|Gone Too Soon: Stars We Lost in 2013|
|By MICHAEL ROTHMAN (@TheRealRothman)||Aug 28, 2013, 2:13 PM|
The entertainment community lost some great talents this year. It was a year punctuated by the loss of entertainers who by most accounts died too soon. Paul Walker at age 40, James Gandolfini at 51 and Cory Monteith at just 31. Take a look back at some of the musicians and actors who died in 2013.
The "Fast & Furious" star, 40, died Nov. 30 when the 2005 Porsche he was riding in crashed and then erupted in flames after striking a light pole and tree. The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office found that Walker died of "combined effects of traumatic and thermal injuries." Walker starred in five of the six "Fast & Furious" movies (absent in "Tokyo Drift"). A seventh in the series was in production at the time of his death.
The "Glee" star, 31, was found dead on July 13 at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver, Canada. Monteith died of a mixture of alcohol and drugs, and the British Columbia Coroners Service released its final report in October, stating a "spoon with drug residue and a hypodermic needle, along with two empty champagne bottles" were found in the hotel room where he died. Monteith had a history of substance abuse. In 2011, he told Parade magazine that, at 19, he went to rehab. This past April, his rep confirmed that he entered treatment once again for addiction.
At 51 years old, "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini died of a heart attack on June 19 while vacationing in Rome. "It is with immense sorrow that we report our client James Gandolfini passed away today while on holiday in Rome, Italy," said his managers, Mark Armstrong and Nancy Sanders. "Our hearts are shattered and we will miss him deeply. He and his family were part of our family for many years and we are all grieving."
The former "Bachelor" contestant died Aug. 14 when doctors took her off life support after a suicide attempt earlier that week. "Due to a critical loss of brain and organ function, life support was withdrawn today," a statement from the family read. "Ms. Allemand passed away peacefully, with her mother, boyfriend, and other life-long friends by her side. As a practicing Christian, Gia did receive the sacrament of last rites." Allemand, a Maxim model, was 29 years old.
Former Disney star Lee Thompson Young was found dead in his apartment on Aug. 19. He was 29. "It is with great sadness that I announce that Lee Thompson Young tragically took his own life this morning," a statement read. "Lee was more than just a brilliant young actor, he was a wonderful and gentle soul who will be truly missed."
Young rose to fame as the star of the Disney show "The Famous Jett Jackson," which aired from 1998 to 2001. He went on to act in films including "Friday Night Lights" (as Chris Comer) and appeared in TV shows including "Smallville," "Scrubs" and "CSI: NY."
The country singer was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Feb. 17. She was 37. McCready left behind two sons, 6-year-old Zander and 10-month-old Zayne. McCready recorded a total of five studio albums and her debut album "Ten Thousand Angels" went double platinum.
Lisa Robin Kelly, best known for playing Laurie Forman on the sitcom "That '70s Show," died in her sleep on Aug. 14 at age 43. Her manager Craig Wyckoff said Kelly had voluntarily checked herself into a rehabilitation facility several days earlier to receive treatment.
Legendary rock singer Lou Reed died on Oct. 27 from liver disease at the age of 71. Reed, who died at his home in Long Island, was a major force in music, first breaking out as the lead singer for the Velvet Underground, which was initially managed by Andy Warhol. The band's debut album, "The Velvet Underground & Nico," was called the 13th greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone in 2003.
Wallace played a receptionist Carol Kester on the 1970s sitcom "The Bob Newhart Show" and Edna Krabappel on "The Simpsons." On Oct. 25, Wallace died at the age of 70. After her death, "Simpsons" executive producer Al Jean said in a statement that her "irreplaceable character" — who contended with Bart Simpson's constant antics — would be retired. Jean went on to say that her death was "a terrible loss for all who had the pleasure of knowing her."
Dennis Farina, a former Chicago cop turned actor, died July 22 in Scottsdale, Ariz., from a blood clot in his lung. He was 69. "We are deeply saddened by the loss of a great actor and a wonderful man. Dennis Farina was always warm-hearted and professional, with a great sense of humor and passion for his profession," his publicist, Lori DeWaal, said in a statement.
Farina is widely recognized for playing Lt. Mike Torello in the '80s cop series "Crime Story," and Det. Joe Fontana on "Law and Order." Most recently, he starred in the HBO series "Luck" and produced and starred in the independent film, "The Last Rites of Joe May."