In 2022 we've bid farewell to many famous faces and beloved stars. 

From musical legends Meat Loaf and Ronnie Spector to comedy icon Barry Cryer. 

We've taken the opportunity to honour those famous names we've lost this year. 

Joan Copeland

The Broadway actress died on January 4 aged 99 in her home in New York City. 

Copeland was a famed soap opera star and sister of playwriter Arthur Miller, of which Joan acted in many of his plays. 

Plus, she was also briefly sister-in-law to Marilyn Monroe when the star married Arthur. 

Sidney Poitier

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The legendary actor, Sidney Poitier passed away aged 94 from a combination of heart failure, Alzheimer’s dementia, and prostate cancer.

Poitier was the first Black man to win the Best Actor Oscar and is most known for his roles in The Defiant Ones, In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, and Lilies of the Field. 

Bob Saget

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The stand-up comedian and actor Bob Saget shocked the world when he died suddenly aged just 65. 

Saget died on January 9 due to a head injury, and he was most known for his role in Full House.

Gary Waldhorn

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The Vicar of Dibley star Gary Waldhorn died aged 78 on January 11. 

He was best known for playing councillor David Horton in every episode of the comedy sitcom which debuted in 1994, famously locking horns with the vicar played by Dawn French.

Ronnie Spector

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The lead singer of iconic girl group Ronettes died following a short battle with cancer on January 12, aged 78. 

Spector's family shared that she "lived her life with a twinkle in her eye, a spunky attitude, a wicked sense of humor, and a smile on her face."

The Ronettes were known for it songs 'Baby I Love You' and 'Walking in the Rain'.

André Leon Talley

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The American fashion journalist, stylist, creative director, and editor-at-large of Vogue magazine, Andre Leon Talley passed away on January 18 aged 73. 

The fashion icon was also the first African-American male creative director at Vogue and was known for his eye-catching style. 

He was considered a trailblazer in the fashion world, using his time as creative director to bring more inclusivity on the runway, especially for Black models.

Gaspard Ulliel

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French movie star Gaspard Ulliel died suddenly following a ski accident aged just 37 on January 19. 

The actor was most known for his role in Hannibal Rising and Saint Laurent. 

He will appear posthumously in Marvel's upcoming Moon Knight series.

Meat Loaf

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The iconic singer and actor, Meat Loaf passed away aged 74 on January 20.

The Bat Out Of Hell singer was a legend in the musical world, selling more than 65 million albums worldwide and winning multi Grammys, including Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance for the song I'd Do Anything For Love.

In the statement from his family, they said: "From his heart to your souls … don’t ever stop rocking!"

Louie Anderson

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The actor and comedian died aged 68 following a battle with cancer on January 21.

He was most known for his role in Zach Galifianakis' comedy series Baskets as Mom Baskets. 

Anderson won an  Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and for his role as "Christine" in 2016.

Thierry Mugler

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Fashion designer Thierry Mugler passed away on January 23 at the age of 73.

The iconic designer came to fame in 1980s and quickly became internationally love with his first haute couture collection in 1992. 

He retired in the 2000s but returned in 2019 to design a dress for Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala.

Barry Cryer

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Comedy legend Barry Cryer died aged 86 on January 27 and was known for working with some of the greatest British comedians. 

This included Sir Bruce Forsyth, The Two Ronnies, Morecambe and Wise, as well as many more. 

In a statement from Cryer's family, they said "He had a gift for friendship and a genius for putting people at their ease. Oh yes, and he made many people laugh. A lot."

Leonard Fenton

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Leonard Fenton, the Eastenders actor died peacefully aged 95 on January 29. 

The actor was most known for his role as friend of Dot Cotten, Dr Legg, in the iconic soap opera.

In a statement from Fenton's family they said: "He will be missed beyond words by his family. We feel incredibly lucky to have been able to be with him as his health worsened towards the end - a privilege denied to so many during these tough times."

Betty Davis

Funk singer Betty Davis died aged 77 on February 9 in her home in Pennsylvania. 

The singer was most known for her hit songs ' Anti-Love Song' and was also briefly married to musician Miles Davis. 

Ivan Reitman

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Director and producer Ivan Reitman passed away on February 12 aged 75 peacefully in his sleep. 

The filmmaker was most known as the director of loved movies Ghostbusters, Twins, Stripes, and much more. 

In a statement from Reitmans family, they said: "We take comfort that his work as a filmmaker brought laughter and happiness to countless others around the world. While we mourn privately, we hope those who knew him through his films will remember him always."

Jamal Edwards 

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Music entrepreneur and SBTV founder Jamal Edwards died aged just 31 on February 20.

Edwards helped launched the careers of many music icons, including Ed Sheeran, Dave, Jessie J, and many more. 

Jamal's mother Brenda Edwards and Loose Woman star shared a message with social media saying: "Jamal was an inspiration to myself and so many. Our love for him lives on, his legacy lives on. Long live Jamal Edwards MBE, MBA, PHD."

Mark Lanegan

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Mark Lanegan, Screaming Trees frontman and Queens of the Stone Age member died aged 57 on February 22. 

Last year, he was in hospital for months after contracting Covid, and was put into a medically-induced coma, however, no cause of death was given. 

In a statement from his social media it said: "Our beloved friend Mark Lanegan passed away this morning at his home in Killarney, Ireland. A beloved singer, songwriter, author, and musician he was 57 and is survived by his wife Shelley [Brien]."

Anna Karen

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Eastenders and On the Buses actress Anna Karen, died aged 85 on February 22.

The star tragically died in a house fire in her home in East London. 

She was most known for her role as Olive in the comedy series On the Buses but also starred in many Carry On Films. 

Sally Kellerman

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M*A*S*H star Oscar nominee Sally Kellerman died aged 84 on February 24. 

The actress played the role of Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan and had a career that spanned over 60 years. 

Shirley Hughes

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The children's author died aged 94 on February 25 following a short illness according to her family. 

Shirley Huges was most known for her series of books 'Alfie' and 'Dogger' which was first published in 1977 about a little boy who loses his stuffed dog toy, went on to win her the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Shane Warne 

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The legendary Australian Cricket player, Shane Warne, sadly passed away on March 4 from a suspected heart attack. 

He died aged 52 and was most known for his successful career in the sport and his time commenting on the sport. 

Warne was one the greatest in the game and was loved by fans across the world, many shared their thoughts and love for the player.

Lynda Baron

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Actress Lynda Baron died aged 82 on March 7 and was most known for her role as Auntie Mabel in the children's show Come Outside. 

Baron also stared in Open All Hours alongside Ronnie Barker and Sir David Jason. 

Her agent Donna French shared the news saying "She was a wonderful actress and a great friend. Her iconic roles of Nurse Gladys in Open All Hours and Aunt Mabel in Come Outside were loved by all generations."

Maggie Fox

Cornonation Street and Shameless actress Maggie Fox died on March 21, following a "sudden accident".

The news was shared by Fox's comedy partner Sue Ryding who said: "It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Maggie Fox, my comedy partner of 40 years and co-Artistic Director of LipService.

"Maggie passed away yesterday with her family around her.

"We are still all in a state of shock as this was very sudden following an accident. As you can imagine I am completely heartbroken."

Taylor Hawkins

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Foo Fighter drummer Taylor Hawkins died aged 50 on March 25 whilst on tour in South America. 

The sad news was shared in a statement on Twitter from the band saying: "The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins.

“His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever.

“Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginable difficult time."

Tom Parker

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The Wanted's Tom Parker passed away on March 30 after being diagnosed with brain cancer.
Tom's wife Kelsey shared the news in a statement saying:

"Tom was the centre of our world and we can’t imagine life without his infectious smile and energetic presence.

"We are truly thankful for the outpouring of love and support and ask that we all unite to ensure Tom’s light continues to shine for his beautiful children.

"Thank you to everyone who has supported in his care throughout. He fought until the very end."

Estelle Harris 

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Actress Estelle Harris passed away on April 2 in her California home. 

The actress was well known for her range of performances such as Estelle Costanza in Seinfeld and the voice of Mrs Potato Head in the Toy Story franchise.

June Brown

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Eastenders legend June Brown passed away aged 95 on April 4. 

The veteran actress portrayed the much-loved Dot Cotton on the BBC soap for more than three decades.

Her family said she had died “very peacefully” at her home.

Bobby Rydell

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The singer and actor Bobby Rydell died aged 79 on April 5. 

The rock and roll heartthrob died due to complications from pneumonia at a hospital in a suburb of his hometown of Philadelphia.

He was most known for his roles in The Red Skelton Show and Bye Birdie. 

David McKee

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Children's author and illustrator David McKee died aged 87 on April 7 surrounded by his family. 

The author was most known for writing the Mr. Benn and Elmer the Elephants series. 
In a statement from his published Andersen Press they said  “All at Andersen Press hope his spirit lives on for many more generations through his joyful, heartfelt stories.”

Gilbert Gottfried

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Gilbert Gottfried, the actor and stand-up comic known for his raw, scorched voice and crude jokes, died aged 67 on April 12.

He passed away from recurrent ventricular tachycardia due to myotonic dystrophy type II, a disorder that affects the heart and was well known for his role in Aladdin. 

Melanie Clark Pullen

Eastenders star Melanie Clark Pullen died aged 46 on April 13 after being diagnosed with breast cancer. 

The actress portrayed Pauline Fowler’s niece Mary Flaherty in the long-running soap.

Eastenders fans paid tribute to the actress and former EastEnders co-star Andrew Lynford tweeted: “How sad to hear we have lost one of the gang. RIP dear Melanie.”

Ann Davies 

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Eastender And Doctor Who star Ann Davies has passed away at the age of 87 on April 28. 

The 87-year-old who was married to The Good Life star Richard Briers will be “very much missed” by her daughters, Lucy Briers of ITV’s Endeavour and Katie.

Her agent, Barry Langford confirmed the news on social media that his client of 34 years had sadly passed away.

Naomi Judd

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American country music singer Naomi Judd passed away aged 76 on May 1. 

The news was confirmed by her daughters Ashley and Wynonna who said: "We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness.

"We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public."

She rose to fame as part of the country music duo, The Judds.

Dennis Waterman

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Dennis Waterman, the star of popular TV shows like The Sweeney and New Tricks, died aged 74 on May 8.

The English actor, born in Clapham, London passed away on Sunday afternoon his family have said.

A statement said: "We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved Dennis, passed away very peacefully at his home in Spain."

He died with his wife Pam at his side, they said.

Fred Ward

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Actor Fred Ward died aged 79 on May 8 after the star's rep Ron Hofmann, said: “I am sad to announce the passing of acclaimed actor Fred Ward, who passed away on Sunday, May 8, 2022, at age 79."

The actor was best known for starring in Short Cuts and Tremors. 

Robin Parkinson

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Actor Robin Parkinson, who was best known for his role as Monsieur Ernest Leclerc in the sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo!, died at the age of 92 on May 10.

A statement issued on behalf of the family said: “Robin Parkinson, actor, known for ‘Allo ‘Allo and as the voice of Button Moon, has died peacefully at the age of 92 with his wife and daughters by his side.”

His career spanned more than four decades in film, theatre and television including a number of TV series such as Girls About Town, The Many Wives Of Patrick, The Young Ones and Rising Damp.

Kay Mellor

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Creator of hit shows Fat Friends, The Syndicate and Band of Gold, Kay Mellor died on May 15 aged 71.

The sad news was shared by her TV production company, Rollem Productions, who said: “It is with profound sadness that we announce the untimely and sudden passing of our beloved friend, mentor and colleague Kay Mellor on Sunday 15th May 2022.

“We have lost a phenomenal talent and a true luminary. We ask that you please respect the privacy of the family and friends at this time.”

Ray Liotta

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Hollywood actor Ray Liotta passed away in his sleep aged 67 on May 26.

Known for his appearances in Goodfellas, Something Wild, Field of Dreams and more recently The Many Saints of Newmark.

Liotta sudden passing shocked fans and fellow actor Lorraine Bracco who played Karen Friedman Hill in Goodfellas, said she was “shattered” to hear the “terrible news” about her former co-star.

Alan White

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The Yes drummer Alan White passed away on May 26 aged 72 after a short illness.

The drummer also performed on John Lennon’s Imagine and the news of his passing was shared by his wife Gigi on White’s Facebook page.

Writing: “Alan White, our beloved husband, dad, and grandpa, passed away at the age of 72 at his Seattle-area home on May 26, 2022, after a brief illness.

"Throughout his life and six-decade career, Alan was many things to many people: a certified rock star to fans around the world; bandmate to a select few, and gentleman and friend to all who met him."

Andy Fletcher

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Decpeche Mode keyboardist Andy Fletcher died suddenly aged 60 on May 26.

The news of the sudden passing was shared on social by the band who said: “We are shocked and filled with overwhelming sadness with the untimely passing of our dear friend, family member, and bandmate Andy ‘Fletch’ Fletcher.

“Fletch had a true heart of gold and was always there when you needed support, a lively conversation, a good laugh, or a cold pint.

“Our hearts are with his family, and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts and respect their privacy in this difficult time.”

Lester Piggot

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Nine-time Derby winner Lester Piggot passed away aged 86 on May 29.

Piggott rode his first winner, The Chase, at Haydock in 1948 when just 12 years of age, and his last win came with Palacegate Jack at the same Merseyside track in 1994, a few weeks short of his 59th birthday.

Confirming the sad news was Piggot’s son-in-law, Derby-winning trainer William Haggas, who told the PA news agency: “Sadly we can confirm that Lester died peacefully in Switzerland this morning.

“I really don’t wish to add much more than that at this stage, although Maureen will be making a statement later.

Aideen Kennedy

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TV presenter and journalist Aideen Kennedy died aged 43 on June 19 following a terminal illness. 

Writing on Twitter on Friday, she asked her followers to “keep an eye out” for her children, Jacob and Eva, whom she described as the “kindest, sweetest most thoughtful kiddies”.

She posted a photo of the youngsters along with a picture of a card they made for her, which read: “To Mummy, I hope you get well soon. I love you loads.”

Frank Williams

Dad's Army star Frank Williams died aged 90 on June 27 after news of his death was announced on Facebook on Sunday, with a message saying: “So sorry to say that our beloved friend, colleague and actor Frank Williams passed away this morning."

The actor was best known for his role as Reverend Timothy Farthing in the BBC sitcom.

Dame Deborah James

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Dame Deborah James died aged 40 from bowel cancer on June 28.

Known as BowelBabe, James was the presenter of the BBC podcast You, Me And The Big C and in her final weeks she raised millions of pounds for research and was made a dame for her “tireless” work improving awareness of the disease.

In her final wish she asked fans to: "find a life worth enjoying; take risks; love deeply; have no regrets; and always, always have rebellious hope. And finally, check your poo- it could just save your life."

Jasmine Burkitt

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BBC reality TV Jasmine Burkitt died aged 28 on June 29 after the news was shared by her fiance Lewis Burke on Facebook, saying: "She is the most incredible human that ever walked this planet, she is the strongest, funniest, most kindest and purely decent person I've ever known.

"I am truly devastated. She changed my life forever and I'll never be the same."

She was most known for appearing on BBC Three documentary series Small Teen Big World in 2010.

Mona Hammond

Mona Hammond died aged 91 on July 4 and was best known for her role playing Blossom Jackson in the BBC soap EastEnders and her stint as Susu in Desmond's during the early 1990s.

The actress was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2005 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

James Caan

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Actor James Caan who starred in The Godfather films died aged 82 on July 7.

The American actor, who was Oscar-nominated in 1973 for his performance as Sonny Corleone – the hot-headed on-screen son of Marlon Brando’s character as well as being well known for his role as Buddy's dad in Elf. 

Tony Sirico

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Sopranos actor Tony Sirico, who played Paulie “Walnuts” Gualtieri on the hit HBO show, died aged 79 on July 8. 

The actor, who appeared in all six seasons of The Sopranos alongside James Gandolfini and Edie Falco, died at an assisted living facility in Fort Lauderdale, in Florida.

A statement posted on Facebook by his brother Robert Sirico thanked fans for their condolences and asked for privacy following the news.

Monty Norman

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Composer Monty Norman, who wrote the theme for the James Bond films, died aged of 94 on July 11.

Norman began his career singing in big bands before forging a career writing for musicals and films such as Songbook, Poppy and Make Me An Offer.

A statement on his official website said: “It is with sadness we share the news that Monty Norman died on 11th July 2022 after a short illness”.

Ivana Trump

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Businesswoman and fashion designer Ivana Trump died aged 73 on July 14. 

Ivana was the first wife of former US President Donald Trump and shared three children - Donald Jr., Ivanka, and Eric - with the businessman turned politician.

Paul Ryder

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Bass player and founding member of Happy Mondays, Paul Ryder died on July 15.

He was the brother of frontman Shaun Ryder, who revealed the news on social media, and had only recently rejoined the band.

Announcing the news, Shaun Ryder posted on Twitter: "The Ryder family and Happy Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to say that Paul Ryder passed away this morning A true pioneer and legend."

Shonka Dukureh

Shonka Dukureh, who played Big Mama Thornton in the movie 'Elvis' was found dead in her bedroom at her home in Nashville on July 21.

The actor, who also shared the stage at Coachella this year with Doja Cat, had a theatre degree from Fisk University in Nashville and graduated from Trevecca Nazarene with an education degree, WPLN-FM reported.

David Warner

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Actor David Warner, who starred in films including Titanic, The Omen and the Star Trek franchise, died aged 80 from a cancer-related illness on July 24.

A statement from his family said: “He will be missed hugely by us, his family and friends, and remembered as a kind-hearted, generous and compassionate man, partner and father whose legacy of extraordinary work has touched the lives of so many over the years. We are heartbroken."

Paul Sorvino

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Goodfellas star Paul Sorvino died aged 83 on July 25, his publicist confirmed to the PA news agency.

The actor played Paul Cicero in the classic 1990 crime film alongside Robert De Niro and Ray Liotta, as well as playing Sergeant Phil Cerreta in the TV series Law & Order.

Sorvino died on Monday from “natural causes” with his wife Dee Dee Sorvino by his side, having dealt with health issues over the past few years.

Bernard Cribbins

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Legendary actor Bernard Cribbins OBE passed away at the age of 93 on July 28.

The veteran actor appeared in a host of classics from the Carry-On series, Doctor Who, The Railway Children, narrated The Wombles and had the hit song 'Right Said Fred'.

Cribbins’ agent, Gavin Barker Associates, said in a statement: “Bernard’s contribution to British entertainment is without question. He was unique, typifying the best of his generation, and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.”

Nichelle Nichols

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Nichelle Nichols, who found fame as communications officer Lt Uhura in the original Star Trek television series, died at the age of 89 on July 30.

Her son, Kyle Johnson, said she died on Saturday in Silver City, New Mexico.

Johnson wrote on her official Facebook page on Sunday: “Last night, my mother, Nichelle Nichols, succumbed to natural causes and passed away.

“Her light however, like the ancient galaxies now being seen for the first time, will remain for us and future generations to enjoy, learn from, and draw inspiration.

“Hers was a life well lived and as such a model for us all.”