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December 29, 2012

Armstrong, Houston Among Notable Deaths of 2012//

WASHINGTON — The first man on the moon, the first U.S. woman in space and the first black Federal Reserve member were among the notable deaths in 2012.

Astronauts Neil Armstrong, 82, died in August and Sally Ride, 61, in July.

The year was punctuated with the sudden deaths of pop singer Whitney Houston at 48 in February, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart at 43 in March and National Football League linebacker Junior Seau at 43 in May.

The lineup of business figures lost in 2012 includes Barton Biggs, the Morgan Stanley investment strategist and frequent business television guest, who predicted the bull market in U.S. stocks in 1982 and the dot-com bust almost 20 years later. He died in July at 79 and his was the most-read obituary on the Bloomberg terminal in 2012.

Here are the year's notable deaths. A cause of death is provided when available.


John Demjanjuk, 91. Retired auto mechanic living outside Cleveland was deported, then convicted in 2011 by a German court of aiding the Nazis in murdering Jews during the Holocaust. Died March 17.

Andrew Breitbart, 43. Blogger who promoted conservative causes and helped end the career of Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., by publicizing graphic photos the congressman sent to several women. Died March 1 after collapsing near his Los Angeles home.

Donald Payne, 77. New Jersey's first black congressman and an advocate for democracy in Africa during 23 years in Congress. Died March 6 of complications from colon cancer.


Miguel de la Madrid, 77. Harvard University-trained economist served as president of Mexico from 1982 to 1988, when the country struggled with triple-digit inflation. Died April 1 of emphysema.

Bingu wa Mutharika, 78. President of Malawi since 2004 who ended food shortages and later triggered domestic crises when his security forces killed protesters complaining about insufficient fuel supplies. Died April 5 of a heart attack.

Charles Colson, 80. Political strategist for President Richard Nixon who was imprisoned for obstructing justice during the Watergate scandal, then became a minister to prisoners. Died April 21 of complications from surgery to remove a blood clot on his brain.

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