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A chronology of those who died in 2013

A chronology of those who died in 2013

A chronology of those who died in 2013

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By The Associated Press

Jan. 1

-- Patti Page, 85, who stumbled across "Tennessee Waltz" and made it one of the best-selling recordings ever and was one of the most successful pop singers of the 1950s with more than 100 million records sold, in Encinitas, California. No cause of death was given.

Jan 2

-- Gerda Lerner, 92, a pioneer in the field of women's history and a founding member of the National Organization for Woman in the U.S., has died in Madison, Wisconsin, of apparent old age.

Jan. 3

-- Sergiu Nicolaescu, 82, a prolific and popular Romanian film director known for his historical epics who also served as a senator, in Bucharest of heart and lung complications following surgery for digestive problems.

Jan. 5

-- Sol Yurick, 87, a writer whose street gang novel "The Warriors" was adapted into a film of the same title that became a cult favorite, in New York of complications from lung cancer.

Jan. 10

-- Claude Nobs, 76, the founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival, whose passion for music and artistry introduced generations of legendary musicians to international audiences on the Swiss stage, after sustaining injuries from a fall while cross-country skiing.

Jan. 11

-- Khanh Nguyen, 86, a South Vietnamese general who briefly gained control of the government in a coup and went on to lead a "government in exile" in California, in San Jose, California. He had diabetes-related health problems.

-- Maria Melato, 71, an Italian actress known for her critically acclaimed performance as a spoiled socialite stranded with a sailor she had tormented in the 1974 film comedy "Swept Away," in Rome.

Jan. 16

-- Pauline Friedman Phillips, 94, who as Dear Abby dispensed snappy, sometimes saucy advice on love, marriage and meddling mothers-in-law to millions of newspaper readers around the world, in Minneapolis. She had Alzheimer's disease.

-- Andre Cassagnes, 86, the inventor of the Etch A Sketch toy that generations of children drew on, shook up and started over, in a Paris suburb. No cause of death was disclosed.

Jan. 18

-- Ron Nachman, 70, the mayor of one of Israel's largest settlements in the West Bank and known for his fiery personality and commanding media presence, in Petah Tikva, Israel. He had cancer.

Jan. 19

-- Hans Massaquoi, 87, a former managing editor of Ebony magazine who wrote a distinctive memoir about his unusual childhood growing up black in Nazi Germany,in Jacksonville, Florida. No cause of death was given.

Jan. 20

-- Dolores Prida, 69, a writer who chronicled Hispanic life on stages, on opinion pages and in advice columns, in New York. No cause of death was given.

Jan. 21

Michael Winner, 77, a British director of 30 films, including three in the "Death Wish" series, restaurant critic and bon vivant, in London. No cause of death was given.

Jan. 22

-- Linda Pugach, 75, who was blinded in 1959 when her lover hired hit men to throw lye in her face -- and became a media sensation in the U.S. after later marrying him -- in New York of heart failure.

Jan. 23

-- Cardinal Jozef Glemp, 83, the longtime head of Poland's influential Roman Catholic church at a time when it played a key role in the fight against communism, in Warsaw. He had been ill for many years and had lung cancer.

Jan. 28

-- Nikolaos Dertilis, 94, the last jailed member of the military dictatorship that ruled Greece from 1967-74, in Athens. He had heart problems after suffering a stroke.

Jan. 29

Said Musa Maragha, a hard-line Palestinian military commander who rebelled against leader Yasser Arafat to form his own rival party and was better known by his nom de guerre "Abu Musa," in Damascus. He had cancer.

Jan. 30

-- Patty Andrews, 94, the last surviving member of the singing Andrews Sisters trio that rallied troops during World War II, in the Los Angeles suburb of Northridge of natural causes.