Notable deaths in 2012: A Timeline

A look at the many talents showbiz lost this past year

From Oscar winners to pop stars, execs to innovators, the entertainment biz saw the passing of some 500 personalities in 2012. And while all lists are inherently subjective, here’s Variety ‘s roster of the 25 most notable, reflecting their overall impact on particular aspects of show business, their resonance in the field and their durability in the zeitgeist.

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