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2012: The Year in Review

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2012: The Year in Review

In many ways, 2012 was a hard year. Stories of tragedy filled the news – the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a Colorado movie theater, a Sikh temple, and other places. The devastation left behind by Superstorm Sandy and a string of springtime tornadoes in the Midwest and South. The loss of favorite musicians and actors… and saying goodbye to heroes.

Over the next few days, we will remember many of the notable deaths of 2012. We begin today with a look at some of them: the famous faces, iconic figures, and innocent victims we mourned together this year.

Watch this space in the days to come, as we salute phenomenal women, TV personalities, musical icons, and heroes who passed away in 2012.

Neil Armstrong
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
Larry Hagman
Larry Hagman (Associated Press Photo)
Sandy Hook Shooting
Mourners gather for a vigil (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
Sen. Daniel Inouye
Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii (AP Photo/Marco Garcia, File)
Dick Clark
Phyllis Diller
 Phyllis Diller (AP Photo/File)
Davy Jones
Davy Jones (Photo by George Stroud/Express/Getty Images)
Charlie and Braden Powell
Andy Griffith
This Jan. 1983 file photo shows actor Andy Griffith posing in Los Angeles to promote his upcoming CBS-TV film,
Colorado Theater Shooting
Colorado movie theater shooting leaves 12 dead (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
Sally Ride
Donna Summer
Ohio School Shooting
Chardon High School (Associated Press Photo)
Michael Clarke Duncan
Joe Paterno
Joe Paterno (Associated Press)
Rodney King
Rodney King (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
Tornadoes of 2012
St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Ridgway, IL (Associated Press Photo)
Sikh Temple Shooting
Vigil for victims of the Sikh Temple shooting (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)
Rev. Sun Myung Moon
Sun Myung Moon (AP Photo/Ahjn Young-joon)
U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens
J. Christopher Stephens (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Gore Vidal
Gore Vidal (Associated Press/Stuart Ramson)
Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury (AP Photo/Steve Castillo)
Superstorm Sandy
In this Oct. 30, 2012 file photo, a parking lot full of yellow cabs is flooded as a result of Superstorm Sandy in Hoboken, N.J. Sandy damaged or destroyed several homes and businesses, more than 72,000 in New Jersey alone, according to Gov. Chris Christie. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
Don Cornelius
Meningitis Outbreak
Lilian Cary, one of 11 meningitis outbreak victims (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Maurice Sendak