Famous People Who Died in 2012 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 400 of 608

  • Mar 13 Jock Hobbs, New Zealand rugby union flanker and captain (21 Tests; Canterbury RU; Chairman NZRFU 2002-10), dies from leukemia at 52
  • Mar 14 Censu Tabone, President of Malta (1989-94), dies at 98
  • Mar 14 Pierre Schoendoerffer, French Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter (The Anderson Platoon), dies from surgical complications at 83
  • Mar 15 Dave Philley, American Major League Baseball switch-hitter, dies at 91
  • Mar 16 Estanislao Basora, Spanish footballer (The Monster of Colombes, 22 caps for Spain, 301 matches for Barcelona), dies at 85
  • Mar 17 Chaleo Yoovidhya, Thai co-creator of Red Bull energy drink, dies from natural causes at 88
  • 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 18 George Tupou V, King of Tonga, dies at 63
  • Mar 18 Jalal Zolfonun, Iranian composer (Gol-e Sadbarg), setar (Persian lute) player, and teacher, dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Mar 19 Israel "Ulu" Grosbard, Belgian-born American actor and director (Straight Time, Georgia, Falling in Love), dies at 83
  • 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 20 Mel Parnell, American MLB pitcher (Boston Red Sox, 1947-56), coach, and broadcaster, dies from cancer at 89
  • Mar 22 Haydn Tudor Evans, British high court judge, dies at 91
  • Mar 23 Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, President of Somalia, dies from liver failure at 77
  • Mar 24 Jocky Wilson, Scottish darts player (BDO World Champion 1982, 89), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 62
  • Mar 25 Bert Sugar, American sports writer (editor / publisher The Ring magazine; Sting like a Bee; The Ageless Warrior), dies from a cardiac arrest at 74
  • Mar 25 Larry Stevenson [Richard], American skateboard innovator, dies from pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • Mar 27 Adrienne Rich, American feminist poet and essayist (Diving into the Wreck), dies from complications of rheumatoid arthritis at 82
  • Mar 27 Hilton Kramer, American art critic, dies from heart failure at 84
  • Mar 27 Millôr Fernandes, Brazilian writer and playwright, dies at 88
  • Mar 27 Warren Stevens, American actor (Richard Boone Show), dies from lung disease at 92
  • Mar 28 Alexander Arutiunian, Armenian composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 28 Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass banjo player (Flatt & Scruggs - "Foggy Mountain Breakdown"; "Ballad of Jed Clampett"), dies from natural causes at 88
  • Mar 28 Hans van den Doel, Dutch politician and economist (PvdA), dies at 74
  • Mar 28 Harry Crews, American writer and actor (Indian Runner), dies from neuropathy at 76
  • Mar 28 John Arden, English novelist and playwright (Left Handed Liberty), dies at 81
  • Mar 29 Bill Jenkins, American engine builder and drag racer (Motorsports Hall of Fame of America), dies of heart failure at 81
  • Mar 30 Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater and 1960 Olympic gold medalist, dies at 74
  • Apr 1 Giorgio Chinaglia, Italian soccer striker (14 caps; Lazio, NY Cosmos), dies from heart attack at 65
  • Apr 1 Miguel de la Madrid, Mexican President, dies from complications of pulmonary emphysema at 77
  • Apr 2 Elizabeth Catlett, African-American sculptor and print maker (Mother and Child), dies at 96
  • Apr 4 Claude Miller, French director and screenwriter, dies at 70
  • Apr 5 Ferdinand A. Porsche, German car designer (Porsche 911), dies at 76
  • Apr 5 Jim Marshall, British business man and electric guitar amplifier pioneer known as "The Father of Loud", dies at 88
  • Apr 6 Bingu wa Mutharika, President of Malawi, dies from heart attack at 78
  • Apr 6 Fang Lizhi, Chinese astrophysicist/dissident, dies at 76
  • Apr 6 Thomas Kinkade, American artist, dies from acute intoxication at 54

Mike WallaceMike Wallace (1918-2012)

Apr 7 American journalist and media personality (Biography, 60 Minutes), dies of natural causes at 93

  • Apr 8 Jack Tramiel, Polish-American businessman (Commodore Computers), dies at 83
  • Apr 9 Mark Lenzi, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1992), dies at 43
  • Apr 10 Raymond Aubrac, French Resistance Leader, dies at 97
  • Apr 11 Ahmed Ben Bella, Algerian politician, first president of Algeria (1963-65), dies at 93
  • Apr 12 Andrew Love, American saxophonist (The Memphis Horns), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 70
  • Apr 12 George Mesterhazy, Hungarian-American jazz pianist, and arranger, dies at 56
  • Apr 14 Émile Bouchard, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 92
  • Apr 14 John Herbert "Jonathan" Frid, Canadian actor (Barnabas Collins-Dark Shadows), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • Apr 15 Charles Pringle, British air marshal, dies at 92
  • Apr 15 Joan Tozzer, American figure skater, dies at 90
  • Apr 15 Murray Rose, Australian Olympic gold winning swimmer, dies from leukemia at 73
  • Apr 16 Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller, Danish shipping Magnate, dies at 98
  • Apr 17 Dimitris Mitropanos, Greek singer, dies from a heart attack at 64

Dick ClarkDick Clark (1929-2012)

Apr 18 American radio and television personality (American Bandstand), dies from a heart attack at 82

  • Apr 18 Robert O. Ragland, American film score composer (The Thing With Two Heads), dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Greg Ham, Australian rock saxophonist and flutist (Men At Work - "Who Can It Be Now"), dies under mysterious circumstances at 58
  • Apr 19 Levon Helm, American drummer and singer (The Band - "Up On Cripple Creek"; "The Weight"), and actor (Coal Miner's Daughter; The Right Stuff), dies from throat cancer at 71
  • Apr 19 Valeri Vasiliev, Soviet ice hockey defenceman (2x Olympic gold, dies at 62
  • Apr 20 Bert Weedon, British jazz, pop, and blues guitar player ("Guitar Boogie Shuffle"), dies at 91
  • Apr 20 Peter Carsten, German actor and film producer actor (A Study in Terror, Mr Super Invisible), dies at 83
  • Apr 21 Charles Colson, Nixon adviser (Watergate), dies from a brain hemorrhage at 80
  • Apr 23 Chris Ethridge, American country rock bass guitarist (International Submarine Band; The Flying Burrito Brothers), dies from pancreatic cancer at 65
  • Apr 23 LeRoy T. Walker, American sports executive (first black president US Olympic Committee 1992-96), dies at 93
  • Apr 23 Tommy Marth, American rock saxophone player (the Killers, 2008-2010), dies of self-inflicted gunshot at 33
  • Apr 24 Nel Ginjaar-Maas, Dutch under-secretary of Education (VVD), dies at 80
  • Apr 27 Bill Skowron, American MLB player, dies from lung cancer at 81
  • Apr 28 Jackie Kelso [John Joseph Kelson Jr], American jazz saxophonist & session musician, dies at 90
  • Apr 28 Matilde Camus, Spanish poet & researcher, dies at 92
  • Apr 28 Patricia Medina, British actress (The Three Musketeers, High-Low), dies from natural causes at 92
  • Apr 29 Amarillo Slim, American professional poker player, dies at 83
  • Apr 29 Jim McCrary, American photographer (album covers such as Tapestry, Ticket to Ride), dies of a chronic nervous system disorder at 72
  • Apr 29 Shukri Ghanem, Libyan Prime Minister, dies at 69
  • Apr 30 George Murdock, American actor, dies at 81
  • May 1 Charles "skip" Pitts, American soul and blues guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 65
  • May 2 Junior Seau, American Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker (12 x Pro Bowl; 6 × First-team All-Pro; NFL Defensive Player of the Year 1992; SD Chargers), commits suicide at 43
  • May 2 Zvi Zeitlin, Russian-American classical violinist and music professor (Eastman School, 1967-2012), dies at 90

Adam YauchAdam Yauch (1964-2012)

May 4 American rap-rock vocalist (Beastie Boys -"(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)"), dies from cancer at 47

  • May 4 Mort Lindsey [Lippman], American pianist, arranger, musical director (Judy Garland, 1961-64; Merv Griffin Show, 1962-86; Barbra Streisand, 1968), and composer, dies at 89
  • May 5 "Sweet Joe" Russell, American a cappella singer (The Persuasions - "Slip Sliding Away"), dies at 72 [1]
  • May 5 Raman Surendranath, Indian cricket fast bowler (11 Tests, 26 wickets), dies at 75
  • May 6 George Lindsey, American actor (Andy Griffith Show -"Goober"), dies at 83
  • May 8 Maurice Sendak, American author and illustrator, dies at 83
  • May 8 Nicholas Katzenbach, American Attorney General, dies at 90

Vidal SassoonVidal Sassoon (1928-2012)

May 9 British-American hair stylist and CEO of Vidal Sasson, dies from leukemia at 84

  • May 10 Carroll Shelby, American automobile designer, dies at 89
  • May 10 Evelyn Johnson, American pilot (most flying hours - 57,685), dies at 102
  • May 13 Donald "Duck" Dunn, American bassist (Booker T & The MG's; Stax Records house band; The Blues Brothers), dies at 70
  • May 14 Derek Hammond-Stroud, English operatic baritone, dies at 86
  • May 15 Carlos Fuentes, Mexican author (The Death of Artemio Cruz), dies from a haemorrhage at 83
  • May 15 Jean Craighead George, American writer (Julie of the Wolves), dies at 92
  • May 16 Doug Dillard, American country rock musician (The Dillards, Gene Clark, Dillard & Clark) and actor (Clem-Popeye), dies of a lung infection caused by a collapsed lung at 75
  • May 16 James Abdnor, American senator, dies at 89

Donna SummerDonna Summer (1948-2012)

May 17 American disco and pop singer-songwriter ("Love to Love You, Baby"; "On The Radio"; "Last Dance"), dies from lung cancer at 63

  • May 18 Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, German baritone (Doktor Faust), dies at 86
  • May 19 Bob Boozer, College/Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1960), dies of a brain aneurysm at 75
  • May 20 Abdel Basset Ali Al-Megrahi, convicted bomber (Pan Am 103), dies from prostate cancer at 60
  • May 20 Robert Nix, American drummer and songwriter (Roy Orbison; Atlanta Rhythm Section - "So Into You"; "Imaginary Lover"), dies at 67

Robin GibbRobin Gibb (1949-2012)

May 20 English rock-pop-disco singer-songwriter and producer (Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever), dies from colon and liver cancer at 62

  • May 22 Wesley Brown, 1st African American US Naval Academy graduate, dies at 85
  • May 23 Joseph Lesniewski, American Easy Company, soldier in 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 29 (Arthel) "Doc" Watson, American Grammy Award-winning bluegrass, folk, and blues guitarist, songwriter, and singer, dies from complications following surgery at 89
  • May 29 Mark Minkov, Russian/Soviet theater and film score composer, dies at 67
  • May 30 Andrew Huxley, British physiologist and Nobel laureate, dies at 94
  • May 30 Jack Twyman, American Hall of Fame basketball player, dies from complications from blood cancer at 78
  • Jun 2 Kathryn Joosten, american actress, dies from lung cancer at 72
  • Jun 2 Richard Dawson, British-American actor, comedian, and game show host (Hogan's Heroes, Family Feud), dies from esophageal cancer at 79
  • Jun 4 George Marino, American Grammy Award-winning mastering engineer (Guns N' Roses; Bon Jovi; Stevie Wonder; John Lennon & Yoko Ono), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • Jun 4 Herb Reed, American pop singer (The Platters - "Only You"; "The Great Pretender"), dies from multiple medical complications at 83
  • Jun 4 Pedro Borbón, Dominican baseball pitcher (World Series 1975, 76; Cincinnati Reds), dies from cancer at 65
  • Jun 5 Barry Unsworth, British novelist, dies from lung cancer at 81
  • Jun 5 Ray Bradbury, American author (Fahrenheit 451), dies at 91
  • Jun 6 Vladimir Krutov, Russian ice hockey forward (Canada Cup 1981; Olympic gold 1984, 88; World C'ship gold 1981, 82, 83, 86, 89; Vancouver Canucks 1989-90), dies from liver failure at 52
  • Jun 7 Bob Welch, American musician (Fleetwood Mac), commits suicide by gunshot at 66
  • Jun 7 Nabil Totah, Palestinian-American jazz double bassist, dies at 72
  • Jun 7 Phillip Tobias, South African palaeoanthropologist and three time Nobel Prize nominee (hominid fossil sites), dies at 86
  • Jun 8 Frank Cady, American actor (The Beverly Hillbillies; Petticoat Junction; Green Acres - all as "Sam Drucker"), dies at 96
  • Jun 11 Ann Rutherford, Canadian actress (Gone With The Wind; Whistling in the Dark), dies from heart disease at 94
  • Jun 11 Norman F Lent, American republican Congressman, dies from cancer at 81
  • Jun 11 Teofilo Stevenson, Cuban Heavyweight boxer, dies from a heart attack at 60

Henry HillHenry Hill (1943-2012)

Jun 12 American mobster and FBI informant (inspired Goodfellas), dies from a heart condition at 69

  • Jun 13 Graeme Bell, Australian pianist and composer, dies at 97
  • Jun 13 William S. Knowles, American chemist and Nobel laureate, dies from complications from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis at 95
  • Jun 14 Dumitru Capoianu, Romanian conductor and classical and film composer (The Little Man), dies at 82
  • Jun 16 Alasdair Fraser, Scottish-born Northern Irish lawyer, director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland, dies at 65

Rodney KingRodney King (1965-2012)

Jun 17 African American motorist beaten by Los Angeles police officers, dies in an accidental drowning at 47

  • Jun 18 Alketas Panagoulias, Greek footballer and coach, dies at 78
  • Jun 18 Victor Spinetti, Welsh actor (A Hard Day's Night, Help!), dies from prostate cancer at 82 [1]
  • Jun 19 Richard Lynch, American actor, dies at 76 (body found on this date)
  • Jun 20 Andrew Sarris, American movie critic (Village Voice), dies at 83
  • Jun 20 LeRoy Neiman, American painter, dies at 91
  • Jun 21 Richard Adler, American musical theater composer and songwriter (Pajama Game; Damn Yankees)), dies at 90
  • Jun 22 Fernie Flaman [Ferdinand], Canadian Hall of Fame NHL player, dies at 85
  • Jun 23 Alan McDonald, Northern Irish soccer defender (52 caps; QPR 476 games), dies from a heart attack at 48
  • Jun 24 John Morgan, British ambassador (to Mexico), dies at 83
  • Jun 24 Lonesome George, Pinta giant tortoise and rarest creature in the world, dies at c. 100
  • Jun 26 Ann Curtis, American Olympic swimmer, dies at 86

Nora EphronNora Ephron (1941-2012)

Jun 26 American novelist (Heartburn), screenwriter (Silkwood; When Harry Met Sally), and director (Sleepless In Seattle), dies from pneumonia, as a complication of leukemia, at 71

  • Jun 27 Don Grady [Agrati], American actor (Robbie Douglas-My Three Sons), dies from cancer at 68
  • Jun 28 Éric Gaudibert, Swiss composer, pianist, and teacher, dies at 75

Yitzhak ShamirYitzhak Shamir (1915-2012)

Jun 30 Israeli Prime Minister (1983–84, 1986–1992) and Zionist, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 96

  • Jul 1 Evelyn Lear, American operatic soprano, dies at 86
  • Jul 1 Loyd Gentry, American thoroughbred trainer (Kentucky Derby 1967 Proud Clarion), dies of heart failure at 86
  • Jul 2 Ben Davidson, American actor (Rhino-Ball Four, Code R) and football player, dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • Jul 3 Andy Griffith, American actor, comedian, television producer, Southern gospel singer, and writer (Andy Griffith Show, Matlock), dies from a heart attack at 86
  • Jul 4 Eric Sykes, British radio, stage and television comedy writer, actor and director (Goon Show, Sykes and A...), dies at 89
  • Jul 4 Jimmy Bivins [James], American Hall of Fame boxer, dies from pneumonia at 92
  • Jul 4 Larance Marable, American jazz drummer (Charlie Haden's Quartet West; Stan Getz; Groove Holmes), dies at 83
  • Jul 6 Charles David Ganao, Prime Minister of the Republic of the Congo, dies at 85

Ernest BorgnineErnest Borgnine (1917-2012)

Jul 8 American actor (Ice station Zebra, Marty), dies from renal failure at 95

  • Jul 9 Eugênio de Araújo Sales, Brazilian Roman Catholic cardinal, dies at 91
  • Jul 9 Terepai Maoate, Prime Minister of the Cook Islands, dies from prostate cancer at 78
  • Jul 12 Alimuddin, Pakistani cricket batsman (25 Tests, 2 x 100s, 7 x 50s; Rajputana, Karachi), dies at 81
  • Jul 13 Jerzy Kulej, Polish light welterweight boxer and politician, dies from a heart attack at 71
  • Jul 13 Richard Darryl Zanuck, American Academy Award-winning film producer, dies from a heart attack at 77
  • Jul 14 Sixten Jernberg, Swedish skier, dies at 83
  • Jul 15 Celeste Holm, American actress (Gentleman's Agreement, All About Eve), dies at 95
  • Jul 16 Bob Babbitt [Kreinar], Hungarian-American bassist (The Funk Brothers), dies of brain cancer at 74
  • Jul 16 Jon Lord, English keyboardist and composer (Deep Purple - "Smoke On The Water"; Whitesnake), dies from a pulmonary embolism at 71
  • Jul 16 Kitty Wells [Ellen Deason], American country singer ("It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels"), dies from complications after a stroke at 92
  • Jul 17 Ilhan Mimaroglu, Turkish electronic music composer and musician, dies at 86
  • Jul 17 William Raspberry, American columnist (Pulitzer 1994), dies at 76
  • Jul 18 Rajesh Khanna, Indian Bollywood actor officially titled "The First Superstar of Indian cinema", dies of kidney problems at 69
  • Jul 19 Omar Suleiman, Egyptian general and intelligence officer, dies from a heart attack at 76
  • Jul 20 Dorothy Germain Porter, American golfer (US Curtis Cup winning captain 1966), dies at 88
  • Jul 20 Simon Ward, English actor, dies at 70
  • Jul 20 Sir Alastair Burnet [James William Alexander Burnet], British journalist and broadcaster (News at Ten), dies at 84
  • Jul 21 Alexander Cockburn, Scottish-born American journalist, dies from cancer at 72
  • Jul 21 Don Wilson, English cricket fast bowler (6 Tests, 11 wickets; Yorkshire CCC), dies at 74
  • Jul 21 James D. Ramage, American Naval Aviator in World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Cold War, dies at 96
  • Jul 22 George A. Miller, American psychologist, dies at 92
  • Jul 22 Nan Merriman, American-Dutch singer (Arturo Toscanini NBC Orchestra), dies at 92
  • Jul 23 Robert Cage, American blues guitarist (From Lake Mary), dies at 75

Sally RideSally Ride (1951-2012)

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

  • Jul 24 Chad Everett [Raymon Lee Cramton], American actor (Medical Center, Airplane II), dies from lung cancer at 75
  • Jul 24 John Atta Mills, Ghanaian President, dies at 68
  • Jul 24 Robert Ledley, American scientist (invented the CT scanner), dies at 86
  • Jul 24 Sherman Hemsley, American actor (All in the Family; The Jeffersons; Amen), dies from natural causes at 74
  • Jul 26 Franz West, Austrian artist, dies at 65
  • Jul 27 Geoffrey Hughes, British actor, dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • Jul 27 Norman Alden, American character actor (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden), dies from natural causes at 87
  • Jul 27 R G Armstrong [Robert Golden], American actor (Predator, Dick Tracey, T.H.E. Cat), dies of natural causes at 95
  • Jul 27 Tony Martin, American singer, dies from natural causes at 98
  • Jul 30 Maeve Binchy [Snell], Irish novelist (Light a Penny Candle), dies at 72
  • Jul 31 Bobby Edwards [Moncrief], American country singer-songwriter ("You're The Reason"), dies at 86
  • Jul 31 Gore Vidal, American author (Myra Breckinridge; Lincoln), dies from pneumonia at 86
  • Aug 1 Douglas Townsend, American composer, dies at 90
  • Aug 2 Jimmy Jones, American singer-songwriter ("Handy Man"), dies at 75
  • Aug 2 Marguerite Piazza, American operatic soprano (Young Broadway), dies at 86
  • Aug 4 Arnie Risen, Basketball Hall of Fame center (NBA All Star 1952-55; NBA C'ship 1951, 57; Rochester Royals, Boston Celtics), dies at 87
  • Aug 6 Dan Roundfield, American basketball forward (3-time NBA All Star), dies from drowning at 59
  • Aug 6 Marvin Hamlisch, American composer and conductor (The Sting; A Chorus Line), dies at 68
  • Aug 6 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), dies at 74
  • Aug 6 Ruggiero Ricci, American composer and violinist (Paganini), dies from heart failure at 94
  • Aug 6 Sir Bernard Lovell, English radio astronomer, dies at 98
  • Aug 7 Judith Crist, American film critic (TV Guide, Today), dies at 90
  • Aug 10 Al Freeman Jr, American actor, dies at 78
  • Aug 10 Carlo Rambaldi, Italian Special effects artist, dies at 86
  • Aug 11 Carlo Curley, American classical concert organist dies at 59