On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 2002

  • Apr 1 Simo Hayha, Finnish marksman (b. 1905)
  • Apr 2 Jack Kruschen, Canadian character actor (The Apartment, Busting Loose), dies at 80
  • Apr 2 Henry Slesar, American writer and playwright (The Edge of Night), dies at 74
  • Apr 3 Fad Gadget [Francis Tovey], English singer and musician, dies of a heart attack at 45
  • Apr 4 Harry L. O'Connor, Czech film stuntman
  • Apr 5 Layne Staley, American rock singer and guitarist (Alice in Chains - Dirt), dies at 34
  • Apr 7 John Agar, American actor (Sands of Iwo Jima, Fort Apache), dies at 81
  • Apr 8 María Félix, Mexican actress (Doña Bárbara), dies at 88
  • Apr 9 Leopold Vietoris, Austrian mathematician (b. 1891)
  • Apr 9 Pat Flaherty, American auto racer (Indianapolis 500 1956), dies from cancer at 76
  • Apr 13 Desmond Titterington, Northern Irish racecar driver, dies at 73
  • Apr 15 Damon Francis Knight, American sci-fi author (CV, Beyond the Barrier), dies at 79
  • Apr 15 Byron "Whizzer" White, American football player & U.S. Supreme Court Justice, dies at 84
  • Apr 15 William Leonard "Will" Reed, British pianist and composer, dies at 91
  • Apr 16 Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (b. 1927)
  • Apr 16 Robert Urich, American actor (b. 1946)

Person of interestThor Heyerdahl

Apr 18 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist & explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku), dies of a brain tumor at 87

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • Apr 18 Wahoo McDaniel, American football player & professional wrestler, dies at 63
  • Apr 20 Alan Dale, American singer (Alan Dale Show), dies at 76
  • Apr 23 Manfred Bieler, German writer (The Rabbit is Me), dies at 67
  • Apr 25 Indra Devi, yoga teacher (b. 1899)
  • Apr 25 Left Eye [Lisa Lopes], American singer (TLC), dies in a car crash at 30
  • Apr 25 Michael Bryant, British actor (Sakharov, Girly), dies at 74
  • Apr 26 Robert Steinhäuser, German spree killer, dies at 19
  • Apr 27 George Alec Effinger, American author, dies at 55
  • Apr 27 Ruth Handler, American toy manufacturer (invented the Barbie doll), dies of cancer at 85
  • Apr 27 Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Dutch-Swiss industrialist, dies at 81
  • Apr 28 Alexander Lebed, Russian general, dies at 52
Professional Wrestler Lou Thesz
Professional Wrestler
Lou Thesz
  • Apr 29 Bob Akin, American industrialist and race car driver (b. 1936)
  • Apr 29 Lor Tok [Sawong Supsamruay], Thai comedian and actor (Ngern, Ngern, Ngern), dies at 88
  • Apr 29 Fernando Pessa, Portuguese journalist, dies at 100
  • Apr 30 Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, founder of the Gründerzeit Museum in Berlin-Mahlsdorf. (b. 1928)
  • Apr 30 Leslie Manville, Australian economist, dies at 100