On This Day

Famous People Who Died in February 2002

  • Feb 1 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class, Mozambique), dies at 76
  • Feb 1 Irish McCalla, American actress & artist (Sheena Queen of Jungle), dies of a brain tumor and stroke complications 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 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • Feb 9 Margaret Rose, Countess of Snowdon, Sister of Queen Elizabeth II, dies of a stroke at 71
  • Feb 10 Traudl Junge, German secretary to Adolf Hitler, dies at 81
  • Feb 10 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer and songwriter, dies at 65
  • Feb 11 Barry Foster, British actor (b. 1931)
  • Feb 11 Frankie Crosetti, American baseball shortstop and 3rd base coach (record 17 World Series titles as player & coach; NY Yankees), dies from complications of a fall at 91
  • Feb 13 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist (Ramblin' Man), dies of diabetic complications at 64

  • Feb 13 Pauline Trigère, French-American fashion designer (Bell Bottoms), dies at 93
  • 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 20 Stephen Longstreet, American writer (All or Nothing), dies at 94
  • 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 Poncke Princen, Dutch anti-Nazi fighter, colonial soldier and human rights activist, dies at 76
  • 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 revolutionary politician and military leader who founded the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), dies in combat with Angolan government troops at 67
  • Feb 22 Roden Cutler, Australian diplomat and Governor (New South Wales), dies at 85
  • 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)