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Celebrity Deaths in 2022

We lost many well-known celebrities this year, including Bob Saget, Nichelle Nichols, Ray Liotta, Anne Heche, Aaron Carter, and Loretta Lynn. We’re looking back at several of them as 2022 comes to an end to see what audiences most strongly associated with them.

Here is a longer list.

Peter Bogdanovich

Date: Jan. 6

Cause of death: Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease complications

 Age: 82

Peter Bogdanovich Dead: Film Director Was 82 - Variety

 During his career that began in the 1960s, Bogdanovich directed acclaimed movies like What’s Up Doc?, Paper Moon, The Last Picture Show, and Mask, and was the writer of a few. In addition to TV productions like The Sopranos and How I Met Your Mother, he earned actor credits in his 2006 Truman Capote film, Infamous.

Ronnie Spector

Date: Jan. 12

Cause of death: Cancer

Age: 78

Ronnie Spector, rock 'n' roll icon and Ronettes lead singer, dies at 78

After a brief fight with cancer, The Ronettes’ vivacious, cat-eyed leader passed away. The singer was a teenager when her sister Estelle Bennett and her cousin Nedra Talley formed the Darling Sisters, later known as the Ronettes. She was born in East Harlem to a biracial marriage (her mother was Black and Cherokee and her father was Irish). The trio’s collaborations include the chart-topping singles “Walking in the Rain,” “Be My Baby,” and “Do I Love You?”

Bob Saget

Date: Jan. 9

Cause of death: Blunt head trauma

 Age: 65

Bob Saget: Life and Career in Photos, From Full House to AFHV - Variety

During a comedy tour, the comic was staying at the Ritz-Carlton in Orlando when he was discovered dead in his room. Saget was well-known for hosting America’s Funniest Home Videos, lending his voice to Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother, and playing the exemplary Danny Tanner in the hit television shows Full House and Fuller House. Saget was also known for cracking dirty jokes that would make Danny blush.

Meat Loaf

 Date: Jan 20

 Cause of death: Undisclosed

 Age: 74

Meat Loaf vindt overlijden van vriend en songwriter Jim Steinman vreselijk | Muziek |

Born Marvin Lee Aday, the “Bat out of Hell” rocker passed away surrounded by his loved ones. He died from COVID problems, according to an unsubstantiated TMZ report, albeit they withheld the cause of death. . Among the more than 65 films he appeared in was Fight Club (1999). Don’t ever stop rocking, his family pleaded to his followers in the statement they released upon learning of his passing.

S. D. Poitier

Date: 20 January

Cause of death: Heart failure

Age: 94

Sidney Poitier dies at 94 - The Jerusalem Post

The leading man, who opened the way for Black actors in cinema, passed away from cardiopulmonary failure in his Beverly Hills, California, home, with prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease as contributing factors. He was an inspiration to many who came after him and the lone Black cinema star in the middle of the 20th century, according to Denzel Washington, who claimed the Porgy and Bess star “meant everything to me.”

Louie Anderson

Date: Jan. 21

Cause of death: Complications from cancer

 Age: 68

Hollywood, Comedy World Mourn Louie Anderson – Deadline

In movies like 1988’s Coming to America, where he played Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall’s enthusiastic coworker at McDowell’s, and TV shows like Baskets, where he received an Emmy and two additional nominations for playing mother Christine Baskets from 2016 to 2019, the comedian brought the humor for almost four decades. Although the exact date of his cancer diagnosis was unknown, his publicist said that he had been admitted to the hospital the previous week for diffuse large B cell lymphoma, a kind of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, before passing away.

Cheslie Kryst

Date: Jan. 30

Cause of death: Suicide

 Age: 30

Cheslie Kryst death: Tributes for Miss USA winner pour in - Los Angeles Times

In the midst of a personal mental health battle, Miss USA 2019, an attorney who later became an Extra TV correspondent, passed away in front of her New York City home. She was “coping with high-functioning depression,” according to her mother. Her mother asked people to “take care of your mental health” at her open memorial ceremony.

Ivan Reitman

Date: Feb 12

Cause of death: Undisclosed

Age: 75

Ivan Reitman, producer, 'Ghostbusters' director, dies at 75 | AP News

At his home in Montecito, California, the director of Ghostbusters, Kindergarten Cop, Junior, and Stripes passed away in his sleep.  After 1998’s Six Days, Seven Nights, Reitman’s career as a director had slowed down, but he kept up his production work. Reitman’s legacy was complicated by Anna Faris’ claims that he was violent on the My Super Ex-Girlfriend set in 2006, which came to light after his passing.

Sally Kellerman

Date: Feb. 24

Cause of death: Heart failure

Age: 84

What Is Sally Kellerman's Cause of Death? Here Are the Details

The role of Maj. “Hot Lips” Houlihan in Robert Altman’s 1970 film M*A*S*H earned Kellerman an Oscar nomination, but she also had notable roles in Back to School (1986) and the TV series Young and the Restless, for which she received an Emmy nomination.

Mark Lanegan

Date: March 3

Cause of death: Unknown

Age: 57

Screaming Trees vocalist and Queens of the Stone Age member Mark Lanegan dies aged 57 - ABC NewsMark Lanegan Dead: Screaming Trees Frontman Dies at 57 – Billboard

The booming-voiced leader of Screaming Trees was the grunge pioneer’s most well-known role. According to rumors, Bourdain had urged Lanegan to pen his autobiography. In 2020, Sing Backwards and Weep, Lanegan’s debut book was released. Devil in a Coma, which detailed his terrifying encounter with COVID-19, came next in 2021. It is unknown if the singer’s lengthy COVID played a role in his passing.

Emilio DelGado

Date: March 10

Cause of death: Blood cancer

Age: 81

Emilio Delgado Dead: Sesame Street Actor Dies at 81 – The Hollywood Reporter

Generations of kids have watched the trailblazing DelGado portray Luis on Sesame Street and in its films, like 1985’s Follow That Bird, for over 50 years. According to the program, Delgado even held the record for the longest-running Mexican-American character in a TV series. And he felt it was crucial to provide that representation, frequently educating audiences about Latino culture and Spanish terminology.

Traci Braxton

Date: March 12

Cause of death: Esophageal cancer

Age: 50

Traci Braxton dies at age 50 following cancer battle

The singer-turned-reality star passed away following a personal cancer struggle. She joined a group with Toni, Towanda, Trina, and Tama Braxton, sisters known for their singing. Kevin Surratt and Traci were married for 25 years, and they both participated in Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars.

William Hurt

Date: March 13

Cause of death: Natural causes

 Age: 71

William Hurt Dead At 71: 'Children Of A Lesser God', 'Kiss Of A Spiderwoman' Oscar Winner

Hurt, who has been in numerous critically acclaimed movies, won the Best Actor Oscar in 1986 for his performance in Kiss of the Spider Woman. Following his significant victory, Hurt had two nominations in a row for the same category for his leading performances in Broadcast News and Children of a Lesser God. A History of Violence earned Hurt his fourth Oscar nomination in 2006.

Taylor Hawkins

Date: March 25

Cause of death: Unkown

 Age: 50

Taylor Hawkins, Foo Fighters drummer, dies at age 50 |

He was a talented and in-demand drummer who achieved his first success while working with Canadian musician Alanis Morissette. His significant success came to him after he joined The Foo Fighters. For the first time, The Foo Fighters performed since Hawkins’ passing at all-star memorial concerts in September 2022 in London and Los Angeles.

Tom Paker

Date: March 30

Cause of death: Brain cancer

 Age: 33

Tom Parker: 'Incredible' The Wanted singer praised by cancer charities - BBC News

The British pop artist, whose boy band The Wanted became an international sensation and had a top three Billboard Hot 100 hit with “Glad You Came” in 2012, received an incurable stage four glioblastoma diagnosis in 2020 while his wife was expecting their second child. Just two days before his passing, he posted his last Instagram picture, which featured him onstage with the Wanted and included the caption “Dream Team.”

Estelle Harris

Date: April 2

Cause of death: Natural causes

 Age: 93

Estelle Harris dies: She hollered her way into TV history on 'Seinfeld' : NPR

She made a memorable impression on viewers of Seinfeld as George Costanza’s mother, Estelle, and fans will remember her distinctive voice as that of the witty and endearing Mrs. Potato Head in the Toy Story film series. Throughout her career, Harris contributed her vocal talents to various animated movies, including Hercules, Tarzan II, Brother Bear, and Godzilla: The Series.

Bobby Rydell

Date: April 5

Cause of death: Pneumonia complications

 Age: 79

Rock n' Roll singer Bobby Rydell dies at age 79 - Celebrity - Images

Bobby Rydell, who amassed a number of sock-hop successes, including “Volare,” “Wild One,” “Wildwood Days,” “Kissin’ Time,” “The Cha-Cha-Cha,” “Swingin’ School,” “We Got Love,” and “Little Bitty Girl,” was one of the first prominent teen idols of the 1950s and 1960s.

Gilbert Gottfried

Date: April 12

Cause of death: Recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to type II myotonic dystrophy

 Age: 67

Gilbert Gottfried Dead: Hollywood and Comedians Post Tributes - Variety

The family of the outspoken stand-up comedian requested that people “keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert’s honor” when they broke the news of his passing, and there is no doubt that he would have enjoyed that. The comic with the nasal voice was notorious for being irreverent, which occasionally got him into trouble.

Robert Morse

Date: April 20

Cause of death: Brief illness

 Age: 90

Robert Morse, 'Mad Men' actor and Broadway star, dies at 90

Morse, a Broadway star since the 1960s and winner of two Tony Awards, is best known to modern audiences for one of his many TV roles: Bertram Cooper, the bow-tie-wearing co-founder of the advertising agency Sterling Cooper on AMC’s Mad Men. Morse also won an Emmy for the televised version of his one-man show.

Naomi Judd

Date: April 30

Cause of death: Suicide

 Age: 76

Naomi Judd's Family Requests to Dismiss Lawsuit Over Death Records

The mother-daughter country music duet The Judds’ legendary singer passed away due to mental illness. The “Love Can Build a Bridge” singer, who struggled with anxiety, melancholy, bipolar disorder, and suicidal thoughts, was set to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame with her daughter Wynonna Judd the day before her suicide at her Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, home.

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