Famous Deaths in October 1997

  • Oct 1 Gul Mohammed, world's shortest man (22.1"/56.16 cm), dies at 36
  • Oct 1 Jerome H. Lemelson, American inventor, (held more than 600 patents), dies at 74
  • Oct 3 Alfred Leslie Rowse, historian, dies at 93
  • Oct 5 Andrew Keir, actor (Rob Roy, Absolution, Blood Hunt), dies at 71
  • Oct 5 Dave Marr, golfer/commentator, dies at 63
  • Oct 5 Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler (b. 1962)
  • Oct 6 Johnny Vander Meer, pitched consecutive no-hitters, dies at 82
  • Oct 8 Brown Meggs, CEO (Capitol Records), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • Oct 8 Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  • Oct 8 Robin Lee, American figure skater, dies at 77
  • Oct 9 Arthur Tracy, radio personality (Street Singer), dies at 98

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Oct 12 John Denver, American country music star (Country Boy), dies in a plane crash at 53

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  • Oct 13 Adil Carcani, prime minister of Albania (1982-91), dies
  • Oct 13 Richard Mason, English author (The World of Suzie Wong), dies at 78
  • Oct 14 Harold Robbins, salacious novelist, dies at 81
  • Oct 16 Audra Lindley, actress (Helen Roper-3's Company, Ropers), dies at 79
  • Oct 16 James Mitchner, author (Hawaii), dies of kidney failure at 90
  • Oct 16 James Michener, American writer (b. 1907)
  • Oct 17 Paul Edwin Zimmer, sci-fi writer, dies of heart attack at 54
  • Oct 18 Bill Rotsler, cartoonist/writer, dies of cancer at 62
  • Oct 18 Nancy Dickerson, American pioneering journalist, 1st female news correspondent (CBS), dies at 70
  • Oct 18 Roberto C Goizueta, CEO (Coca-Cola), dies of lung cancer at 65
  • Oct 19 Glen Buxton, guitarist (Alice Cooper), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • Oct 21 Dolph Camilli, Bkln Dodger/MVP (1941), dies at 90
  • Oct 22 Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (b. 1905)
  • Oct 23 Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • Oct 23 Luther George Simjian, Turkish-American Inventor (teleprompter and first self-posing portrait camera), dies at 92
  • Oct 24 Don Messick, cartoon voice (Astro-Jetsons, Bamm Bamm), dies at 62
  • Oct 28 Toni Carabillo, writer (Feminist Chronicles), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • Oct 28 Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • Oct 29 Anton LaVey, American founder of the Church of Satan, dies at 67
  • Oct 30 Sam Fuller, director/writer (Big Red One), dies at 86
  • Oct 31 Wilfrid Ewart Oulton, airman, dies at 86