On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 2001

Deaths 1 - 200 of 474

  • Jan 1 Ray Walston, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Damn Yankees), dies at 86
  • Jan 2 William P. Rogers, American Republican politician & US secretary of state (1969-73), dies at 87
  • Jan 2 Teri Diver, American actress, dies at 29
  • Jan 4 Les Brown, American big band leader (His Band of Renown - "Sentimental Journey"), dies at 88
  • Jan 5 Nancy Parsons, American actress (b. 1942)
  • Jan 7 Frederick Baldwin Adams Jr., American librarian and director of the Pierpont Morgan Library, dies at 90
  • Jan 9 Maurice Prather, American photographer (b. 1926)
  • Jan 9 Paul Vanden Boeynants, Prime Minister of Belgium (1966-68, 1978-79), dies at 81
  • Jan 10 Jacques Marin, French character actor (The Vintage, Charade), dies at 81
  • Jan 11 Sir Denys Lasdun, English architect (b. 1914)
  • Jan 11 Michael Williams, British actor, husband of Judi Dench (b. 1935)
  • Jan 12 Affirmed, American racehorse (b. 1975)
  • Jan 12 Luiz Bonfá, Brazilian guitarist and composer (b. 1922)
  • Jan 12 Kyra Vayne [Knopmuss], English stage and opera soprano, dies at 84
  • Jan 12 Adhemar da Silva, Brazilian triple jumper (Olympic golds 1952, 56), dies at 73
  • Jan 13 Michael Cuccione, Canadian actor and singer (b. 1985)
  • Jan 14 Burkhard Heim, German physicist (b. 1925)
  • Jan 15 Ted Mann, American screenwriter (b. 1916)
  • Jan 15 Bob Braun, American TV and radio personality (Dotty Mack Show), dies at 71
  • Jan 16 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People, Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Jan 16 Laurent-Désiré Kabila, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (b. 1939)
  • Jan 16 Auberon Waugh, British author and journalist (b. 1939)
  • Jan 17 Gregory Corso, American beat poet, dies of prostate cancer at 70
  • Jan 17 Norris Turney, American jazz flute and saxophone player (Billy Eckstine, 1947-48; Duke Ellington Orchestra, 1968-73), dies at 79
  • Jan 18 Al Waxman, Canadian actor (b. 1935)
  • Jan 18 Reg Prentice, British government minister, dies at 77
  • Jan 19 Dario Vittori, Argentinean actor (b. 1921)
  • Jan 20 Nico Assumpção, Brazilian bass player, dies at 46
  • Jan 21 Byron de la Beckwith, American white supremacist, dies at 80
  • Jan 22 Roy Brown, American clown (b. 1932)
  • Jan 22 Tommie Agee, American baseball player (b. 1942)
  • Jan 23 Eugene [Brother Jack] McDuff, American jazz organist (George Benson, Brother Jack), dies of heart failure at 74
  • Jan 23 Lou Levy, American jazz pianist (Woody Herman, Stan Getz), and accompanist (Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Jan 24 Leif Thybo, Danish composer and organist, dies at 78
  • Jan 25 Margaret Scriven, English tennis player (French C'ships 1933-34), dies at 88
  • Jan 26 Al McGuire, American basketball coach (Marquette), dies at 72
  • Jan 27 Stavros Damianides, Greek musician (b. 1941)
  • Jan 27 André Prévost, Canadian composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 28 Curt Blefary, American baseball player, dies at 57
  • Jan 30 Jean-Pierre Aumont, French actor (Lili, Cat & Mouse, Happy Hooker), dies at 90
  • Jan 30 Johnnie Johnson, British fighter pilot (b. 1915)
  • Jan 30 Joseph Ransohoff, American neurosurgeon and pioneer in the modern neurosurgery, dies at 85
  • Jan 31 Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian-American sci-fi author (Genetic General), dies at 77
  • Feb 1 André D'Allemagne, Quebec teacher, political observer and essayist, dies at 71
  • Feb 4 J. J. Johnson, American jazz trombonist and composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 4 Iannis Xenakis, Romanian-born, Greek-French composer, music theorist, and architect who helped revolutionize 20th century classical music (Metastaseis), dies after several years of serious illness at 78
  • Feb 4 Raimo Kangro, Estonian composer (Butterflies in the Stone), dies at 51
  • Feb 6 Filemon Lagman, Filipino Communist revolutionary (b. 1953)
  • Feb 6 Fulgence Charpentier, French Canadian journalist, dies at 103
  • Feb 6 Jack Hyles, Independent Baptist pastor (First Baptist Church of Hammond 1959-2001), dies at 74
  • Feb 7 Dale Evans, American actress and singer (Roy Rogers Show), dies at 88
  • Feb 7 Robert "King" Moody, American actor and comedian (Shtarker-Get Smart), dies at 71
  • Feb 8 Ivo Caprino, Norwegian animated film director (b. 1920)
  • Feb 9 Herbert Simon, American economist, Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • Feb 9 Reginald Marsh, British actor (Sicilians, It Happened Here), dies at 74
  • Feb 10 Abraham Beame, Mayor of New York City (b. 1906)
  • Feb 10 George Holmes Tate, American jazz saxophonist and clarinetist (b. 1913)
  • Feb 10 Lewis Arquette, American actor (Horror Show, Book of Love), dies at 65
  • Feb 10 George "Buddy" Tate, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 87
  • Feb 12 Kristina Söderbaum, German actress and photographer, dies at 88
  • Feb 14 Alan Ross, British poet and editor (London Magazine), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Boris Goldovsky, Russian-American conductor, educator (Tangle wood, 1942-62), and opera broadcast commentator (Metropolitan Opera, 1946-85), dies at 92
  • Feb 16 Howard W. Koch, American film director (b. 1916)
  • Feb 16 William Masters, American gynecologist who studied sexual dysfunction, dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 85
  • Feb 16 Bob Buhl, baseball player (b. 1928)
  • Feb 17 Khalid Abdul Muhammed, American Nation of Islam spokesman (b. 1948)
  • Feb 17 Bob Geary, Canadian football player and manager (b. 1933)
  • Feb 18 Balthus [Balthazar Klossowski], French Polish painter, dies at 92

Dale Earnhardt

Feb 18 Dale Earnhardt, American auto racer (7 NASCAR Winston Cup Series championships), dies in crash during Daytona 500 at 49

  • Feb 18 Eddie Mathews, American hall of fame third baseman (Milwaukee Brave) who hit 512 home runs, dies at 69
  • Feb 19 Priscilla Davis, American socialite (b. 1942)
  • Feb 19 Stanley Kramer, American producer/director (Inherit the Wind), dies at 87
  • Feb 19 Charles Trenet, French pop singer and songwriter ("Boum!"; "La Mer"), dies at 87
  • Feb 20 Rosemary DeCamp, American actress (b. 1910)
  • Feb 21 Ronnie Hilton, British radio presenter and singer (Moonraker), dies at 75
  • Feb 22 John Farley, American folk singer and guitarist (Transfiguration of Blind Joe Death), dies at 61
  • Feb 23 Robert Enrico, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1931)
  • Feb 23 Ruth Railton, British musical director (National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, 1948-65), dies at 85
  • Feb 24 Claude Shannon, American mathematician and information theorist (A Mathematical Theory of Communication), dies at 84

Donald Bradman

Feb 25 Sir Donald Bradman AC, Australian Cricket Batsman and captain (52 Tests; 6,996 runs @ WR 99.94 average; HS 334; 29 x 100s), dies of pneumonia at 92

  • Feb 26 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (b. 1906)
  • Mar 1 Henry Wade, American lawyer (Dallas County District Attorney 1951-87), dies at 86
  • Mar 2 John Diamond, British journalist, dies of cancer at 47
  • Mar 3 Louis Edmonds, American actor (b. 1923)
  • Mar 4 Glenn Hughes, American singer (The Village People) (b. 1950)
  • Mar 4 Fred Lasswell, American cartoonist (b. 1916)
  • Mar 4 Jim Rhodes, Governor of Ohio (b. 1909)
  • Mar 4 Harold Stassen, American politician (25th Governor of Minnesota) and perennial presidential candidate, dies at 93
  • Mar 6 Kim Walker, American actress (b. 1968)
  • Mar 7 Frankie Carle, American pianist and bandleader (b. 1903)
  • Mar 8 Edward Winter, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Mar 10 Massimo Morsello, Italian fascist political singer and songwriter, dies at 42
  • Mar 10 Michael Woodruff, English surgeon and scientist (organ transplantation), dies at 89
  • Mar 12 Morton Downey, Jr., American television talk show host (b. 1933)
  • Mar 12 Robert Ludlum, American spy novelist (Bourne Identity), dies at 73
  • Mar 12 Henry Lee Lucas, American drifter and serial killer, dies at 64
  • Mar 13 Encarnacion Alzona, Filipino historian (b. 1895)
  • Mar 13 Cranley Onslow, British politician (C, dies at 74
  • Mar 13 John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (pioneered handheld work, lighting techniques and HD video development), dies at 66
  • Mar 15 Ann Sothern, American actress (b. 1909)
  • Mar 16 Norma MacMillan, Canadian voice actress (Casper the Ghost), dies at 79
  • Mar 16 Bob Wollek, French race car driver (b. 1943)
  • Mar 17 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), dies at 53
  • Mar 18 John Phillips, American singer and guitarist (Mama & Papas-California Dreaming), dies at 65
  • Mar 19 Charles K. Johnson, American President of the Flat Earth Society, dies at 76
  • Mar 20 Luis Alvarado, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1949)
  • Mar 21 Chung Ju-yung, Korean industrialist (b. 1915)
  • Mar 21 Anthony Steel, British actor and singer (Malta Story, The Wooden Horse), dies from lung cancer at 80

William Hanna

Mar 22 William Hanna, American animator and studio founder, dies at 90

  • Mar 22 Earl Beal American doo-wop baritone (The Silhouettes - "Get A Job"), dies at 75
  • Mar 23 Rowland Evans, American news reporter (CNN-Evans & Novak), dies at 79
  • Mar 23 Irving "Sully" Boyar, American actor (Dog Day Afternoon, Car Wash), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Mar 24 Muriel Young, English TV entertainer (b. 1928)
  • Mar 25 Brian Trubshaw, British test pilot, first to fly Concorde. dies at 77
  • Mar 27 Anthony Dexter [Walter Fleischmann], Canadian actor (The Phantom Planet, Captain John Smith and Pocahontas), dies at 88
  • Mar 28 Moe Koffman, Canadian musician (b. 1928)
  • Mar 28 Vlastimir Nikolovski, Macedonian composer and pedagogue, (The Serdar) dies at 74
  • Mar 28 Jim Benton, American football end (All Pro 1945, 46; NFL 1940s All-Decade Team; Cleveland/LA Rams, Chicago Bears; first to rush 300+ yards 1945), dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (b. 1899)
  • Mar 29 John Lewis, American jazz pianist, arranger, and composer (Modern Jazz Quartet, 1952-97), dies of prostate cancer at 80
  • Mar 31 Clifford Shull, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)
  • Apr 1 Olivia Barclay, British astrologer (revival of traditional forms of astrology in the late 20th century), dies at 81
  • Apr 1 Trinh Cong Son, Vietnamese composer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 1 Jo-Jo Moore, American baseball left fielder (MLB All Star 1934–38, 40; World Series 1933; NY Giants), dies at 92
  • Apr 2 Charles Daudelin, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
  • Apr 2 Jennifer Syme, American actress (b. 1972)
  • Apr 3 Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell, British newspaper proprietor and journalist, dies at 89
  • Apr 3 Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey, American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, dies at 74
  • Apr 4 Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, American custom hot rod car designer, dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Apr 5 Brother Theodore, German-American comedian, dies at 94
  • Apr 5 Malcolm Shepherd [2nd Baron Shepherd], Politician (L) and Leader of the House of Lords (1974-76), dies at 82
  • Apr 6 Charles Pettigrew, American soul singer (Charles & Eddie - "Would I Lie To You?"), dies of cancer at 37
  • Apr 7 David Graf, American actor (Police Academy- Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Apr 7 Beatrice Straight, American actress (Network, Poltergeist, Power), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • Apr 8 Frank Annunzio, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1965-93), dies of Parkinson's disease at 86

Willie Stargell

Apr 9 Willie Stargell, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder/1st baseman (7 x MLB All Star; World Series 1971, 79 [MVP]; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies from a stroke at 61

  • Apr 11 Sandy Bull, American musician (b. 1941)
  • Apr 11 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, comedian, singer and goon (The Goon Show, Oliver!), dies of cancer at 79
  • Apr 11 Kamal Ranadive, Indian cancer researcher (Indian Women Scientists' Association; Indian Cancer Research Centre), dies at 83
  • Apr 12 Harvey Ball, American inventor and designer of popular 'smiley-face' graphic, dies at 79
  • Apr 12 Alberto Erede, Italian conductor, dies at 91
  • Apr 13 Robert Moon, American postal inspector, dies at 83
  • Apr 13 Jimmy Logan, British comedian (Mad Death), dies at 73
  • Apr 14 Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japanese director (b. 1927)
  • Apr 14 Jim Baxter, Scottish footballer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 15 Joey Ramone [Jeffrey Hyman], American punk rock singer and musician (The Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"; Blitzkrieg Bop"; solo -"What a Wonderful World"), dies of lymphoma at 49
  • Apr 15 John Verrall, American composer, dies at 92
  • Apr 16 Alec Stock, English football manager (b. 1917)
  • Apr 20 Maria Karnilova, American dancer and actress (Fiddler on the Roof, Ivan the Terrible), dies at 80
  • Apr 20 Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer (Sunnyata; Lou Salomé), dies while conducting Verdi's "Aida" of a heart attack at 54
  • Apr 20 Bert Sutcliffe, New Zealand cricket batsman (42 Tests, 5 x 100s, TS 230no; Otago CA), dies at 77
  • Apr 21 David Hollestelle, Dutch baritone singer (Dutch Radio Chorus), dies at 84
  • Apr 22 Ludvig Nielsen, Norwegian organist, composer, choir director, and conductor (Nidaros Cathedral, 1935-76), dies at 95
  • Apr 24 Al Hibbler, American singer ("Unchained Melody"), dies at 85
  • Apr 24 Leon Sullivan, African-American civil rights leader and pastor (b. 1922)
  • Apr 25 Michele Alboreto, Italian race car driver (b. 1956)
  • Apr 29 Barend Biesheuvel, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1971-73), dies at 81
  • May 2 Ted Rogers, British comedian (b. 1935)
  • May 2 Gina Mastrogiacomo, American actress (Goodfellas), dies at 39
  • May 3 Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer, dies at 64
  • May 4 Bonnie Lee Bakley, American murder victim (b. 1956)
  • May 5 Cliff Hillegass, American publisher (Cliffsnotes), dies at 83
  • May 7 Simon Slåttvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 83
  • May 9 James E. Myers, American songwriter (Rock Around the Clock) & producer, dies at 81
  • May 9 William T. Stearn, British botanist, dies at 90
  • May 10 Deborah Walley, American actress (b. 1943)

Douglas Adams

May 11 Douglas Adams, English author (Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy), dies of myocardial infarction and a fatal cardiac arrhythmia at 49

  • May 11 Klaus Schlesinger, German writer, dies at 64
  • May 12 (Pierino) Perry Como, American singer ("Catch A Falling Star") and TV personality (The Perry Como Show) dies at 89
  • May 12 Alexei Tupolev, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1925)
  • May 12 Didi (Waldyr Pereira), Brazilian soccer midfielder (68 caps; Fluminense), dies at 72

R.K. Narayan

May 13 R.K. Narayan, Indian novelist (Malguidi Days), dies at 94

  • May 13 Jason Miller, American actor and writer (Exorcist, Light of Day), dies at 62
  • May 14 Gil Langley, Australian cricketer (Australian wicket-keeper 1951-56), dies at 81
  • May 16 Brian Pendleton, English musician (The Pretty Things) (b. 1944)
  • May 17 Frank G. Slaughter, American novelist and physician (b. 1908)
  • May 17 Ikuma Dan, Japanese composer (Yūzuru), dies at 77
  • May 19 Susannah McCorkle, American singer (b. 1946)
  • May 20 Renato Carosone, Italian canzone napoletana singer, pianist, songwriter ("Tu vuò fà l'americano" - "You Want to Be American"), and accordionist, dies at 81
  • May 22 Jack Watling, British actor (Nanny, Adventure for 2, Naked Heart), dies at 78
  • May 22 Whitman Mayo, American actor (Grady Wilson-"Sanford & Son"), dies at 70
  • May 22 Lorez Alexandria, American jazz and gospel singer (Alexandria the Great), dies at 71
  • May 23 Tommy Eyre, British touring and session keyboardist, and musical director (Joe Cocker, Gerry Rafferty, Wham!), dies of esophageal cancer at 51
  • May 26 Vittorio Brambilla, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • May 26 Anne Haney, American actress (Mrs. Doubtfire - "Mrs. Sellner"; Liar Liar - "Greta"), dies of congestive heart failure at 67
  • May 26 Moven Enock Mahachi, Defence Minister of Zimbabwe (b. 1952)
  • May 27 Ramon Bieri, American actor (Badlands, The Andromeda Strain), dies at 71
  • May 27 Victor Kermit Kiam II, American businessman (Remington shavers) and NFL owner (Patriots), dies at 74
  • May 28 Francisco Varela, Chilean biologist and philosopher (b. 1946)
  • May 28 Joe Moakley, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts (1973-2001), dies at 74
  • May 28 Vulimiri Ramalingaswami, Indian medical scientist, dies at 79
  • May 30 Tony Ashton, British musician (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), dies of cancer at 55
  • May 31 Arlene Francis, American actress and radio and television personality (What's My Line?), dies at 93
  • Jun 1 Queen Aiswarya of Nepal, killed by her son Dipendra in the Nepalese Royal Massacre at 51
  • Jun 1 King Birendra of Nepal, killed by his son Dipendra in the Nepalese Royal Massacre at 55
  • Jun 1 Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist (Dennis the Menace), dies of prostate cancer at 81
  • Jun 2 Imogene Coca, American comedienne (Your Show of Shows, Grindl), dies at 92
  • Jun 2 Frank Stagg, American Baptist Theologian (b. 1911)