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Famous People Who Died in February 2012

  • 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 & cornerman (Muhammad Ali 1960–81 & 15 other world boxing champions), dies at 90
  • Feb 1 Wislawa Szymborska, Polish poet & Nobel Laureate, dies at 88
  • Feb 1 Ton de Kruyf, Dutch composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 1 Charlie Spoonhour, American basketball coach (Southwest Missouri State, Saint Louis, UNLV), dies at 72
  • Feb 2 Dorothy Gilman, American mystery writer, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • Feb 3 Christopher Samuel Youd, British sci-fi writer (Tripods Trilogy), dies at 89
  • Feb 3 Ben Gazzara, American actor, dies from pancreatic cancer at 81
  • Feb 3 Norton Zinder, American biologist (genetic transduction), 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 (Saturday Night Fever), dies at 79

  • Feb 5 Al De Lory, American session pianist, arranger, and record producer (Glen Campbell), dies 82
  • Feb 6 Janice Voss, American astronaut (shuttle radar topography mission), dies from breast cancer at 55
  • Feb 6 Antoni Tapies, Spanish painter, sculptor and theorist (Dau al Set) dies at 88
  • Feb 6 Peter Breck, American actor (Black Saddle, Big Valley, Benji), dies at 82
  • Feb 6 Norma Merrick Sklarek, 1st African-American woman architect in NY & California, dies at 85
  • Feb 6 Noel Kelehan, Irish pianist, conductor (RTÉ Concert Orchestra), and arranger (Eurovision; U2), dies at 77
  • Feb 7 Patricia Stephens Due, African-American civil rights activist (FAMU jail-in), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 72
  • Feb 7 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "George Shumway"), 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
  • Feb 10 Adolfo Schwelm Cruz, Argentine racing driver, dies at 88

Person of interestWhitney Houston

Feb 11 Whitney Houston, American singer (I Will Always Love You; I Wanna Dance With Somebody), and actress (The Bodyguard), dies from an accidental bathtub drowning at 48

  • Feb 12 Zina Bethune, American actress, dies from hit and run at 66
  • Feb 12 David Kelly, Irish actor (Grandpa Joe-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fawlty Towers), dies of pneumonia and lung cancer at 82
  • Feb 12 John Severin, American 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 (Harper's Bazaar), 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 15 Lina Romay, Spanish actress (Conan the Barbarian), dies at 57
  • Feb 16 Gary Carter, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (11 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1986; Gold Glove Award 1980–82; Montreal Expos, NY Mets), 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 (Lyndon Johnson) 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 17 Michael Davis, American bass guitarist, and songwriter (MC5 -"Kick Out The Jams"), dies of liver failure at 68
  • 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 22 Mike Melvoin, American jazz and studio pianist, composer, and arranger, dies of cancer at 74
  • Feb 23 Bruce Surtees, American cinematographer (Dirty Harry, Lenny), dies at 74
  • Feb 24 Jan Berenstain [Janice Marian Grant], American author (The Berenstain Bears), dies from a stroke at 88
  • Feb 24 István Anhalt, Hungarian-Canadian classical and electronic music composer(La Tourangelle; Winthrop), educator (McGill; Queens (Ontario) Universities), and writer (Alternative Voices), 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 25 Erland Josephson, Swedish actor, dramatist and author (The Sacrifice, Utflykt), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88
  • Feb 25 Maurice André, French classical trumpeter and baroque revivalist, dies at 78
  • Feb 25 Louisiana Red [Iverson Minter], American blues guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("Sweet Blood Call"), dies of a stroke at 79
  • Feb 26 Rolf "Hazy" Osterwald, Swiss jazz bandleader, trumpeter, and vibraphonist, dies at 90
  • Feb 27 Tina Strobos, Dutch physician and resistor to Nazi occupation, dies from cancer at 91

Person of interestDavy Jones

Feb 29 Davy Jones, English musician (The Monkees), dies from heart attack at 66

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