Mar 11 Sid Couchey, American comic book artist, dies at 92
  • Mar 14 Censu Tabone, President of Malta, dies at 98
  • 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 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 27 Adrienne Rich, American feminist poet/essayist, dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at 82
  • Mar 27 Hilton Kramer, American art critic, dies from heart failure at 84
  • Mar 28 John Arden, English novelist/playwright, dies at 81
  • 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 5 Ferdinand A. Porsche, German car designer (Porsche 911), 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 10 Raymond Aubrac, French Resistance Leader, dies at 97
  • Apr 11 Ahmed Ben Bella, First president of Algeria, dies at 93
  • Apr 16 Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, Danish shipping Magnate, dies at 98
  • Apr 21 Charles Colson, Nixon adviser (Watergate), dies from a brain hemorrhage at 80
  • Apr 29 Shukri Ghanem, Libyan Prime Minister, dies at 69
  • Apr 29 Amarillo Slim, American professional poker player, dies at 83
  • May 8 Maurice Sendak, American author/illustrator, dies at 83
  • May 8 Nicholas Katzenbach, American Attorney General, dies at 90

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May 9 Vidal Sassoon, British hairdresser and businessman, dies from leukemia at 84

Hairdresser Vidal Sassoon
Hairdresser
Vidal Sassoon
  • May 10 Evelyn Johnson, American pilot, dies at 102
  • May 10 Carroll Shelby, American automobile designer, dies at 89
  • May 15 Carlos Fuentes, Mexican author, dies from a haemorrhage at 83
  • May 16 James Abdnor, American senator, dies at 89
  • May 20 Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, convicted bomber (Pan Am 103), dies from prostate cancer at 60
  • May 22 Wesley Brown, 1st African American US Naval Academy graduate, dies at 85
  • May 23 Joseph Lesniewski, soldier (Easy Company, 101st Airborne), dies at 91
  • May 23 Paul Fussell, American historian, dies from natural causes at 88
  • May 25 Edoardo Mangiarotti, Italian fencer, dies at 93
  • May 30 Andrew Huxley, British physiologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 94
  • Jun 5 Ray Bradbury, American author (Fahrenheit 451), dies at 91
  • Jun 5 Barry Unsworth, British novelist, dies from lung cancer at 81
  • Jun 7 Phillip Tobias, South African palaeoanthropologist, dies at 86
  • Jun 11 Norman F Lent, American republican Congressman, dies from cancer at 81

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Jun 12 Henry Hill Jr., American mobster and FBI informant, dies from a heart condition at 69

Mobster and FBI informant Henry Hill
Mobster and FBI informant
Henry Hill
  • Jun 13 William S. Knowles, American chemist and Nobel laureate, dies from complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 95

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Jun 17 Rodney King, African American motorist beaten by LA cop, dies at 47

Victim of Police Violence Rodney King
Victim of Police Violence
Rodney King
  • Jun 20 LeRoy Neiman, American painter, dies at 91
  • Jun 24 Lonesome George, Pinta giant tortoise and rarest creature in the world, dies at c. 100
  • Jun 30 Yitzhak Shamir, Israeli Prime Minister, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 96
  • Jul 6 Charles David Ganao, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo, dies at 85
  • Jul 9 Terepai Maoate, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, dies from prostate cancer at 78
  • Jul 14 Sixten Jernberg, Swedish skier, dies at 83
  • Jul 17 William Raspberry, American journalist, dies at 76
  • Jul 19 Omar Suleiman, Egyptian general and intelligence officer, dies from a heart attack at 76
  • Jul 21 Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-born American journalist, dies from cancer at 72
  • Jul 22 George A. Miller, American psychologist, dies at 92

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Jul 23 Sally Ride, American astronaut and 1st American woman in space, dies of pancreatic cancer at 61

1st American Woman in Space Sally Ride
1st American Woman in Space
Sally Ride
  • Jul 24 John Atta Mills, Ghanaian President, dies at 68
  • Jul 24 Robert Ledley, American physiologist, biophysicist, and radiologist, dies at 86
  • Jul 26 Franz West, Austrian artist, dies at 65
  • Jul 30 Maeve Binchy, Irish novelist, dies at 72
  • Jul 31 Gore Vidal, American author, dies from pneumonia at 86
  • Aug 6 Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, dies at 98
  • Aug 6 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), dies at 74
  • Aug 10 Carlo Rambaldi, Italian Special effects artist, dies at 86
  • Aug 13 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher, dies at 90
  • Aug 15 Harry [Maxwell] Harrison, American author, dies at 87
  • Aug 19 Tony Scott, American director, commits suicide at 68
  • Aug 20 Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian Prime Minister, dies from liver cancer at 57
  • Aug 20 Dom Mintoff, Maltese Prime Minister (1955-58, 1971-84), dies at 96
  • Aug 21 Georg Leber, German politician, dies at 91
  • Aug 21 William Thurston, American mathematician, dies from melanoma at 65
  • Aug 22 Nina Bawden, English author, dies at 87
  • Aug 23 Jerry Nelson, American puppeteer, dies from prostate cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 78
  • Aug 24 Pauli Ellefsen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands, dies at 76

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Aug 25 Neil Armstrong, American astronaut, dies from heart surgery complications at 82

Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon Neil Armstrong
Astronaut & 1st Man on the Moon
Neil Armstrong
  • Aug 28 Rhodes Boyson, British politician and author (Black Papers), dies at 87
  • Aug 30 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), dies of a gunshot wound at 44
  • Sep 1 Smarck Michel, Haitian Prime Minister, dies from a brain tumour
  • Sep 3 Sun Myung Moon, Korean evangelist, dies at 92
  • Sep 6 Art Modell [Arthur], American businessman, dies from heart failure at 87
  • Sep 8 Bill Moggridge [William], British designer, dies from cancer at 69
  • Sep 9 Ron Taylor, Australian shark expert and cinematographer, dies from myeloid leukemia at 78
  • Sep 9 Verghese Kurien, Indian engineer, dies from kidney failure at 90
  • Sep 14 Louis Simpson, Jamaican poet, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • Sep 17 Russell E. Train, American environmentalist, dies at 92
  • Oct 1 Eric J. Hobsbawm, British Marxist historian, dies from pneumonia at 95
  • Oct 5 Keith H.S. Campbell, British biologist, dies at 58
  • Oct 6 Chadli Bendjedid, Algerian president, dies from cancer at 83
  • Oct 9 Harris Savides, American cinematographer., dies from brain cancer at 55
  • Oct 10 Kyaw Zaw, Burmese politician and soldier, dies at 92

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Oct 15 Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia, dies from a heart attack at 89

King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia
Norodom Sihanouk
  • Oct 17 Stanford Robert Ovshinsky, American inventor and scientist, dies from prostate cancer at 89
  • Oct 21 George McGovern, US Politician, dies at 90
  • Oct 21 Yash Chopra, Indian director, dies from dengue fever and multiple organ failure at 80
  • Oct 22 Russell Means, Native American activist, dies from esophageal cancer at 72
  • Oct 22 Arthur Jensen, American psychologist, dies at 89
  • Oct 25 Jacques Barzun, French author, dies at 104
  • Oct 28 Jack Dellal, British property investor/multi-millionaire, dies from natural causes at 83
  • Nov 5 Charles V. Bush, African-American pioneer (1st African-American US Air Force Academy Graduate and US Supreme Court Page), dies from colon cancer at 72