List of Famous Peoples who passed away in 2012


List of Famous Peoples who passed away in 2012 Year:- Here is a list of most famous celebrities of the world who passed away in Year 2012.

List of Deaths & Obituaries of famous persons in 2012:-

List of Obituaries March 2012:

  • MANIK GODGHATE (75): Celebrated Marathi poet and author, popularly known as ‘Grace’, who gave a new meaning to every world and every phrase that he used in his poetry and bestowed with Sahitya Akademi award and Vidarbha Bhushan in 2011 died on March 26 in Pune.
  • DAVY JONES (66): Renowned UK born US singer songwriter and most popular of the monkees- the preternaturally buoyant pop group of the 1960s and afterward, died on March 10 in Paris.
  • F. SHERWOOD ROWLAND (84): The Nobel Prize winning scientist who was awarded the 1995 Nobel Prize for chemistry died on March 10.
  • KING GEORGE TUPOU V (63): An eccentric reformer and king of Tonga who relinquished democracy to the impoverished South Pacific nation, died on March 18.
  • ROBERT B SHERMAN (86): Well known songwriter of Britain who wrote the tongue twisting ‘Supercalifragilistic –expialidocious’ and other enduring songs for Disney classic and composed scores for films like ‘The Jungle Book’, Mary Poppins’ and ‘Chitty -2 Bang-2’ died on March 5 in London.
  • JEAN HENRI GASTON GIRAUD (73): The French comic book artist who worked under pseudonyms like Moebius, Gir, Giraud and Moeb and whose spectacular science fantasy based work wrought its magic on Hollywood classic such as Alien and Tron, died on March 10 in Paris.
  • CHALEO YOOVIDHYA (89): The self made Thai billionaire who created the renowned Krathing Daeng or RED Bull energy drinks three decades ago, which was popular among Thai truck drivers and labourers is dead.
  • POPE SHENOUDA III (88): The charismatic patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church in Egypt for 4 decades who expanded its presence world over and worked to keep peace between the Christians and Muslims at home died on March 17.
  • BOMBAY RAVI (86): Renowned music director and song composer of Bollywood and Malayalam cinema who played a key role in bringing melody back into Malayalam cinema in the 1980s and tuned everlasting hit songs for just over a dozen films in Malayalam like- Panchagni, Vaishali etc. died on March 7 in Mumbai.
  • JOY MUKHERJEE (73): Veteran actor of Bollywood who starred in several hit films in the ‘60s, such as Love in Simla, Ziddi, Ek Musafir Ek Hasina, died on March 9 in Mumbai.
  • SOBHA BRAHMA (82): An artist sculptor from Assam who gave a contemporary stroke to the north eastern region’s tribal art and was honoured with the Kamal Kumari National Award and Bishnu Rabha Award, died on March 5 in Guwahati.

List of Obituaries May 2012:

  • CARLOS FUENTES (83): Renowned Mexican novelist, columnist, political analyst, essayist and critic, who wrote plays and short stories and co-founded a literary magazine and played a dominant role in Latin America’s novel- writing boom by delving into the failed ideals of the Mexican revolution, died on May 15 in Mexico City.
  • VIDAL SASSOON (84): Renowned US hairdresser and trendsetter, who brought a kind of architectural design to the haircut in the late 1950s and early 1960s, which helped, propel the youthful revolution in fashion that gripped London ad the America and the rest of his world in 1960s, died on May 9 in Los Angeles.
  • MAURICE SENDAK (83): American writer and illustrator who illustrated more than 50 books during his long career and won a number of prizes or his drawings, whose children’s book ‘Where the wild things are’ has been a standard bedtime story for at leas three generations, died on May 7.
  • ADAM YAUCH(47): Renowned US musician, rapper, activist, director and a co-founder of Grammy- winning hip-hop giants the Beastie Boys, better known by his stage name MCA, died in New York City on May 3.
  • CARROLL SHELBY (89): A Texas chicken farmer turned hot rodder who went on build innovative sports are like the Cobra racing as well as high performance versions of production cars like Ford Mustang, did on May 10 in Dallas.
  • DON RITCHIE (86): An Australian who was a former Navy seaman served in World War II and then built a corporate career, known as the “Angel of the Gap” for his efforts to save scores o would be suicides from throwing themselves from one of Sydney’s most scenic lookouts, is dead.
  • DONA SUMMER (63): Grammy winning disco legend of US nicknamed the Queen of Disco, the singer, whose 1970s 80s hits included “I Feel Love,” “Love to Love you Baby” and “She Works Hard for the Money,” died on May 17 in Florida.
  • CHUCK BROWN (76): A Renowned US singer, song writer ad guitarist, better known as the “Godfather of Go-Go” or the subgenre of funk music he helped create, died on May 16 in Baltimore.
  • HORSTFAAS (79): Pulitzer Prize winner, a combat photographer who carved out new standards for covering war with a camera and became one of the world’s legendary photojournalists, died on May 10.
  • ROBIN GIBB (62): British singer and song writer, who formed the famous Bee Gees group with his brothers Maurice and Barry, passed away on May 20.
  • EUGN POLLEY (96): Inventor of the first wireless TV remote device called Flash Matic, in 1955, died on May 20 in Chicago.
  • KULY RAL (34): Renowned singer of UK based hip-hop bhangra band, RDB, which is known for hit Bollywood tracks such as Sadi Gali, Singhh is King, Aloo Chaat and Yamla Pagla Deewana, died on May 22.
  • ACHALA SACHDEV (91): Bollywood’s quintessential on screen mother, bette known for her role in 1965 film Waqt, where she was part of the legendary song Ae meri zohra jabeen and was last seen in Karan Johar’s 2001 mega hit kabhi khushi kabhi gham on died on April 29, in Pune. Debuted with the 1938 movie fashionable wife she acted in over 250 hindi films, including nine hours to Rama, The Householder, Bandhan, Meri Surat Teri Aankhen, Kora Kagaz, Haqueeqat, Mer Naam Joker, Julie and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge spanning a screen life more than seven decades.
  • TARUNI SACHDEV (14): Rasna girl and “Paa” child actor ho started in ads since she was barely five and dreamed of becoming a heroine died in a plane crash in Nepal on May 14.
  • RANJITSINH GAEKWAD (75): ‘Maharaja’ of erstwhile Baroda state, died in Vadodara on May 10.
  • GAJANAN VERMA (86): Eminent Rajasthani poet and lyricist, a gigantic figure in both Hindi and Rajasthani music, who was instrumental in introducing Rajasthani folk tunes to the Hindi film industry and also one of the founder members of the Indian People’s Theatre Association in Rajasthan, died on May 18 in Rattangarh.
  • GAVIN PACKARD (48): British origin Bollywood baddies who featured in many a blockbuster including Sadak, Tridev, Karan Arjun and Mohra, died on May 18 in Mumbai.
  • CP PADMAKUMAR (60): Noted Malayalam film director whose directorial effort Sammohanam had received the Best film Award at the Edinburgh international film festival in 1955, died in Kochi on May 12.

List of Obituaries June 2012:

  • Meadi Hussan (84) :- Legendary Pakistani Ghazal Samraat of Indian origin and South Asian icon whose music soared above borders of India and Pakistan, whose style influenced most ghazal singers of both countries, who used used verses written by poets from both countries, died in Karachi on June 13. His long list of melodious Ghazal includes Ranjish hi sahi, Patta patta boota boota, zindagi mein to sabhi, Gulon mein rang bhare, Dekhto dil ke jaan se uthta hai, abke kum bichhde to khwabon mein mile.
  • Ray Bradbury (91) :– Renowned science fiction master of US who transformed his childhood dreams and cold war fears into telepathic Martians, lovesick sea monsters and the high- teach, book-burning future of “Fahrenheit 451” and whose writing ranged from horror and mystery to humor and sympathetic stories about the Irish, blacks and Mexican Americans, died on June 5.
  • Nayef Bin Abdul Aziz (70) : Crown Prince and the hardline interior minister who spearheaded Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on al Qaeda in the kingdom after the September 11 attacks and then rose to become next in line to the, died on June 16.
  • Nora Ephron (71) : – Renowned US essayist, author and Hollywood filmmaker who thrived in the male-dominated worlds of movies and Journalism died in New York on June 26. She was the rare woman to write, direct and produce Hollywood movie like when Harry Met Sally, Julie & Julia and Sleepless in Seattle.
  • Victor Spinetti (82) : – An acclaimed comic actor of UK who won a Tony award in 1965 for his Broadway performance in Oh, what a Lovely War and appeared in several Beatle movies including a hard Day’s Night, Help and Magical Mystery Tour, died on June 19.
  • Radha Vindu Raja (63) :- Super Sleuth, anti-terrorism expert and the first chief of National Invention Agency (NIA), Widely known as the real-life “Sethurama  Iyer CBI” and Investigation Team (SIT) that cracked the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case in 1991, died in Kochi on June 21.
  • Dr. Abid Hussain (85) :- Former ambassador to the US who was honoured with Padma Bhushan for meritorious services in 1998, and was currently a Senior trustee of the observer research foundation, New Delhi died in London on June 21

List of Obituaries July 2012:

  • MOHAMMED BIN SAUD (78): A senior prince and former defence minister of Saudi Arabia who was not in line for the throne, but wielded influence as part of a council of royal family members that helps select the heirs to rule the oil-rich Western ally, died on July 8.
  • ERNEST BORGNINE (95): Renowned Hollywood actor who seemed destined for tough-guy characters but won an Academy Award for Marty in 1955 and Golden Globe, BAFTA etc for the same and acted in several hits including McHaLe’s Navy, The Dirty Dozen, The wild Bunch, Spike of Bensonhurst,  died on July 8 in Los Angeles.
  • DONALD J. SOBOL (87): The creator of Encyclopaedia Brown, the clever boy detective who made bookworms of many a reluctant young reader and whose work have been translated into 12 languages and have sold millions of copies worldwide, died on July 11 in South Miami.
  • STEPHEN R. COVEY (79): The well-known US motivational speaker and author of the best-selling the seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Which sold more than 20 million copies in 33 languages, died on July 16.
  • JON LORD (71): Former bandmember of British hard-rock band “Deep purple” and the co-writer of legendary songs like Smoke On The Water, Who is best known for his Orchestral work Concerto for Group & Orchestra is dead.
  • KITTY WELLS (92): The “Queen of Country Music” who broke down barriers in the 1950s to women in the genre with a number-one hit It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, died on July 16 in Tennessee, USA.
  • CELESTE HOLM (95): Oscar-Winning US  actress, who was the original  girl who couldn’t say no in the musical  Oklahoma! And won the best supporting actress Academy Award in 1948 for Gentlemen’s Agreement and later appeared in High Society (1956) and Also garnered Oscar nominations in 1950 for Come to the Stable and in 1951 for All About Eve, died on July 15 in New York.
  • SERGIO PININFARINA (85): Legendary Italian car designer and a life Senator whose company designed Ferraris for decades and is also famous for designing the 2006 Winter Olympics Torch, the Coca-Cola Free-Style beverage dispenser, the Lavazza coffee machine and the Juventus stadium, died on July 3.
  • JOHN ATTA MILLS (68): Ghana’s president who according to unconfirmed report had been suffering from throat cancer died on July 24 in Accra.
  • RAJESH KHANNA (69): Bollywood’s original superstar nicknamed Kaka (see photo on cover), who charmed his way into the hearts of millions of swooning women, died in Mumbai on July 18 after a prolonged illness. Billed as Bollywood’s first superstar for delivering 15 hits in a row from 1969 to 1971 (an unbroken record), Rajesh Khanna epitomised a range of emotions on the big screen- from melancholy to romance-with a rich bouquet of lilting songs like ‘Zindagi ek safar hai suhana’ and ‘Mere sapno ki Rani’ making his movies and characters immortal. His blockbusters include Aradhana, Anand, Hathi mere Saathi, Avtaar, Roti, Saccha Jhutha etc. He, who made his debut in 1966 with Aakhri Khat acted in 163 films,  of which 106 had him as solo lead hero,22 were two-hero projects and 17 short films and won three Filmfare best actor awards and was nominated for the award 14 times. In 2005, Awarded Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. He turned producer in 1985 with Alag Alag. He remained Lok Sabha member from New Delhi constituency between 1992 and 1996.
  • DARA SINGH (83): Bollywood’s veteran actor-wrestler known as Rustam-e-Hind, who played Hanuman in epic teleserial Ramayan, and also remembered for one of the most exciting bouts in the history of wrestling competitions when he lifted an almost 200 kg King of Australia over his head and twirled him around, died on July 12 in Mumbai.
  • HIREN BHATTACHARYYA (80): Popular and celebrated Assamese poet and winner of the Sahitya Akademi Award (1992) and several honours, known as Hiru-da, who had to his name 10 anthologies of poems apart from two collection of rhymes for children (‘Lora Dhemali’ and ‘Akou Dhemali’) died on July 4 Guwahati.
  • LAKSHMI SEHGAL (97): A veteran of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bosh’s Indian National Army (INA) who was the first captain of the INA’s women’s wing later represented in the Rajya Sabha and in 2002, unsuccessfully stood for president as the joint left candidate against APJ Abdul Kalam, died on July 23 in Kanpur.
  • BABU RAM ALIAS B.R ISHARA (77): Born as Roshan Lal Sharma, the Bollywood veteran writer-director with a distinct beard who was an iconoclast, a redical who made brave and unusual films and changed the rules of the game and brought sex on the menu in Hindi cinema, questioned middle-class hypocrisy and annoyed both moralists and the Censor Board in the 1970s with his bold movies like Chetna (1970) with Anil Dhawan, Charitra (1971) with parveen Babi, Zaroorat (1973) with Reena Roy, Kagaaz Ki Nao (1975) with Raj Kiran died on July 24 in New Delhi.

List of Obituaries August 2012:

  • Neil Alden Armstrong (82): Us astronaut and the first man who commanded the Apollo 11 that landed on the moon on July 20, 1969 and walk on the moon, radioed back to Earth the historic news of “One giant leap for mankind” and spent nearly three hours walking on the moon with Edwin “Buzz Aldrin, died on August 25 in Cincinnati.
  • Gore Vidal (86): Born as Eugene Luther Vidal Jr. the contrarian US Writer, who filled his novels and essays with acerbic observations on politics, sex and American culture while carrying on feuds with big-name literary rivals, died on July 31 in Los Angeles. His literary legacy included a series of historical novels-“Burr”, “1876”, “Lincoin” and “The Golden Age” among them- as well as the campy transsexual comedy “Myra Breckinridge”. His third book, “The city and the Pillar”, created a sensation In 1948 because it was one of the first open portrayals of a homosexual main character.
  • Meles Zenawi (57): Ethiopia’s long time ruler (Premier) who held tight control over this East African country but was a major US counter-terrorism ally, died on August 20 in Brussels.
  • Tony Scott (68): British-born Hollywood film director who made his debut with The Hunger (1983) and directed 26 movies, shorts, and television shows including-Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Days of Thunder (1990), The Last Boy Scout (1991), Enemy of the State (1998), Spy Game, (2001), Unstoppable (2010), Emma’s war (in production) alongwith and Academy Award winning movie Top Gun (1986), committed suicide by jumping from a bridge in San Pedro, California on August 19.
  • Helen Gurley Brown (90): The saucy Cosmopolitan editor of US, who as the author of sex and the Single Girl shocked eatly-1960s American with the news that unmarried women not only had sex but also thoroughly enjoyed it and who as the Cosmopolitan editor delivered thousands of sex tips to single women and more than a few curious men, died on August 13 in New York.
  • Maeve Binchy (72): one of Ireland’s most beloved writers, who sold more than 40 million books worldwide and was revered for her novels-Light a Penny Candle, Tara Road and Circle of Friends, which was adapted for the screen in 1995, died in Dublin in July last.
  • Tony Martin (98): The romantic singer of USA who appeared in movie musicals from the 1930s to the 1950s and sustained a career into the 21st century, died on July 27 in Los Angeles. A peer of Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, he had hits like “I Get ideas,” “To Each His Own”, “Begin the Beguine” and “There’s No Tomorrow”.
  • Al Freeman JR (78): The African-American actor, who perhaps best known for his portrayal of Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad in Spike Lee’s 1992 film Malcolm X, and whose long career in film, television and theater included an enduring role playing police Captain Ed Hall on the TV soap opera One Life to Live from 1972 through 1987, died on August 9.
  • Scott Mckenzie (73): US singer, who sang San Francisco, the unofficial anthem of the counterculture movement of the 1960s, died in Los Angeles, on August 18.
  • Prabuddha Dasgupta (56): Renowned fashion photographer, who was a popular name in the national as well as international fashion fraternity and challenged several societal taboos with his photographs whose first major work Women, released in 1996, was a compilation on controversial nude photographs of urban Indian women and whose works have found a place in prestigious magazines across the world, died on August 12 in Mumbai.
  • Vempati Chinna Satyam (83): Renowned kuchipudi dance guru and the recipient of several awards including the Padma Bhushan (1956), who was credited with elevating kuchipudi from its crude rustic from to a highly refined performing art, deserving prime position among the eight Indian classical dances and is largely responsible for spreading this art from across the world by performing in about 60 countries and training over 10000 students including film stars Hema Malini, Rekha and Vyjanyanthimala died on July 29 in Chennai.
  • Avtar Kishan (A.K.) Hungal (97): Veteran Bollywood actor and character artist, popularly known as A.K. Hungal and best remembered for his role as Rahim Chacha in the iconic film Sholay, died on August 26 in Mumbai. He acted in about 225 films in different languages including Hindi and did 16 films with Rajesh Khanna.

List of Obituaries September 2012:

  • Bill Moggridge (69): A British industrial designer of early Laptop, who is credited with the design of the Grid Compass, a Computer that had a Keyboard and yellow-on-black display that sold for $8,150 when it was released in 1982, died in New York on September 8.
  • Hal David (91): An Oscar and Grammy-winning lyricist who produced dozens of hit songs with composer Burt Bacharach that included Raindrops Keep Fallin ‘on My Head, What The World Needs Now Is Love and What’s New Pussycat? Died in Los Angeles on September 1.
  • Michael Clarke Duncan (54): Hollywood actor who was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of a death row inmate in the 1999 drama the Green Mile and also started in Armageddon, The Scorpion King, Daredvil, Sin City, Kung Fu panda, The Whole Nine yards, died in Los Angeles on September 3.
  • Rev Sun Myung Moon (92): The religious leader of South Korea who founded the Unification Church and built it into a multibillion-dollar business empire, is dead.
  • DR. Verghese Kurien (90): Founder of Amul and father of the “white revolution” (see photo on cover) who transformed India from a milk-deficient nation into the world’s largest milk producer, and recipient of Padma Vibhushan award In 1999, World Food Prize and Ramon Magsaysay Award, died in Anand (Gujarat) on September 9.
  • K.S. Sudarshan (81): The former RSS chief, settled down in Bhopal after he quit the Sangh post on March 21, 2009, owing to illness, breathed his last at his birthplace, Raipur, Chhattisgarh on September 15.
  • Bill Moggridge (69): A British industrial designer of early Laptop, who is credited with the design of the Grid Compass, a Computer that had a Keyboard and yellow-on-black display that sold for $8,150 when it was released in 1982, died in New York on September 8.
  • Hal David (91): An Oscar and Grammy-winning lyricist who produced dozens of hit songs with composer Burt Bacharach that included Raindrops Keep Fallin ‘on My Head, What The World Needs Now Is Love and What’s New Pussycat? Died in Los Angeles on September 1.
  • Michael Clarke Duncan (54): Hollywood actor who was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of a death row inmate in the 1999 drama the Green Mile and also started in Armageddon, The Scorpion King, Daredvil, Sin City, Kung Fu panda, The Whole Nine yards, died in Los Angeles on September 3.
  • Rev Sun Myung Moon (92): The religious leader of South Korea who founded the Unification Church and built it into a multibillion-dollar business empire, is dead.
  • DR. Verghese Kurien (90): Founder of Amul and father of the “white revolution” (see photo on cover) who transformed India from a milk-deficient nation into the world’s largest milk producer, and recipient of Padma Vibhushan award In 1999, World Food Prize and Ramon Magsaysay Award, died in Anand (Gujarat) on September 9.
  • K.S. Sudarshan (81): The former RSS chief, settled down in Bhopal after he quit the Sangh post on March 21, 2009, owing to illness, breathed his last at his birthplace, Raipur, Chhattisgarh on September 15.
  • Anil Bordia (78): Eminent educationist, activist, Padma Bhushan (2010) awardee and former civil servant, who played an important role in defining the country’s new education policy in 1986 and later evolved consensus on it as the Union Education Secretary from 1987 to 1992 and was instrumental in Universalisation of primary education in Rajasthan and Bihar, died in Jaipur on September 2.
  • Ranganath Mishra (86): Former chief Justice of India passed away at a private hospital in Bhubaneshear on September 13 after a prolonged illness.
  • G. Kasturi (87): Former editor of the Hindu, who played a leading role in the Hindu’s expansion and modernization and was its longest-serving editor, having headed its editorial teams for nearly 26 years from 1965-91, died in Chennai on September 21.
  • Konda laxman Bapuji (97): Noted freedom fighter, former minister and Telegana protagonist who participated in ‘Vandemataram’ and ‘Quit India Movements’ and fought against the Nizam’s rule for the liberation of Hyderabad State and later in the ‘non-mulki’ agitation in 1952 and gave up his Minister’s post in Support of the demand for statehood to Telangana in 1969, died in Hyderabad on September 21.
  • Dinesh Thakur (65): Noted Hindi film actor and theatre director best known for his lead role in Rajnigandha, and who won a Filmfare award in the best story category for Ghar (1978), Passed away in Mumbai early on September 20.
  • Syed Mustafa Siraj (82): A veteran Bengali writer and octogenarian author who was bestowed with Sahitya Akademi award in 1994 for his novel Aleek Manush and penned over 300 short stories and 150 novels, died in Kolkata on September 4.
  • A.M. Gopu (83): Born as A.M. Govindarasu, a Veteran freedom fighter and Communist leader who survived police bullets six decades ago and for whose capture the police had once announced a reward of Rs 5,000 and after the split in the Communist movement, he remained with CPI and worked actively in AITUC, the trade union affiliated to the party, is dead.
  • Surendranath Thilakan (77): Malayalam cinema’s acting powerhouse, a man of rough edges on and off screen, but whose courage and convictions prevailed even in the face of ostracism form his chosen vocation, acted in nearly 200 films during his four-decade-long film career and won accolades and several awards on the way and was honoured with the Padma Shri in 2009, died on September 24 in Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Anil Bordia (78): Eminent educationist, activist, Padma Bhushan (2010) awardee and former civil servant, who played an important role in defining the country’s new education policy in 1986 and later evolved consensus on it as the Union Education Secretary from 1987 to 1992 and was instrumental in Universalisation of primary education in Rajasthan and Bihar, died in Jaipur on September 2.
  • Ranganath Mishra (86): Former chief Justice of India passed away at a private hospital in Bhubaneshear on September 13 after a prolonged illness.
  • G. Kasturi (87): Former editor of the Hindu, who played a leading role in the Hindu’s expansion and modernization and was its longest-serving editor, having headed its editorial teams for nearly 26 years from 1965-91, died in Chennai on September 21.
  • Konda laxman Bapuji (97): Noted freedom fighter, former minister and Telegana protagonist who participated in ‘Vandemataram’ and ‘Quit India Movements’ and fought against the Nizam’s rule for the liberation of Hyderabad State and later in the ‘non-mulki’ agitation in 1952 and gave up his Minister’s post in Support of the demand for statehood to Telangana in 1969, died in Hyderabad on September 21.
  • Dinesh Thakur (65): Noted Hindi film actor and theatre director best known for his lead role in Rajnigandha, and who won a Filmfare award in the best story category for Ghar (1978), Passed away in Mumbai early on September 20.
  • Syed Mustafa Siraj (82): A veteran Bengali writer and octogenarian author who was bestowed with Sahitya Akademi award in 1994 for his novel Aleek Manush and penned over 300 short stories and 150 novels, died in Kolkata on September 4.
  • A.M. Gopu (83): Born as A.M. Govindarasu, a Veteran freedom fighter and Communist leader who survived police bullets six decades ago and for whose capture the police had once announced a reward of Rs 5,000 and after the split in the Communist movement, he remained with CPI and worked actively in AITUC, the trade union affiliated to the party, is dead.
  • Surendranath Thilakan (77): Malayalam cinema’s acting powerhouse, a man of rough edges on and off screen, but whose courage and convictions prevailed even in the face of ostracism form his chosen vocation, acted in nearly 200 films during his four-decade-long film career and won accolades and several awards on the way and was honoured with the Padma Shri in 2009, died on September 24 in Thiruvananthapuram.

List of Obituaries October 2012:

  • JASPAL BHATTI (57): Popular comedian and film director Jaspal Bhatti, who touched a chord with the masses with his humorous take on problems plaguing the common man, died when his car rammed into a roadside tree in the wee hours of Thursday.
  • K.RAMESH (52 yrs): (CANARA BANK) Attained Acharyan Thiruvadi on 30thOct.
  • Smt.PREMA KRISHNAN (71yrs): wife of late S.Krishnan, ARC, Charbatia, expired on 31-10-12.
  • T.S.VENKATARAMAN (77): Retd.Railways S/o T.V.Srinivasa Sastrigal Tiruvalangadu expired 29.10.12.
  • Shri T.S. GOVINDARAJAN: (Retired Deputy Regr of Co-Op Socs), 95 years, passed away on 01-11-2012 at New Perungalathur.
  • K.LAKSHMINARAYANAN (81): Retd. Teacher Rly.School, Ponmalai (Formerly Singaram Pillai & Paramakalyani Schools).
  • Mrs Vijayalakshmi Viswanathan (66): (W/o Dr.B.Viswanathan, NCCR, IIT, Chennai), IRAS, Former Financial Commissioner, Indian Railways passed away at 6:30 PM on 01.11.2012.
  • Mr. P. Chandramouleeswaran: GM (Retd), SBI passed away on 31.10.2012 at Puttaparthi.

List of Obituaries November 2012:

  • Norodom Sihanouk: (89):Cambodia’s revered and charismatic former king whose life encompassed turbulent years of rule, exile and war including the Khmer Rouge reign of terror died on October 15 in Beijing. He quit the throne in October 2004, citing old age and health problems.
  • Keith Campbell (58): A British biologist whose scientific research helped the Ian Wilmut team to create Dolly the sheep in 1996, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell at the University of Ebinburgh’s Roslin Institute, died in London on October 5.
  • E. Donnall Thomas (92): US physician who pioneered bone marrow transplantation and its sister therapy, blood stem cell transplantation and later won the 1990 Nobel Prize in medicine for his ground breaking work related with the treatment of leukemia, died on October 20 in Seattle.
  • Eric Hobsbawn (95): UK’s one of the leading historians of the 20th century, a lifelong Marxist whose work influenced generations of historians and politicians, died on October 1 in London.
  • Antoni Dobrowolski (108): The oldest known survivor of the Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz, Birkenau, who ran secret classes during Germany’s brutal World War II occupation of Poland, when the local population was barred from receiving an education died on October 22 in Denbo, Poland.
  • Yash Chopra (80): Bollywood’s legendary director ‘king of Romance’ and head of its most powerful production house-Yash Raj Films (launched in 1971), who debuted as director with Dhool ka Phool (1959), won 4 Filmfare best director awards for Waqt (1965), Ittefaq (1969) Daag (1973) and Deewar (1975), and gave several hits with Big B like Kabhi Kabhie (1976), Trishul (1978). Kaala Patthar (1979) and Silsila (1981), revived romance in Bollywood with Chandani (1989), Lamhe (1991), Darr (1993), Dil to Pagal hai (1997) and Veer-Zara (2004), got Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2001 and Padma Bhushan in 2005 and whose last film Jab Tak Hai Jaan (Yet to be released) died on October 21 in Mimbai. He directed over 35 films in his 53 years of filmy career.
  • Sunil Gangopadhyay (78): Noted Bengali litterateur, Sahitya Akademi president, author of over 200 books, and the founder editor of over 200 books, and the founder editor of kritibas, a seminal poetry magazine that started publishing in 1953 and become a platform for a new generation of poets experimenting with new forms died on October 23 in Kolkata.
  • Jaspal Bhatti (57): Well-known comedian and satirist famous for his shows Flops Show and Ulta Pulta on Doordarshan was killed in a road accident near Jalandhar on October 25.
  • Brajesh Mishra (84): A career diplomat and the country’s first National Security Advisor who played a key role in foreign policy matters and pushed for deeper engagement with the US, died in New Delhi on September 28.
  • Sasi Mohan (56): Veteran Tamil and Malayalam film director who directed over 30 films in his direction career, died on October 1 in Kannur, Kerala.

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