On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 1986

  • Apr 1 Erik Bruhn, Danish dancer (National Ballet of Canada), dies at 57
  • Apr 3 Peter Pears, English tenor (Death in Venice), dies at 75
  • Apr 4 Frank Mortelmans, Belgian painter, dies at 87
  • Apr 5 Colin McCool, Australian cricketer (14 Tests for Australia, 36 wkts), dies at 69
  • Apr 5 Manly Wade Wellman, sci-fi author (Devil's Planet), dies at 82
  • Apr 6 Raimundo Orsi, Argentine-born Italian soccer winger (13 caps Argentina, 35 Italy; Independiente, Juventus), dies at 84
  • Apr 8 Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer, dies at 18
  • Apr 9 Jean Mogin, Belgian poet, dies at 64
  • Apr 10 Joseph P Addabbo, US defence specialist/(Sen-D), dies at 61
  • Apr 10 Linda Creed, American singer and songwriter ("The Greatest Love Of All"), dies of breast cancer at 37
  • Apr 12 Valentin Kataev, Russian writer (b. 1897)
  • Apr 13 Stephen Stucker, American actor (Trading Places, Airplane), dies at 38
  • Apr 13 Johnny Dollar, American country & rockabilly singer, commits suicide at 53

Person of interestSimone de Beauvoir

Apr 14 Simone de Beauvoir, French author and feminist (The Mandarins, The Second Sex, She Came to Stay), dies of pneumonia at 78

  • Apr 14 Horst Bastian, German writer and screenwriter, dies at 46

Person of interestJean Genet

Apr 15 Jean Genet, French novelist (The Thief's Journal, Our Lady of the Flowers) and playwright (The Balcony, The Maids), dies of throat cancer at 75

Novelist and Playwright Jean Genet
Novelist and Playwright
Jean Genet

  • Apr 15 Sergei Nikolayevich Anokhin, Soviet cosmonaut, dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Tim McIntire, American actor (Bob Younger-Legend of Jesse James), dies at 42
  • Apr 17 Bessie Head, Botswana writer (When Rain Clouds Gather, Maru, A Question of Power), dies at 49
  • Apr 17 Teddy Kotick, American jazz double bassist (Phil Woods; Charlie Parker; Bill Evans), dies of a brain tumor at 57
  • Apr 18 Marcel Dassault [Bloch], French airplane builder, dies at 94
  • Apr 19 Alvin Childress, actor (Amos-Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 78
  • Apr 19 Dag Wirén, Swedish composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 20 Sibte Hassan, Pakistani activist, journalist and writer, dies at 73
  • Apr 21 Salah Jaheen, Egyptian poet and cartoonist, dies at 55
  • Apr 22 Mircea Eliade, Romanian religious historian (Le Yoga) & author, dies at 79
  • Apr 23 Harold Arlen [Hyman Arluck], American composer ("Over the Rainbow"; "It's Only A Paper Moon"; "Stormy Weather"), dies of cancer at 81
  • Apr 23 Jim Laker, English cricket spin bowler (46 Tests; world best 19-90 4th Test v Australia 1956), dies from complications of gall bladder surgery at 64
  • Apr 23 Otto Preminger, Austrian director and producer (Advise & Consent, Anatomy of Murder), dies at 79

Person of interestWallis Simpson

Apr 24 Wallis Simpson [Duchess of Windsor], American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, dies at 89

Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson
Duchess of Windsor
Wallis Simpson
  • Apr 24 Bill Edrich, cricketer (39 Tests for England), dies
  • Apr 26 Bessie Love, American actress (Broadway Melody, Isadora), dies at 87

Person of interestBroderick Crawford

Apr 26 Broderick Crawford, American actor (All the King's Men, Highway Patrol), dies after a series of strokes at 74

  • Apr 26 Dechko Uzunov, Bulgarian painter, dies at 87
  • Apr 29 Seamus McElwaine, Irish IRA-terrorist, killed at 25