We lost some true stars from all walks of life this year (and a couple of bona fide bad guys).
Some were lives cut tragically short such as Tom Maynard, Adam Yauch and Gemma McCluskie.
Others reached grand old ages such as Patrick Moore, Eric Hobsbawm and Sir Alastair Burnet but their loss is still as keenly felt.
For a few individuals, their deaths were an integral part of their story. The long battle Tony Nicklinson fought to be allowed to die amply illustrates this.
So take some time and spare a thought for some of those who won't be around to see 2013.
Age: 85 Occupation: Comedian and Actor Cause of Death: Poor health after suffering from stomach cancer Most Famous For: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/02/23/frank-carson-jokes-twitter_n_1295883.html">'Tiswas'</a>
Age: 82 Occupation: Astronaut, Test Pilot, Teacher, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/08/25/neil-armstrong-dead-first-man-in-space-dies_n_1830362.html">General Legend and All-Round Nice-Guy</a> Cause of Death: Complications from heart surgery Most Famous For: Being the first person to stand on the Moon
Age: 95 Occupation: Actor Cause of Death: Renal failure Most Famous For:<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/09/ernest-borgnine-dead-remembered_n_1658937.html"> 'Airwolf' or being the voice of a character in Spongebob Squarepants, you decide</a>
Age: 91 Occupation: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/06/06/best-ray-bradbury-quotes_n_1574219.html">Writer</a> Cause of Death: A "lengthy illness" Most Famous For: 'Fahrenheit 451'
Age: 75 Occupation: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/chuck-brown-dies">Guitarist and Singer</a> Cause of Death: Multiple organ failure Most Famous For: Being the "Godfather of Go-go"
Michael Clarke Duncan
Age: 54 Occupation: Actor Cause of Death: Heart attack Most Famous For: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/09/03/the-green-mile-star-michael-clarke-duncan-dead-cardiac-arrest_n_1852740.html">Playing John Coffey</a> in 'The Green Mile'
Age: 92 Occupation: Actor, Comedian, Artist and Author, Cause of Death: Complications following surgery Most Famous For: Playing <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/08/clive-dunn-dead-dads-army_n_2091590.html">Lance-Corporal Jack Jones</a> BBC sitcom Dad's Army "Don't panic! Don't panic!"
Age: 62 Occupation: Singer/Songwriter Cause of Death: Colorectal cancer Most Famous For: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/06/10/robin-gibb-funeral-widow-dwina-grief_n_1584261.html">Being one third of the Bee Gees </a>
Age: 83 Occupation: Radio and TV Presenter Cause of Death: Poor health following a stroke and dementia Most Famous For: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/01/06/bob-holness-dead-blockbusters_n_1189072.html">Blockbusters</a>
Age: 69 Occupation: Mobster Cause of Death: Heart failure Most Famous For: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/06/13/henry-hill-dead-a-life-in-pictures-of-the-mobster-who-inspired-goodfellas_n_1592301.html">Inspiring Martin Scorsese's 'Goodfellas'</a>
Age: 38 Occupation: Teletext Information Service Cause of Death: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/23/ceefax-is-dead-teletext-goodbye_n_2004401.html">The inexorable advance of technology</a> Most Famous For: Being incredibly slow
Age: 73 Occupation: Singing Legend Cause of Death: Leukaemia Most Famous For: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/20/etta-james-songs-music-at-last_n_1219504.html">Classic hits</a> such as 'Something's Got a Hold on Me'
Age: 47 Occupation: Construction Worker Cause of Death: Accidental drowning Most Famous For: Being beaten to a pulp by Los Angeles police, an event that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/17/rodney-king-dead-dies-age-47_n_1603604.html">sparked the 1992 LA riots</a>
Age: 14 Occupation: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/t4">TV Show</a> Cause of Death: There's only so many times you can watch repeats of 'Friends' Most Famous For: See above
Age: 29 Occupation: Actress Cause of Death: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/12/07/gemma-mccluskie-tony-mccluskie-brother-eastendersi-killed-her_n_2256228.html">Murder</a> Most Famous For: Playing Kerry Skinner in 'Eastenders'
Age: 66 Occupation: Naturalist and TV Presenter Cause of Death: Leukaemia Most Famous For: 'The Really Wild Show'.<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/09/07/tv-presenter-terry-nutkins-dies-leukaemia_n_1864012.html"> And for having two fingers bitten off by an otter named Edal</a>
Age: 84 Occupation: Hairdressing Pioneer Cause of Death: Leukaemia Most Famous For: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/12/vidal-sassoon-memorial-michael-caine-john-frieda-terence-stamp-and-mary-quant-london-_n_1960726.html">The hairdressing empire </a>that bears his name
Age: 68 Occupation: Film Director Cause of Death: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/23/tony-scott-death-top-gun-director-sleeping-pills-anti-depressants_n_2004454.html">Suicide</a> Most Famous For: Directing 'Top Gun'
Age: 69 Occupation: Drug Queen Cause of Death: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/04/griselda-blanco-cocaine-grandmother-dead_n_1853328.html">Executed by gunmen as she left a butchers shop</a> Most Famous For: Being a pioneer in the Miami cocaine trade
Age: 96 Occupation: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/30/yitzhak-shamir-former-isr_n_1640204.html">Politician</a> Cause of Death: Poor health compounded by Alzheimer's Most Famous For: Being the seventh Prime Minister of Israel
Age: 63 Occupation: Singer/Songwriter Cause of Death: Lung cancer Most Famous For: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/05/17/donna-summer-dead-10-best-songs_n_1524496.html">Classic disco hits</a> such as 'I Feel Love'
Age: Diplomat Occupation: 52 Cause of Death: Killed in a terrorist attack Most Famous For: Unfortunately, the manner in which he died
Age: 86 Occupation: Writer Cause of Death: Complications from pneumonia Most Famous For: His vast body of work and for describing George W. Bush as "the stupidest man in the United States"
Age: 47 Occupation: Rapper/Songwriter Cause of Death: Salivary gland cancer Most Famous For: Being a founding member of the Beastie Boys
Age: 48 Occupation: Singer/Actress Cause of Death: Accidental drowning Most Famous For: Being one the<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/12/06/the-bodyguard-review_n_2250701.html"> greatest female singers of all time</a>
Age: 58 Occupation: Cause of Death: Starvation Most Famous For: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/08/22/right-to-die-campaigner-tony-nicklinson-died_n_1820927.html">Not being allowed to die</a>
Age: 78 Cause of Death: Cancer Most Famous For: Never finding out where <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/tag/winnie-johnson-death">Ian Brady hid the body </a>of her murdered son
Sir Alastair Burnet
Age: 84 Occupation: Broadcaster Cause of Death: Ill health after a series of strokes Most Famous For: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/07/20/sir-alastair-burnet-dead-itn-news-at-ten_n_1688536.html">Being Chief Presenter</a> ITV's News at Ten for eighteen years.
Age: 71 Occupation: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/11/09/bill-tarmey-coronation-street_n_2099726.html">Actor</a> Most Famous For: Playing 'Coronation Street' stalwart, Jack Duckworth
Age: 23 Occupation: Cricketer Cause of Death: Electrocuted on a London Underground line Most Famous For: Having a promising career <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/07/04/tom-maynard-funeral-attended-trescothick-flintoff_n_1648868.html">cut tragically short</a>
Age: 71 Occupation: Musician/Composer Cause of Death: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/07/16/jon-lord-dead-deep-purple-smoke-on-the-water_n_1676943.html">Pancreatic Cancer</a> Most Famous For: Playing with Deep Purple
Age: 89 Occupation: Comedy Writer, Actor and Director Cause of Death: Poor health Most Famous For:<a href="http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&sqi=2&ved=0CDUQFjAB&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.huffingtonpost.co.uk%2F2012%2F07%2F04%2Feric-sykes-dead-the-plank-video-pictures_n_1648530.html&ei=M9_EUO3vF4TB0QXF_4CIDw&usg=AFQjCNFD29fqGldbbF2VdmhRDKA7ZHyeAQ"> A glittering career spanning over 50 years</a>
Age: 72 Occupation: Author Cause of Death: Died "after a short illness" Most Famous For: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/07/31/maeve-binchy-dies-age-72-irish-novelist_n_1722064.html">Outselling fellow Irish write, Oscar Wilde</a>
Age: 95 Occupation: Historian Cause of Death: Pneumonia Most Famous For: Being<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/01/eric-hobsbawm-dead-british-marxist-historian-dies-at-95_n_1928345.html"> a prolific Marxist writer</a>
Sir Bernard Lovell
Age: 98 Occupation: Physicist/Radio Astronomer Cause of Death: Old Age Most Famous For: Developing the 76m (250ft) radio telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory, Cheshire
Age: 95 Occupation: Actor Cause of Death: Old Age Most Famous For: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/09/27/herbert-lom-pink-panther-dies-95_n_1918570.html">His roles in 'The Ladykillers' and 'The Pink Panther' film series</a>
Age: 77 Occupation: Actor Cause of Death: Kidney failure Most Famous For: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/28/ian-abercrombie-dead-dies-seinfeld-77-hollywood_n_1239076.html">Playing Chancellor Palpatine in 'The Clone Wars'</a>
Age: 89 Occupation: Astronomer Cause of Death: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/12/09/sir-patrick-moor-death-astronomer_n_2266729.html">Old Age</a> Most Famous For: Being the nation's most <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/10/20/patrick-moore-brian-may-the-cosmic-tourist_n_1992982.html">beloved monocle wearer</a>
Age: 92 Occupation: <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/12/12/sitar-player-ravi-shankar-dies-dead-92_n_2282280.html?ncid=GEP">Musician and Composer</a> Cause of Death: Upper-respiratory and heart issues Most Famous For: Inspiring the Beatles
Kenneth Kendall (right)
Age: 88 Occupation: TV Presenter Cause of Death: Complications following a stroke Most Famous For: Hosting 'Treasure Hunt'