On This Day

Famous People Who Died in October 2019

  • Oct 1 Peter Sissons, British newsreader (BBC, ITV, Question Time), dies at 77
  • Oct 1 Karel Gott, Czech singer 'Sinatra of the East', dies at 80
  • Oct 1 Beverly "Guitar" Watkins, American blues guitarist, and singer, dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Oct 2 Bill Bidwill, American NFL team owner (Arizona Cardinals 1962-2019), dies at 88
  • Oct 2 Giya Kancheli, Georgian composer (NightPrayers; Exil), dies at 84
  • Oct 2 Barrie Masters, British pub-rock singer (Eddie & the Hot Rods - "Teenage Depression"), dies of drug intoxication at 63
  • Oct 3 Vinnie Bell [Gambella], American session guitarist, electric sitar player, and pioneer of electronic effects in pop music, dies at 87
  • Oct 4 Diahann Carroll, American actress (Julia, Claudine, Dominique-Dynasty), dies at 84
  • Oct 5 Larry Junstrom, American rock bassist (.38 Special), dies at 70
  • Oct 5 Marcello Giordani, Italian tenor (Metropolitan Opera, 1993-2008), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Oct 6 [Peter] "Ginger" Baker, English drummer (Cream), dies at 80
  • Oct 6 Masaichi Kaneda, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (only Japanese pitcher to win 400 games; perfect game 1957), dies at 86

Rip Taylor

Oct 6 Rip Taylor, American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show), dies at 88

  • Oct 8 (Malcolm) "Molly" Duncan, Scottish saxophonist (Average White Band, 1972-83 - "Pick Up the Pieces"), dies of cancer at 74
  • Oct 9 Andrés Gimeno, Spanish tennis player (French Open 1972), dies from cancer at 82
  • Oct 11 Robert Forster [Foster], American actor (Medium Cool, Jackie Brown), dies of cancer at 78
  • Oct 11 Alexei Leonov, Russian cosmonaut (Voskhod 2, first person to walk in space), dies at 85
  • Oct 14 Harold Bloom, American literary critic, 'the most notorious literary critic in America' dies at 89
  • Oct 14 Sulli [Choi Jin-ri], South Korean K-pop singer (f(x)) and actress (Fashion King), takes her own life at 25
  • Oct 15 Hossein Dehlavi, Persian composer, conductor and teacher (Sarbaz; Plectrum Orchestra), dies of Alzheimer complications at 92
  • Oct 16 John Clarke, American actor (Days of Our Lives -"Mickey"), dies at 88
  • Oct 17 Elijah Cummings, American politician (Rep-Maryland (D) 1996-2019), dies at 68
  • Oct 17 Alicia Alonso, Cuban ballerina and founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, dies at 98
  • Oct 17 Márta Kurtág [née Kinsker], Hungarian classical pianist, dies at 92
  • Oct 20 Nick Tosches, American writer (bio of Jerry Lee Lewis), dies at 69
  • Oct 21 Willie Brown, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback, coach and executive (Super Bowl 1976, 80, 84; Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders), dies at 78
  • Oct 22 Hans Zender, German composer and conductor (Stephen Climax; Chief Joseph), dies at 82
  • Oct 22 Raymond Leppard, British-American harpsichordist and conductor (Indianapolis Symphony, 1987-2001), dies at 93
  • Oct 23 Bernie Parrish, American NFL cornerback (Pro Bowl 1960, 63; Cleveland Browns; best-selling book, 'They Call It A Game'), dies of prostate cancer at 83
  • Oct 23 Hansheinz Schneeberger, Swiss violinist (Duo Paganini), dies at 93
  • Oct 25 Chou Wen-chung, Chinese-American composer (Mode of Shang), dies at 96

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Oct 26 Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Leader of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), detonates a suicide vest after being cornered by US special forces and dies at 48

Robert Evans

Oct 26 Robert Evans, American producer and actor (Love Story, The Godfather, Chinatown), dies at 89

  • Oct 26 Enriqueta Basilio, Mexican track and field athlete, and first woman to light the Olympic Cauldron (Mexico City, 1968), dies of pneumonia at 71
  • Oct 26 Paul Barrere, American rock guitarist (Little Feat - "Time Loves a Hero"), dies of liver cancer at 71
  • Oct 28 Al Bianchi, American basketball guard, coach and general manager (Philadelphia 76ers, Virginia Squires; GM NY Knicks), dies from congestive heart failure at 87
  • Oct 28 Zoltán Jeney, Hungarian composer and educator (Franz Liszt Academy, 1995-2019), dies at 76
  • Oct 29 Barry Frank, American television sports impresario (CBS, ABC and IMG), dies of pulmonary problems at 87
  • Oct 29 John Witherspoon, American actor (Friday), dies at 77
  • Oct 30 Ron Fairly, American baseball utility and broadcaster (MLB All Star 1973, 77; LA Dodgers, Montreal Expos; Seattle Mariners), dies from cancer at 81
  • Oct 30 Don Fraser, American boxing promoter (LA venues; colourful wardrobe & offbeat PR gimmicks), dies at 92
  • Oct 30 Bernard Slade [Newbound], Canadian screenwriter (The Flying Nun; The Partridge Family), and playwright (Same Time, Next Year; Romantic Comedy), dies of Lewy body dementia at 89
  • Oct 31 (Elizabeth) Ann Crumb, American stage and screen actress and singer, dies of ovarian cancer at 69