Famous Deaths in October 1969

  • Oct 2 Katharine Susannah Prichard, novelist (Black Opal), dies at 85
  • Oct 3 Skip James, American blues musician (b. 1902)
  • Oct 4 Vibart Wight, cricketer (member of WI 1st Test touring 1928), dies
  • Oct 4 Natalino Otto, Italian singer (b. 1912)

Person of interestWalter Hagen

Oct 6 Walter Hagen, US PGA golfer (won 11 majors, US Open 1914, 19), dies at 76

Golfer Walter Hagen
Golfer
Walter Hagen
  • Oct 6 Walter Hagan, American golfer (11 PGA Tour major wins), dies of throat cancer at 76
  • Oct 7 Léon Scieur, Belgian cyclist (b. 1888)
  • Oct 8 Eduardo Ciannelli, Italian actor (Foreign Correspondent, Gunga Din), dies at 80
  • Oct 12 Serge Poliakoff, Russ/French painter, dies
  • Oct 12 Sonja Henie, Norwegian ice skater (Olympic gold 1928,32,36) and actress (My Lucky Star), dies from leukemia at 57
  • Oct 14 Arnie Herber, American NFL quarterback (Green Bay Packers, NY Giants), dies at 59
  • Oct 15 Rod La Rocque, American actor (Mystery Woman), dies at 70
  • Oct 15 Shermake, president of (Somalia), murdered

Person of interestJack Kerouac

Oct 21 Jack Kerouac, American (Doctor Sax, On the Road), dies at 47

Writer Jack Kerouac
Writer
Jack Kerouac
  • Oct 21 Waclaw Sierpinski, Polish mathematician (Sierpinski triangle), dies at 87
  • Oct 22 Giovanni Martinelli, Italian opera singer (NY Met), dies on 84th birthday
  • Oct 23 Tommy Edwards, rocker, dies at 47
  • Oct 24 Otto Jochum, German composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 27 Jaime Pahissa, composer, dies at 89
  • Oct 28 Constance Dowling, actress (Blind Spot), dies of cardiac arrest at 49
  • Oct 29 Vic Richardson, cricketer (Aussie capt 1935-36), dies
  • Oct 30 Pops Foster, American musician (b. 1892)
  • Oct 31 Hugo Pfister, Swiss composer, dies at 55