Every year, we’re reminded of how vast and varied America’s cultural landscape is, each time we lose another person who help shaped it. From Ray Bradbury and Gore Vidal to Etta James and Whitney Houston, 2012 was no exception.
The acclaimed author of <em>Fahrenheit 451</em> died on June 5 at 91.
The eccentric American comedian died on Aug. 20 at 95.
The first person to walk on the moon died on Aug. 25 at 82.
The renowned children's book author of <em>Where the Wild Things Are</em> died on May 8 at 83.
Helen Gurley Brown
The author of <em>Sex and the Single Girl </em>and long-standing editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan died on Aug. 13 at 90.
The actor known for playing oil baron J. R. Ewing on <em>Dallas</em> died on Nov. 23 at 81.
The youngest American astronaut to go into space, and possibly the most overachieving, died on July 23 at 61.
The iconic American R&B singer died on Jan. 20 at 73.
The "Queen of Disco" died on May 17 at 63.
The popular American singer and <em>Andy Williams Show</em> host died Sept. 25 at 84.
The teen idol and Monkees member died Feb. 29 at 66.
The revolutionary hairstylist and inventor of the "wedge bob" died on May 9 at 84.
The "Queen of Country Music" died on July 16 at 92.
The blind country guitarist and flatpicking expert died on May 29 at 89.
The Bee Gees co-founder died on May 20 at 62.
The British film director of <em>Top Gun</em> and <em>Enemy of the State</em> died on Aug. 19 at 68.
The journalist, playwright and screenwriter of <em>When Harry Met Sally</em> died on June 26 at 71.
The game-show host and <em>Hogan's Heroes</em> star died on June 2 at 79.
The <em>Welcome Back, Kotter</em> star died on Jan. 26 at 60.
Michael Clarke Duncan
The actor best known for <em>The Green Mile</em> died on Sept. 3 at 54.
Robert Hegyes' co-star on <em>Welcome Back, Kotter</em> also died this year on Aug. 14 at 63.
The star of <em>The Andy Griffith Show</em> and <em>Matlock</em> died on July 3 at 86.
The football player, wrestler and star of <em>Webster</em> died on Oct. 10 at 77.
The TV icon of <em>American Bandstand</em> and <em>New Year's Rockin' Eve</em> fame died on April 18 at 82.
The American rapper and founding member of The Beastie Boys died on May 4 at 47.
The prolific actress and <em>Desperate Housewives</em> star died on July 26 at 69.
The host and producer of <em>Soul Train</em> died on Feb. 1 at 75.
The beloved American singer and actress died on Feb. 11 at 48.
The perennial character actor and Oscar winner for <em>Marty</em> died on July 8 at 95.
The NFL player and San Diego sports icon died on May 2 at 43.
The<em> All in the Family</em> and <em>Jeffersons</em> star died on July 24 at 74.
The eloquent man of letters died on July 31 at 86.
The Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker died on Dec. 1 in a murder-suicide, after killing his girlfriend. He was 25.
The man whose beating by police in 1991 sparked riots in L.A. died on June 17 at 47.
This story appears in the year-end photo issue of our weekly iPad magazine, Huffington, in the iTunes App store, available Friday, Dec. 28.