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Famous People Who Died in October 2018

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

MurderJamal 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

Dissident, Author and Columnist Jamal Khashoggi
Dissident, Author and Columnist
Jamal Khashoggi
  • 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 soprano, 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

Person of interestPaul 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

Co-founder of Microsoft Paul Allen
Co-founder of Microsoft
Paul Allen
  • 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 21 Robert Faurisson, British-born French academic, dies at 89
  • Oct 24 Tony Joe White, American blues and swamp rock singer (Polk Salad Annie), dies 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 28 Richard James Gill, Australian conductor and music educator, dies from cancer at 76
  • 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

Person of interestWillie 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

Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman Willie McCovey
Baseball Hall of Fame 1st Baseman
Willie McCovey