Famous People Who Died in October 2012

  • Oct 1 Eric J. Hobsbawm, British Marxist historian, dies from pneumonia at 95
  • Oct 2 Big Jim Sullivan [Tomkins], British session and touring rock guitarist, sitar, and banjo player, dies of heart disease and diabetes at 71
  • Oct 3 (Kathryn) "Kathi" McDonald, American blues and rock singer (Ike & Tina Turner Revue; Big Brother & The Holding Company), and songwriter, dies at 64
  • Oct 5 Edvard Mirzoyan, Armenian composer, dies at 91
  • Oct 5 Keith H.S. Campbell, British biologist, dies at 58
  • Oct 6 Chadli Bendjedid, Algerian president, dies from cancer at 83
  • Oct 6 Raoul de Keyser, Flemish painter, dies at 82
  • Oct 7 John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer (New York Art Quartet), dies at 76
  • Oct 7 Mervyn Dymally, Trinidadian-born American politician (Rep-D-CA, 1981-93), dies at 86
  • Oct 9 Harris Savides, American cinematographer., dies from brain cancer at 55
  • Oct 9 Theo Olof, German-Dutch violinist and concert master, dies at 88
  • Oct 10 Alex Karras, American NFL player, dies from kidney failure at 77
  • Oct 10 Kyaw Zaw, Burmese politician and soldier, dies at 92
  • Oct 10 Sam Gibbons, American politician (Rep-D-FL, 1963-97), dies at 92
  • Oct 11 John Junior "Champ" Summers, American MLB player, dies from kidney cancer at 66
  • Oct 13 Gary Collins, American actor (6th Sense, Home Show), dies from natural causes at 74
  • Oct 13 Helmut Haller, German soccer forward (33 caps West Germany; FC Augsburg, Bologna FC, Juventus), dies from Parkinson's disease and dementia at 73
  • Oct 13 Marc Awodey, American artist and writer, dies at 51
  • Oct 14 Arlen Specter, American Senator (Republican-PA, 1981- 2011), dies at 82
  • Oct 14 Kyle Bennett, American BMX racer, dies in a traffic collision at 33
  • Oct 15 Axel Borup-Jørgensen, composer (Nordisk Sommerpastorale; Thalatta! Thalatta!), dies at 87
  • Oct 15 Claude Cheysson, French politician (Minister of Foreign Affairs), dies at 92

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Oct 15 King of Cambodia (1941-55 and 1993-2004), Chief of State (1960-70), independence campaigner and film producer, dies from a heart attack at 89

  • Oct 16 Eddie Yost, American MLB player, dies from cardiovascular disease at 86
  • Oct 17 Stanford Robert Ovshinsky, American inventor and scientist, dies from prostate cancer at 89
  • Oct 17 Sylvia Maria Kristel, Dutch actress, dies from throat and liver cancer at 60
  • Oct 18 David Spencer Ware, American free jazz saxophonist, dies at 62
  • Oct 19 Fiorenzo Magni, Italian road cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1948, 51, 55; Tour of Flanders 1949, 50, 51), dies from an aneurysm at 91
  • Oct 21 Dann Cahn, American film editor, dies of natural causes at 89
  • Oct 21 George McGovern, American politician and Presidential candidate (D-1972), dies at 90
  • Oct 21 Yash Chopra, Indian director (Waqt), dies from dengue fever and multiple organ failure at 80
  • Oct 22 Arthur Jensen, American psychologist, dies at 89
  • Oct 22 Russell Means, Native American activist, dies from esophageal cancer at 72
  • Oct 22 Wilson Whineray, New Zealand rugby union prop (32 Tests [30 as captain]; Auckland RFU), dies at 77
  • Oct 24 Anita Björk, Swedish actress (Miss Julie, Loving Couples, Night People), dies at 89
  • Oct 24 Jeff Blatnick, American wrestler (Olympic gold 1984), dies at 55
  • Oct 24 Margaret Osborne DuPont, American tennis player (6-time Grand Slam singles winner), dies at 94
  • Oct 25 Jacques Barzun, French author (The House of Intellect), dies at 104
  • Oct 25 John Connelly, English footballer (20 English caps), dies from cancer at 74
  • Oct 26 Alan Stretton, Australian general (managed the response to 1974 Cyclone Tracey in Darwin), dies at 90
  • Oct 27 Hans Werner Henze, German composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 27 Terry Callier, American soul, folk and jazz guitarist, and singer-songwriter ("What Color Is Love"), dies of cancer at 67
  • Oct 28 Jack Dellal, British property investor/multi-millionaire, dies from natural causes at 83
  • Oct 31 Brian Cobby, British actor (Evita, The Nudist Story) and the first male voice of the British speaking clock, dies from health complications at 83
  • Oct 31 Konstantin Vyrupayev, Soviet wrestler (Greco-Roman Bantamweight Olympic Gold 1956), dies at 82