A look back at this epic year in celebrity news would not be complete without reflecting upon some of the brightest stars who said goodbye to us in 2012.
Here are 12 of the most notable pop culture figures - from singers to actors to authors and even historical figures - who passed away this year:
12. Donna Summer, disco's queen, became synonymous with an entire genre of music with hits like "Love to Love You Baby" and "Last Dance."
11. Ray Bradbury was an author ahead of even his sci-fi time.