On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 2001

  • Apr 1 Olivia Barclay, British astrologer (revival of traditional forms of astrology in the late 20th century), dies at 81
  • Apr 1 Trinh Cong Son, Vietnamese composer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 1 Jo-Jo Moore, American baseball left fielder (MLB All Star 1934–38, 40; World Series 1933; NY Giants), dies at 92
  • Apr 2 Charles Daudelin, Canadian artist (b. 1920)
  • Apr 2 Jennifer Syme, American actress (b. 1972)
  • Apr 3 Michael Berry, Baron Hartwell, British newspaper proprietor and journalist, dies at 89
  • Apr 3 Lester "Big Daddy" Kinsey, American Chicago blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player, dies at 74
  • Apr 4 Ed "Big Daddy" Roth, American custom car designer (b. 1932)
  • Apr 5 Brother Theodore, German-American comedian, dies at 94
  • Apr 5 Malcolm Shepherd [2nd Baron Shepherd], Politician (L) and Leader of the House of Lords (1974-76), dies at 82
  • Apr 6 Charles Pettigrew, American soul singer (Charles & Eddie - "Would I Lie To You?"), dies of cancer at 37
  • Apr 7 David Graf, American actor (Police Academy- Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Apr 7 Beatrice Straight, American actress (Network, Poltergeist, Power), dies of pneumonia at 86
  • Apr 8 Frank Annunzio, American politician (Rep-D-IL, 1965-93), dies of Parkinson's disease at 86

Person of interestWillie Stargell

Apr 9 Willie Stargell, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder/1st baseman (7-time All Star), dies of a stroke at 61

Hall of Fame Baseball Player Willie Stargell
Hall of Fame Baseball Player
Willie Stargell
  • Apr 11 Sandy Bull, American musician (b. 1941)

  • Apr 11 Harry Secombe, Welsh actor, comedian, singer and goon (The Goon Show, Oliver!), dies of cancer at 79
  • Apr 12 Harvey Ball, American inventor and designer of a popular smiley graphic picture, dies at 79
  • Apr 12 Alberto Erede, Italian conductor, dies at 91
  • Apr 13 Robert Moon, American postal inspector, dies at 83
  • Apr 13 Jimmy Logan, British comedian (Mad Death), dies at 73
  • Apr 14 Hiroshi Teshigahara, Japanese director (b. 1927)
  • Apr 14 Jim Baxter, Scottish footballer (b. 1939)
  • Apr 15 Joey Ramone [Jeffrey Hyman], American punk rock singer and musician (The Ramones - "I Wanna Be Sedated"; Blitzkrieg Bop"; solo -"What a Wonderful World"), dies of lymphoma at 49
  • Apr 15 John Verrall, American composer, dies at 92
  • Apr 16 Alec Stock, English football manager (b. 1917)
  • Apr 20 Maria Karnilova, American dancer and actress (Fiddler on the Roof, Ivan the Terrible), dies at 80
  • Apr 20 Giuseppe Sinopoli, Italian conductor and composer (Sunnyata; Lou Salomé), dies while conducting Verdi's "Aida" of a heart attack at 54
  • Apr 21 David Hollestelle, Dutch baritone singer (Dutch Radio Chorus), dies at 84
  • Apr 22 Ludvig Nielsen, Norwegian organist, composer, choir director, and conductor (Nidaros Cathedral, 1935-76), dies at 95
  • Apr 24 Al Hibbler, American singer ("Unchained Melody"), dies at 85
  • Apr 24 Leon Sullivan, African-American civil rights leader and pastor (b. 1922)
  • Apr 25 Michele Alboreto, Italian race car driver (b. 1956)
  • Apr 29 Barend Biesheuvel, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1971-73), dies at 81