2012

Warda Aldjazairia

May 17, 2012: Warda Aldjazairia, 72, French-born Algerian singer known for her patriotic songs, who had a huge fanbase in Egypt, where she lived most of her adult life, and throughout the Arab world. Born Warda Fatouki, her assumed name translates as "the Algerian Rose".
Link: AFP

Donna Summer

May 17, 2012: Donna Summer, 63, American disco queen whose songs included Love to Love You Baby and I Feel Love.
Link: Wikipedia

Ronnie Bedford

May 16, 2012: Ronald Bedford, 90, British journalist who was the long-time science editor of the Daily Mirror. He was also a jazz pianist who played in a Parisian house of ill repute, in a US bar during a shooting, and at the South Pole.
Link: Guardian

Donald 'Duck' Dunn

May 13, 2012: Donald 'Duck' Dunn, 70, bass player with Booker T and the MGs, who played himself in the cult comedy film The Blues Brothers.
Links: Guardian

Carroll Shelby

May 10, 2012: Carroll Shelby, 89, US racing car driver and designer of the Shelby Cobra.
Link: NPR

Vidal Sassoon

May 9, 2012: Vidal Sassoon, 84, UK-born celebrity hairdresser who became a global brand after humble beginnings in London in the early 1950s.
Links: Wikipedia

Joyce Redman

May 9, 2012: Joyce Redman, 93, Irish stage and screen actress who appeared with Lawrence Olivier in Othello and with Albert Finney in the bawdy Tom Jones.
Link: Guardian

Maurice Sendak

May 7, 2012: Maurice Sendak, 83, US children's book author and illustrator whose most famous work was Where the Wild Things Are.
Links: NY Times

Jill Shearer

May 6, 2012: Jill Shearer, Australian playwright whose works including the acclaimed Shimada, which played on Broadway. Her plays were produced by many Australian companies, including the Queensland Theatre Company, the Melbourne Theatre Company and La Boite.

George Lindsey

May 6, 2012: George Lindsey, 83, US character actor best known for the TV comedies Hee-Haw and The Andy Griffith Show, in which he played the dimwitted Goober Pyle.
Link: LA Times

Adam Yauch

May 4, 2012: Adam Yauch, 47, singer and songwriter with US punk/hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, of cancer. Sometimes working as Nathanial Hörnblowér, he was a Buddhist who supported the Tibetan independence movement.
Links: Wikipedia; LA Times

Digby Wolfe

May 3, 2012: Digby Wolfe, 82, British-born Australian comedy writer and actor who co-created and wrote for Rowan and Martin's Laugh In and hosted the Australian version of This Is Your Life.
Link: Canberra Times

Edith Bliss

May 3, 2012: Edith Bliss, 53, Australian pop star and television host best known for her appearances on Wonder World and her 1970s hits If It's Love You Want and Heart Of Stone.
Link: Telegraph

Junior Seau

May 2, 2012: Tiaina Baul "Junior" Seau, Jr, 43, American football linebaker who played with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots.
Link: Wikipedia

Jack Gerson

April 29, 2012: Jack Gerson, 83, Scottish author and television screenwriter who wrote for the popular police procedural series Z Cars, as well as The Omega Factor, This Man Craig and Sutherland’s Law.
Link: Scotsman

George Murdock

April 30: George Murdock, 81, US character actor who played in television series including Barney Miller, Bonanza, Ironside, Battlestar Galactica, Night Court, The X-Files and Law & Order, and played God in the film Star Trek: The Final Frontier.
Link: LA Times

Patricia Medina

April 28, 2012: Patricia Medina, 92, British-born Hollywood leading lady of the 1950s. Her films included Abbott and Costello in the Foreign Legion, Plunder of the Sun, Botany Bay, Phantom of the Rue Morgue and Fortunes of Captain Blood.She married actor Joseph Cotten in 1960.
Link: LA Times

Fumihiko Nakatsu

April 24, 2012: Fumihiko Nakatsu, 70, Japanese novelist.
Link: Indie Bookspot

Charles Higham

April 21, 2012: Charles Higham, 81, British-born, US-based writer and celebrity biographer among whose many works were controversial books claiming Errol Flynn was a Nazi spy and that Cary Grant as a wife-beating closeted homosexual.
Link: LA Times

Levon Helm

April 19, 2012; Levon Helm, 71, US musician and actor who was the drummer with The Band.
Link: Wikipedia

Greg Ham

April 19, 2012: Greg Ham, 58, flautist with Australian pop band Men at Work. He also appeared on the short-lived 1980s TV comedy While You're Down There.
Link: Age.

Dick Clark

April 18, 2012: Dick Clark, 82, US television star, entertainment entrepreneur and pop-culture icon. He hosted Bandstand in the 1950s and hosted the annual New Year's Eve celebrations from New York for decades.
Link: USA Today

Murray Rose

April 15, 2012: Murray Rose, 73, Scotland-born champion Australian swimmer.
Link: Wikipedia

Jack Tramiel

April 8, 2012: Jack Tramiel, 83, Polish-born American computer pioneer. By developing and marketing the Commodore 64 and the Atari ST in the early 1980s, he is credited with bringing computing and gaming to the masses.
Link: IGN, Forbes

Mike Wallace

April 7, 2012: Mike Wallace, 93, US television journalist who was a 40-year veteranof the CBS current affairs powerhouse 60 Minutes. He interviewed every American president since John F. Kennedy, except George W Bush.
Link: Guardian

Thomas Kinkade

April 6, 2012: Thomas Kinkade, 54, US painter whose works were popular with everyday Americans but not with the critics and art establishment who questioned the way he commercialised his talent.
Link: Wikipedia

Ferdinand Alexander Porsche

April 5, 2012: Ferdinand Porsche, 76, designer from the famous German motor vehicle manufacturing family. The grandson Ferdinand Porsche, he played a big role in the development of the iconic Porsche 911 and the Porsche 904.
Links: Wikipedia

Barney McKenna

April 5, 2012: Barney McKenna, 72, Irish musician, the last surviving member of The Dubliners. Their hits included Seven Drunken Nights, Black Velvet Band and The Wild Rover.
Link: Telegraph

Jim Marshall

April 5, 2012: Jim Marshall, 88, British drummer who created the Marshall amplifier, which has become a staple piece of equipment for rock bands. He was known as the "Father of Loud" and his early customers included Ritchie Blackmore and Pete Townshend.
Links: Guardian

Jimmy Little

April 2, 2012: Jimmy Little, 75, indigenous Australian musician. His biggest hit was 1963's Royal Telephone. He suffered kidney failure and set up the Jimmy Little Foundation to support health programs for Aborigines.
Link: Noise11

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