The following is a list of notable people who died in April 2005.
Entries for each day are listed alphabetically by surname. A typical entry lists information in the following sequence:
- Name, age, country of citizenship at birth, subsequent country of citizenship (if applicable), reason for notability, cause of death (if known), and reference.
- Greg Aim, 71, New Zealand cricketer.
- Álvaro Alsogaray, 91, Argentinian politician and businessman.
- Philip Amelio, 27, American actor and teacher..
- Cheryl Barrymore, 56, English dancer and talent manager, former wife and agent of British TV entertainer Michael Barrymore, lung cancer.
- Paul Bomani, 80, Tanzanian politician and diplomat.
- Alexander Brott, 90, Canadian composer, conductor and violinist.
- Harald Juhnke, 75, German entertainer.
- Jack Keller, 68, American songwriter, wrote themes to Bewitched and Gidget.
- Jacques Rabemananjara, 92, Malagasy politician, foreign minister from 1967 to 1972,
- Barry Stern, 45, American drummer for the bands Trouble and Zoetrope, from complications following surgery.
- Miguel Vila Luna, 61, Dominican architect and painter.
- Robert Coldwell Wood, 81, American political scientist, second Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, later served as University of Massachusetts President 1970-1977, stomach cancer.
- Betty Bolton, 99, English actress and singer.
- Trevor Foster, 90, Welsh rugby player.
- Jack Stanley Gibson, 95, Irish physician.
- Pope John Paul II, (Karol Wojtyła), 84, Polish Roman Catholic pope, septic shock and cardio-circulatory collapse.
- Nasri Maalouf, 94, Lebanese politician.
- John O'Leary, 58, American politician, former U.S. ambassador to Chile, Lou Gehrig's disease.
- Aleksy Antkiewicz, 81, Polish boxer.
- Rick Blight, 49, Canadian ice hockey player.
- Blanchette Brunoy, 89, French actress.
- Tony Croatto, 65, Italian-born Puerto Rican composer-singer, lung and brain cancer.
- 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 world champion boxer.
- Edmund Roßmann, 87, Nazi Germany Luftwaffe fighter ace during World War II.
- Manuel Ballester, 85, Spanish chemist.
- Marta Belen, 62, American singer.
- Saul Bellow, 89, Canadian-born American Nobel Prize-winning author.
- Julian C. Boyd, 73, American linguist.
- Sir Edwin Leather, 85, Canadian-born governor of Bermuda from 1973 to 1977.
- Dale Messick, 98, American creator of the Brenda Starr comic strip.
- Debralee Scott, 52, American actress (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman).
- Neil Welliver, 75, American 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, American author, memoirist and head of the University of Iowa's famous Iowa Writers' Workshop.
- Anthony DePalma, 100, American orthopedic surgeon, teacher, and humanitarian.
- Károly Ecser, Hungarian Olympic weightlifter.
- Len Junor, 90, Australian cricketer.
- Francesco Laudadio, 55, Italian film director, screenwriter and producer.
- Geoff Millman, 70, English cricketer.
- Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, 81, Monegasque reigning Prince of Monaco since 1949.
- Cliff Allison, 73, British Formula One driver.
- J. Carter Bacot, 72, American banker.
- Grigoris Bithikotsis, 82, Greek singer.
- Bob Kennedy, 84, American Major League Baseball player and manager.
- Charles Kuentz, 108, German-born centenarian and World War I veteran, last surviving French World War I veteran to fight for Germany, cardiac arrest.
- Jose Melis, 85, Cuban-born American former bandleader for The Tonight Show.
- Yvonne Vera, 40, Zimbabwean novelist and writer.
- Erna Woll, 88, German composer and church musician.
- Raúl Gibb Guerrero, Mexican editor and journalist, murdered.
- Maurice Lafont, 77, French football player.
- Eddie Miksis, 78, American baseball player.
- Yoshitaro Nomura, 85, Japanese film director.
- D. G. Northcott, 88, British mathematician (ideal theory).
- Onna White, 83, Canadian Broadway choreographer.
- Scott Field Bailey, 89, American bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas.
- César Civita, 99, American-Argentine publisher.
- Andrea Dworkin, 58, American radical feminist writer and anti-pornography activist.
- Anton Heyboer, 81, Dutch painter and printmaker.
- Scott Mason, 28, Australian cricketer, heart attack.
- Alan Randall, 70, English multi-instrumentalist and entertainer, motor neurone disease.
- Jerrel Wilson, 63, American football player, cancer.
- Carl Abrahams, 93, Jamaican painter.
- Norbert Brainin, 82, Austrian violinist and founder of the Amadeus Quartet.
- Frederick C. Branch, 82, American officer, first Afro-American Marine Corps officer.
- Horacio Casarín, 86, Mexican football player and coach.
- Chen Yifei, 58, Chinese painter.
- Scott Gottlieb, 34, American drummer for rock band Bleed the Dream.
- Archbishop Iakovos, 93, Ottoman-born former primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America (1959–1996).
- Al Lucas, 26, American 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, American 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.
- George Molchan, 82, American spokesperson for Oscar Mayer meat company.
- Barney Poole, 81, American College Football Hall of Fame member.
- Cyril Sidlow, 89, Welsh football player.
- Kevin Stuart, 76, New Zealand rugby union player.
- Nelly Uchendu, 54/5, Nigerian musician.
- Rodolfo Gonzales, 76, Mexican boxer, poet, political organizer, and activist.
- Don Blasingame, 73, American MLB All-Star, who also managed two of Japan's professional baseball teams.
- Simon Blumenfeld, 97, British writer.
- Tutti Camarata, 91, American musician, leader of "Tutti's Trumpets" and co-founder of Disneyland Records.
- Julia Darling, 48, English novelist and poet.
- Wolfgang Droege, 55, German-born Canadian founder of the Canadian white supremacist group the Heritage Front, shot to death.
- Kay Gardella, 82, American television critic for the New York Daily News, cancer.
- Johnnie Johnson, 80, American musician.
- Nikola Ljubicic, 89, Serbian general and politician, president of Serbia from 1982 to 1984.
- Philippe Volter, 45, Belgian actor, suicide.
- Nathaniel Weyl, 94, American 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, American jazz trumpeter.
- Andrew Bisset, 52, Australian author and musician.
- John Fred Gourrier, 63, American 1960s pop singer.
- Saunders Mac Lane, 95, American mathematician.
- Richard Popkin, 81, American academic philosopher.
- Sir Rollo Pain, 83, British army general.
- 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, American Indianapolis 500 driver.
- Jaime Fernández, 67, Mexican actor.
- John Hultberg, 83, American avant-garde painter.
- Margaretta Scott, 93, English actress ("Mrs. Pumphrey" in All Creatures Great and Small).
- Duilio Spagnolo, 78, Italian boxer, former heavyweight contender.
- Laura Canales, 50, American Tejano singer.
- Herm Gilliam, 58, American National Basketball Association player (Portland Trail Blazers).
- Kim Mu-saeng, 62, South Korean actor, pneumonia.
- Marla Ruzicka, 28, American activist and aid worker, car bombing in Iraq.
- Volker Vogeler, 74, German film director and screenwriter.
- Kay Walsh, 93, British actress.
- Hans Gruijters, 73, Dutch politician and journalist.
- James Archibald Houston, 83, Canadian author and artist.
- Vishnu Kant Shastri, 76, Indian politician.
- Juan Pablo Torres, 58, Cuban trombonist, bandleader, arranger and producer, brain tumor.
- Sir Piers Bengough, 75, British soldier and Her Majesty's Representative at Ascot.
- Donald Bruce, Baron Bruce of Donington, 92, British politician and peer.
- Peter F. Flaherty, 80, American politician and attorney.
- Bassel Fleihan, 42, Lebanese deputy and former minister, third-degree burns resulting from the blast that assassinated Rafiq Hariri.
- Clarence Gaines, 81, American Basketball Hall of Fame coach, stroke.
- Sam Mills, 45, American former NFL player and assistant coach, cancer.
- Kenneth Schermerhorn, 75, American music director and conductor of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
- 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, American jazz drummer.
- Clement Meadmore, 76, Australian-born steel sculptor.
- Bryan Ottoson, 27, American Head Charge guitarist.
- Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen, 58, Danish jazz upright 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, 83, Estonian historian.
- Fumio Niwa, 100, Japanese novelist.
- Giordano Abbondati, 56, Italian figure skater.
- Ed Butka, 89, American baseball player.
- Zhang Chunqiao, 88, Chinese political theorist, 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.
- Joseph Bogen, 78, American neurosurgeon, epileptic seizure researcher.
- Gregoire Boonzaier, 95, South African painter.
- Mary Dann, early 80s, American Indian activist.
- Erika Fuchs, 98, German Disney comics editor and translator.
- John Marshall, 72, American filmmaker.
- Philip Morrison, 89, American physicist and group leader in the Manhattan Project.
- Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, 81, Scottish sculptor.
- Leonid Shamkovich, 81, Russian ex-Soviet grandmaster chess player.
- Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen, 94, Australian political celebrity, longest-serving Premier of Queensland.
- Robert Farnon, 87, Canadian-born Grammy Award winning arranger, composer.
- 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.
- J. B. Stoner, 81, American neo-nazi, segregationist politician, and a domestic terrorist.
- Earl Wilson, 70, American baseball player, leading pitcher for the 1968 World Series champion Detroit Tigers and second black pitcher to throw a no-hitter in Major League Baseball, heart attack.
- 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.
- Fei Xiaotong, 94, Chinese researcher and professor of sociology and anthropology.
- Ezer Weizman, 80, Israeli politician, former Israeli president.
- Jim Barker, 69, American politician, stroke.
- John Love, 80, Rhodesian Formula One driver.
- Swami Ranganathananda, 96, Indian religious leader, President of the Ramakrishna Order.
- Alexander Trotman, Baron Trotman, 71, English chief executive and peer, head of Ford Motor Company.
- Samuel Williamson, American scientist.
- Mason Adams, 86, American film and television actor.
- Hasil Adkins, 67, American Rockabilly musician.
- Georges Anderla, 84, French economist.
- Gordon Campbell, Baron Campbell of Croy, 83, Scottish politician.
- Josef Nesvadba, 78, Czech psychiatrist and science fiction author.
- Augusto Roa Bastos, 87, Paraguayan writer, winner of the Premio Cervantes.
- Johnny Sample, 67, American former National Football League player.
- Maria Schell, 79, Austrian film and television actress.
- Richard Appleton, 72, Australian poet and editor..
- Abdus Samad Azad, 83, Bangladeshi diplomat and politician, former foreign minister of Bangladesh.
- Red Horner, 95, Canadian ice hockey player, former NHL player with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
- Tunney Hunsaker, 75, American professional boxer, Muhammad Ali's first professional boxing opponent.
- Stanley Orme, Baron Orme, 82, British politician,
- Howard W. Johnston, 91, German principal founder of the Free University of Berlin.
- Ebrahim Sulaiman Sait, 82, Indian politician.
- Chuck Bittick, 65, American water polo player.
- Chris Candido, 33, American professional wrestler, blood clot from surgery complications.
- Odysseas Dimitriadis, 96, Georgian-born Greek conductor.
- Percy Heath, 81, American 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, American screenwriter and television producer, 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, American theatre critic for The New York Times, cancer.
- Sara Henderson, 69, Australian author.
- Leonid Khachiyan, 52, Russian/American mathematician and computer scientist.
- Mariana Levy, 39, Mexican actress, heart attack following a robbery attempt.
- Johnnie Stewart, 87, British TV producer (creator of Top of the Pops).
- Sylve Bengtsson, 74, Swedish football player.
- Wim Esajas, 70, Suriname middle-distance runner.
- Lourens Muller, 87, South African politician.
- Phil Rasmussen, 86, American Army Air Corps officer, complications from cancer.
- Johnnie Stewart, 87, British television producer.
- Ron Todd, 78, English former general secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union
- "Greg Aim". CricketArchive.(subscription required)
- "Barrymore ex-wife dies of cancer". BBC News. April 1, 2005. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- Wright, Sarah H. (April 6, 2005). "Professor, HUD chief Robert Wood dies". Massachusetts Institute of Technology News Office. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- Jennifer Dunning (April 18, 2005). "Deena Burton, 56, Authority on Indonesian Dance Forms, Dies". The New York Times. p. B 8. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Mel Gussow and Charles McGrath (April 6, 2005). "Saul Bellow, Who Breathed Life Into American Novel, Dies at 89". The New York Times. p. A 1. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Richard Severo (April 8, 2005). "Dale Messick, 98, Creator of 'Brenda Starr' Strip, Dies". The New York Times. p. A 25. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Ken Johnson (April 8, 2005). "Neil Welliver, 75, Painter of Large-Scale Landscapes, Is Dead". The New York Times. p. A 25. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Charles McGrath (April 7, 2005). "Frank Conroy Dies at 69; Led Noted Writers' Workshop". The New York Times. p. B 10. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- "Károly Ecser". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on April 18, 2020. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- Thomas J. Lueck (April 18, 2005). "José Melis, a 'Tonight' Show Bandleader, Dies at 85". The New York Times. p. B 8. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Sharp, Rodney. "Deaths: Douglas Northcott". London Mathematical Society. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- Sharp, Rodney (May 1, 2005). "Professor Douglas Northcott". The Independent. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- Margalit Fox (April 12, 2005). "Andrea Dworkin, Writer and Crusading Feminist, Dies at 58". The New York Times. p. B 7. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- "Scott Mason dies of heart failure". CricInfo. April 9, 2005. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- Anne Midgette (April 16, 2005). "Norbert Brainin, Violinist With the Amadeus Quartet, Dies at 82". The New York Times. p. B 6. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Murió el domingo Horacio Casarín (in Spanish)
- David Barboza (April 14, 2005). "Chen Yifei, 59, Painter and Entrepreneur, Dies". The New York Times. p. A 25. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Steven Heller (April 15, 2005). "André François Is Dead at 89; Illustrator With Biting Satire". The New York Times. p. C 13. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- Lawrence K. Altman (April 12, 2005). "Maurice Hilleman, Master in Creating Vaccines, Dies at 85". The New York Times. p. A 1. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- "Kay Gardella, 82, Daily News TV Critic, Dies". The New York Times. April 15, 2005. p. C 13. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Peter Keepnews (May 9, 2005). "Benny Bailey, U.S. Jazzman Whose Home Base Was Europe, Dies at 79". The New York Times. p. B 8. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Jeremy Pearce (April 21, 2005). "Saunders Mac Lane, 95, Pioneer of Algebra's Category Theory, Dies". The New York Times. p. A 21. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Wolfgang Saxon (April 19, 2005). "Richard Popkin, Historian of Philosophy and Skepticism, Dies at 81". The New York Times. p. C 17. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- "Jimmy Allan". CricInfo. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- Wolfgang Saxon (April 21, 2005). "Martin Blumenson, 86, Historian and War College Lecturer, Dies". The New York Times. p. A 21. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Wolfgang Saxon (April 25, 2005). "John Hultberg, 83, Painter Prominent in the Avant-Garde, Dies". The New York Times. p. B 8. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Margalit Fox (April 22, 2005). "James A. Houston, Writer on Eskimo Life, Dies at 83". The New York Times. p. B 6. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Margalit Fox (April 21, 2005). "Peter Flaherty, 80, Politician and Former Pittsburgh Mayor, Dies". The New York Times. p. A 21. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Viv Bernstein (April 20, 2005). "Big House Gaines, 81, Basketball Coach, Dies". The New York Times. p. C 19. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Allan Kozinn (April 19, 2005). "Kenneth Schermerhorn, Rigorous Conductor, Dies at 75". The New York Times. p. C 17. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Peter Keepnews (May 15, 2005). "Stan Levey, Bebop Drummer, Dies at 79". The New York Times. p. 1 35. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Margalit Fox (April 21, 2005). "Clement Meadmore, Sculptor in Metal, Is Dead at 76". The New York Times. p. A 21. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Jesse McKinley (April 22, 2005). "Gene Frankel, Acting Coach and Director, Is Dead at 85". The New York Times. p. B 7. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Douglas Martin (May 11, 2005). "Zhang Chunqiao, 88, One of China's Gang of Four, Dies". The New York Times. p. B 10. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
- Dennis Overbye (April 26, 2005). "Philip Morrison, 89, Builder of First Atom Bomb, Dies". The New York Times. p. B 9. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- "Pop artist Paolozzi dies aged 81". BBC News. April 22, 2005. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- Ben Sisario (May 1, 2005). "Robert Farnon, 87, Composer of Popular Postwar Light Music, Dies". The New York Times. p. 1 37. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Robert D. McFadden (April 25, 2005). "Sir John Mills, Actor Who Played The English 'Everyman,' Is Dead at 97". The New York Times. p. B 7. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Douglas Martin (April 29, 2005). "J. B. Stoner, 81, Fervent Racist and Benchmark for Extremism, Dies". The New York Times. p. C 13. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Richard Goldstein (April 27, 2005). "Earl Wilson, a Pitcher and '68 World Series Winner, Dies at 70". The New York Times. p. A 21. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Peter Keepnews (April 30, 2005). "Jimmy Woode, Ex-Ellington Bassist, Dies at 78". The New York Times. p. B 9. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Wolfgang Saxon (May 9, 2005). "Fei Xiaotong, 94, a Pioneer in Chinese Anthropology, Is Dead". The New York Times. p. B 8. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- "Obituary: Jim Barker". The Oklahoman. April 27, 2005. Retrieved March 30, 2018 – via Legacy.com.
- Jeremy W. Peters and Micheline Maynard (April 26, 2005). "Alexander J. Trotman, 71, Former Chief of Ford Motor, Dies". The New York Times. p. B 9. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Kareem Fahim (April 28, 2005). "Mason Adams, an Actor Lauded for Role on 'Lou Grant,' Dies at 86". The New York Times. p. C 18. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Ben Sisario (April 30, 2005). "Hasil Adkins, Wild Man of Rockabilly, Dies at 68". The New York Times. p. B 9. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Richard Lezin Jones (April 28, 2005). "Johnny Sample, Defensive Back, Dies at 67". The New York Times. p. C 18. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Kirsten Grieshaber (April 28, 2005). "Maria Schell, 79, Celebrated Austrian Actress, Dies". The New York Times. p. C 18. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- "Dr. Howard W. Johnston". The Wichita Eagle. May 1, 2005. Retrieved March 30, 2018 – via Legacy.com.
- Peter Keepnews (April 29, 2005). "Percy Heath, Bassist of Modern Jazz Quartet, Dies at 81". The New York Times. p. C 13. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Evanier, Mark (April 29, 2005). "Zeke Zekley, R.I.P." News From Me. Retrieved March 30, 2018.
- Jesse McKinley (May 1, 2005). "Mel Gussow, Critic, Dies at 71; a Champion of Playwrights". The New York Times. p. 1 36. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
- Jeremy Pearce (May 23, 2005). "Leonid Khachiyan, 52; Helped to Advance Computer Math". The New York Times. p. B 7. Retrieved February 16, 2021.