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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


    Aviation accident or incident
    Aaliyah Dana Haughton (; January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001) was an American singer, actress,...  more
  • Jack Lemmon

    Jack Lemmon

    Colorectal cancer, Bladder cancer
    John Uhler Lemmon III (February 8, 1925 – June 27, 2001) was an American actor who was...  more
  • George Harrison

    George Harrison

    Lung cancer
    George Harrison (25 February 1943 – 29 November 2001) was an English musician,...  more
  • Carroll O'Connor

    Carroll O'Connor

    Myocardial infarction, Diabetes mellitus
    John Carroll O'Connor (August 2, 1924 – June 21, 2001) was an American actor, producer, and...  more
  • Timothy McVeigh

    Timothy McVeigh

    Lethal injection
    Timothy James McVeigh (April 23, 1968 – June 11, 2001) was an American domestic terrorist who...  more
  • Joey Ramone

    Joey Ramone

    Jeffrey Ross Hyman (May 19, 1951 – April 15, 2001), known professionally as Joey Ramone, was...  more
  • Dale Earnhardt

    Dale Earnhardt

    Traffic collision
    Ralph Dale Earnhardt (; April 29, 1951 – February 18, 2001) was an American professional auto...  more
  • John Fahey
    John Aloysius Fahey was an American fingerstyle guitarist and composer who played the...  more
  • Anthony Quinn

    Anthony Quinn

    Pneumonia, Cancer of the larynx
    Antonio Rodolfo Quinn Oaxaca (April 21, 1915 – June 3, 2001), known as Anthony Quinn, was a...  more
  • Douglas Adams

    Douglas Adams

    Myocardial infarction
    Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English author, screenwriter,...  more
  • Nigel Hawthorne

    Nigel Hawthorne

    Myocardial infarction
    Sir Nigel Barnard Hawthorne (5 April 1929 – 26 December 2001) was an English actor. He...  more
  • John Phillips

    John Phillips

    Cardiovascular disease
    John Edmund Andrew Phillips (August 30, 1935 – March 18, 2001) was an American singer,...  more
  • Javed Iqbal
    Javed Iqbal Umayr (8 October 1956 – 8 October 2001), was a Pakistani serial killer who was...  more
  • Berry Berenson

    Berry Berenson

    Terrorist Attack
    Berinthia "Berry" Berenson-Perkins (April 14, 1948 – September 11, 2001) was an American...  more
  • Eva Busch
    Eva Busch was a singer and comedienne....  more
  • Henry Lee Lucas

    Henry Lee Lucas

    Heart failure
    Henry Lee Lucas (August 23, 1936 – March 12, 2001) was an American serial killer. Lucas was...  more
  • Terry Gordy

    Terry Gordy

    Myocardial infarction
    Terry Ray Gordy (April 23, 1961 – July 16, 2001) was an American professional wrestler. Gordy...  more
  • Phoolan Devi

    Phoolan Devi

    Firearm, Assassination
    Phoolan Devi (10 August 1963 – 26 July 2001), popularly known as "Bandit Queen", was an Indian...  more
  • Dare Wright
    Dare Wright (December 3, 1914 – January 25, 2001) was a Canadian–American children's author,...  more
  • Jane Greer
    Jane Greer (born Bettejane Greer; September 9, 1924 – August 24, 2001) was an American film...  more
  • Asit Sen
    Asit Sen (24 September 1922 – 25 August 2001) was a Bengali Indian film director,...  more
  • William Hanna

    William Hanna

    Esophageal cancer, Cancer of the larynx
    William Denby Hanna (July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001) was an American animator, director,...  more
  • Digna Ochoa

    Digna Ochoa

    Firearm, Assassination
    Digna Ochoa (full name: Digna Ochoa y Plácido) (May 15, 1964–October 19, 2001) was a human...  more
  • Imogene Coca

    Imogene Coca

    Alzheimer's disease, Natural causes
    Imogene Coca (born Emogeane Coca; November 18, 1908 – June 2, 2001) was an American comic...  more
  • Dale Evans

    Dale Evans

    Heart failure
    Dale Evans Rogers (born Lucille Wood Smith; October 31, 1912 – February 7, 2001) was an...  more