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Famous Deaths in October 1973

  • Oct 1 Joe Devlin, actor (Sam-Dick Tracy), dies at 74

Person of interestPaavo Nurmi

Oct 2 Paavo Nurmi, Finnish middle & long distance runner (9 Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), dies of Atherosclerosis at 76

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • Oct 2 Paul Hartman, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Inherit the Wind), dies at 69
  • Oct 6 Arnold Maria Walter, Canadian composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 6 Dennis Price, English actor ( Kind Hearts and Coronets, Separate Tables), dies at 58 (b. 1915)
  • Oct 6 Sidney Blackmer, American actor (played Ted Roosevelt in 7 movies, Rosemary's Baby), dies of cancer at 78
  • Oct 7 Habib Rajab, South African trader and collector of oriental art who fought against a takeover of the Grey Street complex by White traders, dies at 58
  • Oct 8 Gabriel Marcel, writer, dies
  • Oct 10 Albe [Renaut A. Joostens], Flemish writer (Paradise Bird), dies at 71
  • Oct 14 Edmund A. Chester, American broadcaster and journalist (b. 1897)
  • Oct 16 Gene Krupa, US jazz and swing drummer (Sing Sing Sing), dies at 64
  • Oct 17 Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian author and poet (Gott von Manhattan), dies at 47
  • Oct 18 Crane Wilbur, American director and writer (Bat, Canon City, Yellow Cargo), dies at 86
  • Oct 18 Frank Knight, TV announcer (Chronoscope), dies at 79
  • Oct 18 Walt Kelly, American cartoonist and animator (Pogo), dies at 60
  • Oct 18 Margaret Caroline Anderson, American magazine publisher (b. 1886)
  • Oct 18 Leo Strauss, German-American political philosopher, dies at 74
  • Oct 21 Arabi El Goni, VP/Chad parliament, murdered
  • Oct 21 Nasif Est√©fano, Argentine racing driver (b. 1932)
  • Oct 22 Pablo Casals [Pau Casals i Defill√≥], Spanish cellist, conductor and composer, dies at 96
  • Oct 24 Jack Iverson, Australian cricketer (5 Tests 21 wickets S1024 15 23), dies at 58
  • Oct 25 G Paul H Schuitema, graphically designer/photographer, dies

Person of interestAbebe Bikila

Oct 25 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian Olympic marathon champion (Olympic gold, marathon 1960, 64) and Africa's first world record breaking athlete in any sport, who won the 1960 Olympics marathon barefoot, dies of a brain haemorrhage at 41

Athlete Abebe Bikila
Athlete
Abebe Bikila
  • Oct 27 Allan "Rocky" Lane, American western cowboy actor (voice of Mr Ed, Red Ryder), dies from cancer at 64
  • Oct 28 Taha Hussein, Egyptian writer (b. 1889)
  • Oct 28 Sergio Tofano, Italian actor (b. 1883)
  • Oct 29 Heathcote Dicken Statham, English composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 30 Ernst-Lothar von Knorr, composer, dies at 77