On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 2014

  • Apr 1 Joe "Speedo" Frazier, American doo-wop vocalist (Impalas - "Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)") dies at 70
  • Apr 2 Urs Widmer, Swiss writer, dies at 75
  • Apr 3 Freda Kida, American cartoonist, dies at 93
  • Apr 3 Tommy Lynn Sells, American serial killer, executed for murder at 49
  • Apr 4 Margo MacDonald, Scottish national broadcaster and politician (MP for Glasgow Govan 1973-74), dies at 70
  • Apr 5 John Pinette, American comedian and actor (The Punisher, Junior), dies from an pulmonary embolism at 50
  • Apr 6 Mickey Rooney, American Emmy award-winning actor (Boys Town, The Black Stallion), dies at 93
  • Apr 6 Jacques Castérède, French composer and pianist (Pandora's Box), dies at 87
  • Apr 7 Peaches Geldof, English columnist and daughter of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, dies of a heroin overdose at 25
  • Apr 8 The Ultimate Warrior [James Brian Hellwig], American Hall of Fame professional wrestler, dies from a heart attack at 54
  • Apr 9 Bertha Tickey, American softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1973), dies at 91
  • Apr 10 Jim Flaherty, Canadian politician, Minister of Finance (2006-2014), dies at 64
  • Apr 10 Richard Hoggart, British author (The Uses of Literacy: Aspects of Working Class Life) and warden (Goldsmith's College London), dies at 95
  • Apr 11 Jesse Winchester, American musician and songwriter, dies from bladder cancer at 69
  • Apr 11 Bill Henry, American baseball player (Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds), dies from a heart attack at 86
  • Apr 12 Beverly Hanson, American golfer (3 LPGA major titles), dies of Alzheimer's & COPD at 89
  • Apr 12 Hal Smith, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1957, 59²; St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 82

Person of interestGabriel García Márquez

Apr 17 Gabriel García Márquez, Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist (1982 Nobel Prize in Literature), dies of pneumonia at 87

Colombian Writer Gabriel García Márquez
Colombian Writer
Gabriel García Márquez
  • Apr 18 Brian Priestman, British conductor and teacher, dies at 87
  • Apr 20 Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, American boxer (famous murder conviction overturned after 19 years imprisonment), dies of prostate cancer at 76
  • Apr 21 George H. Heilmeier, American engineer (helped invent LCD displays), dies at 77
  • Apr 23 Volker Wangenheim, German conductor & composer (Sinfonia Notturna), dies at 85
  • Apr 25 Earl Morrall, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 1970, 72, 73; Pro Bowl 1957, 68; First-team All-Pro 1968, 72; NFL MVP 1968; Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins), dies from Parkinson's disease at 79
  • Apr 28 Richard Kenshaw, British broadcaster, dies at 80
  • Apr 28 Dennis Kamakahi, American Grammy Award-winning slack-key guitarist, dies from lung cancer at 61
  • Apr 28 Jack Ramsay, American Hall of Fame basketball coach (Portland Trail Blazers, 1977 NBA Champions), dies from cancer at 89
  • Apr 29 Bob Hoskins, English actor (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), dies from pneumonia at 71
  • Apr 29 Gailene Stock, Australian ballerina, teacher, and dance school director, dies of cancer at 68
  • Apr 30 Leo Kraft, American composer, dies at 91