Famous People Who Died in February 2000

  • 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 Barbara Pentland, Canadian concert pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 5 Claude Autant-Lara, French film director (Four Bags Full, Rouge et noir), dies at 98
  • Feb 7 "Lonesome Dave" Peverett, British rock singer and musician (Foghat, Savoy Brown), dies of complications from cancer at 56
  • 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 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 8 Sid Abel, Canadian ice hockey player (Detroit Red Wings), dies at 81
  • 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 Jacqueline Auriol, French aviator, dies at 82
  • Feb 11 Roger Vadim, French director (b. 1928)
  • Feb 12 Andy Lewis, Australian musician (b. 1967)
  • Feb 12 Oliver, American pop singer (b. 1945)
  • Feb 12 Screamin' Jay Hawkins, American R&B musician (I Put a Spell on You), dies at 70
  • 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 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 16 Marceline Day [Newlin], American actress, mostly in silent films (The Cameraman; The Jazz Age; The Arm of the Law), dies at 91
  • 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 Albrecht Goes, German writer and theologian, dies at 91
  • 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 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