Deaths in April 2005
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The following is a list of notable people who died in April 2005.
- Károly Ecser, , Hungarian Olympic weightlifter.
- Greg Aim, 71, New Zealand cricketer.
- Álvaro Alsogaray, 81, Argentinian politician and businessman.
- Philip Amelio, 27, American actor and teacher.
- Lee Artoe, 88, American football player.
- Cheryl Barrymore, 56, former wife and agent of British TV entertainer Michael Barrymore, lung cancer.
- Paul Bomani, 80, Tanzanian politician and diplomat.
- Alexander Brott, 90, Canadian musician.
- Harald Juhnke, 75, German entertainer.
- Jack Keller, 68, songwriter, wrote themes to Bewitched and Gidget.
- Barry Stern, 45, drummer for the bands Trouble and Zoetrope, from complications following surgery.
- Robert Coldwell Wood, 81, second Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, appointed by Lyndon B. Johnson in 1969; later served as University of Massachusetts President 1970-1977, stomach cancer.
- Betty Bolton, 99, English actress and singer.
- Alexander Brott, 90, Canadian composer, conductor and violinist.
- Tony Croatto, 65 Italian-Puerto Rican composer-singer, lung and brain cancer.
- Jack Stanley Gibson, 95, Irish physician.
- John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła), 84, Polish Roman Catholic pope, died after a lengthy illness.
- John O'Leary, 58, former U.S. ambassador to Chile, Lou Gehrig's disease.
- Jacques Rabemananjara, 92, Madagascan politician, foreign minister from 1967 to 1972,
- Aleksy Antkiewicz, 81, Polish boxer.
- Rick Blight, 49, Canadian ice hockey player.
- Simon Blumenfeld, 97, English novelist, playwright and columnist.
- Blanchette Brunoy, 86, French actress.
- Deena Burton, 56, American dancer.
- Frank Clair, 87, Canadian Football League coach with the Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Rough Riders, heart failure.
- Kader Firoud, 85, Algerian-born French football player and manager.
- Gordon Barton, 75, Australian businessman and political activist.
- Mark Beban, 65, New Zealand cricketer.
- Edward Bronfman, 77, Canadian businessman and philanthropist, colon cancer.
- Antonio Rivera, 41, Puerto Rican boxer.
- Manuel Ballester, 85, Spanish chemist.
- Marta Belen, 62, American singer.
- Saul Bellow, 89, Nobel Prize-winning author.
- Julian C. Boyd, 73, American linguist.
- Ura Koyama, 114, Japanese supercentenarian, oldest living person in Japan since 2003, died of pneumonia.
- Sir Edwin Leather, 85, governor of Bermuda from 1973 to 1977.
- Dale Messick, 98, creator of the Brenda Starr comic strip.
- Debralee Scott, 52, actress (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman).
- Neil Welliver, 75, landscape painter mainly in his native Maine.
- Eileen Rose Busby, 82, American antiques expert.
- Arthur Bywater, 91, British civil servant, winner of the George Cross.
- Edwin Q. Cannon, 86, American businessman and politician.
- Frank Conroy, 69, memoirist and head of the University of Iowa's famous Iowa Writers' Workshop.
- Anthony DePalma, 100, doctor, teacher, and humanitarian.
- Len Junor, 90, Australian cricketer.
- Geoff Millman, 70, English cricketer.
- Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, 81, reigning Prince of Monaco since 1949.
- Cliff Allison, 73, former Formula One driver.
- J. Carter Bacot, 72, American banker.
- Grigoris Bithikotsis, 82, Greek singer.
- Bob Kennedy, 84, a former Major League Baseball player and manager, who hit the first grand slam in Baltimore Orioles history and was the Oakland Athletics first manager.
- Charles Kuentz, 108, last surviving French World War I veteran to fight for Germany, cardiac arrest.
- Jose Melis, 85, former bandleader for The Tonight Show.
- Kelucharan Mohapatra, 78, Indian classical dancer.
- Yvonne Vera, 40, Zimbabwean novelist and writer.
- Maurice Lafont, 77, French football player.
- Yoshitaro Nomura, 85, Japanese film director.
- D. G. Northcott, 88, British mathematician (ideal theory). ,
- Onna White, 83, Broadway choreographer.
- Scott Field Bailey, 89, American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas.
- Andrea Dworkin, 58, radical feminist writer and anti-pornography activist.
- Nasri Maalouf, 94, Lebanese politician.
- Scott Mason, 28, Tasmanian cricketer.
- Carl Abrahams, 93, Jamaican painter.
- Norbert Brainin, 82, Austrian violinist and founder of the Amadeus Quartet.
- Frederick C. Branch, 82, first Afro-American Marine Corps officer.
- Chen Yifei, 58, Chinese painter.
- Scott Gottlieb, 34, American drummer for rock band Bleed the Dream.
- Archbishop Iakovos, 93, former primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (1959–1996).
- Al Lucas, 26, ex-National Football League player, spinal cord injury suffered playing an Arena Football League game.
- Faith McNulty, 86, American writer.
- Juozas Bagdonas, 92, Lithuanian painter.
- John Bennett, 75, British actor.
- Teodoro Borlongan, 49, Filipino banker.
- John Brosnan, 57, British resident Australian writer and film critic, acute pancreatitis (death may have occurred several days earlier).
- Jerry Byrd, 85, American Lap steel guitarist.
- André François, 89, French cartoonist.
- James Hamilton, 87, British politician.
- Maurice Hilleman, 85, microbiologist.
- David Hughes, 74, British novelist.
- Lucien Laurent, 97, French football player, scored the first ever goal at a FIFA World Cup.
- Mattie McDonagh, 68, Irish Gaelic footballer.
- George Younce, 75, American Southern Gospel singer.
- Sorrel Carson, 85, Irish actress and drama teacher.
- Ehud Manor, 63, Israeli songwriter.
- Barney Poole, 81, American College Football Hall of Fame member.
- Cyril Sidlow, 89, Welsh football player.
- George Molchan, 82, American spokesperson for Oscar Mayer meat company.
- Don Blasingame, 73, a MLB All-Star, who also managed two of Japan's professional baseball teams.
- Simon Blumenfeld, 97, British writer.
- Tutti Camarata, 91, musician, leader of "Tutti's Trumpets" and co-founder of Disneyland Records.
- Julia Darling, 48, novelist and poet.
- Wolfgang Droege, 55, founder of the Canadian white supremacist group the Heritage Front, shot to death.
- Kay Gardella, 82, television critic for the New York Daily News, cancer.
- Johnnie Johnson, 80, musician.
- Nikola Ljubicic, 89, president of Serbia from 1982 to 1984.
- Philippe Volter, 45, Belgian actor, suicide.
- Nathaniel Weyl, 94, writer, economist who testified in the Alger Hiss case.
- Juan Zanotto, 69, Italian-Argentinian comic book artist.
- Johnny Loughrey, 59, Irish singer.
- Chet Aubuchon, 88, American basketball player.
- Benny Bailey, 79, jazz trumpeter.
- Andrew Bisset, 52, Australian author and musician.
- Saunders Mac Lane, 95, U.S. mathematician.
- Jimmy Allan, 73, Scottish cricketer.
- Al Baisi, 87, American football player.
- Martin Blumenson, 86, American military historian.
- Peter Cargill, 41, Jamaican footballer.
- Art Cross, 87, Indianapolis 500 driver.
- John Fred Gourrier, 63, 1960s pop singer.
- Margaretta Scott, 93, English actress ("Mrs. Pumphrey" in All Creatures Great and Small).
- Duilio Spagnolo, 82, Italian boxer, former heavyweight contender.
- Laura Canales, 50, Tejano singer.
- Jaime Fernández, 67, Mexican actor.
- Herm Gilliam, 58, former National Basketball Association player for the Portland Trail Blazers.
- Marla Ruzicka, 28, American activist and aid worker, car bombing in Iraq.
- Vishnu Kant Shastri, 76, Indian politician.
- Kay Walsh, 93, British actress.
- James Archibald Houston, 83, Canadian author and artist.
- Sir Piers Bengough, 85, British soldier and Her Majesty's Representative at Ascot.
- Donald Bruce, Baron Bruce of Donington, 92, British politician.
- Bassel Fleihan, 42, Lebanese deputy and former minister, third-degree burns resulting from the blast that assassinated Rafiq Hariri.
- Clarence Gaines, 81, Basketball Hall of Fame coach, stroke.
- Sam Mills, 45, former NFL player and assistant coach, cancer.
- Kenneth Schermerhorn, 75, music director and conductor of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
- Ron Bean, 66, American politician.
- Mike Brim, 39, American football player.
- George Pan Cosmatos, 65, Italian-born Greek-American film director, best known for Tombstone and Rambo: First Blood Part II, lung cancer.
- Ruth Hussey, 93, American film actress (The Philadelphia Story).
- Stan Levey, 79, jazz drummer.
- Clement Meadmore, 76, Australian born steel sculptor.
- Bryan Ottoson, 27, American Head Charge guitarist.
- Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, 58, world-renowned Danish jazz bassist.
- Inday Ba, 32, Swedish actress (also known as N'Deaye Ba).
- Zygfryd Blaut, 62, Polish football player.
- Gene Frankel, 85, United States theater director.
- Ea Jansen, Estonian historian.
- Fumio Niwa, 100, Japanese novelist.
- Giordano Abbondati, 56, Italian figure skater.
- Ed Butka, 89, American baseball player.
- Zhang Chunqiao, 88, member of the Gang of Four.
- Gwynfor Evans, 92, Welsh politician.
- Bill Kaysing, 82, American conspiracy theorist.
- Feroze Khan, 100, Pakistani field hockey player, Olympic Champion 1928 (oldest Olympic gold medallist at the time of his death).
- Heinz Kluncker, 80, German trade union leader.
- Cyril Tawney, 74, British songwriter and folksinger.
- Jimmy Thompson, 79, British actor and comic.
- Norman Bird, 80, British actor.
- Dr. Joseph Bogen, 78, American neurosurgeon, epileptic seizure researcher.
- Gregoire Boonzaier, 95, South African painter.
- David Bradford, 66, American economist.
- Robert Farnon, 87, Grammy Award winning arranger, composer.
- Mary Dann, early 80s, American Indian activist.
- Erika Fuchs, 98, German Disney Comics editor and translator.
- John Marshall, 72, American filmmaker.
- Philip Morrison, 89, physicist and group leader in the Manhattan Project.
- Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, 81, Scottish sculptor.
- Leonid Shamkovich, 81 ex-Soviet grandmaster chess player.
- Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, 94, Australian political celebrity; longest-serving Premier of Queensland.
- Andre Gunder Frank, 76, German economic historian, proponent of dependency theory.
- Al Grassby, 78, Australian former politician and minister in the Whitlam government.
- Sir John Mills, 97, British Oscar-winning actor.
- John Pott, 85, British World War II Army officer.
- Romano Scarpa, 78, Italian Disney comic book artist.
- Earl Wilson, 70, a leading pitcher for the 1968 World Series champion Detroit Tigers and first black pitcher to throw a no-hitter in Major League Baseball.
- Jimmy Woode, 78, American jazz bassist, heart attack.
- Adelle August, 71, American actress.
- Francis Bay, 90. Belgian conductor.
- Ralph Buchanan, 82, Canadian ice hockey player.
- Francesco Pozzi, 35, Italian rally driver.
- Antonio Rivera, 41, aka Tonito Rivera, Puerto Rican world champion boxer.
- Fei Xiaotong, 94, pioneering Chinese anthropologist and sociologist.
- Ezer Weizman, 80, former Israeli president.
- Jim Barker, 69, American politician, stroke.
- Howard Benedict, 77, AP aerospace correspondent, popularized use of word "orbit", natural causes.
- Tunney Hunsaker, 75, Muhammad Ali's first professional boxing opponent.
- John Love, 80, former Formula One driver.
- Josef Nesvadba, 78, Czech psychiatrist and science fiction author.
- Alexander Trotman, Baron Trotman, 71, former head of Ford Motor Company and later a life peer.
- Mason Adams, 86, American film and television actor.
- Hasil Adkins, 67, Rockabilly musician.
- Georges Anderla, 84, French economist.
- Augusto Roa Bastos, 87, Paraguyan writer.
- Gordon Campbell, Baron Campbell of Croy, 83, Scottish politician.
- Red Horner, 95, former NHL player with the Toronto Maple Leafs, was oldest living member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.
- Augusto Roa Bastos, 87, Paraguayan writer, winner of the Premio Cervantes.
- Johnny Sample, 67, former National Football League player.
- Maria Schell, 79, Austrian film and television actress.
- Richard Appleton, 72, Australian poet and editor.
- Abdus Samad Azad, 83, former foreign minister of Bangladesh.
- Stanley Orme, Baron Orme, 82, British politician,
- Dr. Howard W. Johnston, 91, principal founder of the Free University of Berlin.
- Chuck Bittick, 65, American water polo player.
- Chris Candido, 33, professional wrestler; blood clot from surgery complications.
- Percy Heath, 81, bassist for the Modern Jazz Quartet.
- Erich Vermehren, 85, German military intelligence officer, World War II defector from the Abwehr.
- Zeke Zekley, 90, American cartoonist.
- William J. Bell, 78, soap opera creator (The Young and the Restless, The Bold and the Beautiful), Alzheimer's disease.
- Dianne Brooks, 66, American jazz singer.
- Mel Gussow, 71, theatre critic for The New York Times, cancer.
- Sara Henderson, 69, Australian author.
- Mariana Levy, 39, Mexican actress, heart attack following a robbery attempt.
- Johnnie Stewart, 87, TV producer (creator of Top of the Pops).
- Sylve Bengtsson, 74, Swedish football player.
- Ron Todd, 78, former general secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union.