Gaston Leroux (1868-1927)

Death: 15th April 1927
Location: Cimetiére du Château, Nice, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, France
Cause of death: Urinary tract infection
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French journalist and author of detective fiction. He first wrote a mystery novel entitled Le mystère de la chambre jaune / The Mystery of the Yellow Room(1908) which featured the amateur detective Joseph Rouletabille. Leroux's contribution to French detective fiction is considered a parallel to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's in the United Kingdom and Edgar Allan Poe's in the United States.

In the English-speaking world, he is best known for writing the novel Le Fantôme de l'Opéra / The Phantom of the Opera(1911).

Robert Musil (1880-1942)

Death: 15th April 1942 
Location: Ashes scattered in the woods of Mont-Salève, Geneva, Switzerland. 
Cause of death: Stroke 

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Austrian writer. His unfinished novel Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften / The Man Without Qualities is generally considered to be one of the most important modernist novels.

The novel deals with the moral and intellectual decline of the Austro-Hungarian Empire through the eyes of the book's protagonist Ulrich, an ex-mathematician who has failed to engage with the world around him in a manner that would allow him to possess 'qualities'. It is set in Vienna on the eve of World War I.

Jacques Futrelle (1875-1912)

Death: 15th April 1912
Location: Body lost - Atlantic Ocean
Cause of death: Accidental – died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic

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American journalist and mystery writer. He is best known for writing short detective stories featuring Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, also known as "The Thinking Machine" for his application of logic to any and all situations. 
Returning from Europe aboard the RMS Titanic, Futrelle, a first-class cabin passenger, refused to board a lifeboat insisting his wife board instead. His wife remembered the last she saw of him, he was smoking a cigarette with John J. Astor. He perished in the Atlantic.

Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986)

Death: 14th April 1986 
Location: Cimetière du Montparnasse, Paris, Île-de-France, France 
Cause of death: Pneumonia 
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French writer, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist. While she did not consider herself a philosopher, Beauvoir had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory. 
She is best known for her novels, including She Came to Stay and The Mandarins, as well as her 1949 treatise The Second Sex, a detailed analysis of women's oppression and a foundational tract of contemporary feminism. 
In 1929 Beauvoir entered into a lifelong relationship with Jean Paul Sartre, she chose never to marry and did not set up a joint household with Sartre. Sartre and Beauvoir always read one another's work. Debates rage on about the extent to which they influenced each other in their existentialist works, such as Sartre's Being and Nothingness and Beauvoir's She Came to Stay
Her 1954 novel The Mandarins won her France's highest literary prize, the Prix Goncourt. The book follows the personal lives of philosophers and friends among Sartre and Beauvoir's intimate circle, including her relationship with American writer Nelson Algren, to whom the book was dedicated.

John O'Hara (1905–1970)

Death: 11th April 1970
Cause of death: cardiovascular disease
Location: Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, New Jersey, United States

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American writer, who initially became known for his short stories and later became a best-selling novelist, his works include Appointment in Samarra and BUtterfield 8. O'Hara was a keen observer of social status and class differences, and wrote frequently about the socially ambitious. His work was also known for its frank treatment of sexuality and the way in which it approached the boundaries of what was considered to be permissible; BUtterfield 8 was considered to be especially shocking and was banned in Australia until 1963. He wrote the epistolary novel Pal Joey (1939) which led to the musical of the same name and was filmed in 1957 starring Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth. He was awarded the National Book Award in 1955 for Ten North Frederick.