On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 1984

Person of interestMarvin Gaye

Apr 1 Marvin Gaye, American soul singer-songwriter ("It Takes Two"; What's Going On"; "Let's Get It On"), shot to death by his father Marvin Gay, Sr., during a domestic dispute in Los Angeles at 44

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • Apr 1 Chepín [Electo Rosell], Cuban violinist, bandleader, and composer (Orquesta Chepín-Chovén), dies at 76
  • Apr 4 John Arnold, cricketer (Eng bat v NZ 1931, scored 34 only Test), dies
  • Apr 4 Oleg Antonov, Soviet airplane engineer (b. 1906)
  • Apr 5 Arthur Travors Harris, marshal of British RAF, dies
  • Apr 5 Theo Koomen, Dutch sportscaster, dies in auto-accident at 54
  • Apr 5 Arthur Harris, British RAF Commanding Chief known as "Bomber/Butcher Harris" for commanding the bombing campaign against Nazi Germany, dies at 91
  • Apr 5 Robert Adams, English sculptor and designer, dies at 67
  • Apr 6 Jimmy Kennedy, Irish singer-songwriter ("Teddy Bears' Picnic"; "My Prayer"), dies at 81
  • Apr 6 Ral Donner, singer/narrator, dies at 41
  • Apr 7 Frank Church, American lawyer and politician (United States Senator from Idaho), dies at 59
  • Apr 7 Samuel C Engel, poet, dies of heart failure at 79
  • Apr 8 Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist (Nobel 1978), dies at 89
  • Apr 9 Basil Henry Blackwell, British publisher, dies
  • Apr 10 Ray Middleton, American actor (1776, Hurricane Smith), dies at 75
  • Apr 11 Fred Robinson, American jazz trombonist (Louis Armstong's Hot Five; Fats Waller; Cab Calloway), dies at 83

  • Apr 12 Ruth Taylor, actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 76
  • Apr 13 Christopher Wilder, Australian serial killer, dies at 39
  • Apr 13 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), dies at 72
  • Apr 13 Dionyssis Papayannopoulos, Greek actor, dies at 71
  • Apr 13 Richard Hurndall, British actor (Doctor Who, The Inheritors, It's Murder But Is It Art), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • Apr 14 Dionisis Papagiannopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1912)
  • Apr 15 Tommy Cooper, British comedian & magician, collapses and dies on stage at 61
  • Apr 15 Alexander Trocchi, Scottish writer, dies at 58
  • Apr 15 Machito, Latin jazz musician & creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), dies following a stroke at 76
  • Apr 15 William Empson, English poet & critic (Milton's God), dies at 77
  • Apr 17 Claude Provost, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 17 Mark W. Clark, American general, dies at 87
  • Apr 18 John Lee Mahin, American screenwriter, dies of emphysema at 81
  • Apr 18 Francis De Wolff, British character actor (A Christmas Carol, From Russia With Love), dies at 71
  • Apr 18 Arvi Kivimaa, Finnish writer (Groenende Cross), dies at 79
  • Apr 20 Mabel Mercer, English born singer who influenced Frank Sinatra (Fly Me to the Moon), dies at 84
  • Apr 20 Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian mountaineer (b. 1943)
Photographer Ansel Adams
Photographer
Ansel Adams
  • Apr 23 Guus Oster, Dutch actor & director (Carrie), dies at 68
  • Apr 23 Red [William] Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Apr 23 Juan Tizol, Puerto Rican jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington), and composer ("Caravan"; "Perdido"), dies at 84
  • Apr 25 Richard Benedict, actor (Okinawa), dies at 64 of a heart attack
  • Apr 26 Henry Rowland, American actor (Rogue's Regiment), dies at 70
  • Apr 26 May McAvoy, American actress (Ben Hur), dies at 82 after a heart attack
  • Apr 26 William "Count" Basie, American jazz musician & bandleader, dies at 79
  • Apr 27 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player, dies at 63
  • Apr 28 Glen H Taylor, American senator, dies at 80
  • Apr 28 Silvia Ashton-Warner, New Zealand writer, dies at 76
  • Apr 28 Moses "Whispering" Smith, American blues harmonica player and singer ("A Thousand Miles From Nowhere"; "Hound Dog Twist"), dies at 52