On This Day

Famous People Who Died in October 2006

  • Oct 1 Jerald Tanner, American religious activist (b. 1938)
  • Oct 1 André Viger, French Canadian wheelchair marathoner (3 Paralympics gold medals), dies from cancer at 54
  • Oct 2 Helen Chenoweth-Hage, American politician (b. 1938)
  • Oct 2 Tamara Dobson, American actress (Amazons; Cleopatra Jones), dies of complications from pneumonia and multiple sclerosis, at 59
  • Oct 2 Paul Halmos, Hungarian-born American mathematician (b. 1916)
  • Oct 2 Milly Vitale, Italian actress (7 Little Foys, War & Peace, Juggler), dies at 73
  • Oct 3 Alberto Ramento, Filipina bishop (b. 1937)
  • Oct 3 John Crank, British mathematician (b. 1913)
  • Oct 3 Peter Norman, Australian track star (b. 1942)
  • Oct 4 Tom Bell, English actor on stage, television and film (b. 1933)
  • Oct 4 Oskar Pastior, Romanian-born German writer, dies at 78
  • Oct 5 Jennifer Moss, English Actress (b. 1945)
  • Oct 5 Antonio Peña, Mexican founder of lucha libre promotion AAA (b. 1953)
  • Oct 6 Puck Brouwer, Dutch athlete (b. 1930)
  • Oct 6 Eduardo Mignogna, Argentinian film director (b. 1940)

Buck O'Neil

Oct 6 Buck O'Neil, American baseball player (Kansas City Monarchs, 1st African-American coach in Major League Baseball), dies at 94

  • Oct 6 Wilson Tucker, American writer (b. 1914)
  • Oct 6 Alex L. Shigo, American Biologist and Plant Pathologist, dies at 76
  • Oct 6 Valentin Muratov, Russian gymnast (4 gold, 1 silver medals 1952, 1956 Olympics), dies at 78
  • Oct 6 Alex Shigo, American Biologist and plant pathologist known for his study of tree decay and contributions to modern arboricultural practices, dies at 76
  • Oct 7 Anna Politkovskaya, Russian journalist and human rights activist, dies at 48
  • Oct 9 Paul Hunter, English snooker player (Masters 2001, 02, 04), dies from neuroendocrine tumours at 27
  • Oct 9 Raymond Noorda, American co-founder and long time CEO of Novell (b. 1924)
  • Oct 10 Michael John Rogers, English ornithologist (b. 1932)
  • Oct 10 Ian Scott, Canadian politician (b. 1934)
  • Oct 11 Cory Lidle, American baseball pitcher (b. 1972)
  • Oct 11 Howard Kerzner, Chief Executive Officer of Kerzner International (b. 1964)
  • Oct 11 Benito Martínez, Haitan born Cuban who claimed to be the oldest living person at 126 (b. 1880)
  • Oct 12 Gillo Pontecorvo, Italian film director (b. 1919)
  • Oct 13 Wang Guangmei, Chinese first lady (b. 1921)
  • Oct 14 Jared Anderson, American bassist (b. 1975)
  • Oct 14 Freddy Fender [Baldemar Huerta], American rock, country and Tejano singer ("Wasted Days And Wasted Nights"; "Before The Next Teardrop Falls"; Texas Tornados - "A Man Can Cry"), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • Oct 14 Maurice Grosse, British paranormal investigator (b. 1919)
  • Oct 14 Nancy Lynn, American aviator (b. 1956)
  • Oct 14 Gerry Studds, American politician (Rep-D-MA, 1973-97), first openly gay member of US Congress, dies at 69
  • Oct 15 Derek Bond, British actor (Nicholas Nickelby, Armchair Theatre), dies at 86
  • Oct 16 Valentín Paniagua Corazao, Ex President of Peru (b. 1936)
  • Oct 16 Ross Davidson, British actor (b. 1949)
  • Oct 16 Tommy Johnson, American orchestral and session tuba player (theme to "Jaws"), dies from cancer and kidney failure at 71
  • Oct 16 Lister Sinclair, Canadian broadcaster and playwright (b. 1921)
  • Oct 17 Daniel Emilfork, French actor (b. 1924)
  • Oct 17 Christopher Glenn, American newscaster (b. 1938)
  • Oct 18 Mario Francesco Cardinal Pompedda (b. 1929)
  • Oct 18 Anna Russell, English music satirist and composer, dies at 94
  • Oct 19 James Glennon, American cinematographer, dies at 64
  • Oct 19 Phyllis Kirk [Kirkegaard], American actress (Thin Man, Red Button's Show), dies at 79

Jane Wyatt

Oct 20 Jane Wyatt, American actress (Father Knows Best), dies at 96

  • Oct 20 Frank Vicari, American jazz, session, and touring saxophonist (Maynard Ferguson; Woody Herman; Tom Waits; Saturday Night Live), dies at 75
  • Oct 21 Rene Gerber, Swiss composer, dies at 98
  • Oct 22 Choi Kyu-hah, President of South Korea, dies at 87
  • Oct 22 Arthur Hill, Canadian actor (Owen Marshall, Glitter), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 84
  • Oct 22 Richard Mayes, British actor (Doctor Who, Emmerdale), dies of a stroke at 83
  • Oct 23 Lebo Mathosa, South African entertainer (b. 1977)
  • Oct 24 Enolia McMillan, American civil rights activist (b. 1904)
  • Oct 24 William Montgomery Watt, Islamic studies scholar, orientalist and historian (b. 1909)
  • Oct 26 Pontus Hultén, Swedish art collector and museum director (b. 1924)
  • Oct 26 Tillman Franks, American country music bassist, songwriter and artist manager (Webb Pierce), dies at 86
  • Oct 27 Joe Niekro, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1979; NL wins leader 1979; Houston Astros; World Series 1987; NY Yankees), dies from a brain aneurysm at 61
  • Oct 27 Brad Will, American anarchist and independent journalist (b. 1970)
  • Oct 27 Marlin McKeever, American NFL linebacker (Pro Bowl 1966; LA Rams), dies from injuries suffered in a fall at 66

Red Auerbach

Oct 28 Red Auerbach, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, general manager (Boston Celtics, 9-time NBA champion), dies of a heart attack at 89

Trevor Berbick

Oct 28 Trevor Berbick, Jamaican boxer (WBC heavyweight champion 1986), dies from blows to the head by his nephew at 52

  • Oct 28 Marijohn Wilkin, American songwriter ("One Day at a Time"), dies of heart disease at 86
  • Oct 29 Mohammadu Maccido, 18th Sultan of Sokoto (b. 1928)
  • Oct 30 Junji Kinoshita, Japanese playwright (b. 1914)
  • Oct 30 Clifford Geertz, American anthropologist (symbolic anthropology), dies at 80

P. W. Botha

Oct 31 P. W. Botha, South African politician (President of South Africa, 1984-89; Prime Minister, 1977-84), dies at 90