2012: Notable deathsLoading
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    Joe Paterno, 85



    Longtime Penn State coach who won more games than anyone in major college football but was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal that scarred his reputation for winning with integrity. Jan. 22.
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    Angelo Dundee, 90



    Trainer who helped groom Muhammad Ali (shown at left with Dundee) and Sugar Ray Leonard into world champions. Feb. 1.
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    Whitney Houston, 48



    She ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice was ravaged by drug use and her regal image ruined by erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown. Feb. 11. Accidentally drowned in a bathtub.
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    Mike Wallace, 93



    Dogged CBS reporter who took on politicians and celebrities in a 60-year career highlighted by on-air confrontations that helped make "60 Minutes" the most successful prime-time television news program ever. April 7.
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    Maurice Sendak, 83



    Children's book author and illustrator who saw the sometimes-dark side of childhood in books like "Where the Wild Things Are." May 8.
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    Vidal Sassoon, 84



    Celebrity hairstylist whose 1960s wash-and-wear cuts freed women from endless teasing and hairspray. May 9.
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    Carroll Shelby, 89



    Legendary car designer and champion auto racer who built the Shelby Cobra sports car and injected testosterone into Ford's Mustang and Chrysler's Viper. May 10.
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    Ray Bradbury, 91



    Science fiction-fantasy master who transformed his childhood dreams and Cold War fears into telepathic Martians, lovesick sea monsters, and the high-tech, book-burning future of "Fahrenheit 451." May 5.
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    Nora Ephron, 71



    Essayist, author and filmmaker who thrived in the male-dominated worlds of movies and journalism and was loved, respected and feared for her wit.
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    Andy Griffith, 86



    He made homespun Southern wisdom his trademark as a wise sheriff in "The Andy Griffith Show" and a rumpled defense lawyer in "Matlock." July 3.
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    Ernest Borgnine, 95



    Beefy screen star known for blustery, often villainous roles, but who won the best-actor Oscar for playing against type as a lovesick butcher in "Marty" in 1955 (shown with Grace Kelly). July 8.
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    Sally Ride, 61



    She blazed trails into orbit as the first American woman in space. July 23. Pancreatic cancer.
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    Sherman Hemsley, 74



    Actor who made the irascible, bigoted George Jefferson of "The Jeffersons" one of TV's most memorable characters and a symbol for urban upward mobility. July 24.
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    Chad Everett, 75



    Star of the 1970s TV series "Medical Center" who went on to appear in such films and TV shows as "Mulholland Drive" and "Melrose Place." July 24.
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    Gore Vidal, 86



    Author, playwright, politician and commentator whose novels, essays, plays and opinions were stamped by his immodest wit and unconventional wisdom. July 31.
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    Phyllis Diller, 95



    Housewife-turned-humorist who aimed some of her sharpest barbs at herself, punctuating her jokes with her trademark cackle. Aug. 20.
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    Rev. Sun Myung Moon, 92



    Self-proclaimed messiah who turned his Unification Church into a worldwide religious movement and befriended North Korean leaders as well as U.S. presidents. Sept. 3.
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    Art Modell, 87



    Former owner of the Baltimore Ravens and longtime NFL stalwart who incurred the wrath of Cleveland fans when he moved the team from Ohio. Sept. 6.
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    Arlen Specter, 82



    Outspoken ex-U.S. senator from Pennsylvania whose switch from Republican to Democrat ended a 30-year career in which he played a pivotal role in several Supreme Court nominations. Oct. 14. Complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
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    George McGovern, 90



    Former U.S. senator and a Democrat (pictured at left) who lost to President Richard Nixon in 1972 in a landslide. Oct. 21.
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    Hector “Macho” Camacho, 50



    Puerto Rican boxer known for skill and flamboyance in the ring as well as for a messy personal life and run-ins with the police. Nov. 24. Gunshot.
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