Some years seem to weigh heavier than others. For the United Kingdom, 2022 will stand out for being the year that claimed a cherished Queen. Hollywood, too, lost dozens of folks who've made magic on and off screen over the past decades.
A string of notable deaths at the end of the year included multi-hyphenates and figures such as the former Pope. Some deaths were unexpected, and others concluded long and fascinating lives.
An actor who'll take you right back to the 90s, Bob Saget starred in the popular show Full House. He was also known for his bawdy stand-up comedy sets and hosting duties on America's Funniest Home Videos. Saget died in a hotel room in early 2022 at age 65. There was no evidence of drug use or foul play.
Dirty Daddy: The Bob Saget Tribute is available on Netflix and features Jim Carrey, Chris Rock, John Mayer, and more celebrity friends.
Best known for her lead role in the hit detective series, Murder, She Wrote, Dame Angela Lansbury was a multi-award-winning Irish-British actress and singer. She was also a gay icon and supported LGBT causes.
An intensely private person, Lansbury wasn't one for Hollywood nightlife and retained an impeccable image throughout her life. She drew further praise and an honorary Oscar after she passed in October 2022.
A doyenne of American broadcast journalism, Barbara Walters was brave and asked tough questions of powerful figures, including former President Richard Nixon. Walters will continue to be admired for breaking the glass ceiling in the news industry, co-hosting the Today Show, and creating the influential talk show, The View.
She retired at the impressive age of 85 and died aged 93 in December 2022.
Fans remain hopelessly devoted to Dame Olivia Newton-John, who performed her way into the hearts of millions in the classic musical film Grease and went on to become one of the best-selling music artists in history. Apart from her musical legacy, the actress and singer was an environmental activist.
Newton-John had three bouts of cancer between 1992 and her death, and succumbed to the disease in August 2022.
André Leon Talley is a cape-donning legend in the fashion world who promoted diversity in the industry and stood out for his bold looks. The former Vogue creative director worked hand in hand with Anna Wintour to produce the pre-eminent magazine for close to two decades. He was no stranger on award show red carpets. Talley died of a heart attack and COVID-19 in January 2022.
Anne Heche was an accomplished stage and screen actress whose professional life was often overshadowed by her personal life. Known from movies like Six Days, Seven Nights, and I Know What You Did Last Summer, Heche made headlines for her relationship with Ellen DeGeneres and a mental health crisis after the couple broke up.
She died tragically when her car crashed into a house in August 2022.
At least a few of the millennials you know had pictures of Aaron Carter cut out of early 2000s magazines and stuck on their walls. The little brother of Backstreet Boys heartthrob Nick Carter, Aaron found modest success as a young singer and rapper and landed high-profile girlfriends like Hilary Duff and Lindsay Lohan.
Sadly, Carter struggled with addiction; his body was found in a bathtub in November 2022.
You know someone is a legend if everyone knows them by a mononym. Edson Arantes do Nascimento, AKA Pelé, is widely considered an all-time great of the world's most popular sport: soccer.
Pelé died shortly after the 2022 Qatar World Cup came to a close in December 2022. Talk of Messi and GOATs was in the air, and soccer fever was at a high. He was 82.
Dame Vivienne Westwood was a renowned businesswoman and designer from Cheshire who often sported bright orange hair and whose initiative brought punk and new-wave style to the forefront of fashion.
In addition to a stellar creative career, Westwood was an activist interested in climate change, civil rights, and other causes. She died in London in December 2022, aged 81.
Six years after the passing of the iconic Alan Rickman, also known as Severus Snape, we lost dear old Hagrid too. The esteemed Scottish actor and comedian Robbie Coltrane portrayed the lovable half-giant in the Harry Potter series, which rocketed him to global recognition.
After a few years of illness, Coltrane died in October 2022, aged 72, and is survived by two children.
Everyone's favorite Jersey boy, movie villain, and mobster, Ray Liotta's place in cinema is guaranteed. The actor also voiced Tommy Vercetti in the Grand Theft Auto: Vice City video game.
Another mafia movie legend, James Caan, passed in 2022. He played Sonny Corleone in The Godfather early on and followed the role with a respected filmography.
Few deaths were more shocking in 2022. tWitch was 40, seemingly in the prime of his life with a young family, and busy in Hollywood. The dancer and TV personality rose to prominence on Ellen, and viewers would never see tWitch without a big smile on his face. But depression is deceptive. In December 2022, tWitch took his own life in a motel.
Beloved for her roles in sitcoms like Cheers and the Look Who's Talking movie franchise, 90s kids may also know the actress from the Olsen twins' romantic comedy, It Takes Two. Alley raised eyebrows with her conversion to Scientology and a class action lawsuit for falsely advertising weight loss products. She also became a vocal supporter of Donald Trump in the years before her death from colon cancer.
Tributes poured in from former costars Kelsey Grammer, Rhea Perlman, and Ted Danson, who called her brilliant and loved. She was 71.
Sidney Poitier's roles were groundbreaking. The first black person to win the Academy Award for Best Actor, Poitier appeared in movies like In the Heat of the Night and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner. The latter put race relations in America front and center.
Poitier belonged to the Golden Age of Hollywood and had an illustrious career before becoming a diplomat. He died aged 94 at the beginning of 2022.
We'd be remiss not to mention Queen Elizabeth in this list. Britain's longest-serving monarch, and arguably, the female monarch with the longest reign in history, was a cultural force. Prince Harry's grandmother died in September 2022, which prompted lengthy royal funeral proceedings and an even more extensive queue for the public to pay their respects at the coffin.