On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 2017

  • Apr 1 Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russian poet (Bratsk Station), dies at 83
  • Apr 3 Kishori Amonkar, Indian classical Hindustani singer, dies at 84
  • Apr 5 María Luisa Ozaita, Spanish pianist, harpsichordist, musicologist, conductor, and composer (Pelleas y Melisanda), dies at 77
  • Apr 5 Ilkka Sinisalo, Finnish NHL ice hockey forward, 1981-92 (Philadelphia Flyers, and 2 other teams), dies of prostate cancer at 58
  • Apr 6 Don Rickles, American comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey), dies at 90
  • Apr 6 Bob Cerv, American baseball player (Yankees), dies at 91
  • Apr 7 Tim Pigott-Smith, English actor (Jewel in Crown, King Charles III), dies at 70
  • Apr 8 Brian Matthew, British disc jockey (Saturday Club), dies at 88
  • Apr 8 Georgy Grechko, Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 17, 26, T-14), dies at 85
  • Apr 9 Peter Hansen, American actor (General Hospital, The War of the Roses), dies at 95
  • Apr 9 Alan Henderson, Irish rock bassist (Them), dies at 72
  • Apr 9 Bob Wootton, American guitarist, dies at 75
  • Apr 10 Banner Thomas, American rock bassist (Molly Hatchet), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Apr 11 J. Geils [John Warren Geils Jr], American rock guitarist (J. Geils Band - Centerfold), dies at 71
  • Apr 11 Toby Smith [Grafftey-Smith], British keyboardist and songwriter, dies of cancer at 46
  • Apr 12 Barry “Frosty” Smith, American rock, country and blues touring and session drummer (Lee Michaels; Roky Erikson; Doug Sahm), dies at 71
  • Apr 13 Zareh Baronian, Armenian theologian, dies at 75
  • Apr 14 Manfred Jung, German operatic tenor (Wagner's heldentenor roles), dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Allan Holdsworth, British progressive rock guitarist, dies at 70
  • Apr 15 Clifton James, American actor (Live and Let Die, Silver Streak), dies at 96
  • Apr 15 Sylvia Moy, American songwriter ("My Cherie Amour"; "This Old Heart Of Mine"; "It Takes Two"), dies of pneumonia at 79
  • Apr 18 Gordon Langford [Colman], British composer and arranger of brass, choral, and orchestral music (Facets of Glass; Rhapsody for Trombone), dies at 86
  • Apr 20 Cuba Gooding, Sr., American pop and soul singer (The Main Ingredient - "Everybody Plays the Fool"), dies at 72
  • Apr 21 Ugo Ehiogu, English soccer defender (4 caps; Aston Villa, Middlesborough), dies from cardiac arrest at 44
  • Apr 22 Erin Moran, American actress (Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi), dies at 56
  • Apr 22 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), dies at 96
  • Apr 22 Václav Kučera, Czech composer (Concierto imaginativo; Homenaje a Salvador Dalí), dies at 87
  • Apr 23 Kenny Sears, American NBA player (NY Knicks), dies at 83
  • Apr 24 Robert M. Pirsig, American author (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance), dies at 88
  • Apr 24 Benjamin Barber, American political theorist (Jihad vs. McWorld), dies at 77
  • Apr 24 Agustín Edwards, Chilean media tycoon (El Mercurio), dies at 89
  • Apr 24 Don Gordon [Donald Guadagno], American actor (Bullitt, Papillon), dies at 90
  • Apr 26 Jonathan Demme, American film director (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), dies at 73
  • Apr 26 Raj Bagri, Indian-British merchant in metal, dies at 86
  • Apr 27 Vinod Khanna, Indian Bollywood actor (Mera Gaon Mera Desh), dies at 70
  • Apr 27 Julius Youngner, American virologist, helped develop Salk polio vaccine, dies at 96
  • Apr 28 Luis Olmo, Puerto Rican NBA player (Brooklyn Dodgers), dies at 97
  • Apr 30 Ueli Steck, Swiss mountain climber, dies in a climbing accident in Nepal at 40