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American Indian activist Russell Means poses for a portrait at his home in Scottsdale

American Indian activist Russell Means poses for a portrait at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona, October 28, 2011. Means is used to battles, having faced off against the U.S. government early and often throughout his high-profile life. Now the controversial former leader of the American Indian Movement is engaged in a different fight -- against advanced esophageal cancer. To match story PEOPLE-MEANS/ REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY POLITICS HEALTH)

Notable deaths 2012