We’re paying our respects to the several stars – prolific musicians, actors, comedians, cultural icons – who died in 2022. On the heels of Golden Girls star Betty White’s death on New Year’s Eve at age 99, Sidney Poitier – the first Black actor to win best actor at the Oscars – died at age 94. Miss USA 2019 winner Cheslie Kryst, Bat Out of Hell rocker Meat Loaf, funk pioneer Betty Davis, and Full Housecomedian Bob Saget have also died. Each of them made a lasting mark on their respective industries. Ahead, we pay homage to those we lost in 2022.
The funk pioneer died after a battle with cancer on Feb. 9. She was 77. “It is with great sadness that I share the news of the passing of Betty Davis, a multi-talented music influencer and pioneer rock star, singer, songwriter, and fashion icon,” Davis’s longtime friend Connie Portis said in a statement. “Most of all, Betty was a friend, aunt, niece, and beloved member of her community of Homestead, Pennsylvania, and of the worldwide community of friends and fans. At a time to be announced, we will pay tribute to her beautiful, bold, and brash persona. Today we cherish her memory as the sweet, thoughtful, and reflective person she was.… There is no other.”
Cheslie Kryst, crowned Miss USA in 2019, died on Jan. 30. “In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie. Her great light was one that inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength. She cared, she loved, she laughed and she shined,” her family said in a statement to POPSUGAR. “Cheslie embodied love and served others, whether through her work as an attorney fighting for social justice, as Miss USA and as a host on EXTRA. But most importantly, as a daughter, sister, friend, mentor and colleague – we know her impact will live on.”
Extra wrote in a statement: “Our hearts are broken. Cheslie was not just a vital part of our show, she was a beloved part of our Extra family and touched the entire staff. Our deepest condolences to all her family and friends.”
The attorney and entertainment news correspondent died by suicide, the New York Police Department confirmed to CNN.
Emmy-winning comedian and game-show host Louie Anderson died at age 68 on Jan. 21. His longtime publicist Glenn Schwartz told Deadline that the Baskets star and Family Feud host died in a Las Vegas hospital days after entering for treatment of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer.
Rock star Meat Loaf, born Marvin Lee Aday, died on Jan. 20 at the age of 74. “Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight,” his longtime agent Michael Greene told the Associated Press in a statement. “We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man… From his heart to your souls… don’t ever stop rocking!”
The musician was best known for his hit 1977 album Bat Out of Hell, recorded with songwriter Jim Steinem and producer Todd Rundgren. Bat Out of Hell was made into a musical that ran from 2017 to 2020 and included hit songs such as “Paradise By the Dashboard Light,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”
Bob Saget, known for his role as Danny Tanner on Full House and for hosting America’s Funniest Home Videos, died on Jan. 9 at age 65. On Jan. 10, his family issued their own statement, obtained by Us Weekly. “We are devastated to confirm that our beloved Bob passed away today,” the statement read. “He was everything to us and we want you to know how much he loved his fans, performing live and bringing people from all walks of life together with laughter.”
Sidney Poitier, the first Black actor to win best actor at the Oscars, died on Jan. 7 at age 94. Bahamian Prime Minister Philip Davis confirmed his passing during a press conference. “It is with great sadness that I learned this morning of the passing of Sir Sidney Poitier. Our whole Bahamas grieves and extends our deepest condolences to his family,” he began. “But even as we mourn, we celebrate the life of a great Bahamian: a cultural icon, an actor and film director, an entrepreneur, civil and human rights activist and, latterly, a diplomat. We admire the man, not just because of his colossal achievements, but also because of who he was: his strength of character, his willingness to stand up and be counted, and the way he plotted and navigated his life’s journey.”
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