Famous People Who Died in April 1997

  • Apr 1 Jolie Gabor, Hungarian-American jeweler and mother of Zsa Zsa & Eva, dies at 100 (birth date disputed)
  • 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 Anthony Bushell, British actor (Journey's End, A Night to Remember), dies at 92
  • Apr 2 Tomoyuki Tanaka, Japanese film producer (Godzilla), dies of a stroke at 86
  • Apr 2 Zsolt Durko, Hungarian composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 3 Judy Flannery, American triathlete, killed by a car while training at 56
  • Apr 3 Sergei Filatov, Soviet equestrian dressage (Olympic gold 1960), dies at 70
  • Apr 4 Vladimir Solouchin, Russian writer, dies at 72

Allen GinsbergAllen Ginsberg (1926-1997)

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

  • 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 Georgy Shonin, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 6), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Apr 7 Luis Aloma, Cuban baseball player, dies at 73
  • Apr 7 Sam Parks Jr., American golfer (US Open 1935), dies at 87
  • Apr 8 Charles Hayes, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1983-93), dies at 79
  • Apr 8 Laura Nyro, American singer-songwriter ("Wedding Bell Blues"; "Stoned Soul Picnic"; "And When I Die"), dies of ovarian cancer at 49
  • Apr 9 Helene Hanff, author (84 Charing Cross Road), dies at 80
  • Apr 10 Francis Walder [Francois Waldburger], Belgian author, dies at 90
  • Apr 10 Toshiro Mayuzumi, Japanese composer (Sphenogramme), dies at 68
  • Apr 11 Michael Dorris, writer, commits suicide at 52

George WaldGeorge Wald (1906-1997)

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

  • Apr 13 Dorothy Frooks, American author & military figure, dies at 101
  • Apr 13 Foffie Williams, West Indian cricket all-rounder (4 Tests; 9 wickets, 1 x 50; Barbados), dies at 83
  • 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 Doris Angleton, American socialite, murdered at 46
  • Apr 16 Emilio Azcarraga Milmo, American Mexican media tycoon (Televisa), dies at 66
  • Apr 16 Mae Boren Axton, American songwriter, known as the"Queen Mother of Nashville" ("Heartbreak Hotel"), dies at 82
  • Apr 16 Michael Stroka, actor (Aristede-Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 57
  • Apr 16 Ray Green, American composer and publisher, dies at 88
  • Apr 16 Roland Topor, French illustrator (b. 1938)
  • Apr 17 Allan Francovich, American documentarian
  • Apr 17 Chaim Herzog, 6th President of Israel (1983-93), dies at 78
  • 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

Eugene StonerEugene Stoner (1922-1997)

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

  • Apr 24 Pat Paulsen, American comedian (Smothers Brothers Show) and presidential candidate, dies at 69
  • Apr 24 Robert Erickson, American composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 26 Gene Ames, American singer (Ames Brothers), dies of cancer at 73
  • Apr 26 Joey Faye, American comedian (Joey Faye's Follies), dies at 86
  • Apr 26 John Beal [James Andrew Bliedung], American actor (10 Who Dare, I Am the Law, Les Misérables), dies at 87
  • Apr 26 Peng Zhen, mayor of Beijing China (1951-66), dies at 94
  • Apr 27 Paul Lambert, American character actor (Executive Suite, Spartacus), dies at 74
  • Apr 28 Ann Lane Petry, American journalist & author (Street), dies at 88
  • Apr 28 Susan Seddon Boulet, American artist, dies of cancer at 45
  • Apr 29 Keith Ferguson, American blues-rock bassist (Fabulous Thunderbirds), dies of liver failure due to heroin use 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