Google’s top searches of 2013: Nelson Mandela, Paul Walker

MandelaGoogle on Tuesday released its list of the top-trending searches of 2013, which showed that two year-end deaths resonated most in a year packed with news events, product releases and well-traveled memes.

“Nelson Mandela” and “Paul Walker” were the top two trending search terms on Google’s global list, which this year surveyed the results of 72 countries — the largest sample Google has ever taken.

Searches for Mandela were strong even before the South African icon passed away earlier this month, a Google spokeswoman said. But his death at age 95 prompted a flood of searches for information about his death and life, which sent his name to the top of the list.

Walker is the actor, best known for the “Fast and the Furious” movie franchise, who late last month died in a car crash.

Searches for Apple’s iPhone 5s took the No. 3 spot, followed by searches for a third late celebrity: “Glee” star Cory Monteith, who died of an accidental drug overdose in July. >more