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Famous Deaths on April 1

  • 1085 Emperor Shenzong of China, 6th emperor of the Song dynasty in China, dies at 36
  • 1132 St-Hugues, Bishop of Grenoble (b. 1053)

Person of interestEleanor of Aquitaine

1204 Eleanor of Aquitaine, wife of King of France Louis VII and King of England Henry II, mother to Richard the Lionheart, Henry the Young King and King John, dies at around 81

Queen of France and England and Duchess of Aquitaine Eleanor of Aquitaine
Queen of France and England and Duchess of Aquitaine
Eleanor of Aquitaine
  • 1205 Amalrik II, King of Cyprus/Jerusalem, dies
  • 1528 Francisco de Peñalosa, Spanish composer
  • 1548 Sigismund I, the Elder, King of Poland, dies at 81
  • 1580 Alonso Mudarra, Spanish composer
  • 1611 Gillis van Valkenborch, Flemish painter, buried at about 72
  • 1621 Cristofano Allori, Italian painter (b. 1577)
  • 1637 Niwa Nagashige, Japanese warlord (b. 1571)
  • 1682 Franz Egon of Fürstenberg, Bavarian Catholic archbishop (b. 1625)
  • 1734 Louis Lully, French musician and son of Jean-Baptiste Lully, dies at 69
  • 1787 Floyer Sydenham, English classical scholar (b. 1710)
  • 1799 Narciso Casanovas, composer, dies at 52
  • 1807 Louis François Chambray, French composer, dies at 69
  • 1807 Vaclav Josef Bartolomej Praupner, composer, dies at 61

  • 1814 Jozef de Ferraris, French-Austrian general and cartographer, dies at 87
  • 1830 Carl Borromaus Neuner, German composer, dies at 51
  • 1832 Robert the Hermit, US ex-slave/hermit in Massachusetts, dies
  • 1839 Benjamin Pierce, American politician (b. 1757)
  • 1865 Giuditta Pasta, Italian soprano, dies at 67
  • 1866 Aime Ambroise Simon Leborne, composer, dies at 98
  • 1866 Johannes C H de Meijere, Dutch zoologist, dies
  • 1870 Patrick Gass, American soldier and sergeant of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, dies at 98
  • 1872 Frederick Maurice, English theologian (Church of England), dies at 66
  • 1872 William Frederick Horry, English convicted murderer, dies at 28
  • 1878 Eugene Gautier, composer, dies at 56
  • 1878 John Corry Wilson Daly, Canadian politician (b. 1796)
  • 1890 David Wilber, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 69
  • 1901 Francois M Raoult, Fren physicist/chemist (Law of Raoult), dies at 70
  • 1910 Andreas Aschenbach, German painter/engraver, dies at 94
  • 1914 Rube Waddell, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (Triple Crown, AL wins leader 1905; ERA leader 1900, 05; strikeout leader 1902–07; Philadelphia A's), dies from tuberculosis at 37
  • 1915 Johann Joseph Abert, German composer, dies at 82
  • 1916 Gabrielle Petit, Belgian resistance fighter, executed

Person of interestScott Joplin

1917 Scott Joplin, American ragtime composer (The Entertainer, Maple Leaf Rag), dies at 48

Ragtime Composer Scott Joplin
Ragtime Composer
Scott Joplin
  • 1918 Karl Valentin, Swedish composer, dies at 64

  • 1922 Charles I, emperor (Austria)/King of Hungary (Charles IV), dies
  • 1922 Jane Bunford, Britain's tallest-ever person measuring 2.41 metres (7 ft 11 in) at the time of her death, dies at 26
  • 1924 Stan Rowley, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 5,000m team, bronze 60m, 100m, 200m 1900), dies at 47
  • 1925 Francis William Davenport, English composer, dies at 77
  • 1930 Cosima Liszt, wife of Austrian composer Richard Wagner, dies at 92
  • 1930 Zawditu, 1st reigning female monarch of Ethiopia, dies
  • 1933 Frederic Thesiger, 1st Viscount Chelmsford, 22nd Governor of New South Wales (1908-13) and Viceroy of British India (1916-21), dies at 64
  • 1936 Mikhail Vladimirovich Ivanov-Boretsky, composer, dies at 61
  • 1941 Hippolyte Delehaye, Flemish historian and hagiographer, dies at 81
  • 1946 Noah Beery, American character actor (Story of Esther, The Mark of Zorro), dies at 64
  • 1947 George II, King of Greece (1922-1924, and 1935-1947), dies of arteriosclerosis at 56

Person of interestCharles R. Drew

1950 Charles R. Drew, American physician and surgeon who pioneered blood plasma research and developed the blood bank concept, dies in a car crash at 45

Surgeon and Medical Researcher Charles R. Drew
Surgeon and Medical Researcher
Charles R. Drew
  • 1951 Clement D'Hooghe, Belgian composer, dies at 51
  • 1955 Robert R. McCormick, American editor and publisher (Chicago Tribune), dies at 74
  • 1955 Silvio d'Amico, Italian theater critic (Il Teatro Italian), dies at 68
  • 1957 Gheorge Tatarescu, premier Romania (1933-37, 39-40), dies
  • 1960 Piet[er O] Bakker, Dutch journalist/writer (Ciske), dies at 62
  • 1964 Božidar Kunc, Croatian composer, dies at 60
  • 1965 Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics manufacturer, dies at 92

Person of interestHarry Crerar

1965 Harry Crerar, Canadian WWI & WWII general (First Canadian Army), dies at 76

Canadian WWII General Harry Crerar
Canadian WWII General
Harry Crerar
  • 1966 Karl Adam, German theologist (Jesus Christ), dies at 89
  • 1966 Brian O'Brien, Irish novelist (At Swim-Two-Birds), dies at 54
  • 1968 Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962), dies at 59
  • 1973 Arthur Wood, English cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests, 11 dismissals), dies at 74
  • 1974 Alfred Ernest Whitehead, English-Canadian composer, dies at 86
  • 1975 Eugeen Yoors, Flemish etcher and glass painter, dies at 95
  • 1976 Freddie Lennon, father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63
  • 1976 Max Ernst, German-French surrealist painter and sculptor (founded surrealism), dies at 85
  • 1976 Miroslav Ponc, Czech composer, dies at 73
  • 1976 S Constantine Timoshenko, Russian marshal, dies at 75
  • 1979 Bruno Coquatrix, French music impresario (b. 1910)
  • 1981 D[ennis] F[eltham] Jones, sci-fi author (Colossus), dies at 65
  • 1981 Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (b. 1910)

Person of interestMarvin Gaye

1984 Marvin Gaye, American singer (Sexual Healing), shot to death by his father Marvin Gaye Sr in LA at 44

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • 1984 Chepín [Electo Rosell], Cuban violinist, bandleader, and composer (Orquesta Chepín-Chovén), dies at 76
  • 1985 Douglass Wallop, American novelist and playwright (b. 1920)
  • 1986 Erik Bruhn, Danish dancer (National Ballet of Canada), dies at 57
  • 1987 Henri Cochet, French tennis player (French Open 1926, 28, 30, 32; Wimbledon 1927, 29; US Open 1928), dies at 85
  • 1988 Jim Jordan, American actor and radio comedian (Fibber McGee), dies from a blood clot at 91
  • 1988 Marius Holtrop, Dutch economist and President of Netherlands Bank, dies at 85
  • 1989 Henk Gortzak [Hendricus Gortzak], Dutch carpenter and politician (CPN/PSP), dies at 57
  • 1990 Russell Vis, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold freestyle lightweight 1924), dies at 89
  • 1991 Martha Graham, American choreographer (Appalachian Spring), dies at 96
  • 1991 Paulo Muwanga, chief of Uganda (1980), dies
  • 1991 Jaime Guzmán, Chilean politician (President of the Independent Democratic Union), dies at 44
  • 1991 Frankie Gustine, American Major baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1946, 47, 48; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 71
  • 1992 Nigel Preston, British drummer (The Cult), dies of a drug overdose at 28
  • 1993 Alan Kulwicki, American auto racer and owner (NASCAR Winston Cup drivers' and owners' champion 1992), dies in plane crash at 38
  • 1993 Ihsan Mohamed Salem [Yunis Awad], Palestinian Al-Fatah leader, killed
  • 1993 Juan of Borbon y Battemberg, father of king Juan Carlos I, dies
  • 1993 Wayne Mack, American sportscaster (New Orleans Saints, Tulane University) and actor (Storyville), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1993 Nicanor Zabaleta, Spanish harpist, dies at 86
  • 1994 Leon Degrelle, Belgium general, dies
  • 1994 Robert Doisneau, French photographer (The Kiss), dies at 81
  • 1994 Rosalind Laura Burke, aviatrix, dies at 86

  • 1994 Stuart Sloan, war hero/test pilot, dies at 72
  • 1995 Cheryl Waltz, author/film producer, dies at 50
  • 1995 Francisco Moncion, American dancer, dies at 73
  • 1995 Lucie Rie, Austrian-born British potter, dies at 93
  • 1995 Richard Pool, naval Officer, dies at 75
  • 1995 Sampson DeBrier, actor (Inauguration of Pleasure Dome), dies at 86
  • 1995 Lucy Rie, American potter (b. 1902)
  • 1995 H. Adams Carter, American mountaineer (Alpine Club President 1954-58; editor American Alpine Journal 1960-95), dies at 80
  • 1996 Alfredo Nobre Coast, Prime Minister of Portugal (1978), dies
  • 1996 Edwin H "Buddy" Morris, music publisher, dies at 89
  • 1996 John Alwyne Kitching, British zoologist, dies at 87
  • 1996 Mário Viegas, Portuguese actor (The Jew, Divine Comedy, Funeral of Patrao), dies at 47
  • 1996 Florence Buchsbaum, French theater director (b. 1926)
  • 1996 John McSheery, American baseball umpire (World Series 1977, 87; MLB All Star Game 1975, 82, 91), dies from cardiac arrest while umpiring on Opening Day at 51
  • 1997 Jolie Gabor, mother of Zsa Zsa & Eva, dies at 97
  • 1997 Nancy Woodhull, news editor (USA Today), dies of cancer at 52
  • 1997 Norman Carr, British conservationist working in Central and Southern Africa, dies at 84
  • 1998 Eugene "Gene" Evans, American actor (My Friend Flicka, Johnny Ringo, Alamo), dies of heart failure at 75
  • 1998 Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death), dies at 34
  • 1999 Jesse Stone, American record producer (b. 1901)
  • 1999 Red Flaherty, American baseball umpire (World Series 1955, 58, 65, 70; MLB All Star games 1956, 61, 69), dies from stroke-related complications at 81
  • 2000 Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, Baron Mackenzie-Stuart, Scottish jurist, dies at 75
  • 2001 Olivia Barclay, British astrologer (revival of traditional forms of astrology in the late 20th century), dies at 81
  • 2001 Trinh Cong Son, Vietnamese composer (b. 1939)
  • 2001 Jo-Jo Moore, American baseball left fielder (MLB All Star 1934–38, 40; World Series 1933; NY Giants), dies at 92
  • 2002 Simo Hayha, Finnish marksman (b. 1905)
  • 2003 Leslie Cheung, Hong Kong actor, singer and composer (Farewell My Concubine), commits suicide at 46
  • 2004 Aaron Bank, American OSS officer and founder of the US Army Special Forces (b. 1902)
  • 2004 Carrie Snodgress, American actress (Diary of Mad Housewife), dies at 58
  • 2004 Nilo Soruco, Bolivian singer and songwriter, dies at 76

  • 2004 Ioannis Kyrastas, Greek soccer midfielder (46 caps; Olympiacos; Panathinaikos) and manager (Panathinaikos), dies from septicaemia at 51
  • 2004 Paul Atkinson, British rock guitarist and record company executive (The Zombies-Never Even Thought), dies of liver and kidney disease at 58
  • 2005 Alexander Brott, Canadian violinist and composer (b. 1915)
  • 2005 Harald Juhnke, German actor, comedian and entertainer (Guitars of Love, Schtonk), dies at 75
  • 2005 Jack Keller, American songwriter (b. 1936)
  • 2005 Robert Coldwell Wood, American educator (b. 1923)
  • 2006 In Tam, Cambodian politician (b. 1916)
  • 2007 Herb Carneal, American sports broadcaster (Minnesota Twins 1962-2006; Ford C. Frick Award 1996), dies of congestive heart failure at 83
  • 2010 John Forsythe, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), dies at 92
  • 2011 Lou Gorman, American baseball executive (general manager Seattle Mariners, Boston Red Sox), dies at 82
  • 2012 Giorgio Chinaglia, Italian soccer striker (14 caps; Lazio, NY Cosmos), dies from heart attack at 65
  • 2012 Miguel de la Madrid, Mexican President, dies from complications of pulmonary emphysema at 77
  • 2013 Nicolae Martinescu, Romanian Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold 100kg 1972), dies at 73
  • 2013 Jack Pardee, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (Texas A&M; NFL: LA Rams, Washington Redskins) and coach (Houston Oilers), dies at gallbladder cancer at 76
  • 2014 Joe "Speedo" Frazier, American doo-wop vocalist (Impalas - "Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)") dies at 70
  • 2015 Dave Ball, English guitarist (Procul Harum), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2015 Cynthia Lennon [nee Powell], wife of Beatle John Lennon, dies of cancer at 75
  • 2015 Eddie LeBaron, American NFL quarterback (Pro Bowl 1955, 57, 58, 62; Washington Redskins, Dallas Cowboys), dies at 85
  • 2015 John Paul Hammerschmidt, American politician (Rep-R-AR, 1967-93), dies at 92
  • 2017 Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet (Bratsk Station), dies at 83
  • 2018 Steven Bochco, American TV producer and co-creator of Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, dies at 74

Person of interestEfraín Ríos Montt

2018 Efraín Ríos Montt, Guatemalan general and dictator (1982-83) convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity, dies of a heart attack at 91

Dictator and President of Guatemala Efraín Ríos Montt
Dictator and President of Guatemala
Efraín Ríos Montt
  • 2018 Edward Digby, 12th Baron Digby, British Army (Coldstream Guards) officer, dies at 93
  • 2020 Ed Farmer, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1980; Chicago WS) and broadcaster (Chicago WS radio 1991-2005), dies of kidney disease at 70
  • 2020 Ellis Marsalis, American jazz musician and prominent teacher, dies of COVID-19 complications at 85
  • 2020 Nur Hassan Hussein [Nur Adde], Somalian politician, Prime Minister of Somalia (2007-09), dies from COVID-19 at 82
  • 2020 David Driskell, American artist and champion of African American art, dies of COVID-19 complications at 88
  • 2020 Adam Schlesinger, American rock musician (Fountains Of Wayne) and songwriter (That Thing You Do), dies of COVID-19 complications at 52
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