On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 2012

  • Dec 1 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer (Britten's "War Requiem"), dies at 85
  • Dec 1 Rick Majerus, American college basketball coach (5× WAC Coach of the Year; Uni of Utah), dies of heart failure at 64
  • Dec 4 Vasily Belov, Russian author, dies at 80
  • Dec 4 Jack Brooks, American politician, dies at 89
  • Dec 4 Miguel Calero, Colombian soccer goalkeeper (50 caps; Copa América 2001; Pachuca), dies from cerebral thrombosis at 41
  • Dec 4 Besse Cooper, American supercentenarian and world
  • Dec 4 Jonathan Harvey, English composer (Bhakti, Music of Stockhausen), dies at 73
  • Dec 5 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist ("Take Five") and composer (Gates of Justice), dies from heart failure at 91
  • Dec 5 Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect (Brasilia), dies from a respiratory infection at 104
  • Dec 7 Saul Steinberg, American businessman, founder of Leasco and CEO of Reliance Insurance Company, dies at 73
  • Dec 9 Sir Patrick Moore, English amateur astronomer and author, dies from an infection at 89

Person of interestJenni Rivera

Dec 9 Jenni Rivera, Mexican-American singer-songwriter, dies in a plane crash at 43

Singer Jenni Rivera
Singer
Jenni Rivera
  • Dec 9 Norman Joseph Woodland, American inventor (barcode), dies at 91
  • Dec 9 Alexander Moulton, English engineer and bicycle designer (folding bicycle), dies at 92
  • Dec 9 Charles Rosen, American pianist and musicologist (Sonata Forms), dies at 85
  • Dec 10 Iajuddin Ahmed, Bangladeshi President, dies from heart surgery complications at 81

Person of interestRavi Shankar

Dec 11 Ravi Shankar [Chowdhury], Bengali Brahmin sitar master and Indian classical music composer (West Meets East; Concert for Bangladesh), dies at 92

Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • Dec 11 Colleen Walker, American golfer (du Maurier Classic 1997), dies of cancer at 56
  • Dec 13 Otto Ketting, Dutch trumpeter and composer (Passacaglia), dies at 77
  • Dec 14 Klaus Köste, German gymnast, dies at 69
  • Dec 14 Kenneth Kendall, British broadcaster (BBC News, Treasure Hunt), dies from a stroke at 88
  • Dec 16 Laurier LaPierre, Canadian journalist, broadcaster and senator, dies at 83
  • Dec 17 Colin Spedding, British biologist and animal welfare advocate, dies at 87
  • Dec 17 Daniel K. Inouye, American politician (US Senator, 1963-2012), dies from respiratory complications at 88
  • Dec 18 Marcus Worsley, British Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, dies at 87
  • Dec 19 Robert Bork, American legal scholar/jurist, dies from heart disease at 85
  • Dec 19 Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, Israeli military leader, dies from cancer at 68
  • Dec 19 Larry Morris, American NFL player, dies at 79
  • Dec 19 Sir Lawrence "Lawrie" Barratt, British businessman and housing developer (Barratt Developments), dies at 85
  • Dec 19 Piet de Visser, Dutch politician (PvdA), dies at 81
  • Dec 20 Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, dies from diabetes and hypertension at 91
  • Dec 20 Eagle Keys, American Canadian Football Hall of Fame linebacker and coach (Grey Cup champion 1949, 54-56, 66; Edmonton Eskimos, Saskatchewan R'riders), dies at 89
  • Dec 21 Lee Dorman, American rock bassist (Iron Butterfly; Captain Beyond), dies at 70
  • Dec 22 Arkady Vorobyov, Russian weightlifter (Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 88
  • Dec 24 Richard Rodney Bennett, English pianist, classical and film score composer (Four Weddings And A Funeral), dies at 76
  • Dec 24 Charles Durning, American actor (Fury, Sting, Tootsie), dies from natural causes at 89

  • Dec 24 Jack Klugman, American actor (Oscar-Odd Couple, Quincy, Goodbye Columbus), dies at 90
  • Dec 24 Hugh Atkin, American composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 24 Ray Collins, American rock vocalist (Mothers of Invention), dies at 76
  • Dec 25 Frank Calabrese Sr [Frankie Breeze], American mafia hitman, dies at 75
  • Dec 25 Othmar Schneider, Austrian skier (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 84
  • Dec 26 Fontella Bass, American R&B and soul singer and songwriter (Rescue Me), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Dec 26 Gerry Anderson, English writer/producer/director, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • Dec 27 Valentin Boreyko, Russian rower, dies at 79
  • Dec 27 Harry Carey Jr, American actor (Back to the Future Part III, Gremlins), dies from natural causes at 91

Person of interestNorman Schwarzkopf

Dec 27 Norman Schwarzkopf, US Army General and commander of coalition forces in the Gulf War, dies of complications from pneumonia at 78

US General Norman Schwarzkopf
US General
Norman Schwarzkopf
  • Dec 28 Jayne Cortez, African-American poet, dies at 76
  • Dec 28 Emmanuel Scheffer, Israeli soccer coach (Israel 1968–70, 78–79; only World Cup appearance 1970), dies at 88

Person of interestTony Greig

Dec 29 Tony Greig, English cricket captain, all-rounder (1972-77) and commentator, dies from a heart attack at 66

Cricketer and Commentator Tony Greig
Cricketer and Commentator
Tony Greig
  • Dec 29 Jean Topart, French voice and film actor regarded as "one of the inimitable voices of French cinema" (Fantastic Planet), dies at 90
  • Dec 30 Rita Levi-Montalcini, Italian neurologist (Nobel 1986), dies at 103