Famous People Who Died in October 2014

  • Oct 1 Lynsey de Paul, British singer and actress (Sugar Me), dies from a brain hemorrhage at 66

Jean-Claude DuvalierJean-Claude Duvalier (1951-2014)

Oct 4 Haitian dictator and deposed Haitian president-for-life (1971-86) infamous for his brutality, dies of a heart attack at 63

  • Oct 4 Konrad Boehmer, German-Dutch composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 4 Paul Revere [Dick], American rock organ player and pianist (Paul Revere & Raiders - "Kicks": "Indian Reservation"), dies of cancer at 76
  • Oct 5 Geoffrey Holder, Trinidadian-American actor, choreographer, singer, director and painter (Annie; The Wiz), dies at 84
  • Oct 5 Yuri "Petrovich" Lyubimov, Soviet and Russian director (Taganka Theatre), dies at 97
  • Oct 6 Marian Seldes, American actress (A Delicate Balance, Father's Day), dies at 86
  • Oct 9 Carolyn Ashley Kizer, American writer, dies from complications of dementia 89
  • Oct 9 Jan Hooks, American comedienne and actress (SNL, 1986-94; Designing Women, 1991-93; 3rd Rock from the Sun, 1996-2000), dies of throat cancer at 57
  • Oct 10 Curtis Otto Bismark Curtis-Smith, American pianist, composer, and educator, dies at 73
  • Oct 11 Mats Rondin, Swedish cellist, conductor, and educator, dies at 54
  • Oct 14 Elizabeth Peña, American actress, dies from cirrhosis at 55
  • Oct 14 Ikey Owens ,American keyboardist (The Mars Volta; Jack White), and producer, dies of a heart attack at 39
  • Oct 15 Nobby Wirkowski, American-Canadian football player and coach (Toronto Argonauts), dies at 88
  • Oct 16 John Spencer-Churchill, 11th duke of Marlborough, English large landowner, dies at 88
  • Oct 16 Tim Hauser, American jazz singer, dies from cardiac arrest at 72
  • Oct 18 Edward Regan, American Republican politician and Comptroller of New York (1979-93), dies at 84
  • Oct 18 Joanne Borgella, American plus-sized model and singer, dies of cancer at 32
  • Oct 19 Lynda Bellingham, Canadian-born English actress, dies from colon cancer at 66
  • Oct 19 Raphael Ravenscroft, British session saxophone player (Gerry Rafferty - "Baker Street"; Maxine Nightingale; Roger Waters), dies at 60
  • Oct 19 Stephen Paulus, American composer (To Be Certain of the Dawn) and co-founder of the American Composers Forum, dies of stroke complications at 65
  • Oct 20 John Hoskyns, Policy Advisor to Margaret Thatcher (1979-82), dies at 87
  • Oct 20 Lili Carati, Miss Italy 1975 and actress (Alcove), dies at 58
  • Oct 20 Oscar de la Renta, Domincan American fashion designer (Coty Hall of Fame-1973), dies at 82
  • Oct 20 Pavle Merku, Italian-Slovene composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 87

Ben BradleeBen Bradlee (1921-2014)

Oct 21 American editor, journalist and newspaper executive (Washington Post), dies at 93

  • Oct 21 Gough Whitlam, Australian politician (Prime Minister, 1972-1975), dies at 98
  • Oct 23 Alvin Stardust [Bernard Jewry], English rock singer("Jealous Mind"), dies of prostate cancer at 72
  • Oct 24 Marcia Strassman, American actress (M*A*S*H; Welcome Back, Kotter - "Julie Kotter"), dies from breast cancer at 66
  • Oct 25 Jack Bruce, Scottish bassist and singer-songwriter (Cream - "White Room"), dies at 71
  • Oct 26 Jeff Robinson, American baseball player, dies at 52
  • Oct 28 Galway Kinnell, American author, dies from leukemia at 87
  • Oct 31 Käbi Laretei, Estonian-Swedish concert pianist, dies at 92