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], American detective writer, dies at 65
  • Apr 5 Earl "Jock" Caruthers American jazz saxophonist (Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra, 1932-47), dies at 60

Igor Stravinsky

Apr 6 Igor Stravinsky, Russian composer (Le Sacre du Printemps - The Rite of Spring; The Firebird), dies of pneumonia at 88

  • 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 Ohki, Japanese composer (Idea of the Night; Hiroshima Symphony), 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
  • 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, German organist, harpsichordist, kantor, and composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 30 Elmo Roper, pollster (Roper Poll), dies at 70