On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 1997

  • Apr 1 Jolie Gabor, mother of Zsa Zsa & Eva, dies at 97
  • Apr 1 Nancy Woodhull, news editor (USA Today), dies of cancer at 52
  • Apr 1 Norman Carr, British conservationist working in Central and Southern Africa, dies at 84
  • Apr 2 Tomoyuki Tanaka, Japanese film producer (Godzilla), dies of a stroke at 86
  • Apr 2 Zsolt Durko, Hungarian composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 2 Anthony Bushell, British actor (Journey's End, A Night to Remember), dies at 92
  • Apr 3 Judy Flannery, master triathelete, killed by a car at 56
  • Apr 3 Sergei Filatov, Soviet equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 70
  • Apr 4 Vladimir Solouchin, Russian writer, dies at 72

Person of interestAllen Ginsberg

Apr 5 Allen Ginsberg, American beat poet (Howl, The Fall of America) and 1960s counterculture icon, dies of liver cancer via complications of hepatitis at 70

Beat Poet Allen Ginsberg
Beat Poet
Allen Ginsberg
  • Apr 5 Alparslan Turkes, Turkish politician (MHP), dies
  • Apr 6 Jack Kent Cooke, Canadian entrepreneur, NFL team owner (Washington Redskins), dies at 84
  • Apr 6 Stephan Hermlin, German writer, dies at 81
  • Apr 7 Luis Aloma, Cuban baseball player, dies at 73
  • Apr 7 Georgy Shonin, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 6), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Apr 7 Sam Parks Jr., American golfer (US Open 1935), dies at 87

  • Apr 8 Laura Nyro, American singer-songwriter, dies of ovarian cancer at 49
  • Apr 8 Charles Hayes, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1983-93), dies at 79
  • Apr 9 Helene Hanff, author (84 Charing Cross Road), dies at 80
  • Apr 10 Toshiro Mayuzumi, Japanese composer (Sphenogramme), dies at 68
  • Apr 11 Michael Dorris, writer, commits suicide at 52

Person of interestGeorge Wald

Apr 12 George Wald, American physiologist and biologist (Nobel Prize 1967, vitamin A in retina), dies at 90

Scientist George Wald
Scientist
George Wald
  • Apr 13 Dorothy Frooks, American author & military figure, dies at 101
  • Apr 13 Voldemar Väli, Estonian wrestler, dies at age 94
  • Apr 15 Sam Moskowitz, American writer & historian of science fiction, dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Zdenek Mlynar, Czech politician (secretary of the Czechoslovak communist party, 1968–70), dies at 66
  • Apr 16 Emilio Azcarraga Milmo, American Mexican media tycoon (Televisa), dies at 66
  • Apr 16 Mae Boren Axton ["Queen Mother of Nashville"], American song writer (Heartbreak Hotel), dies at 82
  • Apr 16 Michael Stroka, actor (Aristede-Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 57
  • Apr 16 Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
  • Apr 16 Doris Angleton, American socialite, murdered at 46
  • Apr 16 Ray Green, American composer and publisher, dies at 88
  • Apr 17 Chaim Herzog, 6th President of Israel (1983-93), dies at 78
  • Apr 17 Allan Francovich, American documentarian
  • Apr 18 Edward Barker, English cartoonist, dies at 46
  • Apr 19 El Duce [Eldon Wayne Hoke], American singer and drummer (The Mentors), dies from a "misadventure" on a train-track at 39

  • Apr 21 Andres Rodriguez, Paraguayan president (1989-93), dies
  • Apr 21 Diosdado Macapagal, President of the Philippines (1961-65), dies at 86
  • Apr 23 Dennis Compton, England cricket batsman & footballer (5,807 Test runs, Arsenal 1950 FA Cup), dies at 78
  • Apr 24 Pat Paulsen, American comedian (Smothers Brothers Show) and presidential candidate , dies at 69

Person of interestEugene Stoner

Apr 24 Eugene Stoner, American firearms designer and inventor of the M16, dies of cancer at 74

Inventor Eugene Stoner
Inventor
Eugene Stoner
  • Apr 26 Joey Faye, American comedian (Joey Faye's Follies), dies at 86
  • Apr 26 Peng Zhen, mayor of Beijing China (1951-66), dies at 94
  • Apr 26 Gene Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers), dies of cancer at 73
  • Apr 26 John Beal [James Andrew Bliedung], American actor (10 Who Dare, I Am the Law, Les Misérables), dies at 87
  • Apr 27 Paul Lambert, American character actor (Executive Suite, Spartacus), dies at 74
  • Apr 28 Susan Seddon Boulet, American artist, dies of cancer at 45
  • Apr 28 Ann Lane Petry, American journalist & author (Street), dies at 88
  • Apr 29 Keith Ferguson, American blues musician (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of overdose at 50
  • Apr 29 Mike Royko, American journalist (Chicago Daily News) and author (Boss), dies of stroke at 64
  • Apr 29 Peter Tali Coleman, Governor of American Samoa (1956-61, 78-85, 89-93), dies at 77
  • Apr 30 Henry Picard, American golfer (Masters 1938, PGA 1939), dies at 90