Famous Deaths in December 2012

  • Dec 1 Jovan Belcher, American football linebacker, commits suicide by gunshot at 25
  • Dec 1 Galina Vishnevskaya, Russian soprano opera singer, dies at 85
  • Dec 4 Vasily Belov, Russian author, dies at 80
  • Dec 4 Jack Brooks, American politician, dies at 89
  • Dec 4 Miguel Calero, Colombia footballer, dies from cerebral thrombosis at 41
  • Dec 4 Besse Cooper, American supercentenarian and world
  • Dec 5 Dave Brubeck, American jazz pianist, dies from heart failure at 91
  • Dec 5 Oscar Niemeyer, Brazilian architect, 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, dies at 91
  • Dec 10 Iajuddin Ahmed, Bangladeshi President, dies from heart surgery complications at 81

Person of interestRavi Shankar

Dec 11 Ravi Shankar, Indian musician (The Pandit), dies at 92

Musician Ravi Shankar
Musician
Ravi Shankar
  • Dec 14 Klaus K√∂ste, German gymnast, dies at 69
  • Dec 14 Kenneth Kendall, British broadcaster (BBC News, Treasure Hunt), dies from a stroke at 88
  • Dec 17 Daniel K. Inouye, American politician, 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 20 Jimmy McCracklin, American pianist, dies from diabetes and hypertension at 91
  • Dec 22 Arkady Vorobyev, Russian middle heavyweight (Olympic gold 1956, 60), dies at 88
  • Dec 24 Richard Rodney Bennett, English composer, dies at 76
  • Dec 24 Charles Durning, American actor (Fury, Sting, Tootsie), dies from natural causes at 89
  • Dec 24 Jack Klugman, American actor, dies at 90
  • Dec 24 Hugh Atkin, American composer, dies at 88
  • 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
  • Dec 27 Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr, US Army General, dies from complications from pneumonia at 78
  • Dec 28 Jayne Cortez, African-American poet, dies at 76

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, neurologist and Nobel laureate, dies from natural causes at 103