Deaths in History in April 2002

  • Apr 1 Simo Hayha, Finnish marksman (b. 1905)
  • Apr 9 Leopold Vietoris, Austrian mathematician (b. 1891)
  • Apr 15 Damon Knight, American author (b. 1922)
  • Apr 16 Ruth Fertel, American restaurateur (b. 1927)

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Apr 18 Thor Heyerdahl, Norwegian anthropologist and explorer (Kon Tiki, Aku-Aku), dies of a brain tumor at 87

Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer Thor Heyerdahl
Ethnographer, Archaeologist and Explorer
Thor Heyerdahl
  • Apr 25 Indra Devi, yoga teacher (b. 1899)
  • Apr 26 Robert Steinhäuser German spree killer (b.1983)
  • Apr 27 George Alec Effinger, American author (b. 1947)
  • Apr 27 Ruth Handler, American toy manufacturer (invented the Barbie doll), dies of cancer at 85
  • Apr 27 Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza, Swiss industrialist and art collector (b. 1921)
  • Apr 28 Alexander Lebed, Russian general (b. 1950)
  • Apr 30 Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, founder of the Gründerzeit Museum in Berlin-Mahlsdorf. (b. 1928)