In Memoriam: These Are the People and Performers We’ve Lost In 2022 So Far


2022 got off to a sad start with the death of Sir Sidney Poitier, one of the most important actors of the last century. Poitier, who died at the age of 94 on January 7, 2022, was considered a trailblazer for Black actors in Hollywood and, in fact, was the first Black actor to win an Academy Award for best lead performance. To this day, that honour is only shared with Denzel Washington.

Following Poitier’s death, tributes poured in for the actor with Oscar winner Morgan Freeman calling him “my inspiration, my guiding light, my friend” and Oprah Winfrey praising him as a “Friend. Brother. Confidant. Wisdom teacher.” Former President Barack Obama cited his achievements and how he revealed “the power of movies to bring us closer together.”

His life and career will soon be celebrated in a new documentary produced by Oprah Winfrey for Apple.

Just two days after Poitier’s death, Full House star and beloved comedian Bob Saget also passed away (January 9, 2022). He was found unresponsive in a hotel in Orlando, Florida and pronounced deceased on the scene.

Saget was performing as part of his US ‘I Don’t Do Negative’ tour in Jacksonville, Florida, just hours beforehand, and had Tweeted after the gig that he “loved tonight’s show” and “had no idea I did a 2 hr set tonight”.

“I’m happily addicted again to this shit,” he wrote.

Friends and fans shared their grief online at the loss of the beloved comedian with former Daily Show host Jon Stewart calling him “the funniest and nicest” on Twitter while Whoopi Goldberg also expressed her condolences for her friend with a “huge heart”.

On March 4, Australians were devastated to learn that cricketing legend Shane Warne had also passed away, at the age of just 52. The iconic spin bowler was found unresponsive by friends in a villa he was staying at in Koh Samui, Thailand and attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

Warne’s death prompted a global outpouring of grief and shock.

Read on for more of the much loved famous faces we have lost in 2022.

Sidney Poitier, February 20, 1927 – January 7, 2022

Bob Saget, May 17, 1956 – January 9, 2022

Ronnie Spector, August 10, 1943 – January 12, 2022

The original “bad girl of rock and roll” and lead singer of the girl group the Ronettes, passed away from cancer on January 12, 2022, at the age of 78.

André Leon Talley, October 16 1948 – January 18, 2022

André Leon Talley passed away at the age of 73, on January 18, 2022.

Talley was a prominent and beloved figure on the international fashion scene, having worked at Vogue — first in the news division from 1983 to 1987 before then stepping into the role of creative director in 1988, and then into the role of editor-at-large.

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Meatloaf, September 27 1947 – January 20 2022

Thierry Mugler, 21 December 1948 — 23 January 2022

Ivan Reitman, 27 October 1946 — 12 February 2022

Shane Warne, 13 September 1969 – 4 March 2022

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William Hurt, 20 March 1950 – 13 March 2022

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Madeleine Albright, 15 May 1937 — 23 March 2022

Taylor Hawkins, 17 February 1972 — March 24, 2022

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Paul Herman, 29 March 1946 — 29 March 2022

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Tom Parker, 4 August 1988 — 30 March 2022

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Estelle Harris, 4 April 1928 — 2 April 2022

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Kathy Lamkin, 1 January 1953 — 4 April 2022

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Kathy Lamkin was best known for her scene-stealing role as the Desert Aire trailer park manager in No Country for Old Men, as well as her role as the “Tea Lady” in the 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

She passed away on April 4 after a short illness.

Gilbert Gottfried, 28 February 1955 — 12 April 2022

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Mike Hagerty, 10 May 1954 —  29 April 2022

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Mike Hagerty, best known for his recurring role as superintendent Mr Treeger on Friends, has died at the age of 67.

**This story will be updated throughout the year. 

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