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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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

Henry Lee Lucas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
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
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
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 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
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 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

William Hanna is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2001
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
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
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
Heart failure
Dale Evans was an American writer, film star and singer-songwriter. She was the second wife of singing cowboy Roy Rogers.