Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver, British Columbia, hotel room on Saturday, July 13.The actor, who played heartthrob Finn Hudson on "Glee," was 31 years old.His death was ruled an accident, the coroner's office announced Wednesday, October 2.The findings concluded that Monteith "died of mixed drug toxicity, involving intravenous heroin use combined with the ingestion of alcohol."Monteith apparently had several people over to his room at one point Friday night, but Le Pard said Monteith, who had checked in July 6, was seen on hotel surveillance video returning to his room in the early morning hours by himself. Ned Vizzini, author of "It's Kind of a Funny Story," died December 19 of blunt impact injuries to the head, torso and extremities.Here he appears in the 1974 film "Three the Hard Way."Bert Stern, a revolutionary advertising photographer in the 1960s who also made his mark with images of celebrities, died on June 25 at age 83.Possibly most memorably, he captured Marilyn Monroe six weeks before she died for a series later known as "The Last Sitting."Alan Myers, Devo's most well-known drummer, lost his battle with cancer on June 24. His song "Ain't No Love in the Heart of the City" was sampled on a Jay-Z album.Country music singer/songwriter Slim Whitman died on June 19, his son-in-law Roy Beagle told CNN. Above, Whitman poses with his guitar at a press conference at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London, on February 22, 1956.
He lived abroad after being indicted in 1983 for tax evasion, false statements, racketeering and illegal trading with Iran, becoming one of the world's most famous white-collar criminals.He also won fame for his role in "Rocky V."British cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, right, died in his home on the Isle of Wight on Friday, August 23.The man behind the visual style of movies such as "Star Wars" and "Dr. Here, Taylor and director Peter Brooks, left, film "Meetings With Remarkable Men" in 1979.Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Sharman -- who won four NBA titles as a player, one as a head coach and five in his club's front office -- died October 25 in southern California, his former teams said. Tennessee Titans owner Bud Adams died of natural causes on October 21. Adams, whose team started in Houston as the Houston Oilers, co-founded the American Football League, which eventually merged with the National Football League.Lou Scheimer, a pioneer in Saturday morning television cartoons with hit shows such as "Superman," "Fat Albert" and "He-Man," died October 17 at 84, according to his biographer.
Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing died at her London home on November 17, her publisher said.