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Celebrities who died in 2022: All the actors, singers and reality stars lost this year

Bob Saget, Ivan Reitman, and Meat Loaf all died in 2022
Bob Saget, Ivan Reitman, and Meat Loaf all died in 2022. Pic credit: ©ImageCollect/S-buckley/Landmark-Media

Fans of celebrities started off 2022 in mourning after beloved star Betty White passed away on New Year’s Eve.

Things never seem to get better as beloved celebrities die all the time, and it always seems that when someone famous dies, they come in threes.

January 2022 hit hard right off the bat.

In that first month, the world lost one of Hollywood’s most iconic and legendary actors in Sidney Poitier and one of television’s most beloved dads in Bob Saget.

That was just the start.

Here is a look at the actors, singers, and reality stars who died in 2022 so far.

We will update this article every month through the year, so bookmark this page to return and read about the celebrities who died in 2022.

Ivan Reitman (February 12)

Ivan Reitman died in 2022 at the age of 75
Ivan Reitman died in 2022 at the age of 75. Pic credit: ©ImageCollect/Carrie-nelson

The movie world lost a beloved icon when Ivan Reitman died on February 12.

Reitman’s biggest claim to fame was directing the hit horror comedy Ghostbusters. However, he also had directed some of the biggest comedies of that era including Stripes, Meatballs, Twins, and Kindergarten Cop.

He also produced hit movies like Animal House, Space Jam, and his son Jason Reitman’s Oscar nominated movie Up in the Air.

Reitman died in his sleep in California at the age of 75.

Ian McDonald, 75 (February 9)

Ian McDonald from Foreigner has died
Ian McDonald from Foreigner has died. Pic credit: Jim Powers/YouTube

Rock and roll lost a true legend and icon when Ian McDonald died at the age of 75.

McDonald was the founding member of metal progressive band King Crimson, and more notably of Foreigner.

While he was only with Foreigner for three albums, he was part of their immense rise to fame. The guitarist was part of hit songs Dirty White Boy, Head Games, Hot Blooded, Double Vision, Feels Like the First Time, and Cold As Ice.

McDonald died at the age of 75 in New York City after battling cancer.

Monica Vitti, 90 (February 2)

Monica Vitti in L’Avventura
Monica Vitti in L’Avventura. Pic credit: Times Film Corporation

Monica Vitti was an Italian actress that made her name working alongside of the the world’s greatest filmmakers in Michelangelo Antonioni.

Her time with Antonioni produced some of cinema’s greatest classic films, including their masterpiece, L’Avvventura in 1960. Some American movie fans might know her from the 1966 movie Modesty Blaise with Terence Stamp.

Vitti died in Rome at the age of 90 following complications from Alzheimer’s disease.

Howard Hesseman, 81 (January 29)

Howard Hesseman on WKRP in Cincinnati
Howard Hesseman on WKRP in Cincinnati. Pic credit: CBS

Howard Hesseman was a hugely popular actor from the 1970s, playing the role of disc jockey Dr. Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati.

Hesseman died on Saturday afternoon, January 29, from complications related to colon surgery at the age of 81.

Hesseman earned two Emmy nominations for WKRP and also appeared on Head of the Class, One Day at a Time, and That 70s Show.

“He was a groundbreaking talent and lifelong friend and longtime client, whose kindness and generosity was equaled by his influence and admiration to generations of actors and improvisational comedy throughout the world,” his manager, Robbie Kass told CNN.

Louie Anderson, 68 (January 21)

Louie Anderson
Louie Anderson. Pic credit: ©ImageCollect/Admedia

Louie Anderson was an Emmy-winning TV and movie actor who went from stand-up comedy to hugely successful TV shows.

His career took off when Johnny Carson invited him to perform on The Tonight Show in 1984.

In 1999, he began hosting Family Feud and became a major star. He voiced a fictitious version of his 8-year-old self in the popular 1990s animated series Life With Louie and most recently starred on Baskets as Christine.

Anderson died on January 21 at the age of 68 from complications related to cancer.

Louie’s close friend Pauly Shore mourned his death on social media.

Meat Loaf, 74 (January 20)

Meat Loaf
Meat Loaf. Pic credit: ©ImageCollect/Admedia

Meat Loaf was a best-selling musician whose Bat Out of Hell Trilogy of albums sold over 65 million units worldwide.

The first album, Bat Out of Hell, was on the charts for over nine years and still sells over 200,000 units a year four decades after its release.

He is also a Grammy-award winning musician and went on to become a movie star with appearances in The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Fight Club.

Meat Loaf died on the evening of January 20 at the age of 74, and TMZ reports he died after contracting COVID-19.

Gaspard Ulliel, 37 (January 19)

Gaspard Ulliel
Gaspard Ulliel. Pic credit: ©ImageCollect/Featureflash

Gaspard Ulliel was a big-name actor in France who appeared in some amazing movies over the years, both in his home country and in the United States.

Some of his bigger roles came in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s A Very Long Engagement, the Silence of the Lambs prequel Hannibal Rising, and the horror movie Brotherhood of the Wolf.

Fans will see him soon in the Marvel Disney+ series, Moon Knight.

On January 19, Ulliel died following a skiing accident in France.

Andre Leon Talley, 73 (January 18)

Andre Leon Talley
Andre Leon Talley. Pic credit: ©ImageCollect/Acepixs

Andre Leon Talley was a celebrity in the fashion world, a former Vogue editor who became a star himself. Talley died on January 18 at the age of 73.

The official cause of death was a heart attack.

Tyra Banks said it best in her memoriam to Talley: “I had never experienced such a prolific person serving up a rare mix of fashion ‘fabulousness’ and real down-home southern comfort love until I met @andreltalley.”

“Being in his presence was so magical. He made me smile, laugh and was a masterful teacher – a generous, genius historian.”

“Scholar, colleague, effervescent spirit, legend…you are resting now, Dearest André. But your spirit, your ‘je ne sais quoi’, your VOICE – your laugh, your screams of effervescent, delightful joy…I hear it now. And will forever.”

“We all will.”

Jordan Cashmyer, 26 (January 15)

Jordan Cashmyer from 16 and Pregnant
Jordan Cashmyer from 16 and Pregnant. Pic credit: @jordancashmyer/Instagram

On January 15, former 16 & Pregnant star Jordan Cashmyer died at the age of 26.

Cashmyer was on the MTV series in 2014 with her then-boyfriend Derek Taylor. She was pregnant with their daughter, Genevieve Shae Taylor.

The troubled reality TV star broke up with her boyfriend after giving birth to her daughter. Cashmyer struggled with depression and drug addiction after her appearance on the series.

“Last night I received a call no parent ever wants,” said Jordan’s mother, Jessica Cashmyer. “My oldest beloved daughter, Jordan has passed away, she was only 26 years old. Our hearts are truly broken. No parent should ever have to go through losing a child, EVER.”

The former reality TV star died a few months after her fiance, Michael Frank Schaffer, passed away.

Clint Arlis, 34 (January 11)

Clint Arlis on The Bachelor
Clint Arlis on The Bachelor. Pic credit: ABC

Clint Arlis became famous thanks to his time on Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season of The Bachelorette.

Arlis made it to week three of the reality dating series before getting eliminated. While Clint didn’t find love with Kaitlyn, his budding friendship with JJ Lane was featured on The Bachelorette.

Clint Arlis was pronounced dead at 34 years old.

His high school wrestling coach announced his death.

Bob Saget, 65 (January 9)

Bob Saget
Bob Saget. Pic credit: ©ImageCollect/Admedia

Bob Saget was one of the most famous television dads in history as Danny Tanner in Full House.

He went on to remain a beloved star after the show ended when he revealed that he was one of the funniest, dirty comedians in the world.

In 2022, Saget had started a new comedy tour and it was on this tour that he died.

Bob Saget was found dead in his hotel room at 65. The cause of death remains unknown, but no foul play or drugs were involved.

Dwayne ‘Dobie Gillis’ Hickman, 87 (January 9)

Dwayne Hickman and Bob Denver
Dwayne Hickman and Bob Denver. Pic credit: CBS

On the same day that Bob Saget died, another iconic TV star passed away as well.

Dwayne Hickman died in his home in Los Angeles at the age of 87.

Hickman is best known for the TV show The Many Loves of Dobie Gills, where he was one of the first teenage leads in television history. He co-starred in the show with Bob Denver, who went on to star as Gomer Pyle.

After this iconic role, Hickman struggled to get any other major roles since he was always known as Dobie Gills.

Sidney Poitier, 94 (January 6)

Sidney Poitier and Morgan Freeman
Sidney Poitier and Morgan Freeman. Pic credit: ©ImageCollect/PHOTOlink

Sidney Poitier was one of the pioneers in Hollywood history as the first Black actor to win an Oscar for Best Actor.

Poitier starred in three important movies in 1967 that dealt with race relations, including To Sir, with Love; Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and In the Heat of the Night.

His Oscar win was for 1963’s Lilies of the Field. He also won an Honorary Academy Award in 2001 and received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2009.

Poitier died on January 6 in his home in Beverly Hills.His cause of death was cardiopulmonary failure and prostate cancer, with Alzheimer’s disease listed as an underlying cause.

Peter Bogdanovich, 82 (January 6)

Jeff Bridges and Peter Bogdanovich
Jeff Bridges and Peter Bogdanovich. Pic credit: ©ImageCollect/Carrie-nelson

Peter Bogdanovich was an Oscar-winning film director and one of the greatest film historians in history.

His masterpieces include The Last Picture Show, What’s Up Doc?, and Paper Moon.

The Last Picture Show made Bogdanovich a star, the movie a black and white love letter to movies, starring Cloris Leachman and Ben Johnson. The movie also helped launch the career of Jeff Bridges and Sharon Stone.

Bogdanovich died following complications of Parkinson’s disease.

“Our dearest Peter passed away today from complications of Parkinson’s disease,” the family said in a statement. “The Bogdanovich/Stratten family wishes to thank everyone for their love and support in this most difficult time.”

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  1. Why has NO ONE mentioned Dwayne ‘Dobie Gillis’ Hickman’s passing? He died the same day as Bob Saget. I think it’s pretty despicable that he was not mentioned because the spotlight was so much on Bob Saget. Both were worth mentioning.

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