Famous People Who Died In 2001

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 2001. This list includes people like George Harrison, Aaliyah, Jennifer Syme, R. K. Narayan, Jack Lemmon and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include novelists, poets, political leaders and journalists who died in 2001. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, India & France and many more countries.
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Aaliyah
(Best Known as 'Princess of R&B' & 'Queen of Urban Pop')
Aaliyah
160
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 16, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: August 25

Aaliyah was an American singer, actress and model, who became famous when her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number sold three million copies in the US. Her subsequent albums also sold in millions and won her numerous accolades. She also acted in some films. She tragically died in an airplane crash in the Bahamas, at the age of 22.

 2 
George Harrison
(Achieved Fame As the Lead Guitarist of the Beatles)
George Harrison
96
Birthdate: February 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: November 29

Gaining fame as the lead guitarist of the rock band, the Beatles, English musician, George Harrison, helped broaden the scope of popular music in the Western world. He was also successful as a solo performer and released many best-selling albums. He was named in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time

 3 
Dale Earnhardt
(One of the Greatest Drivers in NASCAR History)
Dale Earnhardt
23
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kannapolis, North Carolina, United States
Died: February 18

Dale Earnhardt was an American stock car driver who raced in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series from 1975 to 2001. Considered one of the greatest drivers in the history of NASCAR, Earnhardt won 76 Winston Cup races and seven Winston Cup championships in an illustrious career spanning 40 years. In 2010, he was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

 4 
Jack Lemmon
16
Birthdate: February 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 27
John Lemmon is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning roles in Mister Roberts and Save the Tiger, and his Emmy-winning performance in Tuesdays with Morrie. His narration in Harry S Truman: A Journey to Independence earned him a Grammy nomination. He collaborated with Walter Matthau in many projects.
 5 
Sir Donald Bradman
(Australian Cricketer Who is Considered the Greatest Batsman of All Time)
Sir Donald Bradman
19
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 27, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cootamundra, Australia
Died: February 25

Australian cricketer, Sir Donald Bradman, is widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. He started playing cricket as a young man and scored numerous records within a few years. In a career spanning around two decades, he retired with a career test batting average of 99.94. He retained a pre-eminent position in the game for decades following his retirement. 

 6 
Anthony Quinn
(Best Known for His Roles in the films 'Viva Zapata!' and 'Lust for Life')
Anthony Quinn
47
Birthdate: April 21, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chihuahua, Mexico
Died: June 3
Mexican-American actor Anthony Quinn is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning roles in Viva Zapata! and Lust for Life. He also delivered stellar performances in the films Zorba the Greek, Wild Is the Wind, and The Guns of Navarone. He had exhibited his artwork and also written two memoirs.
 7 
Carroll O’Connor
17
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 2, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: June 21

Carroll O'Connor was an American actor, director, and producer. In a TV career that spanned 40 years, O'Connor popularized several fictional characters, including Archie Bunker from the sitcom All in the Family, for which he received four Emmy Awards. In 1996, he was ranked 38th on the 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list published by TV Guide.

 8 
Joey Ramone
(Lead vocalist of the punk rock band the Ramones)
Joey Ramone
15
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Forest Hills, New York, United States
Died: April 15
Joey Ramone revolutionized punk rock with his band the Ramones. He was known for his distinctive hiccups, croons, and snarls, which he incorporated in his songs. He was also part of the activist group Artists United Against Apartheid. He died at 49, after a 7-year struggle with lymphoma.
 9 
Thuy Trang
(Vietnamese-American Actress, Known for Her Role as ‘Trini Kwan’ in the TV Series ‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers’)
Thuy Trang
37
Birthdate: December 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Died: September 3

Thuy Trang was a Vietnamese-American actress who is remembered for her portrayal of the first Yellow Ranger on the popular TV series Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Unfortunately, she joined the infamous 27 Club when she passed away after suffering internal injuries caused by a car accident on September 3, 2001, in San Francisco, California, USA.

 10 
Ahmad Shah Massoud
(Afghan Political Leader and Guerilla Commander Who Served as Minister of Defense of Afghanistan from 1992 to 2001)
Ahmad Shah Massoud
74
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 2, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bazarak, Afghanistan
Died: September 9

Ahmad Shah Massoud was an Afghan military commander and politician. From 1979 to 1989, he played an important role in the Soviet-Afghan War, where he served as a powerful guerrilla commander. He was nicknamed Lion of Panjshir for his role in the war. Massoud was assassinated by Al-Qaeda in 2001. His death anniversary is observed as a national holiday in Afghanistan.

 11 
Douglas Adams
(Author of the BBC Radio Comedy Series "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy")
Douglas Adams
16
Birthdate: March 11, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cambridge, England
Died: May 11

English author, screenwriter, and essayist, Douglas Adams, is most remembered for his comedy science fiction series The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. As a screenwriter, he wrote two stories for the TV series Doctor Who. He advocated for environmentalism and spoke about environmental issues in his non-fiction radio series Last Chance to See.

 12 
Troy Donahue
11
Birthdate: January 27, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 2

Troy Donahue was an American actor and singer. During the 1950s and 1960s, Donahue became known as a popular sex symbol. He was also one of the most bankable stars during the early-1960s and was ranked the 20th most popular American star in 1963. The creation of Troy McClure, a character from The Simpsons, was inspired by Troy Donahue.

 13 
Perry Como
(Singer)
Perry Como
11
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 18, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: May 13
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 14 
William Hanna
(Creator of Popular Cartoon Characters Such as 'Tom and Jerry', 'The Flintstones' and 'Scooby-Doo')
William Hanna
9
Birthdate: July 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Melrose, New Mexico, United States
Died: March 22
William Hanna was an American animator, best known for creating popular cartoon characters such as Tom and Jerry, the Flintstones, and Scooby-Doo. He co-founded the Hanna-Barbera company, along with his longtime partner Joseph Barbera. Their team had produced more than 3,000 half-hour shows for 150 television cartoon series that won seven Academy Awards and eight Emmy Awards.
 15 
Ray Walston
(Actor & Comedian)
Ray Walston
4
Birthdate: November 2, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, U.S.
Died: January 1
 16 
Rick Rescorla
(British American Private Security Specialist Who Saved Thousands of Lives During 9/11)
Rick Rescorla
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 27, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hayle, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Died: September 11

Rick Rescorla was a British American police officer, soldier, private security specialist, and educator. He is best remembered for saving thousands of lives by anticipating the 9/11 attacks and implementing evacuation procedures while serving as the director of security for the banking and financial services firm, Morgan Stanley, at the ill-fated WTC on September 11. Rescorla died during the attacks.

 17 
Christiaan Barnard
(Cardiac Surgeon)
Christiaan Barnard
3
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: November 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beaufort West, South Africa
Died: September 2
Born to a preacher father of modest means, Christiaan Barnard completed his medical school on scholarships. In December 1967, he revolutionized medical science by performing the first human heart transplant by transplanting 25-year-old accident victim Denise Darvall’s heart into 53-year-old chronic heart patient grocer Louis Washkansky.
 18 
Katharine Graham
(American Newspaper Publisher and Heiress Who Led 'The Washington Post' (1963 - 1991))
Katharine Graham
5
Birthdate: June 16, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 17

The daughter of American publisher and financier Eugene Meyer, Katharine Graham later carried forward her family’s newspaper, The Washington Post. While the newspaper was initially handed over to her husband, Philip Graham, by her father, she took over as the owner, following Philip’s suicide. She later penned a Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir.

 19 
Chet Atkins
(Guitarist, Jazz musician, Record producer, Jazz guitarist, Classical guitarist, Songwriter)
Chet Atkins
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Luttrell
Died: June 30
 20 
John Lee Hooker
(Guitarist, Singer, Singer-songwriter, Musician, Composer)
John Lee Hooker
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 22, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Coahoma County
Died: June 21
 21 
Carwood Lipton
(United States Army Officer)
Carwood Lipton
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Huntington, West Virginia
Died: December 16

Carwood Lipton was a United States army officer who served during World War II. Lipton, who played a major role in the Battle of Normandy and Battle of the Bulge, was honored with three Purple Hearts and two Bronze Star medals. In the popular TV war drama miniseries Band of Brothers, Carwood Lipton was portrayed by actor Donnie Wahlberg.

 22 
Eugene Sledge
(Biologist, Soldier, Academic, University teacher, Writer)
Eugene Sledge
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mobile
Died: March 3

Eugene Sledge was a US Marine, author, and university professor. He is remembered for chronicling his Second World War combat experiences in a memoir titled With the Old Breed, which was used as source material for a television documentary miniseries titled The War. The memoir also inspired the 2010 HBO miniseries, The Pacific, where Sledge was played by Joseph Mazzello.

 23 
Claude Shannon
(Mathematician, Engineer & Cryptographer Known as a 'Father of Information Theory')
Claude Shannon
9
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: April 30, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Petoskey, Michigan, United States
Died: February 24

Claude Shannon was an electrical engineer, mathematician, and cryptographer. He is credited with publishing the article A Mathematical Theory of Communication which gave rise to the field of information theory. Hence, Shannon is considered the father of information theory. He is also credited with founding digital circuit design theory. During World War II, he contributed to the field of cryptanalysis.

 24 
David Graf
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry’ in the ‘Police Academy’ Film Series)
David Graf
5
Birthdate: April 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zanesville, Ohio, United States
Died: April 7
David Graf is best known as Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry from the Police Academy film franchise. He has appeared in series such as Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and The West Wing, too. He has also been part of the Screen Actors Guild national board.
 25 
Berry Berenson
(Actress, Model and Photographer)
Berry Berenson
8
Birthdate: April 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Murray Hill, New York, United States
Died: September 11

Berry Berenson was an American actress, photographer, and model. Apart from appearing on films alongside actors like Jeff Bridges and Anthony Perkins, Berenson also contributed as a photographer; her works were featured in popular magazines like Newsweek, Glamour, Vogue, and Life. Berry Berenson died aboard American Airlines Flight 11 during the September 11 attacks. 

 26 
Dieter Dengler
(Second Captured U.S. Airman to Escape Enemy Captivity During the Vietnam War)
Dieter Dengler
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wildberg, Germany
Died: February 7

Dieter Dengler was a German-born American aviator who served the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He was caught and tortured by the enemies for over six months, after which Dengler escaped from captivity, becoming only the second U.S. airman to escape captivity during the war. The experience was documented by Dieter Dengler in his book, Escape From Laos.

 27 
Maureen Reagan
(American Political Activist)
Maureen Reagan
9
Birthdate: January 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: August 8
 28 
Dorothy McGuire
9
Birthdate: June 14, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: September 13
 29 
Jennifer Syme
(Actress)
Jennifer Syme
19
Birthdate: December 7, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pico Rivera, California
Died: April 2

In her short career, American actress Jennifer Syme acted in few films like Lost Highway and also worked as musician DaveNavarro's personal assistant. She briefly dated Hollywood actor Keanu Reeves. The couple broke up after the death of their daughter who was stillborn. Tragically, the actress died at the young age of 28, when her vehicle crashed into a row of parked cars.

 30 
Birendra of Nepal
(King of Nepal from 1972 to 2001)
Birendra of Nepal
22
Birthdate: December 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: June 1
Nepalese king Birendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev, true to his royal lineage, had received an elite education at institutes such as Eton and Harvard. His murder, by his own son, Dipendra, during a dinner party massacre in 2001, that killed almost the entire Nepalese royal family, shocked the world.
 31 
Dale Evans
(Actress)
Dale Evans
3
Birthdate: October 31, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uvalde, Texas, United States
Died: February 7
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 32 
Emilie Schindler
(Oskar Schindler's Wife)
Emilie Schindler
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moravia, Czechia
Died: October 5

Emilie Schindler is best remembered as the wife of Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist who saved over a thousand Jews from the Nazis by employing them at his factory and later inspired the iconic Steven Spielberg movie Schindler's List. She later fled to Argentina with Oskar but was abandoned by him.

 33 
Kathleen Freeman
8
Birthdate: February 17, 1919
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 23
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 34 
R. K. Narayan
(Indian Author Known for His known for His Work Set in the Fictional South Indian Town of Malgudi)
R. K. Narayan
113
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 10, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: May 13

Remembered as one of the greatest authors of Indian literature in English, R. K. Narayan created the iconic character Swami and related his experiences set in the fictional town of Malgudi. The Sahitya Akademi and Padma Vibhushan winner was also the brother of cartoonist R.K. Laxman.

 35 
Nigel Hawthorne
(Actor)
Nigel Hawthorne
6
Birthdate: April 5, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Coventry, England
Died: December 26
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 36 
Anne Haney
(Actress)
Anne Haney
2
Birthdate: March 4, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: May 26
 37 
Mary Kay Ash
(Businesswoman)
Mary Kay Ash
12
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 12, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hot Wells, Cypress, Texas, United States
Died: November 22
 38 
Arlene Francis
(Actress & Radio Talk Show Host)
Arlene Francis
3
Birthdate: October 20, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 31
 39 
Lewis Arquette
3
Birthdate: December 14, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: February 10
 40 
Ann Sothern
(Former actress in the 1949 film, A Letter to Three Wives)
Ann Sothern
8
Birthdate: January 22, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Valley City, North Dakota, United States
Died: March 15
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
 41 
Robert Ludlum
(Author of 27 thriller novels, best known as the creator of Jason Bourne from the original The Bourne Trilogy series.)
Robert Ludlum
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: March 12
 42 
Imogene Coca
(Actress)
Imogene Coca
6
Birthdate: November 18, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 2
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 43 
Tove Jansson
(Finnish Penwoman and the Author of the Children’s Book Series 'Moomin')
Tove Jansson
6
Birthdate: August 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: June 27
Finnish author Tove Jansson was the woman behind the phenomenally successful children’s books and comics on the fictional white hippo-like creatures she called Moomins. While the Moomins books have been translated into more than 50 languages, Jansson’s literary works also include several other novels and short stories.
 44 
Foster Brooks
(Actor)
Foster Brooks
11
Birthdate: May 11, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA
Died: December 20
 45 
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
(American Aviator and Writer Who Became the First Woman to Receive a U.S. Glider Pilot License)
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 22, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey
Died: February 7

Anne Morrow Lindbergh was an American aviator and writer. She is best remembered for her exploratory flights along with her husband and pioneer aviator, Charles Lindbergh. Anne was the first woman to earn a US glider pilot license in 1930. In 1996, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame.

 46 
Ken Kesey
(Novelist & Essayist Known for His Novels: ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest’ & ‘Sometimes a Great Notion’)
Ken Kesey
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 17, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: La Junta, Colorado, United States
Died: November 10
Ken Kesey was a prolific American essayist, novelist, and counterculture figure who defined the Psychedelic Era. Renonwed as the hero of the hippie movement in the 1960s, he garnered critical and commercial success for his novels One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Sometimes a Great Notion. He was imprisoned for five months for marijuana possession. 
 47 
Michael Williams
(Actor)
Michael Williams
5
Birthdate: July 9, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: January 11
 48 
Whitman Mayo
(Actor)
Whitman Mayo
7
Birthdate: November 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 22
 49 
Peter Griffith
(Actor)
Peter Griffith
3
Birthdate: October 23, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Died: May 14
 50 
Chuck Schuldiner
(Musician)
Chuck Schuldiner
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States
Died: December 13