Top 10 Saddest Deaths of 2022

The Top Ten
1 Queen Elizabeth II Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary; 21 April 1926 – 8 September 2022) was Queen of the United Kingdom and 14 other Commonwealth realms from 6 February 1952 until her death in 2022. Elizabeth was born in Mayfair, London, as the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George VI and... read more

Such a shocking death. She died right in the middle of my math class. I was hoping she would get to 100, but she still had a life well-lived. I don't know much about her, not even about the signs of her health becoming worse, but she seems like a very sweet person from what I have seen.

She was the longest-reigning monarch in the world, ruling the UK for 70 years. It's possible that she passed away from depression after the death of her husband, to whom she was married for 73 years until his death in 2021.

She is not just a queen. She is known as THE queen, and she defined an era in which many things happened and changed. May she rest in peace.

2 Sidney Poitier Sir Sidney Poitier was a Bahamian-American actor, film director, author, and diplomat. In 1964, Poitier became the first Bahamian and first black actor to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role in Lilies of the Field.

I don't see how the death of a monarch is sadder than the death of a man who broke boundaries for African American entertainers. He was the first black man to win a Best Actor Oscar for his role in Lilies of the Field and was a major movie star, one of the last during Classic Hollywood.

Lilies of the Field, In the Heat of the Night, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Defiant Ones, To Sir, With Love. Sidney had quite the resume.

The man who paved the way for African descendants into acting in films and TV shows. He lived a great life. He will never be forgotten. R.I.P. to the Martin Luther King of modern entertainment (1927-2022).

3 James Caan James Edmund Caan was an American actor. After early roles in films such as El Dorado, Caan came into prominence in the 1970s with significant roles in films such as Brian's Song, The Godfather, The Gambler, Funny Lady and A Bridge Too Far.
4 Jason David Frank

He committed suicide by hanging. He was the best member of the Power Rangers and played Tommy Oliver, the White Ranger. Something about the date of his death tells us people are leaving at such particular times. He was almost in his 50s (which is still way too young).


5 Gilbert Gottfried Gilbert Gottfried (February 28, 1955 - April 12, 2022) was an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist. His numerous roles in film and television include voicing the parrot Iago in Disney's Aladdin, Digit in the children's cartoon/educational math-based show Cyberchase and Kraang Subprime... read more

Gilbert Gottfried just died after a long illness from ventricular tachycardia, complicated by type II myotonic dystrophy, a condition he hid from the public. R.I.P. Gilbert Gottfried, you will always be one of the most beloved comedians of all time.

Legendary comedian and voice actor. Rest in peace.

6 Ray Liotta Raymond Allen Liotta (December 18, 1954 - May 26, 2022) was an American actor and producer. He was known for playing Shoeless Joe Jackson in Field of Dreams (1989), Henry Hill in Goodfellas (1990), and Tommy Vercetti in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (2002)... read more
7 Scott Hall Scott Oliver Hall was an American professional wrestler. He is best known for his work with the World Wrestling Federation under the ring name Razor Ramon and with World Championship Wrestling under his real name.
8 Kevin Conroy Kevin Conroy (November 30, 1955 - November 10, 2022) was an actor known for portraying the DC character Batman from Batman: the Animated Series & many more. He died on November 10, 2022, after a short battle with cancer.

Such a loss for words as the best of all the Batman and Dark Knight voice actors has passed away from a fairly short cancer battle on November 10th, almost exactly one month after the death of Angela Lansbury. Adam West may have voiced Batman earlier, but Kevin was the most powerful of all the Batman voices.

He was active since 1978, and his last project was in early 2022. Cancer has taken so many innocent lives, and now him. Rest in peace to the G.O.A.T. Batman (1955-2022).

The actor most famous for providing the voice for Batman in Batman: The Animated Series and many of the animated Batman movies died at age 66.

9 Olivia Newton-John Dame Olivia Newton-John was a British-Australian singer, songwriter and actress. She was a four-time Grammy award winner who had amassed five number-one and ten other Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 singles, and two number-one Billboard 200 solo albums. She died on August 8, 2022 of breast cancer in Santa... read more

One of the best-selling and enduring artists of all time lost her longtime battle with breast cancer. An absolute legend with a beautiful voice we all grew up with and a master of reinvention. She was one of the best actresses anywhere and was about to hit her sixth decade in the spotlight. She made music for nearly 55 years in nearly every genre.

Her last single, Window on the Wall, was released in January 2021 and hit number one on iTunes within the first week of its release. This was truly shocking since she kept her cancer battle private much of the time and only occasionally gave us updates about her condition. She fought for her life throughout the last decades of making music, touring, and acting. She could have planned a great album in 2023, and it could have been the album of the decade.

Worst of all, she was just seven weeks from her 74th birthday. The world will never be the same without her. Rest in peace (1948-2022).

10 Robbie Coltrane Robbie Coltrane (March 30, 1950 - October 14, 2022) was a Scottish actor best known for playing the character Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film franchise based off the book series by J.K. Rowling.

No words to describe the unbelievable loss this was, and that doesn't even cover it. He was the actor who played Hagrid in the Harry Potter films.

Gone too soon on October 14th. He was the best Harry Potter actor besides Daniel Radcliffe. R.I.P. (1950-2022).

A lot of good Harry Potter actors have passed away over the years. How sad.

The Contenders
11 Technoblade

He was probably the last good Minecraft YouTuber with over a million subs. I can't find any good Minecraft YouTubers now in 2024, except for one, but he has less than 400k subs.

I have been looking for good Minecraft YouTubers in 2024 with over 400,000 subs, but nope. I can't find anyone with over a million subs. Ray Savage is good, but he only makes creepypastas, which is fine. Besides Ray Savage, there are no other good Minecraft YouTubers.

The Minecraft YouTube world came tumbling down around the time of Technoblade's death.

12 Shinzo Abe

As a half-Japanese person, it was sad enough to make me cry. I grew up in Japan and South Korea, so this makes sense.

This death is extremely depressing. If you don't know what happened, look it up. RIP Abe-san.

Wow. My two favorite people from Japan (the other is Kane-san) died this year. This death should shoot straight up to the top ten by the end of next week and should someday be in the top 3 at a minimum.

13 Sara Lee

One of the best female wrestlers of all time passed away suddenly out of nowhere at just 30. She was the winner of Tough Enough until her retirement in 2016. R.I.P., way too soon.

14 Angela Lansbury Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury was an Irish-British and American actress and singer whose career spanned 8 decades.

A very devastating loss for Disney and entertainment in general. She was known for works such as Murder, She Wrote and Beauty and the Beast. She was less than five days from turning 97. Rest in peace, Angela Lansbury.

The voice of Mrs. Potts in Beauty and the Beast was just five days from her 97th birthday. She was better known for her role in Murder, She Wrote.

A sad day for Disney fans and all of entertainment. She was about to have another great birthday. R.I.P. (1925-2022).

15 Mikhail Gorbachev

What's sad about this is that the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine is essentially Putin's campaign to reform the Soviet Union, which Gorbachev spent his entire career during the Cold War trying to end once and for all.

16 Taylor Hawkins Oliver Taylor Hawkins (February 17, 1972 - March 25, 2022) was an American musician, best known as the former drummer of the rock band Foo Fighters.

RIP to the late Foo Fighters drummer. His drumming was absolutely legendary, and he was one of the biggest drummers in modern rock music. He died at the age of 50. Foo Fighters is one of the best modern rock bands ever, thanks to him and Dave Grohl. We miss you.

Rest in peace, Taylor Hawkins. You will always be remembered as one of the greatest drummers of all time.

Rest in peace to the legend. He died so young. I didn't expect this to happen.

17 Lata Mangeshkar Lata Mangeshkar was an Indian playback singer and music director. She was one of the best-known and most respected playback singers in India.
18 Dwayne Haskins

The legendary Steelers quarterback was struck by a dump truck on April 9th at only 24. This was an absolute loss for sports. This year isn't as good as we hoped, even after all the horrors we faced in 2020 and 2021. This should be on top of the list ASAP!

Prayers to his family and fans. R.I.P. Dwayne Haskins, a full life ahead, gone too soon. 1998-2022.

19 Nichelle Nichols

Nichelle Nichols, best known as Nyota Uhura in the Star Trek media, passed away yesterday of heart failure. Rest in peace, Nichelle. This is really sad news for Star Trek fans!

One of the first Black women ever featured on a TV series (Star Trek) passed away from heart failure on July 30th, the same day as Pat Carroll's death and the day before basketball legend Bill Russell's death. She was less than five months from her 90th birthday. R.I.P. (1932-2022).

20 Kane Tanaka

The saddest. RIP. Even though she is the oldest, she was the last supercentenarian I had a huge interest in. Too bad we can't see those funny videos where she lives in the moment and steals a chocolate from a chocolate box again.

But the worst part is, she was so close to reaching her goal of 120 and died at 119. RIP.

She was the oldest living verified person until she died this year.

21 Bernard Cribbins
22 Coolio Artis Leon Ivey Jr. (August 1, 1963 - September 28, 2022), known professionally as Coolio, was an American musician, rapper, chef, actor, and record producer. Coolio achieved mainstream success in the mid to late 1990s with his albums It Takes a Thief, Gangsta's Paradise, and My Soul.

This was a total loss for hip-hop, rap music, entertainment, and the world. The man who defined gangsta rap with his hit Gangsta's Paradise (which interpolated Pastime Paradise by Stevie Wonder) passed away on September 28th. An investigation was made, and no foul play was suspected. He had a cardiac arrest.

He was 59 years and 2 months old. He was a legend in acting as well as a great chef. This needs to be in the top 10. Gone way too soon. R.I.P. (1963-2022).

Damn, that's crazy. I was at a Florence and the Machine concert at the time, and I just heard that Coolio died, after hearing about Hurricane Ian. Today's going crazy, and all these rappers dying: DMX, Pat Stay, and now Coolio...

May he rest in peace in the gangsta's paradise.

23 Ivana Trump

Her death was out of nowhere. Just shocking and sad, and that's an understatement. She collapsed while going downstairs. She was Donald Trump's first wife as well as a skier, author, and model. This should go to the top 4.

A truly hard day for the Trump family and the world. A wake-up call this was. R.I.P. (1949-2022).

24 Madeleine Albright
25 Bob Saget Robert Lane "Bob" Saget was an American stand-up comedian, actor, and television host. He was known for playing Danny Tanner in the comedy television series Full House as well as the voice of narrator Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother, and was the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos. He died on... read more
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