On This Day

Famous People Who Died in October 2004

  • Oct 1 Richard Avedon, American photographer (b. 1923)
  • Oct 1 Bruce Palmer, Canadian bassist (Buffalo Springfield), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Oct 3 John Cerutti, American baseball pitcher (Toronto Blue Jays) and broadcaster (Rogers Sportsnet), dies of ventricular arrhythmia at 44

Janet Leigh

Oct 3 Janet Leigh [Jeanetta Morrison], American actress (Psycho), dies at 77

  • Oct 4 Gordon Cooper, American astronaut (b. 1927)
  • Oct 4 Rio Diaz, Filipino actress & TV hosts (b. 1959)
  • Oct 5 Maurice Wilkins, New Zealand-born English physicist (Nobel 1962-X-ray diffraction studies of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) proved crucial to the determination of DNA’s molecular structure by James D. Watson and Francis Crick), dies at 87 [1] [2]
  • Oct 5 William H. Dobelle, American biomedical engineer (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2013 nominee), dies at 62
  • Oct 7 Ken Bigley, British civil engineer, kidnapped and murdered in Iraq (b. 1942)
  • Oct 7 Hildy Park, American actress and writer (To Tell the Truth), dies of a stroke at 78
  • Oct 8 Jacques Derrida, French philosopher (b. 1930)
  • Oct 8 James Chace, American historian (b. 1931)
  • Oct 10 Ken Caminiti, MLB third baseman, 1987-2001, (Houston Astros, San Diego Padres, and 3 other teams; NL MVP- 1996), dies of a drug overdose at 41

Christopher Reeve

Oct 10 Christopher Reeve, American actor (Superman, Somewhere in Time), dies of an adverse reaction to an antibiotic at 52

  • Oct 10 Arthur H. Robinson, American cartographer (b. 1915)
  • Oct 10 Maurice Shadbolt, New Zealand writer (Season of the Jew), dies at 72
  • Oct 11 Keith Miller, Australian cricketer (one of Australia's best ever all-rounders), dies at 84
  • Oct 13 Enrique Fernando, Chief Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, dies at 89
  • Oct 14 Vlassis Bonatsos, Greek singer, actor and entertainer (b. 1949)
  • Oct 14 Conrad Russell, 5th Earl Russell, British historian, dies at 67
  • Oct 16 Pierre Salinger, American newsman (ABC) and press secretary (John F. Kennedy), dies at 79
  • Oct 17 Uzi Hitman, Israeli pop singer-songwriter, actor, and television personality, dies of a heart attack at 22)
  • Oct 18 Veerappan, Indian bandit and smuggler (b. 1945)
  • Oct 20 Anthony Hecht, American poet, dies at 81
  • Oct 20 Chuck Hiller, American MLB second baseman (first NL player in history to hit a grand slam HR in World Series play, 1962), dies from leukemia at 70
  • Oct 22 Samuel Lee Gravely Jr., American naval officer, First African American fleet commander, dies at 82
  • Oct 22 Alastair Down, CEO (Burmah Oil), dies at 90
  • Oct 23 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1945-76), and actor, dies at 87
  • Oct 23 Edward Toner Cone, American pianist, composer and pedagogue, dies at 87
  • Oct 24 Randy Dorton, American race car engine builder (Director of Engine Operations Hendrick Motorsports; 9 x NASCAR C'ships), dies in a plane crash at 50
  • Oct 24 Ricky Hendrick, American auto racer and team owner (NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series 1 win, 23 top 10s), dies in plane crash at 24
  • Oct 24 James Cardinal Hickey, American Catholic archbishop (b. 1920)
  • Oct 25 John Peel, English DJ and Broadcaster dies of a heart attack aged 65
  • Oct 26 Bobby Ávila, Mexican Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman (MLB All-Star 1952, 54, 55; AL batting champion 1954; Cleveland Indians), dies of diabetes and lung ailment at 80
  • Oct 27 Serginho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1974)
  • Oct 27 Claude Helffer, French classical pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • Oct 27 Lester Lanin, American orchestra leader (40 Beatle Hits), dies at 97
  • Oct 28 Jimmy McLarnin, Northern Irish-born boxer (b. 1907)
  • Oct 28 Gil Mellé, American jazz saxophonist and composer, dies at 72
  • Oct 29 Edward Oliver LeBlanc, Dominican politician, dies at 81

Vaughn Meader

Oct 29 Vaughn Meader, American comedian and musician, dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 68 (b. 1936)

  • Oct 29 Peter Twinn, English mathematician (b. 1916)
  • Oct 30 Margaret O'Rene "Peggy" Ryan, American dancer and actress (Hawaii Five-0), dies at 80