Notable Deaths in 2012, Part 1: January - June

January 6    Bob Holness

January 12    Reginald Hill, 75, British crime writer (Dalziel and Pascoe)

January 20    Etta James, 73, blues singer ("At Last"), leukemia

February 3    Sam Youd, 89, British science fiction author, aka John Christopher (The Tripods)

February 9    Adam Adamowicz, video game concept artist (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fallout 3)

February 11    Whitney Houston

February 22    Frank Carson, Irish comedian

February 28    Hal Roach, 84, Irish comedian

February 29    Dennis Chinnery, actor (Doctor Who, The Champions etc)

February 29    Davy Jones, singer, The Monkees

February 29    Violet Wood, 112, British supercentenarian, oldest person in the UK

March 1        Phillip R. Allen, 72, actor (Capt. Esteban in Star Trek III)

March 5        Philip Madoc, 77, Welsh actor (Doctor Who, Lifeforce, dozens of shows)

March 10    Moebius, aka Jean Giraud

March 16    M. A. R. Barker, 83, fantasy novelist, and role-playing game creator, who inspired Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson to create D&D and start the whole tabletop RPG phenomenon

March 20    Noboru Ishiguro, 73, Japanese animator and animation director (Space Battleship Yamato, Macross)

March 24    Jocky Wilson, 62, Scottish darts player

March 27    Garry Walberg, 90, actor (Quincy, M.E., The Odd Couple, in both of which he worked alongside Jack Klugman)

April 18    Dick Clark, 82, television host and producer

April 19    Greg Ham, 58, Australian musician (Men at Work)

April 29    Joel Goldsmith, 54, film and television composer (Stargate), son of Jerry Goldsmith

April 29    Roland Moreno, 66, French inventor, creator of the smart card

April 30    George Murdock, 81, actor

May 4        Adam Yauch, 47, musician (Beastie Boys)

May 8        Maurice Sendak, 83, author and illustrator (Where the Wild Things Are)

May 9        Vidal Sassoon, 84, British hairstylist, anti-fascist

May 11        Tony DeZuniga, 79, Filipino comic book artist and co-creator of Jonah Hex

May 17        Donna Summer, 63, American singer

May 18        Peter Jones, 49, British drummer (Crowded House)

May 18        Alan Oakley, 85, British designer of Raleigh Chopper bicycle

May 20        Robin Gibb, 62, British singer and songwriter (Bee Gees)

May 22        John Moores, Jr., Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University (1994–1999)

May 24        Lee Rich, television executive and producer (The Waltons, Dallas), co-founder of Lorimar Television

June 5        Ray Bradbury

June 5        Caroline John (Liz Shaw, Doctor Who)

June 17        Rodney King

June 18        Victor Spinetti, Welsh comic actor (A Hard Day's Night, Help!, Magical Mystery Tour)

June 19        Richard Lynch, 72, American actor (Star Trek: TNG, Murder, She Wrote, BSG)

June 24        Lonesome George, 100+, Pinta Island tortoise endling

June 25        Norman Felton, British-born American television producer (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.)

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