On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 2000

Deaths 1 - 200 of 454

  • Jan 1 Colin Vaughan, Australian political journalist, dies at 68
  • Jan 2 Patrick O'Brian, British novelist, dies at 85
  • Jan 2 Elmo Zumwalt, American admiral, dies at 79
  • Jan 2 Nat Adderley, American jazz musician (Work Song), dies from diabetes complications at 68
  • Jan 3 Bernhard Wicki, Austrian director and actor (Morituri, Crime & Passion), dies at 80
  • Jan 3 Harmonica Fats [Harvey Blackston], American blues session and touring harmonica player ("Tore Up"), dies at 72
  • Jan 4 Tom Fears, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end and coach (NFL champion 1951; First-team All-Pro, NFL receiving yards leader 1950; LA Rams), dies at 77
  • Jan 6 Don Martin, American cartoonist (b. 1931)
  • Jan 7 Gary Albright, American professional wrestler (b. 1963)
  • Jan 8 Fritz Thiedemann, German equestrianist (b. 1918)
  • Jan 9 Nigel Tranter, Scottish historian and author, dies at 90
  • Jan 9 Arnold Hall, British aeronautical engineer, dies at 84
  • Jan 10 Sam Jaffe, American music and film producer (Born Free, The Fighting Sullivans), dies at 98
  • Jan 11 Betty Archdale OBE, Anglo-Australian educationalist and English cricket batsman and captain (5 Tests), dies at 92
  • Jan 11 Ivan Combe, American inventor of personal care products (Clearasil), dies at 88
  • Jan 11 Bob Lemon, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (MLB All-Star 1948–54; World Series 1948; no-hitter 1948, White Sox; Cleveland Indians) and manager (KC Royals, Chicago White Sox; World Series NY Yankees 1978), dies at 79
  • Jan 11 Helena Carter [Helen Rickerts], American model and actress (Invaders from Mars), dies at 76
  • Jan 11 Phil Carrick, English cricketer (Yorkshire County Cricket Club), dies at 47
  • Jan 12 Marc Davis, American animator (b. 1913)
  • Jan 12 Bobby Phills, American basketball player (b. 1969)
  • Jan 13 Alfred Nzo, South African General Secretary of the ANC (1969-91), dies at 75
  • Jan 14 Charles Pick, British publisher (William Heinemann), dies at 82
  • Jan 15 Georges-Henri Lévesque, Canadian Dominican priest and sociologist (b. 1903)
  • Jan 15 Frances "Fran" Ryan, American actress (Stripes, The Long Riders), dies of natural causes at 83
  • Jan 15 Arkan [Željko Ražnatović], Serbian paramilitary leader, dies at 47
  • Jan 16 Will "Dub" Jones, American pop-rock singer (The Coasters), dies at 71
  • Jan 16 Gene Harris [Haire], American soul-jazz pianist (The Three Sounds), dies of kidney failure at 66
  • Jan 17 Philip Jones, British classical trumpeter (Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, 1951-86), and educator, dies at 71
  • Jan 18 Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky, Austrian architect (b. 1897)
  • Jan 18 Jester Hairston, American actor (That's My Mama, Amen), dies at 98
  • Jan 18 Frances Drake [Dean], American actress (Mad Love, The Invisible Ray), dies from natural causes at 87
  • Jan 19 Bettino Craxi, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1934)

Hedy Lamarr

Jan 19 Hedy Lamarr, Austrian-American actress (Ecstasy, Samson & Delilah) and inventor (radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes), dies of heart failure at 86

  • Jan 20 (John) Don Abney, American session and touring jazz pianist, and musical director, dies of kidney disease at 76
  • Jan 22 Craig Claiborne, American food columnist (NY Times Cookbook), dies at 79
  • Jan 22 Anne Hébert, French Canadian author and poet (Kamouraska), dies at 83
  • Jan 24 Bobby Duncum, Jr., American professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • Jan 26 Don Budge, American tennis player (6 Grand Slam singles titles, Grand Slam 1938), dies of cardiac arrest at 84
  • Jan 26 Kathleen Hale, British children book writer and illustrator (Orlando), dies at 101
  • Jan 26 A. E. van Vogt, Canadian sci-fi author (Wizard of Linn), dies at 87
  • Jan 27 Friedrich Gulda, Austrian classical and jazz pianist and composer (Ineffable; Concerto for Cello and Wind Orchestra), dies at 69
  • Jan 27 Mae Faggs Starr, American athlete, 4x100m runner (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 67
  • Jan 31 Gil Kane, Latvian-born comic book writer (b. 1926)
  • Jan 31 Ralph Manza, American actor (Banacek, Mama Malone, Newhart), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • Jan 31 (Simon) "Si" Zentner, American jazz, session, and pop trombonist and big-band leader, dies of leukemia at 82
  • Feb 1 Dick Rathmann, American auto racer (first Indy pole-sitter to complete no laps), dies at 74
  • Feb 2 Todor Popov, Bulgarian composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 3 Richard Kleindienst, American politician (b. 1923)
  • Feb 4 Carl Albert, American politician, 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1971-77) dies at 91
  • Feb 4 Doris Coley, American pop singer (The Shirelles - "Will You Love Me Tomorrow"; "Baby It's You"), dies of breast cancer at 58
  • Feb 4 Phil Tonken, American radio and television announcer, dies at 80
  • Feb 5 Claude Autant-Lara, French film director (Four Bags Full, Rouge et noir), dies at 98
  • Feb 5 Barbara Pentland, Canadian concert pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 7 Big Pun [Christopher Rios], Puerto Rican-American rapper ("I'm Not A Player"), dies of a heart attack at 28
  • Feb 7 Doug Henning, Canadian magician, dies at 52
  • Feb 7 "Lonesome Dave" Peverett, British rock singer and musician (Foghat, Savoy Brown), dies of complications from cancer at 56
  • Feb 8 Sid Abel, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings), dies at 81
  • Feb 8 Bob Collins [Harold Lee], American radio broadcaster (WGN- 720AM, Chicago, 1986-2000), die in mid-air plane collision at 57
  • Feb 8 Derrick Thomas, American Pro and College Football Hall of Fame linebacker / end (Pro Bowl 1989–97; First-team All-Pro 1990–92; KC Chiefs), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 33
  • Feb 9 Beau Jack, American boxer (NYSAC world lightweight champion 1942-44), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 78
  • Feb 10 Jim Varney, American actor (b. 1949)
  • Feb 11 Roger Vadim, French director (b. 1928)
  • Feb 11 Jacqueline Auriol, French aviator, dies at 82
  • Feb 12 Screamin' Jay Hawkins, American R&B musician (I Put a Spell on You), dies at 70
  • Feb 12 Andy Lewis, Australian musician (b. 1967)
  • Feb 12 Oliver, American pop singer (b. 1945)
  • Feb 13 James Cooke Brown, American author and inventor (b. 1921)
  • Feb 14 Walter Zinn, Canadian-American nuclear physicist (invented the breeder reactor), dies at 93
  • Feb 16 Marceline Day [Newlin], American actress, mostly in silent films (The Cameraman; The Jazz Age; The Arm of the Law), dies at 91
  • Feb 16 Karsten Solheim, Norwegian-born engineer and inventor (b. 1911)
  • Feb 16 Lila Kedrova, Russian-born actress (Zorba the Greek (1964), Sword of the Valiant, The Tenant), dies of congestive heart disease and Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • Feb 18 Willy Maltaite, Belgian comics creator (b. 1927
  • Feb 19 Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Austrian-born New Zealand artist, dies at 71
  • Feb 19 Marin Goleminov, Bulgarian violinist, composer, and pedagogue, dies at 91
  • Feb 20 Anatoly Sobchak, Russian politician (b. 1937)
  • Feb 21 Antonio Díaz-Miguel, Spanish basketball coach (b. 1933)
  • Feb 21 Violet Archer [Balestreri], Canadian percussionist, composer, teacher, and organist, and percussionist, dies at 86
  • Feb 22 Fernando Buesa, Spanish politician (b. 1946)
  • Feb 22 Louis Alfred Mennini, American composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 23 Ofra Haza, Israeli singer (b. 1957)
  • Feb 23 Stanley Matthews, English soccer forward (54 caps; Stoke City, Blackpool; 1st British player to be knighted), dies at 85
  • Feb 23 Albrecht Goes, German writer and theologian, dies at 91
  • Feb 26 George L. Street III, American Navy Submariner and Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 86
  • Feb 28 George Siravo, American big band and session saxophonist, composer, arranger and conductor (Columbia Records), dies at 83
  • Feb 29 Dennis Danell, American artist (b. 1961)
  • Feb 29 Dennis Danell, American punk rock guitarist (Social Distortion), dies of heart failure at 38
  • Mar 2 Sandra Schmirler, Canadian curler (Olympic gold 1998), dies at 36
  • Mar 3 Toni Ortelli, Italian composer ("La Montanara" (The Song of the Mountains), conductor, and alpinist, dies at 95
  • Mar 5 Lolo Ferrari [Eve Valois], French adult actress and dancer, dies from an overdose of prescription drugs at 37
  • Mar 6 John Colicos, Canadian actor (Battlestar Galactica), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Mar 6 Chris Balderstone, English cricket batsman (England, belated faced WI in 1976), dies at 59
  • Mar 7 Charles Gray, British actor (Clay-Rawhide, Diamonds Are Forever, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), dies at 71
  • Mar 7 Pee Wee King [Julius Frank Kuczynski], American country singer, accordionist, and songwriter ("Tennesee Waltz"; "Slow Poke"), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • Mar 7 Edward H. Levi, American law professor (Intro to Legal Reasoning), dies at 88
  • Mar 9 Ivo Robić, Croatian singer and songwriter (b. 1923)
  • Mar 10 John Sladek, American sci-fi author (Tik-Tok, Bugs), dies at 62
  • Mar 12 Mack Robinson, American 200m dash (Olympic silver 1932), dies at 85
  • Mar 15 Robert Welch, English designer, silversmith (Robert Welch flatware), dies at 70
  • Mar 16 Thomas Ferebee, Enola Gay bombardier over Hiroshima, dies at 81
  • Mar 18 Eberhard Bethge, German theologian (b. 1909)
  • Mar 20 Gene Eugene [Andrusco], Canadian-American actor, singer-songwriter (Adam Again; Lost Dogs), and record producer, dies of a brain aneurysm at 38
  • Mar 20 Vivian Fine, American composer (Women in the Garden), dies after a car accident at 86
  • Mar 24 Al Grey, American jazz trombonist (Snap Your Fingers), dies aged 74
  • Mar 25 Helen Martin, American actress (b. 1909)
  • Mar 26 Alex Comfort, English author (The Joy of Sex), dies at 80
  • Mar 27 Ian Dury, English rock musician (The Blockheads) and actor (Judge Dredd), dies at 57
  • Mar 28 Albert "Ab" Abspoel, Dutch actor and director (Surprise Attack, Elevator), dies at 74
  • Mar 28 Anthony Powell, British novelist (b. 1905)
  • Mar 30 Beryl McBurnie, Trinidadian dancer (Little Carib Theatre), dies at 84
  • Apr 1 Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, Baron Mackenzie-Stuart, Scottish jurist, dies at 75
  • Apr 2 Tommaso Buscetta, Sicilian mafioso and pentito (b. 1928)
  • Apr 3 Terence McKenna, American writer and philosopher (b. 1946)
  • Apr 5 Lee Petty, American race car driver (b. 1914)
  • Apr 6 Habib Bourguiba, Tunisian statesman, 1st President of Tunisia (1957-87), dies at 96
  • Apr 7 Heinz [Burt], British rock bassist (The Tornados - "Telstar"), dies from complications of a stroke at 57 [1]

Claire Trevor

Apr 8 Claire Trevor, American actress (Marjorie Morningstar), dies of respiratory failure at 91

  • Apr 8 Bernie Grant, British politician (Labour), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Apr 10 Peter Jones, British actor (Chariots of Fire, From a Bird's Eye View), dies of natural causes at 79
  • Apr 10 Larry Linville, American actor (M*A*S*H - "Major Frank Burns"), dies of pneumonia, following cancer surgery in at 60
  • Apr 10 Kirsten Rolffes, Danish actress (The Kingdom, Matador, Een stor familie), dies at 71
  • Apr 11 Lucia Dlugoszewski, Polish-American composer (Fire Fragile Flight), dies at 74
  • Apr 11 Diana Darvey, British actress, singer and dancer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 12 Niaz Ahmed, Pakistani cricketer (1st & last East Pakistani to play Test cricket), dies at 54
  • Apr 13 Giorgio Bassani, Italian writer, dies at 84
  • Apr 13 Frenchy Bordagaray, American baseball utility (World Series 1941; Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 90
  • Apr 13 Inglis Gundry, British composer, musicologist and novelist, dies at 94
  • Apr 14 Phil Katz, American computer programmer (Zip file format), dies from the effects of alcoholism at 37
  • Apr 14 Wilf Mannion, English footballer (b. 1918)
  • Apr 15 Edward Gorey, American illustrator, dies at 75
  • Apr 19 Louis Applebaum, Canadian conductor and composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Neal Matthews, Jr., American singer (The Jordanaires), dies at 70
  • Apr 22 Alexander H. Cohen, Broadway producer (Beyond the Fringe), dies at 79
  • Apr 24 John Beck, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests; 3 x 50; top score 99; Wellington), dies at 65
  • Apr 24 Alma Heflin, American commercial airplane test pilot and child psychologist, dies at 89
  • Apr 25 David Merrick, American theatrical producer (Hello Dolly), dies at 88
  • Apr 25 Lucien le Cam, French mathematician (b. 1924)
  • Apr 25 Neils Viggo Bentzon, Danish pianist and composer (The Tempered Piano), dies at 80
  • Apr 27 Vicki Sue Robinson, American stage and screen actress, and pop singer ("Turn the Beat Around"), dies of cancer at 45
  • Apr 28 Penelope Fitzgerald, English writer, dies at 83
  • Apr 28 Jerzy Einhorn, Polish-Swedish doctor, researcher and politician, dies at 74
  • Apr 30 Bernhard Heiden [Levi], German-American composer, dies at 79
  • May 1 Stephen "Steve" Reeves, American professional bodybuilder, actor, and philanthropist (Hercules, Goliath, Sandokan), dies from a blood clot at 74
  • May 3 John Joseph Cardinal O'Connor, Catholic Archbishop of New York (b. 1920)
  • May 3 Yoshinao Nakada, Japanese composer, dies at 76
  • May 5 Gino Bartali, Italian cyclist (Tour de France 1938, 48; Giro d'Italia 1936-7, 46), dies of a heart attack at 85
  • May 6 Leonard Salzedo, British orchestral, ballet, and film composer (The Witch Boy; Requiem Sine Voxibus, Hammer Films), dies at 78

Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

May 7 Douglas Fairbanks Jr, American actor (Prisoner of Zenda; Gunga Din), and decorated US naval officer (WWII Beach Jumpers), dies of a heart attack at 90

  • May 8 Guadalupe "Pita" Amor, Mexican poet (b. 1918)
  • May 8 Alexander Chislenko, Russian-American transhumanist (b. 1959)
  • May 8 Henry Nicols, American AIDS activist, dies as the result of a car accident at 26
  • May 8 Karl-Rudi Griesbach, German composer, dies at 83
  • May 10 Dédé Fortin, Quebec singer and songwriter (Les Colocs) (b. 1962)
  • May 10 Jules Deschênes, Canadian Quebec Superior Court judge, dies at 76
  • May 11 Paula Wessely, Austrian actress, dies at 93
  • May 12 Adam Petty, American race car driver (b. 1980)
  • May 13 Paul Bartel, American actor (b. 1938)
  • May 13 Olivier Greif, French classical composer (Lettres de Westerbork), dies at 50
  • May 14 Obuchi Keizo, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1937)
  • May 16 Bodacious the Bull Famous rodeo bull (b. 1988)
  • May 16 William Ferris, American composer and conductor (William Ferris Chorale, 1971-2000), dies while conducting a rehearsal of Verdi's Requiem at 63
  • May 17 Donald Coggan, 101st Archbishop of Canterbury (1974-80), dies at 90
  • May 18 Steve Wolownik, American ethno-musicologist, balalaika player, arranger, and co-founder of the Balalaika and Domra Association of America, dies at 54
  • May 18 Maulana Yousuf Ludhianvi, Muslim scholar, dies at 68
  • May 18 Gideon William Waldrop, American composer and educator (Julliard School, 1961-85), dies at 80
  • May 19 Yevgeny Khrunov, Soviet cosmonaut, dies at 66
  • May 20 Jean-Pierre Rampal, French classical flautist (The Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano), dies of heart failure at 72
  • May 21 Barbara Cartland, English romance author (Camfield #69), dies at 98

John Gielgud

May 21 Sir John Gielgud, British stage and screen actor and director (Hamlet, Arthur, Ages of Man), dies at 96

  • May 21 Mark R. Hughes, American entrepreneur (b. 1956)
  • May 23 Marcus Hutson, American R&B singer (The Whispers - "And the Beat Goes On"; "Rock Steady"), dies of prostate cancer at 57
  • May 24 Kurt Schork, American reporter (b. 1947)
  • May 25 Nicholas Clay, English actor (Lady Chatterley's Lover), dies at 53
  • May 27 Crawford Murray MacLehose of Beoch, British statesman (b. 1917)

Maurice Richard

May 27 Maurice "Rocket" Richard, Canadian NHL star (Montreal Canadiens, MVP-1947), dies of abdominal cancer and Parkinson's disease at 78

  • May 27 Kazimierz Leski, Polish engineer, fighter pilot, intelligence and counter-intelligence officer (b. 1912)
  • May 30 Tex Beneke, American bandleader and musician (b. 1914)
  • May 30 Doris Hare, Welsh actress (b. 1905)
  • May 31 Tito Puente, American mambo and Latin jazz bandleader ("Oye Como Va"), dies at 77
  • May 31 Johnnie Taylor, American R&B and multi-genre singer ("Disco Lady"; "I Believe In You"), dies at 66
  • May 31 Joe Puma, American session and jazz guitarist (Herbie Mann; Artie Shaw's Gramercy Five; Chuck Wayne), dies at 72
  • Jun 2 Svyatoslav Fyodorov, Russian ophthalmologist (b. 1927)
  • Jun 2 Gerald Whitrow, British mathematician (b. 1912)
  • Jun 3 William E. Simon, American businessman, US Secretary of Treasury under Nixon, dies at 72
  • Jun 5 Don Liddle, American baseball player, dies at 75
  • Jun 6 Frédéric Dard, French writer (San-Antonio), dies at 78
  • Jun 8 Jeff MacNelly, American Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist (Shoe), dies at 52
  • Jun 9 Jacob Lawrence, African-American artist (Sanitarium), dies at 82
  • Jun 9 Ernst Jandl, Austrian writer and poet (Otto's Pug), dies at 74
  • Jun 9 George Segal, American painter and sculptor of lifelike mixed-media figures (Bus Driver), dies at 75
  • Jun 10 Brian Statham, English cricket fast bowler (70 Tests, 252 wickets @ 24.84), dies at 69
  • Jun 10 William McMillan, American sports shooter (Olympic gold 25m rapid fire pistol 1960; World C'ship gold 1952), dies at 71
  • Jun 11 Lew Gallo, American character actor and screenwriter (Get Smart, Gunsmoke, 12 O'Clock High), dies at 71
  • Jun 12 P. L. Deshpande, Indian Marathi writer, dies at 80
  • Jun 14 Attilio Bertolucci, Italian poet and writer, dies at 88
  • Jun 14 Paul Griffin, American session musician and pianist, dies at 62
  • Jun 15 Jules Roy, French writer (b. 1907)
  • Jun 16 Richard Dufallo, American clarinetist & conductor, dies at 67