On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 2012 (Part 3)

Deaths 401 - 580 of 580

  • 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

  • Sep 1 Smarck Michel, Haitian Prime Minister (1994-95), dies from a brain tumour
  • Sep 1 Hal David, American lyricist (Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head), dies at 91
  • Sep 1 Sat Mahajan, Indian politician (Rural Development Minister), dies at 85
  • Sep 2 Mark Abrahamian, guitarist (Starship), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • Sep 3 Michael Clarke Duncan, American actor (The Green Mile), dies from respiratory failure at 54
  • Sep 3 Sun Myung Moon, South Korean evangelist (Unification Church), dies at 92
  • Sep 4 Ian Parrott, British-Welsh composer (The Black Ram), dies at 96
  • Sep 5 Joe South, American singer-songwriter and guitarist ("Games People Play"; "Walk A Mile In My Shoes"), dies from heart failure at 72
  • Sep 6 Art Modell [Arthur Bertram], American businessman (Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens, Modells Stores), dies from heart failure at 87 (b. 1925)
  • Sep 6 Jake Eberts, Canadian film producer (Chariots of Fire, Dances with Wolves), dies from cancer at 71
  • Sep 7 Dorothy "Dottie" McGuire, American pop vocalist (McGuire Sisters - "Sincerely"; "Sugartime"), dies at 84
  • Sep 8 Bill Moggridge [William], British designer, dies from cancer at 69
  • Sep 9 Ron Taylor, Australian shark expert and cinematographer, dies from myeloid leukemia at 78
  • Sep 9 Verghese Kurien, Indian engineer (billion-litre idea), dies from kidney failure at 90
  • Sep 10 Steven Springer, American guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 60
  • Sep 10 Lance LeGault, American actor (The A-Team), dies at 75
  • Sep 11 Sergio Livingstone, Chilean football player and journalist, dies from natural causes at 92
  • Sep 13 Peter Lougheed, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Alberta), dies at 84
  • Sep 13 William Duckworth, American composer (Time Curve Preludes), teacher (Bucknell, 1973-2011), and internet pioneer (PitchWeb), dies of pancreatic cancer at 69
  • Sep 14 Louis Simpson, Jamaican-American poet (Good News of Death), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89

  • Sep 16 John Ingle, American actor (Edward Quartermaine-General Hospital), dies from cancer at 84
  • Sep 16 Ragnhild Alexandra [Princess Ragnhild, Mrs Lorentzen], Norwegian princess, dies of cancer at 82
  • Sep 17 Russell E. Train, American environmentalist and administrator (EPA, WWF), dies at 92

Person of interestSteve Sabol

Sep 18 Steve Sabol, American filmmaker, dies from brain cancer at 69

Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films Steve Sabol
Filmmaker and Founder of NFL Films
Steve Sabol
  • Sep 18 Jack Kralick, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1964; no hitter 1962; Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Indians), dies from complications of strokes at 77
  • Sep 23 Corrie Sanders, South African boxer, shot dead at 46

Person of interestAndy Williams

Sep 25 Andy Williams, American singer (Moon River, Andy Williams Show), dies from bladder cancer at 84

Singer and TV Host Andy Williams
Singer and TV Host
Andy Williams
  • Sep 26 Johnny Lewis, American actor, dies from injuries from a fall at 28
  • Sep 27 R. B. Greaves, American singer, dies from prostate cancer at 68
  • Sep 27 Eddie Bert, American bebop jazz trombonist, dies at 90
  • Sep 27 Herbert Lom, Czech-born British actor (Pink Panther, Dorian Gray), dies at 95
  • Sep 30 Barbara Ann Scott, Canadian figure skater (Olympic gold 1948, World champion 1947-48), dies at 84
  • Sep 30 Turhan Bey [Sahultavy], Austrian-born actor dubbed "The Turkish Delight" (Arabian Nights, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves), dies from Parkinson's disease at 90
  • Sep 30 César Bolaños, Peruvian musician and composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 1 Eric J. Hobsbawm, British Marxist historian, dies from pneumonia at 95
  • Oct 5 Keith H.S. Campbell, British biologist, dies at 58
  • Oct 6 Chadli Bendjedid, Algerian president, dies from cancer at 83
  • Oct 6 Raoul de Keyser, Flemish painter, dies at 82
  • Oct 7 John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 76
  • Oct 7 Mervyn Dymally, Trinidadian-born American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1981-93), dies at 86
  • Oct 9 Harris Savides, American cinematographer., dies from brain cancer at 55
  • Oct 9 Theo Olof, German-Dutch violinist and concert master, dies at 88
  • Oct 10 Alex Karras, American NFL player, dies from kidney failure at 77
  • Oct 10 Kyaw Zaw, Burmese politician and soldier, dies at 92
  • Oct 11 John Junior "Champ" Summers, American MLB player, dies from kidney cancer at 66
  • Oct 13 Gary Collins, American actor (6th Sense, Home Show), dies from natural causes at 74
  • Oct 13 Helmut Haller, German footballer, dies from Parkinson's disease and dementia at 73
  • Oct 13 Marc Awodey, American artist and writer, dies at 51
  • Oct 14 Kyle Bennett, American BMX racer, dies in a traffic collision at 33
  • Oct 14 Arlen Specter, American Senator (Republican-PA, 1981- 2011), dies at 82

Person of interestNorodom Sihanouk

Oct 15 Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia, dies from a heart attack at 89

King of Cambodia Norodom Sihanouk
King of Cambodia
Norodom Sihanouk
  • Oct 15 Claude Cheysson, French politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs), dies at 92
  • Oct 16 Eddie Yost, American MLB player, dies from cardiovascular disease at 86
  • Oct 17 Sylvia Maria Kristel, Dutch actress, dies from throat and liver cancer at 60
  • Oct 17 Stanford Robert Ovshinsky, American inventor and scientist, dies from prostate cancer at 89
  • Oct 18 David Spencer Ware, American free jazz saxophonist, dies at 62
  • Oct 19 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1948, 51, 55; Tour of Flanders 1949, 50, 51), dies from an aneurysm at 91
  • Oct 21 George McGovern, American politician and Presidential candidate (D-1972), dies at 90
  • Oct 21 Yash Chopra, Indian director (Waqt), dies from dengue fever and multiple organ failure at 80
  • Oct 21 Dann Cahn, American film editor, dies of natural causes at 89
  • Oct 22 Russell Means, Native American activist, dies from esophageal cancer at 72
  • Oct 22 Wilson Whineray, New Zealand All Black rugby player (1957-65), dies at 77
  • Oct 22 Arthur Jensen, American psychologist, dies at 89
  • Oct 24 Anita Björk, Swedish actress (Miss Julie, Loving Couples, Night People), dies at 89
  • Oct 24 Margaret Osborne DuPont, American tennis player (6-time Grand Slam singles winner), dies at 94
  • Oct 24 Jeff Blatnick, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), dies at 55
  • Oct 25 Jacques Barzun, French author (The House of Intellect), dies at 104
  • Oct 25 John Connelly, English footballer (20 English caps), dies from cancer at 74
  • Oct 27 Hans Werner Henze, German composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 27 Terry Callier, American soul, folk and jazz guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("What Color Is Love"), dies of cancer at 67
  • Oct 28 Jack Dellal, British property investor/multi-millionaire, dies from natural causes at 83
  • Oct 31 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler (Greco-Roman Bantamweight Olympic Gold 1956), dies at 82
  • Oct 31 Brian Cobby, British actor (Evita, The Nudist Story) and the first male voice of the British speaking clock, dies from health complications at 83
  • Nov 1 Pascual Pérez, Dominican baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1983; Atlanta Braves), dies during apparent home robbery at 55
  • Nov 2 Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1956), dies from prostate cancer and diabetes at 78

  • Nov 3 Tommy Godwin, British track cyclist (Great Britain coach; 2 x Olympic bronze 1948; President British Cycling Federation), dies at 91
  • Nov 4 Ted Curson, American jazz trumpeter, dies from a heart attack at 77
  • Nov 5 Charles V. Bush, African-American pioneer (1st African-American US Air Force Academy Graduate and US Supreme Court Page), dies from colon cancer at 72
  • Nov 5 Elliott Carter, American composer, dies from natural causes at 103
  • Nov 5 Stalking Cat [Dennis Avner], American body modifier, dies at 54
  • Nov 6 Clive Dunn, British actor (Dad's Army, The Avengers), dies from complications following an operation at 92
  • Nov 6 M-16 [Ernest Mateen], American cruiserweight boxing champion, dies at 46
  • Nov 7 Carmen Basilio, American boxer (World Welterweight tile 1955-56; Middleweight title 1957-58), dies from pneumonia at 85
  • Nov 7 Cleve Duncan, American rocker (The Penguins-Earth Angel), dies at 78
  • Nov 8 Lucille Bliss, American voice actress (Cinderella, The Secret of NIMH), dies from natural causes at 96
  • Nov 8 Lee MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (AL President), dies at 95
  • Nov 9 Bill Tarmey, English actor (Coronation Street), dies at 71
  • Nov 9 Major Harris, American R&B singer (Love Won't Let Me Wait), dies from congestive heart and lung failure at 65
  • Nov 11 Rex Hunt, British diplomat and Governor of the Falkland Islands (1982-1985), dies at 86
  • Nov 12 Sergio Oliva, American body builder (The Myth, IFBB Mr. Olympia, 1967-9), dies at 71
  • Nov 14 Brian Davies, Australia Rugby League player, dies at 82
  • Nov 14 Ahmed Jabari, Palestinian political activist, killed by an airstrike at 53
  • Nov 16 Bob Scott, New Zealand Rugby player, dies at 91
  • Nov 17 Margaret Yorke, English crime fiction writer, dies at 88
  • Nov 18 Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya, Russian Woman Grandmaster of chess, dies from brain cancer at 55
  • Nov 18 Philip Ledger, British organist, composer, conductor, and academic (King's College Cambridge), dies of cancer at 74
  • Nov 19 Boris Strugatsky, Soviet-Russian science fiction author (Tale of Troika), dies at 79
  • Nov 20 William Grut, Swedish pentathlete, dies at 98
  • Nov 22 Bryce Courtenay, South African-born Australian novelist, dies from stomach cancer at 79
  • Nov 23 Larry Hagman, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, Dallas), dies of complications from throat cancer at 81
  • Nov 24 Héctor Camacho, Puerto Rican boxer (WBC super featherweight 1983-84, WBC lightweight 1985-87, WBO jr. welterweight twice 1989-1992), dies from gunshot wounds at 50
  • Nov 24 Christopher "Chris" Stamp, British music producer, psychodrama therapist and manager (The Who, Jimi Hendrix), dies of cancer at 70
  • Nov 25 Lars Hörmander, Swedish mathematician, dies at 81
  • Nov 25 Dinah Sheridan, British actress (Genevieve, The Railway Children, Don't Wait Up), dies at 92
  • Nov 25 David Sexton, English football manager, dies at 82

  • Nov 26 Joseph Murray, English plastic surgeon, dies from a hemorrhagic stroke at 93
  • Nov 27 Marvin Miller, American baseball executive (Major League Baseball Players Association 1966-1982), dies at 95
  • Nov 27 Mickey Baker, American guitar player ("Love is strange"), dies at 87
  • Nov 27 Jan Maegaard, Danish composer and musicologist (Triptykon), dies at 86
  • Nov 28 Franco Ventriglia, American opera singer, dies at 90
  • Nov 29 Merv Pregulman, American NFL line backer (Green Bay Packers), dies at 90
  • Nov 30 I. K. [Inder Kumar] Gujral, Indian politician, Prime Minister of India (1997-98), dies at 92
  • Nov 30 Munir Malik, Pakistani cricket pace bowler (3 Tests 1959-62), dies at 78
  • 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