Notable Deaths So Far In 2012

Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees
Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees
MONTE CARLO, MONACO - MAY 18: Bee Gees member Robin Gibb attends the World Music Awards 2010 at the Sporting Club on May 18, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Robin Gibb
Donna Summer
Donna Summer
Singer Donna Summer (December 31, 1948 – May 17, 2012) has died today. Read more here. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston
The Grammy winning singer died Feb. 11 after drowning in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Her death has been ruled as accidental and coroner’s officials cited heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors. (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
Maurice Sendak
Maurice Sendak
Maurice Sendak, the children’s book author and illustrator of “Where the Wild Things Are” and “In the Night Kitchen,” died on Tuesday, May 8, 2012. He was 83. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
Hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, who undid the beehive with his wash-and-wear cuts and went on to become an international name in hair care, died May 9. He was 84. (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment)
Vidal Sassoon
<> at W Hollywood on March 23, 2010 in Hollywood, California.
Hairstylist Vidal Sassoon, who undid the beehive with his wash-and-wear cuts and went on to become an international name in hair care, died May 9. He was 84. (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images Entertainment)
Dick Clark, the television host who helped bring rock `n’ roll into the mainstream on “American Bandstand,” died on April 18. He was 82. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ATI)
Dick Clark
onstage at the 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards held at the Las Vegas Hilton on June 27, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Dick Clark, the television host who helped bring rock `n’ roll into the mainstream on “American Bandstand,” died on April 18. He was 82. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for ATI)
Davy Jones, lead singer of The Monkees, died on February 29, 2012. He was 66.
Davy Jones
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: of The Monkees pose during portrait session to announce the bands 45th anniversary tour held at The Groucho Club on February 21, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Davy Jones, lead singer of The Monkees, died on February 29, 2012. He was 66.
Andrew Breitbart
Andrew Breitbart
Conservative media publisher Andrew Breitbart, who was behind investigations that led to the resignations of former Rep. Anthony Weiner and former U.S. Agriculture Department official Shirley Sherrod, died in Los Angeles on March 1, 2012. He was 43. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
Robert Hegyes, the actor best known for playing Jewish Puerto Rican student Juan Epstein on the 1970s TV show “Welcome Back Kotter” died Jan. 27. He was 60. (credit: IMDB)
Robert Hegyes Robert Hegyes, the actor best known for playing Jewish Puerto Rican student Juan Epstein on the 1970s TV show “Welcome Back Kotter” died Jan. 27. He was 60. (credit: IMDB)
Etta James, the feisty R&B singer whose raw, passionate vocals anchored many hits and made the yearning ballad “At Last” an enduring anthem for weddings, commercials and even President Obama, died Friday, Jan. 20. She was 73. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Etta James
arrives at the premiere of "Cadillac Records" held at The Egyptian Theater on November 24, 2008 in Hollywood, California.
Etta James, the feisty R&B singer whose raw, passionate vocals anchored many hits and made the yearning ballad “At Last” an enduring anthem for weddings, commercials and even President Obama, died Friday, Jan. 20. She was 73. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys
Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys
Adam Yauch, also known as MCA of the iconic NYC hip-hop band the Beastie Boys, died May 4 after a long battle with cancer. He was 47. (Photo credit should read Krzysztof Mystkowski/AFP/Getty Images)
Levon Helm
Levon Helm
Levon Helm, well-known for his role as the drummer, lead and backing vocalist of The Band, has lost his decade-long battle with cancer at the age of seventy-one. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
(FILES) A file picture taken on May 18,
(FILES) A file picture taken on May 18,
(FILES) A file picture taken on May 18, 1988 in Paris shows US singer Whitney Houston performing at the POPB (Bercy hall). Grammy-winning pop legend and actress Whitney Houston, 48, was found dead on February 11, 2012 in a Beverly Hills hotel, police said. AFP PHOTO BERTRAND GUAY (Photo credit should read BERTRAND GUAY/AFP/Getty Images)
Joe Paterno. (credit: Getty)
Joe Paterno
Joe Paterno, who racked up more wins than anyone else in major college football but was fired from Penn State amid a child sex abuse scandal died Jan 22. He was 85. (credit: Getty)
Joe Paterno. (credit: Getty)
Carroll Chelby
Carroll Chelby
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 22: Carroll Chelby accepts his Automotive Icon Award from TV Personality Joe Rogan (R) onstage during the Spike TV Presents Auto Rox: The Automotive Award Show at the Barker Hanger Airport on January 22, 2005 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Matthew Simmons/Getty Images)
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