This is a tribute to our friends, neighbors, real life heroes, musicians and artists that died during the course of the year. Inevitably, the list is incomplete, but it provides a sense of how much talent and vision has been lost in the past 12 months – and how much evil exists in this world.
Our beloved friend Jake, photographer and filmmaker. Suicide.
Our neighbor Courtney, animal lover and activist. Suicide.
Michael Hastings, journalist and war correspondent, Rolling Stone Magazine contributor. Accident?
Nelson Mandela, real life hero, freedom fighter.
Kirill, a 3-year-old little boy thrown to his death from a 52-story Manhattan apartment building by his father — who then killed himself — out of spite for his wife.
PET – Puppy Doe, the pitbull puppy brutally abused by his owners — considered, the only humane thing left to do was to put her to sleep. Tortured.
Artists who died in 2013, here’s a quick list of the musicians.
- Marian McPartland (d. Aug. 20): “Piano Jazz” theme music
- Van Cliburn (d. Feb. 27): Tchaikovsky, Piano Concerto No. 1
- Bebo Valdés (d. March 22): “Con Poco Coco”
- George Jones (d. April 26): “She Thinks I Still Care”
- Georges Moustaki (d. May 23): “Le Métèque”
- Lou Reed (d. Oct. 27): “Walk On The Wild Side”
- Chico Hamilton (d. Nov. 25): “Waltz Of The Mallets”
- Ray Manzarek (d. May 20): “Light My Fire” (The Doors)
- Bobby “Blue” Bland (d. June 23): “Turn On Your Love Light”
- Gloria Lynne (d. Oct. 15): “I Wish You Love”
- Henri Dutilleux (d. May 22): Symphony No. 1
- Patti Page (d. Jan. 1): “Tennessee Waltz”
- Eydie Gorme (d. Aug. 10): “Blame It On The Bossa Nova”
- Patty Andrews (d. Jan. 30): “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”
- Donald Byrd (d. Feb. 4): “Hush”
- John LaMontaine (d. April 29): Piano Concerto No. 1
- Yusef Lateef (d. Dec. 23): “Meditation No. 1”
- Kongar-Ol Ondar (d. July 25): “Kongurey”
- Janos Starker (d. April 28): Bach, Cello Suite No. 2 In D Minor
- John Tavener (d. Nov. 12): Song for Athene
- George Beverly Shea (d. April 16): “How Great Thou Art”
- Damon Harris (d. Feb. 18): “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone” (The Temptations)
- Richie Havens (d. April 22): “Freedom”
- George Duke (d. Aug. 5): “Stones Of Orion”
- Ray Price (d. Dec. 16): “Crazy Arms”
- Fred Katz (d. Sept. 7): “The Sage”
- Jim Hall (d. Dec. 10): “All Across The City” (with Bill Evans)
- Marian McPartland: “Long Ago (And Far Away)”