Looking Back: Celebrities We Lost in 2013

From stage to screen, some of our favorite performers burned too brightly, hastening their own tragic
end. Mourn with us as we celebrate the careers of the promising stars that we’ll never,
ever get back.

  • Miley Cyrus (2001-2013)

  • Hannah Montana
    One of the most prominent young voices of today, Miley Cyrus was poised for an iconic career in music and television. But after a series of awkward appearances and a slow, downward spiral of uncomfortable cultural appropriation, she succumbed to the fate of many child stars, and we finally lost her in the fall of this year.

  • Kanye West (1996-2013)

  • Kanye West
    After a rapid ascent into stardom, the sky was the limit for this college dropout. While he faced many setbacks over the years, things turned for the worse after an unexpected collision with reality star Kim Kardashian and the unfortunate launch of his album, Yeezus. While his career had been on life support for some time, fans say that his video for “Bound 2” was a message that “he was finally ready to let go.”

  • Paula Deen (1999-2013)

  • Paula Deen
    The beloved personality known for her down-and-dirty homestyle cooking, Paula Deen began 2013 at the pinnacle of her career. After controversially revealing her adult-onset diabetes and her chronic, incurable racism, she was declared unresponsive and was completely done for in June.

  • Lamar Odom (1999-2013)

  • Lamar Odom
    After winning accolades during his 14-year career in the NBA, including winning a bronze medal for the US Olympic team, things took a turn for the worse after a heartbreaking marriage to Khloe Kardiashian led to a series of irreversible reality television opportunities. After an unexpected arrest in August 2013 and an impending divorce from Khloe, the public made peace with the fact that the now-departed Odom is never coming back.

  • Justin Bieber (2009-2013)

  • Justin Bieber
    Just as Bieber was hitting the peak of his young career, Justin succumbed to a series of brutal events that left him in a vegetable state for much of 2013. After a recent LA radio show interview where he stared blankly for a few moments, his final words were, “I am actually retiring. I’m retiring, man.” We’ll never truly know if he was joking or not.

  • Chris Brown (2008-2013)

  • Chris Brown
    We’ve tragically lost Chris Brown, almost every year since his rise to fame. In this often confusing, always heartbreaking cycle, we are now fairly sure that Brown will not return and that he is indisputably, irreversibly, completely fucking gone for real this time.