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Canadian actor Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room from a heroin and alcohol overdose, July 13. Canadian actor Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room from a heroin and alcohol overdose, July 13.

This past year, there were deaths that shocked us and deaths that took us back down memory lane. 7's Craig Stevens has a look back at the leaders, legends and celebrities we said goodbye to in 2013.

WSVN -- James Gandolfini definitely got our respect, portraying one of the most iconic television characters of our time, mob boss Tony Soprano.

James Gandolfini (as Tony Soprano): "You better pay me the respect that I gave your brother, or we're gonna have a problem."

And in June, fans were stunned to learn he suffered a heart attack while vacationing in Rome. He was 51.

The pain and turmoil of real life played out on the television screen with the loss of Canadian actor and musician Cory Monteith. Best known as singing football star Finn Hudson on "Glee," Monteith struggled with substance abuse. He was found dead in a Vancouver hotel room in July after overdosing on heroin and alcohol. Millions tuned in to watch the emotional 1-hour tribute episode dedicated to the actor. He was just 31.

The year ended with the shocking death of another young star. Forty-year-old Paul Walker of the "Fast and Furious" movies was killed Nov. 30 in a high-speed crash in California. Walker was the passenger in the car that slammed into a tree and burst into flames.

We also said goodbye to a childhood star from another generation.

Annette Funicello (singing): "We're the Mouseketeers, and we want to say hello."

Annette Funicello was one of the most popular Mouseketeers on the Mickey Mouse Club. She died at the age of 70 after suffering for years from multiple sclerosis.

We also lost other actors with long, memorable careers. Jean Stapleton's charming portrayal of Edith Bunker in the TV series "All in the Family" won audiences over time and again. She was 90 when she passed away.

Swimming champion turned movie star Esther Williams was one of Hollywood's biggest moneymakers. She was 91.

Peter O'Toole achieved stardom as T.E. Lawrence in "Lawrence of Arabia," which was his first Academy Award nomination. He would be nominated seven more times without a win, the most of any actor. O'Toole was 81.

Comedian Jonathan Winters known as a pioneer of improv standup comedy. Winters inspired a new generation of funny men like Robin Williams and Jim Carrey. He was 87.

And she inspired people to write to her for advice. Columnist Abigail Van Buren, known to millions of readers as Dear Abby, died at age 94 this year. Van Buren solved the problems of everyday people for nearly 50 years.

Abigail Van Buren: "That is the best part about being Dear Abby, I love being able to help people."

The world also lost another popular advice columnist: Dr. Joyce Brothers. The TV personality and writer also published books, including the popular series "What Every Woman Should Know." She was 85.

He gave the country medical advice, especially when it came to smoking. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop was the first to call for a smoke-free society. His report on secondhand smoke in 1986 led to smoking bans on planes, in restaurants and at work. He was 96.

The "Iron Lady" of Britain, Margaret Thatcher, died in her home from a stroke at the age of 87.

Margaret Thatcher: "All attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail."

She was the first and only female prime minister of that country.

The Cold War and military espionage put author Tom Clancy on the best-seller lists year after year. Many of his books were turned into award-winning movies, including "The Hunt for Red October," "Patriot Games" and "Clear and Present Danger." Clancy was 66.

Craig Stevens, 7News.

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