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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Senator Dan Inouye
U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroism during World War II, died December 17. He was 88. The senator is pictured here with wife for the "Stella By Starlight" Gala at the Players Club in New York on May 20, 2012. UPI /Laura Cavanaugh
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