April 10: Stars we lost this day…

Celebrity-06-23-1940a1962: Stuart Sutcliffe (23 June 1940 – 10 April 1962) was the original bass guitarist for the Beatles. Sutcliffe left the band to pursue his career as an abstract expressionist painter, having previously attended the Liverpool College of Art. As a member of the group when it was a five-piece band, Sutcliffe is one of several people sometimes referred to as the “Fifth Beatle”.

In April 1962, he collapsed in the middle of an art class in Germany after complaining of head pains. German doctors were unable to determine the exact cause of his headaches but, on 10 April 1962, he was taken to the hospital, but died in the ambulance on the way. The cause of death was later revealed to have been an aneurysm in his brain’s right hemisphere.

880590a1966: Evelyn Waugh (28 October 1903 – 10 April 1966) was an English writer of novels, biographies and travel books. His most famous works include the early satires Decline and Fall (1928) and A Handful of Dust (1934), the novel Brideshead Revisited (1945) and the Second World War trilogy Sword of Honour (1952–61).

His dislike for the welfare state culture of the postwar world and the decline of his health, darkened his final years, but he continued to write. To the public, Waugh displayed a mask of indifference, but he was capable of great kindness to those whom he considered to be his friends. After his death due to heart failure in 1966, he acquired a following of new readers through the film and television versions of his works, such as the television serial Brideshead Revisited (1981).

1991: Kevin Peter Hall (May 9, 1955 – April 10, 1991) was an American actor best known for his roles as the title character in the first two films in the Predator franchise and the title character of Harry in the film and television series, Harry and the Hendersons. He also appeared in the television series Misfits of Science and 227 along with the film, Without Warning.


Celebrity-01-22-19362001: Nyree Dawn Porter (22 January 1936 – 10 April 2001), born Ngaire Dawn Porter (“Nyree” is the phonetic spelling of her birth forename), was a New Zealand-born stage, film and television actress.

Her film appearances include The Cracksman, Two Left Feet and two horror anthologies: The House That Dripped Blood and From Beyond the Grave. She appeared in several television productions and is probably best remembered for her role as Irene in The Forsyte Saga.  She also starred in Gerry Anderson’s live-action series The Protectors alongside Robert Vaughn (The Man From UNCLE) and Tony Anholt (Space: 1999).

Celebrity-06-29-19432003: Little Eva (born Eva Narcissus Boyd, June 29, 1943 – April 10, 2003), was an American pop singer. Although some sources claim that her stage name was inspired by a character from the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin, she stated in an interview that she was named after her aunt, which prompted her family to call her “Little Eva.” As a teenager, she worked as a maid and earned extra money as a babysitter for songwriters Carole King and Gerry Goffin. It is often claimed that Goffin and King were amused by Boyd’s particular dancing style, so they wrote “The Loco-Motion” for her and had her record it.

She continued performing until she was diagnosed with cervical cancer in October 2001. She died 18 months later at the age of 59.

Celebrity-04-02-19462014: Sue Townsend (2 April 1946 – 10 April 2014) was an English writer and humorist whose work encompasses novels, plays and works of journalism. She enjoyed great success in the 1980s, with her Adrian Mole books selling more copies than any other work of fiction in Britain during the decade. This series, which eventually encompassed nine books, takes the form of the character’s diaries. The earliest books recount the life of a teenage boy during the Thatcher years, but the sequence eventually depicts Adrian Mole in middle age.

Townsend was poor until well into her thirties, and used her experiences of hardship in her work. In her later years she suffered ill health, in part related to the diabetes she developed in the mid-1980s, and in her last years endured serious sight and mobility problems.  She died following a stroke.

Celebrity-10-06-19302015: Richie Benaud (6 October 1930 – 10 April 2015) was an Australian cricketer who, after his retirement from international cricket in 1964, became a highly regarded commentator on the game.  Benaud was a Test cricket all-rounder, blending leg spin bowling with lower-order batting aggression. He became the first player to reach 200 wickets and 2,000 runs in Test cricket, arriving at that milestone in 1963.

In November 2014, at age 84, Benaud announced that he had been diagnosed with skin cancer. He died in his sleep on 10 April 2015.


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