A chronology of those who died in 2013

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Associated Press

Posted on December 31, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 31 at 9:32 AM

Dec. 1

— Edward J."Babe" Heffron, 90, whose World War II service as a member of Easy Company was recounted in the book and television miniseries Band of Brothers," in Stratford, New Jersey. No cause of death was given.

Dec. 2

— Christopher Evan Welch, 48, an actor whose appearances on New York stages led to roles in a number of films and television series, in Santa Monica, California. He had lung cancer.

Dec. 3 — Ahmed Fuad Negm,84, Egypt's poet of revolution who inspired protesters from the 1970s through the current wave of uprisings with sharply satirical verses excoriating the country's political leaders in the rich slang of colloquial Arabic, in Cairo. No cause of death was given.

Dec. 4

— Paul Aussaresses, 95, a French general whose remorseless admission of torture and execution during Algeria's war of independence five decades ago forced France to examine the dark period, in La Vancelle, France. No cause of death was given.

Dec. 5

— Nelson Mandela, 95, who became one of the world's most beloved statesmen and a colossus of the 20th century when he emerged from 27 years in prison, negotiated an end to white minority rule in South Africa and then became its first black president, in Pretoria. He had respiratory problems.

- Pierre Aliker, 106, who fought for independence from French colonial rule in his native Caribbean island of Martinique for over half a century in Fort-de-France. No cause of death was given.

— Colin Wilson, 82, a British author who gained fame with his first book "The Outsider," in Cornwall, England. He had pneumonia.

Dec. 6

- Stan Tracey, 85, a British jazz pianist and composer who played with everyone from Sonny Rollins to Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones during a 70-year career, in London. He had cancer.

— Kate Williamson, 82, a character actress who appeared in such films as "Disclosure," ''Dream Lover" and "Racing With the Moon," in Encino, California, after a long illness.

Dec. 7

— Edouardo Molinaro, 85, nominated for an Oscar for directing "La Cage au Folles," a French farce about a gay couple that struck a chord with a broad range of audiences, in Paris. No cause of death was given.

Dec. 9

— Eleanor Parker, 91, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in "The Sound of Music," in Palm Springs, California, of complications from pneumonia.

Dec. 10

— Jim Hall, 83, one of the leading jazz guitarists of the modern era whose subtle technique, lyrical sound and introspective approach strongly influenced younger protégés, in New York after a brief, unspecified illness.

Dec. 11

— Kate Barry, 46, daughter of actress Jane Birkin and James Bond composer John Barry and a noted fashion photographer, in Paris. No cause of death was available.

Dec. 12

— Audrey Totter, 95, the radio actress who became a movie star by playing femmes fatales in 1940s film noir including "Lady in the Lake," in Los Angeles. She recently had a a stroke..

— Tom O'Laughlin, 82, an actor-writer-producer whose production and marketing of "Billy Jack" set a standard for breaking the rules on and off screen, in Thousand Oaks, California, of complications from pneumonia.

— Charles M. Vest, 72, former president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, who began its initiative to offer free courses online and oversaw expansion in its research fields, in Washington. He had pancreatic cancer.

Dec. 14

— Peter O'Toole, 81, the charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom as Lawrence of Arabia and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award without winning, in London after a long, unspecified illness.

— George Rodrique, 69, an artist who chronicled Cajun life and later found fame with his enigmatic "Blue Dog" images, in Houston. He had cancer.

— Janet Dailey, a romance writer whose books have sold more than 325 million worldwide, in Branson, Missouri. No cause of death was released.

Dec. 15

- Joan Fontaine, 96, an Academy Award-winning actress who found stardom playing a naive wife in Alfred Hitchcock's "Suspicious" and also starred in Hitchcock's "Rebecca" in Carmel, California, of apparent natural causes.

— Harold Camping 92, a California preacher who used his radio ministry and thousands of billboards to broadcast the end of the world and then gave up when his date-specific doomsdays did not come to pass, in Oakland, California of complications from a fall.

Dec. 16

— Ray Price, 87, one of country music's most popular and influential singers and bandleaders who had more than 100 hits, in Mount Pleasant, Taxas. He had pancreatic cancer.

Dec. 18

— Ronnie Biggs, 84, known for his role in the 1963 Great Train Robbery, in England. No cause of death was given.

Dec. 19

— Al Goldstein, 77, the publisher of Screw magazine who smashed down legal barriers against pornography, in Brooklyn, after a long illness.

Dec. 20

— Yuri Dubinin, 83, the Soviet Union's ambassador to the United States during much of the turbulent 1980s' perestroika period, in Russia. No cause of death was announced.

Dec. 21

— Edgar M. Bronfman Sr., 84, the billionaire businessman and longtime president of the World Jewish Congress, in New York. No cause of death was announced.

Dec. 23

— Mikhail Kalashnikov, 94, designer of the AK-47 assault rifle, in Izhevsk, Russia. No cause of death was announced.

— Yusef Lateef, 93, one of the first to incorporate world music into traditional jazz, in western Massachusetts. No cause of death was announced.

Dec. 28

— Harold Simmons, 82, who gave tens of millions of dollars to Republican candidates, in Dallas. No cause of death was announced.

Dec. 29

— Wojciech Kilar, 81, a Polish pianist and composer of classical music and scores for many films, in southern Poland. No cause of death was announced.

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