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 and broadcaster (Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Sportsnet), dies of ventricular arrhythmia at 44

Person of interestJanet Leigh

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

Actress Janet Leigh
Actress
Janet Leigh
  • Oct 4 Gordon Cooper, American astronaut (b. 1927)
  • Oct 4 Rio Diaz, Filipino actress & TV hosts (b. 1959)

Person of interestRodney Dangerfield

Oct 5 Rodney Dangerfield, American comedian (Caddyshack), dies at 82

Comedian and Actor Rodney Dangerfield
Comedian and Actor
Rodney Dangerfield
  • 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
  • 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, American baseball player (b. 1963)

Person of interestChristopher 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 singer (b. 1952)
  • Oct 18 Veerappan, Indian bandit and smuggler (b. 1945)
  • Oct 19 Elliott Smith, American Singer Songwriter(b. 1969)
  • Oct 20 Anthony Hecht, American poet (b. 1923)
  • 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 and actor (NY Metropolitan Opera), dies at 87
  • Oct 23 Edward Toner Cone, American pianist, composer and pedagogue, dies at 87
  • Oct 24 Randy Dorton, American race car crew member (b. 1954)
  • 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 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

Person of interestVaughn Meader

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

Comedian and Musician Vaughn Meader
Comedian and Musician
Vaughn Meader
  • 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