12 lost in 2012: famous, infamous, unsung

12 lost in 2012: famous, infamous, unsung

It's time to say adios. For the end of the year, I decided to do a roundup of Latinos and Latin Americans who died in 2012. There are the famous, the infamous and the unsung heroes.


Jenni Rivera
The singer and actress died in a plane crash in Mexico on December 9. We lost her too soon.

Carlos Fuentes
The author, novelist and essayist died on May 15 in Mexico City. He left behind a legacy of work that will live on.

Lupe Ontiveros
The actress died on July 26 in California. She starred in many films including "Selena" and "Real Women Have Curves." She made us laugh and cry with her performances.

Chavela Vargas
The famous ranchera singer died August 5. She was born in Costa Rica and in 2007 received a Latin Grammy for Lifetime Achievement. Her voice was legendary.


Griselda Blanco
Also known as the Godmother of Cocaine, Blanco was gunned down on September 3 in Colombia. She was suspected of ordering dozens of drug related slayings in the 1970s and 1980s.

El Lazca
Heriberto Lazcano Lazcano was one of Mexico's most wanted drug lords and the leader of Los Zetas cartel. He was killed October 7 in Mexico and then his body was kidnapped from a funeral home.

Hector "Macho" Camacho
The professional boxer with a controversial personal life was gunned down in Puerto Rico on November 24.

Unsung Heroes

Jose Malena
He was a factory worker who was killed by a steamer machine at a Bumble Bee Tuna Factor October 11 in Los Angeles, according to Colorlines magazine. His death is a tragedy and a reminder of the dangers that factory workers face.

Irma Zamora
This mom from Burbank, Calif, was electrocuted on August 22. She tried to rescue people who had been in a car accident but was killed by a downed power line. Her bravery is an example to us all.

This 16-year-old teen from the Dominican Republic died from leukemia. She was pregnant so doctors refused to give her radiation treatment due to a Dominican law that says the right to life is inviolable from the moment of conception. Her death sparked a debate on abortion and her mother blamed doctors for her daughter's death.

Josephine Jimenez
Jimenez lived to be 100 and died September 15. She was the first Latina high school principal in the Los Angeles Unified school district.

Adrian Silva Moreno
This freelance Mexican journalists was killed November 14 in the state of Puebla, Mexico. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, he and a companion were shot to death after reporting on a large-scale gasoline theft and witnessing and standoff between soldiers and gunmen. Silva is just one of 80 journalists murdered since 2000 in Mexico, according to Reporters Without Borders.

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