Jan Myrdal (19 July 1927 – 30 October 2020) was a Swedish author, filmmaker, cultural figure, and political activist noted for his strident Maoist views.
Jan Myrdal died in Varberg on 30 October 2020, aged 93. Announcing his passing, Jan Myrdal Society chairwoman Cecilia Cervin wrote: "The person Jan Myrdal is dead. To wish peace upon his memory would be an expression of the bourgeois sentimentality that he loathed. So, instead: Read his works, visit and use his library, and, above all: continue the struggle in his spirit!" The Chinese Embassy in Stockholm sent an official letter of condolences, describing Myrdal as "an old friend of the Chinese people."
In accordance with Myrdal's wishes, his body was donated to a university hospital for surgery practice.
The Jan Myrdal Society continues to operate the Jan Myrdal Library in Varberg, which is open to researchers. According to the Society, about a third of the volumes in the Library are held by no other Swedish library, testifying to Myrdal's decades of book-collecting in Sweden and abroad, including during his Asian, African, and Latin American travels.