Dec 31, 2013 | G-BLOG | 0 comments

In Remembrance: Celebrity Deaths of 2013

Over the course of this year we have lost many memorable people who have touched our hearts in some way, both in and out the public eye. Below are a few stars we’ve lost this year:
January 1st: Singer Patti Page passed away at age 85. Her biggest hit was “(How Much is that) Doggie in the Window?” 
January 14th: Conrad Bain died of natural causes at 89. He played the dad on “Diff’rent Strokes”, 
February 1st: Former New York mayor Edward Koch died of heart failure. He was 88.  He served three terms as mayor, from 1978 to 1989.
April 4th: Roger Ebert died at the age of 70 after an 11-year battle with various cancers. His wife says he smiled and passed away peacefully.
April 8th: Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died at 87. She will be forever known as the “Iron Lady.”
April 8th: Original “Mickey Mouse Club” Mousketeer Annette Funicello died after a long battle with multiple sclerosis. She was 70 years old.
April 11th: Legendary comedian Jonathan Winters died of natural causes at the age 87. Some of you might know him best as the voice of Papa Smurf in the “Smurf” movies, or as Robin Williams’ son Mearth on “Mork & Mindy”.
April 22nd: A folk music icon, Richie Havens passed away of a sudden heart attack at his home in Jersey City at the age of 72. Havens made history in 1969 as the first performer at Woodstock Music & Art Fair, and was known for his covers of songs like Bob Dylan’s “Just Like a Woman.”
May 1st: Chris Kelly  (the Mac Daddy of Kris Kross) OD’d on a fatal mix of drugs that his mom says included cocaine and heroin.  He was only 34.
May 20th: ‘Doors’ keyboardist Ray Manzarek died after a “lengthy battle with bile duct cancer.”  He was 74.
May 31st: Jean Stapleton, who played Edith Bunker on “All in the Family”, passed away of natural causes.  She was 90.
June 19th: James Gandolfini suffered a massive heart attack in Rome, where he was vacationing with his 13-year-old son.  He was 51.
June 29th: “Black Belt Jones” superstar Jim Kelly died of cancer at the age of 67.  He got his start in the 1973 Bruce Lee movie “Enter the Dragon”.
July 13th: “Glee” star Cory Monteith overdosed on heroin and alcohol.  Lea Michele wrote a song called “If You Say So” for her debut album and also got those words tattooed on her ribcage because they were the last ones he spoke to her.
July 22nd: Former “Law & Order” star Dennis Farina died from a blood clot in his lung at 69.  One of the reasons he was so good at tough guy roles is because he was actually a REAL cop for 18 years before turning to acting at age 37.
August 19th: “Rizzoli & Isles” actor Lee Thompson Young committed suicide at the age of 29.  He was once the star of the Disney Channel’s “The Famous Jett Jackson”. and played a guy who committed suicide on ABC’s “Flash Forward”.
August 31st: Legendary British journalist David Frost died of a heart attack at 74.  He was most famous for his interviews with Richard Nixon after Watergate.
October 1st: Tom Clancy died at 66.  He’s best known for his Jack Ryan novels, including “The Hunt for Red October”, “Patriot Games”, “Clear and Present Danger”, and “The Sum of All Fears”.  
October 27th: Lou Reed died of complications from liver disease at the age of 71.  His song “Walk on the Wild Side” was a huge solo hit, but you may also remember him as the frontman for the Velvet Underground in the ’60s.
October 25th: Marcia Wallace who did the voice of teacher Edna Krabappel on “The Simpsons” died of complications from breast cancer. You’d also know her as Bob Newhart’s secretary Carol on “The Bob Newhart Show” in the ’70s.
November 30th: “Fast and the Furious” star Paul Walker was killed in a Horrific car crash when a Porsche being driven by a friend slammed into a light post and exploded. They were both killed instantly.  Paul was just 40 years old.
December 5th: Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 for his efforts to abolish apartheid and end poverty, and he became the first black president of South Africa in 1994.
December 14th:  “Lawrence of Arabia” star Peter O’Toole died at the age of 81.  He’d held the record for the most Oscar nominations without a win.  After eight failed attempts to earn one, they finally gave him an honorary Oscar in 2003.
December 23rd: Jeffrey Pollack, one of the producers of ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and director of ‘Above The Rim’, was found by an unidentified man on the beach Greenbelt, in Hermosa Beach, California, dressed in jogging clothes and carrying an iPod that was still playing ‘The Eagles’, when police arrived. He was 54.

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