Celebrity deaths 2022 – all the stars who have passed away | The Sun

DURING 2022 we've bid farewell to many famous faces and beloved stars. 

From musical legends to comedy icons and even royalty, here we remember the iconic stars who are no longer with us and the legacies they leave behind.

Which celebrities have died in 2022?

Terry Hall

On Tuesday, December 20, it was announced that the lead singer of The Specials Terry Hall had died at the age of 63.

The Specials tweeted: "It is with great sadness that we announce the passing, following a brief illness, of Terry, our beautiful friend, brother and one of the most brilliant singers, songwriters and lyricists this country has ever produced.

"Terry was a wonderful husband and father and one of the kindest, funniest, and most genuine of souls.

"His music and his performances encapsulated the very essence of life… the joy, the pain, the humour, the fight for justice, but mostly the love.


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"He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him and leaves behind the gift of his remarkable music and profound humanity.

"Terry often left the stage at the end of The Specials’ life-affirming shows with three words…'Love Love Love'."

Hall found fame in the 1970s and 80s with hits like Ghost Town, Gangsters and Too Much Too Young.

He left The Specials in 1981 to form Fun Boy Three with fellow-bandmates Neville Staple and Lynval Golding.



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Irene Cara

Irene Cara's death was announced on November 26, 2022Credit: Getty

On Saturday, November 26, 2022, it was announced that Oscar-winning singer and actress Irene Cara had passed away at the age of 65, at her home in Florida.

In a statement following her death, Irene's publicist Judith Moose said: ''Her cause of death is currently unknown and will be released when information is available.''

Irene was best known for singing and co-writing the iconic theme tune to Flashdance – What A Feeling, which won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

She also played the role of Coco Hernandez in the 1980 blockbuster Fame.

Anthony Johnson

Former UFC fighter Anthony Johnson died on November 13, 2022 after a long battle with illness.

The 38-year-old was known as one of the best knockout artists during his fighting days and earned some big wins against high-level opponents inside and outside the octagon.

At his prime, 'Rumble' managed knockout victories against former light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira and Alexander Gustafsson.

In early 2022, Anthony's manager Ali Abdelaziz revealed that his problems with illness were getting worse and that people should pray for his well-being.

Keith Levene

Legendary guitarist Keith Levene died at the age of 65 on November 12, 2022.

The founding member of The Clash and guitarist for Public Image Ltd died from liver cancer, a close friend said.

Author Adam Hammond confirmed the rock icon passed away after receiving a terminal diagnosis in recent weeks.

He described the musician as "one of the most innovative, audacious and influential guitarists of all time".

"Keith sought to create a new paradigm in music and with willing collaborators John Lydon and Jah Wobble succeeded in doing just that," he said.

Rab Noakes

Stealers Wheel legend Rab Noakes died at the age of 75 on November 11, 202.

The Scottish singer songwriter, who grew up in Cupar, Fife, died suddenly in hospital.

Rab was a founding member of Stealers Wheel – best known for their hit single "Stuck in the Middle with You" – and also a solo artist.

He released more than 20 albums and performed at festivals such as Celtic Connections.

Leslie Phillips

Veteran actor Leslie Phillips, best known for his "Ding Dong", "Well, Hello" and "I Say" catchphrases in the saucy Carry On movies, died aged 98 on November 7.

His death came after a long illness brought down the curtain on eight decades in show business.

As well as the Carry On films, Leslie wooed a new generation of fans as the voice of The Sorting Hat in Harry Potter films.

His agent Jonathan Lloyd confirmed he died “peacefully in his sleep".

Bill Treacher

Bill Treacher, who played Arthur Fowler in EastEnders, died aged 92.

The veteran actor was one of the BBC soap's original cast members and appeared from 1985 until 1996.

He died late on November 5, after suffering declining health for some time.

A statement from his heartbroken family said: "He was 92 years old and his health had been declining for some time. He was much loved by his wife, Kate, his son, Jamie and his daughter, Sophie."

Aaron Carter

Singer-turned-rapper Aaron Carter died aged 34 on November 5.

Aaron, a former teen heartthrob, was found in the bathtub of his home in Lancaster, California.

Alongside his older brother and Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, Aaron rose to prominence during the late 1990s and early 2000s

Jerry Lee Lewis

Rock and Roll icon Jerry Lee Lewis died at 87 on October 28.

The singer, recognised globally for igniting his piano in flames as he rocked out to his hit song Great Balls Of Fire, died at his home in Memphis, Tennessee.

A statement released said: "Lewis, perhaps the last true, great icon of the birth of rock ‘n’ roll, whose marriage of blues, gospel, country, honky-tonk and raw, pounding stage performances so threatened a young Elvis Presley that it made him cry, has died."

Jerry was the last survivor of a generation of groundbreaking performers that included Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.

Leslie Jordan

Beloved Will & Grace actor Leslie Jordan died at 67 on October 24.

The TV and film star was involved in a fatal car crash in Los Angeles.

Throughout his lavish career, Leslie made appearances on several hit big-hit TV shows, including Will & Grace, Reba, Star Trek: Voyager, American Horror Story, and Hearts Afire, among others

Robbie Coltrane

Legendary actor Robbie Coltrane died at the age of 72 on October 14.

The national treasure, best known for playing the beloved Hogwarts gamekeeper Hagrid in Harry Potter, died in hospital in Scotland.

Robbie gained worldwide recognition as the gentle giant in all eight Harry Potter films and as Valentin Dmitrovich Zukovsky in the James Bond films GoldenEye and The World Is Not Enough.

He rose to fame as a hard-bitten detective in the 1990s series Cracker, for which he won best actor at the British Academy Television Awards three years running.

Angela Lansbury

Screen legend Dame Angela Lansbury died at the age of 96 just days before her birthday.

The actress – best known for starring in Murder, She Wrote – died "peacefully in her sleep" at her home in Los Angeles on October 11.

Dame Angela enjoyed a stellar career spanning across eight decades, entertaining millions in her many film, theatre and television roles.

She voiced Mrs Potts in the beloved 1991 Disney musical Beauty And The Beast – singing one of the most famed songs, Tale As Old As Time.

Dame Angela was one of the last surviving stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood cinema.


Grammy award-winning musician Coolio died at the age of 59.

The musician died on September 28.

He was best known for his 1995 Grammy Award-winning hit single Gangsta's Paradise.

Cherry Valentine

Drag performer George Ward, known by the stage name Cherry Valentine died aged 28.

After appearing on the second series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK they went on to front the BBC documentary Gypsy Queen And Proud.

Ward passed away on September 18.

Jean-Luc Godard

Jean-Luc Godard passed away aged 91 by assisted suicide in Switzerland.

Godard was a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter, and film critic.

He rose to fame as a pioneer of the French New Wave film movement of the 1960s.

PnB Rock

PnB Rock died when he was shot to death during a robbery attempt in Los Angeles.

The rapper passed away on September 12.

Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II passed away aged 96 on September 8.

She was Britain's longest reigning monarch, on the throne for 70 years in total.

Her Majesty died at Balmoral in Scotland and her eldest son, formerly known as Prince Charles, became King Charles III.

Bill Turnbull

TV presenter Bill Turnball passed away on August 31, 2022, aged 66, after being diagnosed with cancer.

In 2017, Bill was diagnosed with incurable prostate and bone cancer.

He was best known for his TV career – including 15 years on BBC Breakfast.

Anne Heche

Anne Heche died on August 11, 2022, aged 53.

The actress tragically passed away after her life support was turned off following a car crash in in the Mar Vista area of Los Angeles.

Her death was announced by her friend Nancy Davis on Instagram who wrote: "Heaven has a new Angel. My loving, kind, fun, endearing and beautiful friend @anneheche went to heaven. I will miss her terribly and cherish all the beautiful memories we have shared."

Raymond Briggs

Raymond Briggs died aged 88 on August 9.

The writer and illustrator's most recognisable work includes The Snowman, Father Christmas, Fungus The Bogeyman, and Ethel And Ernest.

His family said: "He lived a rich and full life, and said he felt lucky to have had both his wife Jean, and his partner of over 40 years Liz in his life."

Dame Olivia Newton-John

Dame Olivia Newton-John rose to fame as a pop star but is remember for her standout role as Sandy in Grease.

She passed away aged 73 on August 8.

Her husband John Easterling announced the news by writing: "Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends."

Bernard Cribbins OBE

Household name Bernard Cribbins was best known for acting in the Carry On series, Doctor Who and The Railway Children.

He narrated hit children's show The Wombles and had chart success with song Right Said Fred.

He passed away at the age of 93 on July 28.

Paul Ryder

Known as being a bass player and founding member of Happy Mondays, Paul Ryder died on July 15.

Announcing the news, Paul's brother Shaun Ryder posted on Twitter: "The Ryder family and Happy Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to say that Paul Ryder passed away this morning. A true pioneer and legend."

Ivana Trump

First wife of Donald Trump, Ivana died aged 73 on July 14.

She was a businessman and fashion designer and shared three children with her former husband.

James Caan

The Godfather star James Caan passed away aged 82 – on July 6.

Caan played Walter in 2003 movie Elf alongside Will Ferrell, and had roles in Misery, Rollerball, and Mickey Blue Eyes.

Dame Deborah James

Dame Deborah James passed away from bowel cancer aged 40.

She died on June 28.

Known as BowelBabe, she raised awareness of the disease and encouraged others to "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".

Lester Piggott

Nine-time Derby winner Lester Piggott died aged 86 on May 29.

He rode his first winner, The Chase, at Haydock when he was just 12 in 1948.

Ray Liotta

Goodfellas star and American actor Ray Liotta, passed away in his sleep while in the Dominican Republic -where he was filming Dangerous Waters.

The star, best known for his roles in Goodfellas, Something Wild, Field of Dreams, died in his sleep aged just 67, on May 26.

Kay Mellor

Leeds-born scriptwriter Kay Mellor OBE died aged 71 on May 15.

Mellor was one of British TV's leading dramatists and was praised for her many popular TV series – including Band of Gold, Fat Friends and The Syndicate.

Dennis Waterman

New Tricks, Minder and The Sweeney actor Dennis Waterman passed away on May 8, 2002, after a secret two-year battle with lung cancer – at the age of 74.

His second wife Patricia Maynard paid tribute to Dennis and said: ''I'm terribly sad that he's gone but I'm really pleased that he did not suffer and died peacefully."

Ann Davies

Former Doctor Who, EastEnders and Grange Hill actress Ann Davies passed away on April 26, aged 87.

The actress was the beloved wife of late The Good Life star Richard Briers and mother to ITV Endeavour's Lucy, and Katie.

Jordan Mooney

Pamela Rooke, better known as Jordan Mooney died at the age of 66 from a short battle with cancer on April 3.

She was best known for her work with punk rock band the Sex Pistols.

June Brown

EastEnders actress June Brown passed away April 3, in her home in Surrey.

The Dot Cotton legend's loved ones said she "died peacefully in her sleep".

Tom Parker

The Wanted star Tom Parker sadly passed away on March 30, after a brave battle with brain cancer.

The news was announced by his wife, Kelsey, who told The Sun: "It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm Tom passed away peacefully with all of his family by his side."

Peter Bowles

To The Manor Born star Peter Bowles died of cancer on March 17 at the age of 85.

Bowles played Richard DeVere in the BBC sitcom between 1979 and 1981.

Scott Hall

Scott Hall passed away at the age of 63 on March 14.

The WWE wrestler, known as Razor Ramon, was taken off life support in hospital after suffering multiple heart attacks following hip surgery.

Lynda Baron

Lynda Baron passed away at the age of 82 on March 5.

Lynda is best known for playing Aunt Mabel on the children's TV show Come Outside which aired in the 90s.

Shane Warne

Shane Warne was found collapsed in his room during a trip to Thailand by his business manager at a luxury villa on the island of Koh Samui.

According to Thai police, Warne died of "natural causes" on March 4, as revealed by his autopsy.

Tony Walton

Tony Walton died at the age of 87 on March 2, after suffering from a stroke.

The designer, who won an Oscar for his work on the 1979 Bob Fosse film All That Jazz, was a visual consultant on the iconic 1964 Disney movie Mary Poppins.

Anna Karen

Anna Karen passed away on February 22, at the age of 85 as a result of a fire in her home in Ilford, East London.

Three fire engines and 20 firefighters rushed to the home to tackle the flame but Anna, who played Aunt Sal in EastEnders, died at the scene.

Jamal Edwards

Jamal Edwards MBE died at the age of 31 on February 20.

His mum Brenda Edwards paid tribute to her son after an inquest revealed he died from a cardiac arrest after a late night cocaine and booze session.

Barry Cryer

Comedy legend Barry Cryer died at the age of 86 on January 27.

His heartbroken family said Barry died peacefully in "good spirits" surrounded by his family – and was making jokes right until the end.

Peter Robbins

Peter Robbins who voiced Peanuts actor Charlie Brown, passed away at the age of 65 on January 25.

The actor, who had spoken publicly about his battles with bipolar disorder, reportedly took his own life.

Thierry Mugler

Fashion designer Thierry Mugler passed away on January 23, at the age of 73.

He rose to fame in the 1980s while working on his fashion collection for men and after retiring in the early 2000s, returned in 2019 to design a dress for Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala.

Louie Anderson

Louie Anderson died at 68 after battling cancer.

Louie – best known for his role as Mom Baskets on Zach Galifianakis' comedy series Baskets – was hospitalised while battling cancer.

Meat Loaf

Iconic singer Meat Loaf sadly passed away aged 74 on January 20, with reports he was critically ill with Covid.

Born Marvin Lee Aday his Bat Out Of Hell trilogy – Bat Out of Hell, Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell, and Bat Out Of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose – has sold more than 65 million albums worldwide.

Hardy Krüger

German actor and author Hardy Krüger passed away on January 19 at the age of 93.

Over the years, he had appeared in a number of films including A Bridge Too Far, Hatari!, The Flight Of The Phoenix, and Wild Geese.

Gaspard Ulliel

French movie star Gaspard Ulliel died on January 19 following a ski accident.

The 37-year-old actor, who appears posthumously in Marvel's Moon Knight series, was rushed to hospital in a serious condition after the incident in the La Rosière ski resort in the Savoie region but didn't make it.

André Leon Talley

André Leon Talley passed away on January 18 at the age of 73.

The American fashion journalist, stylist, creative director, and editor-at-large of Vogue magazine held a number of titles over the years, including Vogue's first African-American male creative director.

Yvette Mimieux

Yvette Mimieux, 80, an actress known for roles in iconic films such as The Black Hole, died of natural causes on January 17.

The iconic star most famously starred opposite Rod Taylor in the 1960 George Pal-directed adaptation of the H.G. Wells novel The Time Machine.

Jordan Cashmyer

16 and Pregnant star Jordan died aged just 26 on January 16.

Jordan, her boyfriend, Derek Taylor, and daughter Evie appeared on MTV's 16 & Pregnant in 2014.

Wavy Navy Pooh

Rapper Wavy Navy Pooh passed away on January 14 at the age of 28.

He was reportedly shot while driving with a one-year-old and a five-year-old in the car.

Rosa Lee Hawkins

Rosa Lee Hawkins passed away on January 12 at the age of 76 after suffering from internal bleeding and other complications following a surgical procedure at Tampa General Hospital in Florida.

The star was known as the youngest member of the 1960s girl group the Dixie Cups.

Ronnie Spector

Ronnie, 78, the lead singer of the legendary girl group the Ronettes, died following a short battle with cancer on January 12

The Ronettes – who toured with the Beatles – were known for hits Baby I Love You and Walking in the Rain.

Clint Arlis

Bachelor Nation mourned the death of Bachelorette contestant Clint,34, when he passed away on January 11.

Clint appeared during the eleventh season, which aired in 2015.

Bob Saget

Stand-up comedian and actor Bob Saget shocked the world of comedy when he passed away aged just 65.

Bob, famous for his roles on Full House, How I Met Your Mother, and America's Funniest Home Videos, died suddenly on January 9 of a suspected heart attack or stroke.

Calvin Simon

Calvin Simon died at 79-years-old on January 6.

He was the co-founder of the music group Parliament-Funkadelic and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member.

Marilyn Bergman

Marilyn, a lyricist who won multiple Oscars, Emmys, and Grammys and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, died following respiratory failure aged 93 on January 8.

She married Alan in 1958, and the couple are best known for their songs The Way We Are, How Do You Keep the Music Playing? and hundreds of others.

Sidney Poitier

Aged 94, Sidney died from a combination of heart failure, Alzheimer’s dementia, and prostate cancer.

The legendary actor, who starred in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, In The Heat Of The Night, and Lilies Of The Field and was the first Black man to win a Best Actor Oscar, passed away on January 6.

Joan Copeland

Broadway actress Joan Copeland died at her home in New York City on January 4 aged 99.

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