In Memoriam – Legendary People the World Lost in 2013

 “The song is ended, but the melody lingers on…”
-Irving Berlin

The following eight are a few of dead celebrities 2013 – legendary people we lost.

Jerry Buss – Feb 18
The longtime Los Angeles Lakers owner died at LA’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center of kidney failure at 80 years of age. His tenure saw amazing talents including Kareem Adul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal, James Worthy, Byron Scott and Kobe Bryant rise to prominence.

Roger Ebert – April 4
After a long battle with thyroid cancer, one of the most celebrated film critics in history, Roger Ebert died at the age of 70. He passed away only two days after revealing through his blog that his cancer had returned.

David Frost – Aug 31
The 74-year-old legendary journalist died of a heart attack while on a Mediterranean cruise ship. His long career stretched from satire to heavyweight interviews and even television game shows.

Andy Williams – Sep 25
The iconic singer died at his home in Branson, Mo., after a long battle with bladder cancer. The singer was known for lending his voice to classics such as Moon River and Can’t Help Falling in Love, and was dubbed “a national treasure” by President Ronald Regan.

Tom Clancy – Oct 1
The author of famed thrillers turned blockbuster films such as Patriot Games and The Sum of All Fears, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital after a brief illness at the age of 66.

Lou Reed – Oct 27
The pioneering musician who fronted influential rock band The Velvet Underground and won mainstream acclaim with solo songs died at the Long Island home he shared with his wife, Laurie Anderson, following complications from a liver transplant. He was 71 years old.

Nelson Mandela – Dec 5
As one of the most iconic figures in the fight against apartheid rule, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, and South Africa’s first black president, Nelson Mandela is as legendary as they get. Madiba, as he was affectionately referred to, passed away at the age of 95 after his health deteriorated tremendously during the last several months of his life. His funeral was attended by world leaders, dignitaries and other notable persons from all around the world.

Peter O’Toole – Dec 14
The highly acclaimed actor, Peter O’Toole, who shot to international fame in the film classic Lawrence of Arabia, died aged 81 in London after a long illness.


From Paul Walker to Cory Monteith to Gia Allemand and more, 2013 also saw the incredibly untimely and shocking deaths of several celebrities. See other celebrities whose deaths shocked the world, by clicking here.