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Notable Deaths In 2022: 22 People We Lost This Year

Notable Deaths In 2022: 22 People We Lost This Year
Posted at 7:35 AM, Dec 30, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-30 10:38:27-05

As 2023 waits in the wings to make its grand debut, it’s time to stop and take a look back at 2022. The past 12 months have been filled with news and, sadly, we’ve lost many celebrities and newsmakers in 2022. Here is our overview of the singers, actors, politicians, athletes and other notorious people who died this year.

1. Sidney Poitier

Poitier, the first Black man to win an Oscar for best actor, died on Jan. 7 at the age of 94. He was known for his roles in “Lillies of the Field,” “In the Heat of the Night,” “To Sir, With Love” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.”

Sidney Poitier poses with honorary Oscar
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2. Bob Saget

The world was shocked to hear of Bob Saget’s death on Jan. 9. The “Full House” actor and comedian was found in his Florida hotel room after he missed his flight following a stand-up comedy performance the night before.

Comedian and actor Bob Saget
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3. Louie Anderson

Comedian Louie Anderson died on Jan. 21 while being treated for cancer in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 68 years old. Anderson won an Emmy in 2016 for his work on the FX series “Baskets”

Comedian and actor Louie Anderson
Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

3. Meat Loaf

Meat Loaf, the actor and dramatic rock singer of “I Would Do Anything For Love,” “Paradise By the Dashboard Light” and other hits, died on Jan. 20. He was 74 years old, and no cause of death was released by the family.

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4. William Hurt

Oscar-winning actor William Hurt died on March 14 following a battle with cancer. He was known for his roles in “The Big Chill,” “Broadcast News,” “Body Heat” and “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” He was 71 years old.

Actor William Hurt has died
Rich Fury/Invision/AP

5. Madeleine Albright

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright died of cancer at the age of 84 on March 23. She served as a UN ambassador starting in 1993, and then-President Bill Clinton asked her to serve in his cabinet in 1996.

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6. Estelle Harris

Actor Estelle Harris, known for her work on “Seinfeld,” “Toy Story” and many other roles, died on April 4 at the age of 93.

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7. Gilbert Gottfried

Stand-up comedian and actor Gilbert Gottfried died on April 12 after being diagnosed with a rare genetic muscle disease. He was 67. Gottfried was widely known for his voice work on various animated shows and movies, including Disney’s “Aladdin.”

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8. Naomi Judd

Country music star Naomi Judd died unexpectedly on April 30. The Grammy-award-winning singer was half of the superstar duo The Judds along with her daughter Wynonna. Judd was 76 at the time of her death.

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9. Ray Liotta

Actor Ray Liotta died on May 26 at the age of 67. He was famous for his roles in “Goodfellas” and “Field of Dreams.”

Ray Liotta
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10. James Caan

Iconic tough guy actor James Caan died on July 7 at the age of 82. Caan had starring roles in “The Godfather,” “Las Vegas,” “Brian’s Song,” “Misery” and “Elf,” just to name a few of his memorable performances.

Actor James Caan
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11. Bill Russell

NBA legend Bill Russell died on July 31 at the age of 88. Russell won 11 NBA championships, played for the Boston Celtics, and became the nation’s first Black head coach in the NBA in 1966. In an unprecedented move, the NBA retired his No. 6 jersey across the entire league following his death.

Bill Russell, NBA star and civil rights activist
AP Photo/Matt York

12. Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols died on July 31 at the age of 89. She played Lt. Nyota Uhura in the original “Star Trek” TV series from 1966-1969 and in subsequent franchise feature films.

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13. Olivia Newton-John

Australian singer and actor Olivia Newton-John died on Aug. 8 at the age of 73. She publicly battled breast cancer for years. She was best known for her starring role as Sandy in the movie musical “Grease” and had many hit songs during her career.

Olivia Newton-John
AP Photo/Esteban Felix

14. Anne Heche

Actor Anne Heche died on Aug. 12 at the age of 53 following a car accident. She won an Emmy award for her work on the soap opera “Another World,” and she starred in films with Harrison Ford, Johnny Depp and Al Pacino.

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15. Queen Elizabeth II

Britain’s longest-serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, died at the age of 96 on Sept. 8. She served more than 70 years on the throne, and long lines of mourners filled the streets during Britain’s mourning period leading up to her funeral.

Queen Elizabeth II is shown on July 15, 2022 in England. The monarch died on Sept. 8, 2022 at the age of 96.
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16. Coolio

Rapper Coolio died on Sept. 28 at the age of 59. He won a Grammy for his song “Gangsta’s Paradise” in 1996.

Rapper Coolio
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17. Loretta Lynn

Country music legend and trailblazer Loretta Lynn died on Oct. 4 at the age of 90. Her story was immortalized in the 1980 Oscar-winning film “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” and her work inspired countless country artists after her.

Loretta Lynn on stage
AP Photo/Mark Zaleski

18. Angela Lansbury

“Murder, She Wrote” star Angela Lansbury died on Oct. 11 at the age of 96. In addition to her role in “Murder, She Wrote,” Lansbury voiced Mrs. Potts in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” won five Tony awards for her work on Broadway and was featured in many featured films.

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19. Jerry Lee Lewis

One of the original rock and roll artists, Jerry Lee Lewis died on Oct. 28 at the age of 87. His wild performance style of songs like “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” and “Great Balls of Fire” paved the way for rock artists through the decades.

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20. Christine McVie

Fleetwood Mac keyboardist and vocalist Christine McVie died on Nov. 30 at the age of 79. She recently had been diagnosed with an illness, according to her family, but they provided no other specific information about the singer’s death.

Fleetwood Mac Singer Christine McVie
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21. Kirstie Alley

Actor Kirstie Alley died on Dec. 7 after a recent cancer diagnosis, according to her family. She was 71. During her career, Alley was known for her work on the popular TV series “Cheers” and “Veronica’s Closet.” She also starred opposite John Travolta in the “Look Who’s Talking” movies.

Kirstie Alley
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22. Pelé

Brazil’s beloved king of soccer, Pelé died on Dec. 29 following treatment for colon cancer. He was 82. The three-time World Cup winner was a global icon whose style, grace and precision on the field inspired generations and still makes him a frontrunner in conversations about the greatest players of all time.

Brazil's Pele after 1970 World Cup win
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By Marie Rossiter, for Newsy.

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