On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 2018

  • Apr 1 Steven Bochco, American TV producer and co-creator of Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, dies at 74

Person of interestEfraín Ríos Montt

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

Dictator and President of Guatemala Efraín Ríos Montt
Dictator and President of Guatemala
Efraín Ríos Montt
  • Apr 1 Edward Digby, 12th Baron Digby, British Army (Coldstream Guards) officer, dies at 93

Person of interestWinnie Mandela

Apr 2 Winnie Mandela [Winnie Madikizela-Mandela], South African anti-apartheid activist and ANC politician, dies of a long illness at 81

Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician Winnie Mandela
Anti-Apartheid Activist and Politician
Winnie Mandela
  • Apr 2 Susan Anspach, American actress (Grace-Yellow Rose, Hair, Five Easy Pieces, Play It Again Sam), dies at 75
  • Apr 3 David Edgerton, American entrepreneur and founder of Burger King, dies of complications of surgery at 90
  • Apr 4 Ray Wilkins, English former footballer and captain of the National Soccer Team, dies at 61
  • Apr 4 Gertrude Jeannette, African American taxi driver, playwright and film and stage actress (Shaft, Cotton Comes to Harlem), dies at 103
  • 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 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, dies at 89
  • 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 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
  • Apr 13 Miloš Forman, Czech-American award-winning director (One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Amadeus, The Firemen's Ball), dies at 86
  • Apr 15 R. Lee Ermey, American actor (Full Metal Jacket- Gunnery Sergeant Hartman), dies at 74
  • Apr 16 Harry Anderson, American actor (Judge Harry Stone-Night Court), dies at 65

Person of interestBarbara Bush

Apr 17 Barbara Bush, First Lady of the US (1989-93) and wife of George H. W. Bush, dies following long illness at 92

US First Lady Barbara Bush
US First Lady
Barbara Bush
  • Apr 18 Bruno Sammartino, Italian American strongman & professional wrestler, dies at 82

Person of interestAvicii

Apr 20 Avicii [Tim Bergling], Swedish musician, DJ, remixer and record producer (Levels, Wake Me Up, Sunshine), commits suicide at 28

DJ and Record Producer Avicii
DJ and Record Producer
Avicii
  • Apr 21 Nabi Tajima, Japanese supercentenarian and the last living person certified to have been born in the 19th century, dies at 117
  • Apr 21 Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Brazilian movie director (Como Era Gostoso o Meu Francês, Vidas Secas), dies at 89
  • Apr 21 Verne Troyer, American actor (Mini-Me in Austin Powers movies), dies at 49
  • Apr 23 Sachio Kinugasa, Japanese baseman nicknamed Tetsujin, meaning "Iron Man", dies of colon cancer at 71
  • Apr 26 Charles Neville, American vocalist & saxophonist (Neville Brothers), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79
  • Apr 29 Robert Mandan, American actor best known for his role as Chester Tate in US sitcom "Soap", dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Michael Martin, British politician and Speaker of the House of Commons (2000-09), dies at 72