Famous People Who Died 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 A. L. Rowse, British author and historian, dies at 93
  • Oct 5 Andrew Keir, Scottish character actor (Rob Roy, Absolution, Blood Hunt, Catholics), dies at 71
  • Oct 5 Brian Pillman, American professional wrestler, dies at 35
  • Oct 5 Dave Marr, American golfer (PGA Championship 1965), and broadcaster, dies of stomach cancer at 63
  • Oct 6 Johnny Vander Meer, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1938-39, 42-43; World Series 1940; Cincinnati Reds), dies of an abdominal aneurysm at 82
  • Oct 7 Friedrich Zipp, German composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 8 Bertrand Goldberg, American architect (b. 1913)
  • Oct 8 Brown Meggs, CEO (Capitol Records), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 66
  • Oct 8 Robin Lee, American figure skater, dies at 77
  • Oct 9 Arthur Tracy, American radio personality (The Street Singer), dies at 98
  • Oct 10 George Malcolm, British keyboard player and conductor (Westminster Cathedral Master of the Music, 1947-59), dies at 80

John Denver

Oct 12 (Henry) John Denver [Deutschendorf], American pop songwriter ("Leaving On A Jet Plane"), country-pop singer ("Sunshine On My Shoulders"; "Calypso"; "Thank God I'm A Country Boy"), and actor (Oh, God!), dies in a solo plane crash at 53

  • 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 16 Adam Kennedy, American actor (The Californians) screenwriter (The Domino Principle), novelist (Just Like Humphrey Bogart), and painter, dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Oct 16 Audra Lindley, American actress (Three's Company; The Ropers;, The Relic), dies of complications from leukemia at 79
  • Oct 16 James A. Michener, American author (South Pacific; Sayonara), dies of kidney failure at 90
  • 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, American guitarist (Alice Cooper) and composer, dies at 49
  • Oct 19 Harold French, British director and actor (The Cavalier of the Streets, Trio, Quartet), dies at 97
  • Oct 19 Pilar MirĂ³, Spanish screenwriter and director (Wether, Beltenebros), dies at 57
  • Oct 20 Henry Vestine, American guitarist (Canned Heat), dies of heart and respiratory failure at 52
  • Oct 21 Dolph Camilli, Bkln Dodger/MVP (1941), dies at 90
  • Oct 22 Harry Goodman, American jazz bassist, and sometimes tuba player, dies at 91
  • 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 Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschlegelsteinhausen, longest personal name, dies at possibly 83 (birth date disputed)
  • Oct 24 Don Messick, American cartoon voice (Scooby-Doo, Bamm Bamm Rubble), dies at 62
  • Oct 28 Paul Jarrico, American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • Oct 28 Toni Carabillo, writer (Feminist Chronicles), dies of lymphoma at 71
  • Oct 29 Anton LaVey, American founder of the Church of Satan, dies at 67
  • Oct 30 Samuel Fuller, American screenwriter and director (Shock Corridor, The Big Red One), dies from natural causes at 85
  • Oct 31 Wilfrid Oulton, British Royal Air Force officer, dies at 86