Famous Deaths in 2001

Deaths 1 - 200 of 409

  • Jan 1 Ray Walston, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Damn Yankees), dies at 86
  • Jan 2 William P. Rogers, American Republican politician and US secretary of state (1969-73) dies at 87
  • Jan 2 Teri Diver, American actress (b. 1971)
  • 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 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)

Person of interestWilliam Hewlett

Jan 12 William Hewlett, American engineer and businessman (co-founder Hewlett-Packard), dies of a heart attack at 87

Entrepreneur and Businessman William Hewlett
Entrepreneur and Businessman
William Hewlett
  • 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 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 poet, dies of prostate cancer at 70
  • Jan 18 Virginia O'Brien, American actress and singer (Meet the People, Gus, Ziegfeld Follies), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • 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 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 24 Leif Thybo, Danish composer and organist, dies at 78
  • 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, the father of modern neurosurgery (b. 1915)
  • Jan 31 Gordon R. Dickson, Canadian writer (b. 1923)
  • Feb 1 André D'Allemagne, Quebec teacher, political observer and essayist (b. 1929)
  • 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 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

Person of interestAnne Morrow Lindbergh

Feb 7 Anne Morrow Lindbergh, American author and aviator, dies of a stroke at 94

Aviation Pioneer and Author Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Aviation Pioneer and Author
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • 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 12 Kristina Söderbaum, German actress and photographer, dies at 88
  • Feb 16 Howard W. Koch, American film director (b. 1916)
  • Feb 16 William Masters, American gynecologist and sexologist (b. 1915)
  • 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, Polish-born painter (b. 1908)
  • Feb 18 Dale Earnhardt, American race car driver dies in car crash at Daytona 500 race (b. 1951)
  • 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 singer (b. 1913)
  • Feb 20 Rosemary DeCamp, American actress (b. 1910)
  • Feb 21 Ronnie Hilton, British radio presenter and singer (Moonraker), dies at 75
  • Feb 23 Robert Enrico, French film director and screenwriter (b. 1931)
  • Feb 24 Claude E. Shannon, American information theorist (b. 1916)

Person of interestDonald Bradman

Feb 25 Donald Bradman, Australian Test cricket captain (6,996 Test runs at 99.94), dies of pneumonia at 92

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Feb 26 Arturo Uslar Pietri, Venezuelan writer (b. 1906)
  • Mar 2 John Diamond, British journalist (b. 1953)
  • 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, 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 musician and far right activist (b. 1958)
  • 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 author (b. 1927)
  • 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

Person of interestWilliam Hanna

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

Animator William Hanna
Animator
William Hanna
  • Mar 23 Rowland Evans, American journalist (b. 1921)
  • 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 29 Helge Ingstad, Norwegian explorer (b. 1899)
  • Mar 29 John Lewis, American jazz pianist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 31 Clifford Shull, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)
  • Apr 1 Olivia Barclay, British astrologer (b. 1919)
  • Apr 1 Trinh Cong Son, Vietnamese composer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 1 Jo-Jo Moore, American baseball player (b. 1908)
  • 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 4 Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, American custom car designer (b. 1932)
  • 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 singer (b. 1963)
  • 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 9 Willie Stargell, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder/1st baseman (7-time All Star), dies of 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 12 Harvey Ball, American inventor and designer of a popular smiley graphic picture, dies at 79
  • Apr 13 Robert Moon, American postal inspector (b. 1917)
  • 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, American musician and singer (The Ramones) (b. 1951)
  • 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), dies at 54
  • Apr 21 David Hollestelle, Dutch baritone (Great-Broadcast chorus), dies at 84
  • 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 (b. 1961)
  • May 3 Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer, dies at 64
  • May 4 Bonnie Lee Bakley, American murder victim (b. 1956)
  • May 5 Clifton Hillegass, American writer and publisher
  • 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) and producer (b. 1919)
  • May 10 Deborah Walley, American actress (b. 1943)

Person of interestDouglas 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 12 Perry Como, American singer (b. 1912)
  • May 12 Alexei Tupolev, Russian aircraft designer (b. 1925)
  • May 12 Didi [Waldyr Pereira], Brazilian footballer, dies at 72

Person of interestR.K. Narayan

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

Novelist R.K. Narayan
Novelist
R.K. Narayan
  • May 13 Jason Miller, American playwright (b. 1939)
  • 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 musician (b. 1920)
  • 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 26 Vittorio Brambilla, Italian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • May 26 Anne Haney, American actress (Mrs. Sellner in Mrs. Doubtfire, Greta the secretary in Liar Liar), dies 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 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 30 Tony Ashton, British musician (Ashton, Gardner & Dyke), dies of cancer at 55
  • May 31 Arlene Francis, American television personality (d. 1907)
  • Jun 1 Queen Aiswarya of Nepal (b. 1949)
  • Jun 1 King Birendra of Nepal (b. 1945)
  • Jun 1 Hank Ketcham, American cartoonist (b. 1920)
  • Jun 2 Imogene Coca, American actress (b. 1908)
  • Jun 2 Frank Stagg, American Baptist Theologian (b. 1911)
  • Jun 2 Joey Maxim, American boxer, dies at 79
  • Jun 3 Antonio "Anthony" Quinn, Mexican actor (Zorba the Greek, Lawrence of Arabia, Lust for Life), dies from complications of throat cancer at 86
  • Jun 4 Dipendra of Nepal (b. 1971)
  • Jun 4 John Hartford, American musician (b. 1937)
  • Jun 4 Joan Vohs, American model and actress (Fort Ti, Vice Squad, Sabrina), dies at 73
  • Jun 5 Pedro Laín Entralgo, Spanish writer, medical and humanist
  • Jun 7 Carole Fredericks, American singer (Fredericks Goldman Jones) (b. 1952)
  • Jun 7 Víctor Paz Estenssoro, President of Bolivia (b. 1907)
  • Jun 9 David Sheinfeld, American violinist and composer, dies at 94
  • Jun 10 Princess Leila Pahlavi of Iran, youngest daughter of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran, dies at 31
  • Jun 10 Mike Mentzer, American bodybuilder (b. 1951)
  • Jun 10 John McKay, American football coach (USC, Tampa Bay, 5X Rose Bowl champ), dies at 77
  • Jun 11 Timothy McVeigh, American terrorist, executed for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing aged 33
  • Jun 11 Amalia Mendoza, Mexican singer (Échame a mi la culpa), dies at 77
  • Jun 15 Henri Alekan, French cinematographer (b. 1909)
  • Jun 15 Leif Kayser, Danish composer and organist, dies at 83
  • Jun 15 Julius Juzeliūnas, Lithuanian composer and organist (The Game), dies at 85
  • Jun 17 Donald J. Cram, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1919)
  • Jun 19 John Heyer, Australian documentary filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • Jun 21 John Lee Hooker, American blues guitarist (Boogie Chillen), dies at 83
  • Jun 21 Carroll O'Connor, American actor (All in the Family, In the Heat of the Night), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Jun 21 Souad Hosni, Egyptian actress (b. 1942)
  • Jun 23 Corinne Calvet, French actress (Phantom of Hollywood, Apache Uprising), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 76
  • Jun 23 Yvonne Dionne, one of the Canadian Dionne quintuplets (b. 1934)
  • Jun 26 Soccer (dog actor) (b. 1988)
  • Jun 27 Tove Jansson, Finnish author (b. 1914)

Person of interestJack Lemmon

Jun 27 Jack Lemmon, American actor (Days of Wine & Roses, Missing), dies of colon cancer and metastatic cancer of the bladder at 76

  • Jun 28 Mortimer Adler, American philosopher (b. 1902)
  • Jun 28 Joan Sims, British actress ("Carry on" films, As Time Goes By), dies from liver failure and diverticulitis at 71
  • Jun 30 Chet Atkins, American country guitar player and producer (b. 1924)
  • Jun 30 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 64
  • Jul 1 Nicolay G. Basov, Soviet physicist who specialized in quantum electronics (laser, maser) and 1964 Nobel laureate, dies at 78