Famous Deaths in 2002

Deaths 1 - 200 of 372

  • Jan 1 Julia Phillips, American film producer (b. 1944)
  • Jan 2 Armi Aavikko, Finnish singer (b. 1958)
  • Jan 3 Juan García Esquivel, Mexican band leader (b. 1918)
  • Jan 3 Freddy Heineken, Dutch beer executive (b. 1923)
  • Jan 3 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), dies at 31
  • Jan 7 Avery Schreiber, American actor (b. 1935)
  • Jan 7 Jon Lee, Welsh musician (Feeder) (b. 1968)
  • Jan 8 Alexander Prochorow, Nobel Prize in Physics laureate (b. 1916)
  • Jan 8 Dave Thomas, American fast food entrepreneur (b. 1932)
  • Jan 10 W.A. Criswell, American (Baptist) preacher (b. 1909)
  • Jan 11 Henri Verneuil, French playwright and film director (b. 1920)
  • Jan 11 Struan Sutherland, Australian medical researcher (b. 1936)
  • Jan 12 Stanley Unwin, South African comedian (b. 1911)
  • Jan 12 Cyrus Vance, 57th U.S. Secretary of State (1977-80), dies at 84
  • Jan 13 Ted Demme, American film director (b. 1963)
  • Jan 13 Gregorio Fuentes, Cuban fisherman, reputed model for Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea (b. 1897)
  • Jan 13 Frank Shuster, Canadian comedian (b. 1916)
  • Jan 15 Steve Gromek, American baseball player (b. 1920)
  • Jan 16 Robert Hanbury Brown, British-Australian astronomer and physicist (b. 1916)
  • Jan 16 Michael Bilandic, Mayor of Chicago (b. 1923)
  • Jan 16 Bobo Olson, American boxer (b. 1928)
  • Jan 16 Eddie Meduza, Swedish composer (b. 1948)
  • Jan 16 Ron Taylor, American actor (b. 1952)
  • Jan 17 Bishop Karas, Sudanese-born American religious leader (b. 1955)
  • Jan 17 Camilo Jose Cela, Spanish writer, (Nobel Prize laureate 1989), dies at 85
  • Jan 17 Queenie Leonard, American actress (b. 1905)
  • Jan 20 Carrie Hamilton, actress and singer (b. 1963)
  • Jan 21 Peggy Lee, American singer (b. 1920)
  • Jan 22 Stanley Marcus, American business executive (b. 1905)
  • Jan 23 Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist (b. 1930)
  • Jan 23 Paul Aars, American racecar driver (b. 1934)
  • Jan 23 Robert Nozick, American philosopher (b. 1938)
  • Jan 24 Elie Hobeika, Lebanese Forces militia commander (b. 1956)
  • Jan 24 Peter Gzowski, Canadian broadcaster, writer and reporter (b. 1934)
  • Jan 28 Astrid Lindgren, Swedish author (b. 1907)
  • Jan 29 Dick "Night Train" Lane, American football player (b. 1928)
  • Jan 29 Harold Russell, Canadian-born actor (b. 1914)
  • Jan 30 Ingeborg "Inge" Morath, Austrian born Magnum photographer and wife of Arthur Miller
  • Jan 31 Francis Gabreski, American fighter pilot (b. 1919)
  • Feb 1 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 2 Paul Baloff, American singer (Exodus) (b. 1960)
  • Feb 2 Claude Brown, American writer (b. 1937)
  • Feb 4 George Nader, American film and television actor (b. 1921)
  • Feb 6 Max Perutz, Austrian molecular biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1914)
  • Feb 7 Jack Fairman, British racing driver (b. 1913)
  • Feb 8 Joachim Hoffmann, German historian (b. 1930)
  • Feb 8 Ong Teng Cheong, President of Singapore (b. 1936)
  • Feb 9 Princess Margaret of the United Kingdom (b. 1930)
  • Feb 9 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • Feb 10 Traudl Junge, Adolf Hitler's secretary (b. 1920)
  • Feb 10 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer/songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Feb 11 Barry Foster, British actor (b. 1931)
  • Feb 11 Frank Crosetti, baseball player (b. 1910)
  • Feb 13 Waylon Jennings, American musician (b. 1937)
  • Feb 14 Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungarian footballer (b. 1922)
  • Feb 15 Howard K. Smith, American journalist (b. 1914)

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

  • Feb 16 Walter Winterbottom, England football manager (b. 1913)
  • Feb 21 Harold Furth, Austrian-born physicist (b. 1939)
  • Feb 21 John Thaw, English actor (Inspector Morse), dies of cancer at 60
  • Feb 21 Harold Pruett, American actor (Sybil, Embrace of the Vampire), dies of a drug overdose at 32
  • Feb 21 A. L. [Audrey] Barker, English writer, dies at 83
  • Feb 22 Chuck Jones, American cartoonist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 22 Jonas Savimbi, Angolan rebel leader (b. 1934)
  • Feb 22 Roden Cutler, Australian diplomat and war hero (b. 1916)
  • Feb 22 Daniel Pearl, American journalist (b. 1963)
  • Feb 24 Arthur Lyman, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player (b. 1932)
  • Feb 24 Leo Ornstein, Russian-born composer and pianist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 26 Lawrence Tierney, American actor (b. 1919)

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Feb 27 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 28 Mary Stuart, American actress (b. 1926)
  • Feb 28 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 3 Harlan Howard, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Mar 4 Claire Davenport, English actress (b. 1933)
  • Mar 4 Eric Flynn, British actor/singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 4 Elyne Mitchell, Australian author (b. 1913)
  • Mar 4 Velibor Vasović, Yugoslavian footballer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 6 Bryan Fogarty, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1969)
  • Mar 11 James Tobin, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1918)
  • Mar 12 Spyros Kyprianou, Cypriot politician (b. 1932)
  • Mar 12 Jean-Paul Riopelle, Quebec painter and sculptor (b. 1923)
  • Mar 13 Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher (b. 1900)
  • Mar 14 Cherry Wilder, New Zealand-born author (b. 1930)
  • Mar 17 Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (b. 1911)
  • Mar 17 Pat Weaver, American broadcast executive (b. 1908)
  • Mar 17 Luise Rinser, German writer (Prison Journal), dies at 90
  • Mar 18 R.A. Lafferty, American science fiction writer (b. 1914)
  • Mar 18 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 21 Herman Talmadge, American politician (b. 1913)
  • Mar 23 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (b. 1920)
  • Mar 23 Ben Hollioake, English cricketer (b. 1977)
  • Mar 24 César Milstein, Argentine scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1927)
  • Mar 25 Kenneth Wolstenholme, English football commentator (b. 1920)
  • Mar 26 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)
  • Mar 27 Milton Berle, American actor and comedian (b. 1908)

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Mar 27 Dudley Moore, British actor and comedian (Arthur, 10), dies at 66

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

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

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

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Mar 30 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 31 Barry Took, British comedian (b. 1928)
  • Apr 1 Simo Hayha, Finnish marksman (b. 1905)
  • Apr 3 Fad Gadget, English singer and musician (b. 1956)
  • Apr 4 Harry L. O'Connor, Czech film stuntman
  • Apr 5 Layne Staley, American musician (Alice in Chains) (b. 1967)
  • Apr 7 John Agar, American actor (b. 1921)
  • Apr 8 María Félix, Mexican actress (b. 1914)
  • Apr 9 Leopold Vietoris, Austrian mathematician (b. 1891)
  • Apr 9 Pat Flaherty, American racecar driver (b. 1926)
  • Apr 13 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver (b. 1928)
  • Apr 15 Damon Knight, American author (b. 1922)
  • Apr 15 Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player and U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1917)
  • Apr 16 Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (b. 1927)
  • Apr 16 Robert Urich, American actor (b. 1946)

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

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • Apr 18 Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • Apr 20 Alan Dale, American singer (b. 1925)
  • Apr 25 Indra Devi, yoga teacher (b. 1899)
  • Apr 25 Lisa Lopes, American rapper (TLC) (b. 1971)
  • Apr 26 Robert Steinhäuser German spree killer (b.1983)
  • Apr 27 George Alec Effinger, American author (b. 1947)
  • Apr 27 Ruth Handler, American toy manufacturer (b. 1916)
  • Apr 27 Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Swiss industrialist and art collector (b. 1921)
  • Apr 28 Alexander Lebed, Russian general (b. 1950)
  • Apr 28 Lou Thesz, American wrestler, dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Bob Akin, American industrialist and race car driver (b. 1936)
  • Apr 29 Lor Tok, Thai comedian and actor (b. 1914)
  • Apr 30 Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, founder of the Gründerzeit Museum in Berlin-Mahlsdorf. (b. 1928)
  • May 2 John Nathan-Turner, English television producer (b. 1947)
  • May 2 W. T. Tutte, English-born codebreaker (b. 1917)
  • May 3 Barbara Castle, British politician (b. 1910)
  • May 3 Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian composer and pianist (b. 1928)
  • May 5 Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (b. 1926)
  • May 5 Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs. (b. 1904)
  • May 5 George Sidney, American film director (b. 1916)
  • May 6 Otis Blackwell, American pianist, singer and songwriter (b. 1932)
  • May 6 Pim Fortuyn, Dutch politician (b. 1948)
  • May 7 Seattle Slew, American racehorse (b. 1974)
  • May 7 Kevyn Aucoin, Makeup Artist and Photographer (b. 1962)
  • May 9 Dan Devine, American football coach (b. 1924)
  • May 9 Leon Stein, American composer, dies at 81
  • May 10 Lynda Lyon Block, convicted murderer (b. 1948)
  • May 10 Yves Robert, French actor, screenwriter and director (b. 1920)
  • May 11 Joseph Bonanno, Italian-born gangster (b. 1905)
  • May 11 Renaude Lapointe, French Canadian journalist and senator (b. 1912)
  • May 12 Erich Kulas, ECW Wrestler (Mass Transit)
  • May 13 Valeri Lobanovsky, Ukrainian footballer and manager (b. 1939)
  • May 13 Ruth Cracknell, Australian actress (b. 1925)
  • May 16 Alec Campbell, the last surviving ANZAC (b. 1899)
  • May 16 Big Dick Dudley, American professional wrestler (b. 1968)
  • May 17 Dave Berg, American cartoonist (b. 1920)
  • May 17 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (b. 1940)
  • May 17 Ladislao Kubala, Hungarian-Spanish footballer (b. 1927)
  • May 17 James Chichester-Clark, Irish politician, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland (1969-71), dies at 79
  • May 18 Davey Boy Smith, English professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • May 19 John Gorton, nineteenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1911)
  • May 19 Walter Lord, American writer (b. 1917)

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May 20 Stephen Jay Gould, American paleontologist and popular science writer, dies of cancer at 60

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

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

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • May 24 Wallace Markfield, American writer (b. 1926)
  • May 25 Pat Coombs, English actress (b. 1926)
  • May 26 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian runner (b. 1932)
  • May 28 Jean Berger [Arthur Schloßberg], German-born American composer, dies at 92
  • May 29 Mildred Benson, American writer (b. 1905)
  • May 31 Eric Boyland, English biochemist (cancer research), dies at 97
  • Jun 1 Hansie Cronje, South African cricketer (b. 1969)
  • Jun 4 Fernando Belaúnde Terry, Peruvian politician (b. 1912)
  • Jun 5 Gwen Plumb, Australian actress (b. 1912)
  • Jun 5 Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones), dies of a heroin overdose at 51
  • Jun 6 Robbin Crosby, American guitarist (Ratt) (b. 1959)
  • Jun 7 Mary Lilian Baels, Belgian princess (b. 1916)

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

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

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

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