2012 was a tough year. Not only was it a tumultuous year politically, but we also lost celebrities who had an integral effect on music, film and pop culture.
From the devastating news of the loss of Etta James, to the heartbreaking passing of the legendary Whitney Houston, this year claimed the lives of beloved figures in the black community.
So in honor of the stars we lost in 2012, we've compiled photos of the singers, actors and entertainers who died this year. Take a look at the slideshow below and share your favorite memory of these celebrities in the comments section below.