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Notable Deaths From 2013

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It was quite a list of celebrity deaths in 2013, former South African President and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Nelson Mandela passed away in this month of the 5th. Imprisoned for 27 years from 1964 to 1982, became the first black president in South African history in 1994.

Actor Peter O’Toole passed away on December 14, 2013 at the age of 81. Most noted for his role as Lawrence of Arabia. O’Toole was nominated for 8 Academy Awards, all as Best Actor, but never won.

Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker died in car crash on November 30, 2013 slamming into a light pole while riding with his friend Roger Rodus. The car burst into flames trapping the men inside. Walker was 40 years old.

Lou Reed, founder of the rock band the Velvet Underground and presence on the rock scene in the 60’s and 70’s, died at the age of 71.

Emmy nominated actress Marcia Wallace died at the age of 70. She was most known for her role as Carol Kester on the Bob Newhart show but made many appearances on T.V. and was the voice Edna Krabappel, the teacher  on the Simpsons.

David Frost, television host best known for a series of interviews with former President Richard Nixon.

In August, 2013 Lee Thompson Young, Disney Channel’s The Famous Jett Jackson died of an apparent suicide. He was currently acting on the TNT show Rizzoli & Isles. He was 29.

Also in August this year long time performer and singer Eydie Gorme passed away at the age of 84. She and husband Steve Lawrence where married for 55 years.

Dennis Farina, a character actor who starred in many films and T.V. shows died in July. Some of his most noted films: Get Shorty, Midnight Run, Saving Private Ryan and Out of Sight. He was 69.

Corey Monteith from the Fox series Glee died at the age of 31 in Vancouver, Canada from a combination of Heroin and Alcohol overdose.

James Gandolfini best known for his role as Tony Soprano on the HBO series The Sopranos died of a heart attack in Italy at the age of 51.

Jean Stapleton who played Edith Bunker on All in the Family died at the age of 90 on May 31st.

Country star and legend George Jones passed away in April of 2013. Jones was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1992, He was 81.

Longtime sports broadcaster Pat Summerall, who broadcast 16 Super Bowl’s and 27 Master’s Golf tournaments died in April at 82.

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