To all those who have moved on, leaving a gap which few could fill. They were entertainers, musicians, politicians, entrepreneurs, pioneers and stars, who made a lot of difference. We look at the legends whom 2012 took away from us.
August 5, 1930 — August 25, 2012
Astronaut Neil Armstrong died at 82 due to complications from blocked coronary arteries. In 1969, Armstrong became an international icon and a hero after he became the first man to step foot on moon on board the Apollo 11 spaceflight. The ship landed on the moon on July 20, 1969.
Pandit Ravi Shankar
April 7, 1920 – December 11, 2012
One of the best known contemporary Indian musicians, Shankar was awarded India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1999, and received three Grammy Awards. Shankar developed a style distinct from that of his contemporaries and incorporated influences from rhythm practices of Carnatic music. He was 92.
August 9, 1963 — February 11, 2012
Gospel-trained pop diva, who during the course of her life sold over 55 million records and starred of popular films The Bodyguard and Waiting to Exhale. Houston had a torrid affair with drugs and a tumultuous marriage with fellow musician and vocalist Bobby Brown. Houston died at the age of 48.
May 26, 1951 — July 23, 2012
Physicist Sally Ride joined Nasa in 1978 and became the first American woman to travel to space in 1983. She was part of the five-person crew on the Space Shuttle Challenger. She died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 61.
September 27, 1932 – October 21, 2012
An industry in himself as some of the biggest Bollywood celebrities called him, Yash Chopra was one of the most ambitious directors. Though he was known as the King of Romance, he was much more than that. He gave us Deewar, Ittefaq, Mashaal and Trishul too.
Dr Stephen Covey
October 24, 1932 — July 16, 2012
Dr. Stephen Covey was best known as the author of the bestselling self-improvement book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, originally published in 1989. He died at age 79 due to injuries sustained during a cycling accident in Provo, Utah.
March 3,1955 – October 25, 2012
Jaspal Bhatti made Doordarshan worth watching, need we say more! He filled our lives with laughter and joy through his satirical shows like Flop Show and Ulta Pulta. Jaspal Bhatti passed away in an unfortunate road accident at 57.
December 31, 1948 — May 17, 2012
Legendary disco queen Donna summer died at 63 after a battle with cancer. Summer was a five-time Grammy winner and was the first artist to ever have three consecutive double albums reach #1 on the Billboard charts.
November 19, 1928 – July 12, 2012
An Indian wrestler-turned-actor, Dara Singh was known for his fight sequences in movies. He was also the first sportsperson to be nominated to the Rajya Sabha. His last Hindi film was Jab We Met. He played the role of Kareena Kapoor’s strict grandfather to the T.
March 25, 1927 — December 20, 2012
The legendary hockey player Leslie Claudius, India’s triple Olympic Gold Medallist died after a prolonged illness. He was part of teams that won the Olympic hockey gold three times in a row — at London, Helsinki and in Melbourne.
February 1, 1917 – August 26, 2012
A freedom fighter, an actor, a theatre artist, AK Hangal lived many lives. To date, he is known for his Itna Sannata Kyun Hai Bhai? dialogue from the movie Sholay where he played the role of Imaam Saab. He has acted in more than 225 films in a career.
July 18, 1927 – June 13, 2012
The Pakistani legend had many a song for the wounded, solitary heart. Hassan’s career spanned 50 years.
He came to be known as “King of ghazals”, traditional laments for lost love. He died of organ failure at the
age of 84.
November 26, 1921 – September 9, 2012
All his life, he buttered us. A renowned social entrepreneur, Vergese Kurien is best known as the ‘Father of the White Revolution’. The founder of Amul, India’s biggest dairy cooperative, Kurien made India, the world’s largest producer of milk and milk products.
December 29, 1942 – July 18, 2012
The original and first superstar of Indian cinema, Rajesh Khanna kicked off his Bollywood career with Aakhri Khat in 1966. Aradhana and Ittefaq gave him national fame. He lives on in his movies and as we all know — Anand mara nahi, Anand marte nahin.
February 24, 1939 – March 9, 2012
Known for his roles in Phir Wohi Dil Laya Hoon, Love in Tokyo and Ziddi, the
Indian film actor kickstarted his Bollywood career with Love in Shimla. Joy Mukherjee died at the age of 73 in Mumbai.
Michael Clark Duncan
December 10, 1957 – September 3, 2012
Best known for his breakout role in The Green Mile, Michael Clark Duncan gained recognition and critical acclaim for his roles in Armageddon, The Whole Nine Yards, The Scorpion King andDaredevil. He was 55.
January 25, 1938 — January 20, 2012
Prolific singer/songwriter Etta James passed away after a long bout with leukemia. She is the winner of 6 Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards.
December 22, 1949 — May 20, 2012
Robin Gibb was a British singer and songwriter. He is best known as a member of the Bee Gees, co-founded with his twin brother Maurice Gibb and older brother Barry Gibb. Robin Gibb passed away after a long bout with cancer. He was 62.
January 17, 1928 — May 9, 2012
Legendary hairdresser Vidal Sassoon was found dead in his Los Angeles home at age 84. He had been diagnosed with blood cancer in 2009 and was fighting leukemia in 2011. Sassoon is best known for Mia Farrow’s iconic pixie cut in Rosemary’s Baby.
September 21, 1931 — November 23, 2012
Television fans said goodbye to one of TVs biggest villains, amoral oilman JR Ewing of Dallas. Hagman, who had been battling cancer, died in November at age 81. He had recently returned to the small screen as Ewing in a 2012 revamp of the original series.
August 22, 1936 — May 16, 2012
Guitarist and musician Brown was considered the Godfather of Go-Go music, typified by his 1970 hit Bustin Loose. The singer had been cancelling shows due to deteriorating health throughout 2012, and was hospitalised a week before his death with pneumonia.
June 21, 1944 — August 19, 2012
Renowned director, Tony Scott, apparently committed suicide, leaping to his death in San Pedro California. Scott was known for his numerous hit movies like Top Gun, True Romance and Crimson Tide. The 68-year-old director was suffering from an inoperable brain cancer.
June 10, 1928 — May 8, 2012
Beloved children’s book author, Maurice Sendak died due to complications from a stroke. Maurice is best known for his book Where the Wild Things Are as well as his other short stories, The Sign on Rosie’s Door and Higglety Pigglety Pop!. He was 83.
January 23, 1926 – November 17, 2012
Ek Tha Tiger, a headline common to many newspapers in the country on the day Bal Thackeray passed away summed up in three words the icon that the Mumbaikar truly was. He was 86.
August 22, 1920 — June 5, 2012
Ray Bradbury, one of the most prolific and beloved writers in science fiction, died at the age of 91. Bradbury is one of the foremost writers in the sci-fi genre and had written books like Something Wicked This Way Comes, Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles.
May 19, 1941 — June 26, 2012
Academy -award winning director, Nora Ephron passed away after a battle with leukemia and long chemotherapy treatments, Ephron was known for directing such films as Sleepless in Seattle, When Harry Met Sally and My Blue Heaven. She was 71.
October 3, 1925 — July 31, 2012
A prolific and versatile novelist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, social critic, and political activist, Vidal whose illustrious career spanned more than six decades died this year. His celebrated bestselling novels include Myra Breckenridge and Burr.