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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
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
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
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
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
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
Lethal injection, Capital punishment
Aileen Carol Wuornos was an American

Rod Steiger is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
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
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
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
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
Myocardial infarction

John Entwistle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 2002
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Pneumonia
Herb Ritts is a photographer, music video director and an actor.