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 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

Person of interestRip Taylor

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

Comedian and Actor Rip Taylor
Comedian and Actor
Rip Taylor
  • 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, founder of the National Ballet of Cuba, dies at 98
  • Oct 17 Márta Kurtág [née Kinsker], Hungarian classical pianist, dies at 92
  • 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

Person of interestAbu 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

Leader of Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
Leader of Islamic State
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Person of interestRobert Evans

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

Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans
  • Oct 26 Enriqueta Basilio, Mexican athlete (first woman to light the Olympic Cauldron, 1968), dies of pneumonia 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