Farewell..Celebrities we loved and lost in 2013

5.Peter O’Toole
He shot to stardom in the Oscar-winning epic in “Lawrence of Arabia” and at the age of 81, Peter O’Toole has died on Dec. 14, 2013. The acclaimed leading man was taken to the hospital on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, but was overcome by stomach cancer the following day at the Wellington hospital in London following a long illness. The film legend, an eight-time Oscar nominee, never took home the award, but shot to screen stardom 50 years ago in “Lawrence of Arabia,” an all-time classic which earned seven Oscars including best picture and director for David Lean. He is survived by his two daughters, Pat and Kate O’Toole from his marriage to actress Sian Phillips, and his son, Lorcan O’Toole by Karen Brown.

4. Cory Monteith
one of the stars of FOX’s hit TV show “Glee,” was found dead at the age of 31 on July 13, 2013 in Canada. The actor’s body was discovered by staff of the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in downtown Vancouver after he missed his check out time. Monteith died from an overdose of heroin and alcohol, Canadian officials later confirmed. A toxicology test showed the actor “died from a mix of drug toxicity.”

3.James Gandolfini
the New Jersey-bred actor whose Mafia-boss character survived six seasons of mob hits and panic attacks on “The Sopranos,” died on June 19, 2013 in Italy. He was 51. The man behind Tony Soprano was with his teenage son, Michael, 13, when he suffered a massive heart attack, a source close to the barrel-chested actor said. The actor also had a 9-month old daughter with wife Deborah Lin.

2.Paul Walker
best known for his role in “The Fast and the Furious” movies, died in a car crash on Nov. 30, 2013, in Santa Clarita, Calif. Walker, 40, was riding in a Porsche GT when the driver lost control. “All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” Universal Pictures, the studio behind “The Fast and the Furious” franchise, said in a statement following Walker’s death. The actor and self-styled adrenaline junkie entered show business when he was just a toddler. His film career took off after he snagged a supporting role in the 1999 hit “Varsity Blues.” Walker leaves behind a daughter, Meadow, who moved to California from Hawaii a few years before the accident to be closer to her dad. Walker is seen here in 2005’s “Into the Blue.”

1.Nelson Mandela
the iconic South African leader that led the fight against apartheid and then pushed reconciliation as the nation’s first black president, has died at the age of 95 on Dec. 5, 2013. Passing away peacefully in the comfort of his Johannesburg home with family, the former South African President died after a prolonged lung infection. The revolutionary served 27 years in prison for taking up arms against his country’s oppressive white government. Mandela became the face of forgiveness as he embraced his former captors and urged sworn enemies to forge a “rainbow” nation. South African President Jacob Zuma said in an address to the world “South Africa has lost its greatest son” on Dec. 5, 2013.


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