Celebrity Deaths in 2013: We lost TV, film & music legends, including Lou Reed, Cory Monteith & Paul Walker…

by Lynn Rowlands
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In 2013, we’ve lost some truly legendary people in the world of TV, film and music, so we thought that as we’re about to say a big fat hello to 2014, it might be nice to take a moment to remember those who won’t be with us…

We’ll start with Lou Reed, the iconic punk-poet who influenced generations of musicians over the course of his career, which began in the 1960s with cult band The Velvet Underground, and which continued when Lou went solo.

We also bade farewell this year to Phil Chevron, the guitarist for Anglo-Irish band The Pogues, who died aged 56. His loss is especially poignant because of course, The Pogues’ hit Fairytale of New York is a must-have at Christmas.

Bernadette Nolan also passed away this year aged just 52. She was of course a member of sister act The Nolans, and starred in a number of reality TV shows.

We also lost iconic broadcaster David Frost this year, who was – arguably – most famous for his fearless interview with Richard Nixon. David was 74 when he died of a heart attack while aboard the Queen Elizabeth cruise ship.


That 70s Show actress Lisa Robin Kelly also died this year, and was aged just 43. She passed away while in a rehab facility. Kelly played the role of feisty Laurie Forman, the older sister of Topher Grace’s character, Eric Forman.

And of course, the world lost Glee star Cory Monteith this year. He was found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, Canada, and his death was attributed to a “cocktail” of drink and drugs. He was only 31 years old.

The Soprano’s actor James Gandolfini passed away earlier this year too, at the age of 51. He of course played the role of crime boss Tony Soprano, a role that was to land him three Emmy Awards.


Our own Richard Griffiths died aged 65 this year, and latterly, in his long TV and film career, he took on the role of wicked Uncle Vernon in the Harry Potter movies. He of course also starred in sitcoms and literally dozens of other films.

His fellow sitcom actor Frank Thornton – who was best known for playing the role of Captain Peacock in the hit comedy Are You Being Served? – died at the grand old age of 92.

Author James Herbert, whose best-selling novels included The Rats and The Fog, died at the age of 69. James wrote an astonishing 23 novels, which sold 54 million copies around the world.


We recently learned that comedy legend Peter O’Toole has passed away aged 81, and of course, Paul Walker – star of the Fast and Furious films – died in an horrific car crash in the States. He was just 41 years old.

Here’s a reminder of a news report about his tragic death…


Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.