Friday, 27 December 2013

Who we lost in 2013: Nelson Mandela and Paul Walker among the people who died this year

Nelson Mandela and Paul Walker are among those we 039 ve said goodbye to in 2013

A LOOK back at some of the people we've said farewell to in 2013.

 Michael Winner. Director. Born October 30 1935. Died January 21 2013.

Acclaimed film director and restaurant critic Michael Winner died aged 77 after a battle with ill health.Mr Winner, who directed more than 30 films including Death Wish, had last summer revealed he had been given 18 months to live by liver specialists.

He was also famed for his flamboyant Winner's Dinners food column in The Sunday Times. Mr Winner died at his Kensington home and is survived by his wife Geraldine.


Reg Presley. Singer. Born June 12 1941. Died February 4 2013.

The Troggs frontman Reg Presley died aged 71 after a long battle with lung cancer.

The singer, whose band's hits include Wild Thing and Love Is All Around, died at his home in Andover surrounded by family and friends.

The former bricklayer retired from music a year earlier after suffering a series of strokes. He is survived by his wife Brenda, daughter Karen and son Jason.

  Richard Briers. Actor. Born January 14 1934. Died February 17 2013.
Richard Briers, best known for his role on classic sitcom The Good Life, died aged 79.

Mr Briers, who played Tom Good alongside Felicity Kendall in the seventies show, had been battling lung disease for several years.

His agent said the actor died peacefully at his home. He is survived by wife Ann and their two children Lucy and Kate.

Hugo Chávez. Former Venezuelan president. Born July 28 1954. Died March 5 2013.
Hugo Chávez, the controversial far-Left president of Venezuela, died aged 58 after 14 years in power.
The country's flamboyant leader died in the country's capital Caracas after developing a severe respiratory infection during his two-year battle with cancer.
Chavez, who liked to dress in a paratrooper's red beret with dark green uniform, viewed ex-Cuban leader Fidel Castro as a mentor and aligned his country with nations opposed to America.

Frank Thornton. Actor. Born January 15 1921. Died March 16 2013.
Frank Thornton, best known for his role as Captain Peacock in Are You Being Served?, died in his sleep aged 92.
The stage and screen star, who also played Truly in Last Of The Summer Wine, passed away peacefully at his home in London.
The comedy actor is survived by his wife of 67 years Beryl, their daughter Jane and their three grandchildren.
Richard Griffiths. Actor. Born July 31 1947. Died March 28 2013.
Richard Griffiths, best known for his roles in the Harry Potter series and Withnail and I, died aged 65.
Mr Griffiths, who also starred in The History Boys and TV series Pie in The Sky, passed after complications following heart surgery.
The Tony and Olivier Award winning actor died at the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire. He is survived by his wife of more than thirty years Heather Gibson.
Nelson Mandela, Paul Walker and Margaret Thatcher are among those we've said goodbye to this year
Margaret Thatcher. Former Prime Minister. Born October 13 1925. Died April 8 2013.
Britain's first and only female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died aged 87 after a stroke.

Baroness Thatcher, who had long battled ill health, passed away at London's Ritz hotel where she was staying following an operation.

Lady Thatcher was given a ceremonial funeral which saw thousands line the street as her coffin was driven to St Paul's Cathedral.

Her ashes were buried alongside her beloved husband Denis at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. She is survived her son Mark, daughter Carol and her two grandchildren Michael and Amanda.
Richie Havens. Musician. Born January 21 1941. Died April 22 2013.

Richie Havens, who opened the legendary 1969 Woodstock festival, died aged 72 after a heart attack.

The American folk singer died at his home in New Jersey and his ashes were later scattered from a plane over the site of the iconic music festival.

Mr Havens was catapulted to fame after a three-hour set at Woodstock which involved numerous encores. He is survived by three children, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
Iain Banks. Author. Born February 16 1954. Died June 9 2013.

Award winning author Iain Banks died aged 59 two months after announcing he was suffering from terminal gall bladder cancer.

The Wasp Factory writer died less than a fortnight before the publication of his final book The Quarry, which looks at the last moments of a cancer suffering.

His wife Adele said the Scottish author died painlessly. Social networking site Twitter said Mr Bank's death was their top UK news story of 2013.
James Gandolfini. Actor. Born September 18 1961. Died June 19 2013.

The Sopranos star James Gandolfini died aged 51 after suffering a heart attack in Italy while on holiday.

The Emmy award winning actor, best known for his role as Tony Soprano on the HBO series, was found in his hotel room by his 13-year-old son. He was pronounced dead at hospital.

Sopranos creator David Chase called the Mr Gandolfini a "genius" while Brad Pitt said he would miss him "dearly". He is survived by his wife Deborah Lin and his son Michael and daughter Liliana.
Bernie Nolan. Actress and singer. Born October 17 1960. Died July 4 2013.

Actress and singer Bernie Nolan died aged 52 after losing her battle with breast cancer.

The former lead singer of The Nolans, who was first diagnosed with cancer in 2010, passed away surrounded by family and friends at her home in Surrey.

The singer had received an all clear in 2010 following a course of chemotherapy before the cancer returned in 2012 and was diagnosed as incurable. She is survived by her husband Steve Doneathy and their daughter Erin.
Alan Whicker. Journalist. Born August 4 1921. Died July 12 2013.

Broadcaster Alan Whicker, whose TV career spanned almost six decades, died aged 87 after suffering from bronchial pneumonia.

The journalist, best known for his long-running globe-trotting series Whicker's World, passed away in his sleep at his home in Jersey.

Mr Whicker joined the BBC in 1957 after serving as a captain in the Second World War. He is survived by his partner of more than 40 years Valerie Kleeman.
Cory Monteith. Actor. Born May 11 1982. Died July 13 2013.

Cory Monteith, best known for his role on TV series Glee, died aged 31 after an alcohol and heroin overdose.

The actor, who played Finn Hudson on the musical comedy, was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room.

A episode of Glee, called The Quarterback, was broadcast in October which paid tribute to Mr Monteith. It featured an emotional performance from his on and off screen girlfriend Lea Michele.
Mel Smith. Comedian. Born 3 December 1952. Died 19 July 2013.

Mel Smith, best known for his roles in sketch shows Alas Smith and Jones and Not The Nine O'Clock News, died of a heart attack aged 60.

The comedian was found dead at his home in the capital by emergency services after an ambulance was called.

Griff Rhys Jones, his friend of 35 years, described Mr Smith as a "force for life". He is survived by his wife Pam and their daughter Alexandra.
Sir David Frost. Journalist. Born April 7 1939. Died August 31 2013.

Iconic broadcaster Sir David Frost, best known for his interviews with disgraced US president Richard Nixon, died aged 74.

The journalist died of a heart attack while aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship where he was due to give a speech.

Sir David's career also included daytime TV presenting and being the face of satirical show The Frost Report. He is survived by his three children and wife Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard.
Lou Reed. Musician. Born March 2 1942. Died October 27 2013.

Influential singer and songwriter Lou Reed died aged 71 from a liver disease.

The former Velvet Underground frontman was responsible for iconic songs Walk On The Wild Side and Perfect Day.

He passed away at his New York home after having a liver transplant earlier in the year. He is survived by his wife of more than five years Laurie Anderson.
Lewis Collins. Actor. Born May 27 1946. Died November 27 2013.

The Professionals star Lewis Collins died aged 67 after a five-year battle with cancer.

The actor, best known for his role as Bodie in the spy police drama, passed away at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by his family.

He is survived by wife Michelle Larrett and three children Cameron, Elliot and Oliver.
Paul Walker. Actor. Born September 12 1973. Died November 30 2013.

The Fast & Furious star Paul Walker died aged 40 when a car he was travelling in crashed and then was engulfed in a fireball.

The actor, who played Brian O'Conner in the Hollywood series, was a passenger in a Porsche supercar driven by friend Roger Rodas which hit into a lamp post in California.

Both Mr Walker and Mr Rodas died in the high speed collision. He is survived by his daughter Meadow Walker and long-term girlfriend Jasmine Pilchard-Gosnell.
Nelson Mandela. Anti-apartheid activist. Born July 18 1918. Died December 5 2013.

Nelson Mandela, the activist who played a pivotal role ending apartheid in South Africa, died aged 95 from a prolonged lung infection.

The man who united a nation in the post-apartheid era as President died at his Johannesburg home surrounded by family and friends.

President Jacob Zuma described Mr Mandela as South Africa's "greatest son" and declared a national mourning period of ten days.

Mr Mandela was given a state funeral and buried at his ancestral home in Qunu. The Nobel Peace Prize winner is survived by his wife Graça Machel and his five children.
Peter O'Toole. Actor. Born 2 August 1932. Died 14 December 2013.

Award winning actor Peter O'Toole, who shot to fame with Oscar winning classic Lawrence of Arabia, died aged 81 after a long illness.

The film and stage star, who was nominated for an Oscar eight times, passed away at the Wellington Hospital in London.

The Bafta and Emmy award winning screen icon announced his retirement from acting last year. He is survived by his three children Kate, Patricia and Lorcan.
Ronnie Biggs. Criminal. Born August 8 1929. Died December 18 2013.

Ronnie Biggs, who went on the run for 36 years after taking part in the Great Train Robbery, died aged 84.

Biggs, who was part of the gang that escaped with £2.6 million from a Glasgow to London train in 1963, died at Barnet's Carlton Court Care Home where he was being cared for.

In 1974 the Express famously tracked down Biggs to Rio where he was hiding after escaping from Wandsworth Prison. Biggs was serving a 30 year sentence there.


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