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Famous People Who Died in 2002

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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
Dec. at 94 (1908-2002) from New York City, New York, United States of America
Milton Berle (born Mendel Berlinger; Yiddish: ‏מענדעל בערלינגער‎; July 12, 1908 – March 27, 2002) was an American comedian and actor. Berle's career as an entertainer spanned over 80 years, ...more
James Coburn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 74 (1928-2002) from USA, Nebraska, Laurel
James Harrison Coburn III (August 31, 1928 – November 18, 2002) was an American actor. He featured in more than 70 films, largely action roles, and made 100 television appearances during a ...more
Dudley Moore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 67 (1935-2002) from England, London
Dudley Stuart John Moore, CBE (19 April 1935 – 27 March 2002) was an English actor, comedian, musician and composer. Moore first came to prominence in the UK as one of the four writer-performers ...more
Billy Wilder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 96 (1906-2002) from Sucha Beskidzka, Poland
Billy Wilder (; German: [ˈvɪldɐ]; born Samuel Wilder, June 22, 1906 – March 27, 2002) was an Austrian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist whose career spanned ...more
Joe Strummer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 50 (1952-2002) from Turkey, Ankara
John Graham Mellor (21 August 1952 – 22 December 2002), known by his name from May of 1975, Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, composer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, ...more
Aileen Wuornos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 46 (1956-2002) from Rochester, Michigan, United States of America
Aileen Carol Wuornos Pralle (; born Aileen Carol Pittman; February 29, 1956 – October 9, 2002) was an American serial killer who murdered seven men in Florida between 1989 and 1990 by shooting ...more
Rod Steiger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 77 (1925-2002) from Westhampton, USA, New York
Rodney Stephen Steiger (April 14, 1925 – July 9, 2002) was an American actor, noted for his portrayal of offbeat, often volatile and crazed characters. Cited as "one of Hollywood's most ...more
Richard Harris is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 72 (1930-2002) from Limerick, Republic of Ireland
Richard St. John Harris (1 October 1930 – 25 October 2002) was an Irish actor and singer. He appeared on stage and in many films, appearing as Frank Machin in This Sporting Life, for which he ...more
Dee Dee Ramone is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 51 (1951-2002) from Fort Lee, Virginia, United States of America
Douglas Glenn Colvin (September 18, 1951 – June 5, 2002), known professionally as Dee Dee Ramone, was an American musician, singer and songwriter best known as founding member, songwriter, ...more
Myra Hindley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 60 (1942-2002) from Crumpsall, United Kingdom
John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 58 (1944-2002) from Chiswick, London, England
John Alec Entwistle (9 October 1944 – 27 June 2002) was an English bass guitarist, singer, songwriter, and film and music producer. In a music career that spanned more than 40 years, Entwistle ...more
Katy Jurado is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 78 (1924-2002) from Mexico, Mexico City
María Cristina Estela Marcela Jurado García (16 January 1924 – 5 July 2002), better known as Katy Jurado, was a Mexican actress of film, television, and theater. Jurado began her ...more
Nobu McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 68 (1934-2002) from Ottawa, Canada
Nobu McCarthy (née Atsumi; November 13, 1934 – April 6, 2002) was a Japanese Canadian actress, fashion model, and stage director.
Stephen Jay Gould is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 61 (1941-2002) from Bayside, New York City, New York, United States of America
Stephen Jay Gould (; September 10, 1941 – May 20, 2002) was an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science. He was also one of the most influential and widely read ...more
Dave Thomas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 70 (1932-2002) from Atlantic City, New Jersey
Rex David Thomas (July 2, 1932 – January 8, 2002) was an American businessman, philanthropist, and fast-food tycoon. Thomas was the founder and chief executive officer of Wendy's, a fast-food ...more
Lionel Hampton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 94 (1908-2002) from Louisville, Kentucky, United States of America
Lionel Leo Hampton (April 20, 1908 – August 31, 2002) was an American jazz vibraphonist, pianist, percussionist, and bandleader. Hampton worked with jazz musicians from Teddy Wilson, Benny ...more
Ted Williams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 84 (1918-2002) from San Diego, California, United States of America
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) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 90 (1912-2002) from Spokane, Washington, United States of America
Charles Martin Jones (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002) was an American animator, filmmaker, cartoonist, author, artist, and screenwriter, best known for his work with Warner Bros. ...more
Peggy Lee is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 82 (1920-2002) from Jamestown, North Dakota, United States of America
Norma Deloris Egstrom (May 26, 1920 – January 21, 2002), known professionally as Peggy Lee, was an American jazz and popular music singer, songwriter, composer, and actress, in a career spanning ...more
Lou Thesz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 86 (1916-2002) from Banat, Michigan
Aloysius Martin "Lou" Thesz (April 24, 1916 – April 28, 2002) was an American professional wrestler. A fifteen-time world champion, he held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship three ...more
John Gotti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 62 (1940-2002) from New York City, New York
Davey Boy Smith is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 40 (1962-2002) from Golborne, United Kingdom
David Smith (27 November 1962 – 18 May 2002) was a British professional wrestler. Born in Golborne, Lancashire, Smith is best known for his appearances in the United States with the World ...more
Layne Staley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 35 (1967-2002) from Kirkland, Washington, United States of America
Layne Thomas Staley (born Layne Rutherford Staley, August 22, 1967 – April 5, 2002) was an American musician best known as the original lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in ...more
Herb Ritts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Dec. at 50 (1952-2002) from Los Angeles, California, United States of America
Herbert "Herb" Ritts Jr. (August 13, 1952 – December 26, 2002) was an American fashion photographer and director prolific for his photographs of celebrities, models, and other cultural ...more
Josh Ryan Evans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
Josh Ryan Evans Dec. at 20 (1982-2002) from USA, Hayward, California
Joshua Ryan Evans (January 10, 1982 – August 5, 2002) was an American actor who became known for his role of Timmy Lenox in the soap opera Passions. Though he was 17 years old when Passions ...more