On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 1983

  • Apr 1 Ken Kersey, Canadian jazz pianist, and composer ("Boogie Woogie Cocktail"), dies at 66
  • Apr 3 Danny Rapp, American pop singer (Danny & The Juniors - "At The Hop"), takes his own life at 41

Gloria Swanson

Apr 4 Gloria Swanson, American actress (Airport 1975, Sunset Boulevard) and producer, dies of a heart ailment at 84

  • Apr 4 Jacqueline Logan, American actress and silent film leading lady (WAMPAS Baby Star), dies at 78
  • Apr 4 Bernard Vukas, Croatian soccer forward (59 caps, Yugoslavia; Hajduk Split; Olympic silver 1948, 52), dies at 55
  • Apr 5 Cliff Carlisle, American country and blues musician, singer, songwriter, and yodeler ("Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad"), dies at 79
  • Apr 6 Ana Maria, Salvador guerilla leader, murdered
  • Apr 7 Gavin Gordon, television actor (Romance, Lone Cowboy), dies at 82
  • Apr 10 Issam Sartawi, PLO ambassador to Portugal, murdered
  • Apr 11 Dolores Del Rio, actress (Cheyenne Autumn), dies at 78
  • Apr 12 Carl Morton, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • Apr 13 Theodore Stephanides, Greek doctor & naturalist, dies at 87
  • Apr 13 Mercè Rodoreda, Catalan novelist (La plaça del diamant), dies at 74
  • Apr 13 Gerry Hitchens, English footballer, dies at 48
  • Apr 14 Nina Dumbadze, Russian discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1952), dies at 64

Pete Farndon

Apr 14 Pete Farndon, English rock bassist (The Pretenders - "Brass In Pocket"), drowns in his bathtub after a drug overdose at 30

  • Apr 14 Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer (Les Prédictions) and pedagogue, dies at 42
  • Apr 14 Elisabeth Lutyens, English composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Gyula Illyés, Hungarian author & poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), dies at 80
  • Apr 15 Rodolfo Hoyos {Jr}, Mexican-American actor (The Brave One; Viva Valdez -"Luis"), dies from a stroke at 67
  • Apr 15 Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author (The Hiding Place) & Holocaust survivor, dies at 91
  • Apr 17 Felix Pappalardi, American rock music producer, songwriter, vocalist, and bassist (Mountain - "Mississippi Queen"), shot and killed by his wife, Gail, at 43
  • Apr 18 Alan Melville, South African cricketer (11 Tests for South Africa, 894 runs), dies at 72
  • Apr 19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes and Diamonds), dies at 73
  • Apr 19 Lorene Scott, actress (Faraway Hill), dies at 74
  • Apr 22 Earl "Fatha" Hines, American jazz pianist & bandleader (Deep Forest), dies at 79
  • Apr 22 Walter Slezak, Austrian actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Inspector General), commits suicide at 80
  • Apr 23 Selena Royale, American actress (Date With Judy, Robot Monster), dies at 78
  • Apr 23 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Apr 24 Rolf Stommelen, German race car driver (b. 1943)
  • Apr 26 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish-American Academy Award-winning film composer (Green Dolphin Street; Lili; The Brothers Karamazov), dies at 81
  • Apr 26 Vaughn Taylor, American actor (Jailhouse Rock, Johnny Jupiter), dies at 72
  • Apr 28 Ron James, Australian cricketer (NSW's Sheffield Shield capt 1949-50), dies at 62

George Balanchine

Apr 30 George Balanchine, Russian-American ballet composer and choreographer who founded the New York City Ballet, dies from Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease at 79

  • Apr 30 Jerry Hatsuo Fujikawa, actor (Uncle Matsu-Mr T & Tina), dies at 71

Muddy Waters

Apr 30 Muddy Waters [McKinley Morganfield], American blues singer and guitarist ("Mannish Boy"; "Got My Mojo Working"), dies of heart failure, while fighting cancer, at 70

  • Apr 30 Joel H. Hildebrand, American chemist and educator (research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures), dies at 101