Hilary Hinton, AKA Zig Ziglar, passed away this week. My favorite quote from this celebrated motivational speak was;
"Don't be distracted by criticism.Remember-the only taste of success some people have when they take a bite out of you."
Who else died in 2012? Another chance to salute those famous folks who made our lives brighter.
Larry Hagman -American film and television actor best known for playing ruthless oil baron J. R. Ewing in the 1980s primetime television soap opera Dallas passed away from cancer just last week.
Adam Yauch - Best known as one of the founding members of the trailblazing hip-hop group the Beastie Boys, Yauch, also known by his stage name MCA, was also a film director and human rights activist. At age 47, Yauch unfortunately lost his almost three year battle with cancer on May 4.
Michael Clarke Duncan - "The Green Mile" actor Michael Clarke Duncan died at the age of 54 on September 3 in a Los Angeles hospital after nearly two months of treatment following a July 13 heart attack.
Phyllis Diller - Best know for her stand-up act, she died at the age of 95 on August 20.
Tony Scott - Director of "The Hunger," "Top Gun," and "Enemy of the State," Scott died after jumping off a bridge in Los Angeles on August 19.
Ron Palillo - Ron Palillo was best known as the nerdy high schooler Arnold Horshack on "Welcome Back, Kotter." He died August 14 of an apparent heart attack. He was 63.
Sherman Hemsley - The late star of the television sitcom "The Jeffersons" refused treatment for lung cancer in the weeks before he died of what a coroner says were complications from the disease on July 24.
Ernest Borgnine - Perhaps best remembered for his Oscar-winning performance in the film "Marty", Borgnine continued to act until his death, voicing a character on "SpongeBob SquarePants" and earning an Emmy Nomination on the TV series "ER." He was 95 when he passed away on July 8.
Andy Griffith - Star of beloved television programs "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Matlock", Griffith died of a heart attack on July 3.
Nora Ephron - Director, author, journalist, playwright, and three-time Academy Award nominated screenwriter, Nora Ephron passed away on June 26 after a secret multi-year battle with acute myeloid leukemia.
Robin Gibb - Co-founder of The Bee Gees, Gibb was 62 when he lost his battle with colon cancer on May 20.
Donna Summer - The Queen of Disco lost her battle with cancer on May 17.
George Lindsey - Goober Pyle on "The Andy Griffith Show", Lindsey died May 6 at age 83.
Levon Helm - Helm was a key member of The Band and an occasional movie participant. He narrated The Right Stuff and had a memorable bit part in Shooter starring Mark Wahlberg. He died April 19.
Dick Clark - Clark died of a massive heart attack on April 18.
Davy Jones - Lead singer of hit '60s band The Monkees, Jones' died at age 66 on February 29 after suffering a heart attack.
Don Cornelius - Cornelius, creator and host of the long-running, groundbreaking TV dance show "Soul Train," committed suicide on February 1.
Etta James - The "At Last" crooner passed away on January 20 due to complications from leukemia.
And the most shocking loss of the year:
Whitney Houston - The multi-Grammy winning singer and actress's struggles with drug addiction are thought to have contributed to her unexpected and untimely demise at age 48 on February 11.
Here is a short look at her final moments on screen for her last big project, the movie Sparkle, which was just released on DVD.