Famous People Who Died in October 1999

  • Oct 1 Lena Zavaroni, Scottish singer and child star ("Ma! (He's Making Eyes At Me)"), dies of bronchial pneumonia at 35
  • Oct 2 Heinz G. Konsalik, German novelist (b. 1921)
  • Oct 3 Akio Morita, Japanese businessman (b. 1921)
  • Oct 4 Art Farmer, American trumpet player (Farmer's Market, The Jazztet), dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Oct 4 Bernard Buffet, French painter (Expressionism), dies at 71
  • Oct 4 Erik Brødreskift (aka Grim), Norwegian black metal musician (b. 1969)
  • Oct 6 Amália Rodrigues, Portuguese fado singer, dies at 79
  • Oct 6 Francis Turner, American civil engineer (oversaw the Interstate Highway System), dies at 90
  • Oct 6 Gorilla Monsoon, American pro wrestler (Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame) and commentator (WWF), dies from heart failure at 62
  • Oct 7 David A. Huffman, American computer scientist, creator of Huffman coding, dies at 74
  • Oct 7 Deryck Guyler, British actor (Please Sir!, Sykes), dies at 85
  • Oct 7 Rev. Bruce Ritter, American Catholic priest and controversial founder of charity New York City based Covenant House, dies of cancer at 72
  • Oct 8 John McLendon, American basketball coach (b. 1915)
  • Oct 9 Akhtar Hameed Khan, pioneer of Microcredit in developing countries (b. 1914)
  • Oct 9 Milt Jackson, American jazz vibraphonist (Modern Jazz Quartet), pianist, and composer ("Bags Groove"), dies of cancer at 76
  • Oct 9 Morris West, Australian novelist (Shoes of the Fisherman), dies at 83
  • Oct 10 John Hadfield, British author and publisher (Love on a Branch Line), dies at 92
  • Oct 11 Zbigniew Wiszniewski, Polish composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 12 Robert Marsden Hope, Australian Justice and Royal Commissioner, dies at 80

Wilt Chamberlain

Oct 12 Wilt Chamberlain, American College / Basketball HOF center (4 x NBA MVP; 13 x All Star; NBA C'ship 1967, 72 [MVP]; Philadelphia/SF Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers, LA Lakers), dies of heart failure at 63

  • Oct 14 Julius Nyerere, Tanzanian politician and 1st President of Tanzania (1964-1985), dies at 77
  • Oct 14 Richard B Shull, American character actor (Diana, Holmes & Yoyo), dies at 70
  • Oct 16 Jean Shepherd, American writer and actor (A Christmas Story), dies at 78
  • Oct 17 Nicholas Metropolis, Greek-American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist, dies at 84
  • Oct 17 Ralph Grey, Baron Grey of Naunton, Governor of Northern Ireland (1968-73), dies at 89
  • Oct 18 Herbert Heckmann, German writer, dies at 69
  • Oct 18 Tony Crombie, English jazz drummer and bandleader, dies at 74
  • Oct 19 James C. Murray, American politician (b. 1917)
  • Oct 19 Nathalie Sarraute [Tcherniak], French writer (Childhood; Portrait of a Man Unknown; The Golden Fruits), dies at 99
  • Oct 20 Calvin Griffith, Canadian baseball team owner (Washington Senators/Minnesota Twins 1955-84), dies at 87

Jack Lynch

Oct 20 Jack Lynch, Irish politician and Taoiseach (1966-73 and 1977-79), dies at 82

  • Oct 21 Ahmet Taner Kışlalı, Turkish politician, journalist, and educator, assassinated at 60
  • Oct 21 John Bromwich, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1939, 46 / 13 Grand Slam doubles titles), dies at 80

Payne Stewart

Oct 25 Payne Stewart, American golfer (US Open 1991, 99; PGA 1989), dies in a plane crash at 42

  • Oct 26 Hoyt Axton, American songwriter, singer ("No No Song"; "Joy To The World"; "I've Never Been To Spain"), and actor (McCloud; Gremlins; The Rousters), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Oct 27 Charlotte Perriand, French architect and furniture designer (Unité d'habitation), dies at 96
  • Oct 27 Frank De Vol, American composer (theme songs to Family Affair, The Brady Bunch), dies at 88
  • Oct 27 Lois Collier [Madelyn Earle Jones], American actress (A Night in Casablanca, Boston Blackie, Slave Girl), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 80
  • Oct 27 Robert Mills, American physicist (quantum field theory), dies at 72
  • Oct 28 Robert Linn, American composer, dies at 72
  • Oct 29 Greg [Michel Régnier], Belgian comic-book writer and artist (Achille Talon), dies at 68
  • Oct 30 Nise da Silveira, Brazilian psychiatrist (made advances in occupational therapy), dies at 94
  • Oct 31 Greg Moore, Canadian race car driver (b. 1975)