April deaths 2011
In April we said farewell to many beloved figures, including a supercentenarian, a writing trailblazer and a modern rock star.
Best known for her 1975 hit "Poetry Man," Phoebe Snow interrupted her promising career to care for her brain-injured daughter.
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"Teach Me Tonight"
1958 – 2011
Poly Styrene was the British singer for the early punk band X-Ray Spex. Although the group recorded only two studio albums, she is often credited for influencing the riot grrrl movement.
Norwegian athlete Grete Waitz ran her first marathon in 1978. She won that race -- and broke the tape in eight more.
Gorman was a Major League Baseball icon. He managed a team once called the Beaneaters and a team nicknamed the M's.
Finch was a groundbreaking basketball star. As a player, he rivaled Bill Walton in a championship game. As a coach, he was an all-time winner.
Russell was a Texas musician (listen to his songs) who experienced success abroad. He recorded new albums throughout his career, including one last year.
McWherter, a former Tennessee governor, made great strides for minority groups and government transparency.
Blumberg received a Nobel Prize for an important discovery. He worked closely with NASA, right until his death.
O'Brien was an actor best known for his recurring role on a hit TV drama.
McGuire held a renowned position with the National Hockey League and coached several teams.
Edwards was a serial killer who remained at large most of his life and escaped prison. He was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list as early as 1961.
Brill was a fiery sportswriter who wrote for regional newspapers. He made an erroneous prediction in 2004 that incited a conference win.
Breuning was the oldest American supercentenarian ever. Always well dressed, Breuning appeared on television in 2009 to remark on current affairs.
Schaefer was a public servant who served as mayor, governor and comptroller. Schaefer's life was not without controversy, but he remained undefeated for 50 years.
Sarrazin was an actor who starred with Jane Fonda in an acclaimed film. His varied career included science fiction and comedy.
Volkmer was a longtime state representative and a longtime U.S. representative who fought for equal rights. His views on gun control separated him from his political party.
Rusher served as a strong conservative voice through journalism, activism and public speaking. He was a fusionist with strong feelings about former President Ronald Reagan.
Sladen was an actress known for her role in a popular 1970s show. She had a long marriage with a co-star.
Rudolph was a winning golfer on the PGA Tour. One golfer lost against Rudolph on purpose.
Smith was a multi-instrumentalist for TV on the Radio (hear some tracks). The band issued a statement upon his passing.
Pun received one of the highest British military awards and the Burma Star. He bravely persevered alone in a World War II battle.
Pugh was one of the first female TV writers, and she wrote for one of the greatest female-led shows of all time.