On This Day

Famous People Who Died 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 3 John Weitz, American author and fashion designer (Friends in High Places), dies at 79
  • 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 (Laugh-in, Get Christie Love!), dies in a fire at her home at 54

  • 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 diver (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1920, 24), dies at 96
  • Oct 17 Fred Scolari, American basketball point guard (NBA All-Star 1952, 53; Washington Capitols; Baltimore Bullets), dies at 80
  • Oct 17 (George) Derek Bell, Northern Irish harpist, pianist, oboist, musicologist, and composer (The Chieftans; "Three Images of Ireland in Druid Times"), dies of a heart attack at 66 [1]
  • Oct 18 Nikolay Rukavishnikov, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 10, 16, 33), dies at 70
  • 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 Elizabeth Pakenham, Countess of Longford, British historian, dies at 96

  • Oct 23 Adolph Green, American lyricist and playwright (It's Always Fair Weather), dies at 87
  • Oct 23 Marianne Hoppe, German theater and film actress (Der Schimmelreiter), dies at 93
  • 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 25 Paul Wellstone, American politician (Sen-D-Minnesota 1991-2002), dies in a plane crash at 58
  • Oct 26 Jacques Massu, French general who led Battle of Algiers, dies at 94
  • Oct 26 Movsar Barayev, Chechen Islamist militia leader during the Second Chechen War, dies at 23
  • Oct 27 Tom Dowd, American recording engineer and producer (innovator of multitrack recording), dies of emphysema at 77
  • 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 30 William Mitchell, British physicist, dies at 77
  • 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 (A View From the Bridge), dies at 86