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Remembering Those Lost In 2013

The list of those who passed away in 2013 includes giants from the worlds of politics and popular culture. The world also said goodbye this year to many people who may have been less noticeable, but whose subtle influences affected our everyday lives -- from the inventor of the computer mouse to a legendary "door man" at a prominent Washington music venue. We reflect on the stories of those lost in 2013.

Notable Deaths Of 2013

Nelson Mandela, former South African president and global icon for peace, died Dec. 5, 2013.

Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female prime minister, died April 8, 2013.

Veteran White House journalist Helen Thomas died July 20, 2013.

Former Louisiana Rep. Lindy Boggs died July 27, 2013.

James Gandolfini, best known for playing Tony Soprano on HBO's "The Sopranos," died June 19, 2013.

Legendary musician Lou Reed died Oct. 27, 2013.

Folk singer Richie Havens, who opened Woodstock, died April 22, 2013.

Former Sen. Harry Byrd of Virginia died July 20, 2013.

Oscar-nominated actress Karen Black, known for her roles in "Five Easy Pieces" and "Easy Rider," died Aug. 8, 2013.

"Fast and Furious" star Paul Walker died Nov. 30, 2013.

Tandyn Almer, composer of “Along Comes Mary," died Jan. 8, 2013.

President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela died March 5, 2013.


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