Celebs Who Died In 2022

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 May 27, 2022: 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 doo-wop 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 7. 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 1987. The New Jersey native went on to star in blockbusters like "Field of Dreams" and "Cop Land," but his most memorable role was probably mafia boss Harry 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."