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Celebrity deaths in 2022: Remembering people who died this year

Syracuse.com 12/8/2022 Geoff Herbert, syracuse.com
Taylor Hawkins performs with the Foo Fighters at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday Sept. 15, 2021. Scott Schild | sschild@syracuse.com © Scott Schild | sschild/syracuse.com/TNS Taylor Hawkins performs with the Foo Fighters at the St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview, Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday Sept. 15, 2021. Scott Schild | sschild@syracuse.com

Celebrity deaths in 2022 included actors like Kirstie Alley, James Caan, William Hurt, Angela Lansbury, Ray Liotta, and Sidney Poitier; music stars Coolio, Taylor Hawkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie and Migos rapper Takeoff; comedians Louie Anderson, Gallagher, Gilbert Gottfried and Bob Saget; and “Sesame Street” cast members Emilio Delgado and Bob McGrath.

Other famous people who died this year include Queen Elizabeth II, “Grease” star Olivia Newton-John, “Power Rangers” actor Jason David Frank, former President Donald Trump’s first wife Ivana Trump, Woodstock promoter Michael Lang, and NBA legend Bill Russell.

Notable deaths with Syracuse ties include “ER” and “Mr. Saturday Night” actress Mary Mara, former SU football coach Greg Robinson, and Carol M. Baldwin, the Camillus resident who raised money for breast cancer research and was mother to the famous Baldwin brothers.

Here is a list of celebrities and other notable figures who died in 2022:

Kirstie Alley - The “Cheers,” “Look Who’s Talking” and “Veronica’s Closet” actress died Dec. 5 at 71

Louie Anderson - The comedian and “Life with Louie” star died Jan. 21 at 68

Carol Baldwin - The Syracuse philanthropist, who founded the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund and was mother to famous acting brothers William, Stephen, Daniel and Alec Baldwin, died May 26 at 92

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI - The first pope to retire in 600 years died Dec. 31 at 95

Peter Bogdanovich - “The Last Picture Show” director and “The Sopranos” actor died Jan. 6 at 82

Stephen “tWitch” Boss - “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” DJ, producer and dancer died Dec. 13 at 40

Tom Browning - The former Le Moyne College pitcher who threw a perfect game for the Cincinnati Reds and won a World Series in 1990 died Dec. 19 at 62

James Caan - “The Godfather,” “Misery,” “Elf” and “Brian’s Song” actor died July 6 at 82

Irene Cara - The “Flashdance” and “Fame” singer-actress died Nov. 25 at 63

Aaron Carter - The teen pop star and younger brother of Backstreet Boys singer Nick Carter died Nov. 5

Robbie Coltrane - The “Harry Potter” actor (Hagrid) died Oct. 14 at 72

Coolio (Artis Ivey Jr.) - The “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper died Sept. 28 at 59

Emilio Delgado - The “Sesame Street” star, who played Luis, died March 10 at 81

Queen Elizabeth II - Britain’s longtime royal leader died Sept. 8 at 96

Andy Fletcher - The Depeche Mode musician died May 26 at 60

Jason David Frank - The “Power Rangers” star died Nov. 20 at 49

Gallagher (Leo Gallagher Jr.) - The prop comedian best known for smashing watermelons died Nov. 11

Gilbert Gottfried - The comedian and actor died April 12 at 67

Philip Baker Hall - The “Seinfeld,” “Magnolia” and “Boogie Nights” actor died June 12 at 90

Scott Hall - The WWE wrestler also known as Razor Ramon died March 14 at 63

Terry Hall - The Specials singer, ska icon and co-writer of the Go-Go’s hit “Our Lips Are Sealed” died Dec. 19 at 63

Estelle Harris - The “Seinfeld” actress, who played George’s mother and voiced Mrs. Potato Head in “Toy Story,” died April 2 at 93

Franco Harris - The Pittsburgh Steelers legend with “The Immaculate Reception” and four Super Bowl rings died Dec. 21 at 72

Taylor Hawkins - The Foo Fighters drummer died March 25 at 50

Anne Heche - The “Six Days, Seven Nights” actress died Aug. 22 at 53

Ronnie Hillman - The Denver Broncos’ Super Bowl-winning running back died Dec. 21 at 31

William Hurt - The Oscar-winning “Broadcast News” and “Body Heat” actor died March 13 at 71

Maxi Jazz - The Faithless singer known for songs like “Insomnia” and “God is a DJ” died Dec. 23 at 65

Leslie Jordan - The actor and social media star died Oct. 24 at 67

Naomi Judd - The Judds country singer and mother of Wynonna and Ashley Judd died April 30 at 76

Guy Lafleur - The hockey legend who won five Stanley Cups died April 22 at 70

Michael Lang - The Woodstock promoter died Jan. 8 at 77

Angela Lansbury - The “Murder She Wrote” actress died Oct. 11 at 96

Jerry Lee Lewis - The “Great Balls of Fire” rock and roll hall of famer died Oct. 28 at 87

Ray Liotta - The “Goodfellas” and “Field of Dreams” actor died May 26 at 67

Loretta Lynn - The country music legend died Oct. 4 at 88

Mary Mara - The Syracuse native, whose acting roles included “ER,” “Nash Bridges,” “Mr. Saturday Night” and “Love Potion No. 9,” died June 26 at 61

Bob McGrath - The longtime “Sesame Street” star died Dec. 4 at 90

Christine McVie - The Fleetwood Mac singer and keyboardist died Nov. 30 at 79

Meat Loaf (born Marvin Lee Aday) - The “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” singer and actor in “Rocky Horror Picture Show” and “Fight Club” died Jan. 20 at 74

Olivia Newton-John - The “Grease” actress and singer died Aug. 8 at 73

Nichelle Nichols - The “Star Trek” actress died July 31 at 89

Louis Orr - The Syracuse basketball legend, who played 8 years in the NBA and had his SU jersey retired, died Dec. 15 at 64

Tom Parker - The Wanted singer died March 30 at 33

Pelé (Edson Arantes do Nascimento) - The Brazilian soccer legend who won three World Cups died Dec. 29 at 82

Sidney Poitier - The “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” star, the first Black man to win a a best actor Oscar, died Jan. 6 at 94

Ivan Reitman - The “Ghostbusters” and “Animal House” director died Feb. 12 at 75

Peter Robbins - The voice of “Charlie Brown” in classic “Peanuts” movies died Jan. 18 at 65

Greg Robinson - The former Syracuse football coach who won two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos died Jan. 5 at 70

Bill Russell - The Boston Celtics legend who won 11 NBA championships died July 31 at 88

Bobby Rydell - The “Bye Bye Birdie” star and teen idol died April 5 at 79

Bob Saget - The comedian, “Full House” actor, “America’s Funniest Home Videos” host and “How I Met Your Mother” narrator died Jan. 9 at 65

Vin Scully - The longtime L.A. Dodgers broadcaster died Aug. 2 at 94

Jim Seals - The Seals & Crofts musician died June 6 at 79

Liz Sheridan - The “Seinfeld” actress who played Jerry’s mother died April 15 at 93

Kim Simmonds - The longtime Oswego County resident who performed in the band Savoy Brown died Dec. 15 at 75

Paul Sorvino - The “Goodfellas” actor and father of Mira Sorvino died July 25 at 83

Takeoff (Kirshnik Khari Ball) - The Migos rapper died Nov. 1 at 28

Ivana Trump - The first wife of former President Donald Trump died July 14 at 73

Barbara Walters - The TV news pioneer and creator of “The View” died Dec. 30 at 93

Fred Ward - “The Right Stuff,” “Tremors” and “Remo Williams” actor died May 8 at 79

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Other notable deaths in 2022:

Shinzo Abe - The former Japanese prime minster died July 8 at 67

Madeleine Albright - The first female U.S. secretary of state died March 23 at 84

Rick Anderson - The Tubes bassist died Dec. 16 at 75

John Aniston - The soap actor and father of Jennifer Aniston died Nov. 11 at 89

Clint Arlis - “The Bachelorette” contestant died in January at 34

Nicki Aycox - The “Supernatural” actress died Nov. 16 at 47

Rebecca Balding - The ‘Soap’ and ‘Charmed’ actress died July 18 at 73

Marion Barber - The former Dallas Cowboys running back died June 1 at 38

Jules Bass - The director, producer, and composer behind “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town” died Oct. 25 at 87

Big Scarr (Alexander Woods) - The Memphis rapper signed by Gucci Mane died Dec. 22 at 22

Stephan Bonnar - The UFC Hall of Famer and MMA fighter known as “American Psycho” died Dec. 22 at 45

Mike Bossy - The hockey hall of famer who helped the New York Islanders win four Stanley Cups died April 14 at 65

Tracy Braxton - The “Braxton Family Values” star and sister of Toni and Tamar Braxton died March 12 at 50

Gary Brown - The former NFL running back died April 10 at 52

Dave Butz - The two-time Super Bowl winner died Nov. 4 at 72

Pat Carroll - The Sid Caesar actress and voice of Ursula in Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” died July 29 at 95

Ash Carter - The former U.S. Defense Secretary died Oct. 24 at 68

Jordan Cashmyer - MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” star died in January at 26

Robert Clary - The Holocaust survivor who played Cpl. Louis LeBeau on “Hogan’s Heroes” died Nov. 16 at 96

Kevin Conroy - The voice actor for “Batman: The Animated Series” died Nov. 10 at 66

Jeff Cook - The Alabama co-founder and guitarist died Nov. 7 at 73

Robert Cormier - The “Heartland” actor died Sept. 23 at 33

Zuri Craig - The musician and actor who appeared on “America’s Got Talent” with the Craig Lewis Band, died Oct. 21 at 44

Betty Davis - The funk singer and second wife of Miles Davis died Feb. 9 at 76

Len Dawson - The Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Fame quarterback and NFL broadcaster died Aug. 24 at 87

Joey DeFrancesco - The jazz great who performed at 2022 Syracuse Jazz Fest died Aug. 25 at 51

Herb Deutsch - The Moog synthesizer co-creator died Dec. 9 at 90

Tony Dow - The “Leave it to Beaver” actor, who played Wally Cleaver, died July 27 at 77

Martin Duffy - The Primal Scream keyboardist died Dec. 18 at 55

Shonka Dukureh - The “Elvis” actress, who played Big Mama Thornton, died July 21 at 44

Robert Durst - The real estate heir convicted of murder died Jan. 10 at 78

Sonya Eddy - The “General Hospital” actress died Dec. 19 at 55

Ned Eisenberg - The “Law & Order: SVU” and “Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” actor died Feb. 27 at 65

Cliff Emmich - The “Payday” and “Halloween II” actor died Nov. 28 at 85

Louise Fletcher - The Oscar-winning “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” actress died Sept. 23 at 88

Jake Flint - The country singer died Nov. 28, hours after marrying his wife

Budd Friedman - The actor and comedian died Nov. 12 at 90

Gary Gaines - The coach of the Texas high school football team made famous in “Friday Night Lights” died Aug. 22 at 73

Jeremy Giambi - The MLB baseball player and brother of Jason Giambi died Feb. 9 at 47

Mickey Gilley - The country star who inspired “Urban Cowboy” died May 7 at 86

Clarence Gilyard Jr. - The “Die Hard” actor died Nov. 28 at 66

Jean-Luc Godard - The French-Swiss filmmaker and critic died Sept. 13 at 91

Mikhail Gorbachev - The former Soviet Union leader died Aug. 30 at 91

Drew Griffin - The CNN investigative journalist died Dec. 17 at 60

Robyn Griggs - The “Another World” and “One Life to Life” actress died Aug. 13 at 49

Ray Guy - The football hall of fame punter died Nov. 3 at 72

John Hartman - The original drummer for the Doobie Brothers died Sept. 22 at 72

Dwayne Haskins - The Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback died at 24

Orrin Hatch - The former U.S. senator died April 23 at 88

Brad William Henke - The “Orange is the New Black” and “Justified” actor died Nov. 29 at 56

Kymberly Herrin - The former Playboy playmate who played a Dream Ghost in “Ghostbusters” died Oct. 28 at 65

Howard Hesseman - The “WKRP in Cincinnati” actor died Jan. 29 at 81

Jack Higgins - “The Eagle has Landed” author died April 9 at 92

Mike Hodges - The “Flash Gordon” and “Get Carter” director died Dec. 17 at 90

Bo Hopkins - The “American Graffiti” and “The Wild Bunch” actor died May 28 on 84

Jossara Jinaro - The “Judging Amy” and “ER” actress died April 27 at 48

Wilko Johnson - The Dr. Feelgood rocker and “Game of Thrones” actor died Nov. 21 at 75

Don Johnston - The Syracuse sports fixture known as “Donnie Baseball” died in January at 61

Eddie Jones - The longtime NewsChannel 9 photojournalist and volunteer firefighter died Nov. 6 at 66

Max Julien - “The Mack” actor and “Cleopatra Jones” writer died Jan. 1 at 88

Billy Kametz - The “Pokemon” voice actor died June 9 at 35

Sally Kellerman - The “M*A*S*H” actress, who played “Hot Lips” Houlian, died Feb. 24 at 84

Mickey Kuhn - The last surviving credited cast member of “Gone With the Wind” died Nov. 20 at 90

Cheslie Kryst - The Miss USA 2019 winner died Jan. 30 at 30

Alan Ladd Jr. - The Oscar-winning producer who greenlit “Star Wars” died at 84

Bob Lanier - The Basketball Hall of Famer died May 10 at 73

Sara Lee - The wrestler who won season 6 of WWE’s reality show “Tough Enough” died Oct. 6 at 30

Keith Levene - The guitarist and co-founder of punk bands The Clash and Public Image Ltd died Nov. 11 at 65

Sacheen Littlefeather - The activist who took the Oscars stage on Marlon Brando’s behalf to decline his award for The Godfather and protest the film industry’s treatment of Native Americans died Oct. 3 at 75

Robert LuPone - “The Sopranos” actor and brother of Patti LuPone died Aug. 27 at 76

Ron Masak - The “Murder She Wrote” actor died Oct. 20 at 86

Don Maynard - The New York Jets football star died Jan. 10 at 86

Dan McCafferty - The original Nazareth singer died Nov. 8 at 76

David McCullough - The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian died Aug. 7 at 89

Douglas McGrath - The Oscar- and Tony-nominated writer, director, and actor who worked on “Saturday Night Live,” “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” and “Bullets Over Broadway” died Nov. 3 at 64

Kim Mi-soo - The South Korean actress who appeared on “Snowdrop” died Jan. 5 at 29

Moses J. Moseley - “The Walking Dead” actor died Jan. 26 at 30

Roger E. Mosley - The “Magnum P.I.” actor died Aug. 7 at 83

Manfried Thierry Mugler - The French fashion designer died Jan. 23 at 73

Cooper Noriega - The TikTok star died in June at 19

Tom Park - The longtime pitchman for Billy Fuccillo and a car marketing legend died June 19 at 69

George Perez - The comic book artist woh worked for Marvel and DC died May 6 at 67

Gaylord Perry - The MLB All-Star pitcher died Dec. 1 at 84

Leslie Phillips - The “Carry On” actor and voice of the Sorting Hat in “Harry Potter” died Nov. 7 at 98

Kailia Posey - The “Toddlers & Tairas” star died May 1 at 16

Julie Powell - The food writer who inspired “Julie & Julia” died Oct. 26 at 49

Albert Pyun - The “Cyborg” filmmaker died Nov. 26 at 69

Teddy Ray - The rising comedian died Aug. 12 at 32

Dan Reeves - The former NFL player and New York Giants coach died Jan. 1 at 77

Eileen Ryan - The actress and mother of Sean Penn died Oct. 9 at 94

Bernard Shaw - The former “World News Tonight” co-anchor and chief anchor at CNN died Sept. 7 at 82

Walt Shepperd - The well-known local media personality who wrote for the Syracuse New Times and led the Media Unit died in May at 81

Henry Silva - The “Johnny Cool” actor who appeared in “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Ocean’s 11″ died Sept. 14 at 95

Tony Siragusa - The NFL lineman died June 22 at 55

Tony Sirico - “The Sopranos” actor died July 8 at 79

Ronnie Spector - The Ronettes singer (”Be My Baby”) died Jan. 12 at 78

Ken Starr - The lawyer who led President Bill Clinton’s impeachment investigation died Sept. 13 at 76

Al Strobel - The actor who played the one-armed man on “Twin Peaks” died Dec. 2 at 83

Andre Leon Talley - The fashion legend and Vogue creative director died Jan. 18 at 73

Dax Tejera - The executive producer of ABC News’ “This Week” died Dec. 23 at 37

Joe Turkel - “The Shining” and “Blade Runner” actor died June 27 at 94

Gaspard Ulliel - The “Hannibal Rising” actor died Jan. 19 at 37

Frank Vallelonga Jr. - The “Green Book” actor, whose brother wrote the Oscar-winning film, died Nov. 28 at 60

Lenny Von Dohlen - The “Twin Peaks” actor died July 5 at 64

Tom Weiskopf - The golf legend, who won 16 PGA Tour titles, died Aug 21 at 79

Alan White - The drummer for Yes and John Lennon died May 26 at 72

Kathy Whitworth - The winningest golfer ever with 88 wins on the LPGA Tour died Dec. 24 at 83

Gerald Williams - The former New York Yankees outfielder died Feb. 8 at 55

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