2013 Celebrity Deaths

Ned Wertimer, who played Ralph on "The Jeffersons" died on Jan. 2, 2012. He was 89.  (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Ned Wertimer Ned Wertimer, who played Ralph on "The Jeffersons" died on Jan. 2, 2012. He was 89. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Huell Howser, host of KCET's "California Gold," died on Jan. 6 at the age of 67. (credit:  Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Huell Howser Huell Howser, host of KCET's "California Gold," died on Jan. 6 at the age of 67. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
David R. Ellis, director of "Snakes on a Plane," died on Jan. 7, 2013. He was 60-years-old. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
David R. Ellis David R. Ellis, director of "Snakes on a Plane," died on Jan. 7, 2013. He was 60-years-old. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Conrad Bain, star of the sitcom, "Diff'rent Strokes," died on Jan. 14, 2013 of natural causes. He was 89. (credit: Robert Mora/Getty Images)
Conrad Bain Conrad Bain, star of the sitcom, "Diff'rent Strokes," died on Jan. 14, 2013 of natural causes. He was 89. (credit: Robert Mora/Getty Images)
Garrett Lewis, four time Academy Award nominated set decorator, dancer and actor, died Jan. 29 at the age of 77. (credit: Jason Sweers)
Garrett Lewis Garrett Lewis, four time Academy Award nominated set decorator, dancer and actor, died Jan. 29 at the age of 77. (credit: Jason Sweers)
Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss died on Feb. 18 of kidney failure after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 80 years old. (credit: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss died on Feb. 18 of kidney failure after battling cancer for 18 months. He was 80 years old. (credit: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
Troubled country crooner Mindy McCready -- here performing in 2006 -- ended her own life on Feb. 17, 2013. (credit: Brad Barket/Getty Images Entertainment)
Troubled country crooner Mindy McCready -- here performing in 2006 -- ended her own life on Feb. 17, 2013. (credit: Brad Barket/Getty Images Entertainment)
Pianist Van Cliburn died Feb. 27 from bone cancer. He was 78. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Pianist Van Cliburn died Feb. 27 from bone cancer. He was 78. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Actress Bonnie Franklin, star of CBS' "One Day at a Time" died March 1, 2013 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 69. (credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
Bonnie Franklin Actress Bonnie Franklin, star of CBS' "One Day at a Time" died March 1, 2013 due to complications from pancreatic cancer. She was 69. (credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images)
Harry Reems, the male star of the 1972 infamous pornography "Deep Throat" died on Mar. 19. He was 65. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Harry Reems Harry Reems, the male star of the 1972 infamous pornography "Deep Throat" died on Mar. 19. He was 65. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, who wrote "Things Fall Apart," died on March 22. He was 82. (credit: ABAYOMI aDESHIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Nigerian writer, 70, Chinua Achebe is pi Nigerian author Chinua Achebe, who wrote "Things Fall Apart," died on March 22. He was 82. (credit: ABAYOMI aDESHIDA/AFP/Getty Images)
"Harry Potter" Actor Richard Griffiths died on Mar. 28, 2013 following heart surgery. He was 65. (credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
The Royal Film Performance Of Martin Scorsese's Hugo in 3D
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"Harry Potter" Actor Richard Griffiths died on Mar. 28, 2013 following heart surgery. He was 65. (credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
"Muppets" co-creator Jane Henson died on April 2 after a long battle with cancer. She was 78. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Jane Henson "Muppets" co-creator Jane Henson died on April 2 after a long battle with cancer. She was 78. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Film critic Roger Ebert died on April 4 after a long battle with cancer. He was 70. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Roger Ebert Film critic Roger Ebert died on April 4 after a long battle with cancer. He was 70. (credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died on April 8, 2012 after suffering a stroke. She was 87. (credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Margaret Thatcher Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died on April 8, 2012 after suffering a stroke. She was 87. (credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Iconic fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer died on April 7, 2013. She was 81 years old. (credit: Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
Lilly Pulitzer Iconic fashion designer Lilly Pulitzer died on April 7, 2013. She was 81 years old. (credit: Carlo Allegri/Getty Images)
Former Disney star Annette Funicello died on April 8, 2013 after suffering complications from Multiple Sclerosis. She was 70. (credit: VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)
Annette Funicello (R) kisses Mickey Mouse 14 Septe Former Disney star Annette Funicello died on April 8, 2013 after suffering complications from Multiple Sclerosis. She was 70. (credit: VINCE BUCCI/AFP/Getty Images)
Comedian Jonathan Winters died on April 12, 2013 at the age of 87. (credit:  Charley Gallay/Getty Images for TV Land)
Jonathan Winters Comedian Jonathan Winters died on April 12, 2013 at the age of 87. (credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for TV Land)
Longtime NFL announcer Pat Summeral died April 16, 2013, at the age of 82.l (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Pat Summerall Longtime NFL announcer Pat Summeral died April 16, 2013, at the age of 82.l (credit: Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Actor Frank Bank (L), who played oafish troublemaker “Lumpy” on the sitcom “Leave It to Beaver,” died on April 16, 2013. He was 71. (credit: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Frank Bank Actor Frank Bank (L), who played oafish troublemaker “Lumpy” on the sitcom “Leave It to Beaver,” died on April 16, 2013. He was 71. (credit: Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)
Singer Chrissy Amphlett, from The Divinyls, died on April 21, 2013 from breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. She was 53.  (credit: Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)
Chrissy Amphlett Singer Chrissy Amphlett, from The Divinyls, died on April 21, 2013 from breast cancer and multiple sclerosis. She was 53. (credit: Matt Jelonek/Getty Images)
Actor Allan Arbus died on April 19,2013 at his Los Angeles home. He was 95. (credit: Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
Amy Arbus Portrait Session And Book Signing At Book Soup Actor Allan Arbus died on April 19,2013 at his Los Angeles home. He was 95. (credit: Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
Folk singer Richie Havens died on April 22, 2013 of a heart attack. He was 72. (credit:  TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Richie Havens performs during a concert Folk singer Richie Havens died on April 22, 2013 of a heart attack. He was 72. (credit: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member, and Kennedy Center Honoree George Glenn Jones died on April 26, 2013 after being hospitalized with a fever and irregular blood pressure. He was 81. (credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
2012 NATD Honors Country Music Hall of Famer, Grand Ole Opry member, and Kennedy Center Honoree George Glenn Jones died on April 26, 2013 after being hospitalized with a fever and irregular blood pressure. He was 81. (credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images)
Jack Shea, former DGA President and director of "The Jeffersons," died on April 28, 2013, from Alzheimer's disease. He was 84. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Jack Shea Jack Shea, former DGA President and director of "The Jeffersons," died on April 28, 2013, from Alzheimer's disease. He was 84. (credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Rapper Chris Kelly of the 90s hip-hop duo, "Kris Kross" died on May 1, 2013 from a reported drug overdose. He was 34. (credit: CBS)
Rapper Chris Kelly Rapper Chris Kelly of the 90s hip-hop duo, "Kris Kross" died on May 1, 2013 from a reported drug overdose. He was 34. (credit: CBS)
Mario Machado, Los Angeles's first Asian-American newscaster, died on May 4, 2013. He was 78.
Mario Machado Mario Machado, Los Angeles's first Asian-American newscaster, died on May 4, 2013. He was 78.
Ray Harryhausen, pioneer of stop-motion animation with his work in films such as "Jason and the Argonauts," died on May 7, 2013 in London. He was 92. (credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Ray Harryhausen Myths And Legends Exhibition Ray Harryhausen, pioneer of stop-motion animation with his work in films such as "Jason and the Argonauts," died on May 7, 2013 in London. He was 92. (credit: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
"The Young and the Restless" actress Jeanne Cooper died on May 8, 2013. She was 84 years old. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Jeanne Cooper "The Young and the Restless" actress Jeanne Cooper died on May 8, 2013. She was 84 years old. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Dr. Joyce Brothers died on May 13, 2013 due to respiratory failure. She was 85. (credit: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Joyce Brothers Dr. Joyce Brothers died on May 13, 2013 due to respiratory failure. She was 85. (credit: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
70s hit maker Alan O'Day, best known for "Undercover Angel"  died on May 17, 2013. He was 72. (credit: AlanODay.com)
Alan O'Day1 70s hit maker Alan O'Day, best known for "Undercover Angel" died on May 17, 2013. He was 72. (credit: AlanODay.com)
The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek (L) died on May 20, 2013 after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Screening Of "The Doors Mr. Mojo Risin': The Making Of L.A. Woman" The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek (L) died on May 20, 2013 after a lengthy battle with bile duct cancer. He was 74. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Flynn Robinson, who was on the 1971-1972 Lakers team that won Los Angeles its first NBA title, died on May 23, 2013. He was 72. (credit: Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Boston Celtics Flynn Robinson, who was on the 1971-1972 Lakers team that won Los Angeles its first NBA title, died on May 23, 2013. He was 72. (credit: Dick Raphael/NBAE via Getty Images)
"All in the Family" actress Jean Stapleton died on May 31, 2013 of natural causes. She was 90. (credit: George De Sota/Getty Images)
"Just Between Friends" Opens on Broadway "All in the Family" actress Jean Stapleton died on May 31, 2013 of natural causes. She was 90. (credit: George De Sota/Getty Images)
Deacon Jones, the Hall of Fame defensive end considered by some to be the greatest defensive player in NFL history, died on June 3 at his Southern California home. He was 74. (credit: David Livingston/Getty Images)
Annual STARS 2010 Benefit Gala - Arrivals Deacon Jones, the Hall of Fame defensive end considered by some to be the greatest defensive player in NFL history, died on June 3 at his Southern California home. He was 74. (credit: David Livingston/Getty Images)
William T. Cartwright, an Emmy-winning filmmaker who helped save the landmark Watts Towers in Los Angeles, died on June 1, 2013. He was 92. (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
William T. Cartwright William T. Cartwright, an Emmy-winning filmmaker who helped save the landmark Watts Towers in Los Angeles, died on June 1, 2013. He was 92. (credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images)
Joey Covington, Jefferson Airplane drummer, was killed in a car crash on June 4, 2013. He was 67 years old. (credit: JoeyCovington.com)
Joey Covington Joey Covington, Jefferson Airplane drummer, was killed in a car crash on June 4, 2013. He was 67 years old. (credit: JoeyCovington.com)
Actress and swimming champion Esther Williams died on June 6, 2013 in her sleep. She was 91. (credit: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
Esther Williams Actress and swimming champion Esther Williams died on June 6, 2013 in her sleep. She was 91. (credit: Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
Michael Hastings of BuzzFeed and Rolling Stone died June 17, 2013, in a single-vehicle crash in Los Angeles. (credit: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Guardian)
Michael Hastings Michael Hastings of BuzzFeed and Rolling Stone died June 17, 2013, in a single-vehicle crash in Los Angeles. (credit: Paul Morigi/Getty Images for The Guardian)
"The Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini died of a heart attack on June 19, 2013. He was 51 years old. (credit: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
James Gandolfini "The Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini died of a heart attack on June 19, 2013. He was 51 years old. (credit: Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
Actor Cory Monteith, best known for his role on "Glee", died on July 13, 2013. He was 31 years old. (Photo credit: Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Chrysalis)
Cory Monteith Actor Cory Monteith, best known for his role on "Glee", died on July 13, 2013. He was 31 years old. (Photo credit: Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Chrysalis)
Actor Dennis Farina, best known for his role on "Law and Order", died on July 22, 2013. He was 69 years old. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Actor Dennis Farina Actor Dennis Farina, best known for his role on "Law and Order", died on July 22, 2013. He was 69 years old. (credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Radio and TV personality David "Kidd" Kraddick died on July 27, 2013. He was 53 years old. (credit: USTREAM DISH NATION)
Radio, TV personality Kidd Kraddick Radio and TV personality David "Kidd" Kraddick died on July 27, 2013. He was 53 years old. (credit: USTREAM DISH NATION)
Keyboardist and jazz pioneed George Duke died on Aug, 5, 2013 from leukemia. He was 67. (credit: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
Standard Bank Of Joy Jazz 2007 Keyboardist and jazz pioneed George Duke died on Aug, 5, 2013 from leukemia. He was 67. (credit: Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)
Actress Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for her role in 
"That '70s Show" died at a rehab facility on Aug. 14, 2013. She was 43 years old. (credit: Kevin Winter/ImageDirect)
Actress Lisa Robin Kelly Actress Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for her role in "That '70s Show" died at a rehab facility on Aug. 14, 2013. She was 43 years old. (credit: Kevin Winter/ImageDirect)
Actor Lee Thompson Young was found dead on Aug. 19, 2013, at his North Hollywood home. He was 29. (credit: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Lee Thompson Young Actor Lee Thompson Young was found dead on Aug. 19, 2013, at his North Hollywood home. He was 29. (credit: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
Best-selling author Elmore Leonard, known for many novels and screenplays including "Glitz" and "Get Shorty", died Aug. 20, 2013. He was 87 years old. (credit: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Author Elmore Leonard Best-selling author Elmore Leonard, known for many novels and screenplays including "Glitz" and "Get Shorty", died Aug. 20, 2013. He was 87 years old. (credit: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Tommy Morrison, the former heavyweight champion who stood toe-to-toe with Lennox Lewis and George Foreman and later tested positive for HIV, died on Spet. 2, 2013. He was 44. (credit: JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Sweat flies from the head of boxer George Foreman Tommy Morrison, the former heavyweight champion who stood toe-to-toe with Lennox Lewis and George Foreman and later tested positive for HIV, died on Spet. 2, 2013. He was 44. (credit: JOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
One-time boxing champ Ken Norton died On Sept. 19, 2013. He was 70. (credit: Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Ken Norton One-time boxing champ Ken Norton died On Sept. 19, 2013. He was 70. (credit: Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Actor Ed Lauter died on Oct. 16, 2013 of mesothelioma. He was 74. (credit: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)
Ed Lauter Actor Ed Lauter died on Oct. 16, 2013 of mesothelioma. He was 74. (credit: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)
Rocker Lou Reed died on Oct. 27, 2013. He was 71. (credit: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
Lou Reed Rocker Lou Reed died on Oct. 27, 2013. He was 71. (credit: ANNE-CHRISTINE POUJOULAT/AFP/Getty Images)
Marcia Wallace, best known as the voice of Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons," died on Oct. 25, 2013. She was 70. (credit: Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
Marcia Wallace Marcia Wallace, best known as the voice of Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons," died on Oct. 25, 2013. She was 70. (credit: Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
South African anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela died on Dec. 5, 2013. He was 95. (credit: RENAUD GIROUX/AFP/Getty Images)
South African anti-apartheid leader and
South African anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela died on Dec. 5, 2013. He was 95. (credit: RENAUD GIROUX/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Christopher Evan Welch died Dec. 2. He was 48. (credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Christopher Evan Welch Actor Christopher Evan Welch died Dec. 2. He was 48. (credit: Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
Actor Peter O'Toole died on Dec. 14, 2013 at the age of 81. (credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Peter O'Toole Actor Peter O'Toole died on Dec. 14, 2013 at the age of 81. (credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Joan Fontaine died Dec. 15, 2013 at the age of 96. (credit: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Joan Fontaine Actress Joan Fontaine died Dec. 15, 2013 at the age of 96. (credit: Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Jeffrey Ian Pollack, who directed the movies "Booty Call" and "Above 
the Rim" and was a producer of the television series "The Fresh Prince of Bel-
Air," died on Dec. 23. of natural causes. He was 54.(credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
NBC's 4th National Heads-Up Poker Championship Jeffrey Ian Pollack, who directed the movies "Booty Call" and "Above the Rim" and was a producer of the television series "The Fresh Prince of Bel- Air," died on Dec. 23. of natural causes. He was 54.(credit: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Actor James Avery, star of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" died Dec. 31, 2013 from complications from an open-heart surgery. He was 67 years old. (Photo credit: Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
James Avery Actor James Avery, star of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" died Dec. 31, 2013 from complications from an open-heart surgery. He was 67 years old. (Photo credit: Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
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