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January 16, 2012

Jimmy Castor  71   Cardiac Arrest
Funk artist who had the hit Troglodyte in 1972

January 17, 2012

Johnny Otis   90   
Rhythm and Blues artist who had the hit Willie & The Hand Jive in 1958

January 20, 2012

Etta James   73    Leukemia
Soul Singer who had the hits At Last & Tell Mama

January 22,  2012

Joe Paterno    85    Lung Cancer
Legendary Football Coach for Penn State

January 24, 2012

James Farentino   73   Heart Failure
Veteran actor who appeared on Dynasty, Police Story, Insight and many others

January 26, 2012

Robert Heyges    60   Cardiac Arrest
Actor who played Epstein on Welcome Back Kotter

February 1. 2012

Don Cornelius   75   Apparent Suicide
Creator & Host of popular music show Soul Train

February 3, 2012

Ben Gazara   81    Cancer
Popular Character Actor who appeared in Run For Your Life

February 11, 2012

Whitney Houston    48
Popular Singer of the 1980's

February 13, 2012

Russell Arms    92
Singer who appeared on Your Hit Parade in the 1950's

February 16, 2012

Gary Carter   57   Cancer
Hall of Fame Baseball Player

February 29, 2012

Davy Jones    66   Heart Attack
Popular Singer With The Group The Monkees

March 9, 2012

Harry Wendelstedt   73
Baseball Umpire

March 12, 2012

Dick Woehrle    81  Colon Cancer
One of the best WWF referees in the 70's & 80's

March 27, 2012

Warren Stevens   92
Popular character actor who appeared on Have Gun Will Travel and Richard Boone Show

April 3, 2012

Chief Jay Strongbow    83    Heart Ailment & Fall
One of the best Indian Wrestlers who competed in the WWWF in the 1970's & 80's

April 4, 2012

Jimmy Psilholis    84   Heart Ailments
Popular Pittsburgh guy who recorded Steelers Fight Song in the 1970's.  He also owned radio station WZUM.

April 7, 2012

Mike Wallace   93  Heart Ailments
Legendary CBS Newsman who co-hosted 60 Minutes for many years.

April 18, 2012

Dick Clark   82   Heart Attack
Longtime host of American Bandstand and a TV icon

April 20, 2012

Jonathan Frid   87  Natural Causes
Actor who played Barnabas Collins on Dark Shadows

April 27, 2012

Moose Skowron   81 Lung Cancer
Former baseball player for the New York Yankees

May 2, 2012

Junior Seau   43  Suicide
Nfl Linebacker, one of the best to play that position

May 17, 2012

Donna Summer  63   Cancer
Popular Disco Era Singer

May 20, 2012

Robin Gibb   62   Cancer
Member Of The Bee Gees

June 2, 2012

Richard Dawson   79   Cancer
Host Of Family Feud

June 4, 2012

Herb Reed   83
Founding member of the music group The Platters

June 5, 2012

Ray Bradbury  91
Science Fiction Author

June 7, 2012

Bob Welch   66  Suicide
Popular singer of the 1970's with hits such as Sentimental Lady & Ebony Eyes, was also a member of Fleetwood Mac

June 8, 2012

Frank Cady   96
Played Sam Drucker on Petticoat Junction & Green Acres
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June 27, 2012

Don Grady  68   Cancer
Actor who played Robbie Douglas on My Three Sons
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July 3, 2012

Andy Griffith   86   Heart Attack
Actor famous for his role on The Andy Griffith Show & Matlock


July 8, 2012

Ernest Borgnine   95   Kidney Failure
Actor famous for his role on McHales Navy & Airwolf


July 15, 2012

Celeste Holm   95  Heart Attack
Popular Movie Actress from the 1940's - 1980's


July 16, 2012

Kitty Wells   92  Stroke
One of the most popular Country & Western female singers in the 1950's & 1960's.


July 19, 2012

Ted Atkins   72   Cancer
Former General Mgr of Wtae Radio in Pittsburgh.  Made the station one of America's great radio stations during his reign from 1973 - 1985


July 24, 2012

Sherman Hemsley   74
Played George Jefferson on All In The Family & The Jeffersons


July 24, 2012

Chad Everett   75   Lung Cancer
Played Dr. Joe Gannon on Medical Center


July 27, 2012

Tony Martin   98  Natural Causes
Popular Crooner of the 40's & 50's


August 6, 2012

Marvin Hamlisch   68   Brief Illness
Popular Symphony Conductor, had the hit The Entertainer in 1974


August 11, 2012

Bill Rafferty  68
Game show host on Card Sharks & Blockbusters


August 11, 2012

Red Bastien   81   Alzheimers Disease
Pro Wrestler from the 50's to the 80's


August 13, 2012

Helen Gurley Brown   90
Editor of Cosmopolitan Magazine


August 14, 2012

Ron Palillo   63   Heart Attack
Played Horschack on Welcome Back Kotter


August 16, 2012

William Windom  88  Heart Failure
Actor who appeared on Farmers Daughter & My World & Welcome To It


August 18, 2012

Scott McKenzie   73   Guillan Barre Syndrom
Singer who had the hit San Francisco in 1967


August 20, 2012

Phyllis Diller  95  Recent Fall
Popular Stand Up Comic and appeared on the TV Show Pruitts Of Southhampton


August 25, 2012

Neil Armstrong  82  Complications from Heart Surgery
Famous Astronaut, first man to set foot on the moon


September 1, 2012

Hal David   91   Stroke
Half of the Songwriting Team & Bacharach & David


September 6, 2012

Art Modell  87  Natural Causes
Nfl Football owner of the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens


September 7, 2012

Dorothy McGuire   84  Parkinson's Disease
Member of the McGuire Sisters who had big hits in the 1950's


September 14, 2012

Barbara Cloud  82  Cancer
Popular Fashion Editor of the Pittsburgh Press & Post Gazette, A Real Classy Lady


September 16, 2012

John Ingle  84  Cancer
Popular Soap Opera Actor on General Hospital


September 18, 2012

Steve Sabol   69  Brain Cancer
President Of NFL Films, A True Icon Of Our Times


September 25, 2012

Andy Williams   84   Cancer
Popular Singer of the 1950's & 60's, lots of great Christmas Songs


September 27, 2012

R.B. Greaves  68  Prostate Cancer
Had the hit song Take A Letter Maria in 1969


October 10, 2012

Alex Karras   77   Cancer & other ailments
Former Nfl lineman with Detroit Lions, a Hall of Fame player.  Was also an actor on the TV Series Webster.

October 12, 2012

Beano Cook    81   Diabetes
Popular College Football Analyst, worked with many of us in Pittsburgh.  Beano was a guy who knew something about everything,   Those of us who work in sports will miss him.

October 13, 2012

Gary Collins  74  Natural Causes
Popular TV Host of Hour Magazine, also starred in Sixth Sense, Born Free & Iron Horse

November 23, 2012

Larry Hagman   81   Cancer
TV's J.R. Ewing & Major Nelson, one of the finest TV actors of our time.

November 25, 2012

Earl Carroll    75  Stroke
Member of the Cadillacs singing group who recorded Speedo.

December 5, 2012

Dave Brubeck  91  Heart Failure
Jazz musician who had the hit Take Five in 1961

December 11, 2012

Ravi Shankar   92   Surgery Complications
Famous Sitar Player who worked with the Beatles