Paul Walker, Cory Monteith, and Other Celebrities Who Died in 2013

December 31, 2013 Updated: December 31, 2013

Paul Walker may have been the biggest death of 2013, but many other celebrities also passed away this year.

Paul Walker

Walker was 40 when he died in a fiery car crash on November 30. The actor was best known for his recurring role in the “Fast & Furious” films, as Brian O’Connor.

Tom Clancy

The high-profile writer was known for his high-tech thrillers, making him the most widely read and influential military novelist of his time. He died at age 66 on Oct. 1.

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-Lou Reed

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. Died at age 71 on Oct. 27.

-Peter O’Toole

Charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom as the title character of “Lawrence of Arabia” and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award. He died at age 81 on Dec. 14.

-James Gandolfini

Actor who was best known for playing the Mafia crime boss Tony Sporano in “The Sopranos,” a popular television series on HBO. He died on June 19 in Rome from a heart attack.

Cory Monteith

The “Glee” actor was 31 when he died on July 13 from what was later revealed as an overdose of heroin and alcohol. He had been struggling for years with substance abuse.

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Lee Thompson Young

This young actor was known for his roles in “The Famous Jett Jackson” and “Rizzoli & Isles” on television and the film “Friday Night Lights.” His death appeared to come from suicide. He was 29 when he died on August 19.

-George Duke

The Grammy-winning keyboardist and producer whose sound infused acoustic jazz, electronic jazz, funk, R&B and soul in a 40-year-plus career was 67 when he died on Aug. 5.

-Julie Harris

Much-honored Broadway performer whose roles ranged from the flamboyant Sally Bowles in “I Am a Camera” to the reclusive Emily Dickinson in “The Belle of Amherst.” She died at age 87 on Aug. 24.

-Hiroshi Yamauchi

He ran Nintendo for more than 50 years and led the Japanese company’s transition from traditional playing-card maker to video game giant. Sept. 19. He died at age 85 from pneumonia.


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India’s legendary actor who played some of Bollywood’s most memorable villains in a career that spanned six decades died on July 12 at age 93 from pneumonia.

-Major Owens

New York City Democrat who served 12 terms in the U.S. House and helped pass the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Died of renal failure and heart failure at age 77 on Oct. 21.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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