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Deaths in History in April 2020

  • 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 2 Sergio Rossi, Italian shoe designer, dies of COVID-19 complications at 84
  • Apr 4 Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, dies at 87
  • Apr 12 John Horton Conway, British mathematician (cellular automaton Game of Life), dies of COVID-19 complications at 82
  • Apr 16 Luis Sepúlveda, Chilean writer and political activist (The Old Man Who Read Love Stories), dies of COVID-19 at 70
  • Apr 16 Gene Deitch, American illustrator (Tom Terrific, Nudnik), dies at 95
  • Apr 18 Takuo Aoyagi, Japanese engineer who invented the pulse oximeter, dies at 84
  • 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 23 Norbert Blüm, German politician, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, dies at 84
  • 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 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