This year we lost so many musical icons. As we pay tribute to the many artists we lost this year, we remember their contributions to the world. They opened the eyes of some people through their music and entertained us all.
Whitney Houston: The world was rocked when Whitney lost her life on February 11, 2012 in an accidental drowning. Houston, 48 was found unresponsive in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills Hotel. Her death was caused by, “drowning due to effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use.”
Dick Clark: Clark lost his life on April 18, 2012 due to a heart attack at the age of 82. Clark revolutionized the music industry. From hosting American Bandstand to New Years Eve with Dick Clark, the show biz legend redesigned the entire entertainment industry and left behind such passion and love for music.
Robin Gibb: Gibb lost his life on May 20, 2012 at the age of 62 to colon cancer. Gibb was a part of the Bee Gees with his twin brother Maurice and brother Barry. The Bee Gees sold more than 200 million albums. Some of their greatest hits we’ll always remember were Stayin’ Alive, Jive Talkin’, Night Fever and More than a Woman. Robin’s twin brother Maurice died in January of 2003.
Don Cornelius: Cornelius committed suicide on February 1, 2012. He killed himself with a gunshot to the head. The creator and host of Soul Train helped create the careers of many R&B superstars through his show.
Donna Summer: Summer died after a long battle with cancer at the age of 63 on May 17, 2012. Summer was a music legend with five Grammy’s on her hits Last Dance, Hot Stuff, Love to Love you Baby and Bad Girls.
Leslie Carter: Carter died at the age of 25 on January 31, 2012 from a drug overdose. Carter is the sister of Nick and Aaron Carter. She appeared on the reality show “House of Carters”.
Adam “MCA” Yauch: Yauch died on May 4, 2012 at the age of 47 from cancer. Yauch co-founded the legendary group the Beastie Boys with “Mike D” Diamond and “Ad-Rock” Horovitz.
Jenni Rivera: Rivera died on December 9, 2012 when the helicopter she was travelling in crashed. Rivera sold more than 15 million records and had three Latin Grammy nominations.
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