Local celebrities who died in 2012

Several public figures said goodbye this year, including Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

Several public figures passed away in 2012. Here are just some of the most memorable names:


Joe Paterno


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.


Arlen Specter


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.

Garrett Reid

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.

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