A chronology of those who died in 2013
A chronology of those who died in 2013
The Associated Press
Dec. 23, 2013
— Paul Smith, 91, a jazz pianist, composer and arranger who worked with such greats as Bing Crosby, Nat "King" Cole and Ella Fitzgerald, in Torrance, California. No cause of death was given.
Charles "Chuck" Foley, 82, whose Twister game launched decades of awkward social interactions at parties, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, of complications from Alzheimer's disease.
— Doug Engelbart, 88, a visionary who invented the computer mouse and developed other technology that transformed the way people work, play and communicate, in Atherton, California, of kidney failure.
— Princess Fawzia, 92, a member of Egypt's last royal family and the first wife of Iran's later deposed monarch, in Alexandria, Egypt. No cause of death was given.
— Bernadette Nolan, 52, a member of the singing sister act the Nolans who had a worldwide hit in 1979 with "I'm In The Mood For Dancing," in Surrey, England. She had cancer.
— Lo Hsing Han, 80, a man dubbed "The Godfather of Heroin" by the U.S. government and slapped with financial sanctions for allegedly helping prop up Myanmar's brutal former military dictatorship, through illegal business dealings, in Yangon. No cause of death was given.
— Alan Whicker, 87, a veteran British broadcaster known for his globe-spanning travel shows over a 60-year career in the Channel Island of Jersey. He had bronchial pneumonia.
— Pran Khrishan Sikand. 93, known as Pran, India's legendary actor who played some of Bollywood's most memorable villains in a career that lasted six decades, in Mumbai. He had pneumonia.
— Leonard Garment, 89, a lawyer who was a friend and adviser to President Richard Nixon as the Watergate scandal unfolded and urged him not to destroy tapes of his conversations, in New York. No cause of death was given.
— James Lewis carter "T-Model" Ford, 89 but possibly older, a hard-living blues singer who taught himself to play guitar when he was 58 and his fifth wife left him, in Greenville, Mississippi of respiratory failure.
— Helen thomas, 92, the irrepressible White House correspondent who used her seat in the front row of history to grill 10 U.S. presidents and was not shy about sharing her opinions, in Washington. No cause of death was given but she had been in and out of hospitals in recent months.
— Dennis Farina, 69, a onetime Chicago cop who became a character actor with a wry tough guy panache that audiences loved in movies and on television over a career that spanned three decades, in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was being treated for lung cancer and died of a blood clot.
Alejandro Santiago, 49, a Mexican artist who filled the streets of his picturesque hometown of Teococuilco with clay figures to represent migrants who left for the United States, in Oaxaca, Mexico of a heart attack.
— Virginia Johnson, 88, part of a husband-wife research team in the U.S. that transformed the study of sex in the 1960s and wrote two best-selling books on sexuality, in St. Louis after suffering complications for several illnesses.
Garry Davis, 91, who renounced his U.S. citizenship in 1948 and for the next six decades led a movement for global citizenship, in Williston, Vermont. No cause of death was given.
— Leon Ferrari, a conceptual artist and rights activist who clashed with Pope Francis when he led Argentina's church and relished provoking dictators, bishops and a world at war, in Buenos Aires. No cause of death was given.
— George P. Mitchell, 94, the developer and philanthropist who is considered the father a fracking, a technological breakthrough that reshaped the global energy industry and made the wildcat oilman a billionaire, in Galveston, Texas. No cause of death was given.
— Leighton Gage, 71, a crime novelist whose books were inspired by Brazilian law enforcement, in Ocala, Florida. He had pancreatic cancer.
— JJ Cale, 74, whose best songs like "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" were towering his for other artists, in La Jolla, California of a heart attack.
— George "Bud" Day, an Air Force fighter pilot who received the Medal of Honor for valor and spent 5/12 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam where he was future Sen. John McCain's cellmate, in Shalimar, Florida. No cause of death was given.
— Fernanco Alonso, 98, co-founder of Cuba's National Ballet and ex-husband of world renounced ballerina and fellow National Ballet co-founder, Alicia Alonso, in Cuba. No cause of death was given.
— Ilya Segalovich, 48, co-founder of Russia's largest search engine Yandex, in London of brain cancer.
— Jon Leyne, 55, a BBC foreign correspondent who spent 25 years crossing continents and covering conflicts for the broadcaster, in London. He had a brain tumor.
— Emily Brennan, 80, who went from musical comedy on Broadway to wringing laughs out of memorable characters in such films as "Private Benjamin" and "Clue," in Burbank, California. She had bladder cancer.
— William Warren Scranton, 96, a former presidential candidate, ambassador to the U.N. and Pennsylvania governor, in Montecito, California, of a cerebral hemorrhage.
— Berthold Beitz, 99, who was honored for saving hundreds of Jews in Poland during World War II and became one of postwar West Germany's leading industrialists, on the German island of Sylt. No cause of death was given.