On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 2009

  • Apr 2 Frank Springer, American comics artist (The Adventures of Phoebe Zeit-Geist), dies at 79
  • Apr 2 Clifford “Bud” Shank, American jazz saxophonist and flute player, dies of a pulmonary embolism at 82
  • Apr 5 George Tribe, Australian cricket spin bowler (3 Tests; Northamptonshire; 66 VFL games Footscray), dies at 88
  • Apr 6 Shawn Mackay, Brumbies rugby player (b. 1982)
  • Apr 7 Dave Arneson, American game designer (Dungeons & Dragons), dies of cancer at 61
  • Apr 8 Herbie Lovelle, America drummer, studio musician (Hot Lips Page) and actor (Law & Order), dies at 85
  • Apr 8 Lennie Bennett [Michael Berry], British comedian and TV game show host (Lucky Ladders), dies at 70
  • Apr 9 Nick Adenhart, American baseball player, dies at 22
  • Apr 10 Deborah Digges, American poet (b. 1950)
  • Apr 10 Richard Arnell, English classical composer, dies at 91
  • Apr 11 Corín Tellado, Spanish romance novelist, sold the most books in Spanish (400 million), dies at 81
  • Apr 12 John Maddox, British science writer and editor (Nature), dies at 83
  • Apr 12 Kirby Laing, English Construction head (John Laing & Son), dies at 92
  • Apr 12 Edward Harper, English composer and pianist, dies at 68
  • Apr 13 Harry Kalas, American sportscaster, dies at 73
  • Apr 13 Bruce Snyder, American college football coach (Utah State, California, Arizona State), dies from melanoma at 69
  • Apr 13 Mark Fidrych, American baseball player (Detroit Tigers) nicknamed "The Bird", dies at 54
  • Apr 14 Maurice Druon, French writer and journalist (Prix Goncourt), dies at 90
  • Apr 15 Clement Freud, British writer, broadcaster and former liberal MP, dies at 84
  • Apr 17 Honoré Desmond Sharrer, American artist (Tribute to the American Working People), dies aged 88
  • Apr 17 Martin Garrod, British Commandant General Royal Marines, dies at 73
  • Apr 18 Stephanie Parker, Welsh actress, dies at 22
  • Apr 18 Enrique Franco, Spanish pianist, composer (Cuerda de presos), music promoter, and broadcaster (National Spanish Radio; Radio Clásica), dies at 89
  • Apr 19 J.G. Ballard, British novelist (Empire of the Sun; Crash), dies of prostate cancer at 78
  • Apr 19 Doc Blanchard, American College Football Hall of Fame fullback (Heisman Trophy 1945; National C'ship 1944, 45, 46; Army), dies of pneumonia at 84
  • Apr 21 Vivian Maier, American street photographer unknown until her death, dies at 83
  • Apr 22 Jack Cardiff, British cinematographer (Black Narcissus), dies at 94
  • Apr 24 John Michell, British writer, (b. 1933)
  • Apr 24 Rev. Timothy Wright, American gospel singer (Been There Done That), and pastor, dies from injuries sustained in a car crash at 61
  • Apr 25 John Marchi, American politician (b. 1921)
  • Apr 25 Bea Arthur [Bernice Frankel], American Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress (Mame; Maude; The Golden Girls), and singer, dies of lung cancer at 86
  • Apr 27 Frankie Manning, American dancer, instructor, choreographer, and one of the founding fathers of Lindy Hop, dies at 94
  • Apr 27 Feroz Khan, Indian actor, producer and director (known as Clint Eastwood of Bollywood), dies at 69
  • Apr 27 Woo Seung-yeon, South Korean actress & model, dies at 25
  • Apr 28 Valeria Peter Predescu, Romanian singer, dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Apr 28 Ekaterina Maximova, Russian ballerina, dies at 70
  • Apr 28 Vern Gosdin, American country singer ("Set 'Em Up Joe"), dies after a stroke at 74
  • Apr 30 Venetia Burney [Phair], British woman credited with naming Clyde Tombaugh's discovered planet "Pluto" (1930), dies at 90
  • Apr 30 Ron Richards, British record producer (Gerry and The Pacemakers; The Hollies), dies at 80