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Remembering Those Lost In 2012

During the past year, we said goodbye to many people who changed the world forever in the time they were here. Whether it was by setting foot on the moon, capturing the imagination of generations of children with books, or inspiring people the world over to dance to infectious disco beats. We reflect on the lives and legacies of those we lost this year.

Notable Deaths Of 2012

Pop singer Whitney Houston died Feb. 11, 2012, at age 48.

Adam Yauch, known as MCA and one-third of the hip hop group Beastie Boys, died May 4, 2012 at age 47.

Nora Ephron, screenwriter and director, died June 26, 2012 at age 71. Ephron appeared on The Diane Rehm Show in August 2006.

Singer and entertainer Andy Williams died Sept. 25, 2012 at age 84. Williams was on The Diane Rehm Show in December 2009.

George McGovern, politician and hunger-fighter, died Oct. 21, 2012 at age 90. McGovern appeared on The Diane Rehm Show in August 2011.

American Indian rights activist and actor Russell Means died Oct. 22, 2012 at age 72.

Dave Brubeck, jazz pianist and composer, died Dec. 5, 2012 at age 91.

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