Gone But Not Forgotten: Remembering The Celebrities Who Left Us In 2012

December 31st, 2012 3:00pm EST

Whitney Houston As 2012 comes to a close please click through to take a look back and remember all the actors, actresses, musicians, singers, writers, directors, producers and others who have entertained us over the years but left us during the past year.

They may be gone but their legacies will live on... R.I.P.

Etta James the "At Last" singer died of complications from Leukemia on January 20 at age 73.

Welcome Back Kotter star Robert Hegyes, who played Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein on the show, died of a heart attack at age 60 on January 26.

Singer & reality TV star Leslie Carter (sister of Nick and Aaron) died of a drug overdose on January 31. She was 25.

Soul Train host Don Cornelius died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on February 1 at the age of 75.

Big Lebowski and Road House star Ben Gazzara passed away Feb. 3 of pancreatic cancer. He was 81.

Oft-troubled pop superstar Whitney Houston drowned in the bathtub of her hotel room on February 11. The coroner's toxicology report says that cocaine, metabolites (Oxycodone) and several other prescription drugs were in her system at the time. Her death was ruled accidental. She was 48.

Monkees singer Davy Jones died of a heart attack at age 66 on Feb. 29.

Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack (far right) lost his battle with cancer on Feb. 12. He was 65.

Actor Warren Stevens, who starred in such films as "Forbidden Planet" and "The Barefoot Contessa" died of lung disease on February 27. He was 92.

Legendary banjo player and Bluegrass pioneer Earl Scruggs died of natural causes at the age of 88 on March 28.

Newman and "60 Minutes" correspondent Mike Wallace passed away of natural causes at the age of 93 on April 7.

Prolific American television host and producer Dick Clark passed away on April 18 Dick Clark from a heart attack. Clark was well known for his front of the camera work: hosting American Bandstand and the $20,000 Pyramid (later just Pyramid); and the annual New York City year end celebration, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.

April 19 Levon Helm, the drummer and primary vocalist for The Band, died from throat cancer on April 19. He was 71.

Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau, who played for the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, died May 2 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Better known as MCA, Beastie Boy, artist, film director and human rights activist Adam Yauch died of complications from salivary gland cancer on May 4th. He was 47.

Actor George Lindsey, who starred on such hit shows as "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Hee Haw", passed away at age 83 after a brief illness on May 6.

Author/illustrator Maurice Sendak passed away from complications after suffering a stroke. The children's author, best know for "Where The Wild Things Are" and "Little Bear", was 83.

Prolific bassist Donald "Duck" Dunn (far left) not only played with Booker T. & the MG's, but also with the likes of Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Levon Helm, The Blues Brothers, Muddy Waters, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Jerry Lee Lewis, and numerous other legendary music acts. "Duck" died in his sleep on May 13 of natural causes. He was 70.

Disco Legend Donna Summer died of lung cancer on May 17. She was 63.

Bee Gee Robin Gibb died after a long battle with colon and liver cancer on May 20. He was 62.

Legendary Sci-Fi author Ray Bradbury died at the age of 91 on June 5.

"Gone With The Wind" star Ann Rutherford died of heart disease on June 11. She was 94.

Screenwriter Nora Ephron, whose rom-com classics "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless In Seattle" will surely stand the test of time, died June 26 at the age of 71 of complications from pneumonia.

Actress Doris Singleton, who starred on such shows as "I Love Lucy" and "My Three Sons", died June 26 at the age of 92.

Beloved TV star Andy Griffith passed away in his North Carolina home at age 86 from complications after suffering a heart attack.

Ernest Borgnine, the Oscar-winning star of 1955 Best Picture winner "Marty," died at age 95 of kidney failure on July 8. Borgnine's most recent work was voicing the character Mermaid Man on hit Nickelodeon show SpongeBob SquarePants.

Producer Richard D. Zanuck, whose films include "Jaws" and "Driving Miss Daisy", died July 13 of a heart attack. He was 77.

"All About Eve" star Celeste Holm died July 15 at the age of 95.

Country pioneer Kitty Wells died of complications after suffering a stroke on June 15. She was 92.

Medical Center star Chad Everett passed away of complications from lung cancer on July 24 at the age of 75.

The Jeffersons star Sherman Hemsley died of lung cancer at the age of 74 on July 24. He also starred on such shows as All In The Family Amen and Dinosaurs.

Latin actress Lupe Ontiveros, who starred in Desperate Housewives, the biopic of Mexican singer Selena, and The Goonies, died of liver cancer at age 69 on July 26.

American playwright, novelist, and political commentator Gore Vidal died of pneumonia on July 31. He was 86.

Celebrated composer Marvin Hamlisch (The Way We Were, A Chorus Line, The Sting) died on August 6th at age 68. Hamlish is one of only 11 people to ever win the rare "EGOT" -- at least one of each major award: Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony. He's also only one of two people to ever have won the EGOT (aka "Hollywood Grand Slam") and a Pulitzer Prize. (We know you're going to ask, so here you go: composer Richard Rodgers is the other).

Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory director Mel Stuart died of cancer on August 9. He was 83.

Welcome Back, Kotter star Ron Palillo (right), who played Arnold Horshack on the series, died of a heart attack on August 14. He was 63 and is the second former "Sweathog" to pass away in 2012.

British film director Tony Scott leapt to his death from the Vincent Thomas bridge in Los Angeles,California, on August 19. The Top Gun director was 68.

Actress/comedienne Phyllis Diller died of natural causes at the age of 95 on August 20.

Former bodyguard-turned-actor Michael Clarke Duncan died September 3, just over six weeks after suffering a heart attack. The Green Mile, Armageddon and Kung Fu Panda star never recovered from the July 13 myocardial infarction, which damaged his organs too much. He never left the hospital after the heart attack. His cause of death was listed as respiratory failure.

Soap opera star John Ingle (Days Of Our Lives, General Hospital) died on September 16 from cancer. He was 84.

Sons of Anarchy star Johnny Lewis died September 26th at the young age of 28 from injuries that resulted from a fall. The star is suspected of murdering his landlord and his death is speculated as a suicide.

Babylon 5 star Michael O'Hare passed away from a heart attack at age 60 on September 28.

Former NFL football player-turned-actor Alex Karras died at age 77 on October 10. The former Detroit Lion is best know as playing George on TV series Webster and starring in Mel Brooks' classic Blazing Saddles. Karras died of kidney failure.

Actor/TV host (The Miss America Pageant) Gary Collins died of natural causes at the age of 74 on Oct. 13.

Dutch actress and star of erotic film series "Emmanuelle" Sylvia Kristel) died of throat and liver cancer on October 17. Kristel was 60.

Blaque singer Natina Reed was killed in a car accident October 26. The Bring It On star was 32.

Suicide Silence singer Mitch Lucker was killed in a motorcycle accident on November 1. He was 28.

Boxing legend Hector 'Macho' Camacho died at the age of 50 on November 24th, four days after he was injured and left brain-dead in a drive-by shooting in Puerto Rico.

Iconic TV bad guy (Dallas) and good guy (I Dream Of Jeannie) Larry Hagman passed away November 24th after suffering from complications related to cancer. He was 81.

Legendary Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck died of heart failure on December 5 -- a day before his 92nd birthday.

Mexican singer Jenni Rivera was killed in a plane crash on December 9. She was 43.

Indian sitar player Ravi Shankar died a week after having an operation to replace a heart valve. His family said in a statement that his body was unable to withstand the strain of the surgery. Shankar died on December 11 at the age of 92.

Workaholics star Jesse 'Jet Set' Hudson died of a heart attack on December 13. He was 59.

Iron Butterfly bassist Lee Dorman died of natural causes at age 70 on December 21st.

Beloved television star Jack Klugman died at his home in California on December 24. He was 90.

Veteran character actor Charles Durning passed away at his home in Manhattan on December 24. He was 89.

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