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For one reason or another, we as human beings seem to be fascinated by celebrity deaths. Every year we mourn the loss of famous people who pass away, and 2002 was no exception. Many beloved actors died in 2002, including legendary comedian Milton Berle. Here's our list of the most notable people to die in 2002, ordered by how well-known they were.

All walks of famous people are on this list, including actors, athletes, musicians, politicians and more.Although the rich and famous are just like the rest of us, it's alarming how many of them have their lives cut short because of drug overdoses or other accidents. Still others live out many long years only to succumb to diseases like cancer late in life.

Which celebrities died in 2002? Scroll down and see for yourself.

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Milton Berle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Milton Berle Colorectal cancer

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James Coburn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
James Coburn Myocardial infarction

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Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dudley Moore Progressive supranuclear palsy, Pneumonia

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Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Billy Wilder Pneumonia

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Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Joe Strummer Congenital heart defect

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Aileen Wuornos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Aileen Wuornos Lethal injection, Capital punishment

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Rod Steiger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Rod Steiger Pneumonia

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Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Richard Harris Hodgkin's lymphoma

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Linda Lovelace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Linda Lovelace Traffic collision

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Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dee Dee Ramone Heroin overdose

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Myra Hindley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Myra Hindley Myocardial infarction

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John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
John Entwistle Drug overdose, Myocardial infarction

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Katy Jurado is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Katy Jurado Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Renal failure

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Nobu McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Nobu McCarthy Aortic aneurysm

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Stephen Jay Gould is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Stephen Jay Gould Cancer, Lung cancer

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Dave Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dave Thomas Liver tumour

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Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Lionel Hampton Cardiovascular disease

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Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Ted Williams Cardiovascular disease

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Chuck Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Chuck Jones Heart failure

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Peggy Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Peggy Lee Cardiovascular disease, Myocardial infarction, Diabetes mellitus

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Lou Thesz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Lou Thesz Surgical complications

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John Gotti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
John Gotti Cancer of the larynx

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Davey Boy Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Davey Boy Smith Myocardial infarction

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Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Layne Staley Heroin overdose

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Herb Ritts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Herb Ritts Pneumonia

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Josh Ryan Evans is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Josh Ryan Evans Heart failure, Surgical complications

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John Rawls is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002

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Spike Milligan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Spike Milligan Renal failure

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Cyrinda Foxe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Cyrinda Foxe Brain tumor

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Edith Bouvier Beale is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Edith Bouvier Beale Myocardial infarction

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Paul Wellstone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Paul Wellstone Aviation accident or incident

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Irish McCalla is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Irish McCalla Brain tumor, Stroke

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Pim Fortuyn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Pim Fortuyn Firearm, Assassination, Murder

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Wahoo McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Wahoo McDaniel Complications of diabetes mellitus, Renal failure

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Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Waylon Jennings Diabetes mellitus

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Angelo Buono, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Angelo Buono, Jr. Myocardial infarction

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Jack Buck is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Jack Buck Parkinson's disease, Lung cancer, Pneumonia

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Ruth Handler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Ruth Handler Surgical complications

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Catya Sassoon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Catya Sassoon Myocardial infarction

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Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Lisa Lopes Traffic collision

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Evelyn Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002

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Kevyn Aucoin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Kevyn Aucoin Drug overdose, Liver failure

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Elisa Bridges is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Elisa Bridges Drug overdose, Heroin overdose

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Nozomi Momoi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002

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Hansie Cronje is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Hansie Cronje Aviation accident or incident

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Jason Mizell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Jason Mizell Firearm, Murder

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John Wieners is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002

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Timothy Findley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002

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Alton Coleman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Alton Coleman Lethal injection, Capital punishment

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George Nader is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
George Nader Cerebral infarction, Renal cell carcinoma, Pneumonia