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Passing away: Key deaths of 2013

11 December 2013, 08:17

Paris - Some of the notable figures who have died in the year just ending:

- Nagisa Oshima, Japanese filmmaker, directed "Furyo", aged 80, on January 15.

- Andree Putman, internationally acclaimed French designer, aged 87, on January 19.

- Hugo Chavez, Venezuelan president, aged 58 from cancer, on March 5.

- Ieng Sary, Cambodian Khmer Rouge co-founder who was on trial for genocide and war crimes, aged 87, on March 14.

- Zillur Rahman, Bangladesh president, aged 84, on March 20.

- Boris Berezovsky, exiled Russian oligarch and Kremlin critic, in London aged 67 of hanging, on March 24.

- Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female prime minister known as the "Iron Lady", aged 87, on April 8.

- Robert Edwards, British scientist, Nobel laureate for work on developing in vitro fertilisation (IVF), aged 87, on April 10.

- General Jorge Videla, Argentinian dictator at the height of its "Dirty War" against leftist activists, aged 87 in prison, on May 17.

- Ray Manzarek, co-founder of legendary 1960s group The Doors and creator of their signature organ sound, aged 74 from cancer, on May 20.

- Esther Williams, US swimming champion and Hollywood star, aged 91, on June 6.

- Fatai Rolling Dollar, Nigerian musician, aged 86, on June 12.

- Jiroemon Kimura, world's oldest person and the oldest male ever known to have lived, aged 116, on June 12.

- Marc Rich, controversial founder of Swiss commodities giant Glencore, aged 78, on June 26.

- Douglas Engelbart, US engineer who invented the computer mouse, aged 88, on July 2.

- JJ Cale, US singer-songwriter whose music was covered by Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Johnny Cash, aged 74, on July 26.

- Berthold Beitz, patriarch of German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp, who saved hundreds of Jews from Nazi persecution, aged 99, on July 30.

- Laszlo Csatari, most wanted Nazi war criminal, aged 98, on August 10.

- Dutch Prince Johan Friso, who regained only minimal consciousness after being buried in an avalanche in February 2012, aged 44, on August 12.

- Seamus Heaney, celebrated Irish poet and Nobel laureate, aged 74, on August 30.

- David Frost, British TV giant, aged 74 of a heart attack on board the Queen Elizabeth cruise liner, on September 2.

- Ray Dolby, pioneered noise-reducing and surround-sound audio technologies, aged 80, on September 12.

- Tom Clancy, best-selling author of spy novels, aged 66, on October 1.

- Vo Nguyen Giap, Vietnamese general who defeated French and US forces, aged 102, on October 4.

- Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, spiritual leader of Israel's Sephardic Jewish community, aged 93, on October 7.

- Erich Priebke, Nazi war criminal, aged 100, on October 11.

- Manna Dey, legendary Bollywood singer, aged 94, on October 24.

- Lou Reed, US singer-songwriter, aged 71 of complications following liver surgery, on October 27.

- Doris Lessing, British author and Nobel laureate, aged 94, on November 17.

- Frederic Sanger, British biochemist, double Nobel laureate, aged 95, on November 19.

- Nelson Mandela, apartheid icon, Nobel laureate and South African president, aged 95, on December 5.


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