Famous Deaths in April 2002

  • Apr 1 Simo Hayha, Finnish marksman (b. 1905)
  • Apr 3 Fad Gadget, English singer and musician (b. 1956)
  • Apr 4 Harry L. O'Connor, Czech film stuntman
  • Apr 5 Layne Staley, American rock singer and guitarist (Alice in Chains-Dirt), dies at 34
  • Apr 7 John Agar, American actor (b. 1921)
  • Apr 8 María Félix, Mexican actress (Doña Bárbara), dies at 88
  • Apr 9 Leopold Vietoris, Austrian mathematician (b. 1891)
  • Apr 9 Pat Flaherty, American racecar driver (b. 1926)
  • Apr 13 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver (b. 1928)
  • Apr 15 Damon Knight, American author (b. 1922)
  • Apr 15 Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player and U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1917)
  • Apr 16 Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (b. 1927)
  • Apr 16 Robert Urich, American actor (b. 1946)

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Apr 18 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist and explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku), dies of a brain tumor at 87

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • Apr 18 Wahoo McDaniel, American football player and professional wrestler (b. 1938)
  • Apr 20 Alan Dale, American singer (b. 1925)
  • Apr 25 Indra Devi, yoga teacher (b. 1899)
  • Apr 25 Lisa Lopes, American rapper (TLC) (b. 1971)
  • Apr 26 Robert Steinhäuser German spree killer (b.1983)
  • Apr 27 George Alec Effinger, American author (b. 1947)
  • Apr 27 Ruth Handler, American toy manufacturer (invented the Barbie doll), dies of cancer at 85
  • Apr 27 Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Swiss industrialist and art collector (b. 1921)
  • Apr 28 Alexander Lebed, Russian general (b. 1950)
  • Apr 28 Lou Thesz, American professional wrestler, dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Bob Akin, American industrialist and race car driver (b. 1936)
  • Apr 29 Lor Tok, Thai comedian and actor (b. 1914)
  • Apr 30 Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, founder of the Gründerzeit Museum in Berlin-Mahlsdorf. (b. 1928)