Notable deaths of 2012 (39 images)

Every year celebrities, politicians and famous minds pass away. Here's a list of the dearly departed class of 2012.
Updated: Dec. 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM
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Andy Griffith
American Icon, actor, director, and all around entertainer Andy Griffith died on July 3, 2012 of natural causes at the age of 86. Griffith is pictured here receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom from George W. Bush on Nov. 9, 2005. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)
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