On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 1998

  • Apr 1 Eugene "Gene" Evans, American actor (My Friend Flicka, Johnny Ringo, Alamo), dies of heart failure at 75
  • Apr 1 Rozz Williams, American musician (Christian Death), dies at 34
  • Apr 3 Rob Pilatus, American-German model, dancer, and de-frocked Grammy Award winner (Milli Vanilli - "Girl You Know It's True"), dies of accidental prescription drug and alcohol overdose at 42
  • Apr 3 Mary Cartwright, English mathematician (b. 1900)
  • Apr 5 Cozy Powell [Colin Flooks] English rock drummer (Jeff Beck Group; Emerson, Lake & Powell), dies in a car crash at 50

Person of interestTammy Wynette

Apr 6 Tammy Wynette [Virginia Pugh], American country singer ("Stand By Your Man"), dies at 55

Country singer Tammy Wynette
Country singer
Tammy Wynette
  • Apr 6 Wendy O. Williams, American singer (Plasmatics) (b. 1949)
  • Apr 7 Broery Marantika, Indonesian singer
  • Apr 7 Nick Auf der Maur, Canadian journalist and politician, dies at 55
  • Apr 9 Tom Cora, American cellist and composer, dies at 44
  • Apr 11 Ivan Tcherepnin, American experimental and postmodern composer, dies at 55
  • Apr 13 Patrick de Gayardon, French skydiver & skysurfer, dies at 38
  • Apr 14 Maurice Stans, American politician, Secretary of Commerce and Watergate figure, dies at 90

Person of interestPol Pot

Apr 15 Pol Pot, Cambodian dictator (1976-79) & revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge (1963-97), dies at 72

Dictator and Revolutionary Pol Pot
Dictator and Revolutionary
Pol Pot
  • Apr 16 Fred Davis, English 8-time World Snooker Champion (1948-49, 51), dies at 84
  • Apr 16 Alberto Calderón, Argentine mathematician, dies at 77

Person of interestLinda McCartney

Apr 17 Linda McCartney [née Eastman], American photographer, musician (Wings) and wife of Paul McCartney, dies of breast cancer at 56

Musician, Activist and Photographer Linda McCartney
Musician, Activist and Photographer
Linda McCartney
  • Apr 18 Terry Sanford, American politician, dies at 80
  • Apr 19 Octavio Paz, Mexican diplomat and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1914)
  • Apr 19 Liam Sullivan, American singer and actor (Star Trek; The Magic Sword; Monroes), dies of a heart attack at 74
  • Apr 21 Jean Francois Lyotard, French philosopher and sociologist (b. 1924)
  • Apr 21 Peter Lind Hayes, American comedian and singer (Peter Lind Hayes Show), dies at 82
  • Apr 22 Kitch Christie, South African rugby coach, dies at 58
  • Apr 23 Konstantinos Karamanlis, Greek politician, President of Greece (1980-85), dies at 91

Person of interestJames Earl Ray

Apr 23 James Earl Ray, American assassin of Martin Luther King Jr., dies while still under detention of complications related to kidney disease and liver failure caused by hepatitis C at 70

Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr. James Earl Ray
Assassin of Martin Luther King Jr.
James Earl Ray
  • Apr 24 Mel Powell, American composer (Pulitzer Prize Music 1990), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Wright Morris, American writer (b. 1910)
  • Apr 27 Carlos Castaneda, Peruvian-born American writer & mystic, dies at 72
  • Apr 27 John Bassett, Canadian publisher & media baron, dies at 47
  • Apr 27 Dominique Aury, French novelist, dies at 90
  • Apr 27 Godfrey Kenton, English actor (The Tempest, Well's Theater), dies at 96
  • Apr 28 Ramakant Desai, Indian cricket fast bowler (28 Tests, 74 wickets, 1 x 50; Bombay), dies from cardiac arrest at 58
  • Apr 29 Hal Laycoe, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (b. 1922)
  • Apr 30 Nizar Qabbani, Syrian poet (b. 1926)