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Famous Deaths on April 8

  • 622 Prince Shōtoku, Japanese regent and politician who promoted Buddhism (Hōryū-ji temple), dies at about 48
  • 956 Gilbert of Chalon, Duke of Burgundy
  • 1143 John II Komnenos, Emperor of the Byzantine Empire (1118-43), dies in an accident at 55
  • 1364 John II, the Good, King of France (1350-64), dies at 44
  • 1461 Georg von Purbach, Austrian mathematician and astronomer (best known for his streamlined presentation of Ptolemaic astronomy in the Theoricae Novae Planetarum), dies at 37
  • 1537 Willem Aerts, Flemish architect, dies
  • 1586 Martin Chemnitz, German Lutheran reformer and theologian, dies at 63
  • 1587 John Foxe, English writer (b. 1516)
  • 1629 Willem Teellinck, Dutch theologian and vicar, dies at 50
  • 1676 Claudia Felicitas of Austria, Empress consort of Germany, dies at 22
  • 1697 Niels Juel, Danish-Norwegian admiral, dies at 68
  • 1704 Hiob Ludolf, German orientalist (b. 1624)
  • 1704 Henry Sydney, 1st Earl of Romney, English statesman, dies at 63
  • 1725 John Wise, American clergyman and political activist who protested against British taxes, dies at 73
  • 1735 Francis II Rákóczi, Hungarian nobleman and leader of the Hungarian uprising against the Habsburg, dies at 59
  • 1736 Pedro Vaz Rego, Portuguese composer, dies at 63
  • 1759 Francois de La Croix, French composer, dies at 76
  • 1778 Pieter Teyler van der Hulst, Dutch founder (Teyler Museum), dies at 76
  • 1794 Marie-Jean-Antoine-Nicholas-Caritat, Marquis de Condorcet, French mathematician and philosopher, dies in prison during the French Revolution at 50
  • 1820 Thomas Douglas, 5th Earl of Selkirk, Scottish philanthropist, dies at 48
  • 1844 Ignaz Franz von Mosel, Austrian composer, dies at 72
  • 1848 Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • 1851 John Parry [Bardd Alaw], Welsh composer and harpist, dies at 75
  • 1853 Jan Willem Pieneman, Dutch historical painter (Battle at Waterloo), dies at 73
  • 1857 Mangal Pandey, Indian Sepoy (soldier) in the 34th Bengal Native Infantry (B.N.I.) regiment of the British East India Company, hanged at 29

Elisha Otis

1861 Elisha Otis, American founder of the Otis Elevator Company and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails, dies of diphtheria at 50

  • 1863 Joseph Netherclift, English composer, dies at 70
  • 1865 John Park, Scottish composer, dies at 61
  • 1870 Charles-Auguste de Beriot, Belgian violinist and composer, dies at 68
  • 1871 Charles-Louis Hanssens, Belgian composer, dies at 68
  • 1879 Anthony Panizzi, Italian librarian at British Museum, dies at 81
  • 1882 Jules Quicherat, French historian and archaeologist, dies at 67
  • 1889 Harry Jupp, English cricketer (scored 63 on Test debut for England in 1877), dies at 47
  • 1890 Junius Spencer Morgan, American merchant and philanthropist (Metro Museum of Art), dies at 76
  • 1894 Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Indian novelist (Mrinalini, Anandamath), dies at 55
  • 1897 George Garrett, English composer, dies at 62
  • 1897 Heinrich von Stephan, German Director of the Post service who introduced the telephone to Germany, dies at 66
  • 1898 William Polk Hardeman, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 81
  • 1899 John Wesley Turner, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), dies at 65
  • 1902 Dmitry Sipyagain, Russian Minister of Interior/headed Secret Service, assassinated by a Socialist-Revolutionary at 49
  • 1906 Auguste Deter, German woman notable for being the 1st person diagnosed with Alzheimer's, dies of sepsis caused by an infected bedsore at 55
  • 1919 Loránd Eötvös, Hungarian physicist, dies at 70 (b. 1848)
  • 1920 Charles Tomlinson Griffes, American composer (White Peacock), dies of influenza at 35
  • 1921 Ernst von Possart, German actor and theatre director (Bayerische Hoftheater), dies at 79
  • 1931 Eric Axel Karlfeldt, Swedish poet (Nobel Prize for Literature 1931), dies at 66
  • 1935 Edwin Cannan, British economist and historian (A History of the Theories of Production and Distribution), dies at 74
  • 1936 Robert Bárány, Austrian physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1876)
  • 1937 Arthur William Foote, American organist and composer, dies at 84
  • 1937 William Henry Hadow, British educational reformer and musicologist (Oxford History of Music, Studies in Modern Music), dies at 77
  • 1937 Arthur Foote, American classical composer, and a member of the "Boston Six" (Suite for Strings in E), dies at 83
  • 1938 Harold Baumgartner, South African cricketer (took 2-99 lefty in test for South Africa), dies at 54
  • 1942 Alfred Mombert, German poet, dies at 70
  • 1942 Kostas Skarvelis, Greek songwriter (b. 1880)
  • 1943 Paul Colin, Belgian journalist/collaborator, executed
  • 1943 Richard Sears, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1881-87), dies at 81
  • 1948 Josef Kjellgren, Swedish writer (Guldkedjan), dies at 40
  • 1950 Albert Ehrenstein, Austria writer (Strum), dies at 63
  • 1950 Vaslav Fromich Nijinsky, Ukrainian ballet dancer, dies in London
  • 1957 Frank Chester, English cricketer and distinguished 1-armed Test umpire, dies at 62
  • 1958 Ethel Turner, Australian author (Seven Little Australians), dies at 88
  • 1958 George Jean Nathan, American editor, author and critic (American Mercury), dies at 76
  • 1959 Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian, dies
  • 1965 Erik A. Blomberg, Swedish art historian, poet and author, dies at 70
  • 1965 Jack Durston, English cricketer (one Test for England, 4-102 & 1-34), dies at 71
  • 1965 Lars Hanson, Swedish actor (Flesh & Devil), dies after illness at 78
  • 1966 George Creten, Belgian sculptor and painter, dies at 79
  • 1969 Arthur Walter Kramer, American composer, dies at 78
  • 1969 Haskell Karp, American heart transplant patient, who received 1st fully artificial heart, dies after 65 hours at 48
  • 1970 Marie V Felix, Prince of Luxemburg, dies

Sherwin Badger

1972 Sherwin Badger, American figure skater (US singles championship 1920-24; Olympic silver pairs [with Beatrix Loughran] 1932), dies at 70

Pablo Picasso

1973 Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter (The Young Ladies of Avignon, Guernica), dies at 91

  • 1974 James Charles McGuigan, Catholic cardinal archbishop of Toronto, dies at 79
  • 1976 Donald Byrne, American chess player, dies at 45
  • 1977 Frank Milan, American actor (Witness), dies at 71
  • 1978 Ford Frick, American baseball commissioner, dies at 83
  • 1981 Norman Taurog, American film director (Skippy), dies at 82

Omar Bradley

1981 Omar Bradley, American WWII General (Invasion of Normandy) and 1st Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1949-53), dies of cardiac arrhythmia at 88

  • 1982 Katherine Rawls, American swimming and diving champion, dies at 64
  • 1984 Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist (Nobel 1978), dies at 89
  • 1985 J. Fred Coots, American songwriter ("Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"; "Love Letters In The Sand"), dies at 87
  • 1986 Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer, dies at 18
  • 1987 Francis C. Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea) dies at 90
  • 1989 John Wyer, English sports car racing team manager, dies at 79
  • 1990 Doreen Sloane, English actress (Coronation Street), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1990 Jose De Vega, American actor dies of AIDS at 56
  • 1990 Ryan White, American hemophiliac AIDS sufferer, dies at 18
  • 1991 Dead [Pelle Ohlin], Swedish heavy metal singer (Mayhem), commits suicide at 22
  • 1992 Nelson Olmsted [or Olmstead], American voice actor (Sleep No More) dies at 78
  • 1992 Daniel Bovet, Swiss-born pharmacologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1907)
  • 1992 Luc-Andre Marcel, French composer, dies at 73
  • 1993 Arleen Whelan, American film actress (Kidnapped) dies of a stroke at 78
  • 1993 Hubertus Earnest, bishop of Breda, dies at 100

Marian Anderson

1993 Marian Anderson, American contralto and celebrated singer (My Lord, What a Morning), dies of congestive heart failure at 96

  • 1994 Irene Eisinger, German-British singer, dies at 91
  • 1994 Walter Arnold, German theologist (World council of Churches), dies at 64
  • 1994 François Rozet, French Canadian actor (b. 1899)
  • 1995 Maurice Allom, English cricketer (14 Test wickets-NZ debut hat-trick), dies at 89
  • 1996 Basil Hembry, farmer/campaigner, dies at 80
  • 1996 Ben Johnson, American actor (Chisum, Battle Force, Dillinger), dies of heart attack at 77
  • 1996 (Charles) Donald Adams, British bass-baritone opera singer (D'Oyly Carte Opera Company,; Gilbert and Sullivan For All), dies of a brain tumor at 67
  • 1996 Fried Walter [Schmidt], German light music and operetta composer, dies at 86
  • 1997 Laura Nyro, American singer-songwriter ("Wedding Bell Blues"; "Stoned Soul Picnic"; "And When I Die"), dies of ovarian cancer at 49
  • 1997 Charles Hayes, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1983-93), dies at 79

Claire Trevor

2000 Claire Trevor, American actress (Marjorie Morningstar), dies of respiratory failure at 91

  • 2000 Bernie Grant, British politician (Labour), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 2001 Frank Annunzio, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1965-93), dies of Parkinson's disease at 86
  • 2002 María Félix, Mexican actress (Doña Bárbara), dies at 88
  • 2004 Enda Colleran, Gaelic footballer (b. 1941)
  • 2004 Frank Chamberlain, English cricketer and CEO (Test & County Cricket Board), dies at 78
  • 2005 Eddie Miksis, American baseball player, dies at 78
  • 2005 Onna White, Canadian choreographer (b. 1924)
  • 2006 Gerard Reve, Dutch writer (Evenings, Dear Guys), dies at 82
  • 2006 (Heinz) "Henry" Lewy, German-American sound engineer and record producer (Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Neil Young, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Stephen Bishop, Judee Sill, The Monkees), dies at 79
  • 2007 Carey W. Barber, a member of Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses (b. 1905)
  • 2007 Sol LeWitt, American artist (b. 1928)
  • 2008 Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley (b. 1928)
  • 2008 John Button, Australian politician (Button car plan), dies at 74
  • 2008 Stanley Kamel, American actor (b. 1943)
  • 2009 Herbie Lovelle, America drummer, studio musician (Hot Lips Page) and actor (Law & Order), dies at 85
  • 2009 Lennie Bennett [Michael Berry], British comedian and TV game show host (Lucky Ladders), dies at 70

Malcolm McLaren

2010 Malcolm McLaren, British music manager (Sex Pistols; Bow Wow Wow), and musician, dies of cancer at 64

  • 2010 Dorothea "Teddy" Scholten, Dutch pop singer ("Een beetje" - "A Little Bit"), dies at 83
  • 2010 Jack Agnew, American World War II veteran (b. 1922)
  • 2010 Abel Muzorewa, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Rhodesia (1979-80), dies at 84
  • 2011 Hedda Sterne, Romanian born American artist, dies at 100
  • 2012 Jack Tramiel, Polish-American businessman (Commodore Computers), dies at 83
  • 2013 Annette Funicello, American actress (Mickey Mouse Club; Beach Blanket Bingo), and singer ("Tall Paul"). dies from multiple sclerosis complications at 70
  • 2013 Sara Montiel, Spanish actress and singer (The Last Torch Song; The Violet Seller), dies at 85
  • 2014 The Ultimate Warrior [James Brian Hellwig], American Hall of Fame professional wrestler, dies from a heart attack at 54
  • 2017 Brian Matthew, British disc jockey (Saturday Club), dies at 88
  • 2017 Georgy Grechko, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 26, T-14), dies at 85
  • 2020 Jackie Du Preez, Zimbabwe cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, South Africa; Zimbabwe Test selector), dies from heart failure at 77
  • 2021 Conn Findlay, American rower (Olympic gold coxed pair 1956, 64) and sailor (Olympic bronze Tempest 1976), dies at 90
  • 2021 Diána Igaly, Hungarian sport shooter (Olympic gold women's skeet 2004; bronze 2000), dies from COVID-19 at 56
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