As we say goodbye to an eventful year, we also want to remember all the amazing Hollywood stars that we lost this year. Here’s a list of celebrity deaths in 2012.
List of celebrity deaths in 2012
Notable Latino celebrity deaths in 2012
Jenni Rivera made headway in her music career through her music and her candidness with her fans about her personal troubles. Today, we remember the crossover star for her strength, her music and contributions to Latinos in the U.S. Singer Jenni Rivera died in a plane crash after the small jet she was traveling in went down in northern Mexico. She was 43.
Actress and producer Lupe Ontiveros unexpectedly passed away at age 69, in Los Angeles, after losing her battle with liver cancer. Lupe Ontiveros, known for her roles in numerous films including “Selena,” was a model Latina, not only through her acting career but through her promotion of civil rights and higher education opportunities for Hispanics.
Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho
Hector “Macho” Camacho, Puerto Rican welterweight boxing champion known for skill and flamboyance in the ring as well as for a messy personal life and run-ins with the police, was declared dead four days after being shot in the face. He was 50.
Mexican author Carlos Fuentes, known for works including “The Death of Artemio Cruz” and “The Old Gringo,” passed away at age 83.
Oscar Niemeyer, the architect whose soaring buildings form the heart of Brasilia, the instant modernist capital built in the wilds of Brazil in the late 1950s, has died from natural causes. He was 104.
Ruth Fernandez, a Puerto Rican singer known as “el alma de Puerto Rico hecha canción” or in English as “the soul of Puerto Rico made song,” died from septic shock and pneumonia on Jan. 10, 2012. She was 92.
Yomo Toro, a Puerto Rican musician and cuatro virtuoso known as the “The King of the Cuatro,” died from kidney failure at age 78. In Toro’s 60-year career, he recorded over 150 albums and was a major influence on New York’s Latin music scene, when he emerged in the 1950s.
Film and TV: Celebrity deaths in 2012
Mel Stuart, the director of the beloved family film “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” has died. He was 83-years-old. Stuart was best known for his work on the film adaptation of the Roald Dahl novel, but he spent the bulk of his career as an award-winning documentary filmmaker.
Michael Clarke Duncan
Michael Clarke Duncan, the hulking, prolific character actor whose dozens of films included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in “The Green Mile” and such other box office hits as “Armageddon,” “Planet of the Apes” and “Kung Fu Panda,” died less than eight weeks after suffering a heart attack at age 54.
American television producer Jim Paratore, whose credits included “The Tyra Banks Show,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” died of a heart attack at age 58 while bike riding in France. Paratore also co-founded TMZ in 2005.
Sage Moonblood Stallone, son of Sylvester Stallone, was an American actor, film director, film producer and screenwriter. Sage Moonblood Stallone was the oldest of Sylvester Stallone’s children and co-starred with his father in two films. He was the first of two sons Stallone had with first wife Sasha Czack. Sage Stallone made his acting debut in 1990′s “Rocky V” and also appeared with his father in 1996′s “Daylight.” He died at age 36 from natural causes due to a heart condition.
Cultural icon Dick Clark passed away after suffering a heart attack at the age of 82. Clark was an ever-youthful television host and tireless entrepreneur who helped bring rock ‘n’ roll into the mainstream on “American Bandstand,” and later produced and hosted a vast range of programming from game shows to the year-end countdown from Times Square on “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.”
Martin Richards, the award-winning producer of “Chicago,” died in New York at 80.
Actor Larry Hagman, who won international fame with his portrayal of villainous oilman J.R. Ewing in the television series “Dallas,” died at the age of 81 from complications of cancer.
Actress and audiobook publisher Deborah Raffin, died at age 59 from leukemia. Raffin was best known for her roles in movies such as “Forty Carats” and “Once Is Not Enough.”
Oscar-winning actress Celeste Holm passed away at 95. She was known for her role in the 1947 film “Gentleman’s Agreement.”
Actor Ernest Borgnine, who won an Oscar for his role in the 1955 film “Marty,” died at the age of 95.
Doris Singleton, an actress who played one of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo’s neighbors on “I Love Lucy,” died at age 92.
Art Ginsburg, the TV chef known to millions as Mr. Food, has died. The 81-year-old resident of Weston, Fla. died following a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to published reports.
Gary Collins, longtime host of the TV show “Hour Magazine” and former master of ceremonies for the “Miss America” pageant, died at 74.
Andy Williams, the singer best known for his version of the Oscar-winning song “Moon River” from “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” died at the age of 84 after a battle with bladder cancer.
John Ingle, who played Edward Quartermaine on “General Hospital” in over 450 episodes died Sept. 15 at 84.
Andy Samuel Griffith was an American actor, television producer, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer and writer. He died from a heart attack at age 86.
Jerry Nelson, who voiced Count von Count and Herry Monster on “Sesame Street,” died at age 78.
Kathryn Joosten, who won two Emmys for her work on “Desperate Housewives,” died June 1 after a battle with lung cancer.
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