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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 2002 was no exception. Many beloved actors died in 2002, including legendary comedian Milton Berle. Here's our list of the most notable people to die in 2002, 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 2002? Scroll down and see for yourself.

Milton Berle is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Milton Berle Colorectal cancer - Milton Berle was an American comedian and actor. As the host of NBC's Texaco Star Theater, he was the first major American television star and was known to millions of viewers as "Uncle ...more

James Coburn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
James Coburn Myocardial infarction - James Harrison Coburn III was an American actor. He was featured in more than 70 films and made 100 television appearances during his 45-year career, winning an Academy Award for his supporting ...more

Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dudley Moore Progressive supranuclear palsy, Pneumonia - Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE was an English actor, comedian, musician and composer. Moore first came to prominence in the UK as one of the four writer-performers in the comedy revue Beyond the ...more

Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Billy Wilder Pneumonia - Billy Wilder was an Austrian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films. He is regarded as one of the most ...more

Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Joe Strummer Congenital heart defect - John Graham Mellor, known by his stage name Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of the Clash, ...more

Aileen Wuornos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Aileen Wuornos Lethal injection, Capital punishment - Aileen Carol Wuornos was an American serial killer who killed seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990. Wuornos claimed that her victims had either raped or attempted to rape her while she was ...more

Rod Steiger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Rod Steiger Pneumonia - Rodney Stephen "Rod" Steiger was an American actor known for his performances in such films as On the Waterfront, The Big Knife, Oklahoma!, The Harder They Fall, Across the Bridge, The ...more

Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Richard Harris Hodgkin's lymphoma - Richard St John Harris was an Irish actor, singer, theatrical producer, film director and writer. He appeared on stage and in many films, appearing as Frank Machin in This Sporting Life, and ...more

Linda Lovelace is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Linda Lovelace Traffic collision - Linda Susan Boreman, more commonly referred to by her previous stage name Linda Lovelace, was an American pornographic actress famous for her performance in the 1972 hardcore porn film Deep ...more

Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dee Dee Ramone Heroin overdose - Douglas Glenn Colvin, known professionally as Dee Dee Ramone, was a German-American songwriter and musician, best known as founding member, songwriter and bassist for punk rock band the Ramones. ...more

Myra Hindley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Myra Hindley Myocardial infarction -

John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
John Entwistle Drug overdose, Myocardial infarction - John Alec Entwistle was an English musician, songwriter, singer, film and music producer, who was best known as the bass guitarist for English rock band The Who. He was the only member of the ...more

Katy Jurado is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Katy Jurado Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Renal failure - Katy Jurado, was a Mexican actress who had a successful film career both in Mexico and in Hollywood. Jurado had already established herself as an actress in Mexico in the 1940s when she came to ...more

Nobu McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Nobu McCarthy Aortic aneurysm - Nobu McCarthy was a Japanese Canadian actress, stage director, and fashion model.

Stephen Jay Gould is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Stephen Jay Gould Cancer, Lung cancer - Stephen Jay Gould was an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and historian of science. He was also one of the most influential and widely read writers of popular science of his ...more

Dave Thomas is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dave Thomas Liver tumour - Rex David "Dave" Thomas was an American businessperson and philanthropist. Thomas was the founder and chief executive officer of Wendy's, a fast-food restaurant chain specializing in ...more

Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Lionel Hampton Cardiovascular disease - Lionel Leo Hampton was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, bandleader and actor. Hampton worked with jazz musicians from Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Buddy Rich to ...more

Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Ted Williams Cardiovascular disease - Theodore Samuel "Ted" Williams was an American Major League Baseball left fielder, and later manager. Williams played his entire 19-year major league career for the Boston Red Sox from ...more

Chuck Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Chuck Jones Heart failure - Charles Martin "Chuck" Jones was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts ...more

Peggy Lee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Peggy Lee Cardiovascular disease, Myocardial infarction, Diabetes mellitus - Peggy Lee was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer and actress, in a career spanning six decades. From her beginning as a vocalist on local radio to singing with Benny ...more

Lou Thesz is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Lou Thesz Surgical complications - Aloysius Martin "Lou" Thesz was an American professional wrestler and six-time world champion, most notably holding the NWA World Heavyweight Championship three times. Combined, he ...more

John Gotti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
John Gotti Cancer of the larynx - John Joseph Gotti, Jr. was an American mobster who became the boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City. Gotti and his brothers grew up in poverty and turned to a life of crime at an ...more

Davey Boy Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Davey Boy Smith Myocardial infarction - David "Davey" Boy Smith was a British professional wrestler. Born in Golborne, Wigan, Smith is best known for his appearances in the United States with the World Wrestling Federation ...more

Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Layne Staley Heroin overdose - Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he founded with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, ...more

Herb Ritts is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Herb Ritts Pneumonia - Herb Ritts is a photographer, music video director and an actor.

Josh Ryan Evans is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Josh Ryan Evans Heart failure, Surgical complications - Joshua Ryan "Josh" Evans was an American actor who became known for his role of Timmy in the soap opera Passions. Though he was 17 years old when Passions debuted, Evans had the ...more

John Rawls is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
John Rawls John Bordley Rawls was an American moral and political philosopher. He held the James Bryant Conant University Professorship at Harvard University and the Fulbright Fellowship at Christ Church, ...more

Spike Milligan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Spike Milligan Renal failure - Sir Terence Alan "Spike" Milligan KBE was a comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright, soldier and actor of Irish and English parentage and Irish nationality. His early life was ...more

Cyrinda Foxe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Cyrinda Foxe Brain tumor - Cyrinda Foxe was an American actress, model and publicist, best known for her role in Andy Warhol's Bad. She was married to both David Johansen, of the New York Dolls, and Steven Tyler, of the ...more

Edith Bouvier Beale is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Edith Bouvier Beale Myocardial infarction - Edith Bouvier Beale was an American socialite, fashion model and cabaret performer. She was a first cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Lee Radziwill. She is best known as "Little ...more

Paul Wellstone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Paul Wellstone Aviation accident or incident - Paul David Wellstone was an American academic and politician who represented Minnesota in the United States Senate from 1991 until his death in a plane crash in 2002. A member of the Democratic ...more

Irish McCalla is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Irish McCalla Brain tumor, Stroke - Nellie Elizabeth "Irish" McCalla was an American actress and artist best known as the title star of the 1950s television series Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. Sheena co-starred actor ...more

Pim Fortuyn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Pim Fortuyn Firearm, Assassination, Murder - Wilhelmus Simon Petrus Fortuijn, known as Pim Fortuyn, was a Dutch politician, civil servant, sociologist, author and professor who formed his own party, Pim Fortuyn List in 2002. Fortuyn ...more

Wahoo McDaniel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Wahoo McDaniel Complications of diabetes mellitus, Renal failure - Edward "Wahoo" McDaniel was a Choctaw-Chickasaw Native American who achieved fame as a professional American football player and later as a professional wrestler. He is notable for ...more

Waylon Jennings is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Waylon Jennings Diabetes mellitus - Waylon Arnold Jennings was an American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor. Jennings began playing guitar at 8 and began performing at 12 on KVOW radio. His first band was The Texas ...more

Angelo Buono, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Angelo Buono, Jr. Myocardial infarction - Angelo Anthony Buono, Jr. was an American serial killer, kidnapper and rapist. Buono and his cousin Kenneth Bianchi together are known as the Hillside Stranglers.

Jack Buck is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Jack Buck Parkinson's disease, Lung cancer, Pneumonia - John Francis "Jack" Buck was an American sportscaster, best known for his work announcing Major League Baseball games of the St. Louis Cardinals. Buck's play-by-play work earned him ...more

Ruth Handler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Ruth Handler Surgical complications - Ruth Marianna Handler was an American businesswoman and inventor. She served as the president of the toy manufacturer Mattel Inc., and is remembered for her role in marketing the Barbie doll.

Catya Sassoon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Catya Sassoon Myocardial infarction - Catya "Cat" Sassoon was an American actress, singer and former model.

Lisa Lopes is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Lisa Lopes Traffic collision - Lisa Nicole Lopes, better known by her stage name Left Eye, was an American rapper, singer, dancer, musician, and songwriter. She achieved fame as a member of the R&B girl group TLC. Lopes ...more

Evelyn Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Evelyn Hernandez Murder -

Kevyn Aucoin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Kevyn Aucoin Drug overdose, Liver failure - Kevyn James Aucoin was an American make-up artist, photographer and author.

Elisa Bridges is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Elisa Bridges Drug overdose, Heroin overdose - Elisa Rebeca Bridges was an American actress and model. She is Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for December 1994, and Playboy's Video Playmate of the Month for September 1996. She ...more

Nozomi Momoi is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Nozomi Momoi Nozomi Momoi was a popular and prolific Japanese AV idol, gravure model and idol, known for her "baby face that topped off a huge set of boobs" She appeared in over 100 movies, ...more

Hansie Cronje is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Hansie Cronje Aviation accident or incident - Wessel Johannes "Hansie" Cronje was a South African cricketer and captain of the South African national cricket team in the 1990s. He died in a plane crash in 2002. He was voted the ...more

Jason Mizell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Jason Mizell Firearm, Murder - Jason William Mizell, better known by his stage name Jam Master Jay, was an American musician and rapper. He was the DJ of the influential hip hop group Run–D.M.C. During the 1980s, Run-D.M.C. ...more

John Wieners is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
John Wieners John Joseph Wieners was an American poet.

Timothy Findley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Timothy Findley Timothy Irving Frederick Findley, OC, O.Ont was a Canadian novelist and playwright. He was also informally known by the nickname Tiff or Tiffy, an acronym of his initials.

Alton Coleman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Alton Coleman Lethal injection, Capital punishment - Alton Coleman was an American spree killer. He was executed by the state of Ohio for the murder of 43-year-old Marlene Walters of Norwood, Ohio during a six-state killing spree in 1984.

George Nader is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
George Nader Cerebral infarction, Renal cell carcinoma, Pneumonia - George Nader was an American film and television actor. He appeared in a variety of films from 1950 through 1974, including Phone Call from a Stranger, Congo Crossing, and The Female Animal. ...more