Famous Deaths in October 2002

  • Oct 1 Walter Annenberg, American publisher (Triangle-TV Guide) and philanthropist, dies at 94
  • Oct 2 Heinz von Foerster, Austrian-born physicist and philosopher (b. 1911)
  • Oct 3 Bruce Paltrow, American television and film producer (b. 1943)
  • Oct 3 Robert Krausz, Stock market advisor and investor (b. 1936)
  • Oct 4 Alphonse Chapanis, founder of ergonomics (b. 1917)
  • Oct 4 André Delvaux, Belgian film director and screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • Oct 4 William "Buddy" Lester, American comedian and actor (Barney Miller, Phil Silvers Show), dies at 85
  • Oct 5 Chuck Rayner, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1920)
  • Oct 6 Claus von Amsberg, husband of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands (b. 1926)
  • Oct 8 Jacques Richard, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1952)
  • Oct 8 Phyllis Calvert [Bickle], British actress (Crash of Silence, The Man in Grey), dies at 87
  • Oct 9 Charles Guggenheim, American film director and producer (b. 1924)
  • Oct 9 Aileen Wournos, American serial killer sentenced to death (b. 1956)
  • Oct 9 Anwar Hussain, Pakistani cricketer (four Tests for Pakistan v India 1952-53), dies at 82
  • Oct 10 Teresa Graves, American actress and singer (b. 1948)
  • Oct 11 Dina Pathak [Ghandi], Indian Gujarati theatre actress, director and activist (President-National Federation of Indian Women), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Oct 12 Ray Conniff, American bandleader and musician (Ray Conniff Singers), dies at 85
  • Oct 12 Audrey Mestre, French diver (b. 1974)

Person of interestStephen E. Ambrose

Oct 13 Stephen E. Ambrose, American historian (Band of Brothers), dies of lung cancer at 66

  • Oct 13 Keene Curtis, American character actor (The Rothschilds, Cheers, Amanda's), dies at 79
  • Oct 13 Dennis Patrick, American actor (Dear Dead Delilah, Dallas, Rituals), dies in a house fire at 84
  • Oct 14 Norbert Schultze, American composer and songwriter (b. 1911)
  • Oct 16 Angela Dawson, American murder victim
  • Oct 17 Derek Bell, Irish harpist (The Chieftans) (b. 1935)
  • Oct 17 Aileen Riggin, American springboard diver (Olympic gold 1920, 24), dies at 96
  • Oct 18 Nikolai Rukavishnikov, cosmonaut (b. 1932)
  • Oct 18 Roman Tam, Hong Kong singer (b. 1950)
  • Oct 18 Kam Fong [Chun], American actor (Hawaii Five-0, Magnum, P.I.), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • Oct 18 Wynand Breytenbach, South African soldier and politician, Deputy Minister of Defense (1986-94), dies at 67
  • Oct 20 Barbara Berjer, American actress (b. 1920)
  • Oct 20 Bernard Fresson, French actor (b. 1931)
  • Oct 22 Queen Geraldina of the Albanians (b. 1915)
  • Oct 23 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (b. 1915)
  • Oct 24 Herman Gaviria, Colombian football player (b. 1969)
  • Oct 24 Winton M. Blount, United States Postmaster General (b. 1921)
  • Oct 24 Harry Hay, American activist (b. 1912)
  • Oct 24 Mary Jeanette "Peggy" Moran, American actress (Double Date, Horror Island), dies from injuries at 84

Person of interestRichard Harris

Oct 25 Richard Harris, Irish actor (A Man Called Horse, This Sporting Life) and singer (MacArthur Park) dies of Hodgkin's disease at 72

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris
  • Oct 26 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, dies at 94
  • Oct 26 Movsar Barayev, Chechen militant (b. 1979)
  • Oct 27 Tom Dowd, American recording engineer (b. 1925)
  • Oct 28 Margaret Booth, American film editor (b. 1898)
  • Oct 28 Erling Persson, Swedish entrepreneur (b. 1917)
  • Oct 29 Glenn McQueen, American animator (b. 1960)
  • Oct 30 Jam Master Jay, American rapper and musician (Run DMC) (b. 1965)
  • Oct 30 Juan Antonio Bardem, Spanish director and screenwriter (b. 1922)
  • Oct 31 Lionel Poilâne, French baker and entrepreneur, dies at 57
  • Oct 31 Michail Stasinopoulos, Greek politician and 1st President of Greece, dies at 99
  • Oct 31 Raf Vallone, Italian actor (b. 1916)