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Those who departed in 2012

  • Those who departed in 2012

    Those who departed in 2012

  • <b>Whitney Houston</b>, 48, American recording artist, actress, producer, and model had sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide. She released six studio albums, one holiday album and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification.

    Whitney Houston, 48, American recording artist, actress, producer, and model had sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide. She released six studio albums, one holiday album and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification.

  • <b>Joy Mukherjee</b>, 73, Hindi film actor and director, who acted in noted films including Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Love in Tokyo and Ziddi died due to respiratory failure on March 9.

    Joy Mukherjee, 73, Hindi film actor and director, who acted in noted films including Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Love in Tokyo and Ziddi died due to respiratory failure on March 9.

  • <b>Achala Sachdev</b>, 91, film actress, who started her career as a child actor, later became known for her &#39;mother&#39; and &#39;grandmother&#39; roles in Hindi films. Her most memorable roles were as Balraj Sahni&#39;s wife in 1965 film Waqt and Kajol&#39;s grandmother in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

    Achala Sachdev, 91, film actress, who started her career as a child actor, later became known for her 'mother' and 'grandmother' roles in Hindi films. Her most memorable roles were as Balraj Sahni's wife in 1965 film Waqt and Kajol's grandmother in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

  • <b>Maurice Bernard Sendak</b>, 83, was an American writer and illustrator of children&#39;s literature. He was best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963.

    Maurice Bernard Sendak, 83, was an American writer and illustrator of children's literature. He was best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are, first published in 1963.

  • Vidal Sassoon

    Vidal Sassoon, CBE, was a British hairdresser credited with creating a simple geometric, "Bauhaus-inspired" hair style, also called the wedge bob. Due to the popularity of his styles, he was described as "a rock star, an artist, and a craftsman who 'changed the world with a pair of scissors.'" Sassoon died due to leukemia on May 9.

  • <b>Taruni Sachdev</b>, The 14-year old schoolgirl and child actress, best known for her work in television ads and films, who had received acclaim for her appearance in the Rasna advertisement and Bollywood film Paa died tragically in a plane crash on May 14.

    Taruni Sachdev, The 14-year old schoolgirl and child actress, best known for her work in television ads and films, who had received acclaim for her appearance in the Rasna advertisement and Bollywood film Paa died tragically in a plane crash on May 14.

  • <b>Mehdi Hassan Khan</b>, 84, Pakistani ghazal singer and a former playback singer for the Pakistani film industry, famously known as "King of Ghazal", died on June 13 after suffering a 12-year long tenure of lung, chest and urinary tract diseases.

    Mehdi Hassan Khan, 84, Pakistani ghazal singer and a former playback singer for the Pakistani film industry, famously known as "King of Ghazal", died on June 13 after suffering a 12-year long tenure of lung, chest and urinary tract diseases.

  • <b>Nora Ephron</b>, 71, American journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, director, and blogger was best known for her romantic comedies. She was nominated thrice for the Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally..., and Sleepless in Seattle. She won a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally.... She sometimes wrote with her sister Delia Ephron. Her last film was Julie & Julia. She also co-authored the Drama Desk Award-winning theatrical production Love, Loss, and What I Wore

    Nora Ephron, 71, American journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, director, and blogger was best known for her romantic comedies. She was nominated thrice for the Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally..., and Sleepless in Seattle. She won a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally.... She sometimes wrote with her sister Delia Ephron. Her last film was Julie & Julia. She also co-authored the Drama Desk Award-winning theatrical production Love, Loss, and What I Wore

  • <b>Ernest Borgnine</b>, 95, was an American film and television actor whose career spanned more than six decades. Am unconventional lead in many films of the 1950s, he won an Oscar in 1955 for Marty. On television, he played Quinton McHale in the 1962?1966 series McHale&#39;s Navy and co-starred in the mid-1980s action series Airwolf, in addition to a wide variety of other roles. Borgnine earned an Emmy Award nomination at age 92 for his work on the series ER.

    Ernest Borgnine, 95, was an American film and television actor whose career spanned more than six decades. Am unconventional lead in many films of the 1950s, he won an Oscar in 1955 for Marty. On television, he played Quinton McHale in the 1962?1966 series McHale's Navy and co-starred in the mid-1980s action series Airwolf, in addition to a wide variety of other roles. Borgnine earned an Emmy Award nomination at age 92 for his work on the series ER.

  • <b>Dara Singh</b>, the 83-year old wrestler-turned-actor from Punjab started acting in 1952 and was the first sportsman to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha. He has also worked as Hindi and Punjabi film producer, director and writer in his career. He also acted on film and television, most popularly as Hanuman in Ramanand Sagar&#39;s mega-TV serial Ramayan.

    Dara Singh, the 83-year old wrestler-turned-actor from Punjab started acting in 1952 and was the first sportsman to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha. He has also worked as Hindi and Punjabi film producer, director and writer in his career. He also acted on film and television, most popularly as Hanuman in Ramanand Sagar's mega-TV serial Ramayan.

  • <b>Stephen Richards Covey</b> was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book was The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Covey was a professor at the Jon M Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, He died at the age of 79 due to complications from a fall, having lost control of his bicycle on a steep road the previous April.

    Stephen Richards Covey was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book was The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Covey was a professor at the Jon M Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University, He died at the age of 79 due to complications from a fall, having lost control of his bicycle on a steep road the previous April.

  • <b>Rajesh Khanna</b>, 69, Bollywood actor, film producer and politician, Referred to as the &#39;first superstar&#39; and the &#39;original superstar&#39; of Indian cinema, Earned these titles following 15 consecutive solo hit films in the 1970s, a record that remains unbroken. Khanna died of a critical illness on July 18.

    Rajesh Khanna, 69, Bollywood actor, film producer and politician, Referred to as the 'first superstar' and the 'original superstar' of Indian cinema, Earned these titles following 15 consecutive solo hit films in the 1970s, a record that remains unbroken. Khanna died of a critical illness on July 18.

  • <b>Gore Vidal</b>, American playwright, novelist, political commentator and actor died at the age of 86 from complications arising out of pneumonia.

    Gore Vidal, American playwright, novelist, political commentator and actor died at the age of 86 from complications arising out of pneumonia.

  • <b>Vilasrao Deshmukh</b>, 67, Congress member and Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences at time of his demise, was a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha representing Maharashtra. Deshmukh was two-time Chief Minister of Maharashtra, from 1999 to 2003 and from 2004 to 2008.

    Vilasrao Deshmukh, 67, Congress member and Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences at time of his demise, was a Member of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha representing Maharashtra. Deshmukh was two-time Chief Minister of Maharashtra, from 1999 to 2003 and from 2004 to 2008.

  • <b>Ashok Mehta</b>, 64, noted film cinematographer, known for films such as Bandit Queen (1994), 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) and Utsav (1984) had won National Film Award for Best Cinematography twice, 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) and Moksha (2000). He had also also directed the latter.

    Ashok Mehta, 64, noted film cinematographer, known for films such as Bandit Queen (1994), 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) and Utsav (1984) had won National Film Award for Best Cinematography twice, 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) and Moksha (2000). He had also also directed the latter.

  • <b>Tony Scott</b>, 68, British film director and producer from England was the younger brother of film director Ridley Scott. His films were generally more popular with audiences than critics, and include The Hunger, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Days of Thunder, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State (1998). On August 19, he committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge, motive unknown.

    Tony Scott, 68, British film director and producer from England was the younger brother of film director Ridley Scott. His films were generally more popular with audiences than critics, and include The Hunger, Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop II, Days of Thunder, True Romance, Crimson Tide, Enemy of the State (1998). On August 19, he committed suicide by jumping off the Vincent Thomas Bridge, motive unknown.

  • <b>Neil Armstrong</b>, 82, American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. Also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was an officer in the US Navy and served in the Korean War.

    Neil Armstrong, 82, American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. Also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was an officer in the US Navy and served in the Korean War.

  • <b>Avtar Kishan Hangal</b>, 95, was a freedom fighter from 1929?1947, a stage actor from 1936?1965 and later a character actor in Hindi films from 1966?2005. He has acted in around 225 Hindi films in a career spanning from 1966 to 2005.

    Avtar Kishan Hangal, 95, was a freedom fighter from 1929?1947, a stage actor from 1936?1965 and later a character actor in Hindi films from 1966?2005. He has acted in around 225 Hindi films in a career spanning from 1966 to 2005.

  • <b>Verghese Kurien</b>, 90, engineer and renowned social entrepreneur was popularly known as the &#39;Father of the White Revolution&#39;, for his &#39;billion-litre idea&#39; or Operation Flood ? the world&#39;s biggest agricultural development programme. The operation took India from being a milk-deficient nation, to the largest milk producer in the world, surpassing US in 1998, with 17% global output in 2010?11, which in 30 years doubled the milk available to every person.

    Verghese Kurien, 90, engineer and renowned social entrepreneur was popularly known as the 'Father of the White Revolution', for his 'billion-litre idea' or Operation Flood ? the world's biggest agricultural development programme. The operation took India from being a milk-deficient nation, to the largest milk producer in the world, surpassing US in 1998, with 17% global output in 2010?11, which in 30 years doubled the milk available to every person.

  • <b>Gopalan Kasturi</b>, 87, was a journalist who served as Editor of The Hindu from 1965 to 1991. Till date, he is the longest serving editor of the newspaper.

    Gopalan Kasturi, 87, was a journalist who served as Editor of The Hindu from 1965 to 1991. Till date, he is the longest serving editor of the newspaper.

  • <b>Yash Chopra</b>, 80, renowned Bollywood director, filmmaker, script writer, and producer of blockbusters like Kabhi Kabhie, Deewaar and Veer-Zaara succumbed to dengue fever three weeks before the release of his last film as director, Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

    Yash Chopra, 80, renowned Bollywood director, filmmaker, script writer, and producer of blockbusters like Kabhi Kabhie, Deewaar and Veer-Zaara succumbed to dengue fever three weeks before the release of his last film as director, Jab Tak Hai Jaan.

  • <b>Sunil Gangopadhyay</b>, 78, was a Bengali poet and novelist. He created the popular Bengali fictional character Kakababu and wrote a series of novels on this character which became significant in Indian children&#39;s literature. He used pen names like Nil Lohit, Sanatan Pathak, and Nil Upadhyay.

    Sunil Gangopadhyay, 78, was a Bengali poet and novelist. He created the popular Bengali fictional character Kakababu and wrote a series of novels on this character which became significant in Indian children's literature. He used pen names like Nil Lohit, Sanatan Pathak, and Nil Upadhyay.

  • <b>Jaspal Bhatti</b>, 57, was a television personality famous for his satirical take on the problems of the common man. He was most well known for television series Flop Show and mini capsules Ulta Pulta which ran on Doordarshan in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Bhatti died in a car accident on October 25.

    Jaspal Bhatti, 57, was a television personality famous for his satirical take on the problems of the common man. He was most well known for television series Flop Show and mini capsules Ulta Pulta which ran on Doordarshan in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Bhatti died in a car accident on October 25.

  • <b>Bal Keshav Thackeray</b>, founder of Shiv Sena was looked up to by his huge number of followers who called him the Hindu Hriday Samraat. Thackeray began his career as a cartoonist, and later started his own political weekly called Marmik and a daily called Saamna. Upon his death, he was accorded a state funeral with a large number of mourners present.

    Bal Keshav Thackeray, founder of Shiv Sena was looked up to by his huge number of followers who called him the Hindu Hriday Samraat. Thackeray began his career as a cartoonist, and later started his own political weekly called Marmik and a daily called Saamna. Upon his death, he was accorded a state funeral with a large number of mourners present.

  • <b>Pandit Ravi Shankar</b>, KBE was a world-renowned musician and composer who played the sitar. He has been described as the best-known contemporary Indian musician.

    Pandit Ravi Shankar, KBE was a world-renowned musician and composer who played the sitar. He has been described as the best-known contemporary Indian musician.

  • <b>Leslie Claudius</b>, 85, was an Indian Olympic medal-winning field hockey player. He died of of cirrhosis.

    Leslie Claudius, 85, was an Indian Olympic medal-winning field hockey player. He died of of cirrhosis.

  • <b>Donna Summer</b>, 63, was an American singer and songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the United States Billboard chart, and she also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period. She died of lung cancer.

    Donna Summer, 63, was an American singer and songwriter who gained prominence during the disco era of the late 1970s. A five-time Grammy Award winner, Summer was the first artist to have three consecutive double albums reach number one on the United States Billboard chart, and she also charted four number-one singles in the United States within a 13-month period. She died of lung cancer.

  • <b>Yitzhak Shamir</b>, 96, was an Israeli politician and the seventh Prime Minister of Israel, serving two terms, 1983?84 and 1988?1992. Shamir was the country&#39;s third longest-serving prime minister after David Ben-Gurion and Benjamin Netanyahu.

    Yitzhak Shamir, 96, was an Israeli politician and the seventh Prime Minister of Israel, serving two terms, 1983?84 and 1988?1992. Shamir was the country's third longest-serving prime minister after David Ben-Gurion and Benjamin Netanyahu.

  • <b>Ray Bradbury</b> was an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction writer. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers. Many of Bradbury&#39;s works have been adapted into television shows or films.

    Ray Bradbury was an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction writer. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles and The Illustrated Man, Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers. Many of Bradbury's works have been adapted into television shows or films.

  • <b>Tony Greig</b> was an England Test cricket captain turned commentator. He was a tall, leading player in English county cricket. Greig is thought by some former players and pundits to have been one of England&#39;s leading international all-rounders. Greig died in Sydney, New South Wales, on 29 December 2012 after suffering a cardiac arrest caused by a suspected heart attack.

    Tony Greig was an England Test cricket captain turned commentator. He was a tall, leading player in English county cricket. Greig is thought by some former players and pundits to have been one of England's leading international all-rounders. Greig died in Sydney, New South Wales, on 29 December 2012 after suffering a cardiac arrest caused by a suspected heart attack.

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