Notable 2013 Deaths

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James Avery
Actor James Avery, who played Uncle Phil on the famed Will Smith sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," died Dec. 31, according to his publicist. He was 65.
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Actor Peter O'Toole
Actor Peter O'Toole died at age 81 on Dec. 15.
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Paul Walker
Actor Paul Walker, 40, best known for his "Fast and the Furious" films, died in a fiery car crash on Nov. 30, 2013.
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Nelson Mandela died Dec. 5, 2013 at the age of 95. (credit: WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/GettyImages)
Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela died Dec. 5, 2013 at the age of 95. (credit: WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/GettyImages)
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Charlie Trotter
Influential Chicago chef Charlie Trotter died at the age of 54.
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Lou Reed
The Velvet Underground leader and rock pioneer died Oct. 27, at the age of 71.
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Marcia Wallace
Marcia Wallace was best known for playing Robert Hartley's receptionist on "The Bob Newhart Show," as well as providing the voice for Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons" - a role which earned her an Emmy for "Outstanding Voice-Over Performance" in 1992. A breast cancer survivor, Wallace passed away on Oct. 25 at age 70.
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Tom Clancy
Bestselling author Tom Clancy, whose novels -- particularly those centered around CIA agent turned U.S. President Jack Ryan -- have thrilled espionage fans for decades, died Oct. 1 at age 66. Minnesotans will remember that in 1998, he made a bid to purchase the Vikings football team.
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Elmore Leonard
Elmore Leonard, a former adman who later in life became one of America's foremost crime writers, has died. He was 87. His researcher, Gregg Sutter, says Elmore passed away August 20 from complications from a stroke. Leonard's books were populated by pathetic schemers, clever con men and casual killers -- notably "Out of Sight," "Get Shorty" and "Be Cool."
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Lee Thompson Young
Police say the "Famous Jett Jackson" star died from an apparant self-inflicted gunshot wound on Aug. 19, 2013.
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Lisa Robin Kelly
Actress Lisa Robin Kelly, who was best known for playing Topher Grace's sister on "That '70s Show," died at the age of 43 on August 15, 2013. Reports said she passed away in her sleep while in rehab for substance abuse.
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Eileen Brennan
Eileen Brennan, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 1980 film "Private Benjamin" and later won an Emmy for the same role in the CBS TV series based on the film, died of bladder cancer on July 28 at age 80, according to her publicist. She is also known as Mrs. Peacock in the 1985 film "Clue."
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Dennis Farina
Dennis Farina, the real-life police officer who went on to star in the TV drama "Law & Order," died on July 22. He was 69.
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Cory Monteith
Cory Monteith, one of the stars of the hit show "Glee," died Saturday, July 13 at the age of 31.
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James Gandolfini
Actor James Gandolfini died on June 19, 2013, while on vacation in Italy. He was 51.
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Dick Trickle
Dick Trickle,a beloved NASCAR driver, died on May 16 of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 71.
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Dick Trickle
Dick Trickle,a beloved NASCAR driver, died on May 16, 2013, of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 71.
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Jeanne Cooper
Soap opera star Jeanne Cooper died in May at age 84. Cooper played grande dame Katherine Chancellor on CBS' "The Young and the Restless" for nearly four decades.
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Ray Harryhausen
Ray Harryhausen, a special effects master whose sword-fighting skeletons, six-tentacled octopus, and other fantastical creations were adored by film lovers and admired by industry heavyweights, died May 7. He was 92.
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Jeff Hanneman
Jeffrey John "Jeff" Hanneman was a guitarist and founding member of the thrash metal band Slayer. He died on May 2, 2013. He was 49.
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George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today," has died. He was 81.
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George Jones Country Music Legend
Singer/Songwriter George Jones and his NATD Award during the 2012 NATD Honors at The Hermitage Hotel on November 14, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. Jones died on Friday, April 26, 2013, at the age of 81.
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Pat Summerall
Long-time CBS Sports broadcaster Pat Summerall died on April 16 at the age of 82.
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Jonathan Winters
Comic Jonathan Winters, known for popularizing improvisational comedy, died on Thursday, April 11, 2013. He was 87 and died of natural causes, a family friend said.
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Annette Funicello
Actress Annette Funicello, long-time Disney and "Beach Party" star, passed away on Monday April 8 at Mercy Southwest Hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., at the age of 70.
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Margaret Thatcher
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died April 8 after suffering a stroke. She was 87 years old.
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Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert, who brought film criticism to the mainstream with his rival-turned-partner Gene Siskel, died April 4, according to his employer, the Chicago Sun-Times. The 70-year-old had just a few days earlier said he was taking a "leave of presence" after ;learning his cancer had returned.
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Jesus Franco
The incredibly prolific Spanish director Jesus Franco, whose nearly 200-movie CV includes such cult favorites as "Vampyros Lesbos" and "The Awful Dr. Orloff," died April 2 at age 82.
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Phil Ramone
Phil Ramone, the Grammy Award-winning engineer and producer whose platinum touch included recordings with Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon, died March 30 at age 79. Ramone died from complications stemming from heart surgery he had the previous month.
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Richard Griffiths
Tony Award-winning Richard Griffiths was one of the great British stage actors of his generation, a heavy man with a light touch, whether in Shakespeare or Neil Simon. But for millions of movie fans, he will always be grumpy Uncle Vernon, the least magical of characters in the fantastical "Harry Potter" movies.
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Richard Street
Musician Richard Street attends the screening of "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown" at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre on September 3, 2002 in Hollywood, California. The film opens in theaters on November 15, 2002.
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Van Cliburn
Van Cliburn, the internationally celebrated pianist whose triumph at a 1958 Moscow competition helped thaw the Cold War and launched a spectacular career that made him the rare classical musician to enjoy rock-star status, died Feb. 27 after a fight with bone cancer. He was 78.
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C. Everett Koop
Former U. S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop got America's attention on AIDS when it was first emerging, and he denounced smoking. He died on Feb. 25 in New Hampshire. He was 96.
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Jerry Buss
Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers' playboy owner who shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships, died of kidney failure on Feb. 18. The 79-year-old was being hospitalized for cancer..
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Mindy McCready
Singer Mindy McCready performs at the V-Day Presentation of Any One Of Us: Words From Prison at Alice Tully Hall - Lincoln Center June 21, 2006 in New York City. McCready died of an apparent suicide on Feb. 17, 2013. She was 37.
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Donald Byrd
Jazz musician Donald Byrd, a leading hard-bop trumpeter of the 1950s who collaborated on dozens of albums with top artists of his time and later enjoyed commercial success with hit jazz-funk fusion records such as "Black Byrd," has died. He was 80.
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Andrews Sisters
Patty Andrews (pictured center), the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio whose hits such as the rollicking "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B" and the poignant "I Can Dream, Can't I?" captured the home-front spirit of World War II, died Jan. 30. She was 94. The Andrews Sisters were originally from Minnesota.
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Ed Koch
Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, the combative, acid-tongued politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during a three-term City Hall run in which he embodied New York chutzpah for the rest of the world, died Feb. 1. He was 88.
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Conrad Bain
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Conrad Bain
Actor Conrad Bain, famous for playing Mr. Drummond, adoptive father to Arnold and Willis in "Diff'rent Strokes" and Arthur, the conservative foil to Bea Arthur's "Maude," died Jan. 15 at age 89.
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Nagisa Oshima
Nagisa Oshima (pictured left), famed director of the Japanese New Wave whose provocative films like "Death By Hanging," "In the Realm of the Senses" and "Taboo" scandalized art house audiences around the world, died at age 80.
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Patti Page
Patti Page, the "Singing Rage" who stumbled across "Tennessee Waltz" and made it one of the best-selling recordings ever, died on New Year's Day at age 85.
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