2012 Celebrity Deaths

Dick Clark, 82, television host and personality (heart attack)
Dick Clark, 82, television host and personality (heart attack)
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Davy Jones, 66, lead singer of the Monkees (heart attack)
Davy Jones, 66, lead singer of the Monkees (heart attack)
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Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Sr., 86, longtime publisher and manager of The New York Times (undisclosed illness)
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Sr., 86, longtime publisher and manager of The New York Times (undisclosed illness)
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Donna Summer, 63, singer best known for her disco anthems including "Last Dance" and "She Works Hard for the Money" (lung cancer)
Donna Summer, 63, singer best known for her disco anthems including "Last Dance" and "She Works Hard for the Money" (lung cancer)
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Etta James, 73, singer and songwriter best known for "At Last" and "Dance With Me" (leukemia)
Etta James, 73, singer and songwriter best known for "At Last" and "Dance With Me" (leukemia)
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George McGovern, 90, former U.S. Representative, Senator and the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee (natural causes)
George McGovern, 90, former U.S. Representative, Senator and the 1972 Democratic presidential nominee (natural causes)
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Gore Vidal, 86, novelist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, social critic and political activist (pneumonia)
Gore Vidal, 86, novelist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, social critic and political activist (pneumonia)
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Jerry Nelson, 78, voice actor and puppeteer best known for voicing the Count on Sesame Street (unspecified causes)
Jerry Nelson, 78, voice actor and puppeteer best known for voicing the Count on Sesame Street (unspecified causes)
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Joe Paterno, 85, longtime college football coach (lung cancer)
Joe Paterno, 85, longtime college football coach (lung cancer)
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Johnny Lewis, 28, actor best known for his role on the television show "Sons of Anarchy" (apparent suicide)
Johnny Lewis, 28, actor best known for his role on the television show "Sons of Anarchy" (apparent suicide)
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Larry Hagman, 81, actor best known for his roles on “I Dream Of Jeannie” and “Dallas” (throat cancer)
Larry Hagman, 81, actor best known for his roles on “I Dream Of Jeannie” and “Dallas” (throat cancer)
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Maurice Sendak, 83, children's author and illustrator best known for "Where The Wild Things Are"
Maurice Sendak, 83, children's author and illustrator best known for "Where The Wild Things Are"
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Michael Clarke Duncan, 54, actor best known for his movie roles in "The Green Mile," "Daredevil" and "Armageddon" (heart attack)
Michael Clarke Duncan, 54, actor best known for his movie roles in "The Green Mile," "Daredevil" and "Armageddon" (heart attack)
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Mike Wallace, 93, longtime news correspondent (natural causes)
Mike Wallace, 93, longtime news correspondent (natural causes)
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Neil Armstrong, 82, astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon (blocked coronary arteries)
Neil Armstrong, 82, astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon (blocked coronary arteries)
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Nora Ephron, 71, writer, producer and director best known for "Sleepless in Seattle" and "When Harry Met Sally" (leukemia)
Nora Ephron, 71, writer, producer and director best known for "Sleepless in Seattle" and "When Harry Met Sally" (leukemia)
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Phyllis Diller, 95, iconic comedian (natural causes)
Phyllis Diller, 95, iconic comedian (natural causes)
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Ray Bradbury, 91, science fiction author best know for writing "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Martian Chronicles" (natural causes)
Ray Bradbury, 91, science fiction author best know for writing "Fahrenheit 451" and "The Martian Chronicles" (natural causes)
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Rodney King, 47, victim of the infamous police brutality case against four LAPD officers in 1991 (accidental drowning)
Rodney King, 47, victim of the infamous police brutality case against four LAPD officers in 1991 (accidental drowning)
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Sage Stallone, 36, actor, producer and son of Sylvester Stallone (heart attack)
Sage Stallone, 36, actor, producer and son of Sylvester Stallone (heart attack)
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Sally Ride, 61, astronaut and first woman in space (pancreatic cancer)
Sally Ride, 61, astronaut and first woman in space (pancreatic cancer)
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Sherman Hemsley, 74, actor best known for his roles on "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" (natural causes)
Sherman Hemsley, 74, actor best known for his roles on "All in the Family" and "The Jeffersons" (natural causes)
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Tony Scott, 68, producer and director best known for "Top Gun," "True Romance" and "Crimson Tide" (suicide)
Tony Scott, 68, producer and director best known for "Top Gun," "True Romance" and "Crimson Tide" (suicide)
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Vidal Sassoon, 84, Hollywood hairdresser and businessman (leukemia)
Vidal Sassoon, 84, Hollywood hairdresser and businessman (leukemia)
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Whitney Houston, 48, gospel-trained pop diva (accidental drowning)
Whitney Houston, 48, gospel-trained pop diva (accidental drowning)
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