On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 2010

  • Apr 1 John Forsythe, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Dynasty), dies at 92
  • Apr 2 Mike Cuellar, Cuban baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1967, 70, 71, 74; World Series 1964, 70; AL Cy Young Award 1969; Baltimore Orioles), dies from stomach cancer at 72
  • Apr 2 Chris Kanyon, American pro wrestler (WCW/WWF World Tag Team C'ship), dies from suicide at 40
  • Apr 2 Thomas J. Moyer, American judge and Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court (1987-2010), dies at 70
  • Apr 3 Dusan Radic, Serbian composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 3 Eugène Terre'Blanche, South African white supremacist and leader of the far-right Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging, beaten to death over alleged political and racist motivations at 69
  • Apr 4 Alec Bedser, English cricket medium-pace bowler (51 Tests, 236 wickets, BB 7/44; Surrey CCC), dies at 91
  • Apr 4 Clifford M. Hardin, American politician (17th U.S. Secretary of Agriculture), dies at 94
  • Apr 4 Rudy Kousbroek, Dutch writer and literary (Leopold the Buch), dies at 81
  • Apr 6 Wilma Mankiller, Native American activist, 1st woman chief of the Cherokee Nation, dies of cancer at 64
  • Apr 6 Corin Redgrave, British actor (Excalibur, A Man For All Seasons), dies at 70
  • Apr 6 Tony MacGibbon, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (26 Tests, 70 wickets; Canterbury CA), dies at 85
  • Apr 6 Lorraine Chargin, American boxing promoter (IBHOF; Bobby Chacon, Tony "The Tiger" Lopez, Loreto Garza), dies from cancer at 79

George Nissen

Apr 7 George Nissen, American inventor (created the trampoline), dies at 96

Malcolm McLaren

Apr 8 Malcolm McLaren, British music manager (Sex Pistols; Bow Wow Wow), and musician, dies of cancer at 64

  • Apr 8 Dorothea "Teddy" Scholten, Dutch pop singer ("Een beetje" - "A Little Bit"), dies at 83
  • Apr 8 Jack Agnew, American World War II veteran (b. 1922)
  • Apr 8 Abel Muzorewa, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe Rhodesia (1979-80), dies at 84
  • Apr 9 Zoltán Varga, Hungarian Footballer (b. 1945)
  • Apr 9 Aladár Kovácsi, Hungarian pentathlete and Olympic champion (1952, Helsinki), dies at 77
  • Apr 10 Ryszard Kaczorowski, Polish statesman is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 90
  • Apr 10 Dixie Carter, American actress (Designing Women, Edge of Night), dies at 70
  • Apr 10 Maria Kaczyńska, Polish economist and First Lady of Poland, is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 67
  • Apr 10 Lech Kaczyński, Polish lawyer and politician, then President of Poland is killed in the crash of a Polish Air Force Tu-154 at 60
  • Apr 12 Palito, Filipino comedian (b. 1934)
  • Apr 12 Peter Haskell, American actor (Bracken's World, Rituals), dies at 75
  • Apr 14 Peter Steele [Petrus Ratajczyk], American heavy metal singer-songwriter, and bassist (Type O Negative), dies of sepsis at 48
  • Apr 15 Jack Herer, American author & cannabis activist, dies at 70
  • Apr 16 Rasim Delic, Bosnian military chief of staff and war criminal (b. 1949)
  • Apr 16 Daryl Gates, LAPD Chief, dies at 83
  • Apr 16 Marion Ladewig, American ten-pin bowler (9 time woman bowler of year 1950-63), dies at 95
  • Apr 19 Keith "Guru" Elam, American rapper (b. 1966)
  • Apr 19 Carl Williams, Australian criminal (b. 1970)
  • Apr 19 Edwin Valero, Venezuelan boxer (undefeated world champion WBA super featherweight 2006-08; WBC lightweight 2009-10), commits suicide at 28

Dorothy Height

Apr 20 Dorothy Height, American civil rights and women's rights activist (National Council of Negro Women), dies at 98

  • Apr 21 Gustav Lorentzen, Norwegian singer-songwriter (b. 1947)
  • Apr 21 Juan Antonio Samaranch, Spanish sports administrator (7th President International Olympic Committee 1980-2001), dies of cardio-respiratory failure at 89
  • Apr 23 Norman Wright, American doo-wop tenor vocalist (Del-Vikings - “Come Go With Me”), dies at 72
  • Apr 23 Peter Porter, Australian-British author and poet (Chair of Babel), dies at 81
  • Apr 25 Dorothy Provine, American actress (The Roaring 20's; That Darn Cat: Who's Minding The Mint?), and singer, dies of emphysema at 75
  • Apr 25 Alan Sillitoe, English writer (Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner), dies at 82
  • Apr 27 Morris Pert, Scottish session jazz-rock drummer, percussionist, pianist, and contemporary classical composer (Ankh; Auroura), dies at 62
  • Apr 29 Johannes Fritsch, German composer, dies at 68
  • Apr 30 Gerry Ryan, Irish radio broadcaster (b. 1956)