Notable deaths in October 2020

Who Died In October 2020 ?

The following deaths of notable individuals occurred in October 2020. Death list of celebrities, politicians,singers,actors,artists,writers,athletes,painters,diplomats,Olympic champions,playwrights,wrestlers,football players,ice hockey players,basketball players,composers and other famous peoples who sadly passed away in October 2020. 

  October 1, 2020

Robbie Brunton

Robbie Brunton, 47

(Born: 5 September 1973 – Died: 1 October 2020)


The death has been announced of the legendary former Sligo Rovers football player (defender) Robbie Brunton, who died after a long and severe illness (cancer). He was only 47 years old The Dubliner took pleasure in a vibrant profession on these shores most significantly with Bohs and also Sligo, though he spent years at several other clubs in both the League of Ireland as well as the Irish League. Also, as likewise appreciated a brief spell at Stoke City in his more youthful years. He signed the contract for Sligo Rovers in 1994 as supervisor Willie McStay was leaving for Celtic and has amassed a total of 59 appearances for Rovers during the 1994/1995 and also 1995/1996 seasons, scoring 3 goals in those performances. Brunton, who was from Dublin, also went on to play for famous Irish clubs F.C. Derry City, F.C.Bohemians (the third most successful Irish Club), F.C. Kilkenny City, F.C. Dundalk and finally at Kingspan Century Park for F.C. Monaghan United, as well as Irish League clubs: F.C. Coleraine,F.C Newry City and finally F.C.Cliftonville. Brunton joined well-known nursery club Belvedere at the age of 8 and played for them for full 9 years till he signed for his first professional club F.C. Stoke City as an as an novice in early 1991. He authorized expert kinds the following year however never ever made the innovation to the first string as well as went back to Ireland to authorize for Sligo RoversIn the middle of 1994. In his probably best season (1994/1995) Robbie Brunton was voted ''Sligo player of the year'' was chosen for the Bord Gais All Stars selection as well as being nominated for the Professional Footballers' Association of Ireland - ''Young Player of the Year'' Honor completing runner up to Billy Woods of F.C. Cork City. Brunton also spent 2 seasons at F.C. Bohemians winning a runners-up medal in the Football Association of Ireland Challenge Cup again losing to F.C. Shelbourne before he moved to Buckley Park and finally F.C. Kilkenny City. The Whole Irish football community as well as the entire Irish sports community is in mourning after his sad passing, with heartfelt tributes being paid on all social networks.



Cause of death: cancer

Serhiy Atelkin

Serhiy Atenjankin, 48

(Born: January 8, 1972 – Died: October 1, 2020)


Shakhtar CEO Sergei Palkin on Facebook brought the shocking sad news - The legendary Ukrainian footballer Serhiy Atelkin, who won the historic first gold in the Ukrainian league with his team and former player of famous Ukrainian F.C. Shakhtar Donetsk, F.C Lecce (Italian Premier league) and Ukrainian national team , died at the age of just 48 of a second heart attack. It should be noted that Atelkin became the first player from the newly created state - independent Ukraine, who played in the prestigious Italian Serie A. Atelkin was born on January 8, 1972. A graduate of Shakhtar Donetsk, he made his football debut as a striker for the main team F.C. Shakhtar in the early 1990s. Together with Shakhtar he became proud champion of Ukraine, he also won the Ukrainian Cup as many as four times. Atelkin made his name playing as a excellent striker for the likes of F.C. Shakhtar Donetsk (first contract: 1990–1997 and second contract 2000–2002), U.S. Lecce Italy ( contract: 1997-1998) and Boavista FC, Portugal (contract:1998-1999). In mid-1996 years Serhiy Atelkin spent a very short stint in Kremenchuk forfootball club Kremin Kremenchuk. At the end of the 1999 Ukrainian league season he returned to Lecce, Italy to find out that he was unfortunately not needed. Then followed his sports tragedy - in mid-1998,Serhiy Atelkin got injured and lost his sports form, while U.S. Lecce, Italy got relegated. Furthermore - due to more very strict limitations on foreign football players Atelkin is unfortunately lost his place on the team, but was loaned out to play in the first Portuguese league. Atelkin, through legal proceedings, after a long legal battl, successfully broke his 3-year contract to become a full free agent.Together with famous and best Ukrainian footballer Andriy Shevchenko he holds a record for the most goals scored (four goals scored) in the finals of the Ukrainian State Cup. He also had three very successful seasons of scoring over 10 goals (1993, 1997 and 2001). In 2002, he finally became, after many attempts- the champion of Ukraine with FC Shakhtar Donetsk.



Cause of death: heart attack

  October 2, 2020

Derek Mahon

Derek Mahon, 78

(Born: 23 November 1941 - Died: 2 October 2020)


Northern Irish poet and translator who explored contemporary themes through verse with classical formal structure and one of the foremost contemporary Irish poets, has died in Cork in the south-west of Ireland after a short illness. He was 78 years old. His unforgettable poem, ''Everything is Going to be All Right'', a glamorous short lyric of solace but also and determined optimism captured for many different the national mood in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. A distinguished member of Aosdána (Irish association of artists), his many honours include the following highly esteemed awards: ''Lannan Literary Award for Poetry'' (writers whose work is of exceptional quality - 1990), ''The Irish Times-Aer Lingus Poetry Prize'' (1992), 'The David Cohen Prize for Literature'' (2007) and recently, also very prestigious award: ''Irish Times Poetry Now award''. Mahon studied at prestigious Trinity College in Dublin and at the famous French College Sorbonne in Paris before teaching in England and the US. Before its final returning to Ireland, Mahon lived in England (London), where he adapted many literary texts for British television BBC while working as a permanent poetry editor, program reviewer, and TV theatre critic. He was a contributor to the high-circulation newspapers ''The Irish Times'' and published a highly read prose collection under the title ''Journalism'' (by the end of 1996). Without a doubt, one of the most popular Irish writers of any generation, he emerged against the backdrop of terrible and unnecessary sectarian violence in Northern Ireland to influence not only Irish and British poets and writers, but also a generation of many famous Scandinavian writers. 



Cause of death: unknown

Bob Miller

Bob Miller, 64

(Born: September 28, 1956 – Died: October 2, 2020)


American NHL professional ice hockey player Robert Michael Miller, Jr. better known as Bob Miller who played over 400 games in the National Hockey League (in nine years between1977 -1985) has sadly died at the age of just 64. Bob Miller played for three well-known NHL Hockey Clubs: Boston Bruins, Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Kings. After a successful NHL career, he also played in the Finnish Elite League (also among the best ice hockey leagues of the world) for Hockey Club Kärpät and at the end of his playing career and the Switzerland National League (NLA) Hockey Club Sierre-Anniviers. Miller was a real big college hockey star (At the very esteemed, University of New Hampshire) as well as the United States national team at the 1976 Austria (Innsbruck) Winter Olympics in Austria. He was also a proud member of the US nacional team at the 1981 Canada Cup and 1977 (Vienna, Austria), 1981(Sweden), 1982 (Helsinki,Finland) and 1985 ( Prague, Czechoslovakia) Ice Hockey World Championship tournaments. He is the older brother of retired American professional ice hockey forward Paul Miller.



Cause of death: unknown

Bob Gibson

Bob Gibson, 84

(Born: November 9, 1935 – Died: October 2, 2020)


The legendary St. Louis Cardinals’ Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson, best known for his high, inside fastballs, right-hander who became one of baseball’s most dominating and famous MLB pitchers, known for his inspiring competitiveness and especially incredible forceful determination, has sadly passed away at the age of 84, after a one-year struggle with pancreatic cancer. In the middle of last year, Gibson's longtime agent and a good friend Dick Zitzmann announced that Gibson had been diagnosed with malignant disease three weeks earlie and was due to begin treatment with chemotherapy. Gibson spent his 17-year awesome career with the St. Louis Cardinals, breaking in during the 1959/1960 season. Gibson, whose dominance in the 1960s definitely helped the Cardinals win two World Series titles and even led to a rule change was also a nine-time All-Star winner (1962, 1962, from 1965–1970,1972), a nine-time Gold Glove winner (1965–1973) two-time World Series champion (1964, 1967) and The Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award (MVP) in 1968 ( 22-9 with a 1.12 ERA and 13 shutouts). Because of all the above, Bob Gibson was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame right after his first year of eligibility. Born in Omaha, Bob Gibson started playing baseball at 10 after he recovered from several serious illnesses. Gibson returned to baseball in early 1981 after accepting a coaching job with famous legendary Joe Torre (New York Mets) and after that in 1982 as a pitching coach in Atlanta Braves. Gibson also very short time served as color commentator for ESPN Major League Baseball in 1990. 



Cause of death: pancreatic cancer

  October 3, 2020

Karel Fiala

Karel Fiala, 95

(Born: 3 August 1925 – Died: 3 October 2020)


Famous Czech operatic tenor and movie actor who was best known for notable role in the 1984 Academy Award winning film Amadeus, Directed by Milos Forman and also for playing the lead in the 1964 musical parody ''Lemonade Joe, or the Horse Opera'', a parody of the American Western genre, Directed by influential Czech film director Oldrich Lipský has sadly passed away at the age of 95 in the Vršovice, Prague Hospital after the long-term sick. Actor spent the last years of his life in hospital. While still a student at the Prague University, He began very successful and noted performing in operas at the National Theatre in Prague (1949). Karel Fiala also appeared as a non-singing actor in a handful of Czech movies, but mostly in smaller roles. He was particularly successful and noticed in portraying parts in many operettas and musicals, including such roles as Count Danilo in ''The Merry Widow'', an operetta by the Austro-Hungarian composer Franz Lehár, musical drama ''Freddy in My Fair Lady'', and as Jim Kenyon in operetta-style musical ''Rose-Marie''.



Cause of death: long term sickness

Thomas Jefferson Byrd

Thomas Jefferson Byrd, 70

(Born: June 25, 1950 – Died: October 3, 2020)


The movie star Thomas Jefferson Byrd an character actor in several of Spike Lee’s films, died in the age of 70 after being shot to death in Atlanta. The Atlanta Police Department confirmed sad news. Atlanta police team were immediately dispatched, responding to a call about an injured unknown person. Upon arrival, officers located The movie star Thomas Jefferson Byrd lying unresponsive, without signs of life at the location. Atalanta Emergency medial services very quickly responded to the crime scene, identified actor Thomas Jefferson Byrd and pronounced him dead from multiple gunshot wounds to the actor's back.The Atlanta Police Department Homicide detectives are working to determine the all circumstances surrounding the tragic incident, and the investigation is currently still ongoing. Byrd earned a bachelor of science degree in education from private Methodist historically black liberal arts college Morris Brown College, Atlanta and later received a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance from Private art University - California Institute of the Arts in Santa Clarita, California. He starred in numerous regional very popular stage productions including several award-winning The San Diego Repertory Theatre's'' performance (Spunk). Byrd appeared in several films by American film director, Spike Lee, including crime drama ''Clockers'', drama ''Get on the Bus'' (1996), satirical comedy-drama ''Bamboozled''(2000) and musical crime comedy-drama ''Chi-Raq''(2015).



Cause of death: homicide

Charlie Haeger

Charlie Haeger, 37

(Born: September 19, 1983 – Died: October 3, 2020)


Former Major League Baseball professional player Charles Haeger, 37. a 2001 White Sox draft pick who Arizona police were seeking, on reasonable suspicion of murder and very aggravated assault in the fatal shooting of his ex-girlfriend Danielle Breed, 34. was found dead at the on a trail along the south rim of the Grand Canyon, Arizona where former baseball star took his own life (self-inflicted gunshot wound), police said and confirmed in a official statement. Charlie Haeger played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Chicago White Sox (2006–2007) - selected by the Sox in the 25th round of the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft, San Diego Padres (2008) - he was non-tendered following the season and Los Angeles Dodgers (2009–2010) - minor league contrac. Haeger was also a pitching coach for private Catholic University Madonna in Livonia, Michigan during 2014.



Cause of death: suicide by gunshot

  October 4, 2020

Kenzō Takada

Kenzō Takada, 81

(Born: 27 February 1939 – Died: 4 October 2020)


The Legendary Japanese fashion designer Kenzo Takada has sadly died in Paris from complications linked to COVID-19, at the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France, a spokesperson for Takada's famous luxury K-3 brand has announced in a official statement. Japanese-French fashion designer Kenzō Takada best known for creating the world-renowned luxury fashion house ''Kenzo'' was the first luxury designer from Japan to break into the city’s most exclusive fashion milieu (Paris) in the early and mid 1970s., after He left his native Japan by boat and via many world ports, arrived in the Port of Marseille from where he travelled to World Fashion Center, Paris, initially just to optional visit. But, Kenzo decided to settle in the Paris after meeting his partner, Xavier de Castella, descendant of a genuine nobleman who died in 1990 from AIDS., and never left. The young Kenzo was inspired by French influential European fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, an interest encouraged by his favorite teacher at Bunka Gakuen University, Tokyo who had trained in Paris, France. Kenzō Takada designs were a incredible fully chaotic mix of distinctly loud colors and glamorous mismatched prints inspired by his frequent travel around the world.



Cause of death: COVID-19

Mike Foster

Mike Foster, 90

(Born: July 11, 1930 – Died: October 4, 2020)


Former chief executive of the U.S. state of Louisiana, Governor Murphy James (Mike) Foster Jr. has sadly died at the age of 90 from natural causes at his home in Franklin, after spending a week in hospice care. A proud Korean War veteran from a small city Franklin, Louisiana. He was a very successful and respectable businessman in the Louisiana sugar and construction industries (owner of a construction firm) before he decided to enter the high politics as a convinced democrat at the age of a full 57 years (in early 1987). His plain-unusual speaking style and very often no-nonsense emphasis on solving different problems regardless of partisan democratic politics won him two elections ( 1996, 2000) to become very successful and appreciated Louisiana’s 53rd governor. Mike Foster graduated from Definitely one of the best - Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, The flagship university for Louisiana, Leading in: land, sea and space grant research (1952) with a bachelor of science in chemistry,and Southern University Law Center with a juris doctorate and a comprehensive knowledge of civil law and common law, in 2004, the year he left the Louisiana governorship. Definitely, One of Foster’s best legacies was the creation in 1997 of ''the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students scholarship program'' - scholarship program available to prospective college students in the state of Louisiana. Another Foster’s legacie was the successfully formation in mid-1998 of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System - Modern university system that has very successfully served the thousands of students each year who wanted post-secondary education schooling but not at a 4-Year College or University.


Cause of death: natural causes

  October 5, 2020

Bob Wilson

Bob Wilson, 77

(Born: 23 May 1943 – Died: October, 5 2020)


Former English professional football goalkeeper Robert John Wilson better known as Bob Wilson, has sadly died of natural causes at the age of 77 in his home. Bob Wilson was born on 23 May 1943 in Birmingham, England. He began his very successful goalkeeper's career with Aston Villa F.C as a youth player (1958). Unfortunately, he will be probably best remembered for a last minute blunder against famous German football club Hamburg S.V. in the never forgotten semi final of the Cup Winners' Cup (1 May 1968). Hamburg won 4–3 on aggregate. Wilson was second choice 'keeper at the time and Cardiff City had signed Fred Davies a 5 months before, but he was ineligible for the games v Hamburg. Apparently he had a superb unforgettable game in the first leg (Hamburg, 24 April 1968).In his youth career Bob Wilson played for Aston Villa F.C. (1958–1961). Senior career: 1961–1964, Aston Villa F.C. ( 9 apps.) 1964–1970 Cardiff City F.C. (115 apps.),1969 Bristol City (loan, 1apps.) and 1970–1976, Exeter City F.C. (205 apps). Across six very successful seasons at famous St.James Park, he was the Grecian’s constant first-choice club goalkeeper and a very popular figure amongst the squad and and club fans . 



Cause of death: natural causes

  October 6, 2020

Eddie Van Halen

Eddie Van Halen, 65

(Born: January 26, 1955 – Died: October 6, 2020)


The renowned Dutch-American Hall of Fame musician, unrepeatable songwriter ( for ex.: "Jump" and "Eruption"), producer, highly appreciated inventor ,founder of Rock band ''Van Halen'' and Grammy winner for Best Hard Rock Performance, sadly died after a long very arduous battle with throat cancer at the age of 65 years in Los Angeles, California U.S. His only son Wolfgang Van Halen announced the sad news on his Twitter profile. He was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands but in early 1972 his family moved to Pasadena, California. Dutch-born American definitely made history as one of the most famous and iconic Rock guitarists of all time. His full Dutch name was Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, and his brother Alex Van Halen began performing together as teens (1972), but formed the core of what would later become Van Halen after meeting singer David Lee Roth (1974). Eddie helped give the band ''Van Halen'' its name. Rock Band ''Van Halen'' was known for its instability (especially rotating cast of lead singers) but Eddie Van Halen and his brother, Alex Van Halen, remained constants for over five decades appearing in total on 12 studio albums and sold 56 million albums in the United States and unbelievable 80 million worldwide. At the beginning of 2007, for all of the above legendary band was inducted into the famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Eddie Van Halen was also very successfully engaged in several projects outside of his band, in cooperation with Brian May, Michael Jackson,Frank Sinatra, Black Sabbath, Roger Waters and other famous musicians in the United States and around the world. Unfortunately,he struggled with alcoholism and drug abuse practically all his life. He once stated an incredible fact that he began smoking and drinking alcohol at age 12. In 2012, he was voted number one in a prestigious Guitar World magazine reader's poll for "The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time'', winning convincingly the most readers' votes. Van Halen was also an highly appreciated inventor on three very successful patents related to guitars. 



Cause of death: throat cancer

Johnny Nash

Johnny Nash, 80

(Born: August 19, 1940 – Died: October 6, 2020)


John Lester Nash Jr.,better known as Johnny Nash, Houston native reggae and pop music singer-songwriter and also occasional actor, probably best known in the United States for his big hits, "I Can See Clearly Now" Billboard Hot 100 Chart #1 (1972) and "Hold Me Tight" (1968) has sadly died aged 80, at his Texas home - his family announced. Nash, had been in very declining health in recent months. It should be noted, Nahs was one of the first non-Jamaican singers to record reggae in the Jamaica, homeland of reggae music. Johnny Nash was born in Houston,Texas where he started very notable singing as a child in the church choir at nearby Baptist Church. He made his debut on a major record label in mid-1957 with the very successful single 'A Teenager Sings the Blues.' The following year, he enjoyed his first chart success with a song ''A Very Special Love'' (cover of Doris Day song). But, his career defining hit with the famous reggae-influenced single, and big hit 'I Can See Clearly Now'. The single was quickly sold over a million record copies in the U. S. alone and reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 as well as many other world Billboard, especially in England. Johnny Nash also covered Sam Cooke’s very popular 'Wonderful World' in early 1976, before the ten-year break in his career. He successfully returned to the world's charts with the release of his comeback album ''Here Again'' in mid-1986. Acting career - He has three acting credits in movie and TV: ''Take a Giant Step'' (1959), directed by Philip Leacock, ''Key Witness'' (1960), directed by Phil Karlson and Swedish film ''Vill så gärna tro'' (1971) directed by Gunnar Höglund.



Cause of death: unknown

Joseph Bruno

Joseph Bruno, 91

(Born: April 8, 1929 – Died: October 6, 2020)


Joseph Bruno, Legendary and powerful Former New York State Senate majority leader, very successful businessman, respected and appreciated Republican politician, ex-Army boxer and definitely one of the most prominent political figures in recent New York, has sadly died peacefully at his Brunswick home surrounded by his loving family and closest friends, according to a official statement issued by a Joseph Bruno long-time spokesman Kris Thompson. He was 91 years old. Joseph Bruno was born in Glens Falls, a city in Warren County, New York and grew up poor as one of eight children in a very modest six-room cold-water flat. In the early 1950s, He Served in the Army during the three-year Korean War. In his memoirs, Bruno described how he became the boxing champion and sports legend of his Army regiment. He was first elected in late 1976 to represent upstate Rensselaer County and Saratoga County, New York in the state Senate. He was twice beat corruption charges himself (in 2009). Bruno was Senate Majority Leader who presided over the chamber for 14 years from 1994 to 2008 - very successfully with the necessary strength and vigor. During 2005, because of his interest in upstate economic development Bruno proposed scientific research into high-speed rail development in State as essential part of a his plan to quick boost Upstate New York's stumbled economy. Bruno, had four children. His wife Barbara sadly died in 2008 after suffering from died in 2008 after suffering from severe Alzheimer's disease.



Cause of death: prostate cancer

  October 7, 2020

Mario Molina

Mario Molina, 77

(Born: 1943 – Died: October 7, 2020)


Mario José Molina-Pasquel Henríquez better known as Mario Molina, a famous Mexican chemist, the only Mexican scientist awarded with the prestigious Nobel Prize, and recipient of the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, has sadly died at his Mexico City home surrounded by his family. Molina won the prize along with famous scientists Frank Sherwood Rowland (professor of chemistry at the University of California, Irvine.) and atmospheric chemist Paul Crutzen of the Netherlands for their research into climate change and the impact of chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) gases on the environment. His research helped lead to the very important ''Montreal Protocol'', a international treaty to repair the atmosphere. Famous Mexican chemist earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering at the largest university in Latin America ''National Autonomous University of Mexico'' in late 1965. After only two years (1967) he earned his postgraduate degree in polymerization kinetics at the Albert Ludwigs University, a public research university located in Freiburg, Germany and in mid-1972 a Doctor of Philosophy in physical chemistry from the California first land-grant university Berkeley, working with George C. Pimentel who was the inventor of the chemical laser. He met fellow young chemist Luisa Tan there and they married in mid-1973. In the same year they moved together to Irvine, California where he worked as a postdoctoral researcher. For next 30 years (1974-2004), Mario Molina variously held scientific research and teaching posts at University of California, Irvine, the federally funded research and development center ''Jet Propulsion Laboratory'' at Caltech, and the MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology - private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was also a very significant member of the United States President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (during the presidency of Barack Obama). Molina was also a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences.



Cause of death: unknown

Ray Pennington

Ray Pennington, 86

(Born: December 22, 1933 – Died: October 7, 2020)


Tennessee music legend, country singer-songwriter, and successful record producer, most likely best known for writing the Waylon Jennings (one of the pioneers of the Outlaw Movement) and Montgomery Gentry ( American country music duo) song "I'm a Ramblin' Man" (Capitol Records,1967) and for founding the independent ''Step One Records label'' established in early 1984, was sadly killed in a house fire in Sumner County, Tennessee on the central northern border of the U.S, according to Shackle Island Fire Chief official statement. Tennessee country singer was 86 years old. Officials firmly believe the fire was caused by a Pennington's golf cart in the Pennington garage. singer's wife was also inside the house at the time, but luckily she managed to get out. Pennington first performed in a then very popular western swing band ''Western Rhythm Boys'', which mostly performed in the East North Central region of the Midwestern U.S. At the end of 1958, Pennington signed with King Records, Cincinnati, Ohio and released "Three Hearts in a Tangle" under the name Ray Starr. Song is written by him and R&B bandleader and pianist Sonny Thompson. He established his country music career in Tennessee in the 1960s. In 1984, Ray Pennington co-founded the independent ''Step One Records'' with his longtime friend Curtis Potter. Country music singer and guitarist Ray Price was the first act signed to the ''Step One Records'', and bluegrass singer Clinton Gregory charted in total three Top 30 hits while on Step One Records.



Cause of death: house fire

  October 8, 2020

Jim Dwyer

Jim Dwyer, 63

(Born: March 4, 1957 – Died: October 8, 2020)


Jim Dwyer, definitely one of New York’s most prominent and favorite journalists in the last four decades (New York Newsday, The New York Times and The Times), famous writer (American non-fiction ''102 Minutes''), and Twice Pulitzer Prize winner (1992 and 1995), has sadly died at the age of just 63, due to complications of lung cancer in Manhattan. Famous journalist was born in Manhattan, New York in a Catholic family of Irish immigrants. He received a master's degree in journalism from the prestigious Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism on Columbia's Morningside Heights campus in New York City. In his newspaper articles, reporter and columnist Jim Dwyer covered the many human stories of New York City in always dramatic prose and decisively crusaded against injustice. Newsprint bards was very often walked the city’s streets, chatted with total strangers. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Reporting (In 1992) for their coverage in New York Newsday, about the train on the New York City Subway's IRT Lexington Avenue Line derailed, killing five people (1991 Union Square derailment). He received Pulitzer Prize for Commentary once again in 1995. He also appeared in the very successful documentary film ''Central Park Five'' directed by Ken and Sarah Burns (2012).



Cause of death: lung cancer

Brian Locking

Brian Locking, 81

(Born: 22 December 1938 – Died: 8 October 2020)


Brian "Licorice" Locking, highly respected English musician, The Shadows rock bass guitarist and songwriter who was appeared with legendary Sir Cliff Richard in the film musical comedy ''Summer Holiday' (1963), has sadly died in a hospice in North Wales after a shorter period in intensive care, after having being diagnosed with a tumour on the bladder. Brian Locking suffered from permanent movement disorders , and he was legally blind and practically immobile. He was born in a market town in the borough of Bedworth,Warwickshire. Locking also very well and often played several other instruments, for example harmonica and clarinet. English pop singer Vince Eager came up with the nickname "Licorice Stick" when introducing Locking on stage in the East Lindsey in early 1956 ( later reduced to shorter nickname- just "Licorice"). After being in the ''Shadows'' for a very short time - a year and a half (1962-1963), Locking left to pursue his ordinary activities with the Jehovah's Witnesses religious community.



Cause of death: bladder cancer

Shlomo Gazit

Shlomo Gazit, 93

(Born: 1926 – Died: 8 October 2020)


Israeli military general in the Israel Defense Forces and respected academic, former head of Israel Military Intelligence Directorate, President of Ben-Gurion University, Beersheba, Israel, and very influential head of the Jewish Agency - the largest Jewish nonprofit organization in the world, has sadly died from natural causes at age of 93. Shlomo Gazit was born in 1926 as Shlomo Weinstein in Istanbul,Turkey his Jewish family later moved to geopolitical entity of Mandatory Palestine. He ran Israel Military Intelligence Directorate In a very politically complicated period (1974-1979) and was no doubt credited with rehabilitating it as an very important institutions after the agency was discredited and belittled for missing Egypt’s surprise and successful attack during the 1973 Yom Kippur War, also known as the Arab–Israeli War. During his four-year termas the Military Intelligence Directorate chief, He was also very active involved in peace contacts with Egypt and coping with a variety of terrorist acts on a Israel state on the borders.In a 2011 report by the IPS Association, organization who representing hundreds of most eminent security experts and veterans Mossad, Shin Bet and the Israel Police, and in a 2016 interview with a national daily newspaper ''Yediot Aharonot'', Shlomo Gazit very sharply criticized former Israel’s leadership for failing to resolve the frequent and consecutive conflicts with the Palestinians and to restrain the uncontrolled settler movement in the state of Israel.During the fought in the territory of Palestine under the British Mandate (1947-1949) known as ''War of Independence'', He served in the a reserve Harel Brigade, and was a direct participant in fighting the Arab Legion (Battles of Latrun and Operation Yoav). 



Cause of death: natural causes

Tom O'Donnell

Tom O'Donnell, 94

(Born: 30 August 1926 – Died: 8 October 2020)


Famous and beloved Irish politician Thomas G. O'Donnell, better known as Tom O'Donnell, a native of Limerick who was very successful Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Gaeltachtany - primarily Irish-speaking region) 1973 -1977 , Member of European Parliament for five years from 1979 to 1980, and also reputable member of Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish Parliament has sadly died from natural causes at the age of 94 at his home in Ballysheedy West, province of Munster Ireland. Tom O’Donnell is probably one of the last surviving politicians of the government led by Fine Gael politician Liam Cosgrave. He was also Irish Fine Gael politician who was definitely a major figure in Irish public life and high politics for over 30 years. He was born in Charleville, a town in north County Cork, Ireland. O'Donnell received a Bachelor of Arts degree at one of the best Irish universities - University College in Dublin, Ireland. Before entering politics, he worked as a teacher and a local voluntary community activist. ( Special award for his constant volunteer work and contribution to the community by Limerick County Council in 2001).



Cause of death: natural causes

Whitey Ford

Whitey Ford, 91

(Born: October 21, 1928 – Died: October 8, 2020)


Edward Charles "Whitey" Ford, better known as Whitey Fordand and his famous nickname "The Chairman of the Board" who was The second-oldest living member of the Baseball Hall of Fame Hall of Fame in New York, a legendary, unrepeatable, irreplaceable and one of the most famous professional baseball pitchers in New York Yankees history has sadly died at his home in Lake Success on Long Island, New York while watching his favorite baseball game on television. Unfortunately, He had suffered from very severe brain dementia for several years. "The Chairman of the Board'' played his entire impressive career (before he going to Korean war and after his return in early 1953) in the world’s strongest baseball league with the American professional baseball team New York Yankees (16 year : 1950 and 1953–1967). He was also a incredible ten-time Major League Baseball All-Star and six time world series championship game winner. In 1961, he won both prestigious awards: the ''Cy Young Award'' as best pitcher and ''World Series Most Valuable Player Award'' for the most impact on his team's performance. He is without a doubt the New York Yankees best franchise leader in career wins (imposing - 236), shutouts (45 times he was not allow the opposing team to score a single run), innings pitched (IP) (3,170 1⁄3), and games started by a pitcher - incredible 438 games. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the same year when the New York Yankees retired his uniform number (in mid-1974). Ford was born in Manhattan. As a young five-year-old boy, he moved to the Astoria, the western portion of the New York City, a just few miles from the Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. During the three-year Korean War era, Whitey Ford served in the United States Army (1951-1952). George Vecsey sports columnist of reputable ''The New York Times'' suggested that Whitey Ford definitely was "The Greatest Living Yankee." 



Cause of death: dementia

Greg Strobel

Greg Strobel, 68

(Born: August 17, 1952 – Died: October 8, 2020)


A real wrestler legend has left us. He was amateur wrestling champion, proud member of the American Hall of Fame college wrestler and also highly esteemed and beloved coach at Oregon State University, Lehigh University and Roseburg High School, a very reputable academic institutions that conducted one of the top wrestling programs in the United States. Mr. Strobel died in his sleep at his home after he had suffered from cancer for several years. The legendary champion wrestler won two NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and was also a three-time All-American at Oregon State (Oregon State Beavers wrestling program). He finishing his college champion wrestling career with a imposing 126-8-1 record before starting his professional college coaching career. Under his professional supervision, Strobel’s wrestlers captured a total of 28 individual Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association. He also coached two NCAA champions: Rob Rohn, 3x PIAA placewinner and Troy Letters in 2004. Mr. Strobel, PIAA & NCAA Division I Champion.



Cause of death: cancer

  October 9, 2020

Pierre Kezdy

Pierre Kezdy, 58

(Born: January 4, 1962 – Died: October 9, 2020)


Pierre Kezdy, longtime bass guitarist best known for playing with various Chicago legendary punk bands including; band Naked Raygun, one of most influenti al and famous Chicago punk rock/post-punk band, band ''Pegboy'' founded in 1990 by John Haggerty, band ''Strike Under'' started by Steve Bjorklund in the early 1980s and band ''Trial By Fire'' who started at the end of 1981, after the demise of ''Strike Under'', has sadly died after a long and difficult struggle with cancer at the age of just 58 at a hospice in Glenview, 15 miles northwest of the Chicago. His older brother John Kezdy was frontman of ''The Effigies'', American punk band from Chicago. Unfortunately Pierre Kezdy suffered a strong stroke stroke in early 2011 and was completely unable to perform live with his band. 



Cause of death: cancer

Jimmie Lee Solomon

Jimmie Lee Solomon, 64

(Born: March 11, 1956 – Died: October 9, 2020)


Jimmie Lee Solomon, The legendary Former Major League Baseball executive and very prominent and respected lawyer, a native of Fort Bend County, Texas who also served for a full five years as the Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations (2005 - 2010) and who was most responsible for the very successful project for a construction of baseball academies in many urban areas, has sadly died at his home in Houston at the age of 64. His dead body was found on October 9, 2020. Solomon’s death was announced by his close friend and mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner. The cause of his death is still unknown and an official police investigation is underway. A Houston coroner's finding is also awaited. During a professional career that lasted more than 20 years, Jimmie Solomon was for years one of the most prominent and influential black American executives in the world’s best baseball league – MLB. At the end of 2003, He was fully deserved included in a very prestigious Sports Illustrated's list of the 101 Most Influential Minorities in Sports.



Cause of death: unknown

Len Rossi

Len Rossi, 90

(Born: September 24, 1930 – Died: October 9, 2020)


Legendary professional skilled Hall of Fame wrestler Len Rositano best known as Len Rossi, one of wrestling's most famous dominant figures not only across the country, but also across the whole wrestling world, a longtime famous Nashvillian, sadly died at his home i Nolensville, a town in Williamson County, Tennessee, after battling cancer for several years. He was 91 years old. He grew up in Utica, New York in a family of Italian immigrants. In twenty years of his wrestling career he won fourteen times NWA World Tag Team Champion titles. In 2004 he was inducted into the ''Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame'' and after 12 years into the NWA Hall of Fame. He ended his successful wrestling career after serious injury that he sustained in a car accident in 1972. After his very successfully wrestling career Rossi embarked on a second also successfully career as a health foods and sports nutrition store owner in Brentwood and Hermitage.



Cause of death: cancer

  October 10, 2020

Serge Bourdoncle

Serge Bourdoncle, 84

(Born: 24 January 1936 – Died: 10 October 2020)


Former French professional football midfielder who had a great playing career in the 1950s and 1960s, playing for famous French clubs: F.C. Sochaux-Montbéliard, F.C. Nîmes Olympique, F. C. des Girondins de Bordeaux and F. C. and also highly esteemed football manager (A.S Algrange) at the beginning of 1970 years, has peacefully passed away at his home in Pays de Montbéliard, France from natural causes. He was 84 years old. Bourdoncle’s death was confirmed by FC Sochaux-Montbéliard spokesman. Bourdoncle was runner-up with in the 1959 ''Coupe de France'' (Le Havre AC won the final) and two-time winner of the competition ''Coupe Charles Drago'' (1963 and 1964). After his retirement he become the very successful manager of a France company specializing in luxury swimming pools. FC Sochaux will pay tribute to their deceased former player with a minute's silence in the next home match against Amiens SC in French Championship.


Cause of death: natural causes

  October 11, 2020

Hugo Arana

Hugo Arana, 77

(Born: July 23, 1943 – Died: October 11, 2020)


The Argentine actor Hugo Arana, a very popular comedian with an extensive forty-year career in Argentine theater, film and television, probably best known for his unforgettable role in the 1987 TV sitcom Series: ''Marriages and something else'', directed by famous Hugo Moser in which he played two different characters, has sadly died at the age of 77 in the Sanatorio Colegiales Hospital in Buenos Aires from complications linked to COVID-19. Arana had been hospitalized a week ago for a domestic accident - a hard fall in his house. However, doctors performed the throat swab, which unfortunately confirmed that Arana was infected with a dangerous virus COVID-19. The renowned actor grew up in part of the urban agglomeration of Greater Buenos Aires where his parents were successful farmers and moved with his family to Lanús the capital of Lanús Partido, Buenos Aires Province. He studied acting with Argentine theatrical and film actors Marcello Lavalle and Augusto Fernandez at The National University of the Arts. In his first years acting career, Hugo Arana was part of a very successful and renowned theatre group called "Errare Humanum Est". His first film role was in ''Chronicle of Boy alone'' (1965) directed by Leonardo Favio.


Cause of death: COVID-19

Terry McBrayer, 83

(Born: September 1, 1937 – Died: October 11, 2020)


W. Terry McBrayer, respected American politician whose great influence reached far beyond the state Kentucky, Prominent Lexington lawyer, influential Democratic lobbyist, Kentucky Democratic Party chief, Leslie & Kirkland law firm senior partner who was permanent member of the Kentucky House of Representatives for more than twenty years, from 1966 until his retirement in 1976 has sadly died of cancer at his home in Lexington, Kentucky at the age of 83, said in a statement of The Lexington Leslie & Kirkland law firm which W. Terry McBrayer founded 57 years ago in Greenup, Kentucky. Mr. McBrayer had been battling severe cancer for five years. The renowned politician grew up in Greenup County and graduate of public university in Morehead, Kentucky and prestigious University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. He led the two Kentucky presidential campaign for former President Bill Clinton (1992 and 1996). In the middle of 1989, Mr.McBrayer was a founding fellow of the very influential and respectable ''State Capitol Group'', a large global widespread network of more than 150 of the most influential preeminent independent law firms throughout the whole world. It included reputable law firms in every U.S. state as well as over 90 superbly organized foreign jurisdictions with more than 11,000 top lawyers worldwide. He failed only once, in 1970 when he ran unsuccessfully for Kentucky governor.


Cause of death: cancer

  October 12, 2020

Yehoshua Kenaz

Yehoshua Kenaz, 83

(Born: 2 March 1937 – Died: 12 October 2020)


Yehoshua Kenaz, definitely one of Israel's preeminent novelists in the last six decades, as well as a very successful screenwriter, famous editor it the ''Haaretz'', Israel longest running newspaper, academic linguist, and translator, who translated many best French classics into language to native Israel language - Hebrew, has sadly died at the age of 83 from natural causes at his home in Israel. Kenaz studied his favorites Philosophy and Romance languages at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and in the early 60s and French literature at the prestigious Sorbonne University of Paris in France. For his creative work Yehoshua Kenaz has been awarded with many prestigious prizes including: in the 1994 with the ACUM Prize - Prize of Authors, Composers and Music Publishers in Israel and ''the Bialik Prize'', given by the municipality of Tel Aviv in 1995. It should be noted - four adaptations of his novels have been adapted to very successful films which were very popular in Israel. His best seller novel ''Infiltration'' (1986) was named one of the 10 most important literary works in all Israeli literary books history.


Cause of death: natural causes

Carlos M. Rivera

Carlos M. Rivera, 86

(Born: 1934 – Died:October 12, 2020)


Former New York City Fire Department Commissioner (27th) Carlos M. Rivera, the New York City Fire department’s first Hispanic Puerto Rican American leader, a well-respected New York firefighter with decorated career and highly respected commander who was also directly responsible for the over N.Y. 12,000 firefighters under his command, has sadly died at the age of 86. Rivera was appointed the 27th FDNY Commissioner in early January 1990 by former New York mayor David Norman Dinkins (the first and only African American N.Y. Mayor) and devotedly served in that very responsible and honorably position, until his resignation at the end of August 1993. He resigned due to health and familly problems. Rivera was the commissioner and leading the Fire Department during World Trade Center bombing attack on 1993, when a bomb suddenly very powerful exploded in a subterranean parking garage at the New York Twins, when his firefighters helped evacuate over 50,000 people.


Cause of death: unknown

Conchata Ferrell, 77

(Born: March 28, 1943 – Died: October 12, 2020)


The renowned and three-time Emmy nominee American actress Conchata Ferrell, probably best known for playing Berta the housekeeper in the CBS sitcom ''Two and a Half Men'' (2003 - 2015) has sadly died October 12, 2020 in Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles after complications following a cardiac arrest suffered in the month of April 2020. Some of Ferrell's unforgettable roles in films include her acting performances in: 2000, Biography, Drama ''Erin Brockovich'' directed by Steven Soderbergh, and 1975 thriller film ''Deadly Hero'' directed by Ivan Nagy.


Cause of death: complications from a heart attack

  October 13, 2020

Jacinda Barclay

Jacinda Barclay, 29

(Born: 18 February 1991 – Died: 13 October 2020)


Aussie sport pioneer, sportswoman and assistant life support technician in the professional diving industry Jacinda Barclay who played three sports at high levels has sadly died at the age of just 29. Her cause of death is not yet known and has not been reported. She began playing Australian football as a twelve-year-old girl. As an amateur player she played for The Swan Districts Football Club (the Swans) in the WAFL Women's (WAFLW) Australian rules football league. She was No. 65, 2016 AFL Women's draft, drafted to The Greater Western Sydney Football Club (the Giants). She made 23 top appearances for the Greater Western Sydney over four seasons. Barclay began very successfully playing American football in early 2012, while living in the U.S. state of Illinois (Chicago). She played for Chicago Bliss and as the best offensive quarterback player in the league leading her Chicago team to a title and winning an very prestigious award as the best offensive player in the Lingerie Football League (LFL). Barclay represented the Emeralds - The Australian women's national baseball team in The 2008 IBAF Women's Baseball World Cup in Japan at the age of just 17 years. Jacinda Barclay won a silver medal at The 2010 Women's Baseball World Cup in august 2010.


Cause of death: is not yet known

  October 14, 2020

Herbert Kretzmer

Herbert Kretzmer, 95

(Born: 5 October 1925 – Died: 14 October 2020)


The South African- born English prominent journalist Herbert Kretzmer, who was for last 50 years one of London’s most influential theater critic lyricist as well as a highly respected songwriter has peacefully passed away at his north London home, from natural causes at the age of 95. His grieving family and closest friends confirmed the sad news of his death on facebook and twitter. Prominent journalist was born in South African town Kroonstad on 5 October 1925, but he moved to London in early 1958. Herbert Kretzmer was certainly best known as the lyricist for the extraordinary English-language musical adaptation of sung- through global blockbuster musical ''Les Misérables - Les Mis'' which is still one of the world’s most successful England theater productions as well as for his long-time collaboration with famous French singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour on his 1974 hit single ''She'' (theme tune for the award-winning TV series ''Seven Faces of Woman'' Created by Richard Doubleday). Famous London writer also penned the glorious text to the 1960 song ''Goodness Gracious Me'' (song was in top 5 UK single), made world famous famous by legendary actors Peter Sellers and beautiful Sophia Loren. He also was a longtime theater and senior drama critic for the daily national tabloid ''The Daily Express'' and a constant television critic for The Daily Mail Weekend TV guide. He was nominated twice for Golden Globe Award - both times for best film song, but failed to win the prize.


Cause of death: natural causes

John Reid

John Reid, 92

(Born: 3 June 1928 – Died: 14 October 2020)


John Richard Reid - New Zealand's oldest surviving Test cricketer legendary icon, a former superb all-rounder, hard-hitting batsman, pacey seam bowle and a great leader of the national team in the fifties and sixties of the last century who captained team in 34 Test matches, has sadly died at the age of 92 in Auckland, New Zealand, said in a statement of the country’s cricket board. The cause of death of the cricket legend has not been announced. In the 1962 celebrating the official birthday of Elizabeth II, John Richard Reid was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire - The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, for his exceptional services to New Zealand sport, and especially for the development and promotion of cricket. He is still considered as one of the world’s best all-rounders not only in the 50s and 60s of the last century, but of all time. New Zealand cricketing icon also wrote two books about his brilliant and long sports career, '' Sword of Willow '' - The NZ cricket captain's own story (1962) and '' A Million Miles of Cricket ''- further stories (1966).


Cause of death: unknown

  October 15, 2020

Jole Santelli

Jole Santelli, 51

(Born: 28 December 1968 – Died: 15 October 2020)


Italian politician Jole Santelli, The long influential parliamentary representative in Italian Chamber of Deputies where she was a very active member of Silvio Berlusconi's centre-right Forza Italia political party, prominent lawyer with a degree from the prestigious Sapienza University of Rome, and also the First woman president of the very important industrial region in Southern Italy - Calabria, has suddenly died at her home in north-central Calabria city Cosenza at the age of just 51. The sad news was sadly confirmed by her close friend, the mayor of Cosenza Mr. Mario Occhiuto. She had been suffering from severe cancer for years but unfortunately she lost the battle with the disease. In the early 2000s, Jole Santelli was for a full five years Berlusconi's very respected undersecretary at the Ministry of Justice. She was also undersecretary at the Ministry of Labour in the Mr. Enrico Letta Cabinet during 2013, until her party leader Silvio Berlusconi suddenly withdrew its support from the Letta government.


Cause of death: cancer

Bhanu Athaiya

Bhanu Athaiya, 91

(Born: 28 April 1929 – Died: 15 October 2020)


The most famous and brilliant Indian costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, a real film design miracle worker who was Bollywood design icon for the past 70 years and who also won the Oscar, the most prestigious entertainment industry award for Best Costume Design in Richard Attenborough’s epic world blockbuster movie Gandhi (1983), has sadly passed away at Southmumbai medical centre, Maharashtra, India from complications of severe brain cancer disease. She was 91 years old. Her grieving daughter Radhika confirmed the sad news of mother's death. She was practically completely immobile in recent years after being diagnosed with a severe and incurable cancer disease. In a brilliant career that spanned over 50 years, India’s first Academy Award winner was designing costumes for best Indian (Ashutosh Gowariker,Raj Kapoor,Raj Khosla) and famous international directors such american producer and director Conrad Rooks ( for movie ''Siddhartha'' 1972 ) and English filmmaker, Richard Attenborough (for movie ''Shatranj Ke Khilari'' 1977). 


Cause of death: complications from brain cancer

  October 16, 2020

Steve Adubato Sr.

Steve Adubato Sr., 87

(Born: December 24, 1932 – Died: 16 October 2020)


Stephen N. Adubato, Sr., a widely respected and dearest Newark political head leader for more than 60 years, who built a very powerful and authoritative political machine in Newark’s North Ward (Broadway, Forest Hill, Mount Pleasant,Woodside, Roseville and Seventh Avenue) while delivering an outstanding level of many important services to his local community, has sadly died after a long severe illness. He was 87 years old. Nicknamed '‘Big Steve’' Mr. Adubato spend more than 15 years working as a very favorite teacher (history and government ) in the Newark public school system, and also served on the executive board of The Newark Teachers’ Association. Adubato was a highly respected Democrat who thrived in the fairly common rough-and-tumble internecine warfare of Jersey's politics, helping everyone without exception elect mayors and city administration, lawmakers, but also eminent governors and United States senators. Just the day after former federal prosecutor Chris Christie, a Republican, won election as governor - the first thing he did was visit to Mr. Adubato. 23 years ago, he founded the Robert Treat Academy, one of New Jersey’s first Charter School who serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade.



Cause of death: unknown (severe illness)

Johnny Bush, 85

(Born: February 17, 1935 – Died: October 16, 2020)


Johnny Bush,(born John Bush Shinn III) Legendary Texas country music singer, hugely respected songwriter, and unforgettable drummer, nicknamed the "Country Caruso", a proud member of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame since 2003, who was widely known for his characteristic voice and as the co-writer of "Whiskey River" released in 1972 through RCA Records Victor U.S., a unforgettable big top-10 hit song - has sadly died at his Texas home, in San Antonio, surrounded by family and closest friends at the age of 85. The sad news is posted on the singer's Official Facebook page. The cause of death is unknown."Whiskey River" is still beloved in Bush's native Texas.He overcame a rare and uncommon neurological vocal disorder with Botox treatments in the late 1980s.After that he became the spokesman for people afflicted with vocal disorders problems. For his dedicated work and achieving distinction despite a communication he was honored with the prestigious Annie Glenn Award.


Cause of death: unknown

Anthony Chisholm

Anthony Chisholm, 77

(Born: April 9, 1943 – Died: October 16, 2020)


Anthony Chisholm, renowned Tony-Nominated veteran Stage and movie actor, long-standing associate of famous playwright August Wilson and proud Vietnam War veteran who is probably best known for his role of Elder Joseph Barlow in Burr Redding's global blockbuster HBO’s prison crime drama tv series ''Oz'' has sadly died at his home at the age of 77. His talent management company (The Katz - leading privately-owned enterprise with operations in entertainment) confirmed the sad news on The Katz official facebook and Twiter page. The actors cause of death is posted as unknown. Chisholm was a nominated for a Tony Award (The Antoinette Perry Award) for Best Supporting Actor in a play, for his role of Elder Joseph Barlow in the final installment of August Wilson's 2005 ''Radio Golf''. Since 2003, he also performed on Broadway in famous August Wilson's ten-play chronicle ''Gem of the Ocean'' in the very demanding role of "Solly Two Kings", and also in the sixth part of series ''The Pittsburgh Cycle'' - ''Two Trains Running'' in the also demanding role of "Wolf''.


Cause of death: unknown

  October 17, 2020

Ryszard Ronczewski

Ryszard Ronczewski, 90

(Born: 27 June 1930 – Died: 17 October 2020)


Great Polish film and television actor Ryszard Ronczewski, a renowed artist who appeared in over eighty films and thousands of theater performances since the early 50s of the last century has sadly died at the clinical Hospitalin Sopot,Poland from the coronavirus at the age of 90. The sad news of the actor's death is posted on the offical website of the City Hall in Gdańsk, Poland. He was an actor during the 1970s and 1980s in the Danuta Baduszkowa - Musical Theater in Gdynia and also from 1984 until the end of his active theater career in 2005. His memorable roles including: ''The Two Who Stole the Moon'' - 1962, Adventure film directed by Jan Batory, ''An Ancient Tale: When the Sun Was a God'' - 2003, Adventure, film directed by Jerzy Hoffman, ''And Along Come Tourists'' - 2010, movie Drama directed by Robert Thalheim and ''Colonel Wolodyjowski'' - 1969, war film directed by Jerzy Hoffman. Ryszard Ronczewski was a laureate of many artistic Polish and international awards, incl. great charter of the Gdańsk Voivode.


Cause of death: COVID-19

Doreen Montalvo

Doreen Montalvo, 56

(Born: 1964 – Died: 17 October 2020)


Doreen Montalvo Mann, renowned Television - musical theatre Broadway actress and recording artist best known for his role in comedy ''Jack, Jules, Esther & Me'' - 2013 (Melda) and also role in Broadway musical "Havana Under The Sea"- 2003 (Cecilia) for which she won a prestigious Hola Award (Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors) for Best Actress, has sadly died from complications from a stroke at the age of just 56. The theatre star was suffered a severe stroke About a month before her death. Montalvo is survived by her husband, ex stage lesser-known actor Michael Maas. The sad news was confirmed by her longtime manager and close friend Steve Maihack on Facebook and Instagram. The theatre actress was last appearing before some six months in the new Broadway musical, ''Mrs. Doubtfire'', when the corona virus pandemic started in U.S. (In late March). Doreen Montalvo has also recently released her long-awaited solo album called "American Soul/ Latin Heart" distributed by record label Broadway Records. Her Television and Film credits also include: ''In the Heights'' (2021) Musical drama directed by Jon M. Chu and ''Law & Order'' Crime TV Series (2002) directed by Dick Wolf.


Cause of death: complications from a stroke

  October 18, 2020

Ilana Rovina

Ilana Rovina, 86

(Born: January 30, 1934 - Died: October 18, 2020)


Celebrated singer and renowned film actress Ilana Rovina, certainly one of Israel's first big pop stars in the 50s and 60s of the last century and daughter of famous Hebrew Stage Theatre actress Hanna Rovina, who was referred as the "First Lady of Hebrew Theater, has sadly died at the Jarusalem hospital from coronavirus. Ilana Rovina was infected with the coronavirus about a week ago while receiving chemotherapy treatment for severe cancer. She was 86 year old. The sad news was confirmed by her family on social media. As an actress, Ilana Rovina is probably best known for her role role in the 1961 Israeli film comedy ''I Like Mike'' directed by Peter Frye. As an singer, she released a string of hits including big Hebrew Songs "Shir Haderech" and memorable song "Shir HaPilPel." Ilana Rovina was born and grow up in Jerusalem, Israel but she moved to Europe after marrying her third husband Gurion Weismann. However, she returned to Israel very quickly, in the mid-1970s. During the October Arab–Israeli Yom Kippur War in 1973 Rovina performed several times for Israeli soldiers on the front line with legendary Leonard Cohen. In the late 70's she again moved to Europe (London) but she came back forever to her native Israel in 2006.


Cause of death: COVID-19

Sid Hartman

Sid Hartman, 100

(Born: March 15, 1920 – Died: October 18, 2020)


Mr. Sid Hartman, Renowned Longtime Minneapolis Star Tribune sports columnist and legendary radio personality at the Entercom WCCO 830 commercial AM radio station in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a journalistic icon for more than 70 years, has died peacefully at his home, surrounded by family and closest friends at the age of 100. Iconic Twin Cities favorite - every single day voice of Minnesota sports for more than 70 years, whose last post was published at the morning of his passing. Renowed Minnesota journalist was a longtime favorite host on very popular WCCO Radio and very successfully featured on the "The Sports Show" who was perhaps is the best sports show at Minnesota media scene for the last 20 years. As a 17-year-old boy, he among the first developed the use then advanced technology of ''newspaper boxes'', where customers would pay for journals on the simple honor system by leaving coins in a specially designed change box. The Minnesota Vikings honored legendary journalist by naming the main media entrance at U.S. Bank Stadium after him. 


Cause of death: natural causes

James A. Johnson, 76

James A. Johnson, 76

(Born: December 24, 1943 – Died: October 18, 2020)


A native of Benson, Swift County, Minnesota, Power broker James A. Johnson, a former highly respected Democratic campaign operative and financier, great political figure, who headed as Chief Executive Officer of The Federal National Mortgage Association (FNMA), a mortgage-finance giant known as ''Fannie Mae'' from 1991 until 1998, has sadly died at his home in Washington, D.C. from complications from a neurological condition at the age of 76. The sad news was confirmed by Johnson’s son Alfred Johnson. He was the campaign manager for former Minnesota senator and Vice President of the U.S. Walter Mondale's in his unsuccessful 1984 presidential bid and chaired Democratic Party vice presidential candidate selection for the 2004 presidential campaign of Massachusetts U.S. Senator John Kerry. James A. Johnson also briefly led (he stepped down after one week) the vice-presidential selection process for the 2008 Democratic presidential nominee, Illinois Senator Barack Obama. He chaired the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts located on the Potomac River and the Brookings Research Institution think tank (policy institute). 


Cause of death: complications from a neurological condition

  October 19, 2020

Enzo Mari, 97

Enzo Mari, 97

(Born: December 31, 1932 – Died: October 19, 2020)


Enzo Mari, a renowned Italian modernist artist, notable author and prominent avant-garde furniture designer, "Giant"of design who Throughout his over six decades long prolific career, resolutely promoted the idea of creating excellently-designed items for ordinary people, regardless of their financial status, has sadly died at Milan's University Clinical Hospital San Raffaele where he was hospitalized after a deterioration in his health caused by his advanced age. He was 97 years old. The sad news was confirmed by his family on social media. He has been a favorite designer of many of the world’s greatest brands, including: Italian manufacturer ''Artemide'' founded by Ernesto Gismondi and Sergio Mazza Based in Pregnana Milanese and ''Alessi'', Italian housewares and kitchen utensil company.


Cause of death: natural causes

Sir John Margetson, 93

Sir John Margetson, 93

(Born: 9 October 1927 – Died: 19 October 2020)


Sir John Margetson, British long-standing respectable diplomat who served as ambassador in Her Majesty's Diplomatic Service during the 70s and 80s of the last century as very successful diplomatic representative in Vietnam (1978 -1979), United Nations (1983-1984) as The United Kingdom deputy Permanent Representative - with rank of ambassador and Netherlands (1984–88), has sadly died after a short illness at The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in Colney Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, England. He was 93 years old. He was educated at Blundell's School in Tiverton, Devon, and at the College of St John the Evangelist in the University of Cambridge, where he was a ''choral scholar'' ( he was receiving a scholarship in exchange for singing in university's choir). From 1947 to 1949, Margetson served his military service with the senior regiment of the British Army - the Life Guards. In 1960, having been a highly respected colonial officer for over ten years, he joined MI6 (The Secret Intelligence Service). After his retirement, former spy and perfect diplomat served as Gentleman Usher of the Blue Rod of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (1992 / 2002).


Cause of death: unknown (after a short illness)

  October 20, 2020

Paul Murphy, 77

Paul Murphy, 77

(Born: 1943 – Died: 20 October 2020)


The much-loved and celebrated Australian veteran radio and tv presentern, who was probably best known for his decennium long tenure as unforgettable host of the one of Australia's longest-running productions - ABC's PM program, as well as being the first and probably the best host of SBS's Dateline, has sadly died from cancer at his home. He was 77 years old. He had been suffering from cancer for several years but unfortunately he lost the battle with the disease. In the middle of 1960s Murphy first joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a political reporter in the Canberra Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery. A few years later (1967), Paul Murphy joined the pioneering ground-breaking ABC television first regular nightly current affairs show ''This Day Tonight''. In The Australia Day Honours, on 26 January 1994, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM)'' for achievement and meritorious service to public broadcasting and to journalism. He was also awarded in 2020, with a very prestigious journalistic award - ''the Walkley Award for Outstanding Contribution to Journalism.''


Cause of death: cancer

Derryl Cousins, 74

Derryl Cousins, 74

(Born: August 18, 1946 – Died: October 20, 2020)


Derryl Cousins, a longtime and highly appreciated Major League Baseball umpire who always worked in the highest level of the sport for over three decades, has sadly died at his Las Vegas home. The Legendary MLB Umpire was 74 years old. The sad news is posted on the offical MLB website. The cause of death of has not been announced. Derryl Cousins, a native of Fresno, California, was worked for a full twenty years in The American League of Professional Baseball Clubs (from 1979 to 1999), including three World Series (1988, 1999 and 2005.) and three All-Star Game (1987, 1998 and 2008). He worked some of the most high-profile all-time games played during his long - time tenure (Tom Seaver's 300th career win in Yankee Stadium, Game 1 of the 1988 World Series, the last game in Yankee Stadium, Jeter's 3000th career hit against the Tampa Bay Rays). He also officiated in the one international baseball competition - The 2009 World Baseball Classic (WBC) as the home plate umpire for the final game. Cousins retired at the end of the 2012 league season, ending his legendary long career as a crew chief.


Cause of death: unknown

Deanna Demuzio, 77

Deanna Demuzio, 77

(Born: February 23, 1943 – Died: October 20, 2020)


The City of Carlinville, Illinois announced on the city’s offical Facebook page sad news that its beloved mayor and former city chairman of the Ordainance Committeethe and also former Democratic member of the Illinois Senate, Deanna Demuzio, sadly passed away in Carlinville, Illinois. The cause of her sudden death is still unknown. Deanna Demuzio was 77 years old. Deanna Demuzio was elected mayor of Carlinville, Illinois since May 2013, and has very successfully served the City of Carlinville for the past seven years. Demuzio defeated Taylorville alderman Republican Jeff Richey in the 2006 general election, taking almost 60% of the vote to opponent's 40 %. In the 2010 general election, She was defeated by Republican Sam McCann who was later elected to the redrawn 50th district in central Illinois region. Demuzio served as a state senator from May 11, 2004 to January 11, 2011, succeeding her husband, former state lawmaker and most senior member of the Illinois Senate, Vince Demuzio, when he died. Demuzio also served as a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina. Among Demuzio’s renowned colleagues and friends in the Illinois Senate was Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States.


Cause of death: unknown

  October 21, 2020

Mario Henderson, 35

Mario Henderson, 35

(Born: October 29, 1984 – Died: October 21, 2020)


Mario Henderson, the 6’7″, 333-pound Former National Football League offensive tackle, Fort Myers, Southwest Florida native has suddenly died at the age of jus 35 years according to a statement provided by a spokesman of Lehigh Senior High School football in Lee County, Florida. The cause of death of former offensive tackle - just days from his 36th birthday on October 29, has not been revealed yet. Mario Henderson spent the first four years of his short football career with the professional American football team ''Oakland Raiders'', after being selected from Florida State University in the 72nd annual meeting of National Football League (2007 NFL Draft). On April 12, 2012 Henderson signing his last a one-year deal with the professional American football team San Diego Chargers who played in the American Football Conference. At the beginning of 2011, he was arrested by Fort Myers police officers for the serious charge of carrying a concealed firearm.


Cause of death: unknown

Peter F. Secchia, 83

Peter F. Secchia, 83

(Born: April 15, 1937 – Died: October 21, 2020)


Mr.Peter Finley Secchia, a West Michigan successful businessman and prominent diplomat - one-time ambassador in the Italian Republic and San Marino under former 41st president of the United States George H.W. Bush from 1989 to 1992, philanthropist - Michigan State University lifelong donor and longtime respectable figure in Republican politics, has died peacefully surrounded by family at his home where he receiving nursing care at the age of 83. Secchia family spokeswoman confirmed in a statement that Secchia was diagnosed with COVID-19 a few days before his death. Secchia served three years in the United States Marine Corps in the late 1950s and after returning from Navy service he graduated at Michigan State University in East Lansing Michigan, with a degree in economics. Peter F. Secchia began his long and very successful career in 1962 at Grand Rapids-based UFP Industries Inc., a company that manufactures and distributes wood and wood-alternative products formerly better known as Universal Forest Products who has approximately 150 facilities worldwide. Secchia made a $1 million outright donation to Michigan State University to be used to build a new women's softball stadium (named Secchia Stadium in 20122). Similar donations Secchia also made for MSU College of Human Medicine and the Grand Valley State University downtown Grand Rapids Pew Campus.


Cause of death: complications from COVID-19 infection 

Marge Champion, 101

Marge Champion, 101

(Born: September 2, 1919 – Died: October 21, 2020)


Famous Legendary Hollywood Golden Age actress, the lissome Broadway and tv shows dancer and excellent choreographer Marjorie Celeste Champion who served as the perfect real-life model for Disney's animators working on Disney's studios big project - 1937 animated musical fantasy classic "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," directed by William Cottrell and David Hand, has sadly died at her Los Angeles Home - peacefully and surrounded by her family at the age of 101. The actress' death was confirmed by her younger son producer-director and occasional actor Gregg Champion. In 1975, Marge Champion won an prestigious Emmy Award for choreographing the acclaimed CBS television movie ''Queen of the Stardust Ballroom'' directed by Sam O'Steen and executive-produced by Roger Gimbel. She was also well know for her role in the 1951 MGM musical romantic comedy '' Show Boat'' directed by George Sidney and the 1953 musical comedy ''Give a Girl a Break'' directed by Stanley Donen.


Cause of death: natural causes

  October 22, 2020

Joel Daly, 86

Joel Daly, 86

(Born: August 21, 1934 –Died: October 22, 2020)


Influential and beloved Joel Daly, a former longtime trusted Chicago news anchor who was for nearly four decades one of the pillars of a WLS-Channel 7 - the best Chicago's source for breaking news, has sadly died after a long illness at his Home in La Grange, Illinois, U.S. Renowed news anchor was 86 years old. His death was confirmed by several breaking TV reports. Joel Daily was a native of Great Falls, Montana but spent his entire childhood in Washington state. In late 1956, he graduated from the prestigious Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. Four years after, He joined WJW-TV (Former WXEL ) in Cleveland, Ohio. Daly served as very successful co-anchor with legendary Doug Adair, and the two anchor icons became one of the first successful co-anchor teams in the history. After ten years, in the early 1970s he left WJW-TV and joined the NBC news division, as co-anchor of the evening news programs where he worked with notable NBC co-anchors stars. Joel Daly also served as co-anchor on the 4PM broadcast by Fox News alongside Chinese-American news anchor Linda Yu from 1985 until his retirement after 38 years of service in May 2005.


Cause of death: unknown (long illness)

Matt Blair, 70

Matt Blair, 70

(Born: September 20, 1950 – Died: October 22, 2020)


American football player Matthew Albert Blair, one of the top players in the history of the NFL team Minnesota Vikings, former legendary outside linebacker who spent his entire twelve-year National Football League professional career from 1974 to 1985 with the beloved Vikings, has sadly died at his home. Former legendary Vikings was 70 years old. Blair's cause of death has not been announced, but he had been dealing with frequent complications from dementia brain diseases in recent years. Great Matt Blair, a six-time Pro Bowler, started 130 of the 160 regular-season Vikings games he played, racking up an amazing 1,452 tackles, the second-most in all long team history. Blair appeared in two legendary Super Bowls with the Vikings, Super Bowl IX on January 12, 1975, at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans and Super Bowl XI on January 9, 1977, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and both were losses.


Cause of death: unknown 

  October 23, 2020

David Barnes, 62

David Barnes, 62

(Born: 27 April 1958 – Died: 23 October 2020)


Former New Zealand sailor (KZ1) big legend, David John Barnes, three-time 470 class International Sailing Federation world champion who was also very noticeably involved six America's Cup international yachting campaigns between 1985 and 2003, has sadly died at the age of 62. Barnes' death was confirmed by his good friend and longtime partner sailor, famous Hamish Wilcox, with whom he won three world 470 championships during the 1980s (1981, 1983, 1984). His cause of death has not been announced. Unfortunately, Barnes, the first New Zealander who win a Olympic class world championship was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in the early 2000s and his professional career was shortened by issues related to this serious illness and he withdrew from the his last sailing team (Kiwi Gold Sailing) in 2014.


Cause of death: unknown (multiple sclerosis?)

John Rushing, 48

John Rushing, 48

(Born: February 26, 1972 – Died: October 23, 2020)


John Rushing, Longtime American college and professional football coach and former defensive assistan at the University of Arizona for the Arizona Wildcats during head coach Kevin Sumlin's first two seasons (2018, 2019) has suddenly died at his Home in Tuscon, Arizona. Rushing was just 48 years old. Renowed coach died possibly of a heart attack, but as of now a official cause of death is unknown. in 1995, he started his 25 years long coaching career at Merced High School in Merced, California. The following year he became a college coach at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. The Merced, California native has worked in many different college programs in his career plus a stint in the National Football League with the Wisconsin Green Bay Packers from 2009 to 2016 (Offensive quality control, Assistant wide receivers - special teams, Offensive assistant - special teams, Defensive quality control) and Los Angeles Rams (Special teams & Defensive consultant) for one season(2016).


Cause of death: unknown 

Jerry Jeff Walker, 78

(Born: March 16, 1942 – Died: October 23, 2020)


Jerry Jeff Walker, famous Texas country music singer and prominent songwriter, a native of Oneonta, New York who had moved to the capital city of Texas after becoming famous with the 1968 big hit song "Mr. Bojangles" has sadly died from throat cancer related complications at Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas, according to a release from his family. Country icon was 78 years old. The most eminent founding father of modern unique style Texas country music, had been in ill health for last three years. Jerry Jeff Walker has been mostly associated with the outlaw country scene that included great artists such as: Jerry Jeff Walker has been mostly associated with the outlaw country scene that included great artists such as: multiple Grammy nominee Michael Martin Murphey, musician, actor, and activist Willie Nelson, Buddy Holly's bassist Waylon Jennings, folk and country singer-songwriter and luthier Guy Clark and legendary Townes Van Zandt. Walker and the pioneering country-rock band ''Lost Gonzo Band'' in mid-1973 recorded an album live in Texas called “Viva Terlingua” a live progressive country album that became one of the bigest classic of the all country-rock scene. Jerry Jeff Walker has since released 32 studio albums. In the mid-eighties, he was formed a very successful independent music label ''Tried & True Music''. In 2018, Jerry released his latest album “It's About Time”.


Cause of death: throat cancer

  October 24, 2020

Prince Azim of Brunei, 38

Prince Azim of Brunei, 38

(Born: 29 July 1982 – Died: 24 October 2020)


The second born Royal prince of H. Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei and successful producer with the England Motion picture production company ''Daryl Prince'', controversial Prince Azim of Brunei (Prince Haji 'Abdul 'Azim of Brunei) has sadly died after a period of long and severe illness at a hospital in the Brunei capital. Brunei's state Television confirmed the sad news in official break tv news. He was just 38 years old. The exact cause of the prince's death has not yet been announced. Prince Abdul Azim was a 38-year-old elder son of Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei, whose country newly implemented a new shameful and discriminatory laws that would see gay people stoned to death. Regardless of such laws, Prince Azim was known for his open parties with many worldwide LGBT celebrities such as famous British-American freestyle skier, Gus Kenworthy, trans conservative retired Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete Caitlyn Jenner, and pro-LGBTQ singer-songwriter and actress, Mariah Carey.


Cause of death: unknown 

  October 25, 2020

Lee Kun-hee, 78

Lee Kun-hee, 78

(Born: 9 January 1942 – Died: 25 October 2020)


Lee Kun-hee,the world's 35th most powerful person and definitely the most powerful influential Korean by Forbes's list of the world's billionaires with a net worth of $21bn, who built South Korean Samsung Electronics from a second-tier parts maker founded by Lee Byung-chul in 1938, into a multinational tech giant headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul but whose tenure was marred by a pair of white-collar crime for allegedly paying a large cash bribe to former Korean President Roh Tae-woou and tax evasion convictions that were wiped away after years of investigation by offical presidential pardons, has sadly died surrounded by family at Samsung Medical Center in Seul where he was receiving nursing care since 2014. He was 78 years old. The Korean technology giant has announced the death of its long-term chairman. The cause of death has not been announced, but severe heart attack in mid-2014 had left him comatose living in hospital care. His death could have an impact on the entire North Korean economy because in an average year, Samsung multinational electronics company products account for almost 20% of the exports for the entire country.


Cause of death: unknown 

Johnny Leeze, 78

Johnny Leeze, 78

(Born: 31 December 1941 – Died: 25 October 2020)


Johnny Leeze, Renowed Yorkshire born television and film actor, who was best known for playing Ned Glover, the patriarch of the Glover family in the long-running British soap TV series ''Emmerdale'' has sadly died from COVID-19 and other health issues at the Hospital. He was 78 years old. The actor's daughter Holly Leeze confirmed his death. His career began to take off in 1982, after his supporting role in the Comedy TV Series ''Open All Hours''. During his long and successful careerr, Johnny Leeze also had regular parts in: U.K.'s longest-running Tony Warren's television soap ''Coronation Street'' (as milkman Harry Clayton) and Roy Clarke's Comedy TV Series ''Last of the Summer Wine'' (1973–2010). In the early 2000s, Leeze also appeared as Inspector Cox in five episodes of the British sitcom black comedy series ''The League of Gentlemen'' directed by Steve Bendelack.


Cause of death: COVID-19

David Karnes, 71

David Karnes, 71

(Born: December 12, 1948 – Died: October 25, 2020)


Mr. David Karnes, Renowed American Republican politician, successful businessman, and respectable attorney, a native of Hopewell who was a United States Senator from Nebraska from March 11, 1987 to 1 January 3, 1989, has sadly died after a long battle with cancer in Boston, Massachusetts where he was undergoing a Hospital clinical trial for determining cancer treatment therapy. He was 71 years old. Just a few months ago, Karnes who was a civic force leader in Omaha for more than three decades helped Omaha city authorities negotiate for a portion of new temporary federal coronavirus funding that was appropriated to Douglas County, Nebraska. Karnes was also a director of dozen large private companies, including Frontier Bank (Banking Committee), El Paseo Bank of Palm Desert, California - the last local community bank in the desert, FSB of Park City Summit County, Utah, Orion Healthcare Corporation - Health Management and Medicine solutions, Broadcasting Company Waitt Media, New Haven Farnam Group, Inc and as director of Technology Park at University of Nebraska.


Cause of death: cancer

  October 26, 2020

David Braley, 79

(Born: May 31, 1941 – Died: October 26, 2020)


David Braley, prominent Canadian Conservative politician - former senator, the Hamilton businessman, philanthropist and the owner of three very successful Canadian Football League professional teams over the last 30 years, who also has served for six months as the Canadian Football League interim commissioner and the chair of the League's Board of Governors has died peacefully in his Burlington, Ontario home at the age of 79, according to the B.C Lions offical statement. Braley was appointed to the Parliament of Canada as a Conservative representative but resigned effective November 30, 2013, after only half a year of his tenure. He was also the owner of Orlick Industries Limited, a very successful global automotive aluminum parts manufacturing company based in Hamilton, a port city in the Canadian province of Ontario. Braley was the owner of the BC Lions, CFL professional team based in Vancouver, British Columbia and former owner of the Toronto Argonauts - ''the Argos'', the oldest existing professional sports team in North America and Hamilton Tiger-Cats. in 2019, David Braley has received Canadian national order ''The Order of Canada'' one of Canada's highest honours Established in 1967 by Queen Elizabeth II.


Cause of death: unknown

Juan R. Torruella, 87

Juan R. Torruella, 87

(Born: June 7, 1933 – Died: October 26, 2020)


Legendary Longtime federal appeals court Judge for the First Boston-based Circuit, Juan R. Torruella (Juan Rafael Torruella del Valle Sr.) who was the First Puerto Rican appointed to that office and who was also Puerto Rican Olympic sailor in four Olympic sailing events, has died peacefully in his Boston home at the age of 87. His longtime associate, Judge Susan Goldberg confirmed Torruella's death. During his nearly 40-year-long judicial career, Torruella took part in high-profile cases, including the trial for the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing which was committed by the terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (death sentence). Torruella was longtime captain and icon of the Puerto Rican team at the four Olympics: 1964 Summer Olympics (Finn) in Enoshima, Japan,1968 Summer Olympics (Flying Dutchman) in Acapulco, Mexico, 1972 Summer Olympics (Flying Dutchman) in Kiel,Germany and 1976 Summer Olympics (Soling) in Kingston, Canada.


Cause of death: unknown

Jacques Godin, 90

Jacques Godin, 90

(Born: September 14, 1930 – Died: October 26, 2020)


The actor Jacques Godin, a legendary Canadian film, television, theatere and radio actor - Great comedian who has during his nearly 60-year long career participated in more than 200 Canadian and international productions has sadly died of heart failure at Verdun General Hospital in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He was 90 years old. Godin was probably best known for his role in 1973 Canadian comedy-drama film ''O.K. ... Laliberté'' directed by famous Quebec film director Marcel Carrière. For this role he won the ''Canadian Film Award for Best Actor'' (the leading Canadian cinema award), and was also a nominee in 1993 for drama film '' Being at Home with Claude'' directed by Jean Beaudin. In 2020, Jacques Godin was crowned by the government of Quebec with ''Companion of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec''.


Cause of death: heart failure

  October 27, 2020

  October 28, 2020

Bruce Reid, 74

Bruce Reid, 74

(Born: 4 April 1946 – Died: 28 October 2020)


The long-serving club doctor and icon of the professional Australian rules football club Essendon and former Australian rules footballer who played in the mid-60s with The Hawthorn Football Club in the VF league has sadly died in Melbourne from cancer at the age of 74, after almost two years long battle against a vicious disease. Dr Bruce Reid, the legendary longest-serving senior Australian Football League Medical Officer (since 1982) was also served during the Essendon's tumultuous supplements big scandal and was also charged by the AFL , but was ultimately cleared of any wrongdoing on 18 September 2013, because the leadership of the AFL league suddenly withdrew all 38 charges against him for his alleged role in the Essendon supplements scandal saga.


Cause of death: cancer

Billy Joe Shaver, 81

Billy Joe Shaver, 81

(Born: August 16, 1939 – Died: October 28, 2020)


Honky-tonk hero - Billy Joe Shaver, The iconic Texas - born outlaw country singer and songwriter whose songs were recorded by some of the most significant singing legends of the 20th century including the "King of Rock and Roll" - Elvis Presley and one of the greatest songwriters of all time, famous Bob Dylan, has sadly died after suffering a massive stroke at his Home in Waco, the county seat of McLennan County, Texas. The outlaw-country original is probably best known as the songwriter of Waylon Jennings’ anthology album ‘Honky Tonk Heroes'' released in 1973 on RCA Victor. The album certainly helped revive the honky tonk music style of Nashville by infusing a rock and roll attitude. Ten years ago, one of the most popular country music singers Willie Nelson called him "the greatest living songwriter." Shaver's 2007 spiritual album Christian country music style ''Everybody's Brother'' was Grammy-nominated. In 2008, he co-starred with comedian Bill Engvall and singer-songwriter Billy Ray Cyrus in the TV Movie, ''Bait Shop''.Last year, he received the prestigious Poet's Award from the Los Angeles Academy of Country Music to honor his outstanding achievements in songwriting.


Cause of death: stroke

Tracy Smothers, 58

(Born: September 2, 1962 – Died: October 28, 2020)


Former professional Wrestling Legend Tracy Smothers, The Springfield, Tennessee native who performed in World Wrestling Entertainment as Freddie Joe Floyd, has sadly died on October 28, 2020 in Evansville, Indiana, U.S. He was 58 years old. Smothers suffered from poor health in recent years - last year he was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer which was later determined as not fatal cancer. Along with the lymphoma cancer diagnosis, Wrestling icon had been dealing with constant heart issues and upcoming surgical hernia repair. Tracy began his over 30 years long and successful wrestling careerr in former Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), where he formed a tag famous team with Steven James (better known by his ring name Steve Armstrong). They competed together in WCW Championship as ''The Southern Boys'' also known as ''The Young Pistols'', feuding with Michael Hayes (leader) and Jimmy "Gorgeous" Garvin, The Fabulous Freebirds.


Cause of death: unknown

Bobby Ball, 76

Bobby Ball, 76

(Born: 28 January 1944 – Died: 28 October 2020)


Robert Harper, better known by his professional name Bobby Ball, unforgettable comedian and renowed television host, has sadly died on 28 October 2020, at a Blackpool Victoria Hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus), his longtime manager Phil Dale has said. Cannon & Ball star was 76 years old. The legendary Bobby Ball was definitely best known as one half of the comedy duo Cannon and Ball in the ITV comedy variety show ''The Cannon and Ball Show'', with comedian Tommy Cannon. Tommy and Bobby made 62 episode of ''The Cannon and Ball Show'' (directed by a total of 11 film directors) for nine years between 1979 and 1988. Ball was also known for various sitcoms and dramas including ''Last of the Summer Wine'' - BBC sitcom created and written by comedy writer Roy Clarke, ''Heartbeat'' - BBC police drama series set in 1960s, ''Not Going Out''- British tv sitcom that has aired on BBC since 2006 and in a British survival reality television show, ''I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!'' in 2005.


Cause of death: COVID-19

  October 29, 2020

J. J. Williams, 72

J. J. Williams, 72

(Born: 1 April 1948 – Died: 29 October 2020)


Legendary John James Williams, the former Wales, British and Irish Lions wing, worlwide better known as JJ, a true icon of Welsh rugby who enjoyed a decade-long stellar career in the 1970s and was definitely one of all time rugby union's finest finishers has sadly died at the age of 72. No cause of death was released. Showing distinct aptitude for rugby and athletics (Welsh sprint champion in 1971) with his fantastic prodigious pace, he was a member of the Wales athletic team at the Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 16 to 25 July 1970. He performed at the games as John Williams. He would later become internationally known as JJ to avoid a clash of identity and possible identity swaps with with the other brilliant John Williams in Wales' rugby team, the legendary Welsh Rugby hero JPR Williams. J. J. Williams also gained thirty caps for Wales as a winger and was a member of the Wales teams that won the Five Nations Championship (international rugby union competition between the teams of England, France, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales). He was Member of the Order of the British Empire. 


Cause of death: unknown

Travis Roy, 45

Travis Roy, 45

(Born: April 17, 1975 – Died: October 29, 2020)


Former Boston University hockey player who was paralyzed in his first offical NCAA champions hockey game 25 years ago, quadriplegic who never lost hope, and renowed philanthropist for spinal cord injury treatment, who had a goal to find a cure for paralysis, Travis Roy, has sadly died of spinal injury (quadriplegia) complications at the age of just 45. Roy was injured just a few seconds into his first shift with the Boston University Terriers ice hockey team. The very serious injury, which occurred quarter of a century ago, unfortunately left young Roy paralyzed. The Boston University Department of Athletics confirmed his death in a statement posted on Boston University Official Facebook page. In 1999, Boston retired Roy’s No. 24 - for the first time in University history for someone of former players. Two years after the injury, he created ''The Travis Roy Foundation - Spinal Cord Injury Grants & Research '' tens of millions of dollars have been successfully raised for the foundation since its creation in 1997. In 1998, Roy wrote an autobiography titled Eleven Seconds - a story of tragedy, courage and triumph which was released with the help of Sports Illustrated senior writer E.M. Swift.


Cause of death: complications from spinal injury

  October 30, 2020

Herb Adderley, 81

Herb Adderley, 81

(Born: June 8, 1939 – Died: October 30, 2020)


The Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback Herb Adderley, who played in four of the first six Super Bowls as a member of Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers championship teams and won six National Football League titles during his successful twelve-year career, has sadly died in the Hospital, where he had been recently arrived on treatment due to impaired health. The cause of death has not been announced. The death of the legendary cornerback was confirmed on social media by his cousin Nasir Adderley, a safety for professional football team Los Angeles Chargers. Adderley was a college star running back at Michigan State, but Packers legendary coach Vince Lombardi switched him to 5 star defense during the early 1960s. After Adderley retired, he returned to his native Pennsylvania to broadcast college football games for Temple University and NFL football games for the Philadelphia Eagles. He also coached as an assistant at Temple University (The Temple Owls football team), and in 1974 with the Philadelphia Bell of the W FL under head coach Willie Wood, a close friend and Packer teammate. Herb Adderley was inducted in the prestigious Pro Football Hall of Fame's 1980 class and was also chosen for the All-Star teams of two major professional American football leagues, AFL- NFL 1960-1984.


Cause of death: unknown

Nobby Stiles, 78

Nobby Stiles, 78

(Born: 18 May 1942 – Died: 30 October 2020)


The former Manchester United and England national team soccer midfielder Nobby Stiles, one of England's 1966 World Cup legendary big winning heroes, who also had a respectable ten-year managerial career in the English Premier League and North American Soccer League (NASL), has sadly died at the age of 78 after a long battle with prostate cancer and advanced Alzheimer's disease, his family has announced. Stiles was born in Collyhurst, North Manchester on May 18, 1942 during WW2, and grew up in a working class district. In September 1959, When Stiles was 17 years old and played very successfully for England Schoolboys, he intrigued the leaders of Manchester United and the club he supported gave him an professional apprenticeship. Nobby Stiles has twice won the title with the Red Devils, in 1965 and 1967. He was best known worldwide as one of the 1966 World Cup unforgettable heroes, when he played every minute of the victorious England legendary campaign. Two years later, in 1968, he was also part of the Manchester United side which became the first English club to win European Cup when Red Devils beat Portugal's Benfica 4 - 1 in the final at Wembley Stadium in London ( in front of 92,000 fans). After playing career, Stiles was a manager in three clubs: Preston North End F.C. (1977–1981), Vancouver Whitecaps (1981–1984) and West Bromwich Albion (1985–1986). He worked for four years for Red Devils as their youth team coach (1989 - 1993), developing the considerable skills of future soccer stars as Ryan Giggs and David Beckham.


Cause of death: prostate cancer and advanced Alzheimer's disease

  October 31, 2020

Sir Sean Connery, 90

Sir Sean Connery, 90

(Born: 25 August 1930 – Died: 31 October 2020)


The famous Scottish actor Sir Sean Connery, who was worlwide best known for playing fictional British Secret Service spy James Bond in seven films of the memorable British long-running 007 franchise between 1962 (''The Spy Who Loved Me'') and 1983 (''Never Say Never Again'') has died peacefully in his Private Home in the Bahamas' Exclusive Lyford Cay at the age of 90. The legendary James Bond star's death was confirmed by Sean's only son Jason Connery.The Scottish and world acting icon was 90 years old. Sean Connery was born in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh, a short distance west of the city centre on August 25, 1930. Sean's father, factory worker Joseph Connery, was a Roman Catholic of Irish descent with roots in County Wexford, the province of Leinster. His mother, Euphemia, was a modest and shy cleaning woman. Sean began work life early to help his family, delivering milk before school at the tender age of eight years. In early 1946, at the age of just 16, Sean joined the Royal Navy, and served as an anti-aircraft gunner on HMS Formidable, but was discharged from the Royal navy in 1949 because he receiving a medical discharge. When he was 23 years old, the aspiring actor was placed third when he represented his homeland in the International Mr Universe body building contest. Scotland's greatest screen icon of all time had a fantastic fifty-year long and fruitful career. Of the many film awards he has won during his career, it should be noted: The Academy Awards - Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Untouchables (1987) directed by Brian De Palma, three Golden Globes: 1972 (Together with Charles Bronson) 1988 and 1996, two British Academy Film Awards: Winner 1998 and 1988, Best Actor - for the role in Jean-Jacques Annaud's film ''Der Name der Rose''. Connery's exceptionally suave looks and perfect muscular physique brought him the title of global sex symbol. In the late 90s Connery was voted by famous People magazine as the “Sexiest Man Alive". Once again in 1999, he won the title: People magazine the "Sexiest Man of the Century”.


Cause of death: natural causes

Bishop Rance Allen, 71

Bishop Rance Allen, 71

(Born: 1949 – Died: 31 October 2020)


Michigan-born Popular Gospel singing legend with inspired voice, World - Renowed American Bishop and artist Rance Allen, who was the lead vocalist of the famed ''Rance Allen Group'' - gospel music group from Monroe founded by him in the early 1970s, has sadly died at his Home in Indianapolis, Indiana. “The Father of Contemporary Gospel Music.” was 71 years old. The Church of God in Christ (the largest Pentecostal denomination in the United States) announced the great gospel singer's passing in a offical statement. Bishop Rance Allen's death cause has not been made public. Bishop Rance Allen, was best known worlwide for the legendary gospel song "Something About the Name Jesus." He also performed for former President Barack Obama and distinguished guests at a White House traditional Celebration of Gospel music and was also nominated for five prestigious Grammy Awards for Gospel Music.


Cause of death: unknown

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