Famous Deaths in October 1971

  • Oct 2 Bola de Nieve, Cuban singer, pianist, and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • Oct 3 Leah Baird, writer (Jungle Bride), dies of anemia at 88
  • Oct 3 Sean O Riada, composer, dies at 40
  • Oct 4 Edit Angold, actor (Suspense, Molly, Blue Angel), dies at 76
  • Oct 8 Christopher Dark, actor (Man Behind the Badge), dies at 51
  • Oct 8 Johanna Bordewijk-Roepman, composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 10 John Cawte Beaglehole, New Zealand historian (b. 1901)
  • Oct 11 Chester Conklin, actor (Greed, Modern Times), dies at 83
  • Oct 11 Chesty Puller, the most decorated Marine in history (b. 1898)
  • Oct 12 Dean G Acheson, US foreign minister (1949-53), dies at 78
  • Oct 12 Gene Vincent, rocker, dies of bleeding ulcers at 36
  • Oct 13 Stafford Smythe, Canadian NHL executive (b. 1921)
  • Oct 15 Sylvester Magee, last living American slave and oldest person who ever lived, dies at 130
  • Oct 19 Alberto Pirelli, Italian industrial, dies at 89
  • Oct 19 Betty Bronson, actress (Naked Kiss), dies after brief illness at 64
  • Oct 21 Etienne Gailly, Belgian marathoner (Oly-bronze-48), dies at 48
  • Oct 21 Raymond Hatton, actor (Girls in Prison), dies of heart attack at 84
  • Oct 24 Carl Ruggles, US composer (Evocations), dies at 95
  • Oct 24 Chuck Hughes, Detroit Lion collapses during game & later, dies
  • Oct 24 Fernand Quinet, Belgian composer/conductor (Guerre), dies at 73
  • Oct 25 Albertus W "Albert" van Dalsum, actor/director (King Lear), dies at 82
  • Oct 26 Robert Gordon director/writer (Loveless), dies at 76
  • Oct 26 Vincent Coleman, American actor (b. 1901)
  • Oct 28 Yves de La Casiniere, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 29 Duane Allman, rock guitarist, dies in a motorcycle accident at 24
  • Oct 30 Osvald Chlubna, composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 31 Gerhard von Rad, German old testament expert, dies at 70