Deaths In 2012, Part 2: July - December

The second half of this year will go down as the year Death went into overdrive.

July 1        Alan G. Poindexter, 50, American NASA astronaut, jet ski accident

July 3        Andy Griffith, 86, American actor

July 4        Eric Sykes, 89, British comedy writer (The Goon Show) and actor

July 16        Stephen Covey, 79, American writer (The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People)

July 17        Morgan Paull, 67, American actor (Blade Runner)

July 20        Sir Alastair Burnet, 84, British broadcaster (guess he got his knighthood)

July 21        Angharad Rees, 68, Welsh actress (Poldark)

July 23        Sally Ride, 61, American physicist and astronaut, first American woman in space

July 24        Chad Everett, 75, American actor (Murder, She Wrote, Diagnosis: Murder etc)

July 26        Mary Tamm, 62, English actress (Doctor Who)

July 27        Geoffrey Hughes, 68, English actor (Coronation Street, Keeping Up Appearances)

July 30        Maeve Binchy, 72, Irish novelist, columnist and public speaker

July 30        Jonathan Hardy, 71, New Zealand actor (Farscape), voice of Dominar Rygel XVI

July 31        Gore Vidal, 86, American playwright, novelist, political commentator

August 6    Sir Bernard Lovell, 98, British astronomer, builder of Jodrell Bank

August 9    Mel Stuart, 83, American film director (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)

August 10    Carlo Rambaldi, special effects artist (Alien, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial)

August 11    Sid Waddell, 72, British darts commentator

August 12    Joe Kubert, 85, Polish-born American comic book artist

August 15    Harry Harrison (Make Room! Make Room!, The Stainless Steel Rat)

August 16    William Windom, 88, actor (Murder She Wrote, Star Trek)

August 18    Scott McKenzie, 73, American singer ("San Francisco")

August 19    Tony Scott, 68, British film director (Top Gun, Unstoppable) and producer (Numb3rs)

August 20    Phyllis Diller, 95, American comedienne and actress

August 23    Jerry Nelson, 78, American puppeteer (The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock)

August 25    Neil Armstrong, 82, American astronaut, first person to walk on the Moon

August 31    Max Bygraves, 89, British singer, variety performer, and TV game show host

September 1    Hal David, 91, American lyricist ("Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head")

September 3    Michael Clarke Duncan, 54, American actor (The Green Mile, Armageddon, Daredevil)

September 3    Sun Myung Moon, Moonie cult leader

September 6    Terry Nutkins, 66, British TV presenter and naturalist

September 12    Derek Jameson, 82, British journalist and broadcaster

September 23    Winrich Kolbe, German-born American television director and producer (Star Trek)

September 25    Andy Williams, 84, American singer ("Moon River") and entertainer

September 27    Herbert Lom, British actor (The Pink Panther, Spartacus, Gambit, The Ladykillers)

September 28    Michael O'Hare, 60, American actor (Babylon 5)

September 30    Turhan Bey, 90, Austrian-born American actor (also appeare in Babylon 5)

October 14    John Clive, 79, English actor (A Clockwork Orange, The Italian Job, Yellow Submarine)

October 18    Sylvia Kristel, 60, Dutch actress (Emmanuelle), model

November 5    Stalking Cat, 54, American body modifier

November 6    Clive Dunn, 92, British actor (Dad's Army) and singer ("Grandad")

November 9    Bill Tarmey, 71, British actor (Coronation Street)

November 23    Larry Hagman, 81, American actor (Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie)

December 9    Sir Patrick Moore, 89, British astronomer and broadcaster (The Sky at Night)

December 11    Ravi Shankar, 92, Indian musician

December 22    Mariam Amash, 124 (claimed), supercentenarian, claimant to title, oldest living person

December 24    Jack Klugman, 90, American actor (Quincy, M.E., The Odd Couple, 12 Angry Men)

December 26    Gerry Anderson, (Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons)

December 26    Fontella Bass, 72, American singer ("Rescue Me")

December 27    Harry Carey, Jr., 91, American actor (Gremlins)

December 27    Jesco von Puttkamer, 79, German-born American aerospace engineer and NASA manager

December 27    Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr., 78, American general, "Stormin' Norman"

December 30    Mike Hopkins, 53, New Zealand sound editor (LoTR, The Two Towers)

If anyone famous dies on December 31, I'll be sure to note it down here before New Years'.

It has been a bloody fucking year. So many people known and loved, who've gone past the Great Beyond.

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