Famous Deaths on 5th April

  • 582 Eutychius, Patriarch of Constantinople (c. 512)
  • 828 Nicephorus, patriarch of Constantinopel (806-15), dies at about 77
  • 1168 Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester (b. 1104)
  • 1258 Julian of Cornillon/Liege, Flemish visionary/saint, dies
  • 1270 Ramban Nachmanides, Talmudic scholar (Hiddushei Ha-Ramden), dies
  • 1419 Vincent Ferrer, Spanish missionary and saint (b. 1350)
  • 1531 Richard Roose, boiled to death for trying to poison an archbishop
  • 1605 Adam Loftus, English Protestant archbishop in Ireland (c.1513)
  • 1617 Alonso Lobo, Spanish composer (b. 1555)
  • 1673 Francois Caron, admiral/governor (Formosa), drowns at about 72
  • 1676 John Winthrop, the Younger, American politician (b. 1606)
  • 1684 William Brouncker, English mathematician (Brouncker's formula) and the 1st President of the Royal Society, dies at around 64
  • 1693 Anne M L of Orleans, duchess (Grande Mademoiselle), dies at 65
  • 1695 George Savile, 1st marquis of Halifax, dies at 61
  • 1697 Charles XI, King of Sweden (1660-97), dies at 41
  • 1712 John Luyken, poet/etcher (species company), dies at 63
  • 1717 Jean Jouvenet, French painter (b. 1647)
  • 1723 J Fischer von Erlach, Austrian architect (Hofburg, Vienna), dies at 66
  • 1732 Johann Christian Schieferdecker, composer, dies at 52
  • 1735 William Derham, English minister and writer (b. 1657)
  • 1735 Samuel Wesley, English poet (b. 1662)
  • 1765 Edward Young, English poet (Love of Fame), dies at 81
  • 1794 Georges-Jacques Danton, French revolutionary leader, guillotined at 34
  • 1811 Robert Raikes, founder of Sunday Schools, dies
  • 1820 Henrik C Cras, lawyer (Laudatio Hugonis Grotii), dies at 81
  • 1871 Georg Andreas Henkel, composer, dies at 66
  • 1878 Wilhelm Speyer, composer, dies at 87
  • 1884 John Wisden, publisher/cricketer (prominent Sussex player), dies
  • 1896 John Rogers Thomas, composer, dies at 66
  • 1900 Comte de Villebois-Marevil, French/South African general, dies in battle
  • 1907 Anton G van Hamel, founder (Roman philosphy in Neth), dies at 65
  • 1908 Gaetano Coronaro, composer, dies at 55
  • 1918 Paul Vidal de la Blanche, French geographer, dies at 73
  • 1921 Alphonsus J M Diepenbrock, Dutch composer (Missa), dies at 58
  • 1922 Charles F A Woeste, Belgian count/min of Justice, dies at 85
  • 1923 George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon, English financier (b. 1866)
  • 1928 Jane Ellen Harrison, scholar/archaeologist, dies
  • 1928 Roy Kilner, cricketer (9 Tests for England 1924-26), dies at 38
  • 1934 Salvatore Di Giacomo, composer, dies at 74
  • 1935 Emil Mlynarski, composer, dies at 64
  • 1939 William Cooper, cricketer (two Tests for Australia 1882-84), dies
  • 1941 Sir Nigel Gresley, Steam locomotive engineer (b. 1876)
  • 1943 Aleš Hrdlička, Czech anthropologist (b. 1869)
  • 1944 Isolde Kurz, German writer/poetess (Meine Mutter), dies at 90
  • 1944 Willy Derby, [Dieben], singer (Hello Bandoeng), dies
  • 1945 Huldreich Georg Fruh, composer, dies at 41
  • 1946 Vincent Millie Youmans, US composer (Tea For Two), dies at 47
  • 1951 Edward Rigby, dies at 72
  • 1952 Henri Vandeputte, Belgian writer (L'Autre Vie), dies at 75
  • 1952 Charles Collett, GWR chief mechanical engineer (b. 1871)
  • 1954 Claude Delvincourt, composer, dies at 66
  • 1958 Jozef Brems, Flemish apostole vicar of Denmark, dies at 87
  • 1960 Alma Kruger, actor (Made For Each Other), dies at 88
  • 1963 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (The Style), dies at 73
  • 1963 Julius Harrison, composer, dies at 78

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1964 Douglas MacArthur, US general (Pacific theater-WW II), dies at 84

WW2 General Douglas MacArthur
WW2 General
Douglas MacArthur
  • 1966 Svend Fleuron, Danish writer, dies at 91
  • 1967 Hermann Joseph Muller, American geneticist, Nobel laureate (b. 1890)
  • 1968 Lois Andrews, dies of lung cancer at 44
  • 1969 Gabriel M-E-R Chevallier, French author (La Peur), dies at 73
  • 1969 Romulo Gallegos, Venezuela author/president (1947-48), dies at 84
  • 1969 Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (b. 1903)
  • 1969 Shelby Storck, American television producer (b. 1917)
  • 1970 Jacob H "Jaap" Stotijn, oboist/conductor, dies at 78
  • 1970 Alfred Henry Sturtevant, American geneticist (b. 1891)
  • 1972 Brian Donlevy, actor (Steve-Dangerous Assignment), dies at 73
  • 1972 Isabel Jewell, dies at 62
  • 1973 John Coleman, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
  • 1974 William Hudson, actor (I Led 3 Lives), dies at 49
  • 1974 A. Y. Jackson, Canadian painter (b. 1882)
  • 1975 Inez Courtney, dies at 67
  • 1975 Victor GM Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65), dies at 58
  • 1976 Howard Hughes, reclusive billionaire, dies at 72
  • 1976 Wilder Penfield, Canadian surgeon (b. 1891)
  • 1977 John Marriott, dies at 83
  • 1979 Eugène Gabritschevsky, Russian biologist and artist (b. 1893)
  • 1981 Bob "Bear" Hite, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • 1981 Cornelis Verolme, Dutch ship builder, dies at 80
  • 1982 Abe Fortas, Supreme court justice, dies at 71
  • 1983 Danny Rapp, American musician (Danny & the Juniors) (b. 1941)
  • 1984 Arthur Travors Harris, marshal of British RAF, dies
  • 1984 Theo Koomen, Dutch sportscaster, dies in auto-accident at 54
  • 1985 Tyrell Johnson, cricketer (WI left-arm quickie, one Test 1939), dies
  • 1986 Colin McCool, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia, 36 wkts), dies
  • 1986 Manly Wade Wellman, sci-fi author (Devil's Planet), dies at 82
  • 1988 Alf Kjellin, Swedish actor/director (Juggler), dies
  • 1989 María Cristina Gómez, Salvadoran Teacher (b. 1938)
  • 1990 Nico Scheepmaker, Dutch columnist/poet, dies at 59
  • 1991 John Tower, (Sen-R-Tx), dies in a plane crash at 65
  • 1991 Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr, USN/astro (STS 33), dies at 43
  • 1992 Anthony "Tony" Papa, big band leader, dies at 65

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1992 Sam Walton, Billionaire CEO (Wal-Mart), dies of multiple myeloma at 74

Founder of Walmart Sam Walton
Founder of Walmart
Sam Walton
  • 1992 Samuel H Reshevsky, Polish/US chess grandmaster, dies at 80
  • 1994 Andre Victor Tchelistcheff, winemaker, dies at 92
  • 1994 Aubrey J Watson Sr, bishop, dies at 65
  • 1994 Marlon Riggs, US writer/director/producer (Ethnic notions), dies at 37
  • 1994 Roy Smeck, guitarist/banjoist, dies at 94

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1994 Kurt Cobain, grunge rocker (Nirvana), commits suicide by gun at 27 in Seattle, Washington

Rocker Kurt Cobain
Rocker
Kurt Cobain
  • 1995 Christian Pineau, French politician, dies
  • 1996 Peter Nailor, civil servant/historian, dies at 67

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1997 Allen Ginsberg, beat poet, dies at 80

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • 1997 Alparslan Turkes, Turkish politician (MHP), dies
  • 1998 Cozy Powell, British musician (b. 1947)
  • 1999 Paul David, French-Canadian cardiologist (b. 1919)
  • 2000 Lee Petty, American race car driver (b. 1914)
  • 2001 Brother Theodore, German comedian (b. 1906)
  • 2001 Malcolm Shepherd [2nd Baron Shepherd], Politician (L) and Leader of the House of Lords (1974-76), dies at 82
  • 2002 Layne Staley, American musician (Alice in Chains) (b. 1967)
  • 2004 Heiner Zieschang, German mathematician (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Sławomir Rawicz, Polish soldier (b. 1915)

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2005 Saul Bellow, Canadian born writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1915)

Novelist Saul Bellow
Novelist
Saul Bellow
  • 2005 Dale Messick, American comic strip artist (b. 1906)
  • 2005 Debralee Scott, American actress (b. 1953)
  • 2005 John Sichel, British film and television director (b. 1937)
  • 2006 Gene Pitney, American singer (b. 1941)
  • 2007 Mark St. John, American musician (Kiss)(b. 1956)
  • 2007 Darryl Stingley, American football player (b. 1951)
  • 2007 Maria Gripe, Swedish writer (b. 1923)
  • 2007 Leela Majumdar, Bengali writer (b. 1908)
  • 2007 Poornachandra Tejaswi, Kannada writer (b. 1938)

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2008 Charlton Heston, American actor (The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur), dies at 84

  • 2012 Ferdinand A. Porsche, German car designer, dies at 76
  • 2014 John Pinette, American comedian and actor (The Punisher, Junior), dies from an pulmonary embolism at 50
  • 2015 Richard Dysart, American actor (Leland MacKenzie - LA Law), dies at 86