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:

Posted in: R.I.P.

Spoiler alert: This article contains some words and phrases that some people want to ban from the English language. Spoiler alert: Spoiler alert is among them.

The List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness was compiled by Michigan’s Lake Superior State University.

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The fiscal cliff is overrated by some measures. It's just the beginning, by others.

The economy won't cease to exist if the cliff is breached. However, prospects for a long-term recovery - and the political system's ability to institute positive change - are in doubt.

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It's Black Monday in the NFL, as multiple teams have given the axe to their head coaches less than 24 hours after completing their final game of the regular season.

Foremost among the men looking for new jobs? Andy Reid, the Eagles' career leader in wins whose squad stumbled to a 4-12 record this year.

Posted in: Sports