We have lost some true legends with actors, athletes, fashion designers, musicians, and all-around trailblazers among the celebrity deaths of 2022. From acting icons like Sidney Poitier to trendsetters like André Leon Talley to music’s Elza Soares, there are so many stars to pay tribute to so far this year. These beautiful souls may be gone, but may they never be forgotten.
As we take a look back at the celebrity deaths of 2020, we encourage you to revisit the works that made them famous in the first place. Celebrate their memories by watching their iconic performances, revisit an odds-defying win of a game, or listen to the songs that became a soundtrack for a generation. Thankfully these famous folks left behind legacies so that we will never truly forget them.
Remembering the Celebrity Deaths of 2022 and Celebrating Those Who We Have Lost Thus Far.
French fashion designer Thierry Mugler who was best known for his avant-garde designs died at the age of 73 on January 23. Beloved by celebrities for his dramatic stylings, the designer dressed such icons as Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian.
Thích Nhất Hạnh
Thích Nhất Hạnh‘s death was announced on January 22. The influential Buddhist monk and peace activist who founded the Plum Village organization was 95-years-old.
Four-time Stanley Cup Champion and Hockey Hall of Famer Clark Gillies died at the age of 67. The former NY Islanders player’s death was announced on January 21.
“The adoration and admiration of his teammates reflected the heart and passion he brought to our game,” said a statement from NHL.
Meat Loaf (Marvin Lee Aday), a famed rocker and actor died at the age of 74. His passing was announced on January 21. The celeb who had become a prominent figure in the anti-mask and anti-vax movement passed away from complications with COVID-19. He is one of several celebrity deaths related to the ongoing pandemic.
Shortly after it was reported that Louie Anderson was undergoing treatment for blood cancer (diffuse large B-cell lymphoma), the actor was confirmed dead on January 21. He was 68. The standup comedian enjoyed a long career performing live but also appeared in several TV shows, winning an Emmy in 2016 for his performance in Baskets.
Samba legend and Brazilian singer Elza Soares dies at the age of 91.
“Icon of Brazilian music considered one of the most talented artists in the world, the singer elected as the Voice of the Millennium had a triumphant, intense life, that moved the world with her voice, her strength, and her determination,” a (translated) statement released on her Instagram account said.
French actor and model Gaspard Ulliel dies at the age of 37 Variety reported on January 19. He died in an apparent ski accident. He was slated to appear in the upcoming series Moon Knight. His was one of the most untimely celebrity deaths of 2022.
André Leon Talley
Fashion icon André Leon Talley was reported dead on January 18. He was 73. He was famed for his own personal style, writing, and for being a powerful creative director for Vogue. One of the most influential voices in fashion, he was remembered by his close friend Anna Wintour.
“Friendship with him meant being part of his erudite, gilded, and fiercely self-created existence; of being in the orbit of someone who had the incredible gift, one amplified by his immense charm, of always being able to joyfully turn the volume of life up—way, way up,” Wintour wrote in an essay published shortly after his death.
Known as the “Queen of Basketball,” Lusia Harris died on January 18, At-the-Buzzer reported. She is remembered as a pivotal figure in women’s basketball and the first and only woman drafted into the National Basketball Association. She was also an Olympic medalist and beloved grandmother.
Yvette Mimieux, an actor best known for starring in The Time Machine, died on January 17. According to a statement obtained by People, the star passed away “peacefully” in her sleep. She was 80.
Rosa Lee Hawkins
A member of the 1960s girl group The Dixie Cups, Rosa Lee Hawkins died at the age of 76, Pitchfork reported on Jan. 17. She was the youngest member of the girl group that released the megahit “Going to the Chapel.” She died of complications following surgery in Tampa, Florida.
Jordan Cashmyer, star of MTV’s 16 and Pregnant, died at the age of 26. As Mamas Uncut reported, the tv personality’s death was announced on January 15. Her cause of death has yet to be released. One of the celebrity deaths of 2022 that no one saw coming, Cashmyer’s fans were especially shocked.
“Poor thing,” one fan wrote on Instagram. “She has 2 daughters and this is just a terrible tragedy. I hope her babies will have a good life…sending love and prayers to family and friends.”
Adalia Rose Williams
Youtuber Adalia Rose Williams who lived with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome died on Jan. 12. She was just 15. Again, this is another one of the celebrity deaths that represents a life taken too soon.
“She is no longer in pain and is now dancing away to all the music she loves,” an Instagram post announcing her death said. “I really wish this wasn’t our reality but unfortunately it is.”
At 78, Ronnie Spector passed away following a battle with cancer. Her death was announced on Jan. 12. She was the lead singer for the trailblazing girl group The Ronettes.
“Our beloved earth angel, Ronnie, peacefully left this world today after a brief battle with cancer,” a statement released by her family said. “She was with family and in the arms of her husband, Jonathan.”
Tampa Bay Ray bullpen catcher, Jean Ramirez, tragically passed away on Monday, Jan. 10, At-the-Buzzer reported. The Rays player was just 28. The family announced the cause of death as suicide and released the following statement:
“The loss of our son has been the most excruciating experience we have lived,” the Ramirez family wrote. “Unfortunately, we sometimes don’t see the signs. Struggling in silence is not OK. It is our commitment to honor our son’s life by helping other families. No parent should have to endure the loss of their child.”
Full House star Bob Saget was found deceased in a hotel room on January 9 following a performance in Jacksonville, Florida, the night before. He was 65.
“We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today. 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,” read a family statement. “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.”
Trailblazing actor Sidney Poitier died on Jan. 9. The Oscar-winning actor was 94. In addition to the Oscar, the star received multitudes of awards and decorations throughout his career including the Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009, two Golden Globes, and one Grammy. Poitier’s passing is one of the biggest losses and celebrity deaths of 2022.
Writer and director Peter Bogdanovich, best known for Paper Moon and The Last Picture Show, died on Jan. 6 at the age of 82. According to People, he directed such greats as Cher, Sam Elliott, Laura Dern, and Jennifer Aniston during his illustrious career.
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Dallas Cowboys running back and Atlanta Falcons coach that spent over 30 years in the NFL, Dan Reeves, tragically passed away at the age of 77 “due to complications from a long illness,” At-the-Buzzer reported. His death was announced on Jan. 1. In fact, Reeve’s death was one of the first reported celebrity deaths of 2022.
“Dan Reeves leaves a lasting legacy in our game as a player and coach. His track record of success in Dallas, Denver, New York, and Atlanta over several decades speaks for itself, marking a long and successful life and career in football,” Arthur M. Blank, Falcons owner, and chairman said in a statement.
Unfortunately, there have been many recent celebrity deaths in 2022. We remember these stars who will live on forever in our minds and hearts. Each forged a path in their perspective fields becoming household names with devoted fans. As we mourn these deaths, take a moment to enjoy some of the amazing things they have created that immortalize their accomplishments.
Andrew is a Chicago-based writer who enjoys finding the best of the internet, obsessively making lists, and cooking for friends. After studying Film and Art History, he developed a deep love for both topics. Celebrity news, pop culture, and stories that bring people together are his passions.
- 1 Remembering the Celebrity Deaths of 2022 and Celebrating Those Who We Have Lost Thus Far.
- 1.1 Thierry Mugler
- 1.2 Thích Nhất Hạnh
- 1.3 Clark Gillies
- 1.4 Meat Loaf
- 1.5 Louie Anderson
- 1.6 Elza Soares
- 1.7 Gaspard Ulliel
- 1.8 André Leon Talley
- 1.9 Lusia Harris
- 1.10 Yvette Mimieux
- 1.11 Rosa Lee Hawkins
- 1.12 Jordan Cashmyer
- 1.13 Adalia Rose Williams
- 1.14 Ronnie Spector
- 1.15 Jean Ramirez
- 1.16 Bob Saget
- 1.17 James Mtume
- 1.18 Sidney Poitier
- 1.19 Peter Bogdanovich
- 1.20 Dan Reeves
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