Celebs Who Died In 2022

The following article includes references to domestic abuse, mental health issues, and suicide.

For many people, 2021 was another year of loss as new variants of COVID-19 continued to spread across the globe. And the celebrity world was no different, as we said goodbye to icons like DMX, Larry King, Stephen Sondheim, Michael K. Williams, and Cicely Tyson.

Even Betty White died only weeks away from her 100th birthday at the end of 2021, which seemed to be a bad omen for the new year. The beloved Golden Girl had suffered a stroke on Christmas Day, per CNN, and tributes began flooding in as soon as her death was announced. Prince Philip also didn't make it to his centennial, as the royal died at age 99 in 2021 following a long period of ill health. For many people, the queen became a symbol of mourning loved ones during the COVID-19 pandemic when she appeared at the funeral sitting by herself, in order to follow social distancing guidelines.

Keep reading to find out which stars have died in 2022 and what kind of legacy they've left behind.

Updated on January 3, 2023: It's been a tragic year for some of our favorite stars, and we want to pay our respects and remember these amazing celebrities and the projects they worked on. As such, we've updated this list to honor the industry greats who have died in 2022.

Max Julien

On the first day of 2022, tributes to Max Julien started pouring in when TMZ reported that he had died on January 1. The actor and writer, who made his name in so-called "blaxploitation" films like "The Mack," was 88 at his time of death. "During Julien's decades-long career, he was known for being bold, honest, and straightforward," a spokesman for Julien stated. "He would live and speak his own truth both professionally and privately. He was thought of as a rare 'man among men.'"

His character, the pimp Goldie, became an iconic pop culture touchstone for rappers like Snoop Dogg and Too Short, per The New York Times, who sampled his lines from the 1973 classic. Quentin Tarantino has also been vocal about his love for the film, which influenced his script for "True Romance." Julien went on to write films like "Cleopatra Jones" and "Thomasine and Bushrod," which both featured strong women in the lead.

Although Julien worked on many different projects, he was always known for his most iconic character, Goldie. "He's still the hero to this day," Julien observed in a 2002 documentary, per NPR. "It's because of that other thing that he has, that indomitable spirit that he has that, 'you cannot stop me,' and 'you cannot mash me down without me coming back at you.'"

Peter Bogdanovich

Peter Bogdanovich, the director behind films like "The Last Picture Show" and "Paper Moon," died at age 82. As The New York Times reported, he was at his Los Angeles home, and his daughter Antonia confirmed the news on January 6.

Born to immigrant parents, Bogdanovich worked as a critic and an actor before directing his first films alongside his wife and creative partner Polly Platt. His style garnered a lot of comparison to the Golden Age of Hollywood, a period he was obsessed with. "I don't judge myself on the basis of my contemporaries," the filmmaker insisted in a 1971 interview with The New York Times. "I judge myself against the directors I admire — Hawks, Lubitsch, Buster Keaton, Welles, Ford, Renoir, Hitchcock. I certainly don't think I'm anywhere near as good as they are, but I think I'm pretty good."

An affair with Cybill Shepherd and a series of underperforming films may have tarnished his public reputation, but the real tragedy came in 1980 when his girlfriend and new muse, Dorothy Stratten, was murdered. In his later years, Bogdanovich became a guest star on "The Sopranos," playing Dr. Melfi's own psychologist. He also turned his lifelong obsession with movies into a career as a film historian. 

"Our dearest Peter passed away today from complications of Parkinson's disease," his family told The Hollywood Reporter after his death was announced. "The Bogdanovich/Stratten family wishes to thank everyone for their love and support in this most difficult time."

Calvin Simon

The singer Calvin Simon, who was one of the founding members of Parliament-Funkadelic, died at age 79. "Thank everyone for the wonderful memories ... we will so miss you Calvin," a post on the singer's official Facebook page read on January 8, adding that "heaven just got a bit funkier."

Simon first met his bandmates in New Jersey, per Pitchfork, where he worked as a barber. The teenager formed a doowop quintet with fellow barbers George Clinton and Grady Thomas and their barbershop regulars Ray Davis and Fuzzy Haskins. Over the years, their sound grew and evolved until they became the funk icons behind hits like "Give Up the Funk" and "P. Funk." He was also drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, as Simon's website notes, which led to a diagnosis of PTSD. He later discovered his faith and "relied on the higher power" to cope, in Simon's words, which led to his later career in gospel music.

The singer's career stretched over six decades, and he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 along with the rest of the Parliament and Funkadelic band members. Clinton paid tribute to his former bandmate on Facebook, posting several pictures of Simon. "Rest in peace to my P-Funk brother Mr. Calvin Simon. Longtime Parliament-Funkadelic vocalist," Clinton wrote. "Fly on Calvin!"

Sidney Poitier

The world lost another titan of early Hollywood when actor Sidney Poitier died on January 6. His death was confirmed by the minister of foreign affairs of the Bahamas, where Poitier grew up. According to TMZ, medical examiners attributed his death to "heart failure, Alzheimer's dementia, and prostate cancer."

The Bahamian actor had a background in theater, per ABC News, and brought a groundbreaking dignity to his roles in films like "Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?" and "In the Heat of the Night." He was the first Black man to be nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award, and after starring in the smash hit "Lilies of the Field," he became the first Black actor to win it. As well as being one of the most significant movie stars of his era, Poitier was also an activist and attended the 1963 March on Washington alongside Martin Luther King Jr.

"There are no words to convey the deep sense of loss and sadness we are feeling right now. We are so grateful he was able to spend his last day surrounded by his family and friends," his wife, Joanna Shimkus, and their five daughters told People. "To us, Sidney Poitier was not only a brilliant actor, activist, and a man of incredible grace and moral fortitude, he was also a devoted and loving husband, a supportive and adoring father, and a man who always put family first."

Marilyn Bergman

The film industry lost one of its great songwriters when Marilyn Bergman died aged 93 on January 8. Her doctors confirmed that the cause of death was respiratory failure, according to ABC News. The Brooklyn native began writing lyrics when a nasty fall down the stairs meant that she was stuck in a cast for months, as she told NPR in a 2007 interview. "I knew that I would be, you know, the odd woman out," Bergman admitted. She met her husband and songwriting partner Alan Bergman in Los Angeles, even though they had been born in the same New York hospital, and they stayed married from 1958 to her death.

Although they penned lyrics for the pop charts, working with everyone from Frank Sinatra to Neil Diamond, the Bergmans really made their name in Hollywood. The three-time Oscar winners had their breakthrough with the title song for the Sidney Poitier film "In the Heat of the Night," before creating timeless standards like "The Windmills of Your Mind" for the crime caper "The Thomas Crown Affair," and Barbra Streisand's chart-topping hit "The Way We Were."

"Marilyn and Alan Bergman were like family," Streisand wrote on Twitter. "We met over 60 years ago backstage at a little night club, and never stopped loving each other and working together." Quincy Jones also tweeted about his grief, writing that "the secret weapon" behind her talent was "the unconditional love" she had for the people around her.

Bob Saget

"Full House" fans were devastated on January 9, when TMZ reported that TV dad Bob Saget had been found dead in a Florida hotel room. The local sheriff's office tweeted that there were "no signs of foul play or drug use in this case." Saget, who was 65, had been on a comedy tour across the nation.

He first charmed audiences in 1987 as Danny Tanner on the ABC show "Full House," acting opposite the Olson twins and John Stamos. Saget later became the host of "America's Funniest Home Videos" from 1989 to 1997, which cemented his position as a household name. The sitcom star was also famous for his blue comedy and his philanthropy: Saget was a dedicated champion for the Scleroderma Research Foundation, which raised awareness of the disease that killed his big sister Gay.

"He was everything to us and we want you to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughter," Saget's family told Page Six after the news broke. "Though we ask for privacy at this time, we invite you to join us in remembering the love and laughter that Bob brought to the world."

Dwayne Hickman

Dwayne Hickman, one of the early stars of TV sitcoms, died on January 9. As a spokesman for the Hickman family told The New York Times, his death was caused by complications from Parkinson's, and the former actor is survived by his third wife Joan and his two sons.

Best known as the blond teenage protagonist of "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," Hickman starred on the CBS sitcom from 1959 to 1963. His portrayal of the archetypal '50s adolescent, Dobie, was so popular that he reportedly found it hard to break out of being typecast and was still getting recognized as "Dobie" many years later. "It's very sweet to see how much Dobie Gillis meant to a lot of baby boomers," he observed in 2003, per USA Today, adding that everyone who grew up watching the sitcom is "always nice when I meet them."

After appearing in films like "How to Stuff a Wild Bikini" with Annette Funicello and "Cat Ballou" with Jane Fonda and Lee Marvin during the '60s, Hickman decided to take his talents behind the screen. He became a network executive at CBS, getting involved with legendary shows like "Maude," "M*A*S*H," and "Designing Women." Hickman even started directing episodes of the shows he championed. And in two different TV movies, he reprised the role that made him famous and became Dobie once again.

Ronnie Spector

The lead singer of The Ronettes died at age 78 on January 12. On her official website, a statement from Ronnie Spector's family confirmed that she had faced "a brief battle with cancer" before dying next to her husband Jonathan. "Ronnie lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor, and a smile on her face," her loved ones wrote. "She was filled with love and gratitude. Her joyful sound, playful nature, and magical presence will live on in all who knew, heard, or saw her."

The Harlem-born singer became a star with the hit song "Be My Baby," alongside her sister Estelle and their cousin Nedra. The Ronettes were one of the most iconic girl groups of the '60s, thanks to Spector's powerhouse voice and their infectious songs, which were all produced by Phil Spector. He eventually married Ronnie in 1968, per Rolling Stone, but the relationship quickly turned abusive as Phil stopped her from singing live and threatened to kill her if she ever left. "He was a brilliant producer, but a lousy husband," Ronnie wrote after his death in 2021.

Despite her husband's threats, Ronnie escaped in 1972 and began her own much-lauded solo career. She has been entered into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Grammy Hall of Fame, and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame.

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André Leon Talley

André Leon Talley died at age 73. His official Instagram announced "with great sadness" that the fashion world had lost one of its brightest and most unlikely stars on January 18, after what the Houston Chronicle described as "complications related to COVID."

Raised in the South under the oppressive rules of the Jim Crow era, Talley won a scholarship to Brown University and managed to launch his career in fashion by meeting Vogue editor-in-chief Diana Vreeland, as The New York Times reported. He became a key figure at the magazine while working with her successor Anna Wintour, as well as being a mentor to other Black professionals in the fashion industry. Talley's memoirs about his life and career became bestsellers, and he even starred in his own documentary, "The Gospel According to André." In 2021, the French government awarded Talley with the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, which Talley called "the most incredible joy" and "the best day in my life" on Instagram.

"The loss of André is felt by so many of us today," Wintour said in Vogue. "The designers he enthusiastically cheered on every season, and who loved him for it; the generations he inspired to work in the industry, seeing a figure who broke boundaries while never forgetting where he started from; those who knew fashion, and Vogue, simply because of him."

Gaspard Ulliel

The French actor Gaspard Ulliel died at age 37 after a tragic skiing accident in the Alps. Ulliel, who will be appearing posthumously in the new Marvel series Moon Knight alongside Oscar Isaac, was reportedly injured in a collision with another skier on a trail in the Savoie region. According to France 24, he was transported to a nearby hospital by helicopter, but died a day later on January 19.

Ulliel had been a star of French cinema since he was a child actor, as Variety reported, and earned critical acclaim for films like "A Very Long Engagement" and the Yves Saint Laurent biopic "Saint Laurent." In 2017, he won the César award for Best Actor, the French equivalent of an Oscar, after starring in Xavier Dolan's "It's Only the End of the World." Stars from across the French film industry were quick to send condolences to his girlfriend Gaelle Petri and their child, including Dolan and Jean Dujardin.

Even the Prime Minister of France, Jean Castex, paid tribute to Ulliel on Twitter (per Variety): "Gaspard Ulliel grew up with cinema and cinema grew with him. They loved each other madly. It is with a heavy heart that we will no longer see his most beautiful interpretations. We have lost a French actor."

Meat Loaf

The music world has lost the unique voice behind songs like "I'd Do Anything for Love" and "Paradise By the Dashboard Light." The singer Meat Loaf, who was born Marvin Lee Aday, died on January 20 at age 74.

His operatic style of rock and electric stage presence made him a star in the '70s when his debut "Bat Out of Hell" became one of the best-selling albums of all time, per the Associated Press. He also earned his place as a subcultural icon by playing Eddie in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Meat Loaf's acting career later led him to appear in other films, like "Fight Club," "Wayne's World," and the Spice Girls' film "Spice World."

"Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight," his family stated on his Facebook page, confirming that the singer had been with his daughters Pearl and Amanda, among other loved ones. "We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man ... From his heart to your souls ... don't ever stop rocking!"

Louie Anderson

The comedian Louie Anderson died at age 68 of cancer. The Star Tribune reported on January 18 that Anderson had been hospitalized and was being treated in Las Vegas for non-Hodgkin lymphoma. And only three days later, the Emmy winner's publicist told Deadline that his treatment had been unsuccessful.

Anderson had an unconventional road to stardom: he was originally a children's counselor before a comedy competition pushed him to consider stand-up professionally. His own childhood experiences in a family of 11 kids inspired the animated series "Life With Louie." Other highlights from his decades-spanning career included acting in "Coming to America" and the comedy series "Baskets," as well as entertaining the nation as the host of "Family Feud."

Fellow comics and friends paid tribute to Anderson after the news of his death broke. "Louie Anderson: Your generosity of spirit will cover the world from above," Henry Winkler wrote on Twitter. "We are so lucky you were on earth for a moment, spreading your humor all over like bars of living gold." Jamie Kennedy described him as "a true comic's comic," tweeting: "Louie Anderson made me cry almost as much as he made me laugh. Never have I encountered someone with that much duality."

Howard Hesseman

The actor Howard Hesseman died in Los Angeles on January 29.

Best known for playing the loose cannon radio host Dr. Johnny Fever on the sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati," Hesseman was 81. His manager Robbie Kass confirmed to AP that the actor died from complications after colon surgery. He also told CNN that his "lifelong friend and longtime client" Hesseman was a "groundbreaking talent ... whose kindness and generosity was equaled by his influence and admiration to generations of actors and improvisational comedy throughout the world."

The Oregon-born hippie became a household name on "WKRP in Cincinnati" after working as an actual radio DJ in San Francisco, per The Hollywood Reporter. Hesseman also worked on projects like "One Day at a Time," "The Bob Newhart Show," and "This Is Spinal Tap," as well as starring in "Head of the Class" as a teacher. "When I was young, I had the sense that I was always on the verge of grasping the one fact or idea that would open up everything to me," he told People in 1983, reflecting on his career. "I know now that what we already understand is what we've got to work with." He is survived by the actor Caroline Ducrocq, who has been his wife since 1989.

The actor and comedian Michael McKean paid tribute to Hesseman on his Twitter, calling him "the real deal" and revealing that they had been good friends for five decades. "Impossible to overstate Howard Hesseman's influence on his and subsequent generations of improvisors," McKean wrote.

Johnny Brown

American television lost one of the most beloved characters in sitcom history when Johnny Brown died on March 2, 2022. The actor, who became a household name when he played Bookman, the building superintendent in "Good Times," was 84. Over the course of his long career, Brown went from starring in nightclub acts and regular performances on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" to sitcom fame, per The Hollywood Reporter. After "Good Times" came to an end, he appeared in other shows like "The Jeffersons," "Family Matters," "Moonlighting," and "Martin."

As his daughter, Sharon, told TMZ, Brown had just been at a regular check-up for his pacemaker in Los Angeles when he had a sudden fatal cardiac arrest. "It's too terrible. It will never not be. It's a shock. He was literally snatched out of our lives. It's not real for us yet," she wrote in part on Instagram, expressing her family's grief. 

Brown is survived by his wife of 61 years, as well as his children and grandchildren, who were all understandably "devastated" and "beyond heartbroken," according to Sharon. "So, there will be more to say but not now. Dad was the absolute best. We love him so very much," she added.

Bobbie Nelson

Bobbie Nelson, sister of country star Willie Nelson and a beloved figure in the world of country music, died at age 91 on March 10, 2022.

She first learned how to play the piano thanks to her grandparents, who raised her and Willie in Texas. "Bobbie became accomplished at an early age," Willie recalled in his memoir, admitting that he "lagged behind" compared to his sister. "Bobbie is a musician in the true sense of being able to play with great facility in any style," he wrote. "She learned to read beautifully and was known far and around Hill County as a genuine piano prodigy." After the death of her first husband, the musician Bud Fletcher, she eventually began playing with Willie's band in 1973. And as Rolling Stone noted, Bobbie featured on many of his best albums and tours.

"Her elegance, grace, beauty and talent made this world a better place," her family stated through Willie's Instagram, asking for fans to give them "privacy" at this difficult time. "She was the first member of Willie's band, as his pianist and singer. Our hearts are broken and she will be deeply missed," the Nelson family continued. "But we are so lucky to have had her in our lives."

William Hurt

Oscar-winning leading man William Hurt died on March 13, 2022, as his son, Will, confirmed. "It is with great sadness that the Hurt family mourns the passing of William Hurt," Will stated, per Deadline, adding that his "beloved father" was only one week away from turning 72 when he died. "He died peacefully, among family, of natural causes. The family requests privacy at this time."

Classically trained at Juilliard, Hurt was first elevated to Hollywood stardom by the 1980s blockbusters "Altered States" and "Body Heat." He won the 1986 Academy Award for best actor by playing a gay Brazilian prisoner in "Kiss of the Spider Woman," and also received nominations in 1987 for "Children of A Lesser God" and in 1988 for "Broadcast News." The actor was first diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer in 2012 and announced that he was trying out new forms of chemotherapy in 2018, as The Mercury News reported.

Fellow actors and co-stars like Mark Ruffalo, Matthew Modine, and Antonio Banderas were quick to pay their respects on Twitter, praising Hurt's dedication to filmmaking. "He had a pure spirit, and that's what we're all going to miss the most," his son, Alexander, told The New York Times, adding that Hurt's four children would always recall "the pride he took in the work he did."

Madeleine Albright

The first-ever female secretary of state, Madeleine Albright, died on March 23, 2022. As her official Twitter account confirmed, the 84-year-old had cancer and was "surrounded by family and friends" in her final hours. "We lost a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend," her "heartbroken" family wrote in their statement.

Albright first arrived in the United States in 1948 as a refugee from Czechoslovakia. As part of Bill Clinton's administration, she became the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and handled international relations at the end of the Cold War. In 1997, Clinton appointed her as secretary of state, the highest rank any woman had ever achieved. Although largely revered, her tenure wasn't controversy-free: Albright provoked outrage in 1996 when she told "60 Minutes" that the death of 500,000 Iraqi children from post-Gulf War sanctions was "a very hard choice, but ... we think the price is worth it." In 1998, she argued that America was justified in using force because it was "the indispensable nation" in a global fight for democracy. "We stand tall and we see further than other countries into the future," she told the "Today" show.

Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama in 2012. Her last foray into international relations came in February 2022, when she condemned Vladimir Putin in The New York Times and declared that Ukraine was "entitled to its sovereignty" from Russia. "Few leaders have been so perfectly suited for the times in which they served," Clinton wrote in a tribute to Albright, calling her "a passionate force for freedom, democracy, and human rights."

Taylor Hawkins

Taylor Hawkins, best known as the drummer for the rock band Foo Fighters, died at age 50. As AP News reported, the group was on a tour in South America when Hawkins started experiencing "chest pains." Colombian emergency services were called to his hotel on March 25, 2022, but were unable to save him. It has since been revealed that he had 10 different substances in his body, though a cause of death has not yet been confirmed.

Having grown up in Laguna Beach, California, Hawkins was first inspired to play rock music after attending a Queen concert, as he told The Sydney Morning Herald. In 1997, he went from playing drums for Alanis Morrissette to joining Dave Grohl in the Foo Fighters. "When I met Taylor, it took two-and-half minutes before we became best friends," Grohl later told NME, describing their unique connection. "I just thought I want to travel the world with this guy, I want to jump on stage and drink beers with this person." Hawkins had also released music with his own band, The Coattail Riders.

"The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins," his bandmates wrote in an official statement, sending their love to the drummer's wife and children. "His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever." Heartbroken fans were soon paying their respects across the world, including celebrities like Miley Cyrus and a "devastated" Slash.

Paul Herman

The actor Paul Herman died at the age of 76 on March 29, 2022. Best known for playing shadowy mafia characters like Beansie in "The Sopranos," Herman had a career that stretched over four decades and included classics like "Goodfellas," "Once Upon a Time in America," and more recently "The Irishman."

His death was announced by his former co-star on "The Sopranos," Michael Imperioli, who wrote on Instagram that Herman had been "a first-class storyteller and raconteur and one hell of an actor." Imperioli sent his love to the actor's friends and family, revealing that he and Herman had actually lived in the same area in recent years. "I am glad we got to spend some time together before he left us. I'll miss him," he added. 

Lorraine Bracco, who played the therapist on the HBO hit series, tweeted that Herman was "a loving soul with a great sense of humor." Robert De Niro also expressed his grief about the loss in a statement to Variety. "He was a wonderful actor as well as a dear friend," De Niro observed. "He will be missed by all who knew and loved him, and by the profession he so proudly served through the quality of his work. Rest in Peace, Paul."

Tom Parker

Fans of boyband The Wanted were devastated to learn that Tom Parker died on March 30, 2022. His wife, Kelsey, confirmed the tragic news on Instagram later that day, thanking his supporters for all their love. "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side," she wrote. "Our hearts are broken, Tom was the center of our world and we can't imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence."

Parker became a star with his band The Wanted when their song "All Time Low" topped the charts in 2010, but he also won over the British public by appearing on reality competition shows and entering the world of musical theatre. The 33-year-old singer was first diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in October 2020, as the BBC reported, while Kelsey was pregnant with their second child. Despite the severity of his tumor, Parker managed to make it to the last dates of The Wanted's 2022 arena tour, per Birmingham Live, appearing in a chair and singing to his fans.

"Tom, my brother, my boy, my bandmate, my best bud," Max George, a fellow member of The Wanted, wrote in part on his Instagram. "I'm heartbroken beyond words right now and I cannot even begin to imagine what the future holds without you."

Estelle Harris

Estelle Harris has died at age 93. The actor, who brought her distinctive voice and sense of humor to roles like Mrs. Potato Head in "Toy Story" and George Costanza's mother on "Seinfeld," was in Palm Desert, California on April 2, 2022, when she reportedly died of natural causes. "It is with the greatest remorse and sadness to announce that Estelle Harris has passed on this evening at 6:25 pm," her son, Glen, revealed to Deadline, recalling the emotions of her final moments. "Her kindness, passion, sensitivity, humor, empathy and love were practically unrivaled, and she will be terribly missed by all those who knew her."

The native New Yorker only found her start in show business after her children had already grown up and left the nest, as she told The New York Times. Harris started booking plenty of commercials, but it was her character on "Seinfeld" that eventually made the actor a beloved TV star. "I've known so many women like her, but I'm nothing at all like Estelle Costanza other than that I speak my mind," she reflected. 

After her death, Jason Alexander paid tribute to his "tv mama" on Twitter, sending his love to her children and grandchildren. "The joy of playing with her and relishing her glorious laughter was a treat," the actor wrote. "I adore you, Estelle."

Bobby Rydell

Former teen idol Bobby Rydell died at age 79. The singer, whose last name was the inspiration for Rydell High School in the movie "Grease," was a teen pop sensation in the late 1950s and early '60s with songs like "Wild One," "We Got Love," "Volare," and "Forget Him." A spokeswoman told The New York Times that he died in a hospital on April 5, 2022, following complications from pneumonia.

Rydell first started working as a professional drummer when he was only 9, according to his own website, and he later became a bona fide star by releasing chart-topping pop records. The Philadelphia native also appeared on the silver screen, starring in the rock and roll musical "Bye Bye Birdie" with Ann-Margret, Dick Van Dyke, and Janet Leigh. He kept touring throughout the decades, forming the group The Golden Boys alongside his old friends, Frankie Avalon and Fabian.

His fans included horror writer Stephen King, who tweeted that Rydell was "the most talented of the 50s and early 60s teen idols" after his death was announced.

Dwayne Haskins

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their quarterback on April 9, 2022, when Dwayne Haskins was killed in a tragic car accident. According to ESPN, the 24-year-old football player was hit by a dump truck along a South Florida highway close to Fort Lauderdale and died before he could be moved to a hospital.

After an impressive college football career at Ohio State, where he won several trophies, Haskins was drafted to the Washington Commanders in 2019 and started playing in the NFL. In 2021, he signed a deal with the Steelers and made Pittsburgh his new home. "I am devastated and at a loss for words," his coach, Mike Tomlin, stated on Twitter, paying tribute to Haskins and his loved ones. "... Dwayne was a great teammate, but even more so a tremendous friend to so many."

"Anyone who knew Dwayne knows he worked exceptionally hard to achieve such a high level of success at such a young age," the Haskins family and his wife, Kalabrya, told WUSA9 in their statement, thanking his fans for all their love. "He was touched by so many people on his journey to being a standout athlete and we are grateful to all of them. This pain is unimaginable and we appreciate everyone who shares in our heartbreak."

Kathryn Hays

Kathryn Hays, the soap star who portrayed Kim for 38 years in "As the Word Turns," died on March 25, 2022. On April 8, the CT Post announced the sad news, confirming that the actor had been 87 and that she is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, three grandchildren, and a great-grandson.

Hays first started acting on the small screen in the 1960s, appearing in series like "Route 66," "Bonanza," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," and "The Road West." Trekkies also knew her as Gem, the alien who saved Captain Kirk in the 1968 "Star Trek" episode "The Empath." But her most enduring role as Kim on "As the World Turns" helped her gain a devoted following of soap fans.

Don Hastings, who played her husband in the long-running soap, expressed his grief to TV Line. "Our relationship as Bob and Kim was as close as Kathryn and my relationship, except we were not married," Hastings said in a statement after Hays' death was announced, describing their bond. "We were more like brother and sister and we were great friends. ... This is a huge loss to all who knew her."

Gilbert Gottfried

Veteran comedian Gilbert Gottfried died on April 12, 2022, after his long-term myotonic dystrophy led to heart problems, as his publicist and friend, Glenn Schwartz, told People. The taboo-busting comic, best known to younger generations as the voice of Iago in "Aladdin," was 67.

His one-of-a-kind voice and characteristic sense of humor made Gottfried a legend among comedians. After bursting into Hollywood in the 1980s, he starred in blockbusters like "Beverly Hills Cop II," the "Problem Child" series, and "Look Who's Talking II," as well as taking on a range of voice acting roles. "Those who loved him and who were fortunate enough to share his orbit knew a person who was sweet, sensitive, surprisingly shy, and filled with a childlike sense of playfulness and wonder," his podcast co-host, Frank Santopadre, stated, per CNBC.

"We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness," his family announced on Twitter, calling him "the most iconic voice in comedy," as well as a "wonderful husband, brother, friend, and father to his two young children."

Liz Sheridan

The actor Liz Sheridan died at age 93. Known for her Broadway performances and her sitcom roles in "Seinfeld" and "ALF," Sheridan reportedly died from natural causes while she was sleeping, according to Deadline. The sad news was announced on April 15, 2022, only a couple of weeks after the death of Estelle Harris, another former "Seinfeld" star.

Although her career lasted decades, Sheridan became a household figure through her television work, playing Jerry Seinfeld's indulgent mother, Helen, and ALF's nosy neighbor, Mrs. Ochmonek. Sheridan also later wrote a book in 2001 called "Dizzy & Jimmy" about her affair with James Dean during their youth in New York. "Liz was always the sweetest, nicest TV mom a son could wish for," Seinfeld tweeted in a heartfelt tribute. "Every time she came on our show it was the coziest feeling for me. So lucky to have known her." 

According to Deadline, Sheridan is survived by one daughter and her son-in-law.

Robert Morse

"Mad Men" fans were devastated on April 21, 2022, when it was announced that Robert Morse had died the day prior. The Broadway veteran had been 90, according to his friend, Larry Karaszewski, who broke the sad news on Twitter. "A huge talent and a beautiful spirit," the writer and producer wrote in part. "Sending love to his son Charlie & daughter Allyn."

The actor made his mark in the 1961 musical "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying," according to Playbill, when he sang and danced his way into the hearts of critics as J. Pierrepont Finch, and won his first Tony Award, to boot. Morse went on to appear in a wide variety of TV shows and movies, including the 1967 movie adaptation of "How to Succeed..." — although he stayed loyal to the stage. His performance as Truman Capote in the one-man play "Tru" again made him an awards favorite in the late '80s and early '90s, as he won a Tony and a Primetime Emmy in the role.

In 2007, Morse became a fan favorite on the AMC drama "Mad Men," which eventually gave him a spectacular farewell musical number when his character, Bert Cooper, died after seven seasons. "It's an absolute love letter from creator Matt Weiner," Morse told Entertainment Weekly at the time, reflecting on the opportunity to dance on screen again. "You couldn't ask for a nicer send off."

Naomi Judd

Just days before she was due to be honored at the Country Music Hall of Fame, Naomi Judd died by apparent suicide at age 76, per People. "Today we sisters experienced a tragedy," her daughter, Ashley Judd, wrote on her Twitter account on April 30, 2022. "We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness." The family added that they were "navigating profound grief," but appreciated the love from Naomi's fans.

The legendary singer transformed herself from a struggling single mother to one of the most recognizable country stars of the 1980s by forming a duo with her daughter, Wynonna Judd. The Judds, as they called themselves, reached the top of the charts and won Grammys for hits like "Love Can Build a Bridge." But tragedy struck in 1990, when Naomi was diagnosed with hepatitis C and stopped touring.

In her 2016 memoir "River of Time: My Descent into Depression and How I Emerged with Hope," Naomi described struggling with her physical and mental health, declaring that she was "rising again to be thankful for taking my next breath, for the gift of a clear thought, for wresting from a nightmare a way to find joy in each day." Naomi had been scheduled to go on tour as part of The Judds in September 2022. Her last performance was at the CMT Music Awards in mid-April 2022, where she joined daughter Wynonna on stage one last time.

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Fred Ward

Perhaps most known for his onscreen performances in "Tremors," "The Right Stuff," and "True Detective," actor Fred Ward has died at age 79. His publicist, Ron Hoffman, revealed to the New York Post that Ward had been reported dead on May 8, 2022, although he didn't reveal any cause of death. "It was Fred Ward's wish that any memorial tributes be made in the form of donations to the Boston University Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center," Hoffman noted.

The Golden Globe winner became an actor after serving in the U.S. Air Force, providing English voice-overs for Italian films and holding down various jobs like cook, janitor, and lumberjack, according to TV Guide. Ward started appearing in feature films, such as "Southern Comfort" and "Silkwood," in the 1980s, kicking off a long and successful career in show business.

Kevin Bacon paid tribute to his former "Tremors" co-star on Twitter after Ward's death was announced, writing in part, "When it came to battling underground worms I couldn't have asked for a better partner." Bacon added that he would always cherish memories of Ward "chatting about his love of Django Reinhardt and jazz guitar during our long hot days in the high desert." According to Deadline, Ward leaves behind his son, Django, and his wife, Marie-France, with whom he spent 27 years.

Ray Liotta

"Goodfellas" star Ray Liotta has died at age 67. As Deadline reported, the actor was shooting a new movie in the Dominican Republic when he died in his sleep on May 26. His fiancée, Jacy Nittolo, had reportedly traveled with him.

Liotta first had his breakthrough performance as a dangerous criminal in Jonathan Demme's "Something Wild," which was released in 1986. The New Jersey native went on to star in blockbusters like "Field of Dreams" and "Cop Land," but his most memorable role was probably infamous mobster Henry Hill. Lorraine Bracco, his on-screen wife in "Goodfellas," led the tributes on Twitter. "I am utterly shattered to hear this terrible news about my Ray," she wrote, adding that she had always considered him "the best part of making that movie."

Martin Scorsese also praised the veteran actor, who was working on several films before his death. "He was so uniquely gifted, so adventurous, so courageous as an actor," the director stated, per The Guardian, explaining that Liotta impressed everyone on set with his talent. "My heart goes out to his loved ones, and it aches for his loss, way too early." And Jennifer Lopez spoke about the real Liotta behind the roles he played, revealing how caring he was toward her kids. "Ray was the epitome of a tough guy who was all mushy on the inside," she tweeted. "I guess that's what made him such a compelling actor to watch."

James Caan

Legendary actor James Caan died at age 82. His family broke the news to his devoted fans on Twitter, writing: "It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6." They also asked for privacy during their time of mourning, adding that they "appreciate the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences."

Born to Jewish immigrant parents in New York, Cann first became a star in the 1970s after appearing as mafioso Sonny Corleone in "The Godfather," a role that won him an Academy Award nomination and cemented his reputation as a Hollywood heavy. "I was always cast as Mister Tough Guy or Mister Hero," Caan later told The Independent. "They wouldn't let me do much else." The Stephen King adaptation "Misery" cast him in a different light, as he played a helpless, bedbound author opposite a murderous Kathy Bates. He also won over a younger generation by starring in Will Ferrell's Christmas comedy "Elf" as Buddy's curmudgeonly dad. 

The actor was divorced four times, per The New York Times, and is survived by his five children.

Ivana Trump

Ivana Trump has died at age 73. The businesswoman and media personality was in her Manhattan apartment on July 14, 2022 when she reportedly fell down the stairs and suffered fatal injuries, as the New York Post reported.

Born in the formerly named Czechoslovakia, she worked as a model before her high-profile marriage to Donald Trump in 1977 made her a celebrity in New York. After their equally famous divorce in 1990, Ivana moved from real estate into releasing her own books and fashion lines. She is survived by three children, as well as 10 grandchildren. "Our mother was an incredible woman — a force in business, a world-class athlete, a radiant beauty, and caring mother and friend," her family stated in part, per ABC News. They also spoke about the challenges Ivana had overcome early on in life, explaining that "she taught her children about grit and toughness, compassion and determination."

Her ex-husband also paid tribute to Ivana on his platform Truth Social. "Her pride and joy were her three children, Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric," the former president noted, calling her a "wonderful, beautiful, and amazing woman, who led a great and inspirational life."

Jak Knight

Comedian and writer Jak Knight died on July 14, 2022. Best known for his work on shows like Netflix's "Big Mouth" and Peacock's "Bust Down," the latter of which he co-created, Knight was a rising star in the world of comedy: After making a name for himself on the stand-up scene, he had begun writing, producing, and appearing on TV series like "Pause with Sam Jay." As the Los Angeles Times reported, the cause of his death was determined to be an apparent suicide. Knight was only 28 at the time.

"Whenever I was on a lineup with Jak Knight, I knew it was going to be a wildly funny night," fellow comedian James Adomian wrote on Twitter, observing how Knight was always a joy to watch. "He was winning big, all of it well deserved, so witty and memorable every moment onstage and off. A painful loss to comedy," Adomian added. "Fire Island" star Joel Kim Booster also expressed his shock and grief, tweeting: "There was no one like Jak Knight. A singular talent, actually funny and a genuinely kind person, a rare combo. I just can't believe this at all."

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Paul Sorvino

Paul Sorvino has died at age 83. As BBC News reported, he was in Indiana on July 25, 2022 when he died of natural causes. His wife, Dee Dee Sorvino, told the press that her husband had been "the love of my life, and one of the greatest performers to ever grace the screen and stage." His daughter, Mira Sorvino, also confirmed the loss of the "Goodfellas" star on Twitter, writing that he had been "the most wonderful father" to his three children. "My heart is rent asunder — a life of love and joy and wisdom with him is over," Mira, who'd thanked Paul in her 1996 Oscar acceptance speech, wrote in part. "... I'm sending you love in the stars Dad as you ascend."

The Brooklyn-raised character actor won over his first audience in the 1964 Broadway musical "Bajour." His acting career stretched across six decades and included films like "Romeo + Juliet" and "Nixon," although he was probably best known for playing mafia boss Paulie Cicero in 1990's "Goodfellas." As Paul told the Orlando Weekly in 2014, the role led people to make sweeping assumptions about him. "Most people think I'm either a gangster or a cop or something, but the reality is I'm a sculptor, a painter, a best-selling author, many, many things — a poet, an opera singer, but none of them is gangster," he explained, adding, "It would be nice to have my legacy more than that of just tough guy."

Tony Dow

"Leave It to Beaver" star Tony Dow died on July 27, as his official Facebook page announced. His son Christopher confirmed that he was under hospice care at his home at the time, surrounded by family. "Although this is a very sad day, I have comfort and peace that he is in a better place," Christopher stated, mourning the loss of "the best Dad anyone could ask for" as well as his "hero." The actor and sculptor was 77 and had previously shared his cancer diagnosis on social media in May, to the dismay of his many fans.

Best known for his role as big brother Wally Cleaver in the classic sitcom "Leave It to Beaver," child actor Dow went on to appear in the follow-up "Still the Beaver" and other TV shows like "Never Too Young." He found purpose in his later life as a mental health advocate, since the topic was close to his heart. In the 1990s, he opened up about his own clinical depression and even spoke to Congress about funding for research, as the Tampa Bay Times reported. "It's sad to be famous at 12 years old or something, and then you grow up and become a real person, and nothing's happening for you," Dow told CBS in 2022, explaining that he had found a way to express that pain through art.

Nichelle Nichols

"Star Trek" legend Nichelle Nichols has died at age 89. Her son Kyle confirmed the sad news on Facebook, writing that "a great light in the firmament no longer shines for us as it has for so many years." He also shared that Nichols had died from natural causes on July 30 and asked for privacy for their family. "Her light however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration," Kyle added.

As Lieutenant Uhura, Nichols became a crucial part of the "Star Trek" science fiction franchise and made history on screen with an interracial kiss between her and William Shatner (who portrayed Captain Kirk). As she later recalled, Martin Luther King Jr was one of her many fans and persuaded her not to quit the show after the first season, arguing that it was good for Black children to see her as a respected bridge officer on the U.S.S. Enterprise. She worked steadily in TV and film for the rest of her career, despite being diagnosed with dementia in 2018.

Tributes quickly poured in from friends and co-stars like George Takei and Lynda Carter. Even NASA released a statement: "She partnered with us to recruit some of the first women and minority astronauts, and inspired generations to reach for the stars," the organization wrote on Twitter, celebrating her legacy as a pioneer.

Bill Russell

NBA champion Bill Russell died on July 31. The former Boston Celtics player was 88 and accompanied by his wife Jeannine in his final moments, as his Twitter announced. The official statement referred to Russell as "the most prolific winner in American sports history" but also praised him for being an icon of the civil rights movement. "Bill's understanding of the struggle is what illuminated his life," his friends and family explained, pointing out how he oversaw the first racially integrated basketball camp in Mississippi and boycotted games to highlight discrimination.

As ESPN Sports reported, his astonishing career led him from winning championships at the University of San Francisco to playing at the 1956 Olympics and leading the Celtics to victory in the NBA finals 11 times. Russell then made history by becoming not just the first Black head coach in the NBA, but also the first Black head coach to take the reins of any major American sports league. In later life, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama, who described him as a "giant" after his death was announced. "As tall as Bill Russell stood, his legacy rises far higher — both as a player and as a person," the former president tweeted.

Vin Scully

Dodgers announcer Vin Scully died on August 2 at age 94. He had spent 67 seasons announcing the baseball team, per ESPN, including 25 World Series and 12 All-Star Games. And since his first game in 1950, Scully had been a beloved presence for the team's fans. "He was the voice of the Dodgers, and so much more," the team wrote in an official statement, describing how Scully had waxed poetic about players like Jackie Robinson, Sandy Koufax, and Kirk Gibson. "Vin Scully was the heartbeat of the Dodgers — and in so many ways, the heartbeat of all of Los Angeles." According to The New York Times, Scully, who outlived both of his wives, is survived by five children and 21 grandchildren.

He was honored with a ceremony at Dodger Stadium, where manager Dave Roberts declared that Scully "wasn't just a Dodger — he loved the game of baseball that we all love and care about." He told the crowd of 50,000 that the announcer would be remembered, adding: "We will think about you every day. Every game we come here, every fan who shows up to Dodger Stadium, there's a reason you will always be remembered. You'll always be linked to these five words: It's time for Dodger baseball."

Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John has died at age 73. As her husband, John Easterling, wrote on Facebook on August 8, 2022, the multitalented screen icon "passed away peacefully at her ranch in southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends." He added that Newton-John — who revealed that her breast cancer had spread to her spine in 2018, per CNN — "has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey" with the disease, and asked for donations to her foundation.

The Australian singer-actor first rose to fame in the UK, where she was chosen to represent the Brits in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest. But it was the movie musical "Grease" that made her a star after she won the hearts of audiences across the world as Sandy in 1978. "I think the songs are timeless," Newton-John later told Billboard. "... I feel very grateful to be a part of this movie that's still loved so much." Her Grammy Award-winning music career also led to some of the biggest hits of the '80s, like "Physical" and "I Can't Help It."

Her "Grease" co-star, John Travolta, posted an emotional tribute on Instagram after the sad news of Newton-John's death was announced. "My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better," he wrote. "Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again." Travolta added, "Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever! Your Danny, your John!"

Anne Heche

On August 11, 53-year-old Anne Heche died after being critically injured in a series of car wrecks the week before. In one of the three accidents, Heche sustained severe burns. She fell into a coma, and her family kept her on life support while medical staff arranged to donate her organs.

Heche appeared in films "Donne Brasco" and the 1998 "Psycho" remake, as well as TV series like "Men in Trees" and "Hung." After her high-profile romance with Ellen DeGeneres in the late '90s, Heche maintained that she was blacklisted in the entertainment industry for 10 years as a result of going public with their relationship. Heche also had a history of mental health and substance use troubles

Variety reported that one of the actor's last projects, "Girl in Room 13," will premiere on Lifetime as scheduled in September. Anne Heche is survived by two sons, Atlas and Homer, the latter of whom shared a statement with People: "My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom."

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Joe E. Tata

"Beverly Hills, 90210" actor Joe E. Tata has died at age 85. The actor was diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2018, as his daughter had revealed on a GoFundMe page. "I'm devastated to report that my father Joe E. Tata passed away peacefully on August 24, 2022," she posted after his death. "Please continue to keep us in your prayers as I grieve the loss of my best friend."

Bronx native Tata was the son of a vaudeville star, and his own acting career had begun in the '60s with a string of TV roles. He was best known as Nat Bussichio, however, owner of the Peach Pit diner in "90210." Many of his co-stars on the hit teen drama paid tribute to him after his death was announced. Ian Ziering wrote about his admiration for Tata on Instagram, recalling that he had watched him on the original "Batman" TV series and "The Rockford Files" as a child. "He was as generous with his wisdom as he was with his kindness," Ziering continued.

Tori Spelling shared a picture of Tata's character walking her down the aisle, reflecting that she saw the funny and protective Tata as a father figure. "This natural and gifted storyteller, this incredibly special and warm human with the kindest eyes, always reminded me of my Dad," she wrote. Jennie Garth observed that it was "another great loss for our family," writing: "I feel like there's a reunion party going on at the Peach Pit in heaven."

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8, as BBC News announced. The longest reigning British monarch in history was 96 when she was placed under medical supervision at Balmoral Castle, a royal estate in Scotland. Her family rushed to Balmoral after the queen's condition was announced, members including Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Edward, and Prince Andrew, who is still unable to use his official titles due to his ties to Jeffrey Epstein.

The queen's death brought an end to her 70-year tenure as head of state. At only 25, she succeeded her father in the first-ever televised coronation in 1953. Her husband Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, spent 74 years by her side before he died in 2021. World leaders like U.S. President Joe Biden commemorated the time she spent as an ambassador on the international stage, sending their condolences to her family in a statement. "Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch. She defined an era," the Biden administration wrote.

Her oldest son will now be crowned as King Charles III alongside his wife, Camilla Parker-Bowles. In his first statement as the new monarch, Charles paid tribute to "a cherished sovereign and a much-loved mother," adding that she would be missed around the world. "During this period of mourning and change, my family and I will be comforted and sustained by our knowledge of the respect and deep affection in which the Queen was so widely held," the new king continued.

Louise Fletcher

Oscar award-winning actor Louise Fletcher died September 23 at age 88. As her agent told Deadline, Fletcher was with her family in her 300-year-old French farmhouse at the time.

Born to deaf parents in Birmingham, Alabama, Fletcher started her acting career by appearing in TV shows like "Lawman," "Maverick," "The Untouchables," "Wagon Train," and "Perry Mason" before getting her big break in Robert Altman's "Thieves Like Us." She became a cultural icon by playing Nurse Ratched in "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" and thanked her parents through sign language during her Oscar acceptance speech. "I got the Oscar when I was 41," Fletcher later reflected in an interview with The New York Times. "If I was 23, it would have been hard to deal with. Hell, at my age it was hard to deal with. It was like being thrown an explosive." After her definitive role, she appeared in films like "Flowers in the Attic," "Strange Invaders," Predator" and "Once Upon a Time in America."

Friends and former co-stars were quick to commemorate Fletcher on social media. Marlee Matlin praised the star for her work on behalf of the deaf community, tweeting in part: "And she was so lovely as my mother on 'Picket Fences.' RIP dear Louise." Michael Douglas paid tribute to the star on his Instagram, sharing a photo of them together and writing: "RIP Louise Fletcher. A rare and unique talent as well as a lovely lady who will be deeply missed!"


Coolio, the rapper best known for "Gangsta's Paradise," has died at age 59. TMZ broke the sad news on September 28, announcing that he had been found dead in the bathroom of a friend's house in Los Angeles. "We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend and client, Coolio," his manager Sheila Finegan stated. "He touched the world with the gift of his talent and will be missed profoundly. Please have Coolio's loved ones in your thoughts and prayers."

Born Artis Leon Ivey Jr. and raised in Compton, the rapper started releasing albums in the '90s. Coolio quickly became known for his distinctive hair and Grammy-winning lyrics, topping the charts with hits like "Fantastic Voyage" and "Rollin' With My Homies." Michelle Pfeiffer, who starred in the 1995 movie "Dangerous Minds," stated that the song "Gangsta's Paradise" was the "reason our film saw so much success" and praised his talent. "A life cut entirely too short," she wrote. "30 years later I still get chills when I hear the song. Sending love and light to his family." Snoop Dogg also paid tribute to the rapper on his Instagram, and MC Hammer wrote that Coolio was "one of the nicest dudes I've known."

Loretta Lynn

Country legend Loretta Lynn has died at age 90, as her publicist and family confirmed to Rolling Stone. "Our precious mom, Loretta Lynn, passed away peacefully this morning, October 4th, in her sleep at home at her beloved ranch in Hurricane Mills," her children announced in a statement to the press.

Lynn, whose life inspired the Oscar-winning movie "Coal Miner's Daughter" in 1980, was born in Kentucky during the Great Depression. Years before she would be portrayed onscreen by Sissy Spacek, the teen bride was teaching herself the guitar and performing at local bars. Once she moved to Nashville, Lynn began releasing deeply personal hits that resonated with women across America, songs like "Coal Miner's Daughter," "You Ain't Woman Enough," and "The Pill." In her later years, Lynn's career was reinvigorated through collaborating with Jack White before she had to slow down due to a stroke and a broken hip in 2017.

During a career that spanned seven decades, Lynn was a trailblazing female singer-songwriter. "I always did and I always will love Loretta," Reba McEntire wrote on Instagram, comparing Lynn to her mother. "She was always so nice to me. I sure appreciate her paving the rough and rocky road for all us girl singers." Dolly Parton also tweeted about her admiration for the late star: "We've been like sisters all the years we've been in Nashville," she wrote, declaring that Lynn had been "a wonderful human being, wonderful talent, had millions of fans and I'm one of them."

Angela Lansbury

Angela Lansbury died on October 11, just days before the iconic actor would have turned 97. Her children told the BBC that "Their mother died peacefully in her sleep at home in Los Angeles."

Born in London, Lansbury studied acting in New York and received an Oscar nomination for her first-ever film role in 1944's "Gaslight." She went on to deliver magnetic performances in films like "The Manchurian Candidate" and "Bedknobs and Broomsticks." Lansbury was also a legend in the world of theatre, where she originated the roles of Auntie Mame in "Mame" and Mrs. Lovett in "Sweeney Todd," using the same vocal talents that she displayed in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast." But she was perhaps best known as Jessica Fletcher, the intrepid sleuth from "Murder, She Wrote" who captured hearts across the world during the TV show's 12-year run. The actor received many accolades over the years, including an honorary Oscar, several Tonys, and a damehood. She was also an early HIV advocate who came from a long line of proud socialists and champions of women's suffrage. "Never give up on the fight until the war is won," she once declared after being given an award for her AIDS activism, per the Daily Mirror

"I cannot tell you how many ladies and gays are crushed, moved, and feeling nostalgic," comedian Kathy Griffin tweeted after the sad news broke. "Angela Lansbury — She, my darlings, was EVERYTHING!" wrote Harvey Fierstein, joining the online tributes.

Sara Lee

Wrestling fans were shocked when former WWE star Sara Lee died at age 30. "It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that our Sarah Weston has gone to be with Jesus," her mother Terri wrote on Facebook on October 6, expressing her disbelief at the sudden and tragic death. "We are all in shock and arrangements are not complete," Terri added, asking for space to grieve.

Lee became a professional wrestler by winning a $250,000 contract on the sixth season of WWE's competition show "Tough Enough" in 2015. She made her debut at NXT in 2016 and worked on the independent circuit in the following years. Lee also found love in the world of wrestling: she married Cory Weston, also known as WWE star Westin Blake, in 2017. They had three children together and often shared adorable family pictures. "It takes a special person to handle these hooligans," Weston wrote in one post, calling Lee "a true angel on earth."

"This is so heartbreaking –- what a beautiful person we've lost," fellow WWE wrestler Kayla Braxton tweeted, expressing her consolation for Lee's family. Another wrestler, Bull James, started a GoFundMe for funeral costs, which was widely shared in the WWE community. He also posted an update from Weston on October 10. "Cory has taken a step back from social media but is blown away by the generosity everyone has shown," his Twitter stated. "Through the darkest times, you guys have been a ray of light."

Robbie Coltrane

Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane has died at age 72, as the BBC reported. "He is survived by his sister Annie Rae, his children Spencer and Alice, and their mother Rhona Gemmell," his agent stated, thanking the staff at Forth Valley Royal Hospital who had looked after him.

Born Anthony Robert McMillan, Coltrane began his acting career in the U.K.'s alternative comedy scene alongside actors like Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie. He later made a name for himself in the detective drama "Cracker" and became a Bond villain in "Goldeneye" and "The World Is Not Enough." But he is probably best known to children and adults around the world as Hagrid, the lovable gamekeeper from all eight Harry Potter films. In recent years, the actor had retreated from public life due to the intense pain from his osteoarthritis, as The Sun reported.

Daniel Radcliffe paid tribute to his former screen partner in a statement, per Variety, recalling how Coltrane entertained all the child actors for hours while filming during a particularly rainy day. "Robbie was one of the funniest people I've met and used to keep us laughing constantly," Radcliffe continued. His co-star Emma Watson told her Instagram followers that Coltrane "made it a joy to be Hermione" and that she would miss his hugs. "Robbie, if I ever get to be so kind as you were to me on a film set I promise I'll do it in your name and memory," she added, per Entertainment Weekly.

Leslie Jordan

Actor Leslie Jordan has died at age 67 after crashing his car in Los Angeles on October 24. He reportedly had a medical incident while driving his BMW and was declared dead at the site, according to TMZ. "What he lacked in height he made up for in generosity and greatness as a son, brother, artist, comedian, partner and human being," his representative David Shaul stated, per ABC News. "Knowing that he has left the world at the height of both his professional and personal life is the only solace."

The Tennessee-born star started acting through guest appearances in shows like "Murphy Brown," "Reba," and "Hearts Afire." He also won a Primetime Emmy for playing the catty Beverley Leslie on "Will and Grace." In recent years, Jordan became known for posting social media videos that cheered up millions during quarantine. "A friend of mine called from California and said, 'You have gone viral.' And I said, 'No, honey, I'm fine. I don't have COVID,'" he joked with Gay Times.

His old "Will and Grace" costar Sean Hayes tweeted: "Leslie Jordan was one of the funniest people I ever had the pleasure of working with," insisting that Jordan was one of a kind. Megan Mullally fondly recalled how she had interviewed him for a book festival a month before. "He truly seemed so happy," she wrote on Instagram. "How brilliant it was that millions of people were able to discover the real Leslie and his love of life and unparalleled story-telling abilities."

Jerry Lee Lewis

Jerry Lee Lewis died at age 87 on October 28. As the BBC reported, his publicist stated that Lewis was at home in DeSoto County, Mississippi at the time. The musician, described as "perhaps the last true, great icon of the birth of rock'n'roll" by his publicist, had been facing health problems for years. His biographer Rick Bragg wrote on Facebook that Lewis "suffered through the last years of his life from various illnesses and injuries that, his physicians have often said, should have taken him decades ago."

The Louisiana-born musician shook up the music industry with his wild piano playing on rock and roll hits like "Great Balls of Fire," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," and "Breathless." His musical talent was overshadowed by his controversial personal life, however, when the musician married his 13-year-old cousin Myra Gale Brown in 1957. "It was because of our marriage that his career hit the pavement," Brown told the Los Angeles Times, recalling how she later divorced him over his abuse and drug use.

Lewis was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Grammys handed him a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005. He is survived by his seventh wife, Judith Brown, and his children Ronnie, Phoebe, Lori, and Jerry Lee III.

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After reports that a man was shot dead in a Houston bowling alley on November 1, 2022, local police confirmed on Twitter that the casualty was Takeoff, one-third of the rap group Migos. He had been playing dice with his bandmate and uncle, Quavo, in San Jacinto when the shooting started at 2:30 am, according to TMZ Hip Hop. He was only 28.

The Atlanta rapper first burst into the spotlight alongside group members Offset and Quavo with their viral hit "Versace" in 2013, quickly becoming famous for his distinctive triplet "Migos flow." At the time of his death, Takeoff had just released a music video for a song called "Messy" with Quavo as part of their new duo act. "Growing up, I was trying to make it in music. I was grinding, which is just what I loved doing. I didn't have nothing else to do," Takeoff told Fader in 2017, describing his lifelong passion. "In my spare time, I'd record myself. Find a beat, pulling em up. Just making something and creating for me. ... I'd wait for Quavo to get back from football practice and I'd play my songs for him."

Fellow rapper Desiigner posted an emotional reaction to Takeoff's death on his Instagram Story, per NME, insisting that he was finished with rap. "Why do we do this?" he asked, adding that he "can't live like this no more." Many others shared their shock and disbelief in social media tributes to the late rapper, including Rick Ross, Gucci Mane, Drake, and Georgia politician Stacey Abrams.

Aaron Carter

Aaron Carter died at age 34, as TMZ reported. He was found in a bathtub on November 5, and emergency services were unable to resuscitate him. "My fiancé Aaron Carter has passed away," his fiancé, Melanie Martin, confirmed, asking for privacy during this difficult mourning period. "I love Aaron with all my heart and it's going to be a journey to raise a son without a father. We are still in the process of accepting this unfortunate reality."

The musician had been a star since he was only 9, following in the footsteps of his Backstreet Boy big brother, Nick Carter. As a kid, he released pop hits like "Aaron's Party" and "I Want Candy," as well as appearing on shows like "Lizzie McGuire." He later took part in "Dancing With the Stars" in 2009, performed on Broadway in the musical "Seussical," and continued to release music. But he also made headlines for his various stints in rehab and disputes with his family.

Celebrities like Hilary Duff, Aaron's ex-girlfriend, posted tributes to the former teen idol, praising his charisma and talent. "My heart is broken. Even though my brother and I have had a complicated relationship, my love for him has never ever faded," his brother Nick wrote on Instagram after the tragic death was announced, blaming addiction and mental illness. "God, please take care of my baby brother." The Backstreet Boys also dedicated a song to Aaron during a performance in London, as E! Online reported.

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Jason David Frank

Jason David Frank, one of the original "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers," died of an apparent suicide at age 49 on November 19, 2022. "Please respect the privacy of his family and friends during this horrible time as we come to terms with the loss of such a wonderful human being," a spokesperson told TMZ the following day, confirming Frank's death. "He loved his family, friends, and fans very much. He will truly be missed."

Best known as Tommy Oliver, who was initially a series antagonist as the first Green Ranger and then a member of the team as the White Ranger, Frank appeared in 123 episodes of the original '90s series. He went on to reprise the role in various spin-off TV shows and movies over the years, as well as joining the world of professional MMA fighting. As a martial artist, Frank also broke a Guinness World Record in 2013 for breaking planks with his hands while skydiving.

"Can't believe it... RIP Jason David Frank," his former co-star, Walter Jones, wrote on Instagram. "My heart is sad to have lost another member of our special family." According to the Los Angeles Times, Frank had been married twice and is survived by his four children.

If you or anyone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline by dialing 988 or by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255)​.

Nicki Aycox

The actor Nicki Aycox died on November 16, 2022 at age 47. "My beautiful, smart, fierce, incredibly talented, and loving sister-in-law, Nicki Aycox Raab, passed away yesterday with my brother, Matt Raab, by her side," her sister-in-law, Susan Raab Ceklosky, wrote on Facebook, breaking the news to Aycox's friends and fans. "Nicki and Matt had a wonderful life together in California. She was definitely a fighter and everyone who knew her loved her."

Aycox had worked on a wide variety of projects over the years, but fans of The CW's "Supernatural" knew her as Meg Masters. "Gutted to hear the great #NickiAycox, our first #MegMasters, passed away," the show's creator, Eric Kripke, wrote on Twitter. "Too young. She was a delight & delivered lines like honey & venom. I marvel at how she made a simple word like 'lackluster' legendary."

In March 2021, Aycox revealed on Instagram that she had been diagnosed with leukemia. "I want everyone to know I'm doing incredibly well and fighting my way thru chemo," she wrote at the time, promising to "talk about staying positive thru the worst of times" and telling her followers to look after themselves.

Irene Cara

Irene Cara died at age 63 in November. Her publicist confirmed the sad news on Cara's Twitter, writing that the star was at her house in Florida when she died from unknown causes. "It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara," her official account stated. "She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films."

After starting her acting career on the stage, Cara burst into the limelight as Coco Hernandez in "Fame" and sang the soundtrack's main song which became a breakout hit. She went on to create the iconic song "Flashdance ... What a Feeling" for the soundtrack of "Flashdance" as a singer and co-writer, which won her an Academy Award for best original song. "There aren't enough words to express my love and my gratitude," Cara insisted in her speech, thanking "Fame" director Alan Parker: "And last but not least, a very special gentlemen who I guess started it all for me many years ago."

Fans like Questlove, Lenny Kravitz, and former collaborator Mariah Carey shared their grief online after it was announced that Cara had died. Jennifer Beals, the star of "Flashdance," posted a picture of herself with Cara at the 1984 Oscars on Instagram. "Thank you brilliant Irene for your open heart and your fearless triple threat talent," she wrote. "It took a beautiful dreamer to write and perform the soundtracks for those who dare to dream."

Christine McVie

Fans of Fleetwood Mac were devastated by the news that singer, songwriter, and keyboardist Christine McVie died on November 30 at age 79. As an official statement on her Instagram explained, she had been in hospital with a short illness. "We would like everyone to keep Christine in their hearts and remember the life of an incredible human being," the statement continued.

McVie was responsible for some of Fleetwood Mac's best-loved and most successful songs, including hits like "Little Lies," "Everywhere," "Songbird," "Don't Stop," and "Say You Love Me." She first started playing with the band in the late '60s and married bassist John McVie, although their tempestuous relationship didn't survive the pressures of touring. Both of them stuck with Fleetwood Mac until Christine quit in 1998 due to a fear of flying. She returned 16 years later for a reunion, telling the New Yorker: "I missed the songs."

After her death was announced, Mick Fleetwood tweeted that McVie had "left us earthbound folks to listen with bated breath to the sounds of that song bird," declaring that he had lost a part of his heart. Stevie Nicks posted a handwritten note to her former bandmate on Instagram. "A few hours ago I was told that my best friend in the whole world since the first day of 1975 had passed away," Nicks wrote, adding that she hadn't been aware that Christine was unwell. "See you on the other side, my love."

Kirstie Alley

The actor Kirstie Alley died at age 71, as her children announced on Instagram. "She was surrounded by her closest family and fought with great strength, leaving us with a certainty of her never-ending joy of living and whatever adventures lie ahead," her kids, True and Lillie Parker, wrote. "Our mother's zest and passion for life, her children, grandchildren, and her many animals, not to mention her eternal joy of creating, were unparalleled." A representative for her family revealed that the "Cheers" star had been diagnosed with colon cancer before her death.

Alley first became a household name on the sitcom "Cheers," where she earned an Emmy as the waitress Rebecca Howe. She also won acclaim on her own show, "Veronica's Closet," and launched a film career in movies like "Drop Dead Gorgeous." In later years, she appeared on reality shows and was uncovered as the Baby Mammoth on "The Masked Singer." After her death was announced, her "Cheers" co-star Ted Danson told Deadline that he had been rewatching one of their old episodes on a plane just before he heard the news. "Kirstie was truly brilliant in it," he stated. "I am so sad and so grateful for all the times she made me laugh."

John Travolta, who starred opposite Alley in "Look Who's Talking," also shared his grief on Instagram. "Kirstie was one of the most special relationships I've ever had," he wrote. "I know we will see each other again."

Stephen tWitch Boss

The dancer and TV personality Stephen "tWitch" Boss, who was best known for his time on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," died at age 40. The shocking loss was announced on 14 December by his wife Allison, who told People that her husband "lit up every room he stepped into" and was "the backbone of our family, the best husband and father, and an inspiration to his fans." The couple had their ninth anniversary only four days before his death was announced. "To say he left a legacy would be an understatement," she added. "Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you."

Boss first won over the nation as a contestant on "So You Think You Can Dance" in 2008, before becoming a co-host and executive producer opposite DeGeneres, whose show ended in 2022 after the comic announced her resignation. DeGeneres paid tribute to her former costar on Twitter, asking fans to support his wife and three children: Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia. "I'm heartbroken. tWitch was pure love and light," she stated. "He was my family, and I loved him with all my heart." Kalen Allen, another regular on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," bid his "beloved friend, confidant, and brother" an emotional farewell on Instagram. "My heart is at a standstill," he wrote, thanking him for providing kindness and friendship over the years. "We were each other's number one fan and often the light in each other's darkest hours."


Brazilian soccer legend Pelé died on December 29 at age 82. "Inspiration and love marked the journey of King Pelé, who peacefully passed away today," his official social media stated. "Love, love, and love, forever." His daughter Kely, who had been updating fans about the state of her father's health, confirmed the sad news on her Instagram with a heartfelt picture of their family holding hands across Pelé's hospital bed. The hospital declared that the sportsman, who was voted Athlete of the Century by the Olympics in 1999, had died from "the failure of multiple organs, a result of the progression of colon cancer."

Born Edson Arantes do Nascimento, the soccer player represented his country at the 1958 World Cup when he was only 17. His extraordinary run from 1956 to 1977 saw him score 1,279 goals in 1,363 games, making Pelé a Guinness World Record holder. He is still the only player to ever successfully lead his country to three Fifa World Cups. "Pelé was much more than the greatest sportsperson of all time," the Brazilian Football Confederation observed. "The King gave us a new Brazil and we are so thankful for his legacy. Thank you, Pelé."

After his death was announced, his native country entered three days of mourning. It was also decided that Brazil's national icon would be honored with a funeral service at his former stadium and a procession through the streets of Santos.

Barbara Walters

TV journalist Barbara Walters died on December 30, 2022 at age 93. "She lived her life with no regrets. She was a trailblazer not only for female journalists, but for all women," her publicist stated, per CNN, confirming that "Walters passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by loved ones."

Born in Boston, the broadcaster began her formidable career as a "Today Girl" in the '60s, handling lighter topics for the "Today" show on NBC. "I wasn't a model, I wasn't beautiful, I didn't pronounce my Rs that well," Walters told the Television Academy Foundation in 2000. "... I was none of the things that the 'Today Girl' had been before. ... And during those years, because I was able to write my own material, because I was able to go out and do interviews, there were barriers that I think I overcame." Over time, she was entrusted with heavier political stories and eventually broke the glass ceiling by becoming the first female network news anchor at ABC News in 1976. The trailblazing journalist then became a national figure through her iconic interviews on the likes of "The Barbara Walters Specials" and "20/20." She retired from television in 2014 with one final appearance on her own daytime television creation, "The View."

A wide range of prominent figures paid tribute to Walters after her death, from Monica Lewinsky to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lynda Carter. "Without Barbara Walters there wouldn't have been me," Oprah Winfrey wrote on Instagram, calling Walters "a powerful and gracious role model." Per CNN, she is survived by her daughter, Jackie.