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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 2000 was no exception. Perhaps the most ironic death was that of Peanuts creator Charles Schultz, who died only a few days after his final Peanuts comic strip was printed. Here's our list of the most notable people to die in 2000, 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 2000? Scroll down and see for yourself.

Hedy Lamarr is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Hedy Lamarr Natural causes - Hedy Lamarr was an Austrian and American inventor and film actress. After an early and brief film career in Germany, which included a controversial love-making scene in the film Ecstasy, she ...more

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Charles M. Schulz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Charles M. Schulz Myocardial infarction, Colorectal cancer - Charles Monroe Schulz, nicknamed Sparky, was an American cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Peanuts. He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited ...more

Steve Allen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Steve Allen Myocardial infarction - Stephen Valentine Patrick William "Steve" Allen was an American television personality, musician, composer, actor, comedian, and writer. Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best ...more

Alec Guinness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Alec Guinness Liver tumour, Liver cancer, Hepatocellular carcinoma - Sir Alec Guinness, CH CBE was an English actor. After an early career on the stage he was featured in several of the Ealing Comedies, including The Ladykillers and Kind Hearts and Coronets in ...more

Billy Barty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Billy Barty Cardiovascular disease - Billy Barty was an American film actor and television star. In adult life he stood three feet, nine inches, due to cartilage-hair hypoplasia dwarfism, and because of his short stature he was ...more

Roger Peyrefitte is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Roger Peyrefitte Parkinson's disease - Roger Peyrefitte was a French diplomat, writer of bestseller novels and gossipy non-fiction, and a defender of gay rights.

Leslie Glass is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Leslie Glass Leslie Glass, was a model, erotic actress and animal rights and rescue activist. According to an obituary, she was "...best known as a Penthouse Pet of the Year Runner-Up and Penthouse ...more

Doug Henning is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Doug Henning Liver cancer - Douglas James Henning was a Canadian magician, illusionist, escape artist and politician.

Peter McWilliams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Peter McWilliams AIDS - Peter Alexander McWilliams was an American self-help author who advocated for the legalization of marijuana.

Yokozuna is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Yokozuna Pulmonary edema - Rodney Agatupu Anoaʻi was a Samoan American professional wrestler. He was best known for his time with the World Wrestling Federation where he wrestled under the ring name Yokozuna. The term ...more

G. Glaskin is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
G. Glaskin Gerald Glaskin was a Western Australian author.

Richard Farnsworth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Richard Farnsworth Suicide - Richard W. Farnsworth was an American actor and stuntman. His film career began in 1937; however, he achieved his greatest success for his performances in The Grey Fox and The Straight Story, ...more

Pierre Trudeau is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Pierre Trudeau Prostate cancer - Joseph Philippe Pierre Yves Elliott Trudeau, PC CH CC QC FSRC, usually known as Pierre Trudeau or Pierre Elliott Trudeau, was the 15th Prime Minister of Canada from April 20, 1968 to June 4, ...more

Loretta Young is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Loretta Young Ovarian cancer - Loretta Young was an American actress. Starting as a child actress, she had a long and varied career in film from 1917 to 1953. She won the 1948 best actress Academy Award for her role in the ...more

Richard Mulligan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Richard Mulligan Colorectal cancer - Richard Mulligan was an American television and film actor best known for his role as Burt Campbell in the sitcom Soap and later as Dr. Harry Weston in Empty Nest.

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Michael Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Michael Smith Michael Smith CC, OBC, FRS was a British-born Canadian biochemist and businessman. He was the winner of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in developing site-directed mutagenesis. ...more

John Gielgud is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
John Gielgud Respiratory Infection, Natural causes - Sir Arthur John Gielgud, OM, CH, was an English actor and theatre director whose career spanned eight decades. With Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier, he was one of the trinity of actors who ...more

Betty Blue is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Betty Blue Heart failure - Betty Blue was an American model and actress and was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the November 1956 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Hal Adams. A self-described nudist, ...more

John Lindsay is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
John Lindsay Parkinson's disease, Pneumonia - John Vliet Lindsay was an American politician, lawyer, and broadcaster who was a U.S. congressman, mayor of New York City, candidate for U.S. president, and regular guest host of Good Morning ...more

Claire Trevor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Claire Trevor Respiratory failure - Claire Trevor was an American actress. Trevor was nicknamed the "Queen of Film Noir" because of her many appearances in "bad girl" roles in film noir and other ...more

Jean Dominique is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Jean Dominique Assassination - Jean Léopold Dominique was a Haitian journalist who spoke out against successive dictatorships. He was one of the first people in Haiti to broadcast in Haitian Creole, the language spoken ...more

Edward Gorey is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Edward Gorey Heart failure - Edward St. John Gorey was an American writer and artist noted for his illustrated books. His characteristic pen-and-ink drawings often depict vaguely unsettling narrative scenes in Victorian and ...more

Jason Robards Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Jason Robards Jr. Lung cancer - Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was an American actor on stage, and in film and television. He was a winner of the Tony Award, two Academy Awards and the Emmy Award. He was also a United States Navy ...more

Larry Linville is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Larry Linville Cancer, Lung cancer, Pneumonia - Lawrence Lavon "Larry" Linville was an American actor. He was known for his portrayal of the surgeon, Major Frank Burns, in the long-running television series M*A*S*H.

Paula Yates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Paula Yates Drug overdose, Heroin overdose - Paula Elizabeth Yates was a British television presenter and writer, best known for her work on two television programmes, The Tube and The Big Breakfast.

Phil Katz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Phil Katz Phillip Walter Katz was a computer programmer best known as the co-creator of the Zip file format for data compression, and the author of PKZIP, a program for creating zip files that ran under ...more

Richard Kleindienst is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Richard Kleindienst Lung cancer - Richard Gordon Kleindienst was an American lawyer, politician, and a U.S. Attorney General during the Watergate political scandal.

Gwendolyn Brooks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Gwendolyn Brooks Cancer - Gwendolyn Elizabeth Brooks was an American poet and teacher. She was the first Black person to win a Pulitzer prize when she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1950 for her second ...more

Jim Varney is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Jim Varney Lung cancer - James Albert "Jim" Varney, Jr. was an American actor, voice actor, comedian, and writer best known for his role as Ernest P. Worrell, who was used in numerous television commercial ...more

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Gary Albright is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Gary Albright Myocardial infarction - Gary Albright was an American professional wrestler who performed most notably for Stampede Wrestling in Canada with UWF International, and All Japan Pro Wrestling in Japan. Albright was a ...more

Hafez al-Assad is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Hafez al-Assad Myocardial infarction - Hafez al-Assad was a Syrian statesman, politician and general who was President of Syria from 1971 to 2000, Prime Minister from 1970 to 1971, Regional Secretary of the Regional Command of the ...more

Hugh Paddick is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Hugh Paddick Hugh William Paddick was an English actor, whose most notable role was in the 1960s BBC radio show Round the Horne, in sketches such as "Charles and Fiona" and "Julian and ...more

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. Myocardial infarction - Douglas Elton Fairbanks, Jr., KBE, DSC was an American actor and a highly decorated naval officer of World War II.

Jumbo Tsuruta is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Jumbo Tsuruta Tomomi Tsuruta, better known by his ring name Jumbo Tsuruta, was a professional wrestler who wrestled for All Japan Pro Wrestling for most of his career, and is well known for being the first ...more

Walter Matthau is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Walter Matthau Myocardial infarction - Walter Matthau was an American actor best known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and his frequent collaborations with Odd Couple star Jack Lemmon, as well as his role as Coach ...more

Ronald Robertson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Ronald Robertson Ronald "Ronnie" Robertson was an American figure skater who was best known for his spinning ability. He won the silver medal at the 1956 Winter Olympics and twice won the silver at the ...more

Balan K. Nair is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Balan K. Nair Cancer - Balan K. Nair was a Malayalam film actor. Even though he appeared in most films as villain, he was also noted for his performance in strong character roles. He won the National Film Award for ...more

George Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
George Montgomery George Montgomery was an American painter, sculptor, furniture craftsman, and stuntman who is best known as an actor in western style film and television.

Leo Gordon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Leo Gordon Myocardial infarction, Pneumonia - Leo Vincent Gordon was an American film and television character actor as well as a screenplay writer and novelist. During more than 40 years in film and television, he was frequently cast as a ...more

Stephen Saunders is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Stephen Saunders Firearm, Assassination, Murder - Brigadier Stephen Saunders, the British military attaché in Athens, was killed on 8 June 2000 by motorcycle gunmen who were members of Revolutionary Organization 17 November. Saunders was ...more

Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane Firearm, Assassination - Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane was a rabbi and the son of Rabbi Meir Kahane. Born in New York City, he emigrated to Israel with his family at the age of four, in 1971. He was a young Israeli Orthodox ...more

Gherman Titov is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Gherman Titov Cardiovascular disease - Gherman Stepanovich Titov was a Soviet cosmonaut who, on 6 August 1961, became the second human to orbit the Earth, aboard Vostok 2, preceded by Yuri Gagarin on Vostok 1. He was the fourth ...more

Christopher Pettiet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Christopher Pettiet Drug overdose - Christopher Lee Pettiet was an American television and film actor best known for his role as Jesse James in the Western TV series The Young Riders and as Zach Crandell in the cult comedy film ...more

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Reginald Kray is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
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Barbara Cartland is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Barbara Cartland Natural causes - Dame Barbara Cartland, DBE, CStJ born as Mary Barbara Hamilton was an English author, who was one of the best-selling authors as well as one of the most prolific and commercially successful of ...more

Roger Vadim is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Roger Vadim Lymphoma - Roger Vadim was a French screenwriter, film director/and producer, as well as an author and occasional actor.

Paul Bartel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Paul Bartel Myocardial infarction - Paul Bartel was an American actor, writer and director. Bartel was perhaps most known for his 1982 hit black comedy Eating Raoul, which he wrote, starred in and directed.

Alfred J. Gross is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Alfred J. Gross Alfred J. Gross, a.k.a. Irving J. Gross was a pioneer in mobile wireless communication. He created and patented many communications devices, specifically in relation to an early version of the ...more

L. Sprague de Camp is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
L. Sprague de Camp Lyon Sprague de Camp — known as L. Sprague de Camp — was an American writer of science fiction, fantasy, non-fiction and biography. In a career spanning 60 years, he wrote over 100 books, ...more

Arthur Claude Ruge is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Arthur Claude Ruge Arthur Claude Ruge was an American mechanical engineer and inventor who developed and pioneered the modern bonded wire resistance strain gauge.