Famous People Who Died on October 31
Halloween is the one day when we explore the eerie side of life—and death. Each year haunted houses and ghosts make October 31 a spooky, scary day. But it's also a day on which many notable have died, from both natural and unnatural causes. From River Phoenix to Harry Houdini, see which famous people died on Halloween.
Prime Minister / 1917 - 1984
Indira Gandhi was India's third prime minister, serving from 1966 until 1984, when her life ended in assassination. She was the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first prime minister.
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profile name: Harry Houdini profile occupation: Magician
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profile name: Indira Gandhi profile occupation: Prime Minister
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profile name: River Phoenix profile occupation: Film Actor
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profile name: Joseph Campbell profile occupation: Anthropologist, Academic Author, Journalist
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profile name: Federico Fellini profile occupation: Director
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profile name: Joseph Hooker profile occupation: General
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