Local celebrities who died in 2012
Several public figures passed away in 2012. Here are just some of the most memorable names:
The legendary Penn State coach died in January weeks after being fired due to fallout from the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. JoePa was 85.
Specter, an institution in the U.S. Senate after serving five terms, died in October following a battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Specter was 82.
The son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid died in August of an accidental heroin overdose during training camp at Lehigh University. He was 29.
Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua
The Cardinal and former leader of the Philadelphia Archdiocese died in January at the age of 88 before he could testify in the landmark priest sex abuse trial.