Celebrity

All the celebrities who’ve died in 2022 so far

We might only be in the early days of the fifth month of the year but already we’ve sadly lost a whole host of famous faces. They come from right across the celebrity spectrum including the worlds of sport, music, film and television.

The loss of any famous face can be devastating for their fans when their idol passes away, but it also offers them the chance to remember their finest work and all the things that made them famous. It can also be an opportunity to remember those for the good they brought to the world during their lifetimes.

For some, their contribution can span decades, whereas for others they could’ve only been in the public eye for a short amount of time. They could have been someone who was known the world over and adored by millions of people or, especially with the rise of the social media celebrity, a more national famous face.

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However their fame came about, their loss will have been felt by their friends, family and those who looked up to them. But who are the ones who’ve departed so far in 2022?

June Brown OBE (1927 – 2022)

Arguably the most famous person to have departed this world so far in 2022, June Brown will forever be associated with the chain-smoking former laundrette worker, Dot Cotton in the BBC soap opera Eastenders.

But the 95-year-old, who died at the start of April, enjoyed a career spanning nearly 70 years and included performing on the small screen, big screen, radio and even on the stage of the world-famous West End in London.

Twice married and with six children, June Brown announced she’d left the role for which she’ll forever be remembered in Albert Square in February 2020, bringing to an end a character who first appeared on our television sets in 1985.

She was awarded an MBE in 2008 and an OBE in the New Year’s Honours list in 2022, months before she passed away.

Shane Warne (1969 – 2022)



Shane Warne was the most successful leg-spin bowler in Test Cricket history, taking over 700 wickets

As an Australian cricketer, Shane Warne should’ve been disliked by England supporters, but the Victoria native managed to rise above the rivalry of the two test playing nations to become one of the most beloved characters the game had ever seen. The leg-spin bowler passed away suddenly in March of a suspected heart attack while on holiday in Thailand.

His death showed just how loved and admired the cricketer was and not just within a sport where he took 708 test wickets, the second-highest amount ever. Tributes poured in from right around the world and from all aspects of life. Indeed once his passing had been announced the Australian Government offer his family a state funeral and a memorial service was held for the 52-year-old at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with tens of thousands of people in attendance.

Meat Loaf (1947 – 2022)



Meat Loaf sold more than 44 million copes of his Bat Out of Hell album

Meat Loaf’s, or Michael Lee Aday, as he was known to his family, passing marked the end of a singer’s career who recorded some of the most recognisable and popular songs ever put down on disc. Beginning in 1968, the Texas native would become world-famous for his powerful and wide-ranging voice and his theatre-style performances both in music videos and during his live shows.

The 74-year-old made appearances in film and television, but it was his music that he’ll be forever remembered, including the monumentally popular and successful album Bat Out of Hell in 1977. That record clocked up 44 million sales worldwide, becoming the fourth best-selling album in history. It would also notch up the 14th best selling album of all time in the UK.

I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That) remains his biggest-selling single, reaching number one in 28 countries, including in the UK and USA and featured Lorraine Crosby on guest vocals. The song also earned Meat Loaf a Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a solo artist.

Taylor Hawkins (1972 – 2022)



Taylor Hawkins spent 25-years drumming for the Foo Fighters

Simply known as the drummer from the Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins was found dead in his hotel room in Colombia in March. Health chiefs in Bogota said he’d passed away from a suspected heart attack, possibly brought on due to a drug overdose.

The 50-year-old joined the band, fronted by former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, in 1997 but prior to that he’d also drummed for Sass Jordan and Alanis Morisette. But it would be with the rock band, affectionately known as ‘The Foos’ with who he would have the most success.

Recording nine studio albums with the band, Taylor, who included The Beatles drummer Ringo Star among his influences, help The Foos become one of the biggest rock bands in the world. He toured the globe many times with the band and appeared on iconic anthems including ‘Learn to Fly’, ‘Best of You’ and ‘The Pretender’.

Sir Sidney Poitier (1927 – 2022)



Sidney Poitier was the first black actor to be awarded an Oscar

The legacy of Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier can never be overestimated. The beloved star’s career spanned 71 incredible years and included hit films like ‘Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner’ in 1967 and The Jackal (1997).

But he will be remembered most for breaking down boundaries within the film industry. He was the first black actor to win an Academy Award for his role in the 1963 film ‘Lillies of the Field’. He also received a Grammy Award, two Golden Globes and a British Academy Film Award.

In 2002 he was also honoured with an Academy Honorary Award for his lifetime achievement in film. The award was presented to him by Denzel Washington. Seven years later he would receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama. Prior to that, in 1974, he was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire who The Queen.

Peter Bowles (1936 – 2022)



Peter Bowles became famous after starring in To The Manor Born

Star of stage and screen, Peter Bowles, will be forever remembered as the main character in the hit BBC sitcom To The Manor Born. The series, which only ran between 1979 and 1981, drew enormous viewing figures. The very last episode was one of those must-watch TV moments and 23 million of us did tune in.

Starring alongside Dame Penelope Keith, Peter Bowles played the role of a self-made businessman with the pair reprising their roles for a 2007 special.

But Peter Bowles did much more than just one role in a sitcom, he also appeared in Holby City, Agatha Christie’s Poirot and, most recently, as the Duke of Wellington in the royal drama Victoria.

He passed away in March from cancer leaving his wife of more than 50 years and three children.

William Hurt (1950 – 2022)



William Hurt appeared in many Marvel films in recent years

Oscar-winning actor William Hurt passed away on March 10 at the age of 71 having enjoyed a remarkable Hollywood career. He’ll be remembered most for his role of prisoner Luis Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman, a role he won an Academy Award and a BAFTA for.

It would remain his only Oscar win but not his only film. He also appeared in Children of a Lesser God, Broadcast News and A History of Violence, roles he was nominated for an Academy Award for but didn’t collect the statue.

More recently he appeared as an army general in Thaddeus Ross in the MCU. He featured in Captain America: Civil War, Infinity Wars, Endgame and Black Widow.

Lynda Baron (1939 – 2022)



Best known as Nurse Gladys Emmanuel in Open All Hours, Lynda Baron also featured in many other TV shows

The iconic actress, who appeared in Eastenders, Doctor Who and Fat Friends will forever be known for her role in the iconic BBC sitcom Open All Hours. Starring alongside the likes of Ronnie Barker and Sir David Jason, Lynda played Nurse Gladys Emmanuel.

The love interest of Barker’s character Arkwright, Nurse Gladys Emmanuel was the only character who could leave the stuttering shop owner lost for words.

Tom Parker (1988 – 2022)



Fans were left heartbroken by the death of Tom Parker from The Wanted

Thomas Parker passed away in March this year after a battle with an inoperable brain tumour at the age of just 33.

The lead singer of the boy band The Wanted, Tom joined the group in 2009 with their first single, All Time Low, debuting in the charts at number one. The band would continue to be one of the most successful groups in British music until January 2014 when they announced they were splitting up.

As a result of the split, Tom embarked on a solo career and also became an avid DJ, working on tracks with Richard Rawson called ‘Fireflies’ which was released in August 2014.

He also appeared on programmes like Celebrity MasterChef, making it to the semi-finals and it was confirmed in 2016 that he would replace Tina Hobley on the Channel 4 show The Jump. He eventually finished third in the series.

In 2017 Tom was cast as Danny Zuko in the UK tour of the musical Grease, he even put his wedding to Kelsey Hardwick on hold so he could star in the production.

Gary Waldhorn (1943 – 2022)



Vicar of Dibley star Gary Waldhorn died at the age of 78

Best known for playing Councillor David Horton in the BBC sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, actor Gary Waldhorn was much loved and featured in a whole host of programmes during his career.

The 78-year-old first started acting in 1969, before retiring in 2013, he also played Lionel Bainbridge in Brush Strokes and featured in The Sweeney, The New Avengers, Minder, Robin of Sherwood, Rumpole of the Bailey, The Bill and Heartbeat.

He also starred in a number of productions on the stage for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

But it was his role as the posh town councillor in the quirky village of Dibley, starring alongside Dawn French, that he’ll be best remembered.

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