On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 2002 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 400 of 480

  • 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
  • May 31 Subhash "Fergie" Gupte, Indian cricketer (brilliant Indian leg-spinner), dies at 72
  • Jun 1 Hansie Cronje, South African Cricket Batsman and captain (68 Tests, 3,714 runs, 43 wickets; 188 ODIs; life ban for match-fixing 2000), dies in a plane crash at 32
  • 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 and vocalist (Ratt-Round & Round), dies at 42
  • Jun 7 Lilian Baels, Princess of Réthy, English 2nd wife of Belgian king Leopold III, dies at 85

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 Ralph Shapey, American composer (Fantasy, Rituals), dies at 81
  • Jun 13 John Hope, American meteorologist (b. 1919)
  • Jun 14 June Jordan, Caribbean-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 track athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1968), dies from a heart attack at 59
  • Jun 17 Fritz Walter, German footballer (1. FC Kaiserslautern) and captain of West Germany, dies at 81
  • Jun 17 Francisco Escudero, Basque composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 17 J. Carter Brown, American art director (Washington National Gallery), dies at 67

Person of interestJack Buck

Jun 18 Jack Buck, American baseball announcer, dies at 77

Sportscaster Jack Buck
Sportscaster
Jack Buck
  • Jun 20 Erwin Chargaff, Austrian biochemist (b. 1905)
  • Jun 20 Tinus Osendarp, Dutch runner (b. 1916)
  • Jun 21 Matt Dennis, American pop singer, pianist, composer, and arranger ("Everything Happens To Me"; "Angel Eyes"), dies at 88
  • Jun 22 Ann Landers [Eppie Lederer], American advice columnist "Ask Ann Landers," twin sister of fellow advice columnist "Dear Abby" (Abigail Van Buren), dies of bone marrow cancer at 83
  • Jun 22 Darryl Kile, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1993, 97, 2000; no-hitter 1993; Houston Astros), dies of coronary disease at 33
  • Jun 23 Pedro 'El Rockero' Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
  • Jun 24 Pierre Werner, Prime Minister of Luxembourg (b. 1913)
  • Jun 24 Miles Fitzalan-Howard, British army general and peer (Duke of Norfolk), dies at 86
  • Jun 25 Jean Corbeil, Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • Jun 26 Dolores Gray [Sylvia Dolores Finkelstein], American singer and actress (Designing Woman' Kismet), dies at 78

  • Jun 26 Arnold Brown, the 11th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1913)
  • Jun 26 Jay Berwanger, American College Football Hall of Fame halfback (1st Heisman Trophy winner 1935, Chicago), dies from lung cancer at 88
  • Jun 27 John Entwistle, English rock guitarist and vocalist (The Who-Baba O'Riley), dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57
  • Jun 29 Rosemary Clooney, American singer (Come On-a My House) and actress (White Christmas), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • Jun 29 Ole-Johan Dahl, Norwegian computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • Jun 29 François Périer [Pillu], French actor (Gervaise, Fantasia, Les Mains Sales), dies at 82
  • Jun 30 Chico Xavier, popular medium in Brazil´s spiritism movement (b. 1910)
  • Jun 30 Pete Gray [Wyshner], MLB one-armed outfielder (St Louis Browns), dies at 87
  • Jul 2 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
  • Jul 2 Earle Brown, American composer (open form), dies at 75
  • Jul 4 Benjamin O. Davis Jr., American general (b. 1912)
  • Jul 4 Mansoor Hekmat, Iranian politician (b. 1951)
  • Jul 4 Winnifred Quick, American Titanic survivor (b. 1904)

Person of interestTed Williams

Jul 5 Ted Williams, baseball hall of famer and last player to bat over.400 in a single season (Boston Red Sox) dies at 84

Baseball Player Ted Williams
Baseball Player
Ted Williams
  • Jul 5 Katy Jurado, Mexican actress, 1st Latin actress to win a Golden Globe (High Noon, Broken Lance), dies at 78
  • Jul 6 Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian businessman (b. 1932)
  • Jul 6 John Frankenheimer, American film director (b. 1930)
  • Jul 6 István Sárközy, Hungarian composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 7 Dhirubhai Ambani, Indian business tycoon (b. 1933)
  • Jul 7 Bison Dele, American basketball player (b. 1969)
  • Jul 8 Ward Kimball, American animator (b. 1914)
  • Jul 9 Laurence Janifer, American writer (b. 1933)

Person of interestRod Steiger

Jul 9 Rod Steiger, American actor (Illustrated Man, Pawnbroker), dies of pneumonia at 77

  • Jul 9 Kenneth Snowman, British jeweller and antiquarian, dies at 82
  • Jul 10 Jean-Pierre Côté, French Canadian politician and Lieutenant Governor of Quebec (b. 1926)
  • Jul 11 Rosco Gordon, American R&B pianist, singer, and songwriter ("Booted"; "No More Doggin'"), dies of a heart attack at 74

Person of interestEdward Lee Howard

Jul 12 Edward Lee Howard, CIA Case Officer and alleged Soviet spy, dies at 50 after breaking his neck during a fall

Alleged Soviet Spy Edward Lee Howard
Alleged Soviet Spy
Edward Lee Howard
  • Jul 13 Yousuf Karsh, Turkish-born Armenian photographer (b. 1908)
  • Jul 14 Joaquín Balaguer, President of the Dominican Republic (b. 1906)
  • Jul 14 Carlos Fariñas, Cuban avant-garde composer, dies at 67
  • Jul 16 John Cocke, American computer scientist (b. 1925)
  • Jul 18 Victor Emery, British theoretical physicist (b. 1933)
  • Jul 19 Alan Lomax, American folksong collector (b. 1915)
  • Jul 19 Spec Shea, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star, World Series 1947; NY Yankees, Washington Sens), dies after heart surgery at 81
  • Jul 20 Michalis Kritikopoulos, Greek soccer striker (28 caps; Olympiacos), dies from cardiac arrest at 56
  • Jul 21 Gus Dudgeon [Angus Boyd Dudgeon], British pop record producer (Elton John, early David Bowie), dies in a car crash at 59
  • Jul 21 John Cunningham, British Royal Air Force night fighter ace (WW II), dies at 84
  • Jul 23 Reginald "Leo" McKern, Australian actor (Blue Lagoon, Help, Mouse that Roared), dies of health complications at 82
  • Jul 23 William Luther Pierce, American author and activist, dies at 68
  • Jul 23 Chaim Potok, American novelist and rabbi (b. 1929)
  • Jul 24 Maurice Denham, British actor (Mr Love, Damn the Defiant), dies at 92
  • Jul 24 Gus Tinsley, American College Football Hall of Fame end and coach (All-American 1935, 36; coach LSU 1948-55; NFL: Chicago Cardinals), dies at 87
  • Jul 25 Abdur Rahman Badawi, Egyptian existentialist philosopher (b. 1917)
  • Jul 26 Jutta Hecker, German writer, dies at 97
  • Jul 28 Glenn Loren Glasow, American composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 31 Jerome Beatty Jr., American author of children's literature (Matthew and Maria Looney books), dies at 85
  • Aug 3 Carmen Silvera, Canadian-born British actress ('Allo 'Allo!), dies of lung cancer at 80
  • Aug 4 Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, Soham murder victims, murdered by Ian Kevin Huntley at 10
  • Aug 5 Josh Ryan Evans, American actor (b. 1982)
  • Aug 5 Chick Hearn, American NBA broadcaster (called 3,338 LA Lakers games), dies at 85
  • Aug 5 Franco Lucentini, Italian writer (b. 1920)
  • Aug 5 Darrell Porter, American baseball catcher (MLB All Star 1974, 78-80; World Series MVP 1982), dies of heart failure at 50
  • Aug 6 Edsger Dijkstra, Dutch computer scientist (b. 1930)
  • Aug 9 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson), dies at 49

  • Aug 9 Peter Neville, anarchist, sociologist, and peace activist

Person of interestMichael Houser

Aug 10 Michael Houser, American guitarist (Widespread Panic), dies of pancreatic cancer at 40

Guitarist Michael Houser
Guitarist
Michael Houser
  • Aug 10 Kristen Nygaard, Norwegian computer scientist, dies at 75
  • Aug 11 Galen Rowell, American photographer and mountain climber (b. 1940)
  • Aug 12 Enos Slaughter, American baseball player, dies at 86
  • Aug 14 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (b. 1972)
  • Aug 15 Kyle Rote, NFL halfback (NY Giants 1951-61), dies at 74
  • Aug 16 Jeff Corey [Arthur Zwerling], American actor (Getting Straight, Superman & Mole Men), dies at 88
  • Aug 16 Abu Nidal, Palestinian political leader (b. 1937)
  • Aug 16 John Roseboro, American baseball player and coach (b. 1933)
  • Aug 18 Dean Riesner, American film and television screenwriter (Bill and Coo), dies at 83
  • Aug 23 Hoyt Wilhelm [James], American Major League Baseball player and knuckleball pitcher (New York Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers), dies of heart failure at 80
  • Aug 24 Nikolay Guryanov Russian Orthodox Christian mystic and priest (b. 1909)
  • Aug 25 Dorothy Hewett, Australian writer (b. 1923)
  • Aug 25 William Warfield, American concert bass-baritone singer and actor (Show Boat), dies at 82
  • Aug 25 Albert "Pud" Brown, American jazz clarinetist and saxophonist, dies at 79
  • Aug 26 Bea Barrett, American golfer (Western Open 1938), dies at 85
  • Aug 26 Miguel Querol Gavalda, Spanish musicologist and composer, dies at 90
  • Aug 27 Dr. Edwin Louis Cole, "Father of the Modern Day Men's Movement," Founder of the Christian Men's Network (CMN)
  • Aug 29 Alan MacNaughtan, Scottish actor (To Serve Them All My Days), dies at 82
  • Aug 30 J. Lee Thompson, English film director (b. 1914)
  • Aug 31 Lionel Hampton, American Jazz vibraphone player and actor, dies at 94
  • Aug 31 George Porter, British chemist (Nobel 1967), dies at 81
  • Sep 2 Dick Reynolds, Australian rules footballer and coach, dies at 87
  • Sep 3 W. Clement Stone, American entrepreneur (positive mental attitude philosophy), dies at 100
  • Sep 3 Len Wilkinson, English cricketer (England leg-spinner just before WW II), dies at 85
  • Sep 4 Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian-French pianist, dies at 98
  • Sep 5 David Todd Wilkinson, American astronomer, author of the first study of the Cosmic microwave background radiation (b. 1935)
  • Sep 5 John "Jackie" Kelk, American actor and stand-up comedian (The Aldrich Family, The Adventures of Superman), dies of a lung infection at 79
  • Sep 7 Katrin Cartlidge, British actress (b. 1961)

  • Sep 7 Erma Franklin, American gospel and R&B singer (Piece Of My Heart), dies at 64
  • Sep 7 Uziel Gal, Israeli firearm designer (Uzi submachine gun), dies at 78
  • Sep 8 Laurie Williams, West Indian cricketer (West Indian ODI all-rounder v NZ 1996), dies at 33
  • Sep 9 Geoffrey Dummer, British electronics engineer, built first integrated circuit and work in radar, dies at 93
  • Sep 11 Kim Hunter [Janet Cole], American actress (A Streetcar Named Desire, Planet of the Apes), dies at 79
  • Sep 13 Douglas Black, Scottish physician and medical scientist (played a key role in the development of the National Health Service), dies at 89
  • Sep 14 LaWanda Page [Alberta Peal], American actress (Aunt Esther-Sanford & Son), dies of complications from diabetes at 81
  • Sep 14 Jim Barnes, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1964), dies of a stroke at 61
  • Sep 16 James Gregory, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Barney Miller), dies at 90
  • Sep 18 Bob Hayes, American athlete (2 x Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1964) and Pro Football Hall of Fame receiver (3-time Pro Bowl; Dallas Cowboys), dies of kidney failure at 59
  • Sep 18 Mauro Ramos, Brazilian football player (b. 1930)
  • Sep 18 Andres Burnier [Catharina Irma Dessaur], Dutch criminologist and author (Jongensuur), dies at 71
  • Sep 19 Robert Guéï, ruler of Côte d'Ivoire (b. 1941)
  • Sep 21 Robert L. Forward, American physicist and writer (b. 1932)
  • Sep 22 Jan de Hartog, Dutch-English writer (Holland's Glory), dies at 88
  • Sep 23 Vernon Corea, Sri Lankan pioneer radio broadcaster, died at 75
  • Sep 23 Lord Abinger [James Richard Scarlett], English Conservative peer, campaigned for reform of the ancient law on treasure trove, dies at 87
  • Sep 24 Youssouf Togoïmi, Chadian rebel (b. 1953)
  • Sep 24 Mike Webster, National Football League player (b. 1952)
  • Sep 24 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, dies at 62
  • Sep 24 Leon Hart, American College Football Hall of Fame end and fullback (Heisman Trophy 1949, Notre Dame), dies at 73
  • Sep 25 Wanda Luzzato, Italian concert violinist and teacher dies at 83
  • Sep 28 Patsy Mink, U.S. Congresswoman (b. 1927)
  • Sep 28 Hartland Molson, Canadian businessman (Molson family), senator and sports executive (Montreal Canadiens), dies at 95
  • Sep 29 Edmund Trebus, probably best known for his appearance on A Life of Grime (b. 1918)
  • Sep 30 Hans-Peter Tschudi, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1913)
  • Sep 30 Arthur Hazlerigg, British peer and cricketer, dies at 92
  • Oct 1 Walter Annenberg, American publisher (Triangle-TV Guide) and philanthropist, dies at 94
  • Oct 2 Heinz von Foerster, Austrian-born physicist and philosopher (b. 1911)

  • Oct 3 Bruce Paltrow, American television and film producer (b. 1943)
  • Oct 3 Robert Krausz, Stock market advisor and investor (b. 1936)
  • Oct 3 John Weitz, American author and fashion designer (Friends in High Places), dies at 79
  • Oct 4 Alphonse Chapanis, founder of ergonomics (b. 1917)
  • Oct 4 André Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • Oct 4 William "Buddy" Lester, American comedian and actor (Barney Miller, Phil Silvers Show), dies at 85
  • Oct 5 Chuck Rayner, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1920)
  • Oct 6 Claus von Amsberg, husband of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (b. 1926)
  • Oct 8 Jacques Richard, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1952)
  • Oct 8 Phyllis Calvert [Bickle], British actress (Crash of Silence, The Man in Grey), dies at 87
  • Oct 9 Charles Guggenheim, American film director and producer (b. 1924)
  • Oct 9 Aileen Wournos, American serial killer sentenced to death (b. 1956)
  • Oct 9 Anwar Hussain, Pakistani cricketer (four Tests for Pakistan v India 1952-53), dies at 82
  • Oct 10 Teresa Graves, American actress (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love!), dies in a fire at her home at 54
  • Oct 11 Dina Pathak [Ghandi], Indian Gujarati theatre actress, director and activist (President-National Federation of Indian Women), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Oct 12 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (Ray Conniff Singers), dies at 85
  • Oct 12 Audrey Mestre, French diver (b. 1974)

Person of interestStephen E. Ambrose

Oct 13 Stephen E. Ambrose, American historian (Band of Brothers), dies of lung cancer at 66

  • Oct 13 Keene Curtis, American character actor (The Rothschilds, Cheers, Amanda's), dies at 79
  • Oct 13 Dennis Patrick, American actor (Dear Dead Delilah, Dallas, Rituals), dies in a house fire at 84
  • Oct 14 Norbert Schultze, American composer and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • Oct 16 Angela Dawson, American murder victim
  • Oct 17 Derek Bell, Irish harpist (The Chieftans) (b. 1935)
  • Oct 17 Aileen Riggin, American diver (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1920, 24), dies at 96
  • Oct 17 Fred Scolari, American basketball point guard (NBA All-Star 1952, 53; Washington Capitols; Baltimore Bullets), dies at 80
  • Oct 17 (George) Derek Bell, Northern Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist, and composer (The Chieftans; "Three Images of Ireland in Druid Times"), dies of a heart attack at 66 [1]
  • Oct 18 Nikolay Rukavishnikov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 10, 16, 33), dies at 70
  • Oct 18 Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • Oct 18 Kam Fong Chun, American actor (Hawaii Five-0, Magnum, P.I.), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • Oct 18 Wynand Breytenbach, South African soldier and politician, Deputy Minister of Defense (1986-94), dies at 67

  • Oct 20 Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  • Oct 20 Bernard Fresson, French actor (b. 1931)
  • Oct 22 Queen Geraldina of the Albanians (b. 1915)
  • Oct 23 Elizabeth Pakenham, Countess of Longford, British historian, dies at 96
  • Oct 23 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (It's Always Fair Weather), dies at 87
  • Oct 23 Marianne Hoppe, German theater and film actress (Der Schimmelreiter), dies at 93
  • Oct 24 Herman Gaviria, Colombian football player (b. 1969)
  • Oct 24 Winton M. Blount, United States Postmaster General (b. 1921)
  • Oct 24 Harry Hay, American activist (b. 1912)
  • Oct 24 Mary Jeanette "Peggy" Moran, American actress (Double Date, Horror Island), dies from injuries at 84

Person of interestRichard Harris

Oct 25 Richard Harris, Irish actor (A Man Called Horse, This Sporting Life) and singer (MacArthur Park) dies of Hodgkin's disease at 72

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • Oct 25 Paul Wellstone, American politician (Sen-D-Minnesota 1991-2002), dies in a plane crash at 58
  • Oct 26 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, dies at 94
  • Oct 26 Movsar Barayev, Chechen Islamist militia leader during the Second Chechen War, dies at 23
  • Oct 27 Tom Dowd, American recording engineer and producer (innovator of multitrack recording), dies of emphysema at 77
  • Oct 28 Margaret Booth, American film editor (b. 1898)
  • Oct 28 Erling Persson, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1917)
  • Oct 29 Glenn McQueen, American animator (b. 1960)
  • Oct 30 Jam Master Jay, American rapper and musician (Run DMC) (b. 1965)