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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 2001 was no exception. Perhaps the most talked about death was that of popular recording artist Aaliyah, after she was killed in a plane crash. Here's our list of the most notable people to die in 2001, 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 2001? Scroll down and see for yourself.

Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Aaliyah Aviation accident or incident - Aaliyah Dana Haughton was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10, she appeared on the television ...more

Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Jack Lemmon Colorectal cancer, Bladder cancer - John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III was an American actor and musician. Lemmon was an eight time Academy Award nominee, with two wins. He starred in over 60 films, such as Some Like It Hot, ...more

George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
George Harrison Lung cancer - George Harrison, MBE was an English musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the Beatles. ...more

Carroll O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Carroll O'Connor Myocardial infarction, Diabetes mellitus - Carroll O'Connor was an American actor, producer and director whose television career spanned four decades. A life-member of The Actors Studio, O'Connor first attracted attention as Major ...more

Timothy McVeigh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Timothy McVeigh Lethal injection - Timothy James "Tim" McVeigh was an American who committed an act of domestic terrorism by detonating a truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City on ...more

Joey Ramone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Joey Ramone Lymphoma - Jeffrey Ross Hyman, best known by his stage name Joey Ramone, was an American musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist of the punk rock band the Ramones. Joey Ramone's ...more

Dale Earnhardt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dale Earnhardt Traffic collision - Ralph Dale Earnhardt, better known as Dale Earnhardt, was an American race car driver and team owner, best known for his involvement in stock car racing for NASCAR. Earnhardt began his career in ...more

John Fahey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
John Fahey John Aloysius Fahey was an American fingerstyle guitarist and composer who played the steel-string acoustic guitar as a solo instrument. His style has been greatly influential and has been ...more

Anthony Quinn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Anthony Quinn Pneumonia, Cancer of the larynx - Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca, more commonly known as Anthony Quinn, was a Mexican American actor, as well as a painter and writer. He starred in numerous critically acclaimed and commercially ...more

Douglas Adams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Douglas Adams Myocardial infarction - Douglas Noel Adams was an English writer, humorist, and dramatist. Adams is best known as the author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy ...more

Nigel Hawthorne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Nigel Hawthorne Myocardial infarction - Sir Nigel Barnard Hawthorne, CBE was an English actor, perhaps best remembered for his role as Sir Humphrey Appleby, the Permanent Secretary in the 1980s sitcom Yes Minister and the Cabinet ...more

John Phillips is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
John Phillips Cardiovascular disease - John Edmund Andrew Phillips was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter and promoter, most notably of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, a landmark event for the beginning of counterculture era, ...more

Javed Iqbal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Javed Iqbal Suicide - Javed Iqbal Mughal, also known as Mukri, was a Pakistani serial killer who was found guilty of the sexual abuse and murder of 100 children.

Berry Berenson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Berry Berenson Terrorist Attack - Berinthia "Berry" Berenson Perkins was an American photographer, actress, and model. Perkins, who was the widow of actor Anthony Perkins, died in the September 11 attacks as a ...more

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Eva Busch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Eva Busch Eva Busch was a singer and comedienne.

Henry Lee Lucas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Henry Lee Lucas Heart failure - Henry Lee Lucas was an American serial killer. Lucas was arrested in Texas and, on the basis of his confessions, hundreds of unsolved murders attributed to him were officially classified as ...more

Terry Gordy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Terry Gordy Myocardial infarction - Terry Ray Gordy Sr. was a professional wrestler who was best known in North America for being a member of the Fabulous Freebirds.

Phoolan Devi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Phoolan Devi Firearm, Assassination - Phoolan Devi was an Indian Member of Parliament affiliated with the Samajwadi Party. In 1996, Phoolan Devi successfully contested her first election and was admitted to the 11th Lok Sabha, ...more

Dare Wright is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dare Wright Dare Wright was a Canadian–American children's author, model and photographer.

Jane Greer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Jane Greer Cancer - Jane Greer was an American film and television actress who was perhaps best known for her role as femme fatale Kathie Moffat in the 1947 film noir Out of the Past.

Asit Sen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Asit Sen Asit Sen was an Indian film director, cinematographer and screenwriter, who worked both in Bengali and Hindi cinema. He was born in Dhaka now in modern day Bangladesh when it was part of East ...more

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William Hanna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
William Hanna Esophageal cancer, Cancer of the larynx, Head and neck cancer - William Denby "Bill" Hanna was an American animator, director, producer, voice actor, and cartoon artist, whose film and television cartoon characters entertained millions of people ...more

Digna Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Digna Ochoa Firearm, Assassination - Digna Ochoa was a human rights lawyer in Mexico. She was born in Misantla, in the state of Veracruz.

Imogene Coca is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Imogene Coca Alzheimer's disease, Natural causes - Imogene Coca was an American comic actress best known for her role opposite Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows. Starting out in vaudeville as a child acrobat, she studied ballet and wished to have ...more

Dale Evans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dale Evans Heart failure - Dale Evans was an American writer, film star and singer-songwriter. She was the second wife of singing cowboy Roy Rogers.

Lauran Paine is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Lauran Paine Ralph Kimball is an author on the subject of data warehousing and business intelligence. He is one of the original architects of data warehousing and is known for long-term convictions that data ...more

Shincho Kokontei III is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Shincho Kokontei III Liver cancer - Kokondei Shinchou was an actor.

Ken Kesey is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Ken Kesey Liver tumour - Kenneth Elton "Ken" Kesey was an American author, best known for his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and as a countercultural figure who considered himself a link between the ...more

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Foster Brooks is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Foster Brooks Heart failure - Foster Brooks was an American actor and comedian most famous for his portrayal of a lovable drunken man in nightclub performances and television programs.

Jan Kott is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Jan Kott Jan Kott was a Polish political activist, critic and theoretician of the theatre. A leading proponent of Stalinism in Poland after the Soviet takeover, Kott in 1957 renounced his Communist Party ...more

Troy Donahue is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Troy Donahue Myocardial infarction - Troy Donahue was an American film and television actor and singer. Donahue became a popular male sex symbol of the 1950s and 1960s.

Eudora Welty is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Eudora Welty Pneumonia - Eudora Alice Welty was an American author of short stories and novels about the American South. Her novel The Optimist's Daughter won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973. Welty was awarded the ...more

Herbert Simon is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Herbert Simon Herbert Alexander Simon, a Nobel laureate, was an American political scientist, economist, sociologist, psychologist, computer scientist, and Richard King Mellon Professor—most notably at ...more

Donald Bradman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Donald Bradman Pneumonia - Sir Donald George Bradman, AC, often referred to as "The Don", was an Australian cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest Test batsman of all time. Bradman's career Test batting ...more

Mark Bingham is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Mark Bingham Aviation accident or incident - Mark Kendall Bingham was an American public relations executive who founded his own company, the Bingham Group. During the September 11 attacks in 2001 he was a passenger on board United ...more

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Harrison A. Williams is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Harrison A. Williams Harrison Arlington "Pete" Williams, Jr. was a Democrat who represented New Jersey in the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate. Williams was convicted on ...more

Willie Stargell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Willie Stargell Stroke - Wilver Dornell "Willie" Stargell, nicknamed "Pops" in the later years of his career, was an American professional baseball player. He played his entire Major League Baseball ...more

William H. Masters is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
William H. Masters Parkinson's disease - William Howell Masters was an American gynecologist, best known as the senior member of the Masters and Johnson sexuality research team. Along with Virginia E. Johnson, he pioneered research ...more

Laurent-Désiré Kabila is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Laurent-Désiré Kabila Assassination - Laurent-Désiré Kabila, or simply Laurent Kabila, was President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from May 17, 1997, when he overthrew Mobutu Sese Seko, until his ...more

Abu Ali Mustafa is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Abu Ali Mustafa Assassination - Abu Ali Mustafa Arabic: ابو علي مصطفى‎; 1938 – 27 August 2001, the kunya of Mustafa Alhaj a.k.a. Mustafa Ali Zibri, was the Secretary General of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine ...more

Michael Cuccione is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Michael Cuccione Cancer, Respiratory failure - Michael James Cuccione was a Canadian child actor, singer, dancer, author, and cancer research activist.

Rehavam Ze'evi is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Rehavam Ze'evi Firearm, Assassination - Rehavam "Gandhi" Ze'evi was an Israeli general, politician, and historian who founded the right-wing nationalist Moledet party, mainly advocating population transfer. He was ...more

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Emilie Schindler is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Emilie Schindler Emilie Schindler was a Sudetenland-German born woman who, with her husband Oskar Schindler, helped to save the lives of 1,200 to 1,700 Jews during World War II by employing them in his ...more

David M. Walker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
David M. Walker David Mathieson Walker was an American naval officer, test pilot and a former NASA astronaut. He flew aboard four Space Shuttle missions in the 1980s and 1990s.

Perry Como is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Perry Como Alzheimer's disease - Pierino Ronald "Perry" Como was an American singer and television personality. During a career spanning more than half a century, he recorded exclusively for the RCA Victor label after ...more

Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf Cirrhosis - Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf was an American entertainer. Hank appeared numerous times on the The Howard Stern Show and on the televised studio segments which aired on the E! channel. He was a ...more

John G. Schmitz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
John G. Schmitz Prostate cancer - John George Schmitz was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives and California State Senate from Orange County, California. He was also a member of the John Birch ...more

Mychal Judge is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Mychal Judge Mychal Judge, O.F.M., was a Franciscan friar and Catholic priest who served as a chaplain to the New York City Fire Department. It was while serving in that capacity that he was killed, becoming ...more

Antônio da Costa Santos is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Antônio da Costa Santos Antonio da Costa Santos was a Brazilian architect and politician affiliated to the Workers' Party. Toninho took office as Mayor of Campinas, on January 1, 2001. He was shot to death at 10:15 pm, ...more

Poul Anderson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Poul Anderson Cancer - Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during the Golden Age of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson ...more