Notable Deaths 2012

Jack Klugman, famous for starring in "The Odd Couple," died at age 90. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
Jack Klugman
Jack Klugman, famous for starring in "The Odd Couple," died at age 90. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
Jack Klugman, famous for starring in "The Odd Couple," died at age 90. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
Legendary crooner Andy Williams died on Sept. 25, 2012 in Branson, MO. He was 84. (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Andy Williams Legendary crooner Andy Williams died on Sept. 25, 2012 in Branson, MO. He was 84. (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Duncan passed away on September 3, 2012 while being treated for a July heart attack..  (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
Michael Clarke Duncan Duncan passed away on September 3, 2012 while being treated for a July heart attack.. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Ben E. King and Hal David attend the Songwriters Hall of Fame 43rd Annual induction and awards at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 14, 2012 in New York City.  (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame) David died on September 1, 2012 at the age of 91.
Songwriters Hall Of Fame 43rd Annual Induction And Awards - Backstage NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 14: Ben E. King and Hal David attend the Songwriters Hall of Fame 43rd Annual induction and awards at The New York Marriott Marquis on June 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Gary Gershoff/Getty Images for Songwriters Hall Of Fame) David died on September 1, 2012 at the age of 91.
Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty, who managed Sean “Diddy” Combs, 50 Cent and others was found dead Aug. 30 in an apparent suicide, according to the NYPD.  (credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Entertainment)
Chris Lighty Hip-hop mogul Chris Lighty, who managed Sean “Diddy” Combs, 50 Cent and others was found dead Aug. 30 in an apparent suicide, according to the NYPD. (credit: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Entertainment)
Astronaut Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11 and the first human to walk on the moon, died on August 25, 2012 at the age of 82. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Astronauts, Scientists Testify At Hearing On Future Of Human Spaceflight Astronaut Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11 and the first human to walk on the moon, died on August 25, 2012 at the age of 82. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Director Tony Scott apparently leaped to his death on Aug. 19, 2012. Scott directed such Hollywood blockbusters as "Top Gun," `'Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II." He was the younger brother of producer-director Ridley Scott. (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Tony Scott Director Tony Scott apparently leaped to his death on Aug. 19, 2012. Scott directed such Hollywood blockbusters as "Top Gun," `'Days of Thunder" and "Beverly Hills Cop II." He was the younger brother of producer-director Ridley Scott. (credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Actor Ron Palillo, who played Horshack on "Welcome Back, Kotter," died on Aug. 14, 2012 at his Florida home. He was 63. (credit:  Rob Loud/Getty Images)
Ron Palillo Actor Ron Palillo, who played Horshack on "Welcome Back, Kotter," died on Aug. 14, 2012 at his Florida home. He was 63. (credit: Rob Loud/Getty Images)
Helen Gurley Brown died at age 90 on August 13. She was remembered as the iconic editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and the author of "Sex and the Single Girl." (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Helen Gurley Brown Helen Gurley Brown died at age 90 on August 13. She was remembered as the iconic editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and the author of "Sex and the Single Girl." (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
"Chorus Line" and "Sting" composer Marvin Hamlisch died on Aug. 6, 2012. He was 68. (credit: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
Marvin Hamlisch "Chorus Line" and "Sting" composer Marvin Hamlisch died on Aug. 6, 2012. He was 68. (credit: Gary Gershoff/Getty Images)
Sherman Hemsley, best known for his role as George Jefferson in the 70's sitcom "The Jeffersons" died July 24. He was 74. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Sherman Hemsley Sherman Hemsley, best known for his role as George Jefferson in the 70's sitcom "The Jeffersons" died July 24. He was 74. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
NASA astronaut Sally K. Ride, the Space Shuttle Challenger crew member, poses in January 1983 in Johnson Space Center, Houston. Ride, the first American woman in space, died from pancreatic cancer on July 23, 2012. She was 61. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
NASA astronaut Sally K. Ride NASA astronaut Sally K. Ride, the Space Shuttle Challenger crew member, poses in January 1983 in Johnson Space Center, Houston. Ride, the first American woman in space, died from pancreatic cancer on July 23, 2012. She was 61. (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Andy Griffith died on July 3, 2012. He was 86. (credit: Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)
Andy Griffith Actor Andy Griffith died on July 3, 2012. He was 86. (credit: Matthew Peyton/Getty Images)
Nora Ephron, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker and director behind such hits as "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle," died June 26. She was 71. (credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images Entertainment)
Nora Ephron Nora Ephron, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker and director behind such hits as "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle," died June 26. She was 71. (credit: Cindy Ord/Getty Images Entertainment)
Artist LeRoy Nieman (credit:  Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USOC)
Artist LeRoy Nieman
Artist LeRoy Nieman signs autographs at the 100 Days to Vancouver Celebration on November 4, 2009 at the Rockefeller Center in New York City. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USOC)
Artist LeRoy Nieman (credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USOC)
Disco queen Donna Summer, whose pulsing anthems such as "Last Dance,'' "Love to Love You Baby'' and "Bad Girls'' became the soundtrack for a glittery age of sex, drugs, dance and flashy clothes, died May 17. She was 63. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images Entertainment)
Donna Summer Disco queen Donna Summer, whose pulsing anthems such as "Last Dance,'' "Love to Love You Baby'' and "Bad Girls'' became the soundtrack for a glittery age of sex, drugs, dance and flashy clothes, died May 17. She was 63. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images Entertainment)
The body of Mary Kennedy, 52, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., was discovered in her Mount Kisco home on May 16, and suicide is believed to be the cause of death. (credit:  Michael Buckner, Getty Images Entertainment)
Mary Kennedy The body of Mary Kennedy, 52, the estranged wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr., was discovered in her Mount Kisco home on May 16, and suicide is believed to be the cause of death. (credit: Michael Buckner, Getty Images Entertainment)
Maurice Sendak, the children's book author and illustrator of "Where the Wild Things Are'' and "In the Night Kitchen,'' died on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. He was 83. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Maurice Sendak Maurice Sendak, the children's book author and illustrator of "Where the Wild Things Are'' and "In the Night Kitchen,'' died on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. He was 83. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Artist Thomas Kinkade, (pictured, right) whose brushwork paintings of idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches have been big sellers for dealers across the United States, died April 6 at age 54. (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment)
Thomas Kinkade Artist Thomas Kinkade, (pictured, right) whose brushwork paintings of idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches have been big sellers for dealers across the United States, died April 6 at age 54. (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment)
Legendary CBS Newsman Mike Wallace, who won his 21st and final Emmy Award at 89, died April 7 in the New Canaan, Conn., care facility where he had lived the last few years of his life. He was 93.
Mike Wallace Legendary CBS Newsman Mike Wallace, who won his 21st and final Emmy Award at 89, died April 7 in the New Canaan, Conn., care facility where he had lived the last few years of his life. He was 93.
Conservative media publisher Andrew Breitbart, who was behind investigations that led to the resignations of former Rep. Anthony Weiner and former U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, died in Los Angeles on March 1, 2012. He was 43. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Andrew Breitbart Conservative media publisher Andrew Breitbart, who was behind investigations that led to the resignations of former Rep. Anthony Weiner and former U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, died in Los Angeles on March 1, 2012. He was 43. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Davy Jones, lead singer of The Monkees, died on February 29, 2012. He was 66.
Davy Jones Davy Jones, lead singer of The Monkees, died on February 29, 2012. He was 66.
Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, whose single for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball, died Feb. 16. He was 57.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Gary Carter Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter, whose single for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball, died Feb. 16. He was 57. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
The Grammy winning singer died Feb. 11 after drowning in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Her death has been ruled as accidental and coroner's officials cited heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors. (credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Entertainment)
Whitney Houston The Grammy winning singer died Feb. 11 after drowning in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Her death has been ruled as accidental and coroner's officials cited heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors. (credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Entertainment)
Actor Ben Gazzara died in Manhattan from pancreatic cancer on Feb. 3, 2012. He was 81. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Ben Gazzara Actor Ben Gazzara died in Manhattan from pancreatic cancer on Feb. 3, 2012. He was 81. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Soul Train creator Don Cornelius was found dead in his Sherman Oaks home on Feb. 1, 2012. He was 75. (credit: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Don Cornelius Soul Train creator Don Cornelius was found dead in his Sherman Oaks home on Feb. 1, 2012. He was 75. (credit: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Robert Hegyes, the actor best known for playing Jewish Puerto Rican student Juan Epstein on the 1970s TV show "Welcome Back Kotter'' died Jan. 27. He was 60. (credit: IMDB)
Robert Hegyes Robert Hegyes, the actor best known for playing Jewish Puerto Rican student Juan Epstein on the 1970s TV show "Welcome Back Kotter'' died Jan. 27. He was 60. (credit: IMDB)
Joe Paterno, who racked up more wins than anyone else in major college football but was fired from Penn State amid a child sex abuse scandal died Jan 22. He was 85. (credit: Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
Joe Paterno Joe Paterno, who racked up more wins than anyone else in major college football but was fired from Penn State amid a child sex abuse scandal died Jan 22. He was 85. (credit: Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
Nyack native Marty Springstead, who at the age of 36 in 1973 became the youngest umpire crew chief in World Series history, died Jan. 17. He was 74. (credit: eBay)
Marty Springstead Nyack native Marty Springstead, who at the age of 36 in 1973 became the youngest umpire crew chief in World Series history, died Jan. 17. He was 74. (credit: eBay)
Jimmy Castor, a New York funk and soul saxophonist, singer and songwriter whose tune, ``It's Just Begun,'' morphed over 40 years into an anthem for generations of hip-hoppers and mainstream musical acts, died of apparent heart failure in a Las Vegas hospital Jan. 17. He was 71. (credit: Jimmycastor.com)
Jimmy Castor Jimmy Castor, a New York funk and soul saxophonist, singer and songwriter whose tune, ``It's Just Begun,'' morphed over 40 years into an anthem for generations of hip-hoppers and mainstream musical acts, died of apparent heart failure in a Las Vegas hospital Jan. 17. He was 71. (credit: Jimmycastor.com)
Mel Goldstein, a popular and folksy weather forecaster on Connecticut's WTNH-TV and a former professor of meteorology at Western Connecticut State University, died Jan. 18 following a long battle with multiple myeloma. He was 66. (credit: WTNH.com)
Dr. Mel Goldstein Mel Goldstein, a popular and folksy weather forecaster on Connecticut's WTNH-TV and a former professor of meteorology at Western Connecticut State University, died Jan. 18 following a long battle with multiple myeloma. He was 66. (credit: WTNH.com)
Johnny Otis, who made the R&B classic ``Willie and the Hand Jive'' and evangelized black music to white audiences as a bandleader and radio host, died Jan. 17 in California at age 90. (credit: Johnnyotisworld.com)
Johnny Otis Johnny Otis, who made the R&B classic ``Willie and the Hand Jive'' and evangelized black music to white audiences as a bandleader and radio host, died Jan. 17 in California at age 90. (credit: Johnnyotisworld.com)
Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke died Jan. 19, nine days after crashing at the bottom of the superpipe during a training run in Utah. She was 29. (Photo credit: JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Sarah Burke Canadian freestyle skier Sarah Burke died Jan. 19, nine days after crashing at the bottom of the superpipe during a training run in Utah. She was 29. (Photo credit: JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP/Getty Images)
Etta James, the feisty R&B singer whose raw, passionate vocals anchored many hits and made the yearning ballad ``At Last'' an enduring anthem for weddings, commercials and even President Obama, died Friday, Jan. 20. She was 73. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Etta James Etta James, the feisty R&B singer whose raw, passionate vocals anchored many hits and made the yearning ballad ``At Last'' an enduring anthem for weddings, commercials and even President Obama, died Friday, Jan. 20. She was 73. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Dick Clark, the television host who helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand,'' died on April 18. He was 82. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ATI)
Dick Clark Dick Clark, the television host who helped bring rock `n' roll into the mainstream on "American Bandstand,'' died on April 18. He was 82. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ATI)
Adam Yauch, also known as MCA of the iconic NYC hip-hop band the Beastie Boys, died May 4 after a long battle with cancer. He was 47. (credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images Entertainment)
Adam Yauch Adam Yauch, also known as MCA of the iconic NYC hip-hop band the Beastie Boys, died May 4 after a long battle with cancer. He was 47. (credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images Entertainment)
Levon Helm, well-known for his role as the drummer, lead and backing vocalist of The Band, has lost his decade-long battle with cancer at the age of seventy-one.  (credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Levon Helm Levon Helm, well-known for his role as the drummer, lead and backing vocalist of The Band, has lost his decade-long battle with cancer at the age of seventy-one. (credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, who undid the beehive with his wash-and-wear cuts and went on to become an international name in hair care, died May 9. He was 84. (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment)
Vidal Sassoon Hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, who undid the beehive with his wash-and-wear cuts and went on to become an international name in hair care, died May 9. He was 84. (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment)
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