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Deaths of Celebrities and Notable People in 2012
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Gordon Hirabayashi (April 23, 1918 January 2, 2012) --Aged 93, American Socialogist and Civil Rights activist who challenged the legality of the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War Two. He lost his case in the U.S. Supreme Court decision of Hirabayashi v. United States.
Bill Janklow (September 13, 1939 January 12, 2012)-- Aged 72--American politician from South Dakota. Janklow served as the state Attorney General (19751979 , Governor of South Dakota (19791987, 19952003); and as Soiuth Dakota's U.S. Representative in Congress (20032004). Cause of Death: Brain Cancer
Sarah Burke (September 3, 1982 January 19, 2012) --Aged 29-- Canadian freestyle skier, world champion (2005), Cause of Death: Cardiac arrest following a skiing accident on January 10, 2012.
Etta James (January 25, 1938 January 20, 2012) --Aged 73--American Blues Singer
Cause of Death: Leukemia
Joe Paterno ( December 21, 1926 January 22, 2012) Aged 85-- Record-breaking American football coach at Penn State University.
Cause of Death: complications from lung cancer
Whitney Houston (August 9, 1963 February 11, 2012) Aged 48-- Record-breaking American singer and actress who was one of the most popular singers of the 1980s and 1990s.
Cause of Death: Unknown at this time
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