We lost many celebrities in 2012, some of whom made a permanent mark in the entertainment industry. Most recently, former "Dallas" star Larry Hagman passed away at the age of 81 while in the hospital battling throat cancer. Hagman rose to fame for portraying the super villain J.R. Ewing on "Dallas," which quickly became a top-rated television series in the late 70s. In his autobiography, Hagman insists the notorious role was not a primary focus on "Dallas" until he brought the character to life through ad-libbing on the set of the show.
Sadly, Hagman is just one of many iconic celebs who have passed away this year.
In April, Dick Clark suffered a massive heart attack and passed away at the age of 82. His legacy will definitely live on: The grandfather of music cast a major influence over the culture of rock music as the host of "American Bandstand" during the 60s. He'll also be remembered for his festive hosting duties during "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" -- a post he held from 1972 until 2004 when a stroke left him slightly paralyzed and unable to talk. Since Clark's stroke, golden boy Ryan Seacrest has hosted the show every year with Clark making guest appearances for the audience. Clark proved that nothing would stand in the way of doing what he loved. He'll likely be revered immensely during the upcoming New Year's show.
At the tender age of 48 years old the "I Will Always Love You" pop star drowned in a Beverly Hills hotel room after allegedly mixing prescription and recreational drugs. Although her death was ruled as an accident, many fans left behind were skeptical of the singer's intentions the night she died. Houston left behind a young daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, who has since been coping with her mother's death.
Legendary soul singer Etta James passed away at the age of 73 in January of this year. She had been battling leukemia and passed away while undergoing treatment at Riverside Community Hospital in California. She is renowned for her contribution to contemporary blues music and will always be recognized for her hit song, "At Last." The song has surpassed her generation and will without a doubt filter through the generations to come.
Former teen idol Davy Jones passed away at the age of 66 after suffering from a heart attack on a ranch near his home in Florida. Jones became an international sensation among teenage girls when the "The Monkees" debuted on television in the summer of 1966. The cherub-faced "Daydream Believer" singer had just finished a tour celebrating the 45th anniversary of the pop group when he passed away.
In July, iconic television star Andy Griffith suffered from a heart attack and died at the age of 86. He became a staple in American TV culture in the 60s during his tenure as Sheriff Andy Taylor on the hit series, "The Andy Griffith Show." Griffith was the star of the show for many years. Griffith died in his home shortly after having the heart attack and was buried the same day.
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