Hugo Chavez (March 5, 2013): Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez died after a two-year battle with cancer, ending 14 years of tumultuous rule that made the socialist leader a hero for the poor but a hate figure to his opponents.
The flamboyant 58-year-old had undergone four operations in Cuba for a cancer that was first detected in his pelvic region in mid-2011. His last surgery was on December 11, 2012 and he had not been seen in public since.
Margaret Thatcher (April 8, 2013): Britain's first woman Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, known as the Iron Lady, passed away in April this year following a stroke at the age of 87. Thatcher's three terms as Prime Minister brought enormous change to the UK.
Shamshad Begum (April 23, 2013): Legendary playback singer Shamshad Begum, who mesmerised music lovers with classics like 'Kahin Pe Nigahen Kahin Pe Nishaana', 'Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon', 'Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar'and 'Kajra Mohabbat Wala', died at her Mumbai residence from age related ailments. She was 94. In her twilight years, Shamshad Begum was confined to a wheelchair. She was conferred Padma Bhushan award in 2009.
Rituparno Ghosh (May 30, 2013): Filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, who brought back the cinematic narrative of Bengal from the more popular to the serious and thought-provoking, died following a massive heart attack. He was 49. ,br> Rituparno Ghosh had just finished filming 'Satyanneshi'– a mystery caper by fictional sleuth Byomkesh Bakshi in whose role he cast fellow director Sujoy Ghosh. This brilliant filmmaker received several National Film Awards and other prestigious awards too.
Abir Goswami (May 30, 2013): Television actor Abir Goswami, who acted in Hindi films such as 'Khakee, Lakshya' and 'Darna Mana Hai', died at the age of 37 following a heart attack.. Abir Goswami had acted in TV serials like 'Kkusum, Yahan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli, Hotel Kingston' and 'Pyar Ka Dard Hai'. Abir was diagnosed with lymphoma in May 2012 and had unndergone surgery.
Jiah Khan, June 3, 2013: The 25-year-old actress, best remembered as the 'Nishabd' girl, was found hanging at her flat in suburban Mumbai this year. A six-page suicide note was discovered by Jiah Khan's mother a few days after her death. In the note Jiah wrote about her relationship with Suraj Pancholi, that landed the budding actor in jail.
After spending over 20 days in jail, Suraj was released on bail. While the police claimed it was a case of suicide, Jiah's mother Rabiya Khan alleged that it was not suicide and sought police to probe the angle of murder.
Pran (July 12, 2013): Veteran Bollywood actor, the indomitable Pran, who endeared himself to millions of Indians with his varied roles as a villain, friend and more, passed away in July this year after a prolonged illness.
Pran has received numerous awards and honours in his career. The Government of India honoured him with the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2013 for his contributions towards Indian cinema.
Cory Monteith (July 13, 2013): 'Glee' star Cory Monteith died of intravenous heroin use combined with the ingestion of alcohol in his hotel room in Vancouver. Monteith became famous as Finn Hudson with the success of Fox's musical series since its launch in 2009. He was dating Lea Michele, who also played his onscreen love interest in the series and supported his decision to get into rehab.
Manna Dey (October 24) : Legendary playback singer Manna Dey died at a city hospital in October after prolonged illness. Manna Dey, 94, who was admitted to Narayana Hrudayalaya five months ago for respiratory problems, died of cardiac arrest. He was born as Prabodh Chandra Dey but was popularly known as Manna Dey. Manna Dey then began his journey in Bollywood as an assistant music director in 1942 when he accompanied Krishna Chandra Dey to Mumbai (then Bombay). During his lifespan, the legendary singer received Dadasaheb Phalke Award and National Film Award for Best Male Playback Singer.
Pakistani singer Reshma (November 3, 2013): Legendary Pakistani folk singer Reshma, who mesmerised music lovers in the Indian subcontinent with soulful rendition of songs like 'Lambi Judai' and 'Dama Dam Mast Kalandar' in her trademark rustic voice, died in Lahore on after a prolonged battle with throat cancer.
Tarla Dalal (November 6, 2013): Noted food writer and celebrity chef Tarla Dalal passed away in November after brief illness at the age of 77. Tarla Dalal arrived on the culinary landscape 40 years ago, several decades before television reached most parts of India. She had written more than 100 cook books and was awarded the Padma Shri in 2007. India's first masterchef, she made her way to people's hearts by hosting cookery shows.
Paul Walker (November 30, 2013): The star of the 'Fast & Furious' movie series died in a tragic car crash this November. The horrifying car crash killed Walker and his friend in north of Los Angeles. Walker, 40, was working on 'Fast & Furious 7' at the time of his death. He also starred in the suspense drama, 'Hours', which is set for release this month.
Nelson Mandela (December 5, 2013): Anti-Apartheid leader and former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela died at his Johannesburg home after a prolonged lung infection. He was born on 18th July 1918 in a small village of Mvezo which was then a part of South Africa's Cape Town province. He was given the forename Rolihlahla which basically means 'troublemaker'. Mandela's name was going to have a huge effect on him in the future as he would go onto create enormous trouble for the ruling racist regime in South Africa.
Sandeep Acharya (December 15, 2013): Indian Idol 2 winner Sandeep Acharya died at the age of 29. Acharya, who hailed from Rajasthan, was the winner of the popular singing reality show in 2006. According to reports Sandeep Acharya had been suffering from jaundice for 15 days.
David Coleman (December 21, 2013): British sports broadcaster David Coleman, who covered 11 Summer Olympics for the BBC and six football World Cups, died at the age of 87. Coleman retired from the BBC in 2000 after covering the Sydney Olympics. He became the first broadcaster to receive an Olympic Order medal to recognize his contribution to the Olympic movement.
Mikhail Kalashnikov (December 23, 2013): Mikhail Kalashnikov, the designer of famed Russian AK-47 assault rifle, passed away in his home city of Izhevsk, an industrial town. Kalashnikov was the carnage of World War II, when Nazi Germany overran much of the Soviet Union, which altered his course and made his name as well-known for bloodshed as Smith, Wesson and Colt. The distinctive shape of the gun, often called "a Kalashnikov,'' appeared on revolutionary flags and adorns memorabilia.