Authors Who Died in October

Authors Who Died in October

Discover information about authors that died in October

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2013Tom Clancy, author of ‘Full Force and Effect‘ was born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on 12th April 1947. He died aged 66 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA.


2022Rebecca Godfrey, author of ‘Under the Bridge‘ was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on 2nd December 1967. She died aged 54 from lung cancer in New York City, New York, USA.


1849Edgar Allan Poe, author of ‘The Raven‘ was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA on 19th January 1809. He died aged 40 in Washington Medical College in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The actually cause of death is unknown as all his medical records, including his death certificate were lost. He died a few hours after being found wandering the streets of Baltimore, delirious and wearing clothes that weren’t his. There was speculation at the time that he had been the victim of cooping.


1911Joseph Pulitzer, publisher was born in Makó, Hungary on 10th April 1847. He died aged 64 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA.

1985Orson Welles, author of ‘Citizen Kane‘ was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA on 6th May 1915. He died aged 70 from a heart attack in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA.


2019Kate Braverman, author of ‘Palm Latitudes‘ was born in Philadelphia, USA on 1st February 1950. She died aged 69 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.


2021Gary Paulsen, author of ‘Dogsong‘ was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA on 17th May 1939. He died from cardiac arrest aged 82 at his home in Tularosa, New Mexico, USA.


1951Herman Charles Bosman. author of ‘Ramoutsa Road‘ was born in Kuils River, Cape Town, South Africa on 5th February 1905. He died aged 46 in Edendale, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, on route back to hospital after earlier being discharged following him attending with chest pains.

1997Harold Robbins, author of ‘The Adventurers‘ was born in New York City, New York, USA on 21st May 1916. He died aged 81 from heart failure in Palm Springs, California, USA.


1997James A Michener, author of ‘Tales of the South Pacific‘ was born in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, USA on 3rd February 1907. He died aged 90 from Kidney failure after suffering from terminal kidney disease in Austin, Texas, USA.


2020Jill Paton Walsh, author of ‘Children of the Fox‘ was born in London, UK on 29th April 1937. She died aged 83 from kidney and heart failure whilst in hospital in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, UK.


1745Jonathan Swift, author of ‘Gulliver’s Travels‘ was born in Dublin, Republic of Ireland on 30th November 1667. He died aged 76 in Dublin, Republic of Ireland.


1969Jack Kerouac (Jean-Louis Kérouac), author of ‘The Town and the City‘ was born in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA on 12th March 1922. He died aged 47 from internal haemorrhage caused by cirrhosis in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. He is buried at Edson Cemetery, Lowell, Massachusetts.


2020Stephen Gray, author of ‘Time of our Darkness‘ was born in Cape Town, Cape Province, Union of South Africa on 30th November 1941. He died aged 78 in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

2020Richard A. Lupoff, author of ‘The Comic Book Killer ‘ was born Brooklyn, New York, USA on 21st February 1935. He died aged 85 in Berkeley, California, USA.


1939Zane Grey, author of ‘The Lone Star Ranger‘ was born in Zanesville, Ohio, USA on 31st January 1872. He died aged 67 at his home from heart failure in Altadena, California, USA.


1975Rex Stout, author of ‘Trouble in Triplicate‘ was born in Noblesville, Indiana, USA on 1st December 1886. He died aged 88 in Danbury, Connecticut, USA.

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