In Memoriam: Honoring Those We Lost in 2012

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  • Paying tribute to notable individuals who passed away in 2012.
  • Etta James
  • Don Cornelius
  • Patricia Stephens Due
  • Whitney Houston
  • Trayvon Martin
  • Donald Payne
  • Dick Clark
  • LeRoy Walker
  • Chuck Brown
  • Donna Summer
  • Erica Kennedy
  • Yvette Wilson
  • Rodney King
  • Sylvia Woods
  • Al Freeman Jr.
  • Helen Gurley Brown
  • George Hickman
  • Chris Lighty
  • Michael Clarke Duncan
  • Mervyn M. Dymally
  • Charles V. Bush
  • Herbert Carter

Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius, the creator of Soul Train, the show that helped usher African-American artists into the mainstream, was found dead at his Los Angeles home on Feb. 1. The 75-year-old suffered from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. (Photo: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)