Celebrity Deaths: Stars We've Lost in 2022
We mourn the celebrities 2022 has already claimed. They will live on in our hearts, through their art and what they stood for. Devastating celebrity deaths:
Death is a part of life, nonetheless, the loss and pain each goodbye entails cannot be put into words. Even if celebrities aren't as close to us as our family and friends, it sometimes feels like they're a huge part of our lives – through the emotions they make us feel with their music, the characters they bring to life in our favorite movies and TV shows, through their art and through what they stood for. When such inspirational personas pass away, the pain we feel transcends what we might deem appropriate for someone we don't know personally. The following celebrity deaths shook us to our core in 2022:
#1 Queen Elizabeth II.
On September 8th, a gray veil settled over Great Britain. Buckingham Palace announced the sad news that Queen Elizabeth II. has passed away at the age of 96. A statement earlier said the Queen was under medical surveillance on the advice of her doctors. Meanwhile, countless visitors gathered in front of the world-famous residence and hoped that the Queen of England's health would improve – but unfortunately without success. In deep sadness we wish the family and all friends and acquaintances a lot of strength.
#2 Darius Campbell Danesh
The Scottish singer and actor was only 41, when he was found dead in his apartment in Rochester, Minnesota. As of now, the police haven't found any signs of intent or foul play, and the cause of his death is still unknown. His family ask for privacy in this difficult time.
#3 "Full House" Star Bob Saget
He has played his way into our hearts as America's favorite dad. Most people born before 2000 will know Saget for his role as "Danny Tanner" in the sitcom "Full House". While being on tour for his stand up comedy program, Bob Saget was found dead in his hotel room. He was only 65 years old. As of today (January 17, 2022), there's no official report on the cause of death yet. What is known so far is that there's no evidence for foul play or drugs.
Candace Bure, Who Plyed „D.J. Tanner“, Honors Bob Saget With Heartfelt Post
On her Instagram account, „Full House“ star Bure recently shared a long and heartfelt text in tribute of her TV dad. She writes, "Oh, Bob. Why’d you have to leave us so soon? We are all family, but you were the glue. The sticky, messy, squishy, sweet, lovable glue. My childhood is wrapped up in you, my formative teenaged [sic] years and the rest of adulthood." The former child star later continues by saying, "You were never afraid or ashamed to share your emotions, to cry, to love, to laugh and say it out loud. We’ve always been so deeply connected since the day we met when I was 10 years old. You weren’t just like a father, but one of my closest friends in life. This hurts like nothing I’ve ever felt before. I love you, I love you, I love you. You knew that. I knew that [...] I want one more hug." She concludes her post with the following, emotional words: "I’m not saying goodbye because you’ll never leave my heart. Even with this gigantic tear in it 💔"
She's not the only one Bob Saget's death leaves with great sadness:
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen Express Their Sorrow Over Bob Saget's Loss
Although Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have turned their backs on acting and "Full House" a long time ago, they held Saget close to their hearts. People.com shared their emotional statement: "Bob was the most loving, compassionate and generous man. We are deeply saddened that he is no longer with us but know that he will continue to be by our side to guide us as gracefully as he always has. We are thinking of his daughters, wife and family and are sending our condolences."
2022 sadly continued with another heartbreaking death...
#4 Adalia Rose Williams
On January 12, 2022, Adalia Rose Williams passed away. The YouTuber had been diagnosed with the Hutchinson-Gilford-Progeria-Syndrome, which has now claimed her life at only 15 years old.
“January 12, 2022 at 7pm Adalia Rose Williams was set free from this world. She came into it quietly and left quietly, but her life was far from it“, reads a post on her Instagram account. On her YouTube channel, she uploaded beauty tutorials, vlogs and funny conversations. By doing so, Adalia showed us how diverse and rich humans and life itself can be – and what it means to be a warrior.
# 5 Former "16 and Pregnant" Star Jordan Cashmyer Has Died at Age 26
Back in 2014, Cashmyer and her then-boyfriend Derek Taylor allowed the cameras to follow the couple as far as the birth of their daughter Evie. Her death at such a young age comes unexpected and as of now the cause of her death is unclear. Cashmyer and Taylor had separated after their participation in "16 and Pregnant" – soon after that, Taylor's mother got full for their daughter.
Even though the "Golden Girls" actress died on the last day of 2021, her name is still on everyone's lips. On January 17, 2022, White would have celebrated her 100th birthday. To celebrate the late actress' birthday, Google honored her with an emotional gesture. When you googled Betty White on January 18, 2022, Google let rose petals rain over your smartphone or laptop screen and dedicated the words "Thank you for being a friend" to her. We can only concur!
#6 Gaspard Ulliel
The French actor has reportedly died during a Skiing accident in the Alps on January 19, 2022. Only two days earlier, Disney+ had released the trailer for the upcoming Marvel series “Moon Knight“, in which Ulliel starred as Anton Mogart, aka Midnight Man. The role was supposed to be his big break in the US.
In France, he had already been an acclaimed actor. For his starring role in the 2016 drama “It's Only the End of the World“, he'd won the César Award. On Twitter, French Prime Minister Jean Castex honored the actor with the following words: “Gaspard Ulliel a grandi avec le cinéma et le cinéma a grandi avec lui. Ils s'aimaient éperdument. C'est le cœur serré que nous reverrons désormais ses plus belles interprétations et croiserons ce certain regard. Nous perdons un acteur français.“
Translated into English, his tweet reads: “Gaspard Ulliel grew up with cinema and cinema grew up 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.“
Ulliel died at only 37.
#7 Meat Loaf
The rock legend touched countless hearts with songs like “I'd Do Anything For Love“. On January 20, 2022, the singer passed away at the age of 74 – a heavy loss for the world. His wife Deborah was by his side when he left this world.
#8 Moses J. Moseley
The Walking Dead actor has died at the young age of 31. The cause of death has not been revealed yet, the circumstances of his death are still under investigation. Moseley was best known for his role as Mike in The Walking Dead. In a statement to People Magazine, Moseley's manager shared the following moving words:
„He was loved by everyone who met him. Such a bright light in everyone's eyes. Moses was an amazing person and if you had the opportunity to meet him he would have made your day amazing. He was very talented, he was a great friend, the kind you could call for anything. He was always excited about life and working in the entertainment business.“
Our thoughts are with Moses J. Moseley's family and friends.
#9 Josh Neuman
During a trip to Iceland, U.S. skateboarder and influencer Josh Neuman has died in a plane crash. Shortly after seeing the Northern Lights for the first time, he boarded a flight with two other passengers and the 49-year-old aviator Haraldur Diego. After searching for the lost plane for several days, it was finally found on February 12, 2022 in Lake Thingvallavatn. His family has released a heartfelt statement, saying "[i]n his 22 years on this earth, Josh didn't just live life, he was life, and he lived every day to the fullest extent possible while being kind to everyone."
On the flight, he was accompanied by another well-known influencer:
#10 Nicola Bellavia
The Belgian content creator was on the plane with Neuman, Diego, and Suspicious Antwerp sponsorship manager Tim Alings. On his Instagram profile, he celebrated life and shared his many travel adventures with his followers. He was only 32 years old.
#11 Anna Karen
Karen was most recently known for her starring role as Aunt Sal in the British drama series EastEnders. The actress was born in Durban, South Africa and moved to London when she was only 17 years old. During the production of the BBC sitcom Wild, Wild Women, Karen was offered the role of Olive on the sitcom On the Buses, a role she played for all 74 episodes of the TV series. In the night of February 22, 2022, Karen has tragically died at the age of 85 during a house fire. The cause of the fire is unclear at this point.
#12 Jean-Pierre Pernaut
After his battle with lung cancer, French TV news anchor Jean-Pierre Pernaut has sadly died in Paris, at the age of 71. He presented the news on 13 Heures in the years between 1988 and 2020 and his unique way of delivering the news made him one of the most popular news readers in France.
#13 Johnny Brown
The Good Times actor has passed away at the age of 84. He'd played the role of Nathan Bookman in the 70s show throughout seasons 2 to 4, and his character was very popular on the show.
His daughter, Sharon Catherine Brown, shared the tragic news on her Instagram account on March 4, 2022. According to TMZ, she reported that prior to his death, he had gone to a routine check-up for his pacemaker. The official cause of death has not been revealed yet, however.
Brown is survived by his children, Sharon and John Jr. and his wife, June Brown.
#14 William Hurt
Only one week before his 72nd birthday, actor William Hurt has sadly passed away. His son Will informed The Hollywood Reporter about his family's tragic loss.
Hurt's acting career began in the 1970s and by the 1980s, he had risen to one of the most popular film stars. His debut film Altered States earned him a Golden Globe nomination in 1980, but he was also known for his starring role in Body Heat. In 1985, he earned the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in Kiss of the Spider Woman – one of the many nominations he would receive in his lifetime. More recently, he played Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross in the Marvel films The Incredible Hulk (2008), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019) and Black Widow (2021).
Our condolences to his family and friends. He will always be remembered.
#15 Peter Bowles
On March 17, 2022 the sad news of the British actor's passing has reached the world. His agent said that the successful screen and stage actor has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 85. He is still well-remembered for his role in the BBC sitcom To the Manor from 1979 to 1981. His art encompassed both comedy and drama, and his acting career shone especially bright during the 1980s and '90s. His most recent project was ITV's Victoria, in which he played the role of The Duke of Wellington until 2019.
He is survived by his wife Sue and his children Guy, Adam and Sasha. The couple had been married for over 60 years.
#16 Taylor Hawkins
While touring through Colombia, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins unexpectedly died in his hotel room at the Four Seasons Hotel Casa Medina Bogota. The circumstances of his death are yet to unravel, but he reportedly called an ambulance because of chest pain. When the ambulance arrived, he had apparently already died. The cause of death is still under investigation, however, several sources, for example the Colombian magazine Semana, report that traces of different substances were found in his blood.
He is survived by his wife Alison and their children Oliver Shane and Annabelle. Our deepest condolences to the family.
#17 Tom Parker
Fans are devastated by the loss of British singer Tom Parker. The The Wanted member had shared the sad news that he is suffering with an inoperable brain tumor back in 2020. This didn't stop him from being part of the band's reunion in 2021, however, after having split up in 2014.
Now, on March 30, 2022 his wife Kelsey had to share the tragic news that her husband had passed away from brain cancer at the young age of 33. On her Instagram account, she expresses her deep sadness at the family's tragic loss:
"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side. Our hearts are broken, Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence. We are truly thankful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all unite to ensure Tom’s light continues to shine for his beautiful children. Thank you to everyone who has supported in his care throughout, he fought until the very end. I’m forever proud of you."
Our deepest condolences to Kelsey and their children Aurelia and Bhodi.
Tom Parker's Funeral: The Wanted Join Together As Pallbearers
One last time, The Wanted joined together on April 20 to pay their last respects to their late band member Tom Parker. The close-knit group held up the black coffin - which was decorated with a stunning display of white and green flowers. Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Max George and Nathan Sykes put on brave faces as they took on the important role of pallbearers. Hundreds of fans dressed in black gathered the streets in honour of the late singer, with the service being broadcast on screens outside the church. The band members also gave moving speeches about their friend. One Direction star Liam Payne also joined other mourners saying a final goodbye to the late celebrity. Outside the church where the funeral was held, there were also floral arrangements that formed the words "Glad You Came" - the title of a successful hit that the band released in 2011.
#18 Gilbert Gottfried
With his unique sense of humor, Gottfried began his career as a stand-up comedian in the 80s. However, the stage was not the only place where he entertained the masses. In movies like Beverly Hills Cops II and television series like Married.... with Children he played his way into the hearts of a large audience. He was also successful as a voice actor, giving his voice to the parrot Iago in Aladdin (1992), Minister Clion in Hercules and a compulsive dog in Dr. Dolittle, among others.
His family shared the sad news on Gottfried's Twitter account and asked people to remain in good spirits despite the tragic loss:
"Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert's honor."
He died at the age of 67 and is survived by his wife, Dara Gottfried, and his two children, Lily Aster Gottfried, 14, and Max Aaron Gottfried, 12.
#19 Naomi Judd
The famous American singer has tragically passed away at the age of 76. Her daughters, Ashley and Wynonna Judd, announced the heartbreaking news on April 30, 2022. Their statement to The Associated Press reads "Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness … We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory." Further, the family has asked for privacy to process their tragic loss.
#20 Marnie Schulenburg
On May 17, 2022, the actress Marnie Schulenburg died while being only 37 years old. She was most famous for her role as Alison Stewart in the series "As the World Turns". Only five month after giving birth to her daughter Coda in 2020 she announced that she was diagnosed with lethal breast cancer and spoke about her fears in social media for a while. Now she lost her last fight against the illness in a hospital in New Jersey.
#21 Ray Liotta
The American actor Ray Liotta has passed away at the age of 67. At the time of his death, he was in the Dominican Republic filming the movie Dangerous Waters. According to his representative, he died in his sleep.
Liotta had his breakthrough with Goodfellas in 1990. In the film he played the protagonist, gangster Henry Hill.
The news of his death came as a surprise to many. Liotta is survived by his fiancée Jacy Nittolo and his daughter Karsen Liotta. May he rest in peace.
#22 Dame Deborah James
The 40-year-old journalist has sadly lost her battle with bowel cancer. In her podcast You, Me and the Big C on BBC Radio 5, James openly talked about the diagnosis she received back in 2016 and has been vocal about her struggles with the illness ever since. Her family shared her final words for us to take to heart, “find a life worth enjoying; take risks; love deeply; have no regrets; and always, always have rebellious hope. And finally, check your poo – it could just save your life.” x
#23 James Caan
The full name of "The Godfather" star is James Edmund Caan, often called "Jimmy". Even before his role of "Sonny Corleone" in 1972, he had some first performances, for example alongside John Wayne in "El Dorado". After his big breakthrough, Caan withdrew from the public eye from 1982 to 1987, but after that he continued to be quite successful on the TV bus for a few more years. By the way, his son Scott Caan is also an actor.
In total, James Caan was part of 130 different productions as an actor! At the age of 82, the icon has now passed away and we wish all the bereaved much strength.
#24 Olivia Newton-John
The “Grease”-star has sadly passed away at the age of 73. The singer and actress had been battling breast cancer for 30 years, however, it has not been officially named as the cause of death. Her husband, John Easterling, disclosed that she died surrounded by friends and family in their family home.
Olivia Newton-John will be remembered for her unforgettable legacy as a movie star and singer, her iconic role as Sandy in “Grease” and her love of animals. She'd been an advocate for animals rights throughout her career.
John Travolta, her co-star in “Grease”, shared an emotional tribute on his Instagram:
“My dearest Olivia, you made all of our lives so much better. Your impact was incredible. I love you so much. We will see you down the road and we will all be together again. Yours from the first moment I saw you and forever!
Your Danny, your John!”
She will be dearly missed.