On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 1985

  • Apr 1 Douglass Wallop, American novelist and playwright (b. 1920)
  • Apr 4 Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (b. 1891)
  • Apr 5 Tyrell Johnson, cricketer (WI left-arm quickie, one Test 1939), dies
  • Apr 5 Arthur Negus, English antiques expert and broadcaster (Antiques Roadshow), dies at 82
  • Apr 6 Mark Lothar, German composer (The Story of the Lazy Bear), dies at 82
  • Apr 8 John Frederick Coots, American songwriter, dies at 87

Person of interestEnver Hoxha

Apr 11 Enver Hoxha, Albanian post-war communist leader and dictator of Albania (1944-85), dies at 76

Dictator of Albania Enver Hoxha
Dictator of Albania
Enver Hoxha
  • Apr 11 Bunny Ahearne, British ice hockey promoter, dies at 84
  • Apr 14 Reginald Beane, American pianist (Starlit Time, Once Upon a Tune), dies at 63
  • Apr 14 Noele Gordon, British actress (Crossroads) dies at 65
  • Apr 15 Ben Stroman, Dutch writer (Jomtof & Blue Beard), dies at 82
  • Apr 16 Scott Brady [Gerald Tierney], American actor (Shotgun Slade, China Syndrome, Gremlins, Johnny Guitar), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 60
  • Apr 17 Ilona Bodden, writer, dies
  • Apr 21 Rudi Gernreich, US designer (miniskirt), dies at 62
  • Apr 21 Tancredo Neves, president-elect of Brazil, dies at 75
  • Apr 21 Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio broadcaster (Hockey Night in Canada), dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Irving Mills [Isadore Minsky], American jazz music publisher, manager (Duke Ellington, 1926-48), singer and lyricist, dies at 91
  • Apr 22 Paul H. Emmett, American chemical engineer, dies at 84
  • Apr 23 Kent Smith, American actor (Peyton Place, Invaders), dies from heart disease at 78
  • Apr 23 Sam Ervin, American politician (U.S. Senator from North Carolina) and Watergate committee chairman, dies at 88
  • Apr 24 Sergei Yutkevich, Russian director, (Otello, Banya), dies at 80
  • Apr 25 Murray Matheson, actor (Felix-Banacek), dies at 72
  • Apr 25 Richard Haydn, British actor (The Sound of Music, Alice in Wonderland), dies from a heart attack at 80