Celebrity deaths in 2012 - In Memoriam

Slideshow posted in Photos | Friday, January 20, 2012

14 of 186: Russell Means, a former American Indian Movement activist and 'Last of the Mohicans' actor died at age 72 on October 22, 2012.

An Oglala Sioux Tribe spokeswoman said Means died Monday at his ranch in Porcupine, S.D. Means announced in August 2011 that he had been diagnosed with inoperable throat cancer. He told the Associated Press that he planned to use traditional American Indian remedies instead of mainstream medical treatments.

During his life, Means fought for Native American rights, rallying against broken treaties, fighting for stolen land and raising awareness to the plight of modern Native Americans.

Means was also was known for a handful of Hollywood roles, most notably in the 1992 movie 'The Last of the Mohicans,' in which he portrayed Chingachgook alongside Daniel Day-Lewis' Hawkeye.

He also appeared in the 1994 film 'Natural Born Killers,' voiced Chief Powhatan in the 1995 animated film 'Pocahontas' and guest starred in 2004 on the HBO series 'Curb Your Enthusiasm.'

(Pictured: In a Jan. 31, 1989 file photo, Russell Means testifies before a special investigative committee of the Senate Select Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington.) (AP Photo / Marcy Nighswander)

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