On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 2008

  • Apr 2 Jacques Bondon, French composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 3 Hrvoje Ćustić, Croatian football player (b. 1983)
  • Apr 4 Francis Tucker, South African Rally Driver (b. 1923)

Person of interestCharlton Heston

Apr 5 Charlton Heston, American actor (The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur), dies at 84

  • Apr 8 Timothy Beaumont, Baron Beaumont of Whitley (b. 1928)
  • Apr 8 John Button, Australian politician (b. 1933)
  • Apr 8 Stanley Kamel, American actor (b. 1943)
  • Apr 11 Merlin German, United States Marine
  • Apr 12 Patrick 'Paddy' Hillery, 6th President of Ireland, EEC Commissioner and Irish Minister (b. 1923)
  • Apr 12 Cecilia Colledge, British figure skater (Olympic silver 1936), dies at 87
  • Apr 12 Jerry Zucker, Israeli-born American businessman (b. 1949)
  • Apr 12 Danny Davis [George Nowlan], American country musician (Nashville Brass), dies at 83
  • Apr 13 John Archibald Wheeler, American physicist (first American involved in the theoretical development of the atomic bomb), dies at 96
  • Apr 14 Tommy Holmes, American baseball outfielder (MLB All Star 1945, 48; NL HR leader 1945; Boston Braves) and manager (Boston Braves), dies at 91
  • Apr 14 Ollie Johnston, American animator and the last living member of Disney's Nine Old Men, dies at 95
  • Apr 14 Miguel Galvan, Mexican actor/comedian. (b. 1957)

  • Apr 15 Krister Stendahl, Swedish Lutheran theologian & bishop, dies at 86
  • Apr 15 Benoît Lamy, Belgian film director, dies at 62
  • Apr 15 Brian "Blinky" Davison, British rocker (The Nice), dies at 65
  • Apr 16 Joseph Solman, American painter
  • Apr 16 Edward Norton Lorenz, American mathematician and meteorologist, dies at 90
  • Apr 17 Aimé Césaire, French Martinican poet and politician, dies at 94
  • Apr 17 Daniel "Danny" Federici, American rocker and musician (E Street Band), dies of melanoma at 58
  • Apr 19 John Marzano, American baseball player (b. 1963)
  • Apr 19 Germaine Tillion, French anthropologist, member of French Resistance (b. 1907)
  • Apr 19 Alfonso López Trujillo, Colombian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, dies at 72
  • Apr 20 VL Mike, American Rapper (b. 1976)
  • Apr 20 Monica Lovinescu, Romanian essayist, literary critic and journalist (b. 1923)
  • Apr 21 Al Wilson, American singer (Show and Tell, The Snake), dies of kidney failure at 68
  • Apr 22 Ed Chynoweth, Canadian ice hockey executive, dies at 66
  • Apr 22 Dora Ratjen, German man who posed as a female high jumper (Olympic 4th 1936), dies at 89
  • Apr 22 Cameron Argetsinger, American auto racing executive (created Watkins Glen Grand Prix Race Course; F1 US Grand Prix 1961-80), dies from a stroke at 87
  • Apr 23 William H. Stewart, 10th US Surgeon General (1965-69), dies at 86
  • Apr 25 Humphrey Lyttelton, British jazz musician, actor and broadcaster (It's Great to Be Young), dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Albert Hofmann, Swiss chemist, known as the first to synthesize LSD (b. 1906)
  • Apr 29 Michael "Micky" Waller, British blues and rock drummer (Long John Baldry; Jeff Beck Group), dies of liver failure at 66
  • Apr 30 John Cargher, Australian radio broadcaster (b. 1919)