Neil Armstrong would always be taking that first step onto the moon, and Dick Clark was forever "the world's oldest teenager." Some of the notables who died in 2012 created images in our minds that remained unchanged over decades. --The Associated Press
Etta James: The blues singer was best known for her performance of the enduring classic "At Last." She died on Jan. 20. at age 73 due to complications from leukemia.
Joe Paterno: The longtime Penn State coach who won more games than anyone in major college football but was fired amid a child sex abuse scandal that scarred his reputation for winning with integrity. The 85-year-old died Jan. 22.
Whitney Houston: She ruled as pop music's queen until her majestic voice was ravaged by reported drug use and her regal image ruined by erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown. The 48-year-old accidentally drowned in a bathtub on Feb. 11.
Angelo Dundee: The trainer helped groom Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard into world champions. He died on Feb. 1 at age 90.
Gary Carter: The star catcher's single for the New York Mets in the 1986 World Series touched off one of the most improbable rallies in baseball. He died on Feb. 16 at age 57.
Davy Jones. The actor turned singer helped propel the TV rock band The Monkees to the top of the pop charts. He died at age 66 of a heart attack on Feb. 29.
Andrew Breitbart: The conservative media publisher and activist who was behind investigations that led to the resignation of former Rep. Anthony Weiner. He died at age 43 on March 1.
Mike Wallace: The dogged CBS reporter took on politicians and celebrities in a 60-year career highlighted by on-air confrontations that helped make "60 Minutes" the most successful prime-time television news program ever. He died at age 93 on April 7.
Junior Seau: The homegrown superstar was the fist-pumping, emotional leader of the San Diego Chargers for 13 years. He died at age 43 on May 2 of an apparent suicide.
Donna Summer: The disco queen's pulsing anthems such as "Last Dance," ''Love to Love You Baby" and "Bad Girls" became the soundtrack for a glittery age of drugs, dance and flashy clothes. Summer died at age 63 on May 17.
Robin Gibb: One of the three Bee Gees whose falsetto harmonies powered such hits as "Stayin' Alive" and "Night Fever" and defined the flashy disco era. Gibbs died at age 62 on May 20.
Ray Bradbury: The science fiction-fantasy master transformed his childhood dreams and Cold War fears into telepathic Martians, lovesick sea monsters, and the high-tech, book-burning future of "Fahrenheit 451." The 91-year-old died on May 5.
Nora Ephron: The essayist, author and filmmaker thrived in the male-dominated worlds of movies and journalism and was loved, respected and feared for her wit. The 71-year-old died on June 26 after a battle with leukemia.
Andy Griffith: He made homespun Southern wisdom his trademark as a wise sheriff in "The Andy Griffith Show" and a rumpled defense lawyer in "Matlock." The 86-year-old died on July 3.
Sally Ride: She blazed trails into orbit as the first American woman in space. Ride died of pancreatic cancer at age 61 on July 23.
Phyllis Diller: The housewife-turned-humorist aimed some of her sharpest barbs at herself, punctuating her jokes with her trademark cackle. She died on Aug. 20 at age 95.
Neil Armstrong: He became a global hero when as a steely-nerved astronaut he made "one giant leap for mankind" with a small step onto the moon. Armstrong died at age 82 on Aug. 25.
Michael Clarke Duncan: The hulking character actor whose dozens of films included an Oscar-nominated performance as a death row inmate in "The Green Mile" and such other box office hits as "Armageddon," ''Planet of the Apes" and "Kung Fu Panda" died from a heart attack at age 54 on Sept. 3.
Art Modell: The former owner of the Baltimore Ravens and longtime NFL stalwart incurred the wrath of Cleveland fans when he moved the team from Ohio. The 87-year-old died on Sept. 6.
Chris Stevens: The U.S. ambassador was killed during an attack on an American consulate in Libya on Sept. 11. He was 52.
John Ingle: The actor played a scheming patriarch on the daytime drama "General Hospital" for two decades. He died at age 84 on Sept. 16.
Arlen Specter: The outspoken ex-U.S. senator's switch from Republican to Democrat ended a 30-year career in which he played a pivotal role in several Supreme Court nominations. Specter died on Oct. 14 at age 82 after complications of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Marvin Miller: The soft-spoken union head led baseball players in strikes and legal battles that won free agency, revolutionized sports and turned athletes into multimillionaires. The 95-year-old died on Nov. 27.
Hector "Macho" Camacho: The Puerto Rican boxer was known for skill and flamboyance in the ring as well as for a messy personal life and run-ins with the police. He died from a gunshot wound on Nov. 24 at age 50.
Jovan Belcher: The Kansas City Chiefs starting linebacker shot and killed his girlfriend, then drove to the team's facility in the Arrowhead Stadium complex, thanked his coach and general manager, and turned the gun on himself. The Long Island native was 25 years old when he took his life on Dec. 1.
Daniel Inouye: The Hawaii senator and influential Democrat broke racial barriers on Capitol Hill and played key roles in congressional investigations of the Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals. Before entering politics, Inouye volunteered for a special U.S. Army unit of Japanese-Americans in World War II and lost his right arm in a battle with Germans in Italy. The 88-year-old died on Dec. 17.
Jack Klugman: The actor was best known for his parts in "The Odd Couple" and "Quincy, M.E." He died Dec. 24 at age 90.