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Famous People Who Died in 2001

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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
Dec. at 22 (1979-2001) from New York City, USA, New York
Aaliyah Dana Haughton (; January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001) was an American singer, actress, and model. Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan, she first gained recognition ...more
Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 76 (1925-2001) from USA, Massachusetts, Newton
John Uhler Lemmon III (February 8, 1925 – June 27, 2001) was an American actor who was nominated for an Academy Award eight times, winning twice. He starred in over 60 films, such as Mister ...more
George Harrison is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 58 (1943-2001) from Liverpool, England
George Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician, singer-songwriter, and music and film producer who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the ...more
Carroll O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 77 (1924-2001) from Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
John Carroll O'Connor (August 2, 1924 – June 21, 2001) was an American actor, producer, and director whose television career spanned four decades. A lifelong member of the Actors Studio, in 1970 ...more
Timothy McVeigh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 33 (1968-2001) from Lockport, New York, United States of America
Timothy James McVeigh (April 23, 1968 – June 11, 2001) was an American domestic terrorist who perpetrated the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people and injured over 680 others. The ...more
Joey Ramone is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 50 (1951-2001) from Forest Hills, New York City, New York, United States of America
Jeffrey Ross Hyman (May 19, 1951 – April 15, 2001), known professionally as Joey Ramone, was an American musician, singer-songwriter, and lead vocalist of the punk rock band the Ramones. Joey ...more
Dale Earnhardt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 50 (1951-2001) from Kannapolis
Ralph Dale Earnhardt (; April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001) was an American professional auto racing driver and team owner, best known for his involvement in stock car racing for NASCAR. The ...more
John Fahey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 62 (1939-2001) from Takoma Park, Maryland
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
Dec. at 86 (1915-2001) from Chihuahua, Mexico
Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca (April 21, 1915 – June 3, 2001), known as Anthony Quinn, was a Mexican-Irish-American actor, painter, writer and film director. He starred in numerous critically ...more
Douglas Adams is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 49 (1952-2001) from Cambridge, United Kingdom
Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, screenwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist and dramatist. Adams was author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which ...more
Nigel Hawthorne is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 72 (1929-2001) from Coventry, England
Sir Nigel Barnard Hawthorne (5 April 1929 – 26 December 2001) was an English actor. He portrayed 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
Dec. at 66 (1935-2001) from Parris Island, South Carolina, United States of America
John Edmund Andrew Phillips (August 30, 1935 – March 18, 2001) was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, and promoter of the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival. Phillips was a member and leader of ...more
Javed Iqbal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 45 (1956-2001) from Lahore, Pakistan
Javed Iqbal Umayr (8 October 1956 – 8 October 2001), was a Pakistani serial killer who was found guilty of the sexual abuse and murder of 100 boys.
Berry Berenson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 53 (1948-2001) from New York City, USA, New York, Murray Hill
Berinthia "Berry" Berenson-Perkins (April 14, 1948 – September 11, 2001) was an American photographer, actress, and model. Perkins, who was the wife of actor Anthony Perkins, died in ...more
Eva Busch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 92 (1909-2001) from Berlin, Germany
Eva Busch was a singer and comedienne.
Henry Lee Lucas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 65 (1936-2001) from Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America
Henry Lee Lucas (August 23, 1936 – March 12, 2001) was an American serial killer. Lucas was arrested in Texas and on the basis of his confessions to Texas Rangers, hundreds of unsolved murders ...more
Terry Gordy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Terry Gordy Dec. at 40 (1961-2001) from Tennessee, Chattanooga, USA
Terry Ray Gordy (April 23, 1961 – July 16, 2001) was an American professional wrestler. Gordy is best known for his appearances in the United States with promotions such as World Class ...more
Phoolan Devi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 38 (1963-2001) from Jalaun, India
Phoolan Devi (10 August 1963 – 26 July 2001), popularly known as "Bandit Queen", was an Indian bandit and later a Member of Parliament. Born into a poor family in rural Uttar Pradesh, ...more
Dare Wright is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 87 (1914-2001) from Thornhill, Markham, Canada
Dare Wright (December 3, 1914 – January 25, 2001) was a Canadian–American children's author, model, and photographer. She is best known for her 1957 children's book, The Lonely Doll.
Jane Greer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 77 (1924-2001) from Washington, D.C., USA
Jane Greer (born Bettejane Greer; September 9, 1924 – August 24, 2001) was an American film and television actress who was perhaps best known for her role as femme fatale Kathie Moffat in the ...more
Asit Sen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 79 (1922-2001) from Dhaka, Bangladesh
Asit Sen (24 September 1922 – 25 August 2001) was a Bengali Indian film director, cinematographer and screenwriter, who worked in both Bengali and Hindi cinema. He was born in Dhaka, now in ...more
William Hanna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 91 (1910-2001) from Melrose, New Mexico, United States of America
William Denby Hanna (July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001) was an American animator, director, producer, voice actor, cartoon artist, and musician whose film and television cartoon characters ...more
Digna Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 37 (1964-2001) from Misantla, Veracruz, Mexico
Digna Ochoa (full name: Digna Ochoa y Plácido) (May 15, 1964–October 19, 2001) 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
Dec. at 93 (1908-2001) from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Imogene Coca (born Emogeane Coca; November 18, 1908 – June 2, 2001) was an American comic actor best known for her role opposite Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows. Starting out in vaudeville as a ...more
Dale Evans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
Dec. at 89 (1912-2001) from Uvalde, Texas, USA
Dale Evans Rogers (born Lucille Wood Smith; October 31, 1912 – February 7, 2001) was an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She was the third wife of singing cowboy Roy Rogers.