Famous Deaths in 2002

Deaths 1 - 200 of 427

  • Jan 1 Julia Phillips, American film producer (b. 1944)
  • Jan 2 Margaret "Bibi" Osterwald, American actress (As Good as It Gets, Bridget Loves Bernie), dies of lung disease at 83
  • Jan 2 Armi Aavikko, Finnish singer (b. 1958)
  • Jan 2 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), dies at 31
  • Jan 3 Juan García Esquivel, Mexican band leader (b. 1918)
  • Jan 3 Freddy Heineken, Dutch beer executive (b. 1923)
  • Jan 3 Alphonse "Al" Smith [Fuzzy Smith], American MLB outfielder and third baseman (Cleveland Indians), dies at 73
  • 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-Armenian playwright and film director (Mélodie en sous-sol), dies at 81
  • 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, dies at 38
  • 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 (Wayne and Shuster), dies at 85
  • 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 17 Héctor Tosar, Uruguayan pianist and composer, dies at 78
  • 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 22 Peter Bardens, English musician (Camel), dies of cancer at 56
  • Jan 22 Sheldon Allman, American-Canadian actor, singer, and songwriter (Nevada Smith, Harris Against the World), dies at 77
  • Jan 22 Kenneth Armitage, English sculptor, dies at 85
  • Jan 22 John Shea, American 500m/1500m speed skater (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 91
  • Jan 23 Pierre Bourdieu, French sociologist and anthropologist, dies at 71
  • 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 actor (Best Years of Our Life, Dogtown), dies from a heart attack at 88
  • Jan 30 Ingeborg "Inge" Morath, Austrian born Magnum photographer and wife of Arthur Miller
  • Jan 30 Louis Salica, American flyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1932), dies at 89
  • Jan 31 Francis Gabreski, American fighter pilot (b. 1919)
  • Jan 31 Henry Kloss, American audio engineer (acoustic loudspeaker), dies at 73
  • Feb 1 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class, Mozambique), dies at 76
  • Feb 1 Nellie "Irish" McCalla, American actress and artist (Sheena Queen of Jungle), dies at 73
  • Feb 2 Paul Baloff, American singer (Exodus) (b. 1960)
  • Feb 2 Claude Brown, American writer (b. 1937)
  • Feb 4 George Nader, American actor (Robot Monster, Away All Boats), dies at 80
  • 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, German secretary to Adolf Hitler, dies at 81
  • 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 country singer and guitarist (Ramblin' Man), dies of diabetic complications at 64
  • Feb 14 Nándor Hidegkuti, Hungarian footballer (b. 1922)
  • Feb 15 Howard K. Smith, American journalist (b. 1914)

Person of interestKevin Smith

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 16 Billy Ward, American singer and songwriter (Billy Ward and his Dominoes), dies at 80
  • Feb 19 Sylvia Rivera, American gay liberation and transgender activist and drag queen, dies of liver cancer at 50
  • Feb 21 Harold Furth, Austrian-American physicist, dies at 72
  • 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 Charles "Chuck" Jones, American animator and cartoonist best known for his work with Warner Bros. (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Porky Pig), dies of congestive heart failure at 89
  • 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-American composer and pianist, (born about 1893)
  • Feb 26 Lawrence Tierney, American actor (Abduction, Dillinger, Reservoir Dogs), dies of pneumonia at 82

Person of interestSpike Milligan

Feb 27 Spike Milligan, Irish-British actor and comedian (The Goon Show, 3 Musketeers), dies of kidney failure at 83

Comedian and author Spike Milligan
Comedian and author
Spike Milligan
  • Feb 28 Mary Stuart, American actress (Jo-Search for Tomorrow), dies at 75
  • Feb 28 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 3 Harlan Howard, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Mar 4 Claire Davenport, English actress (The Elephant Man), dies at 68
  • 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 7 Abdul Mati [Matias Klarwein], French artist best known for his works used on music album covers (Annunciation, Grain of Sand, Bitches Brew, Aleph Sanctuary), dies at 69
  • 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 12 John "Speedy" Keen, British musician, songwriter, producer (Thunderclap Newman - "Something in the Air"), dies of heart failure at 56
  • Mar 13 Hans-Georg Gadamer, German philosopher (b. 1900)
  • Mar 14 Cherry Wilder, New Zealand-born author (b. 1930)
  • Mar 14 Cherry Barbara Grimm [Lockett], New Zealand sci-fi author (Nearest Fire), dies at 71
  • Mar 17 Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (Family Matters, The Brother from Another Planet), dies from diabetes at 90
  • 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 sci-fi writer (Devil is Dead), dies at 87
  • 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 biochemist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1984), dies at 74
  • Mar 25 Kenneth Wolstenholme, British BBC football commentator, dies at 81
  • Mar 26 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)
  • Mar 27 Milton Berle, American actor and comedian, dies at 93

Person of interestDudley Moore

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

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

Person of interestBilly Wilder

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

Person of interestQueen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother

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 2 Jack Kruschen, Canadian character actor (The Apartment, Busting Loose), dies at 80
  • Apr 2 Henry Slesar, American writer and playwright (The Edge of Night), dies at 74
  • Apr 3 Fad Gadget, English singer and musician (b. 1956)
  • Apr 4 Harry L. O'Connor, Czech film stuntman
  • Apr 5 Layne Staley, American rock singer and guitarist (Alice in Chains-Dirt), dies at 34
  • Apr 7 John Agar, American actor (Sands of Iwo Jima, Fort Apache), dies at 81
  • Apr 8 María Félix, Mexican actress (Doña Bárbara), dies at 88
  • 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 Francis Knight, American sci-fi author (CV, Beyond the Barrier), dies at 79
  • 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)

Person of interestThor Heyerdahl

Apr 18 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist and explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku), dies of a brain tumor at 87

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 (Alan Dale Show), dies at 76
  • Apr 25 Indra Devi, yoga teacher (b. 1899)
  • Apr 25 Lisa Lopes, American rapper (TLC) (b. 1971)
  • Apr 25 Michael Bryant, British actor (Sakharov, Girly), dies at 74
  • 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 (invented the Barbie doll), dies of cancer at 85
  • 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 professional wrestler, dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Bob Akin, American industrialist and race car driver (b. 1936)
  • Apr 29 Lor Tok [Sawong Supsamruay], Thai comedian and actor (Ngern, Ngern, Ngern), dies at 88
  • 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 (Siberian Fantasy), dies at 73
  • May 5 Hugo Banzer, Bolivian dictator (b. 1926)

  • May 5 Paul Klipsch, American engineer, noted for his loudspeaker designs, dies at 98
  • 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 6 Saleh Selim, Egyptian football player and 10th president of the Egyptian Al-Ahly Sporting Club, dies at 71
  • 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 (Mother and Son), dies at 76
  • 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 (The Lighter Side of...), dies at 81
  • May 17 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (Somethin' Else), dies of complications following a cerebral haemorrhage at 62 (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 author (A Night to Remember), dies at 84

Person of interestStephen Jay Gould

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)

Person of interestSam Snead

May 23 Sam Snead, American golfer (7 PGA Tour major titles), dies of a stroke at 89

Golfer Sam Snead
Golfer
Sam Snead
  • May 24 Wallace Markfield, American writer (b. 1926)
  • May 25 Patricia "Pat" Coombs, British comedienne and actress (Carry On Again Doctor, Cranford), dies at 75
  • May 26 Mamo Wolde, Ethiopian marathoner (Olympic gold 1968), dies at 69
  • 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 5 Curtis Amy, American jazz musician (Way Down), dies at 72
  • Jun 6 Robbin Crosby, American heavy metal rock guitarist/vocals (Ratt-Round & Round), dies at 42
  • Jun 7 Mary Lilian Baels, Belgian princess (b. 1916)

Person of interestJohn Gotti

Jun 10 John Gotti, American mafia gangster and head of the Gambino family, dies of throat cancer at 61

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, dies at 79
  • Jun 13 John Hope, American meteorologist (b. 1919)
  • Jun 14 June Jordan, Carribean-American playwright and poet (His Own Where), dies at 65
  • Jun 15 Choi Hong Hi, South Korean army general and Founder of Taekwon-Do, dies at 83
  • Jun 17 Willie Davenport, American bobsledder and hurdler (Olympic gold 1968), dies at 59
  • Jun 17 Fritz Walter, German footballer, dies at 81