Paying tribute to the stars we've lost in 2022 – in memoriam

We honour the stars we've lost, through the words of those who knew them best.

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2022 has seen us say farewell to some famous faces from the world of entertainment. Here, we pay tribute to stars of TV, film, music and beyond, along with the words of their friends, colleagues and loved ones – gone but never forgotten.

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Jak Knight - comedian, actor and writer who appeared in Big Mouth - died July 14, aged 28

"Rest In Peace Jak Knight. Hilarious comedian and a great guy. I can't believe it." – Kumail Nanjiani

"RIP Jak Knight. I only met him a few times but every time I would see him it always felt like I was talking to one of the greats. My heart goes out to his close friends and family. He was incredible." – Jack Quaid

"I'm in shock. There was no one like Jak Knight. A singular talent, actually funny and a genuinely kind person, a rare combo. I just can't believe this at all." – Joel Kim Booster

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Monty Norman - composer of James Bond theme tune - died July 11, aged 94

"It is with sadness we share the news that Monty Norman died on 11th July 2022 after a short illness." -

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Tony Sirico - actor from The Sopranos and Goodfellas - died July 8

"RIP Tony Sirico. Legendary. Silvio’s best buddy “Paulie Walnuts” in The Sopranos, Frankie “The Fixer’s” older brother Antonino “Father Tony” Tagliano in Lilyhammer. A larger than life character on and off screen. Gonna miss you a lot my friend. Deepest condolences to the family." - Little Steven Van Zandt

"A stand up guy who always had my back and who loved my children and my parents. I have a lifetime of memories with Tony – starting with Goodfellas to The Sopranos and way beyond but my God, did we have fun doing the Bensonhurst Spelling Bee. I hope he’s in heaven cracking everybody up now. Love you, my pal." Lorraine Bracco

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Gregory Itzin - actor and star of 24 - died July 8, aged 74

"My friend Greg Itzin passed away today.He was one of the most talented actors I had the honor to work with, but more than that he was an all around great guy. He'll be missed by his 24 family who had nothing but love & respect for him. You made your mark, now Rest In Peace friend" - Jon Cassar

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Lenny Von Dohlen - actor and star of Twin Peaks - died July 5 - aged 63

“The world lost a magnificent man on July 5. Brother Len was passionate about everything and everyone. He was always leading; whether it be riveting conversation, an artistic creation or a trip to new places. He loved a good laugh. He continues on his spiritual journey. Living life full in his memory.” - Catherine Von Dohlen

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James Caan - actor, best known for The Godfather - died July 6, aged 82

"It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jimmy on the evening of July 6. The family appreciates the outpouring of love and heartfelt condolences and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time." – James Caan's family.

"Loved him very much. Always wanted to be like him. So happy I got to know him. Never ever stopped laughing when I was around that man. His movies were best of the best. We all will miss him terribly. Thinking of his family and sending my love." – Adam Sandler

"We were lucky enough to work with James Caan on Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. He brought a pathos and authenticity to the role of Tim Lockwood that held the film together. RIP to a legend." – Christopher Miller

"I just saw him speak at the Godfather 50 with Francis and Talia and he was as spirited and fiery as ever. What a giant." – Alex Winter

"Brilliant actor – loved him as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather, such a ferocious, menacing, magnificent performance. Met him once at a party in LA and he was a very funny & highly entertaining man. Sad news." – Piers Morgan

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Mona Hammond - star of EastEnders and Desmond's - died July 4, aged 91

"RIP Mona Hammond. An extremely talented Jamaican actress who did theatre and TV but will always be Auntie SuSu from Desmond's to many of us. She will be sorely missed. May she sleep peacefully." – Lorraine King

"It is with sadness that I wake up to the news Mona Hammond has died. Among her numerous achievements she co-founded Talawa Theatre Company in 1985. She was also a @RADA_London graduate and received an honorary RADA Fellowship in 2019." – Marcus Ryder

"Mona Hammond, a trailblazer in every way. Thank-you xx" – Charlene White

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Dame Deborah James - podcaster and cancer campaigner - died June 28, aged 40

"We are deeply saddened to announce the death of Dame Deborah James; the most amazing wife, daughter, sister, mummy. Deborah passed away peacefully today, surrounded by her family.

Deborah, who many of you will know as Bowelbabe, was an inspiration, and we are incredibly proud of her and her work and commitment to charitable campaigning, fundraising and her endless efforts to raise awareness of cancer that touched so many lives. Deborah shared her experience with the world to raise awareness, break down barriers, challenge taboos and change the conversation around cancer. Even in her most challenging moments, her determination to raise money and awareness was inspiring. We thank you for giving us time in private as a family, and we look forward to continuing Deborah's legacy long into the future through the @bowellbabefund.

Thank you for playing your part in her journey, you are all incredible.

And a few final things from Deborah… "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." x" – Dame Deborah James' family

"What a legacy. She's saved lives, she's remarkable, and we're going to remember her with a lot of joy actually. And boy, would she have made some politician. She was just a woman who got things done.

She was a friend of all of ours; she's touched everybody… A real-life wonder woman, a force of nature.

We remember her as a dear friend of the show and as the heart and soul of our Bowel Cancer campaign. She will be so sadly missed, and our thoughts are with her family at this time. Love her." – Lorraine Kelly

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Mary Mara - actress and star of ER - died June 27, aged 61

"I will never forget Mary Mara in SWEAT at @CTGLA and am devastated to read that she drowned in a river due to asthma. What a rare talent and a huge loss. #MaryMara # R.I.P." – Julie Carmen

"Crushed to learn of Mary Mara's untimely passing. We performed together back in 2008 in Malcolm Danare's 'In Heat' at the Lost Playhouse in L.A. She was plowing through the aftereffects of Chemo. Brave, brilliant, Uber-talented. Earth will be much less-colorful without her. R.I.P." – Jon Lindstrom

"Mary Mara was funny, kind, brilliantly talented. I am terribly sorry she has left us." – Annette O'Toole

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Hilary Devey – Dragons' Den star – died June 11, aged 65

"Very sad to learn that Hilary Devey has passed away at only 65. She was unique in every way and brought grit and warmth with her into the Den. My thoughts are with her family and loved ones. RIP Hilary. Truly one of a kind." – Deborah Meaden

"I'm so sad to hear the news about Hilary. An absolute inspiration for women in particular who wanted to make their mark in male-dominated industries, like she did in haulage. She was also SO MUCH FUN. And an absolute fashion icon." – Greg James

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Julee Cruise - Twin Peaks singer - died June 9, aged 65

"...I said goodbye to my wife, Julee Cruise, today. She left this realm on her own terms. No regrets. She is at peace. Having had such a varied music career she often said that the time she spent as a B [B-52's] filling in for Cindy while she was having a family was the happiest time of her performing life. She will be forever grateful to them. When she first stepped up to the mic with Fred and Kate she said it was like joining the Beatles. She will love them always and never forget their travels together around the world. I played her Roam during her transition. Now she will roam forever. Rest In Peace, my love, and love to you all." – Edward Grinnan

"I just found out that the great Julee Cruise passed away. Very sad news. So, might be a good time to appreciate all the good music she made, and remember her as being a great musician, great singer and a great human being." – David Lynch

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Brad Johnson – 'Marlboro Man' and actor in Melrose Place and Steven Spielberg's Always – died February 18, aged 62

"Although he was taken too early, he lived life to the fullest and taught his children to do the same. Brad greatly enjoyed improving and enhancing land, in a way that maintained and respected its natural beauty. He always felt most at home outdoors, and his passion for the land made that evident. As much as he loved cowboying, hunting and land, Brad loved nothing more than his family." – Family statement

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KK – Indian singer – died May 31, aged 53

"'Hum Rahe Ya Na Rahe Kal. Kal Yaad Aayenge Yeh Pal'. Heartbreaking to know that KK is no more. Thoughts and prayers with his family and friends." – Wasim Jaffer

"Extremely saddened learning the demise of magnificent singer #KK. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Your voice will always stay close to our hearts." – Yusuf Patan

"You will always be in alive in our hearts forever KK sir. Thank you for this beautiful journey. Rest in peace." – Darshan Raval

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Andy Devine – actor best known for playing Shadrach Dingle in Emmerdale – died January 27, aged 79

"Such sad news! Often thought about Andy, he was my first drama teacher and a great one. A character both on and off screen." - Daniel Jillings.

"So sad to hear my old mate and Drama tutor Andy Devine has passed away, many great nights up Manchester. A fantastic actor and real gent." - Brendan Collis

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Ray Liotta – best known for Goodfellas, Field of Dreams and Grand Theft Auto - died May 26, aged 67

"I am utterly shattered to hear this terrible news about my Ray. I can be anywhere in the world, and people will come up and tell me their favourite movie is Goodfellas. Then they always ask what was the best part of making that movie. My response has always been the same… Ray Liotta." – Lorraine Bracco

"His work as an actor showed his complexity as a human being. A gentle man. So sad to hear." – Jamie Lee Curtis

"RIP Ray Liotta!! Loved your work." – Viola Davis

"RIP Ray Liotta. I feel so lucky to have squared off against this legend in one of his final roles. The scenes we did together were among the all-time highlights of my acting career. He was dangerous, unpredictable, hilarious, and generous with his praise for other actors. Too soon." – Alessandro Nivola

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Kay Mellor - actress, screenwriter and creator of Fat Friends - died May 15, aged 71

"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." – Rollem Productions

"I'm shocked and deeply saddened to hear that Kay Mellor has suddenly passed away. Kay was an outstanding writer and the creative force behind many of the nation's best loved television dramas. She wrote with such heart, humanity, humour and passion with strong female characters often taking centre stage. She will be missed and our thoughts are with her friends and family at this difficult time." – Charlotte Moore, BBC's Chief Content Officer

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Fred Ward - actor from Tremors and True Detective - died May 8

"RIP Fred Ward. He always elevated the films he was in." - Alex Winter

"I mourn the loss of Fred Ward, who was so kind to me when we worked together on Remo Williams. Decent and modest and utterly professional, he disarmed with a smile that was at once warm and mischievous." - Kate Mulgrew

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Bruce MacVittie – actor best known for The Sopranos and Law & Order - died May 7, aged 65

"Bruce MacVittie and I worked together many times over the years. He was an amazing and unique actor. Always a pleasure to work with and this is very sad news to hear. He will be missed." – Vincent D'Onofrio

"I met Bruce MacVittie more than forty years ago. We worked and played together repeatedly, as actors, and as friends, throughout the ensuing decades. Overshadowing his illustrious career, for me, were the hours he spent at my bedside throughout my life-threatening illness in '85-'89, the months he spent caring for ill and dying friends throughout '21 and the unflinching presence he granted anyone in need, no matter how dire or terrifying their circumstances. Please let your friends know you love them, and let them know you're as available as Bruce always was." – Evan Handler

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Dennis Waterman - star of Minder, The Sweeney and New Tricks - died May 8, aged 74

"We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved Dennis passed away very peacefully at his home in Spain. The family kindly ask that our privacy is respected at this very difficult time." – family statement

"I grew up watching Dennis Waterman's iconic performances in The Sweeney and Minder. His guest appearance in our Little Britain Live show at Hammersmith Apollo – in which he hilariously duetted with David's absurd impersonation of him – remains the absolute highlight of my career.
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Jossara Jinaro - actress - died April 27, aged 48

"With great sorrow, I announce the passing of my wife, Jossara Jinaro on this date, April 27, 2022. Jossara bravely fought cancer and came home to be surrounded by family. Jossara was an amazing wife, mother, artist, and friend. She had the most beautiful, kind soul and wouldn't take no for an answer. Even in her last moments, she was still fighting. She is now resting in peace and will be remembered forever. Myself, Liam, and Emrys will miss her so deeply, although we know she is in our hearts and guiding us every step of the way." – Matt Bogado

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Neal Adams - Comic book writer who worked on Batman and X-Men - died April 28

"Marvel is saddened to learn artist Neal Adams has passed away. Neal's photorealistic style helped shape the Marvel Universe and beyond, inspiring generations of comic artists as he championed their mentorship & growth. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this time." - Marvel Entertainment

"RIP to Neal Adams, one of the greats." - James Gunn

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Ann Davies - star of Doctor Who and EastEnders - died on April 26, aged 87

"Sadly my lovely client of 34 years Ann Davies passed away yesterday. A superb actress with TV credits including #DoctorWho and #TheSculptress. Ann was devoted to her beloved late husband #RichardBriers and their daughters Lucy and Kate. She will be very much missed. #RIP Annie." – Barry Langford, Ann's agent.

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Robert Morse - actor best known for starring in Mad Men - died April 20, aged 90

"My good pal Bobby Morse has passed away at age 90. A huge talent and a beautiful spirit. Sending love to his son Charlie & daughter Allyn. Had so much fun hanging with Bobby over the years - filming People v OJ & hosting so many screenings (How To Succeed, Loved One, That's Life)." – Larry Karaszewski

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Liz Sheridan - actress best known for starring in Seinfeld - died April 15

"Liz was always the sweetest, nicest TV mom a son could wish for. Every time she came on our show it was the coziest feeling for me. So lucky to have known her." - Jerry Seinfeld

"She was as gracious and graceful a person and actress as you'll ever meet. Fascinating life. Wonderful lady. Rest well. #RIPLizSheridan." - Jason Alexander

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Rio Hackford – actor known for roles in Jonah Hex, Treme and The Mandalorian – died April 14, aged 52

"Rio was energy, and he drew you, but it was a quiet force, not a loud one. And he knew exactly who you needed to know, who you would enjoy, who you would delight in experiencing, and he needed to put that person together with you. 'Right, Guy? I mean… right?' Or, we are a planetary system, and Rio was the star, the centre of gravitational pull and balance, also the system's source of light.

"And we are so much LESS today, now. And the world makes so much LESS sense, as if that were even possible. There's so much to be said about this man and a line backed up around the planet of people whose lives he changed, ready to say it, for a long time to come. I'll stop here. But I share this much because I want to be more like him, and I want everyone to be more like him, to think about how you take in the world around you, how you enjoy it, to savour its experience, its life, and share it." - DV DeVincentis

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Gilbert Gottfried - actor and comedian from Aladdin and Saturday Night Live - died April 12

"Gilbert Gottfried made me laugh at times when laughter did not come easily. What a gift. I did not know him well, but I loved what he shared with me. My best wishes and sympathy to his family. #ripGilbertGottfried." - Jason Alexander

"No one made me laugh more than Gilbert Gottfried and no one I know had a bigger heart. R.I.P. my friend. I enjoyed every minute of knowing you." - SNL's Alan Zweibel

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Melanie Clark Pullen - actress who played Mary Flaherty in EastEnders - died March 29

"We're deeply saddened to hear that Melanie Clark Pullen has passed away. Our love and thoughts are with Melanie's family and friends." - EastEnders

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June Brown – best known for playing Dot Cotton on Eastenders – died April 3, aged 95

"We are deeply saddened to announce that our beloved June Brown, OBE, MBE sadly passed away last night. There are not enough words to describe how much June was loved and adored by everyone at EastEnders, her loving warmth, wit and great humour will never be forgotten. June created one of the most iconic characters in Dot Cotton, not just in soap but in British television, and having appeared in 2,884 episodes, June's remarkable performances created some of EastEnders' finest moments. We send all our love and deepest sympathies to June's family and friends. A very bright light has gone out at EastEnders today but we shall all be raising a sweet sherry in June's memory. Rest in peace, our dearest June. You will never be forgotten." – EastEnders statement

"I'm truly heartbroken by this news. June Brown OBE, MBE, was an amazing woman and a truly wonderful actress. I shared many scenes with her over the years and she was always someone I looked up to and learnt from. There will never be another June Brown and I'm sending all my love to her family." – Gillian Taylforth

"I'm lost for words, something June never was. So many memories, so much fun. Just purely and simply an incredible woman who had the most incredible life and career, I was fortunate to have shared a small part of it. They never made you a Dame (we did try), but to me you will always be Dame Brown." – Adam Woodyatt

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Estelle Harris - Seinfeld and Toy Story star - died April 2, aged 93

"It is with the greatest remorse and sadness to announce that Estelle Harris has passed on this evening at 6:25pm. Her kindness, passion, sensitivity, humor, empathy and love were practically unrivaled, and she will be terribly missed by all those who knew her." – Glen Harris

"The best mom in the business. Rest in peace, Estelle Harris." – Seinfeld

"One of my favourite people has passed - my tv mama, Estelle Harris. The joy of playing with her and relishing her glorious laughter was a treat. I adore you, Estelle. Love to your family. Serenity now and always." – Jason Alexander

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Tom Parker – The Wanted singer – died March 30, aged 33

"It is with the heaviest of hearts that we confirm Tom passed away peacefully earlier today with all of his family by his side. Our hearts are broken, 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. I'm forever proud of you." – Kelsey Parker

"Max, Jay, Siva, Nathan and the whole Wanted family are devastated by the tragic and premature loss of our bandmate Tom Parker, who passed away peacefully at lunchtime today surrounded by his family and his band mates. Tom was an amazing husband to Kelsey, and father to Aurelia and Bodhi. He was our brother, words can't express the loss and sadness we feel. Always and forever in our hearts. Tom Parker 1988-2022." – The Wanted

"I can't begin to express how I feel right now. Tom was the most passionate, funny, driven and inspiring person you could wish to meet and I'm so grateful that I was given the honour of being a part of his journey, and even more grateful I can call him my friend as well as one of four brothers. He was the reason that the band came back together and the last 6 months have been the greatest pleasure of my life. Our lives will never be the same… Thank you Tom for bringing your light to the world. I hope we meet again one day, rest well, brother." – Nathan Sykes

"I am so grateful that I had a chance to witness your true courage. It has been an absolute pleasure Tommy Boy. Thank you for letting us see you light up the world. Talk to you soon and see you later. Love you brother." – Siva Kaneswaran

"When someone leaves us, often we have regret that we didn't have the time to tell them we loved them or how much they meant to us, I have no such regrets. Tom knew how much he meant to me and how much he meant to a lot of people. Life can be cruel, brain tumours are incredibly cruel but the way he took [the] situation and used it to raise awareness, raise money and most of all to remind us all to live every day like it's our last – what a legacy. Tom had many achievements with The Wanted but without a doubt his biggest achievement and most treasured were Kelsey and the kids. If love was a cure he would have outlived us all. Rae and Bodhi – your daddy was a legend, a legend of his time." – Rachel Wood

"Just heard that Tom Parker passed away the same wicked disease that took my father. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He was a very special man that I had the honour of meeting several times. Rest in Peace brother My dad will be there waiting for you with a beer." – James Jordan

"You achieved so much from life, yet deserved so much more. Rest in perfect peace @TomParker. I'm so sorry it has happened this way. You were always the nicest guy whenever I met you in passing. Sending love to all the fans and @thewanted boys."
– Mike Hough

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