On This Day

Famous People Who Died in September 2020

  • Sep 1 Jerzy Szczakiel, Polish speedway rider (World Individual C'ship 1973; World Pairs C'ship 1971), dies at 71
  • Sep 2 Khang Khek Leu 'Comrade Dutch', Cambodian Khmer Rouge figure convicted of crimes against humanity, dies at 77
  • Sep 2 Ian Mitchell, Irish rocker (Bay City Rollers), dies at 62
  • Sep 2 David Capel, English cricket all-rounder (15 Tests; 21 wickets; 23 ODIs), dies from a brain tumour at 57
  • Sep 2 William Yorzyk Jr., American swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly, WR 2:19.3, 1956), dies at 87
  • Sep 3 Dito, Portuguese soccer defender (17 caps; Braga, Benfica, Vitória Setúbal) and manager (Portimonense, Moreirense), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • Sep 4 Gary Peacock, American jazz bassist (Keith Jarrett Trio), dies at 85 [1]
  • Sep 4 Peter Cronjé, South African rugby union center (7 caps; Transvaal, Natal), dies from cancer at 70
  • Sep 5 Jiří Menzel, Czech film director (Closely Watched Trains), dies at 82
  • Sep 6 Kevin Dobson, American actor (Kojak, Knots Landing, Shannon), dies at 77
  • Sep 6 Lou Brock, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (6 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1964, 67; 8 × NL stolen base leader; St Louis Cardinals), dies from multiple myeloma at 81
  • Sep 6 Tom Jernstedt, American Basketball Hall of Fame administrator (NCAA 1972-2010), dies at 75
  • Sep 6 Mike Sexton, American poker player (World Series of Poker Tournament of Champions 2006; Poker Hall of Fame) and commentator (WPT), dies from prostate cancer at 72
  • Sep 8 Alfred Riedl, Austrian soccer striker (4 caps; Austria Wien, Standard Liège) and manager (Austria, Liechtenstein, Vietnam, Palestine, Laos, Indonesia), dies at 70
  • Sep 8 Gene A. Budig, American baseball executive (last American League [AL] president 1994-99), dies from liver disease at 81
  • Sep 8 Ronald Harwood, South African playwright and screenwriter (The Dresser), dies at 85
  • Sep 8 Simeon Coxe, American songwriter, singer and psychedelic synthesizer player (Silver Apples), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 82 [1]
  • Sep 9 Ronald Bell, American rock saxophonist and composer (Kool & The Gang), dies at 68
  • Sep 9 Alan Minter, English boxer (world middleweight champion 1980), dies from cancer at 69
  • Sep 9 Shere Hite [Shirley Diana Gregory], American-German sex therapist (The Hite Report), dies at 77 [1]
  • Sep 10 Diana Rigg, English actress (Emma Peel-Avengers, Game of Thrones), dies at 82
  • Sep 11 (Frederick) "Toots" Hibbert, Jamaican singer-songwriter (The Maytals - "Pressure Drop"), dies with COVID-19 symptoms at 77 [1]
  • Sep 11 Sonny Allen, American basketball coach (ODU, Southern Methodist University, University of Nevada, Reno; WNBA Sacramento Monarchs), dies of Parkinson's Disease at 84
  • Sep 11 Nadhim Shaker, Iraqi soccer defender (57 caps; Al-Tayaran) and coach (Iraq), dies from COVID-19 at 61
  • Sep 11 Charles Patrick, American do-wop singer and songwriter (The Monotones - "The Book of Love"). dies on his 82nd birthday
  • Sep 12 Barbara Jefford, British stage actress (James Joyce's Ulysses), dies at 90
  • Sep 12 Terence Conran, English designer and restaurateur (Habitat), dies at 88
  • Sep 14 André Guesdon, French soccer defender (Monaco, Nice) and manager (Viry-Châtillon, Angers, Brest), dies at 71
  • Sep 15 Moussa Traoré, Mali soldier, politician and dictator, President of Mali (1968-91), dies at 83
  • Sep 15 Jan Krenz, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 94 [1]
  • Sep 15 Wang Zhiliang, Chinese table tennis player and coach (World Table Tennis C'ships gold, doubles 1963), dies from a stroke at 79
  • Sep 15 Sadashiv Patil, Indian cricket fast bowler (1 Test, 2 wickets; Maharashtra), dies at 86
  • Sep 16 Jack Kelley, American collegiate, WHA, and NHL ice hockey coach, and executive (Colby College coach, 1955-62; Boston University coach, 1962-72; New England Whalers, coach and general manager, 1972-81; Pittsburgh Penquins president, 1993-2001), dies at 93
  • Sep 17 Larry Wilson, American Pro Football Hall of Fame free safety (8 x Pro Bowl; 6 x All Pro 1st Team; NFL Defensive Player of Year 1966; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 82
  • Sep 17 Terry Goodkind, American epic fantasy novelist (The Sword of Truth), dies at 72

Person of interestRuth Bader Ginsburg

Sep 18 Ruth Bader Ginsburg, American jurist and Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1993-2020), dies of pancreatic cancer at 87

Associate Justice of the Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Sep 19 Lee Kerslake, British drummer (Uriah Heep; Ozzy Osbourne) dies of prostate cancer at 73 [1]
  • Sep 20 Garland F. Pinholster, American college basketball coach (USA: gold Pan American Games 1963; Oglethorpe University 1956-66), dies at 92
  • Sep 21 Jaime Alves, Portuguese soccer midfielder (3 caps; Boavista), dies at 55
  • Sep 21 Lars-Åke Lagrell, Swedish sports administrator (President Swedish Football Association 1991-2012) and politician (Governor Kronoberg County 2002-06), dies at 80
  • Sep 21 Bob Nevin, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Stanley Cup 1962, 63; Toronto Maple Leafs; NY Rangers; 1,128 career NHL games), dies at 82
  • Sep 21 Tommy Devito, American rock baritone vocalist and guitarist (Four Seasons - "Sherry") dies of COVID-19 at 93
  • Sep 21 Michael Lonsdale, French actor (The Day of the Jackal, Moonraker), dies at 89
  • Sep 22 Road Warrior Animal [Joseph Laurinaitis], American pro wrestler (3 x WWE Tag Team C'ship; WWE Hall of Fame), dies at 60
  • Sep 22 Agne Simonsson, Swedish soccer striker (51 caps; Örgryte IS, Real Madrid, Real Sociedad) and manager (Örgryte IS, BK Häcken), dies from pneumonia at 84
  • Sep 23 Juliette Gréco, French singer (Sous le ciel de Paris) and actress, dies at 93 [1]

Person of interestGale Sayers

Sep 23 Gale Sayers, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, 4X Pro Bowl, 2X NFL rushing leader (Chicago Bears), and source for the TV movie "Brian's Song", dies from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease at 77 [1]

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
NFL Running Back
Gale Sayers
  • Sep 23 Ray Batten, English rugby league back-rower (Great Britain 3, England 3 Tests; Leeds 434 games) and coach (Wakefield Trinity), dies at 75
  • Sep 23 Bobby Wilson, English tennis player (Wimbledon doubles 1960 runner-up), dies at 84
  • Sep 23 W. S. "Fluke" Holland, American rockabilly drummer (Sun Records), dies at 85
  • Sep 24 Dean Jones, Australian cricket batsman and broadcaster (52 Tests @ 46.55; 164 ODIs; Victoria), dies from cardiac arrest at 59
  • Sep 24 Keith Hufnagel, American skateboarder (founded skate/clothing company HUF), dies of brain cancer at 46
  • Sep 25 S.P. Balasubrahmanyam, Telegu playback singer (The Jewel of Shiva) dies of COVID-19 at 74
  • Sep 27 Yūko Takeuchi, Japanese actress (Miss Sherlock), dies at 40
  • Sep 28 Hiroki Yuhara, Japanese rugby union hooker (22 caps; Toshiba Brave Lupus), dies at 36
  • Sep 28 Frédéric Devreese, Belgian conductor, and composer of classical music (Gemini Suite; Valse Sacrée), and film scores (The Cruel Embrace), dies of cancer at 91
  • Sep 29 Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, 5th Emir of Kuwait (2006-2020), Commander of the Kuwait Military Forces, dies at 91
  • Sep 29 Helen Reddy, Australian-American rock vocalist ("I Am Woman"; "You And Me Against The World"), dies at 78 [1]
  • Sep 29 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter (Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me) and actor (North Dallas Forty) dies following heart surgery at 78 [1]
  • Sep 29 Doyle Royal, American collegiate soccer coach (NCAA C'ship 1968; University of Maryland 1946-73) and tennis coach (U of Maryland 1954-80), dies at 101
  • Sep 29 John Whittaker, New Zealand rugby league utility back (26 Tests; Wellington; Warrington), dies from cancer at 70
  • Sep 29 19-year-old Indian Dalit rape victim dies two weeks after being gang raped by upper-caste men in Hathras district, ignites widespread protest
  • Sep 29 Isidora Žebeljan, Serbian classical, opera, and film composer, dies at 53
  • Sep 29 Aster Berkhof [Louis Van de Bergh], Flemish writer (Furious Christ), dies at 100
  • Sep 30 Quino [Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón], Argentine cartoonist (Mafalda), dies at 88