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Gone, but never forgotten.

As the lights dim on 2012, we take a moment to remember the great minds, voices and talents we lost in the past year.

Some stars lived long fulfilling lives imprinting their footsteps on the world until the very end, while others were taken from us too early, without so much as a farewell.

Atop the list of great celebs lost, was the one-and-only Whitney Houston— a star so big she shined even in the darkest light. The world cried as the inimitable music icon fought a battle with drugs that ended in her tragic demise. Still, her legacy lives on in her timeless classics that will be relished for a lifetime.

As we count down New Year’s Rockin’ Eve without Dick Clark, who passed earlier this year, we will remember the resounding voice of soulful beauty Etta James, the baritone sound of Oscar-nominated Green Mile actor Michael Clarke Duncan, and the unique rap rhythm of Beastie Boys frontman Adam “MCA” Yauch.

Moving forward, these stars will be forever famous for the contributions they made and the impact they had on us all.

Celebuzz pays tribute to these late, great stars with a gallery of the 10 biggest celebrity lives lost this year.

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