GossipCenter Remembers Stars Lost in 2013

Posted Wednesday January 1, 2014 8:58 AM GMT

As we say our goodbye to 2013, GossipCenter remembers the remarkable icons and Hollywood legends lost over the past year.

Whether it was winning the hearts of young ladies by singing popular tunes on "Glee" or assising millions of movie-goes making their big screen pick with reputable reviews, the stars we lost this year will never be forgotten.

Cory Monteith:
Making for one of the most memorable moments of 2013, the "Glee" star passed away in his Vancouver hotel room from an overdose on July 13. Cory was only 31 years old leaving behind a touching mark on Hollywood and further opened up the conversation for substance abuse prevention.

Though many of his industry pals felt the tragic loss, his girlfriend Lea Michele was arguably the hardest hit with the news. It took some time, but Lea eventually opened up about her loss and said, “Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart.”

Paul Walker:
The handsome actor died in a car crash at the young age of 40 on November 30. News about the "Fast & Furious" star's tragic death created an outpouring of responses from his fellow industry pals including his franchise co-star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

"When I first met Paul, I think in our late 20s, we were young kids in the business. Then years later, when I did Fast Five, we had an opportunity to spend a lot of time together and become reacquainted. At that time, we had both been in the business at that time for over a decade, and the most important thing that we had in common was the importance of family time and being a great father to our daughters. We bonded over that."

James Gandolfini:
The "Sopranos" star passed away while vacationing with his family in Italy on June 19. James was only 51 years old and suffered a heart attack. The talented actor won numerous awards including a Golden Globe for his work on the HBO show.

His co-star Brad Pitt was among the stars to remember the late actor and said, "I admire Jimmy as a ferocious actor, a gentle soul and a genuinely funny man. I am fortunate to have sat across the table from him and am gutted by this loss. I wish his family strength and some semblance of peace."

Nelson Mandela:
Making the entire world come to a halt, the inspiring South African leader died on December 5 at the age of 95. His country's President Jacob Zuma released a statement upon his death, which read, "He is now resting. He is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father." Many stars remembered Mandela including Jay Z, who dedicated a performance to the late legend and said, "We want to dedicate this song to Nelson Mandela. A great man, spent 27 years in prison, came out to be president. All dreams are possible."

Roger Ebert:
After a long battle with thyroid and salivary gland cancer, the legendary film critic died on April 4 at the age of 70. Roger was the head film critic for the Chicago Sun Times for 46 years and also offered up his skills on television for 31 years. A plethora of big names paid tribute to Ebert, including President Barack Obama who wrote, "The movies won’t be the same without Roger."

Ray Price:
Country music lost a legend as Price passed away at the age of 87 on December 16. In 2011 Ray was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and his final days were spent at home receiving hospice care. LeAnn Rimes was among his admirers and shared, “R.I.P. Ray Price. Prayers go out to your family. Hope the angels are enjoying your voice.”

Peter O'Toole:
A true Hollywood icon was lost when O'Toole passed away in a London hospital on December 14 after a lengthy bout with illness. The "Troy" star was 81 years old and during his successful career received eight Academy Awards nominations. He is best known for playing the lead role in the iconic adventure drama, "Lawrence of Arabia."

Lee Thompson Young:
After he missed his call time on August 19, the former Disney star was found dead in his apartment at the age of 29 years old. Lee was best known for his work on "The Famous Jett Jackson" and "Rizolli and Isles." In addition to his small screen success, Lee also portrayed running back Chris Comer in the 2004 flick “Friday Night Lights.”

Kidd Kraddick:
The 53-year-old DJ died at a charity golf event near New Orleans to support his Kidd's Kids organization on July 27. Syndicated by YEA Networks, the Texas-residing radio mainstay is heard on more than 75 Top 40 and Hot AC radio stations and is also heard by servicemen and women around the world on the American Forces Radio Network. Many stars remembered Kraddick including Demi Lovato who shared, "#RIPKiddKraddick.. Grew up with you always on my radio.. Had the pleasure of meeting you back when I was 9 at a showcase where even way back then, you believed in my talent. Dallas, TX lost a hero tonight and my heart is broken for the KISS FM family. You're already missed Kidd."

Lou Reed:
Rock N' Roll lost a trailblazer in the Velvet Underground singer as Rolling Stone announced his death at the age of 71 on October 27. Though his band was never considered to be a mainstream success in the 60's, their popularity grew tremendously in the following decades. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. Many musicians remembered Reed, including Miley Cyrus who tweeted, “noooooooooo notttttttttt LOU REED," while Lena Dunham shared, “We love you Lou. We love you Laurie.”

Eleanor Parker:
Shortly after the reboot of "Sound of Music," the classic film's beautiful star passed away in Palm Springs, CA on December 9. The actress was 91 years old and was best known for her supporting actress role in musical favorite portraying Baroness Schraeder opposite Christopher Plummer. Additionally, Parker received three Best Actress nominations from the Academy Awards during the course of her career.

Marcia Wallace:
She put up with Bart for over two decades, but sadly the voice of Mrs. Krabappel from "The Simpsons" passed away on October 25. The 70-year-old actress died at home with her family surrounding her after a long illness

Jonathan Winters:
The lovable comedian passed away in the comfort of his own home on April 11 at the age of 87. Winters joined the cast of “Mork & Mindy” for its final season and also appeared in popular movies like “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.” Jonathan was also a favorite on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show,” and even had a short-lived program of his own. Winters died of natural causes.

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