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I'm guessing on this one, but I don't think you can, not out of the box anyways.
The User Information List caches the details of a user so that things like "modified by" can be certain they point to something. Deleting the user merely prevents that account from accessing the site in the future. I'm not clear on whether it prevents that user from being referenced going forward in a people lookup.
If you are using MOSS the problem is compounded because the User Information Lists stored in each site are not synced with the profile database that MOSS manages (crazy!!!).
You could write some code (Powershell) that connects to the list and deletes the user. As I said, I really don't know what that would do to pages that referenced the user though (probably throw an error).
That's my thought on the subject anyways. Perhaps somebody else thinks otherwise.
I could easily be proved from if you try following the instructions to manually delete a user and see what happens: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepointserver/HA101190221033.aspx
I would try it myself, but I think people would get grumpy at me if I deleted them for EE (don't have a test environment handy at the moment).
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