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Famous Deaths in August 2012

  • Aug 2 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano (Young Broadway), dies at 86
  • Aug 2 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter (Handy Man), dies at 75
  • Aug 4 Arnie Risen, Basketball Hall of Fame center (4-time NBA All Star), dies at 87
  • Aug 6 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor, diest at 68
  • Aug 6 Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, dies at 98
  • Aug 6 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer and violinist (Paganini), dies from heart failure at 94
  • Aug 6 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), dies at 74
  • Aug 6 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), dies of drowning at 59
  • Aug 7 Judith Crist, American film critic (TV Guide, Today), dies at 90
  • Aug 10 Carlo Rambaldi, Italian Special effects artist, dies at 86
  • Aug 10 Al Freeman Jr, American actor, dies at 78
  • Aug 13 Helen Gurley Brown, American author/publisher, dies at 90
  • Aug 13 Johnny Pesky, American baseball player and manager, dies at 92
  • Aug 14 Ron Palillo, American actor (Arnold Horshack-Welcome Back Kotter), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • Aug 14 Phyllis Thaxter, American actress (Nora, Fort Worth), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 92
  • Aug 14 John Herbert "Jonathan" Frid, Canadian actor (Barnabas Collins-Dark Shadows), dies of pneumonia at 87

  • Aug 15 Harry [Maxwell] Harrison, American author, dies at 87
  • Aug 15 Bob Birch, American musician (Elton John), commits suicide at 56
  • Aug 16 William Windom, American actor, dies from heart failure at 88
  • Aug 17 Patrick Ricard, French businessman and CEO of Pernod Ricard, dies from cardiac arrest at 67
  • Aug 18 Scott McKenzie, American singer, dies at 73
  • Aug 19 Tony Scott, English film director and producer (Top Gun, Revenge, Days of Thunder), commits suicide at 68

Person of interestPhyllis Diller

Aug 20 Phyllis Diller, American comedienne and actress, dies from natural causes at 95

Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • 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 23 Steve Van Buren, American Hall of Fame NFL halfback, dies from pneumonia at 91
  • Aug 24 Pauli Ellefsen, Prime Minister of the Faroe Islands (1981-85), dies at 76
  • Aug 24 Richard Evans, British diplomat, ambassador to the People's Republic of China (1984-88), dies at 84

Person of interestNeil Armstrong

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 26 A K Hangal, Indian freedom fighter and Bollywood character actor (Aaina, Sholay), dies of respiratory disease at 98
  • Aug 28 Rhodes Boyson, British politician and author (Black Papers), dies at 87
  • Aug 28 Norm Dussault, American-Canadian ice hockey player (Montreal Canadiens), dies at 86
  • Aug 30 Chris Lighty, music executive and manager (Violator), dies of a gunshot wound at 44
  • Aug 31 Max Bygraves [Walter William Bygraves], British actor (Charley Moon, Spare the Rod, Tom Brown's School Days), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • Aug 31 Sergey Sokolov, Soviet marshal and Minister of Defence of the Soviet Union (1984-87), dies at 101