On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 1971

  • Apr 3 Joseph Valachi, American gangster, dies at 66
  • Apr 3 Manfred Bonnington Lee [Ellery Queen], detective writer, dies at 65

Person of interestIgor Stravinsky

Apr 6 Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (Le Sacre du Printemps), dies of pneumonia at 88

Composer Igor Stravinsky
Igor Stravinsky
  • Apr 7 Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, (Olympic gold 1928, 32), dies at 74
  • Apr 12 Ed Lafitte, American baseball player (b. 1871)
  • Apr 12 Wynton Kelly, American jazz pianist (Dizzy Gillespie; Miles Davis), dies of epileptic seizure at 39
  • Apr 13 Michel Brière, Canadian ice hockey player, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 21
  • Apr 13 Juhan Smuul, Estonian author, dies at 49
  • Apr 14 Armand Spitz, developer of small educational planetarium, dies
  • Apr 15 Dan Reeves, American NFL team owner (Cleveland, LA Rams), dies at 58
  • Apr 17 Roberto Lupi, Italian composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 17 Carmen Lombardo, Canadian musician, dies at 67
  • Apr 18 Masao Oki, Japanese composer (Symphony No.5 "Hiroshima"), dies of cancer at 69
  • Apr 19 Russ Hodges, American sportscaster (NY Mets, SF Giants; Wednesday Night Fights), dies at 60
  • Apr 20 Cecil Parker, British actor (The Lady Vanishes, Indiscreet, Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 73
  • Apr 21 Edmund Lowe, American actor (Black Sheep, Good Sam, Dillinger, Hot Pepper), dies at 81

Person of interestFrançois Duvalier

Apr 21 François Duvalier "Papa Doc", Dictator and President of Haiti (1957-71), dies of heart disease and diabetes at 64

Dictator and President of Haiti François Duvalier
Dictator and President of Haiti
François Duvalier
  • Apr 23 William Tubman, President of Liberia (1944-71), dies at 76
  • Apr 24 Lennie Hayton, American pianist, composer, conductor and arranger (Paul Whiteman; Bing Crosby; MGM), dies at of heart attack at 63
  • Apr 25 Max Drischner, composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 30 Elmo Roper, pollster (Roper Poll), dies at 70