Year-in-review: Notable deaths in 2013Loading
  • Obit Patti Page
    JANUARY: Patti Page, 85. Singer who stumbled across "Tennessee Waltz" and made it one of the best-selling recordings ever. Jan. 1. Text by The Associated Press
    AP
  • US NEWS HOWSER-OBIT LA
    Huell Howser, 67. Homespun host of public television's popular "California's Gold" travelogues. Jan. 6.
    Jay L. Clendenin | MCT
  • Obit Swartz
    Aaron Swartz, 26. Co-founder of Reddit and activist who fought to make online content free to the public. Jan. 11. Suicide.
    Michael Francis McElroy | AP
  • 2013 Sports Deaths
    Earl Weaver, 82. Fiery Hall of Fame manager who won 1,480 games with baseball's Baltimore Orioles. Jan. 19.
    uncredited | AP
  • 2013 Sports Deaths
    Stan Musial, 92. St. Louis Cardinals star with the corkscrew stance and too many batting records to fit on his Hall of Fame plaque. Jan. 19.
    Warren M. Winterbottom | AP
  • Obit-Patty Andrews
    Patty Andrews, 94. Last 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. Jan. 30.
    uncredited | AP
  • TV PEOPLE'S COURT
    FEBRUARY: Ed Koch, 88. Former New York mayor and combative politician who rescued the city from near-financial ruin during three City Hall terms. Feb. 1.
    MARK LENNIHAN | AP
  • 2013 Sports Deaths
    Jerry Buss, 80. Los Angeles Lakers' playboy owner who shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships from the '80s Showtime dynasty to the Kobe Bryant era. Feb. 18.
    Damian Dovarganes | AP
  • Obit Koop
    C. Everett Koop, 96. He raised the profile of the surgeon general by riveting America's attention on the then-emerging disease known as AIDS and by railing against smoking. Feb. 25.
    ANDREW SULLIVAN | AP
  • US NEWS CLIBURN-OBIT 7 FT
    Van Cliburn, 78. 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. Feb. 27.
    Paul Moseley | MCT
  • Venezuela Hugo Chavez Obit
    MARCH: Hugo Chavez, 58. Fiery populist president of Venezuela who declared a socialist revolution, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America. March 5. Cancer.
    Roberto Candia | AP
  • SUNDANCE INSIDE DEEP THROAT
    Harry Reems, 65. Male star of the 1972's "Deep Throat," which brought pornographic film to mainstream audiences. March 19.
    DOUGLAS C. PIZAC | AP
  • US NEWS EBERT-OBIT 1 ABA
    APRIL: Roger Ebert, 70. First journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize for movie criticism, who, on his long-running TV review program, wielded the nation's most influential thumb. April 4.
    LIONEL HAHN | MCT
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    Margaret Thatcher, 87. Conservative British prime minister who infuriated European allies, found a fellow believer in Ronald Reagan and transformed her country by a ruthless dedication to free markets. April 8. Stroke.
    Kim D. Johnson | Sacramento Bee Staff Photo
  • Obit Funicello
    Annette Funicello, 70. Child star as a perky Mouseketeer on "The Mickey Mouse Club" in the 1950s, who then teamed with Frankie Avalon on a string of '60s fun-in-the-sun movies with names like "Beach Party Bingo." April 8. Complications from multiple sclerosis.
    Uncredited | AP
  • COMEDY CENTRAL
    Jonathan Winters, 87. Cherub-faced comedian whose breakneck improvisations and misfit characters inspired the likes of Robin Williams and Jim Carrey. April 11.
    BW
  • Obit Summerall
    Pat Summerall, 82. Deep-voiced NFL player-turned-broadcaster who spent half of his four decades calling sports famously paired with John Madden. April 16.
    Rob Clark | AP
  • Obit Al Neuharth
    Al Neuharth, 89. Founder of USA Today, the nation's most widely read newspaper. April 19.
    PETER COSGROVE | AP
  • Obit George Jones
    George Jones, 81. Peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaker "He Stopped Loving Her Today." April 26.
    MARK HUMPHREY | AP
  • Obit-Chris Kelly
    MAY: Chris Kelly, 34. Half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decade's most memorable songs with "Jump." May 1. Drug overdose.
    Jonathan Phillips | AP
  • Obit-Joyce Brothers
    Joyce Brothers, 85. Pop psychologist who pioneered the television advice show in the 1950s and enjoyed a long career as a syndicated columnist, author, and TV and film personality. May 13.
    Nick Ut | AP
  • Obit-Ray Manzarek
    Ray Manzarek, 74. Founding member of the 1960s rock group The Doors whose versatile and often haunting keyboards complemented Jim Morrison's gloomy baritone. May 20. Cancer.
    Chris Pizzello | CHRIS PIZZELLO/ INVISION/ AP
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    Jean Stapleton, 90. Stage-trained character actress who played Archie Bunker's far better half, the sweetly naive Edith, in TV's groundbreaking 1970s comedy "All in the Family." May 31.
    CBS Inc.
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    JUNE: Esther Williams, 91. Swimming champion-turned-actress who starred in glittering, aquatic Technicolor musicals of the 1940s and 1950s. June 6.
  • 2013 Sports Deaths
    David "Deacon" Jones, 74. Hall of Fame defensive end credited with coining the word sack for how he knocked down quarterbacks. June 3.
    Uncredited | AP
  • NIGHT STALKER
    Richard Ramirez, 53. Serial killer known as the Night Stalker who left satanic signs at murder scenes during a reign of terror in the 1980s. June 7. Liver failure.
    LENNOX MCLENDON | AP
  • TV Sopranos Ending
    James Gandolfini, 51. Actor whose portrayal of a brutal but emotionally delicate crime boss in HBO's "The Sopranos" turned the mobster stereotype on its head. June 19. Heart attack.
    Craig Blankenhorn | AP
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    JULY: Doug Engelbart, 88 (right). Visionary who invented the computer mouse and developed other technology that has transformed the way people work, play and communicate. July 2.
    JULIE STUPSKER | KRT
  • Obit Cory Monteith
    Cory Monteith, 31. Actor on the television show "Glee" who had struggled for years with substance abuse. July 13. Overdose of heroin and alcohol.
    Jordan Strauss | Jordan Strauss/ Invision/ AP
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    Helen Thomas, 92. Irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill nine presidents. July 20.
    PHILIPPE NOBLE
  • Obit Dennis Farina
    Dennis Farina, 69. Onetime Chicago cop who as a popular character actor played a TV cop on "Law & Order" during his wide-ranging career. July 22.
    Matt Sayles | AP
  • Obit Virginia Johnson
    Virginia Johnson, 88. Half of the husband-wife research team that transformed the study of sex in the 1960s and wrote two best-selling books on sexuality. July 24.
    James A. Finley | AP
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    AUGUST: George Duke, 67. Grammy-winning keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul in a 40-year-plus career. Aug. 5.
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  • Obit Elmore Leonard
    Elmore Leonard, 87. Acclaimed crime novelist whose best-sellers and the movies made from them chronicled the violent deaths of many a thug. Aug. 20. Complications from a stroke.
    Paul Sancya | AP
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    Lee Thompson Young, 29. Actor who as a teen starred in "The Famous Jett Jackson" and was featured in the film "Friday Night Lights" and the TV series "Rizzoli & Isles." Aug. 19. Apparent suicide.
    Ralph Nelson
  • Britain Frost Obit
    David Frost, 74. Veteran broadcaster who won fame around the world for his interview with former President Richard Nixon. Aug. 31.
    AP
  • Obit Norton Boxing
    Ken Norton, 70. Former heavyweight champion who beat Muhammad Ali and then lost a controversial decision to him in Yankee Stadium. Sept. 18.
    Anonymous | AP
  • Obit Tom Clancy
    OCTOBER: Tom Clancy, 66. His high-tech, Cold War thrillers such as "The Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games" made him the most widely read and influential military novelist of his time. Oct. 1.
    David Burnett | ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • 2013 Sports Deaths
    Bum Phillips, 90. Folksy Texas football icon who coached the Houston Oilers during their Luv Ya Blue heyday and later led the New Orleans Saints. Oct. 18.
    Uncredited | AP
  • FOLEY AMBASSADOR
    Tom Foley, 84. Courtly former speaker of the U.S. House who lost his seat when Republicans seized control of Congress in 1994. Oct. 18. Complications from a stroke.
    JOE MARQUETTE | AP
  • HUNGARY LOU REED
    Lou Reed, 71. Punk poet of rock 'n' roll who profoundly influenced generations of musicians as leader of the Velvet Underground and remained a vital solo performer for decades after. Oct. 27.
    LAJOS SOOS | AP
  • TV CHARLIE TROTTER
    NOVEMBER: Charlie Trotter, 54. Award-winning chef and self-taught culinary master whose namesake Chicago restaurant elevated the city's cuisine and provided a training ground for top chefs. Nov. 5.
    JILL CONNELLY | AP
  • BRITAIN NOBEL PRIZE LESSING
    Doris Lessing, 94. Nobel Prize-winning, often-polarizing author of "The Golden Notebook" and other novels that reflected her own improbable journey across the former British empire. Nov. 17.
    MATT DUNHAM | AP
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    Sylvia Browne, 77. Psychic who made frequent appearances on programs such as "Larry King Live" and "The Montel Williams Show." Nov. 20.
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    Paul Walker, 40. Star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series. Nov. 30. Car crash.
    Photo Credit: Jaimie Trueblood /
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    DECEMBER: Nelson Mandela, 95. Colossus of the 20th century who emerged from 27 years in prison to negotiate an end to white minority rule in South Africa and became that nation's first black president. Dec. 5.
    Theana Calitz | AP
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    Peter O'Toole, 81. Charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom in "Lawrence of Arabia" and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award. Dec. 14.
    handout | AP
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    Joan Fontaine, 96 (left). Academy Award-winning actress who found stardom playing naive wives in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicion" and "Rebecca" and also was featured in films by Billy Wilder, Fritz Lang and Nicholas Ray. Dec. 15.
    TCM
  • Apocalypse Saturday
    Harold Camping, 92. California preacher who used his evangelical radio ministry and billboards to predict the end of the world and then gave up public prophecy when his date-specific doomsdays did not come to pass. Dec. 15.
    Brandon Tauszik | AP
  • WORLD NEWS KALASHNIKOV 2 ZUM
    Mikhail Kalashnikov, 94. His work as a weapons designer for the Soviet Union is immortalized in the name of the world's most popular firearm, the AK-47 assault rifle, which is often called "a Kalashnikov." Dec. 23.
    PhotoXpress | KRT
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