Deaths in Music in 2002

  • Jan 2 Armi Aavikko, Finnish singer (b. 1958)
  • Jan 3 Juan García Esquivel, Mexican band leader (b. 1918)
  • Jan 3 Zac Foley, English rock bassist (EMF "Unbelievable"), dies at 31
  • Jan 7 Jon Lee, Welsh musician (Feeder) (b. 1968)
  • Jan 16 Eddie Meduza, Swedish composer (b. 1948)
  • Jan 20 Carrie Hamilton, actress and singer (b. 1963)
  • Jan 21 Peggy Lee, American singer (b. 1920)
  • Jan 22 Peter Bardens, English musician (Camel), dies of cancer at 56
  • Feb 1 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 2 Paul Baloff, American singer (Exodus) (b. 1960)
  • Feb 9 Vicente Sardinero, Spanish baritone (b. 1937)
  • Feb 10 Dave Van Ronk, American folk singer/songwriter (b. 1936)
  • Feb 13 Waylon Jennings, American country singer and guitarist (Ramblin' Man), dies of diabetic complications at 64
  • 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 28 Helmut Zacharias, German violinist (b. 1920)
  • Mar 3 Harlan Howard, American musician (b. 1927)
  • Mar 4 Eric Flynn, British actor/singer (b. 1939)
  • Mar 18 Gösta Winbergh, Swedish tenor (b. 1943)
  • Mar 23 Eileen Farrell, American soprano (b. 1920)
  • Mar 26 Randy Castillo, American drummer (Ozzy Osbourne, Mötley Crüe) (b. 1950)

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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
  • Apr 3 Fad Gadget, English singer and musician (b. 1956)
  • Apr 5 Layne Staley, American rock singer and guitarist (Alice in Chains-Dirt), dies at 34
  • Apr 20 Alan Dale, American singer (b. 1925)
  • Apr 25 Lisa Lopes, American rapper (TLC) (b. 1971)
  • May 3 Evgeny Svetlanov, Russian composer (Siberian Fantasy), dies at 73
  • May 6 Otis Blackwell, American pianist, singer and songwriter (b. 1932)
  • May 9 Leon Stein, American composer, dies at 81
  • May 17 Sharon Sheeley, American songwriter (b. 1940)
  • May 28 Jean Berger [Arthur Schloßberg], German-born American composer, dies at 92
  • Jun 5 Dee Dee Ramone, American bassist (The Ramones), dies of a heroin overdose at 51
  • Jun 6 Robbin Crosby, American heavy metal rock guitarist/vocals (Ratt-Round & Round), dies at 42
  • Jun 23 Pedro 'El Rockero' Alcazar, Panamanian boxer (b. 1975)
  • Jun 27 John Entwistle, bass-player with The Who dies in his sleep of a heart attack in his Las Vegas hotel room aged 57
  • Jun 29 Rosemary Clooney, American singer and actress (b. 1928)
  • Jul 2 Ray Brown, American jazz double bassist, dies in his sleep at 75
  • Jul 21 Gus Dudgeon [Angus Boyd Dudgeon], British pop record producer (Elton John, David Bowie), dies in a car crash at 59
  • Aug 9 Paul Samson, British guitarist (Samson) (b. 1953)

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

Guitarist Michael Houser
Guitarist
Michael Houser
  • Aug 14 Dave Williams, American singer (Drowning Pool) (b. 1972)
  • Aug 31 Lionel Hampton, American Jazz vibraphone player and actor, dies at 94
  • Sep 4 Vlado Perlemuter, Lithuanian pianist (b. 1904)
  • Sep 7 Erma Franklin, American singer (b. 1938)
  • Sep 24 Tim Rose, American singer-songwriter, dies at 62
  • Oct 10 Teresa Graves, American actress and singer (b. 1948)
  • Oct 12 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (Ray Conniff Singers), dies at 85
  • Oct 14 Norbert Schultze, American composer and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • Oct 18 Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • Oct 23 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (b. 1915)

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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 30 Jam Master Jay, American rapper and musician (Run DMC) (b. 1965)
  • Nov 3 Lonnie Donegan, Scottish singer-songwriter and the King of Skiffle, dies at 71
  • Nov 5 Billy Guy, American singer (The Coasters) dies of cardiovascular disease at 66
  • Nov 21 Hadda Brooks, American jazz singer, pianist, and composer (b. 1916)
  • Nov 26 Polo Montañez, Cuban singer and songwriter (b. 1955)
  • Nov 28 Dave "Snaker" Ray, American blues musician (b. 1943)
  • Dec 9 Mary Hansen, Australian guitarist and singer (Stereolab) (b. 1966)
  • Dec 13 Zal Yanovsky, Canadian musician (The Lovin' Spoonful) (b. 1945)
  • Dec 22 Joe Strummer, British lead singer of the punk band "The Clash" (Rock the Casbah), dies at age 50
  • Dec 31 Kevin MacMichael, American guitarist (Cutting Crew) (b. 1951)