Celebrity deaths in 2012 - In Memoriam

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16 of 186: Sammi Kane Kraft, who portrayed Amanda Whurlitzer in the 2005 remake of 'Bad News Bears,' has died in a car accident in Los Angeles on October 9, at age 20.

The former actress was a passenger in an Audi that rear-ended a big rig and was hit by another car on Los Angeles' Interstate 10, according to the Associated Press. Kraft was pronounced dead at the hospital while the 21-year-old female driver was treated for moderate injuries and arrested on suspicion of drunk driving.

Kraft portrayed the pitcher and only female member on an all-male baseball team in 'Bad News Bears,' a role which was originated by Tatum O'Neal in the original 1976 film. She was discovered at age 13, while pitching on an LA baseball diamond.

(Pictured: Sammi Kane Kraft appears in a still from the 2005 remake, 'Bad News Bears.' ) (Paramount Pictures)