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Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2013

By Bernard McGhee

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 24 2013 3:52 p.m. MST

"Cowboy" Jack Clement, 82. Producer, engineer and songwriter who helped birth rock 'n' roll and push country music into modern times. Aug. 8.

Laszlo Csatary, 98. Ex-police officer indicted in June by Hungarian authorities for allegedly abusing Jews and contributing to their deportation to Nazi death camps during World War II. Aug. 10.

Johan Friso, 44. Dutch prince who gave up his position in line to the throne after getting entangled in a scandal with his bride-to-be. Aug. 12. Complications from a skiing accident.

Jack W. Germond, 85. Portly, cantankerous columnist and pundit who covered 10 presidential elections and sparred with colleagues on TV's "The McLaughlin Group." Aug. 14.

Marich Man Singh Shrestha, 71. Last Nepalese prime minister to serve before protests ushered in the country's first democratic elections in the early 1990s. Aug. 15. Lung cancer.

Bert Lance, 82. Georgia banker who served as President Jimmy Carter's first budget director before departing amid an investigation of his banking activities. Aug. 15.

Jacques Verges, 88. Flamboyant lawyer nicknamed the "Devil's advocate" for his defense of former Nazis, terrorist bombers and notorious dictators. Aug. 15.

Rosalia Mera, 69. Seamstress who co-founded a clothing store in Spain that grew into one of the world's largest retail chains, she was Spain's richest woman. Aug. 15.

Florin Cioaba, 58. King of the Gypsies, he was a member of the family that has led Romania's embattled Roma minority since the 19th century. Aug. 18. Heart attack.

Albert Murray, 97. Influential novelist and critic who celebrated black culture, scorned black separatism and was once praised by Duke Ellington as the "unsquarest man I know." Aug. 18.

Lee Thompson Young, 29. Actor who as a teen starred in "The Famous Jett Jackson" and was featured in the film "Friday Night Lights" and the TV series "Rizzoli & Isles." Aug. 19. Apparent suicide.

Elmore Leonard, 87. Acclaimed crime novelist whose best-sellers and the movies made from them chronicled the violent deaths of many a thug. Aug. 20. Complications from a stroke.

C. Gordon Fullerton, 76. Former astronaut who flew on two space shuttle missions and had an extensive career as a research and test pilot for NASA and the Air Force. Aug. 21.

Julie Harris, 87. Much-honored Broadway performer whose roles ranged from the flamboyant Sally Bowles in "I Am a Camera" to the reclusive Emily Dickinson in "The Belle of Amherst." Aug. 24.

Muriel "Mickie" Siebert, 84. She started as a trainee on Wall Street and became the first woman to own a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. Aug. 24.

Robert R. Taylor, 77. He put soap in pump bottles and forever changed the way people wash up. Aug. 29. Cancer.

Seamus Heaney, 74. Ireland's foremost poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995. Aug. 30.

David Frost, 74. Veteran broadcaster who won fame around the world for his interview with former President Richard Nixon. Aug. 31.

SEPTEMBER:

Judith Glassman Daniels, 74. She blazed a trail for women in the publishing world and became the first woman to serve as top editor of Life magazine. Sept. 1. Stomach cancer.

Ronald Coase, 102. Nobel Prize winner and a pioneer in applying economic theory to the law. Sept. 2.

Frederik Pohl, 93. Over decades he gained a reputation of being a literate and sophisticated writer of science fiction. Sept. 2.

Rochus Misch, 96. Adolf Hitler's devoted bodyguard for most of World War II and the last remaining witness to the Nazi leader's final hours in his Berlin bunker. Sept. 5.

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