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Public Figures and Celebrities We Lost in 2013

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It’s been a rough year for celebrities. Depending on your criteria for the status of a celebrity, nearly 100 famous and semi famous folks have passed over to the other side this year. With only a little more than 30 days left in this year, here are some of the more well known celebrities that have passed on in 2013.

Recently we saw the demise of famous musician Lou Reed who gave the generation the saying “Take a Walk on the Wild Side.”

We said goodbye to Marcia Wallace the receptionist from the Bob Newhart show – She was also the voice of Ms. Edna Krabappel on the Simpsons.

Astronaut Scott Carpenter who was one of the pioneers of the space race and a Mercury astronaut left us only three short days before his fiftieth birthday.

Age 66 was the final chapter in author Tom Clancy’s book of life. The cold war author was a staple read for many Americans and many of his books made the transition into film.

The gaming community lost Hiroshi Yamauchi, the head of Nintendo. He was the man that led the company for 50 years and transitioned them from a company based on cards and card games to the electronic giant it is today.

David Frost, most noted for his interview work with Richard Nixon passed away this year of what was determined to be a heart attack on the cruise ship Queen Elizabeth.

Lisa Robin Kelly, the blonde sexpot from that Seventies Show passed away in August while in a rehab center in California.

Eydie Gorme, the dancing sensation that once combined vocals and talent with Steve Lawrence to dazzle the world called it quits this year at the age of 84.

The actress Karen Black who made it to the top in such cult classics as Easy Rider and Five Easy Pieces succumbed to cancer in early August at the age of 74.

Legendary Guitarist JJ Cale who penned hits for Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd among others passed away of a heart attack in July at the age of 74.

Dennis Farina has had many memorable acting parts in his life. The curtain closed on his final performance on July 22. Often portrayed as a gangster, Farina spent 18 years on the Chicago PD.

Cory Monteith who was riding high on the series Glee died of an apparent overdoes in Canada this past year.

The actor who made Tony Soprano a household word, James Gandolfini, passed away in June while on a retreat in Italy.

Country star Slim Whitman, best known for his TV commercials selling his music, passed away in June from heart failure in Florida at the ripe old age of 90.

Edith Bunker is a name synonymous with the word Dingbat. That character was played by Jean Stapleton who joined the ranks of the angles at the age of 90.

The person that many grew up listening to, Dr. Joyce Brothers took her talents to a new plain when she passed away this year.

Soap Opera fans lost Jeanne Cooper who was best known for her role for nearly forty years as Katherine Chancellor on the Young and the Restless.

Chris Kelly from the 90s rap group known as Kris Cross left us from Atlanta in May of this year.

Ray Mazarek, the keyboardist who is best known for his work playing both keys and the bass lines on the keyboards for the legendary group the Doors, passed on through to the other side on May 20 and is no doubt reunited and playing with his predeceased band Mate, Jim Morrison.

On May 5th Cervical Cancer silenced the woman known as the Queen of the Blues; Shirley Lewis was 76 years old.

Country music superstar George Jones left the world of music clamoring about his unexpected and many say untimely departure in late April.

Richie Havens who was best known for his soulfully crafted performances at the rock concert Woodstock passed from a heart attack in April.

Fifty Three year old Chrissy Amphlett, the lead singer for the group DiVinyls whose glory to fame was the song “I Touch Myself” Passed away

The comedian Jonathan Winters who was the actor whom many people grew up listening, watching and laughing at the antics of passed away of natural causes at 87 years of age.

Many Mousketeers shed tears for the passing of Annette Funicello who left this life at the young age of seventy.

Many of us remember Roger Ebert as half of the duo Siskill and Ebert who were the authorities on movies good and bad and they pretty much let us know if it was good or bad with a thumbs up or a thumbs down.

Grammy Winning producer Phil Ramone who worked with everyone from Billy Joel to Paul Simon and Ray Charles amassing a total of 14 Grammys died.

Many of the older folks out there remember Harry Reems. He was the star of the 70s hard porn flick “Deep Throat”. He moved on at the age of 65.

William Moody, best known as Paul Bearer in the World Wrestling Entertainment Company and manager for the superstars The Undertaker and Kane left the ring in early March at the age of 58.

Bonnie Franklin, a star of the 70s sitcom”One Day at a Time”, passed away at age 69 from complications of pancreatic cancer.

The world famous Texas pianist Van Cliburn passed away in February after a long battle with bone cancer.

Most everyone will remember C. Everett Koop. He was the surgeon General for many, many years. He passed away at age 96 on February 25.

The country entertainment world was saddened at the apparent suicide of thirty seven year old Mindy McCready who was having some trouble getting her career back on track following some personal issues.

Baseball great Stan Musial, a hall of fame inductee and one of the greatest hitters that the St. Louis Cardinals ever had, died at age 92.

The last remaining Andrews sister, Patty Andrews, passed away in January at the age of 94. The three sisters set the tone for modern harmony in female groups.

The age old columnist who helped many a troubled person, Abigail Van Buren (Dear Abby) found herself silenced at the age of 94 in mid January.

While the name Conrad Bain is not one that many folks can remember off the top of their heads. Many remember his work as the white father of two African-American children in the situation comedy "Diff'rent Strokes," Passed away in early January.

Everyone remembers the song the “Tennessee Waltz”; it was the third best selling song ever. The singer who made is famous, Patty Paige started the year 2013 off by passing away on January 1 at age 85.

Paul Walker – One time soap star but best known for his role in the Fast & Furious Motion Pictures series.

Sylvia Brown – Psychic who spent lots of time doing readings on daytime talk shows.

Nelson Mandela – One of the most famous activists of all time.

Ray Price - The Cherokee Cowboy best known for his song, "For The Good Times."

James Avery – The Dad on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air looks to be the last death of 2013. He passed away on New Year’s Eve. – 2013.

All of these folks have touched many lives both in person and by whatever their life work was. May they all rest in peace and never be forgotten but remembered only with smiles.



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