On This Day

Famous People Who Died in October 2021

  • Oct 1 Fred Hill, English soccer forward (2 caps; Bolton Wanderers 375 games), dies at 81
  • Oct 1 Earle Wells, New Zealand sailor (Olympic gold Flying Dutchman 1964), dies at 87
  • Oct 3 Cynthia Harris, American stage and screen actress (Edward & Mrs. Simpson; Mad About You - "Sylvia"), dies at 87
  • Oct 3 Budge Patty, American tennis player (French C'ship, Wimbledon men's singles 1950), dies at 97
  • Oct 4 Alan Kalter, American television announcer (Late Show with David Letterman, 1995-2015), dies at 78
  • Oct 4 Laurie Davidson, New Zealand yacht designer (Black Magic 1995; Team New Zealand 2000; America's Cup HOF 2007), dies at 94
  • Oct 4 Eddie Robinson, American baseball first baseman (MLB All Star 1949, 51–53; Washington Sens, Chicago WS, Philadelphia A's) and executive (GM Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves), dies at 100
  • Oct 6 Pat Fish [Huntrods], British guitarist (The Jazz Butcher), dies at 63
  • Oct 8 Everett Morton, Nevisian-born English drummer and percussionist (English Beat), dies at 71
  • Oct 9 Keitaro Hoshino, Japanese boxer (WBA minimumweight title 2000-01, 02), dies at 52
  • Oct 11 Tony DeMarco, American boxer (NBA, NYSAC, The Ring welterweight titles 1955), dies at 89
  • Oct 11 Trevor Hemmings CVO, British businessman (Owner Preston North End FC; 3 x Grand National winners Hedgehunter [2005], Ballabriggs [2011], Many Clouds [2015]), dies at 86
  • Oct 11 Olav Nilsen, Norwegian soccer striker/midfielder (62 caps; Viking FK), dies at 79
  • Oct 12 Leon Black, American college basketball coach (Texas Longhorns men's team 1967-76), dies at 89
  • Oct 12 Raúl Coloma, Chilean soccer goalkeeper (13 caps; Ferrobádminton, Municipal Santiago, Ferroviaros), dies at 93
  • Oct 12 Renton Laidlaw, Scottish golf broadcaster and journalist (President Association of Golf Writers 1995-2015; BBC Radio), dies from COVID-19 at 82
  • Oct 13 Ray Fosse, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star, Gold Glove Award 1970, 71 Cleveland Indians; World Series Oakland A's 1973, 74) and broadcaster (Oakland A's NBC), dies of cancer at 74
  • Oct 13 Otis Armstrong, American College Football HOF running back (Purdue; All-Pro 1974; Pro Bowl 1974, 76; Denver Broncos), dies at 70
  • Oct 13 Norm Provan, Australian rugby league second rower (14 Tests; St. George RLFC NSWRL Premiers 1956-66; 13th Immortal) and coach (St. George, Parramatta, Cronulla), dies at 89
  • Oct 15 Miguel de Oliveira, Brazilian boxer (WBC light middleweight champion 1975), dies from pancreatic cancer at 74
  • Oct 16 Leo Boivin, Canadian Hockey HOF defenceman (Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs) and coach (St. Louis Blues), dies at 89
  • Oct 16 Pat Studstill, American football wide receiver (Pro Bowl 1965, 66; NFL receiving yards leader, record 99-yard TD reception [tied] 1966; Detroit Lions, LA Rams), dies at 83

Colin Powell

Oct 18 Colin Powell, American General and 1st Black US Secretary of State (2001-05), dies from complications of COVID-19, blood cancer, and Parkinson's disease at 84 [1]

General and US Secretary of State Colin Powell
General and US Secretary of State
Colin Powell
  • Oct 18 Bandula Warnapura, Sri Lankan cricket batsman (4 Tests; first SL Test captain; 12 ODIs; Bloomfield CC), dies at 68
  • Oct 18 Edita Gruberová, Slovak operatic soprano, dies at 74
  • Oct 19 Fred Goodall, New Zealand cricket umpire (24 Tests, 15 one-day internationals 1965-88), dies at 83
  • Oct 19 Leslie Bricusse, British stage and film composer and lyricist (Doctor Dolittle; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; "Goldfinger"; Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory - "The Candy Man"; "Pure Imagination"), dies at 90
  • Oct 19 Pierre Kerkhoffs, Dutch soccer striker (5 caps; SC Enschede, PSV, Lausanne Sport), dies at 85
  • Oct 20 Dragan Pantelić, Serbian soccer goalkeeper (19 caps Yugoslavia; Radnički Niš, Bordeaux), dies at 69
  • Oct 21 Kathy Flores, American rugby union coach (United States women's team 2002-11; Brown University), dies at 66
  • Oct 21 Bernard Haitink, Dutch conductor (Concertgebouw, 1961-88; London Philharmonic, 1967-79; Royal Opera Covent Garden, 1987-2002), dies at 92 [1]
  • Oct 21 (Nils) Einár [Grönberg], Swedish rapper ("Första klass"; "Katten i trakten"), shot to death in suspected gang-related incident at 19
  • Oct 22 Peter Scolari, American stage and screen Emmy Award-winning actor (Newhart - "Michael"; Girls - "Tad"; Bosom Buddies - "Henry"), dies of cancer at 66 [1]
  • Oct 22 Jay Black [David Blatt], American pop singer (Jay and the Americans - “Come A Little Bit Closer”; “This Magic Moment”), dies of pneumonia and complications from dementia at 82
  • Oct 23 Bob Neumeier, American sportscaster (WBZ-radio, TV Boston; NBC Sports), dies from heart disease at 70
  • Oct 25 Aleksandar Shalamanov, Bulgarian soccer defender (42 caps; PFC Slavia Sofia) and alpine skier (Winter Olympics 1960), dies at 80
  • Oct 26 Umberto Colombo, Italian soccer midfielder (3 caps; Juventus, Atalanta), dies at 88
  • Oct 26 Walter Smith, Scottish football manager (Rangers, Everton; Scotland 2004-07), dies at 73
  • Oct 26 Glen Tuckett American college basbeall coach (Brigham Young Uni 1959-76) and administrator (BYU athletic director 1976-94), dies at 93