Famous People Who Died in 2018

Deaths 1 - 200 of 584

  • Jan 1 John V Tunney, American politician (Rep/Sen-D-California), dies of prostate cancer at 83
  • Jan 1 Robert Mann, American composer & violinist (String Quartet 1952), dies at 97
  • Jan 2 Rick Hall, American record producer, songwriter, and creator of the "Muscle Shoals sound" (FAME Studio), dies of prostate cancer at 85
  • Jan 2 Thomas Monson, 16th president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 90
  • Jan 3 Bra Willie [Keorapetse Kgositsile], South African poet & political activist (Point of Departure: Fire Dance Fire Song), dies at 79
  • Jan 3 Colin Brumby, Australian composer (Fibonacci Variations), conductor (Queensland Opera, 1968-71), and educator, dies at 84
  • Jan 3 Konrad Ragossnig, Austrian classical guitarist and lutenist, dies at 85
  • Jan 4 Ray Thomas, English rock vocalist and flautist (Moody Blues - "Legend Of A Mind"), dies at 76
  • Jan 5 Antonio Valentín Angelillo, Italian-Argentinian footballer who played for both Argentina and Italy, dies at 80
  • Jan 5 Bruce Hood, Canadian National Hockey League referee (1965-84), and author (Calling The Shots), dies of prostate cancer at 81
  • Jan 5 Jerry Van Dyke, American actor (My Mother the Car, Coach), dies at 86
  • Jan 5 John Young, American astronaut and 9th person to walk on the Moon (Gemini 3 & 10, Apollo 10 & 16, STS 1 & 9), dies of pneumonia complications at 87
  • Jan 5 José Molina [Quijada], Spanish-born American flamenco dancer, dies of lung cancer at 81
  • Jan 7 Anna Mae Hays [McCabe], American military officer and US military's 1st female General, dies from a heart attack at 97
  • Jan 7 Isabelle "France" Gall, French pop singer (Donner Pour Donner, Sacré Charlemagne), dies from cancer at 70
  • Jan 7 Peter Sutherland, Irish businessman (Allied Irish Banks) and politician (Fine Gael), dies at 71
  • Jan 8 Denise LaSalle [Ora Denise Allen], American blues and R&B singer recognized as the "Queen of the Blues" ("Trapped by a Thing Called Love"), dies from complications from surgery at 83
  • Jan 8 Donnelly Rhodes, Canadian actor (Da Vinci's Inquest, Danger Bay), dies of cancer at 80
  • Jan 9 Karin von Aroldingen, German ballet dancer (NYC Ballet), dies at 76
  • Jan 9 Odvar Nordli, 21st Prime Minister of Norway (Labour: 1976-81), dies at 90
  • Jan 9 Terence Marsh, British production designer (Oliver!; Dr. Zhivago; Spaceballs), dies of cancer at 86
  • Jan 9 Tommy Lawrence, Scottish football player and goalkeeper (Liverpool, Tranmere Rovers), dies at 77
  • Jan 10 "Fast" Eddie Clarke, British guitarist (Fastway, Motörhead), dies from pneumonia at 67
  • Jan 10 Doreen Tracey, British-born American performer (Mickey Mouse Club-Mouseketeer), dies at 74
  • Jan 10 Tom Luken, American politician (U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio), dies at 92
  • Jan 11 Doug Barnard Jr, American politician (Rep-D-GA, 1977-93), dies at 95
  • Jan 11 Edgar Ray Killen, American convict, former preacher, K.K.K. member and murderer, dies at 92
  • Jan 12 Bella Emberg [Sybil Dyke], British comic actress (The Russ Abbott Show), dies of alcohol toxicity at 80
  • Jan 12 Danny Woods, American musician (CEO of the Board), dies at 75
  • Jan 12 Keith Jackson, American sportscaster (ABC Monday Night Football, college football), dies at 89
  • Jan 12 Pierre Pincemaille, French organist, composer, and pedagogue, dies of lung cancer at 61
  • Jan 13 Doug Harvey, American National League umpire (Baseball Hall of Fame 2010), dies at 87
  • Jan 13 Jack Nel, South African cricket batsman (6 Tests, Western Province), dies at 89
  • Jan 14 Daniel "Dan" Gurney, American race-car driver, coach and team owner (All American Racers), dies from complications of pneumonia at 86
  • Jan 14 François Morel, Canadian pianist, conductor, and composer (Antiphonie; Me duele España), dies at 91
  • Jan 14 Hugh Wilson, American director, writer and actor (Blast from the Past, Frank's Place), dies at 74
  • Jan 14 Marlene VerPlanck [Pampinella], American jazz and pop vocalist, dies of pancreatic cancer at 84
  • Jan 15 Cyrille Regis, English former footballer, dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Jan 15 Dolores O’Riordan, Irish musician and singer-songwriter (The Cranberries - "Zombie"; ,"Linger"), drowns in the bath at 46
  • Jan 15 Edwin Hawkins, American gospel musician, choir master and composer ("Oh Happy Day"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 74
  • Jan 15 Joe Frank [Joseph Langermann], American radio personality (KCRW), dies of cancer at 79
  • Jan 15 Mathilde Krim, American medical researcher and founding chairman of amfAR (Foundation for AIDS Research), dies at 91
  • Jan 15 Peter Wyngarde [Cyril Goldbert], British actor (Department S and Jason King), dies at 90
  • Jan 16 Bradford Dillman, American actor (Compulsion, Piranha, Sudden Impact, Enforcer), dies of complications of pneumonia at 87
  • Jan 16 Dave Holland, English heavy metal rocker (Judas Priest - "Breakin' the Law"), dies at 69
  • Jan 16 Jo Jo White, American basketballer (Olympic gold - 1968), dies of complications of dementia at 71
  • Jan 17 Jessica Falkholt, Australian actress (Hope Morrison-Home and Away, dies at 29, three days after a car crash which also killed both her parents
  • Jan 17 Simon Shelton Barnes, British actor (Teletubbies-Tinky Winky), dies of hypothermia at 52
  • Jan 18 John Barton, British theatre director and co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company, dies at 89
  • Jan 18 Lucas M Mangope, 1st president of Bophuthatswana (1977-94), dies at 94
  • Jan 19 Allison Shearmur [Allison Ivy Brecker], American film executive and producer (Star Wars, The Hunger Games, Jason Bourne), dies of complications from lung cancer at 54
  • Jan 19 Dorothy Malone, American actress (At Gunpoint, Night & Day, Peyton Place), dies at 93
  • Jan 19 Olivia Cole, American actress (Roots, Backstairs at the White House), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Jan 20 Bob Smith, American author and a groundbreaking gay comedian (The Tonight Show, Funny Gay Males), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • Jan 20 Graeme Langlands, Australian rugby league fullback, captain and coach (24 Tests; St. George RLFC; ARL "Immortal"), dies from dementia and Alzheimer's disease at 76
  • Jan 20 Howard Lew Lewis, English comedian and actor (Maid Marian and Her Merry Men and Brush Strokes), dies at 76
  • Jan 20 Jack Whitten, American abstract painter, dies of chronic leukemia at 78
  • Jan 20 Jim Rodford, English rock bassist (The Kinks; Argent; Zombies), dies after a fall at 76
  • Jan 20 John Coleman, American journalist, co-founder of The Weather Channel and broadcaster (1953-2014), dies at 83
  • Jan 20 Naomi Parker Fraley, American who inspired "Rosie the Riveter" poster, dies at 96
  • Jan 20 Paul Bocuse, French great chef (Legion of Honor), dies of Parkinson's disease at 91
  • Jan 21 Chartchai Chionoi, Thai boxer (WBC/WBA flyweight champion), dies of Parkinson's disease at 75
  • Jan 21 Connie Sawyer [Rosie Cohen], American actress known as "The Clown Princess of Comedy" (Pineapple Express, Dumb and Dumber), dies at 105
  • Jan 21 David Pithey, Rhodesian cricket all-rounder (8 Tests for South Africa), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 81
  • Jan 22 James "Jimmy" Armfield, British former-footballer, manager and pundit (BBC Radio Five Live), dies at 82
  • Jan 22 Ursula K. Le Guin, American sci-fi author (The Left Hand of Darkness, Tombs of Atuan), dies at 88
  • Jan 23 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz," dies at 78
  • Jan 23 Lari White, American country music singer and actress (You Can Be a Star winner- 1988), dies of peritoneal cancer at 52
  • Jan 23 Nicanor Parra, Chilean poet, mathematician, and physicist (Defense of Violeta Parra), dies at 103
  • Jan 23 Stansfield Turner, American admiral and CIA director (1977-81), dies at 94
  • Jan 23 Wyatt Tee Walker, African-American pastor, civil rights leader, chief of staff for Martin Luther King, Jr. and cultural historian, dies at 88
  • Jan 24 Jack Ketchum [Dallas William Mayr], American horror fiction author (Off Season, Red, The Woman), dies of cancer at 71
  • Jan 24 Mark E. Smith, British rock vocalist (The Fall, The Post-Nearly Man), dies after a long illness at 60
  • Jan 25 John Morris, American film and Broadway composer who commonly worked alongside Mel Brooks and Gene Wilder, dies of a respiratory infection at 91
  • Jan 26 Francisco Savín, Mexican conductor and composer (Quasar I), dies at 88
  • Jan 26 Igor Zhukov, Russian pianist, conductor (Moscow Chamber Orchestra), and sound engineer, dies at 80

Ingvar KampradIngvar Kamprad (1926-2018)

Jan 27 Swedish eccentric businessman (founder of IKEA) and author (The Testament of a Furniture Dealer), dies at 91

  • Jan 27 Mort Walker, American cartoonist (Beetle Bailey, Hi & Lois), dies at 94
  • Jan 30 Mark Salling, American actor and musician (Glee), commits suicide at 35
  • Jan 31 Anne Gillis [Alma Conner], American actress (Faline-Bambi, Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Little Men), dies at 90
  • Feb 1 Alan Stout, American composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 1 Dennis Edwards, American pop and soul singer (The Temptations - "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone"), dies following a stroke at 74
  • Feb 1 Patricia Lindop, British radiobiologist & physician, dies at 87
  • Feb 2 Dave Barrett, 26th Premier of British Columbia (1972-75), dies at 87
  • Feb 2 Joseph Polchinski, American leading theoretical physicist (multiverse), dies of brain cancer at 63
  • Feb 3 Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, American pop, funk and jazz session and touring drummer, (Michael Jackson -"Billie Jean"; George Duke; Herbie Hancock), composer, and producer, dies of prostate cancer at 65
  • Feb 4 John Mahoney, British-born American actor (Fraiser, Frantic, 8 Men Out), dies of throat cancer at 77
  • Feb 4 Kenneth Haigh, British actor (Look Back in Anger, Search for the Nile), dies at 86
  • Feb 5 Jeremy Nunley, American NFL defensive tackle and defensive end (Houston Oilers), dies at 46
  • Feb 6 Joe Knollenberg, American politician (Rep-R-Michigan 1993-2009), dies at 84
  • Feb 7 John Perry Barlow, American lyricist (Grateful Dead - "Estimated Prophet"; "I Need A Miracle"; "Cassidy"), essayist, internet pioneer, and activist,, dies at 70
  • Feb 7 Mickey Jones, American musician and actor (Home Improvement, Justified), dies at 76
  • Feb 8 Paul Danblon, Belgian composer, opera director, opera administrator and scientific journalist, dies at 86
  • Feb 9 Craig McGregor, American rock bassist (Foghat, 1976-2018), dies of lung cancer at 68
  • Feb 9 Jóhann Jóhannsson, Icelandic theatre, dance, and film score composer (The Theory of Everything), dies form a combination of cocaine and prescription medication at 48
  • Feb 9 John Gavin [Juan Vincent Apablasa Jr], American actor (Imitation of Life, Psycho), and US Ambassador to Mexico (1981–86), dies of complications from pneumonia at 86
  • Feb 9 Liam Miller, Irish soccer midfielder (21 caps; Sunderland, Hibernian), dies of pancreatic cancer at 36
  • Feb 9 Reginald "Reg" E Cathey, American actor (The Wire, Oz, House of Cards), dies of lung cancer at 59
  • Feb 10 Bevan Congdon, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and captain (61 Tests; 3448 runs @ 32.22, 7 x 100; 59 wickets), dies at 79
  • Feb 11 Vic Damone [Vito Farinola], American singer ("On the Street Where You Live"), entertainer, actor and TV presenter (Vic Damone Show), dies at 89
  • Feb 13 Henrik [Henri Marie Jean André de Laborde de Monpezat], Prince Consort of Denmark, dies at 83
  • Feb 13 Tito Francona, American baseball utility (MLB All Star 1961), dies at 84
  • Feb 14 Ruud Lubbers, Dutch politician, Prime Minister of the Netherlands (1982-94), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Vaclovas Paketūras, Lithuanian composer (The Sun Is Setting; Polyphonic Pieces), dies at 90
  • Feb 15 Wynn Irwin, American actor (Lotsa Luck, Sugar Time), dies at 85
  • Feb 16 Hubert Doggart, English cricketer (2 Tests for England 1950), dies at 92
  • Feb 17 Arno Motulsky, German-born founder of medical genetics, known as the "father of pharmacogenomics," dies at 94
  • Feb 17 Beatricce "Beebe" Freitas [nee Botty], American pianist, organist, and voice teacher (Hawaii Opera Theatre), dies at 79
  • Feb 19 Yury Tyukalov, Soviet rower (Olympic 1952,56 Gold), dies at 87

Billy GrahamBilly Graham (1918-2018)

Feb 21 American Baptist evangelist (Crusades) described as 1 of the 20th century's most influential Christian leaders, dies at 99

  • Feb 21 Emma Chambers, British actress (The Vicar of Dibley, Notting Hill), dies from natural causes at 53
  • Feb 22 Nanette Fabray [Ruby Fabares], American actress and singer (Love Life, Caesar's Hour, One Day at a Time), dies at 97
  • Feb 23 Lewis Gilbert, British director, producer and screenwriter (You Only Live Twice, Sink the Bismarck!), dies at 97
  • Feb 24 Durward Knowles, Bahamas yachtsman (Olympic gold, Star class 1968), dies at 100

Sridevi KapoorSridevi Kapoor (1963-2018)

Feb 24 Indian actress and film producer referred to as Indian cinema's "first female superstar" (Himmatwala, Solva Sawan), drowns at 54

  • Feb 25 Penny Vincenzi [Hannaford], British novelist (An Absolute Scandal, Spoils of Time trilogy), dies at 78
  • Feb 27 Luciano Benjamín Menéndez, Argentine general, Commander of the Third Army Corps (1975-79), and convicted human rights violator and murderer, dies of cardiogenic shock at 90
  • Feb 28 Harvey Schmidt, American musical theatre composer (The Fantasticks), and illustrator, dies of complications of congestive heart failure at 88
  • Feb 28 Jayendra Saraswathi, Hindu religious leader (69th Shankaracharya Guru), dies at 82
  • Mar 1 Anatoly Lein, Soviet-American chess player (Grandmaster 1968; World Chess Hall of Fame), dies at 86
  • Mar 1 Bender [Alexander Buchanan], Canadian underground hip hop artist (Flight Distance, King of the Dot), dies at 37
  • Mar 1 Orin C Smith, American businessman & CEO of Starbucks (2000-05), dies of pancreatic cancer 75
  • Mar 2 Sammy Stewart, American MLB pitcher (World Series 1983; AL ERA leader 1981; Cleveland Indians), dies of hypertension and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at 63
  • Mar 2 Van McLain [McElvain], American rock guitarist (Shooting Star), dies at 62 from West Nile virus
  • Mar 3 David Ogden Stiers, American stage and screen actor (M*A*S*H, 1977-83 - "Maj. Charles Emerson Winchester III"; Lilo & Stitch), dies of bladder cancer at 75
  • Mar 3 Patrick Doyle, English drummer (Veronica Falls; Boys Forever), dies at 32

Roger BannisterRoger Bannister (1929-2018)

Mar 3 English athlete (first sub-4-minute mile, 3:59.4 at Iffley Road Track, Oxford 1954), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88

  • Mar 4 Davide Astori, Italian footballer (Milan), dies from cardiac arrest at 31
  • Mar 4 Javed Abidi, Indian disability rights activist, director (NCPEDP), and founder of the Disability Rights Group, dies of a chest infection at 53
  • Mar 5 André S. Labarthe, French actor, film producer and director (Vivre sa vie, Cinéastes de notre temps), dies at 86
  • Mar 5 Hayden White, American "literary criticism" historian (Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe), dies at 89
  • Mar 5 Helmut Maucher, German businessman, CEO of Nestlé (1990-97), dies at 90
  • Mar 5 Kjerstin Dellert, Swedish opera singer, dies at 92
  • Mar 5 Trevor Baylis, English inventor of the wind-up radio, dies of Crohn's disease at 80
  • Mar 6 Ferdousi Priyabhashini, Bangladeshi sculptor (Independence Day Award-2010), dies at 71
  • Mar 6 Lucie Brock-Broido, American poet and academic (Noctuary), dies at 61
  • Mar 6 Shammi [Nargis Rabadi], Indian actress (Half Ticket, Dekh Bhai Dekh), dies from natural causes at 88
  • Mar 6 Sir John E. Sulston, British molecular biologist, co-recipient of 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (roundworm genome sequencing), dies of stomach cancer at 75
  • Mar 7 Gary Burden, American artist and one of the pioneers for the concept of album cover art (designed covers for Neil Young, Nash, The Doors), dies at 84
  • Mar 7 Jacques Clemens, Dutch Catholic priest, dies at 108
  • Mar 7 Reynaldo Bignone, Argentine politician and human rights violator, 41st President (1982–1983), dies of a hip fracture and heart failure at 90
  • Mar 8 Kate Wilhelm, American fiction author (Hugo Award: Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang), dies of respiratory failure at 89
  • Mar 8 Milko Kelemen, Croat composer (Archetypon), dies at 93
  • Mar 8 Sir Wilson Harris, Guyanese author (Palace of the Peacock, Jonestown, The Ghost of Memory), dies of natural causes at 96
  • Mar 8 Togo West Jr., American attorney and public official (3rd Secretary of Veterans Affairs 1998-2000), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Mar 9 Chris Gedney, American NFL tight end, 1993-2000 (Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals), takes his own life at 47
  • Mar 9 Joaquin Avila, American lawyer and civil rights champion who advocated against voter discrimination, dies from complications of colon and liver cancer at 69

Hubert de GivenchyHubert de Givenchy (1927-2018)

Mar 10 French fashion designer (Audrey Hepburn's LBD) and founder of Givenchy (1952), dies at 91

  • Mar 11 Ken Dodd, British singer and comedian described as "the last great music hall entertainer," dies of complications from a chest infection at 90
  • Mar 12 Craig Mack, American rapper (Flava In Ya Ear), dies of heart failure at 47
  • Mar 12 Ken Flach, American professional tennis player (4 Grand Slam titles, 2 mixed doubles), dies of pneumonia at 54
  • Mar 12 Nole "Nokie" Edwards, American surf-rock guitarist (The Ventures) and actor (Deadwood), dies of complications following a surgery at 82
  • Mar 12 Oleg Tabakov, Soviet-Russian actor and artistic director (Moscow Art Theatre), dies at 82
  • Mar 12 Olly Wilson, American composer and founder of TIMARA, dies of complications of dementia at 80
  • Mar 13 Dr. T Berry Brazelton, American child development paediatrician, author, TV host (What Every Baby Knows), who developed the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS), dies at 99
  • Mar 14 Adrián Lamo, American threat analyst and hacker (NYT, Yahoo!, Microsoft) who reported Chelsea Manning to the FBI, dies at 37
  • Mar 14 Emily Nasrallah, Lebanese writer and women's rights activist (Birds of September, A Cat’s Diary), dies at 86
  • Mar 14 Jim Bowen, British TV game show host (Bullseye) and comedian, dies at 80
  • Mar 14 Marielle Franco, Brazilian politician and human rights activist, assassinated at 38

Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking (1942-2018)

Mar 14 English physicist (Black Holes & Baby Universes), dies at 76

  • Mar 15 Edwin "Ed" Charles, American MLB third baseman (Miracle Mets-1969), dies following long illness at 84
  • Mar 15 Michael Getler, American journalist and 1st ombudsman appointed by a US broadcasting network (PBS), dies of bile duct cancer at 82
  • Mar 15 Robert Grossman, American illustrator, dies of heart failure at 78
  • Mar 16 Buell Neidlinger, American pop, jazz, and classical session cellist and double bassist (Cecil Taylor; Frank Zappa; Duane Eddy), dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Irwin Hoffman, American conductor, dies at 93
  • Mar 20 Ariel Bybee, American mezzo-soprano (Morman Tabernacle Choir; Metropolitan Opera, 1977-95), dies at 75
  • Mar 20 Bobby Mitchell, American golfer (US Masters runner-up 1972), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Mar 20 Katie Boyle [Lady Sander Saunders], Italian born British actress and broadcaster (Eurovision), dies at 91
  • Mar 22 Johan van Hulst, Dutch teacher who helped save 600 children from the Nazis, dies at 107
  • Mar 22 Morgana King, American jazz singer and actress (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II), dies of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 87
  • Mar 22 Wayne Huizenga, American businessman, CEO (Waste Management, Blockbuster), and sports team owner (Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers, Florida Marlins), dies of cancer at 80
  • Mar 23 DuShon Monique Brown, American actor (Prison Break, Connie-Chicago Fire), dies at 49
  • Mar 24 Carl Scheib, American baseball pitcher (at the time [1943] youngest player in MLB history at 16; Philadelphia A’s), dies at 91
  • Mar 24 José Antonio Abreu, Venezuelan conductor, pianist and teacher (El Sistema), dies at 78
  • Mar 24 Lawrence K. Grossman, American news executive (PBS, NBC-TV) and author (The Electronic Republic), dies of Parkinson’s disease and cancer at 86
  • Mar 24 Lys Assia, Swiss singer who won the 1st Eurovision Song Contest in 1956, dies at 94
  • Mar 27 Stephane Audran, French actress (Just Before Nightfall), dies at 85
  • Mar 29 Anita Shreve, American writer (Weight of Water, Past the Island; Drifting), dies of cancer at 71
  • Mar 29 Michael Sahl, American contemporary classical composer (Civilization and its Discontents; Jungles), dies at 83
  • Mar 29 Rusty Staub, American baseball utility (6 x MLB All Star; Houston Colt .45s / Astros; Montreal Expos; NY Mets; Detroit Tigers) and broadcaster (Mets games 1986-95), dies from multiple organ failure at 73
  • Mar 30 Bill Maynard [Walter Williams], English actor (Greengrass-Heartbeat) and comedian, dies at 89
  • Mar 31 Frank Aendenboom, Flemish actor (Lion of Flanders), dies at 76
  • Apr 1 Edward Digby, 12th Baron Digby, British Army (Coldstream Guards) officer, dies at 93

Efraín Ríos MonttEfraín Ríos Montt (1926-2018)

Apr 1 Guatemalan general and dictator (1982-83) convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity, dies of a heart attack at 91

  • Apr 1 Steven Bochco, American TV producer and co-creator of Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, dies at 74
  • Apr 2 Susan Anspach, American actress (Grace-Yellow Rose, Hair, Five Easy Pieces, Play It Again Sam), dies at 75

Winnie MandelaWinnie Mandela (1936-2018)

Apr 2 South African anti-apartheid activist and ANC politician, dies of a long illness at 81

  • Apr 3 David Edgerton, American entrepreneur and founder of Burger King, dies of complications of surgery at 90
  • Apr 3 Lill-Babs [Barbro Margareta Svensson], Swedish pop singer, (Eurovision, 1961) actress, and television presenter, dies of heart failure while battling cancer at 80
  • Apr 4 Gertrude Jeannette, African American taxi driver, playwright and film and stage actress (Shaft, Cotton Comes to Harlem), dies at 103
  • Apr 4 Ray Wilkins, English former footballer and captain of the National Soccer Team, dies at 61
  • Apr 5 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, dies at 89
  • Apr 5 Eric Bristow MBE ['The Crafty Cockney'], English darts player (BDO World Champion 1980-81, 84-86), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Apr 5 Isao Takahata, Japanese anime film director, screenwriter and producer (Grave of the Fireflies, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • Apr 6 Daniel Akaka, American educator and politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Hawaii), dies at 93
  • Apr 6 Julien Van Remoortere [Piet Mortelman], Flemish writer (Fist), dies at 87
  • Apr 10 Yvonne Staples, American R&B singer (The Staple Sisters), dies at 80
  • Apr 11 Gillian Ayres, British abstract painter and printmaker, dies at 88
  • Apr 11 Mitzi Shore [Lillian Saidel], American owner of The Comedy Store and founder of The Comedy Channel, dies at 87
  • Apr 12 John Melcher, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Montana), dies at 93