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Famous People Who Died in April 2020

  • Apr 1 Ed Farmer, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1980; Chicago WS) and broadcaster (Chicago WS radio 1991-2005), dies of kidney disease at 70
  • Apr 1 Ellis Marsalis, American jazz musician and prominent teacher, dies of COVID-19 complications at 85
  • Apr 1 Nur Hassan Hussein [Nur Adde], Somalian politician, Prime Minister of Somalia (2007-09), dies from COVID-19 at 82
  • Apr 1 David Driskell, American artist and champion of African American art, dies of COVID-19 complications at 88
  • Apr 1 Adam Schlesinger, American rock musician (Fountains Of Wayne) and songwriter (That Thing You Do), dies of COVID-19 complications at 52
  • Apr 1 John "Bucky" Pizzarelli, American jazz guitarist, dies of Covid-19 at 94
  • Apr 2 Goyo Rubio, Spanish soccer defender (22 caps; Real Madrid 317 games), dies of COVID-19 at 73
  • Apr 2 Carl Tacy, American college basketball coach (Wake Forest University 1972-85; 222-149 record), dies at 87
  • Apr 2 Sergio Rossi, Italian shoe designer, dies of COVID-19 complications at 84
  • Apr 2 Patricia Bosworth, American actor, journalist, writer, and biographer, dies of COVID-19 complications at 86
  • Apr 2 Claudio Spies, Chilean American composer, dies at 95
  • Apr 2 Eddie Large [McGinnis], British comedian (Little and Large), dies of heart issues and Covid-19 complications at 78
  • Apr 3 Tom Dempsey, American NFL kicker (Pro Bowl, First-team All-Pro 1969; New Orleans Saints; longest winning field goal, 63 yards), dies of COVID-19 complications at 73
  • Apr 4 Forrest Compton, American actor (Gomer Pyle USMC, Edge of Night), dies at 94
  • Apr 4 Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, dies at 87
  • Apr 5 Dougie Morgan, Scottish rugby union halfback (21 caps Scotland, 2 British & Irish Lions; Stewart's Melville FP), dies at 73

  • Apr 5 Ed Biles, American football coach (College: Xavier 1962-68; NFL: Houston Oilers 1981-83), dies from leukemia at 88
  • Apr 5 Bobby Mitchell, American Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Pro Bowl 1960, 62–64; First-team All-Pro 1962–64; Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins), dies at 84
  • Apr 5 Peter Walker, English cricket batsman (3 Tests; Glamorgan CCC), dies after a stroke at 84
  • Apr 5 Honor Blackman, English actress (Goldfinger, The Avengers), dies at 94
  • Apr 6 Al Kaline, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (18 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1968; 10 × Gold Glove Award; Detroit Tigers), dies at 85
  • Apr 6 Radomir Antić, Serbian soccer defender (1 cap Yugoslavia; Partizan, Luton Town) and manager (Atlético Madrid; Serbia), dies from pancreatitis at 71
  • Apr 6 Graham "Jock" Edwards, New Zealand cricket batsman (8 Tests; 6 ODIs), dies at 64
  • Apr 6 James Drury, American actor (The Virginian), dies of natural causes at 85
  • Apr 7 Harv Schmidt, American college basketball coach (University of Illinois 1967-74), dies at 83
  • Apr 7 John Prine, American country folk singer-songwriter ("Hello In There"; "Angel From Montgomery"; "Paradise"), dies of Covid-19 complications at 73
  • Apr 7 Hal Willner, American music producer (Lost In The Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill; Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films; The Carl Stalling Project), dies with symptoms of Covid-19 at 64
  • Apr 8 Jackie Du Preez, Zimbabwe cricket spin bowler (2 Tests, South Africa; Zimbabwe Test selector), dies from heart failure at 77
  • Apr 9 Jocelyn Barrow, British race relations campaigner (Card) and 1st black female governor of the BBC, dies at 90
  • Apr 10 Frits Flinkevleugel, Dutch soccer defender (11 caps; DWS, FC Amsterdam), dies at 80
  • Apr 10 Pete Retzlaff, American NFL halfback, tight-end (Pro Bowl 1958, 60, 63–65; First-team All-Pro 1958, 65) and general manager (Philadelphia Eagles), dies at 88
  • Apr 10 Tom Webster, Canadian ice hockey right wing (Boston Bruins, Detroit Red Wings) and coach (NY Rangers, LA Kings), dies of brain cancer at 71

Person of interestStirling Moss

Apr 12 Stirling Moss, British auto racer (16 x F1 Grands Prix; World F1 Drivers C'ship runner-up 1955-58; 12 Hours of Sebring 1954) and broadcaster (ABC F1, NASCAR), dies at 90

Auto Racer Stirling Moss
Auto Racer
Stirling Moss
  • Apr 12 Peter Bonetti, English soccer goalkeeper (7 caps; World Cup 1966; Chelsea 600 games), dies at 78
  • Apr 12 Glenn Beckert, American baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1969-72; Gold Glove Award 1968; Chicago Cubs), dies at 79
  • Apr 12 Francisco Aritmendi, Spanish athlete (International Cross Country Championships 1964), dies of COVID-19 at 81

  • Apr 12 Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian (The Goodies), dies of COVID-19 complications at 79
  • Apr 12 Jim Frey, American MLB manager (Kansas City Royals, American League C'ship 1980; Chicago Cubs), dies at 88
  • Apr 12 Tarvaris Jackson, American NFL quarterback (Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Buffalo Bills), dies in a car accident at 36
  • Apr 12 Doug Sanders, American golfer (4 x runner-up in major C'ships; 20 PGA Tour titles), dies at 86
  • Apr 12 John Horton Conway, British mathematician (cellular automaton Game of Life), dies of COVID-19 complications at 82
  • Apr 13 Ryo Kawasaki, Japanese jazz fusion guitarist, composer, band leader, and synthesizer software programmer, dies at 73
  • Apr 14 Ron Wylie, Scottish soccer forward (Notts County, Aston Villa, Birmingham City) and manager (WBA), dies at 86
  • Apr 14 Hank Steinbrenner, American businessman and MLB team owner (New York Yankees 2010-20), dies of liver condition at 63
  • Apr 14 Paul Bayvel, South African rugby union scrum-half (10 caps; Transvaal), dies from cancer at 71
  • Apr 15 Willie Davis, American Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Super Bowl 1967, 68; Pro Bowl 1963-67; First-team All-Pro 1962, 64–67; Green Bay Packers), dies from kidney failure at 85
  • Apr 15 Dámaso García, Dominican baseball second baseman (MLB All-Star 1984, 85; Silver Slugger Award 1982; Toronto Blue Jays), dies from a malignant brain tumour at 63
  • Apr 15 Brian Dennehy, American actor (Cocoon, Death of a Salesman), dies at 81
  • Apr 15 Lee Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Birth of the Cool), dies of COVID-19 complications at 92
  • Apr 16 Luis Sepúlveda, Chilean writer and political activist (The Old Man Who Read Love Stories), dies of COVID-19 at 70
  • Apr 16 Howard Finkel, American pro wrestling ring announcer (WWE Hall of Fame), dies from stroke complications at 69
  • Apr 16 Gene Deitch, American illustrator (Tom Terrific, Nudnik), dies at 95
  • Apr 16 Steve Cash, YouTube personality (Talking Kitty Cat), commits suicide at 40
  • Apr 16 Kenneth Gilbert, Canadian harpsichordist, organist, musicologist, and educator, dies at 88
  • Apr 17 Norman Hunter, English soccer defender (28 caps; Leeds United, Bristol City, Barnsley; FIFA World Cup 1966), dies from COVID-19 at 76
  • Apr 17 Carlos Contreras, Chilean soccer defender (30 caps; Universidad de Chile), dies at 81
  • Apr 17 Bobby Winkles, American College Baseball Hall of Fame coach (Arizona State University) and manager (California Angels, Oakland A's), dies at 90
  • Apr 17 Raymond Van Gestel, Belgian soccer winger (5 caps; Lyra) and athlete (Belgian long jump champion), dies at 90
  • Apr 17 Arlene Saunders, American soprano, dies of COVID-19 complications at 89
  • Apr 17 Matthew Seligman, British studio and touring new wave rock bassist (Robyn Hitchcock; Thompson Twins; Thomas Dolby), dies from Covid-19 complications at 64
  • Apr 18 François Lafortune Jr., Belgian shooter (competed at 7 Olympic Games 1952-1976, 50m Rifle, Prone Position), dies from Parkinson's disease at 87
  • Apr 18 Takuo Aoyagi, Japanese engineer who invented the pulse oximeter, dies at 84
  • Apr 19 Ian Whitcomb, English rocker (You Turn Me On), dies at 78
  • Apr 19 Índio, Brazilian soccer striker (7 caps; Flamengo, Corinthians, Espanyol), dies at 89
  • Apr 19 Steve Dalkowski, American baseball player and inspiration for Bull Durham film, dies of COVID-19 complications at 80

Person of interestTom Lester

Apr 20 Tom Lester, American actor (Green Acres - Eb), dies at 81 from complications related to Parkinson’s disease

Actor Tom Lester
Actor
Tom Lester
  • Apr 20 Mike Curtis, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 1971; Pro Bowl 1968, 70, 71, 74; First-team All-Pro 1968, 69; Baltimore Colts), dies at 77
  • Apr 21 Teruyuki Okazaki, Japanese karate master (10th degree black belt Shotokan Karate; founder International Shotokan Karate Federation), dies from COVID-19 at 88
  • Apr 21 Milt Sunde, American NFL guard (Pro Bowl 1966; NFL Champion 1969; Minnesota Vikings), dies from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease at 78
  • Apr 22 Shirley Knight, American actress (Endless Love, Desperate Housewives), dies at 83
  • Apr 22 Hartwig Gauder, German race walker (Olympic gold men's 50k walk 1980), dies at 65
  • Apr 22 Terence Frisby, English actor and playwright (There's a Girl in My Soup), dies at 87
  • Apr 22 Robert "Bootsie" Barnes, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies of Covid-19 at 82 [1]
  • Apr 23 Bernardino Lombao, Spanish handballer (Atlético de Madrid 1967-69), coach (Nat basketball teams) and TV presenter (De Olimpia a Los Ángeles, Objetivo 92), dies at 81
  • Apr 23 Norbert Blüm, German politician, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, dies at 84
  • Apr 24 Lynn Faulds Wood, Scottish television presenter (Watchdog), dies of a stroke at 72
  • Apr 24 Harold Reid, American country bass vocalist (Statler Brothers - "Bed Of Rose's"), dies of kidney failure at 80 [1]
  • Apr 24 Graeme Watson, Australian cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 6 wickets; 2 ODIs), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Marino H. Casem, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Alabama State, Alcorn State, Southern) and athletic administrator (Alcorn State, Southern), dies at 85
  • Apr 25 Richard Divila, Brazilian motorsports designer (Fittipaldi Automotive; Ligier, Nissan), dies at 74
  • Apr 25 Per Olov Enquist, Swedish writer (Hour of the Lynx, The Royal Physician’s Visit), dies at 85
  • Apr 27 Robert Herbin, French soccer defender (23 caps; Saint-Étienne) and manager (Saint-Étienne, Lyon, Strasbourg), dies at 81
  • Apr 27 Marty Smith, American motocross racer (AMA 125cc 1974, 75; AMA 500cc 1977), dies in a dune buggy accident at 63
  • Apr 27 Lynn Harrell, American cellist, dies at 76
  • Apr 28 Louis Cardiet, French soccer defender (6 caps; Stade Rennais FC, Paris SG), dies at 77
  • Apr 28 Eddy Pieters Graafland OON, Dutch soccer goalkeeper (47 caps; Ajax; European Cup 1970, Feyenoord), dies at 86
  • Apr 28 Michael Robinson, Irish soccer striker (24 caps, Republic of Ireland; Brighton & Hove Albion) and Spanish TV host (Canal+, El día después), dies from melanoma at 61
  • Apr 28 Bobby Lewis, American rock and roll singer (Tossin' and Turnin'), dies at 95
  • Apr 29 Irrfan Khan, Indian film producer & actor (Paan Singh Tomar, Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi), dies of cancer at 53
  • Apr 29 Jill Gascoine, British pioneering TV actress (The Gentle Touch), dies at 83
  • Apr 29 Trevor Cherry, English soccer defender (27 caps; Leeds United, Huddersfield Town, Bradford City) and manager (Bradford City), dies at 72
  • Apr 29 Jānis Lūsis, Latvian athlete (Olympic gold men's javelin 1968, silver 1972, bronze 1968), dies at 80
  • Apr 29 Maj Sjowall, Swedish writer (Martin Beck crime novels), dies at 84
  • Apr 29 Denis Goldberg, South African anti-apartheid activist (convicted alongside Mandela), dies at 87
  • Apr 30 Rishi Kapoor, Indian Bollywood actor and director (Bobby, Do Dooni Chaar), dies at 67
  • Apr 30 Chuni Goswami, Indian soccer striker and captain (30 caps; Mohun Bagan) and cricket all-rounder (captain Bengal), dies from cardiac arrest at 82
  • Apr 30 Tony Allen, Nigerian drummer who pioneered Afrobeat sound, dies of an aortic aneurysm at 79