Deaths in October 2000
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The following is a list of notable deaths in October 2000.
Entries for each day are listed alphabetically by surname. A typical entry lists information in the following sequence:
- Name, age, country of citizenship at birth, subsequent country of citizenship (if applicable), reason for notability, cause of death (if known), and reference.
- Robert Allen, 73, American composer ("(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays", "Everybody Loves a Lover", "Chances Are").
- Charlie Brewster, 83, American baseball player.
- Rosie Douglas, 58, Prime Minister of Dominica.
- Reginald Kray, British murderer.
- Amadou Karim Gaye, 86, Senegalese politician.
- Elek Schwartz, 91, Romanian football player and coach.
- Tom Troman, 86, English cricketer.
- Halbert Owen Woodward, American district judge.
- Peter Baker, 55, English cricketer.
- M. M. Mustapha, 76, Ceylonese lawyer and politician.
- Benjamin Orr, 53, The Cars bassist and singer, pancreatic cancer.
- John Worsley, 81, British artist and illustrator.
- Alfred Lammer, 90, Austrian-born World War II Royal Air Force pilot.
- Chuck Oertel, 69, American baseball player.
- Michael Smith, 68, English-born Canadian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate.
- Yu Kuo-hwa, 86, Chinese politician, Premier (1984–1989).
- Leopold Barschandt, 75, Austrian footballer.
- Johanna Döbereiner, 75, Brazilian agronomist.
- Ruth Ellis, 101, African-American LGBT rights activist.
- Cătălin Hîldan, 24, Romanian football player, cardiac arrest.
- Bankson T. Holcomb Jr., 92, brigadier general in the US Marine Corps.
- Stan Montgomery, 80, English footballer and cricketer.
- Keith Roberts, 65, English science fiction author.
- Cuco Sánchez, 79, Mexican singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor, kidney failure.
- Sidney R. Yates, 91, American politician (member of the United States House of Representatives from the state of Illinois).
- William Bundy, 83, American attorney and intelligence expert (CIA).
- Richard Farnsworth, 80, American actor.
- George Huntston Williams, 86, American theologian.
- Tony Adamle, 76, American professional football player, cancer.
- Wilford S. Bailey, 79, American academic.
- Ed Beisser, 81, American basketball player.
- Walter Krupinski, 79, German Luftwaffe fighter ace in World War II.
- Vittorio Sardelli, 82, Italian footballer.
- Hilde Eisler, 88, East German political activist and journalist.
- Charlotte Lamb, 62, British novelist.
- Clarence Myerscough, 69, British violinist.
- Mihai Pop, 92, Romanian ethnologist.
- Kaare Reitan, 97, Norwegian orthodontic researcher.
- E. S. Johnny Walker, 89, American politician, leukemia.
- Robert Frederick Bennett, 73, American lawyer and Governor of Kansas.
- David Dukes, 55, American character actor, heart attack.
- James V. Hartinger, 75, US Air Force general.
- Charles Hartshorne, 103, American philosopher.
- Patrick Anthony Porteous, 82, Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross.
- Joseph T. Ryan, 86, American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church.
- Fred Williams, 71, American football player, stroke.
- Ferenc Farkas, 94, Hungarian composer.
- Sirimavo Bandaranaike, 84, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
- Bruce Palmer Jr., 87, American army general.
- Gene Palumbo, 54, American television producer and writer.
- Donald Dewar, 63, Scottish politician, cerebral haemorrhage.
- Brian Foley, 80, British Roman Catholic priest and hymnist.
- Hiroshi Inose, 73, Japanese electrical engineer, heart attack.
- Matija Ljubek, 46, Croatian sprint canoeist, shot.
- Rollee McGill, 68, American R&B singer and saxophonist.
- Sam O'Steen, 76, American film editor and director.
- Pietro Palazzini, 88, Italian Cardinal.
- Thomas Leonard Wells, 70, Canadian politician, cancer.
- Gordon Stulberg, 76, Canadian-born film executive and lawyer, complications related to diabetes.
- Melvin A. Cook, 89, American chemist.
- Justo Arosemena Lacayo, 70, Colombian sculptor.
- Mary K. Meany, 103, American politician and educator, pneumonia.
- Gus Hall, 90, labor leader and chairman of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA).
- Jean Peters, 73, American actress.
- Tony Roper, 35, NASCAR driver.
- Adriana Benitez, 24, Colombian student leader, murdered by the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia.
- Art Coulter, 91, Canadian ice hockey player.
- Dino Dibra, 25, Australian suspected murderer and victim, shot.
- Jim Eaglestone, 77, English cricketer.
- Tony Roper, 35, American stock car racing driver, racing accident.
- George Gray Bell, 80, Canadian soldier.
- Konrad Emil Bloch, 88, German-born biochemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
- Vincent Canby, 76, American film and theatre critic (The New York Times).
- John Perceval, 77, Australian artist.
- Mel Carnahan, 66, American lawyer and politician (51st Governor of Missouri).
- Rick Jason, 77, American actor.
- Lu Xiaopeng, 80, Chinese aircraft designer, designed the Nanchang Q-5 and the Nanchang J-12.
- Joseph Scott, 78, American bobsledder.
- Harry Cooper, 96, English-American PGA Tour golfer.
- Donna Jogerst, 68, American baseball player (AAGPBL).
- Joachim Nielsen, 36, Norwegian rock musician and poet, drug overdose.
- Leo Nomellini, 76, Italian-American football player (San Francisco 49ers) and member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, stroke.
- Ivan Owen, 73, British voice actor, cancer.
- John Douglas Swales, 64, English cardiologist and expert on hypertension.
- Bruce Biggs, 79, New Zealand linguist.
- Julie London, 74, American actress.
- Gwen Verdon, 75, American actress.
- Don Black, 72, Rhodesian tennis player, complications from bowel cancer surgery.
- Mahir Domi, 85, Albanian linguist, professor, and academic.
- Hortense Ellis, 59, Jamaican reggae musician.
- Kay Fanning, 73, American journalist and publisher.
- Shirley Gorelick, 76, American artist.
- Kati Horna, 88, Hungarian-born Mexican photojournalist and photographer.
- Antonio Maspes, 68, Italian sprinter cyclist.
- Hans Moller, 95, German born American artist.
- Charles Perkins, 64, Australian Aboriginal activist, and soccer player, renal failure.
- Jenny Kastein, 87, Dutch breaststroke swimmer.
- Kalfie Martin, 90, South African military commander.
- Boris Seidenberg, 71, Soviet actor.
- Frankie Crocker, 62, American disc jockey, pancreatic cancer.
- Alan Rowe, 73, New Zealand-born British actor.
- Dirk Jan Struik, 106, Dutch born American (since 1934) mathematician, historian of mathematics and Marxian theoretician, died October 21, 2000, exactly three weeks after celebrating his 106th birthday.
- Ralph A. Vaughn, 93, African-American academic, architect and film set designer, died two years later, on October 21, 2000.
- Richard Harden, 83, Northern Irish politician.
- Fred Pratt Green, 97, British Methodist minister and hymn writer.
- Hank Wyse, 82, American baseball player.
- Benny Culp, 86, American baseball player.
- Martin Rich, 95, German conductor.
- Yokozuna, 34, American wrestler.
- Terry Haskins, 45, American Republican politician, melanoma.
- Sitaram Kesri, 80, Indian politician and parliamentarian.
- Fereydoon Moshiri, 74, Iranian poet.
- Little Mack Simmons, 67, American blues musician, colon cancer.
- Klaus Bargsten, 88, Nazi captain and sole survivor of sunken U-521.
- Mochitsura Hashimoto, 91, Japanese submarine commander in the Imperial Japanese Navy during WW II.
- Wood B. Kyle, 85, Major General in the US Marine Corps.
- John Sinclair Morrison, 87, English classicist.
- Laila Kinnunen, 60, Finnish singer.
- Ruth Lessing, 75, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player.
- Muriel Evans, 90, American actress.
- Lída Baarová, 86, Czech-Austrian actress and mistress of the Nazi propaganda minister of Germany, Joseph Goebbels.
- Walter Berry, 71, Austrian bass-baritone.
- Eugene Lambert, 95, American sports coach.
- Bill Wainwright, 91, British communist activist.
- Andújar Cedeño, 31, Dominican baseball player.
- Josef Felder, 100, German politician.
- Carlos Guastavino, 88, Argentine composer.
- Aare Laanemets, 46, Estonian actor.
- Howard Patterson, 73, American Olympic swimmer.
- Robert Sommers, 89, Canadian school principal and politician.
- Charles F. Avila, 94, American electrical engineer.
- Rolf Hädrich, 69, German film director and screenwriter.
- Ruth Lessing, 75, All-American Girls Professional Baseball League player, cancer.
- Steve Allen, 78, American comedian, composer, TV host (The Tonight Show, The Steve Allen Show) and author, ruptured blood vessel after traffic accident .
- Elizabeth Bradley, 78, English actress (Maud Grimes in Coronation Street).
- Howard Odell, 89, American football player and coach.
- "Robert Allen, 73, Whose Songs Were Sung by an Array of Stars". The New York Times. October 5, 2000. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
- "Charlie Brewster". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
- The Associated Press (October 2, 2000). "Rosie Douglas, 58, Radical Turned Leader of Dominica". The New York Times. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
- Campbell, Duncan (October 1, 2000). "Reggie Kray: Gangland figure who retained a perverse celebrity status despite his crimes". The Guardian. Retrieved January 7, 2019.
- "Chuck Oertel". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
- Holland, Steve (October 16, 2000). "Keith Roberts: Science fiction writer whose much-praised stories stayed hidden in the genre". The Guardian. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
- Stout, David (October 8, 2000). "Sidney R. Yates Dies at 91; Congressman Supported Arts". The New York Times. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
- Martin, Douglas (October 7, 2000). "William P. Bundy, 83, Dies; Advised 3 Presidents on American Policy in Vietnam". The New York Times. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
- "Tony Adamle". Sports Reference, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
- "In Memoriam. Wilford S. Bailey". American Veterinary Medical Association. February 1, 2001. Retrieved January 5, 2019.
- Eakin, Emily (October 12, 2000). "David Dukes, Chameleon of An Actor, 55". The New York Times. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
- Tanenhaus, Sam (October 17, 2000). "Gus Hall, Unreconstructed American Communist of 7 Decades, Dies at 90". The New York Times. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
- Lyman, Rick (October 21, 2000). "Jean Peters, Actress of the 50s, Dies at 73". The New York Times. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
- Associated Press (October 15, 2000). "PLUS: AUTO RACING; Truck Series Driver Killed in Crash". The New York Times. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
- Maslin, Janet (October 16, 2000). "Vincent Canby, Prolific Film and Theater Critic for The Times, Is Dead at 76". The New York Times. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
- Belluck, Pam (October 18, 2000). "Mel Carnahan, 66, Missouri Governor and Democratic Senate Candidate". The New York Times. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
- "陆孝彭" (in Chinese). Chinese Academy of Engineering. Retrieved February 20, 2019.
- "Donna Mae Jogerst". All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Retrieved May 29, 2019.
- Berkvist, Robert (October 19, 2000). "Gwen Verdon, Redhead Who High-Kicked Her Way to Stardom, Dies at 75". The New York Times. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
- Wolf, Gregory H. "Hank Wyse". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
- "Benny Culp". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
- All-American Girls Professional Baseball League official website – Ruth Lessing profile
- "Lida Baarov: Beautiful Czech actress who turned down Hollywood to become Goebbels's mistress". The Guardian. November 8, 2000. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
- "Andújar Cedeño". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
- "Carlos Guastavino". The Guardian. December 15, 2000. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
- "Suri näitleja ja lavastaja Aare Laanemets". Delfi (in Estonian). October 28, 2000. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
- "Howard Patterson". Sports-Reference. Archived from the original on December 3, 2016. Retrieved December 29, 2018.
- Severo, Richard (November 1, 2000). "Steve Allen, Comedian Who Pioneered Late-Night TV Talk Shows, Is Dead at 78". The New York Times. Retrieved December 19, 2018.