Celebrity deaths of 2013

The world bid farewell to many influential and recognized people in 2013.


From musicians to actors to world leaders, the world bid farewell to many influential and recognized people in 2013. Here are the top 10 celebrity deaths of 2013 by order of most recent.


Peter O'Toole (Aug. 2, 1932 — Dec. 14, 2013)

Irish actor Peter O'Toole won four Golden Globes, a BAFTA and an Emmy, and was the recipient of an Honorary Academy Award over the course of his career. He was well-known for his role as "T. E. Lawrence" in "Lawrence of Arabia." He died at 81.

Nelson Mandela (July 18, 1918 — Dec. 5, 2013)

The former leader of South Africa gained worldwide recognition for his fight against apartheid, which, at one time, led him to be imprisoned for 27 year. After his release, Mandela went on to be elected president of South Africa. He was 95 when he died.

Paul Walker (Sept. 12, 1973 — Nov. 30, 2013)

Best known for his roles in the "Fast and Furious" franchise, Paul Walker's untimely death happened after a charity even when the car he was a passenger in crashed and burst into flames. He was 40.

Lou Reed (March 2, 1942 — Oct. 27, 2013)

After serving as a member of the band Velvet Underground, Lou Reed went on to have a solo career where he produced the classic hit "Walk on the Wild Side" in 1973. In May, he underwent a liver transplant but died of liver disease several months later. He was 71.

Cory Monteith (May 11, 1982 — July 13, 2013)

In the role of "Finn" on the hit show "Glee," Cory Monteith rose to fame as a teen icon. His personal life, however, was riddled with addition and substance abuse. He died of an overdose after using heroine and alcohol. He was 31.

James Gandolfini (Sept. 18, 1961 — June 19, 2013)

Best known for his character "Tony Soprano" on the HBO series "The Sopranos," James Gandolfini went on to produce documentaries after a long and successful career in TV, film and theater. He died of a heart attack while vacationing in Rome. He was 51.

Margaret Thatcher (Oct. 13, 1925 — April 8, 2013)

As the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990, Margaret Thatcher earned the nickname "Iron Lady" for her leadership style. She remained an active public figure, garnering many awards after her retirement from politics. She passed away from a stroke in April. She was 87.

Roger Ebert (June 18, 1942 — April 4, 2013)

One of the most famous film critics of all time, Roger Ebert together with Gene Siskel, coined the phrase "Two Thumbs Up." Ebert spent 11 years battling cancer for which he underwent many chin, mouth, and throat surgeries, before he died. He was 70.

Hugo Chávez (July 28, 1954 — March 5, 2013)

The contentious leader of Venezuela served as president from 1999 until his death in 2013, during which his administration was considered part of the socialist "pink tide" in Latin America. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2011 and was 58 when he died.

Mindy McCready (Nov. 30, 1975 — Feb. 17, 2013)

After her rise to fame, Mindy McCready's personal life was plagued with problems from arrests to suicide attempts to a highly-publicized affair with baseball star Roger Clemens. In Jan. 2013, the father of her youngest child was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The next month, McCready was also found dead, appearing to have shot herself. She was 37.
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