Famous Deaths in October 2015

  • Oct 1 Don Edwards, American politician and civil rights champion (Rep-D-CA, 1963-94), dies at 100
  • Oct 2 Brian Friel, Irish dramatist "Irish Chekhov" (Dancing at Lughnasa), dies at 86
  • Oct 3 Denis Healey, English politician (Labour Chancellor of the Exchequer), dies at 98
  • Oct 4 Neal Walk, American basketball player (Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Jazz, NY Knicks), dies at 67
  • Oct 5 Henning Mankell, Swedish playwright and author (Wallander novels), dies of cancer at 67
  • Oct 5 Chantal Akerman, Belgium film director (Akermania, Je Tu II Elle), dies at 65
  • Oct 6 Árpád Göncz, Hungarian politician, 1st post-communist President (1990-2000), dies at 93
  • Oct 6 Billy Joe Royal, American country and pop singer (Down in the Boondocks), dies at 73
  • Oct 6 Kevin Corcoran, American actor (Swiss Family Robinson, Babes in Toyland), dies at 66
  • Oct 6 Sandra Spuzich, American LPGA golfer, dies at 78
  • Oct 8 Paul Prudhomme, American cajun chef (K-Paul), dies at 75
  • Oct 8 Jim Diamond, Scottish singer/songwriter (I Should Have Known Better), dies at 64
  • Oct 8 Hugh Scully, British TV presenter (The Antiques Roadshow), dies at 72
  • Oct 9 Geoffrey Howe, British politician (Chancellor and Foreign Secretary under Thatcher), dies at 88
  • Oct 9 Gordon Honeycombe, British broadcaster/author, dies at 79
  • Oct 9 Richard F. Heck, American chemist who discovered the Heck Reaction (Nobel Prize 2010), dies at 84
  • Oct 10 Hilla Becher (née Wobeser), German artist, worked collaboratively with husband Bernd Becher, dies at 81
  • Oct 11 Dean Chance, American baseball pitcher, dies at 74
  • Oct 12 Joan Leslie, American actress (High Sierra, Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 90
  • Oct 12 George Mueller, NASA Systems Engineer (managed 1969 Moon landing), dies at 97
  • Oct 14 Mathieu Kérékou, Dictator and President of Benin (1973-91, 1996-2006), dies at 82
  • Oct 17 Howard Kendall, English footballer and football manager (Everton), dies at 69
  • Oct 17 Danièle Delorme, [Gabrielle Girard], French actress (Pardon My Affair), dies at 89
  • Oct 20 Cory Wells [Emil Lewandowski], American rock vocalist (3 Dog Night-Joy to the World), dies at 74
  • Oct 20 Don Rendell, English jazz musician and arranger, dies at 89
  • Oct 21 Marty Ingels, American comedian (I'm Dickens He's Fenster), dies at 79
  • Oct 23 Jimmy [James] Roberts, Canadian NHL defenceman (1st Blues draft pick), dies at 75
  • Oct 24 Maureen O'Hara [FitzSimons], Irish-American actress and singer (Miracle on 34th St, The Quiet Man), dies at 95
  • Oct 25 Lisa Jardine, British historian and writer, dies of cancer at 71
  • Oct 29 Murphy Anderson, American comic artist (DC Comics), dies at 89
  • Oct 30 Al Molinaro, American actor (Murray-Odd Couple, Al-Happy Days), dies at 96
  • Oct 30 Mel Daniels, American professional basketball player (Hall of Fame 2012), dies at 71
  • Oct 31 Gus Savage, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1981- 93), dies at 90