On This Day

Famous People Who Died in October 2018

  • Oct 1 Charles Aznavour [Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian], French-Armenian singer-songwriter ("She"; "Monsieur Carnavel"; "Tin Drum"), dies at 94

AssassinationJamal Khashoggi

Oct 2 Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabian dissident, author, Washington Post columnist and editor in chief (Al-Arab News Channel), assassinated in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul at 59, reportedly on the orders of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

  • Oct 2 Geoff Emerick, British sound engineer and record producer (Beatles; Elvis Costello), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Oct 3 Leon M. Lederman, American experimental physicist (1982 Nobel Prize for research on quarks and leptons) and author (The God Particle), dies from complications of dementia at 96
  • Oct 3 Bent Lorentzen, Danish orchestral, electronic, and opera composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 4 John Tyrrell, British musicologist (Leoš Janáček; The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians), dies at 76
  • Oct 5 Bobby Notkoff, American rock and blues violinist (Crazy Horse; The Rockets), dies at 80
  • Oct 6 Scott Wilson, American actor (The Walking Dead; The Ninth Configuration), dies of cancer at 76
  • Oct 6 Montserrat Caballé, Spanish bel canto operatic soprano, and unlikely pop star (with Freddie Mercury - Barcelona), dies at 85
  • Oct 9 Thomas A. Steitz, American Biochemist (2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for ribosome discoveries), dies at 78
  • Oct 12 Takehisa Kosugi, Japanese violinist and experimental music composer (Group Ongaku; Taj Mahal Travellers), dies at 80
  • Oct 13 Patricia Hollis, Baroness Hollis of Heigham, English Labour politician, dies at 77
  • Oct 13 Annapurna Devi [Roshanara Khan], Indian classical surbahar (bass sitar) player, and music teacher, dies at 91

Paul Allen

Oct 15 Paul Allen, American business magnate (co-founder Microsoft, owner Portland Trail Blazers, Seattle Seahawks), dies of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at 65

  • Oct 15 Shelley Hamlin, American golfer (US Open runner-up 1973), dies of breast cancer at 69
  • Oct 16 Berthold Leibinger, German entrepreneur (Trumpf) and philanthropist, dies at 87
  • Oct 18 Randolph Hokanson, American concert pianist and teacher (University of Washington, 1949-84), dies at 103
  • Oct 20 Wim Kok, Dutch politician, Dutch Prime Minister (1994-2002), dies at 80
  • Oct 21 Robert Faurisson, British-born French academic, dies at 89
  • Oct 24 Tony Joe White, American blues and swamp rock singer ("Polk Salad Annie"), and songwriter ("Rainy Night In Georgia"), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Oct 24 Darijan Božič, Slovenian composer and conductor, dies at 86
  • Oct 24 Wah-Wah Watson [Melvin Ragin], American session guitarist in Motown's Funk Brothers (Temptations - "Papa Was A Rollin' Stone"), dies at 67
  • Oct 25 Sonny Fortune [Cornelius Fortune], American jazz saxophonist, dies at 79
  • Oct 27 Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, Thai businessman, sports team owner (Leicester City FC), dies in helicopter crash at 60
  • Oct 27 Murray Khouri, New Zealand classical clarinet player (Australia Ensemble), writer, and broadcaster, dies at 77
  • Oct 28 Richard James Gill, Australian conductor and music educator, dies from cancer at 76
  • Oct 29 Larry Snyder, American Thoroughbred horse racing jockey (US Champion Jockey by wins 1969; George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award 1989), dies from cancer at 76

Whitey Bulger

Oct 30 [James] Whitey Bulger, American organized crime boss, killed at 89 shortly after arriving at US Penitentiary Hazelton in Bruceton Mills, West Virginia

  • Oct 30 Hardy Fox, American member of avant-garde band The Residents, dies at 73
  • Oct 30 Jin Young [Louis Cha Leung-yung], Chinese Wuxia novelist, dies at 94

Willie McCovey

Oct 31 Willie McCovey, American Baseball Hall of Fame 1st baseman (6 x MLB All Star; NL MVP 1969; NL home run leader 1963, 68, 69; SF Giants), dies of an infection at 80