Famous Deaths in 2002

Deaths 1 - 200 of 365

  • Jan 1st Julia Phillips, American film producer (b. 1944)
  • Jan 2nd Armi Aavikko, Finnish singer (b. 1958)
  • Jan 3rd Juan García Esquivel, Mexican band leader (b. 1918)
  • Jan 3rd Freddy Heineken, Dutch beer executive (b. 1923)
  • Jan 7th Avery Schreiber, American actor (b. 1935)
  • Jan 7th Jon Lee, Welsh musician (Feeder) (b. 1968)
  • Jan 8th Alexander Prochorow, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate (b. 1916)
  • Jan 8th Dave Thomas, American fast food entrepreneur (b. 1932)
  • Jan 10th W.A. Criswell, American (Baptist) preacher (b. 1909)
  • Jan 11th Henri Verneuil, French playwright and film director (b. 1920)
  • Jan 11th Struan Sutherland, Australian medical researcher (b. 1936)
  • Jan 12th Stanley Unwin, South African comedian (b. 1911)
  • Jan 12th Cyrus Vance, 57th U.S. Secretary of State (b. 1917)
  • Jan 13th Ted Demme, American film director (b. 1963)
  • Jan 13th Gregorio Fuentes, Cuban fisherman, reputed model for Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea (b. 1897)
  • Jan 13th Frank Shuster, Canadian comedian (b. 1916)
  • Jan 15th Steve Gromek, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Jan 16th Robert Hanbury Brown, British-Australian astronomer and physicist (b. 1916)
  • Jan 16th Michael Bilandic, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1923)
  • Jan 16th Bobo Olson, American boxer (b. 1928)
  • Jan 16th Eddie Meduza, Swedish composer (b. 1948)
  • Jan 16th Ron Taylor, American actor (b. 1952)
  • Jan 17th Bishop Karas, Sudanese-born American religious leader (b. 1955)
  • Jan 17th Camilo Jose Cela, Spanish writer, (Nobel Prize laureate 1989), dies at 85
  • Jan 17th Queenie Leonard, American actress (b. 1905)
  • Jan 20th Carrie Hamilton, actress and singer (b. 1963)
  • Jan 21st Peggy Lee, American singer (b. 1920)
  • Jan 22nd Stanley Marcus, American business executive (b. 1905)
  • Jan 23rd Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist (b. 1930)
  • Jan 23rd Paul Aars, American racecar driver (b. 1934)
  • Jan 23rd Robert Nozick, American philosopher (b. 1938)
  • Jan 24th Elie Hobeika, Lebanese Forces militia commander (b. 1956)
  • Jan 24th Peter Gzowski, Canadian broadcaster, writer and reporter (b. 1934)
  • Jan 28th Astrid Lindgren, Swedish author (b. 1907)
  • Jan 29th Dick "Night Train" Lane, American football player (b. 1928)
  • Jan 29th Harold Russell, Canadian-born actor (b. 1914)
  • Jan 30th Ingeborg "Inge" Morath, Austrian born Magnum photographer and wife of Arthur Miller
  • Jan 31st Francis Gabreski, American fighter pilot (b. 1919)
  • Feb 1st Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 2nd Paul Baloff, American singer (Exodus) (b. 1960)
  • Feb 2nd Claude Brown, American writer (b. 1937)
  • Feb 4th George Nader, American film and television actor (b. 1921)
  • Feb 6th Max Perutz, Austrian molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1914)
  • Feb 7th Jack Fairman, British racing driver (b. 1913)
  • Feb 8th Joachim Hoffmann, German historian (b. 1930)
  • Feb 8th Ong Teng Cheong, President of Singapore (b. 1936)
  • Feb 9th Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom (b. 1930)
  • Feb 9th Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • Feb 10th Traudl Junge, Adolf Hitler's secretary (b. 1920)
  • Feb 10th Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer/songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Feb 11th Barry Foster, British actor (b. 1931)
  • Feb 11th Frank Crosetti, baseball player (b. 1910)
  • Feb 13th Waylon Jennings, American musician (b. 1937)
  • Feb 14th Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungarian footballer (b. 1922)
  • Feb 15th Howard K. Smith, American journalist (b. 1914)

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Feb 15th Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (Ares-Hercules), dies at 38 after falling from a prop tower

  • Feb 16th Walter Winterbottom, England football manager (b. 1913)
  • Feb 21st Harold Furth, Austrian-born physicist (b. 1939)
  • Feb 21st John Thaw, English actor (b. 1942)
  • Feb 21st Harold Pruett, American actor (Sybil, Embrace of the Vampire), dies of a drug overdose at 32
  • Feb 22nd Chuck Jones, American cartoonist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 22nd Jonas Savimbi, Angolan rebel leader (b. 1934)
  • Feb 22nd Roden Cutler, Australian diplomat and war hero (b. 1916)
  • Feb 22nd Daniel Pearl, American journalist (b. 1963)
  • Feb 24th Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (b. 1932)
  • Feb 24th Leo Ornstein, Russian-born composer and pianist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 26th Lawrence Tierney, American actor (b. 1919)

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Feb 27th Spike Milligan, Irish-British actor and comedian (Digby, 3 Musketeers), dies of kidney failure at 83

Comedian and author Spike Milligan
Comedian and author
Spike Milligan
  • Feb 28th Mary Stuart, American actress (b. 1926)
  • Feb 28th Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 3rd Harlan Howard, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Mar 4th Claire Davenport, English actress (b. 1933)
  • Mar 4th Eric Flynn, British actor/singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 4th Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (b. 1913)
  • Mar 4th Velibor Vasović, Yugoslavian footballer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 6th Bryan Fogarty, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1969)
  • Mar 11th James Tobin, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • Mar 12th Spyros Kyprianou, Cypriot politician (b. 1932)
  • Mar 12th Jean-Paul Riopelle, Quebec painter and sculptor (b. 1923)
  • Mar 13th Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher (b. 1900)
  • Mar 14th Cherry Wilder, New Zealand-born author (b. 1930)
  • Mar 17th Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (b. 1911)
  • Mar 17th Pat Weaver, American broadcast executive (b. 1908)
  • Mar 18th R.A. Lafferty, American science fiction writer (b. 1914)
  • Mar 18th Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 21st Herman Talmadge, American politician (b. 1913)
  • Mar 23rd Eileen Farrell, American soprano (b. 1920)
  • Mar 23rd Ben Hollioake, English cricketer (b. 1977)
  • Mar 24th César Milstein, Argentine scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1927)
  • Mar 25th Kenneth Wolstenholme, English football commentator (b. 1920)
  • Mar 26th Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)
  • Mar 27th Milton Berle, American actor and comedian (b. 1908)

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Mar 27th Dudley Moore, British actor (b. 1935)

Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician Dudley Moore
Actor, Comedian and Jazz Musician
Dudley Moore

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Mar 27th Billy Wilder, Austrian-born American film director (The Lost Weekend, Some Like it Hot), dies at 95

Filmmaker Billy Wilder
Filmmaker
Billy Wilder
  • Mar 29th Rico Yan, Philippine Young Movie & TV Actor (b. 1975)
  • Mar 29th Rachel Levy and Ayat al-Akhras, Israeli and Palestinian children

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Mar 30th Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother of the United Kingdom, dies at 101

Consort of George VI Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Consort of George VI
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
  • Mar 31st Barry Took, British comedian (b. 1928)
  • Apr 1st Simo Hayha, Finnish marksman (b. 1905)
  • Apr 3rd Fad Gadget, English singer and musician (b. 1956)
  • Apr 4th Harry L. O'Connor, Czech film stuntman
  • Apr 5th Layne Staley, American musician (Alice in Chains) (b. 1967)
  • Apr 7th John Agar, American actor (b. 1921)
  • Apr 8th María Félix, Mexican actress (b. 1914)
  • Apr 9th Leopold Vietoris, Austrian mathematician (b. 1891)
  • Apr 9th Pat Flaherty, American racecar driver (b. 1926)
  • Apr 13th Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver (b. 1928)
  • Apr 15th Damon Knight, American author (b. 1922)
  • Apr 15th Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player and U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1917)
  • Apr 16th Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (b. 1927)
  • Apr 16th Robert Urich, American actor (b. 1946)

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Apr 18th Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian explorer (Kon Tiki expedition) (b. 1914)

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • Apr 18th Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • Apr 20th Alan Dale, American singer (b. 1925)
  • Apr 25th Indra Devi, yoga teacher (b. 1899)
  • Apr 25th Lisa Lopes, American rapper (TLC) (b. 1971)
  • Apr 26th Robert Steinhäuser German spree killer (b.1983)
  • Apr 27th George Alec Effinger, American author (b. 1947)
  • Apr 27th Ruth Handler, American toy manufacturer (b. 1916)
  • Apr 27th Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Swiss industrialist and art collector (b. 1921)
  • Apr 28th Alexander Lebed, Russian general (b. 1950)
  • Apr 28th Lou Thesz, American wrestler, dies at 86
  • Apr 29th Bob Akin, American industrialist and race car driver (b. 1936)
  • Apr 29th Lor Tok, Thai comedian and actor (b. 1914)
  • Apr 30th Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, founder of the Gründerzeit Museum in Berlin-Mahlsdorf. (b. 1928)
  • May 2nd John Nathan-Turner, English television producer (b. 1947)
  • May 2nd W. T. Tutte, English-born codebreaker (b. 1917)
  • May 3rd Barbara Castle, British politician (b. 1910)
  • May 3rd Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian composer and pianist (b. 1928)
  • May 5th Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (b. 1926)
  • May 5th Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs. (b. 1904)
  • May 5th George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916)
  • May 6th Otis Blackwell, American pianist, singer and songwriter (b. 1932)
  • May 6th Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (b. 1948)
  • May 7th Seattle Slew, American racehorse (b. 1974)
  • May 7th Kevyn Aucoin, Makeup Artist and Photographer (b. 1962)
  • May 9th Dan Devine, American football coach (b. 1924)
  • May 10th Lynda Lyon Block, convicted murderer (b. 1948)
  • May 10th Yves Robert, French actor, screenwriter and director (b. 1920)
  • May 11th Joseph Bonanno, Italian-born gangster (b. 1905)
  • May 11th Renaude Lapointe, French Canadian journalist and senator (b. 1912)
  • May 12th Erich Kulas, ECW Wrestler (Mass Transit)
  • May 13th Valeri Lobanovsky, Ukrainian footballer and manager (b. 1939)
  • May 13th Ruth Cracknell, Australian actress (b. 1925)
  • May 16th Alec Campbell, the last surviving ANZAC (b. 1899)
  • May 16th Big Dick Dudley, American professional wrestler (b. 1968)
  • May 17th Dave Berg, American cartoonist (b. 1920)
  • May 17th Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (b. 1940)
  • May 17th Ladislao Kubala, Hungarian-Spanish footballer (b. 1927)
  • May 18th Davey Boy Smith, English professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • May 19th John Gorton, nineteenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1911)
  • May 19th Walter Lord, American writer (b. 1917)

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May 20th Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist (b. 1941)

Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist Stephen Jay Gould
Paleontologist and Evolutionary Biologist
Stephen Jay Gould
  • May 21st Niki de Saint Phalle, French artist (b. 1930)

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May 23rd Sam Snead, American golfer (b. 1912)

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • May 24th Wallace Markfield, American writer (b. 1926)
  • May 25th Pat Coombs, English actress (b. 1926)
  • May 26th Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian runner (b. 1932)
  • May 28th Jean Berger, German-born composer (b. 1909)
  • May 29th Mildred Benson, American writer (b. 1905)
  • Jun 1st Hansie Cronje, South African cricketer (b. 1969)
  • Jun 4th Fernando Belaúnde Terry, Peruvian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jun 5th Gwen Plumb, Australian actress (b. 1912)
  • Jun 5th Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones), dies of a heroin overdose at 51
  • Jun 6th Robbin Crosby, American guitarist (Ratt) (b. 1959)
  • Jun 7th Mary Lilian Baels, Belgian princess (b. 1916)

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Jun 10th John Gotti, American gangster (b. 1940)

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti
  • Jun 10th Benjamin Ward, 1st African American NYC Police Commissioner, dies at 75
  • Jun 12th Bill Blass, American fashion designer (b. 1922)
  • Jun 13th John Hope, American meteorologist (b. 1919)
  • Jun 14th June Jordan, American writer and teacher (b. 1936)
  • Jun 15th Choi Hong Hi, founder of Taekwon-Do (b. 1918)
  • Jun 17th Willie Davenport, American athlete (b. 1943)
  • Jun 17th Fritz Walter, German footballer (b. 1920)

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Jun 18th Jack Buck, American baseball announcer, dies at 77

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Sportscaster
Jack Buck
  • Jun 20th Erwin Chargaff, Austrian biochemist (b. 1905)
  • Jun 20th Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (b. 1916)
  • Jun 22nd Ann Landers, American columnist (b. 1918)
  • Jun 22nd Darryl Kile, American baseball player (b. 1968)
  • Jun 23rd Pedro 'El Rockero' Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
  • Jun 24th Pierre Werner, Prime Minister of Luxembourg (b. 1913)
  • Jun 24th Miles Fitzalan-Howard, British army general and peer (Duke of Norfolk), dies at 86
  • Jun 25th Jean Corbeil, Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • Jun 26th Arnold Brown, the 11th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1913)
  • Jun 26th Jay Berwanger, American football player (b. 1914)
  • Jun 27th John Entwistle, bass-player with The Who dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57
  • Jun 29th Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (b. 1928)
  • Jun 29th Ole-Johan Dahl, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • Jun 29th François Périer, French actor (b. 1919)
  • Jun 30th Chico Xavier, popular medium in Brazil´s spiritism movement (b. 1910)
  • Jul 2nd Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
  • Jul 4th Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American general (b. 1912)
  • Jul 4th Mansoor Hekmat, Iranian politician (b. 1951)
  • Jul 4th Winnifred Quick, American Titanic survivor (b. 1904)

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Jul 5th Ted Williams, baseball hall of famer and last player to bat over.400 in a single season (Boston Red Sox) dies at 84

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Jul 5th Katy Jurado, Mexican actress (b. 1924)
  • Jul 6th Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian businessman (b. 1932)
  • Jul 6th John Frankenheimer, American film director (b. 1930)
  • Jul 7th Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian business tycoon (b. 1933)
  • Jul 7th Bison Dele, American basketball player (b. 1969)