Famous People Who Died in October 2020

  • Oct 1 Derek Mahon, Irish poet (A Disused Shed in Co Wexford), dies at 78
  • Oct 1 Zef Eisenberg, British ultra-speed racer (world's fastest motorbike on sand 201.5mph; fastest wheel powered vehicle 210.33mph) and founder Maximuscle, dies in car speed record crash at 47
  • Oct 2 Bob Gibson, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (NL Cy Young Award 1968, 70; NL MVP 1968; 9 x MLB All Star; St. Louis Cardinals), dies from pancreatic cancer at 84
  • Oct 2 Bob Miller, American ice hockey center (47 games USA; Boston Bruins, Colorado Rockies, LA Kings), dies at 64
  • Oct 2 Ron Perranoski, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1963, 65; AL saves leader 1969, 70; LA Dodgers) and coach (World Series 1981, 88; LAD), dies at 84
  • Oct 4 Kenzō Takada, Japanese fashion designer (Kenzo), dies of COVID-19 complications at 81

Eddie Van HalenEddie Van Halen (1955-2020)

Oct 6 Dutch-American rock guitarist (Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"; "Jump"), dies of throat cancer at 65 [1]

  • Oct 6 Johnny Nash, American pop-reggae-soul singer-songwriter and record producer (I Can See Clearly Now), dies at 80 [1]
  • Oct 7 Mario Molina, Mexican scientist, 1995 Nobel Prize for Chemistry (CFC's effect on the ozone layer), dies at 77 [1]
  • Oct 8 Jim Dwyer, American journalist and Pulitzer Prize winner, dies of cancer at 63
  • Oct 8 Mohammad Reza Shajarian, Iranian classical singer, dies at 80 [1]

Whitey FordWhitey Ford (1928-2020)

Oct 8 American Baseball HOF pitcher (10 x MLB All Star; World Series 1950, 53, 56, 58, 61 [MVP], 62; AL Cy Young Award 1961; NY Yankees), dies from dementia at 91

  • Oct 10 Leon Biriotti, Uruguayan composer and oboist, dies at 90
  • Oct 10 Vasili Kulkov, Russian soccer defensive utility (20 caps Soviet Union, 21 Russia; Spartak Moscow, Benfica), dies from cancer at 54
  • Oct 11 Ângelo Martins, Portuguese soccer defender (20 caps; Benfica 231 games), dies at 90
  • Oct 11 Gary F. Jones, American thoroughbred racehorse trainer ($52.6m in purses; 1,465 race wins; US Racing HOF), dies at 76

Joe MorganJoe Morgan (1943-2020)

Oct 11 American Baseball HOF infielder (10 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1975, 76; NL MVP 1975, 76; Cincinnati Reds) and broadcaster (ESPN), dies at 77

  • Oct 11 Jon Gibson, American flute and saxophone player (Philip Glass Ensemble, 1968-2019), and composer (The Voyage of The Beagle), dies at 80 [1]
  • Oct 12 Nevzat Güzelırmak, Turkish soccer defender (18 caps; Göztepe) and manager (Denizlispor; Turkey U21), dies at 78
  • Oct 13 Augusto Matine, Portuguese soccer midfielder (9 caps; Benfica, Vitória de Setúbal) and manager (Mozambique national team), dies at 73
  • Oct 13 Conchata Ferrell, American actress (LA Law, Two and a Half Men), dies at 77
  • Oct 14 Fred Dean, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Pro Bowl 1979–81, 83; First-team All-Pro 1980, 81; Super Bowl 1981, 84; SD Chargers, SF 49ers), dies from COVID-19 at 68
  • Oct 14 Herbert Kretzmer, South African-British lyricist of Lithuanian heritage (Les Misérables), dies at 95 [1]
  • Oct 14 John Reid, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and captain (58 Tests; 6 x 100s; 85 wickets) and ICC Match Referee (50 Tests 1993-2002), dies at 92
  • Oct 15 Gordon Haskell, British pop, rock and blues musician (Fleur De Lys; King Crimson, 1970; Harry's Bar), dies of cancer at 74
  • Oct 15 Sonja Edström-Ruthström, Swedish cross-country skier (Olympic gold 3 × 5k relay 1960), dies at 89
  • Oct 16 Andrzej Pogorzelski, Polish motorcycle speedway rider (Speedway World Team Cup gold 1965, 66, 69), dies at 82
  • Oct 16 Johnny Bush, American country singer, dies at 85
  • Oct 16 Rodolfo Fischer, Argentine soccer striker (35 caps; San Lorenzo 271 games), dies at 76
  • Oct 18 Jill Paton Walsh, English writer (Peter Wimsey series, Knowledge of Angels), dies at 83 [1]
  • Oct 18 René Felber, Swiss politician (Federal Council, 1987-93; President, 1992), dies at 87
  • Oct 18 Sid Hartman, American sports journalist (Minneapolis Star Tribune; WCCO 830 AM), dies at 100
  • Oct 19 Hiroh Kikai, Japanese photographer (Asakusa Portraits), dies of lymphoma at 75
  • Oct 19 Spencer Davis [Davies], English guitarist (Spencer Davis Group - "Gimme Some Lovin'"), dies of pneumonia at 81 [1] [2]
  • Oct 19 Tony Lewis, British rock singer-songwriter and bass player (The Outfield - "Your Love"), dies at 62
  • Oct 20 Bill Mathis, American football halfback (AFL All Star 1961, 63; New York Titans/Jets), dies at 81
  • Oct 20 Bruno Martini, French soccer goalkeeper (31 caps; Auxerre, Nancy, Montpellier), dies from heart failure at 58
  • Oct 20 Derryl Cousins, American baseball umpire (World Series 1988, 99, 2005; MLB All-Star Game 1987, 98, 2008), dies from cancer at 74
  • Oct 21 Frank Bough, British sports and current affairs television presenter, dies at 87
  • Oct 21 Gordon Astall, English soccer forward (2 caps; Birmingham City 235 games, 59 goals), dies from dementia at 93
  • Oct 21 Marge Champion (née Belcher), American dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), dies at 101
  • Oct 21 Viola Smith, American drummer and bandleader (one of the first professional female drummers), dies at 107 [1]
  • Oct 22 Derek Quinn, British guitarist (Freddie and the Dreamers - "I'm Telling You Now"), dies at 68
  • Oct 22 Matt Blair, American football linebacker (6 × Pro Bowl 1977–82; First-team All-Pro 1980; Minnesota Vikings), dies from dementia complications at 70
  • Oct 23 David Barnes, New Zealand sailor (470 world champion 1981, 83, 84), dies from multiple sclerosis at 62
  • Oct 23 Ebbe Skovdahl, Danish soccer manager (Brøndby IF, Benfica, Aberdeen), dies from cancer at 75
  • Oct 23 W. C. Gorden, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Jackson State University, 1976-91, record 119–48–5), dies at 90
  • Oct 24 Kevin McCarra, Scottish sports journalist (The Guardian, Scotland on Sunday, The Times), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 62
  • Oct 26 Stan Kesler, American session musician, songwriter and, record producer and songwriter (Sun Studio), dies of bone cancer at 92
  • Oct 28 Billy Joe Shaver, American country singer-songwriter ("When I Get My Wings"), dies of a stroke at 81
  • Oct 28 Bobby Ball [Harper], British comic, actor, singer and television host (Cannon and Ball; The Last of Summer Wine), dies at 76
  • Oct 28 Leanza Cornett, American TV host and Miss America winner, dies at 49
  • Oct 28 Miguel Ángel Castellini, Argentine boxer (WBA, lineal light middleweight titles 1976-77), dies from COVID-19 at 73
  • Oct 29 J. J. Williams, Welsh rugby union winger (30 caps Wales, 7 British & Irish Lions; Grand Slam 1976, 78), dies at 72
  • Oct 29 Slaven Zambata, Croatian soccer forward (31 caps Yugoslavia; Dinamo Zagreb), dies at 80
  • Oct 30 Herb Adderley, American Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback (Super Bowl 1967-68, 71; Pro Bowl 1963–67; Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys), dies from COVID-19 at 81
  • Oct 30 Nobby Stiles, English soccer midfielder (28 caps; World Cup 1966; Manchester United 311 games) and manager (Preston NE, WBA), dies from dementia at 78
  • Oct 31 Marius Žaliūkas, Lithuanian soccer centre back (25 caps; Hearts, Leeds, Rangers), dies from motor neurone disease at 36
  • Oct 31 MF Doom [Daniel Dumile], American rapper and hip hop artist, dies at 49 [1]
  • Oct 31 Rance Allen, American gospel singer and musician (Rance Allen Group - Miracle Worker), dies at 71

Sean ConnerySean Connery (1930-2020)

Oct 31 Scottish actor and producer (James Bond films; Indiana Jones), dies at 90