Notable deaths of 2012

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In this Sunday, Jan. 27, 2008 photo, Charles Durning holds his life achievement award at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. Durning, the two-time Oscar nominee who was dubbed the king of the character actors for his skill in playing everything from a Nazi colonel to the pope, died Monday, Dec. 24, 2012 at his home in New York City. He was 89. (AP PhotoChris Pizzello)
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 1992 file photo, Jack Klugman, left, and Tony Randall laugh at a news conference announcing that they will reprise their most famous roles as Oscar Madison and Felix Unger respectively, for a one-night benefit performance of Neil Simons play, "The Odd Couple", in Beverly Hills, Calif. Klugman, the prolific, craggy-faced character actor and regular guy who was loved by millions as the messy one in TV's "The Odd Couple" and the crime-fighting coroner in "Quincy, M.E.," died Monday, a son said. He was 90. (AP PhotoCraig Fujii, File)
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FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2011 file photo, Besse Cooper, sits in her room at a nursing home, in Monroe, Ga. Cooper, the woman who was listed as the world's oldest person has died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 in a Georgia nursing home at age 116, according to her son Sidney Cooper. (AP PhotoDavid Goldman, File)
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FILE - In this July 12, 2007 file photo, Jazz legend Dave Brubeck poses during rehearsals at Sirius Satellite Radio studios in New York. (AP PhotoRichard Drew, file)
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Neil Armstrong
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Rev. Sun Myung Moon
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Gore Vidal
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Phyllis Diller
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Tony Scott
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Helen Gurley Brown
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Marvin Hamlisch
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Judith Crist
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Furman Bisher
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Davy Jones
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This 1963 photo shows "Mickey Mouse Club" Mouseketeers Jimmie Dodd, left, and Ginny Tyler. Tyler, former Disney head Mouseketeer and voice actress, died July 13.
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Sylvia Woods
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William Raspberry
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Dr. Stephen R. Covey
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Doris Singleton
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Marion Cunningham
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Sally Ride
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Doris Sams
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Richard D. Zanuck and Lili Fini Zanuck accept Oscars for best picture of the year for "Driving Miss Daisy" at the 62nd annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles. According to his publicist, Richard D. Zanuck has died at age 77 on July 13.
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Uncle Lionel Batiste
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Kitty Wells
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Jimmy Bivins
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Celeste Holm
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This Jan. 1983 file photo shows actor Andy Griffith posing in Los Angeles to promote his upcoming CBS-TV film, "Murder in Coweta County". Griffith, whose homespun mix of humor and wisdom made "The Andy Griffith Show" an enduring TV favorite, died Tuesday, July 3, 2012 in Manteo, N.C. He was 86. (AP PhotoWally Fong, file)
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In this April 4, 1963, file photo, Ernest Borgnine acts in a scene for ABC-TV's "McHale's Navy." A spokesman said Sunday, July 8, 2012, that Borgnine has died at the age of 95. (AP PhotoFile)
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In this April 16, 2003 photo, Bob Babbitt, of the Funk Brothers, plays bass during the Funk Brothers performance at Ohio Theatre in Cleveland's Playhouse Square district. Motown Museum chief curator Lina Stephens says Babbitt died Monday, July 16, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. He was 74. (AP PhotoLuke Palmisano)
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In this Jan. 3, 1968, file photo, Oakland Raiders defensive end Ben Davidson twirls his handlebar moustache in Oakland, Calif., as he contemplated the coming meeting with the Green Bay Packers in the NFL championship game. Davidson, the hulking defensive end who starred for the Raiders in the 1960s before becoming a famous television pitch man, died Monday night, July 2, 2012. He was 72. (AP PhotoErnest Bennett)
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This undated image provided by the Navajo Nation shows Navajo Code Talker Frank Chee Willeto at the Navajo Nation headquarters in Window Rock, Ariz. Frank Chee Willeto, a Navajo Code Talker and former Navajo Nation vice president, died Saturday June 23, 2012 at the age of 87.(AP PhotoNavajo Nation)
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This 1978 file photo from NBC shows "Saturday Night Live" writerperformers Al Franken, left, and Tom Davis in New York. Davis, a writer and performer who with Franken developed some of the most popular skits in the early years of “Saturday Night Live," died Thursday, July 19, 2012. He was 59. (AP PhotoNBC-TV, File)
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This Nov. 3, 2010 file photo shows author, screenwriter and director Nora Ephron at her home in New York. Oscar-nominated filmmaker and author Nora Ephron is very ill, according to a representative for her publisher. Nicholas Latimer of Alfred A. Knopf confirmed her condition on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, hours after celebrity columnist and friend Liz Smith published what appeared to be a memorial for the writer. Smith told The Associated Press that she had spoken to Ephron's son Tuesday morning and was told that Ephron was dying. She said when she heard that funeral plans had already been arranged, she published the column on the website Women on the Web. Latimer did not provide any additional information on Ephron's condition. (AP PhotoCharles Sykes, file)
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In this Nov. 22, 1991 file photo, an aide to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir asks reporters to back off as Shamir leaves a meeting with President Bush White House. Israeli media are reporting that former Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir has died. He was 96. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netnayhau mourned Shamir's death Saturday, saying in a statement that Shamir "led Israel with a deep loyalty to the nation."(AP PhotoBarry Thumma, File)
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In this May 6, 1998 file photo, Isabel Sanford, left, and Sherman Hemsley, stars the television sitcom "The Jeffersons," pose for a photograph in New York. Hemsley, the actor who made the irascible, bigoted George Jefferson of "The Jeffersons" one of television's most memorable characters and a symbol for urban upward mobility, was found dead Tuesday, July 24, 2012 at his El Paso, Texas home. He was 74.(AP PhotoKathy Willens, File)
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In this file picture dated Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004 British musician Jon Lord, plays piano during a test run for his concert in Cologne, western Germany. Deep Purple's Jon Lord, who has died aged 71, Monday, July 16, 2012. The Leicester-born keyboard player, who had pancreatic cancer, died in London today. (AP PotoHermann J. Knippertz,File)
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In this July 14, 1998 file photo, world renowned hairdresser Vidal Sassoon applauds models at the end of the Vidal Sassoon Hair Show in Beijing. Sassoon, whose 1960s wash-and-wear cuts freed women from endless teasing and hairspray died Wednesday, May 9, 2012, at his home. He was 84. (AP PhotoGreg Baker, file)
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Illustrator Maurice Sendak, 57, of Ridgefield, Conn., spends a moment with one of the Wild Things he designed for the operatic adaptation of his book Where the Wild Things Are, Sept. 25, 1985 in St. Paul, Minn. The Minnesota Opera and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will present the U.S. premiere of the opera on Friday night at the Ordway Music Theatre. (AP Photo)
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This Nov. 11, 1980 file photo shows James Farentino and Faye Dunaway, who star in "Evita Pero," in Los Angeles. A family spokesman says actor Farentino, who appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, has died in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 73. (AP PhotoRichard Drew, File)
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This undated photo released by Katherine Thorp shows Chad Everett, the star of the 1970s TV series “Medical Center.” Everett, who went on to appear in such films and shows as “Mulholland Drive” and “Melrose Place,” died Tuesday, July 24, 2012. He was 75. (AP PhotoCourtesy Katherine Thorp)
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In this Dec. 31, 1969, file photo, West Virginia coach Jim Carlen, bottom left, and his team celebrate after defeating South Carolina 14-3 to win the second annual Peach Bowl Classic college football game in Atlanta. Carlen, who coached South Carolina's only Heisman Trophy winner and also led West Virginia and Texas Tech to success, died Sunday, July 22, 2012, in Columbia, S.C. He was 79. (AP PhotoBJ, File)
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Soul rockers Booker T and the MGs are seen in this Jan. 1970 file photo, from left to right: Al Jackson, Jr., Booker T. Jones, Donald "Duck" Dunn, and Steve Cropper. Bass player and songwriter Donald "Duck" Dunn, a member of the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame band Booker T. and the MGs and the Blues Brothers band, died in Tokyo Sunday May 13, 2012. He was 70. (AP Photo, File)
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Jonathan Frid, TV and Film actor in character of vampire role in May 1970. (AP Photo)
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Ben Gazzara poses with dancers Sandy Garrett, left, and Victoria Scruton while filming an episode of the TV series "Run for Your Life," in Los Angeles, Calif., in 1965. (AP Photo)
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On April 13, 2012 file photo, Rodney King poses for a portrait in Los Angeles. The Rev. Al Sharpton and other civil rights leaders will join family and friends in Los Angeles at a public funeral service for Rodney King Saturday June 30, 2012. The funeral comes nearly two weeks after King was found dead at the bottom of the swimming pool at his Rialto, Calif. home on June 17. He was 47. (AP PhotoMatt Sayles, File)
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Penn State Office of Physical Plant workers cover the statue of former football coach Joe Paterno near Beaver Stadium on Penn State's campus in State College, Pa., on Sunday, July 22, 2012. The university announced earlier Sunday that it was taking down the monument in the wake of an investigative report that found the late coach and three other top Penn State administrators concealed sex abuse claims against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. (AP PhotoCentre Daily Times, Christopher Weddle) MANDATORY CREDIT MAGS OUT
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Christina Cornelius, granddaughter of Don Cornelius, wipes her tears while reading a statement during a private memorial service for "Soul Train" creator and host Don Cornelius in Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012. Cornelius died Feb. 1 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Since then, tributes to him and the show he created have been held around the country. (AP PhotoJae C. Hong)
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San Diego Chargers former player Junior Seau during his induction into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame in a ceremony held at half time of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Nov. 27, 2011 in San Diego. (AP PhotoDenis Poroy)
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US singer Donna Summer performs at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Friday, Dec. 11, 2009. Artists from all over the world gathered at the Oslo Spektrum to help spread the message of peace and celebrate this year's Nobel Peace Prize laureate, President Barack Obama. (AP PhotoOdd Andersen)
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Earl Scruggs performs at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI on Saturday, July 30, 2011. Scruggs performed at the original festival 52 years ago. (AP PhotoJoe Giblin)
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Former baseball player Tommy Hutton speaks at a memorial service for Hall-of-Fame catcher Gary Carter, Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Carter died Feb. 16 of brain cancer. (AP PhotoThe Palm Beach Post, Allen Eyestone, Pool)
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Levon Helm, who founded The Band, enjoys his gig at the Cheshire Fairgrounds in Swanzey, N.H., on July 18, 2004. Helm plays drums in his group Levon Helm and the Barn Burners. Helm, in a lawsuit filed in New York state Supreme Court in December,2006, is suing a Manhattan advertising firm over the use of the band's signature song, "The Weight," in a television commercial., (AP Photo Keene Sentinel, Steve Hooper)
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Professional poker player Amarillo Slim looks on during the 0,000 buy-in main event of the World Series Poker held at the Rio hotel-casino in Las Vegas, Friday, July 6, 2007. (AP PhotoJae C. Hong)

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