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 7 Jean Mogin, Belgian poet (Pastures of Silence), and playwright, dies at 64
  • Apr 8 Yukiko Okada, Japanese idol singer, dies at 18
  • 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 Johnny Dollar, American country & rockabilly singer, commits suicide at 53
  • Apr 13 Stephen Stucker, American actor (Trading Places, Airplane), dies at 38
  • Apr 14 Horst Bastian, German writer and screenwriter, dies at 46

Simone de BeauvoirSimone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)

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

Jean GenetJean Genet (1910-1986)

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

  • Apr 15 Sergei Nikolayevich Anokhin, Soviet cosmonaut, dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Tim McIntire, American actor (Brubaker; Stand By Your Man), singer-songwriter, and musician (Funzone), dies of congestive heart failure at 41
  • 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 popular song 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; 193 wickets; world best 19-90 4th Test v Australia 1956), dies from complications of gall bladder surgery at 64
  • Apr 23 Otto Preminger, Austro-Hungarian-American theatre and film director, producer (Laura; Advise & Consent; Anatomy of A Murder), and actor (Stalag 17),, dies of lung cancer at 80
  • Apr 24 Bill Edrich, cricketer (39 Tests for England), dies

Wallis SimpsonWallis Simpson (1896-1986)

Apr 24 American divorcee whom British King Edward VIII abdicated his throne to marry, dies at 89

  • Apr 26 Bessie Love, American actress (Broadway Melody, Isadora), dies at 87

Broderick CrawfordBroderick Crawford (1911-1986)

Apr 26 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