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The following is a list of notable deaths in 2002. Names are listed under the date of death and not the date it was announced. Names under each date are listed in alphabetical order by family name.

Deaths of notable animals (that is, those with their own Wikipedia articles) are also reported here.

A typical entry lists information in the following sequence:

  • Name, age, country of citizenship and reason for notability, established cause of death, reference.

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  • Aykut Barka, 50, Turkish scientist, car accident.
  • Bonnie Mealing, 89, Australian swimmer and Olympic silver medalist.
  • Carol Ohmart, 74, American actress and model.
  • Julia Phillips, 57, American film producer and author, cancer.
  • Catya Sassoon, 33, American actress, singer and former model, heart attack after drug overdose.

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  • Waylon Jennings, 64, country music performer, actor, disc jockey, former member of Buddy Holly's band.

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  • Roy Calvert, 88, New Zealand World War II air force officer.

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  • Rico Yan, 27, Filipino movie & TV actor.

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  • Alton Coleman, 46, convicted spree killer, execution by lethal injection.
  • Steve Tshwete, 63, South African politician and activist.

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  • Sam Snead, 89, American golfer, complications from a stroke.

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  • Joseph Bau, 81, Polish/Israeli artist, philosopher, animator, comedian, and poet, pneumonia.
  • Susie Garrett, 72, African American actress and jazz vocalist, cancer.
  • Toshihito Ito, 40, Japanese actor, Subarachnoid hemorrhage.
  • Xi Zhongxun, 88, Chinese communist revolutionary.

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  • Kenny Craddock, 52, British instrumentalist, composer and producer, car crash.
  • John B. Keane, 73, Irish playwright, novelist and essayist.
  • Takhir Sabirov, 72, Tajik film director, actor, screenwriter, and art director.

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  • Pearl Dunlevy, 92, Irish physician and epidemiologist.
  • Fran Rogel, 74, American football player, Parkinson's disease.
  • Alice Stewart, 95, British physician and epidemiologist.
  • Lew Wasserman, 89, American talent agent and studio executive, complications from a stroke.
  • Sam Whipple, 41, American actor, cancer.

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  • Pedro "El Rockero" Alcazar, 26, Panamanian boxer; died after losing his world Flyweight championship to Fernando Montiel in Las Vegas the night before.

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  • Metin Toker, 78, Turkish journalist and one time politician.

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  • Ken Coleman, 78, American radio and television sportscaster.
  • Wesley Willis, 40, American singer-songwriter and visual artist, leukemia.

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  • Mitsuo Ikeda, 67, Japanese freestyle wrestler and Olympic gold medalist.
  • Neil Shields, 83, British politician and businessman.

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  • Jack Lee, 89, British film director.
  • Ze'ev, 79, Israeli caricaturist and illustrator.

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  • Andre DeToth, 89, Hungarian-American film director, aneurysm.
  • Tom Dowd, 77, American recording engineer and producer, emphysema.
  • Edor Hjukström, 86, Swedish military officer and Olympic skier.
  • Baby Lloyd Stallworth, 61, American singer, dancer, songwriter, musician, choreographer, and recording artist, complications of diabetes.

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  • Eddie Bracken, 87, actor.
  • Mir Qazi, 38, Pakistani convicted criminal, executed by lethal injection in Virginia.

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  • Abba Eban, 88, Israeli foreign affair minister.

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  • Stan Rice, 60, painter, educator, poet, husband of author Anne Rice, cancer.
  • To Huu, 82, Vietnamese poet and politician.

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  • Rolston James, 26, Trinidadian international football player, homicide.

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