2000s Famous People Who Died in 2000

Reference
21.1k views 200 items

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
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

Charles M. Schulz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
Myocardial infarction, Colorectal cancer
harles 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 as ...more

Steve Allen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
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
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
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
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, 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
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
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
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
Gerald Glaskin was a Western Australian author.

Richard Farnsworth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
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
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
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
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.

Michael Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2000
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.