Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2022



LaShun Pace - Atlanta-born gospel singer; kidney failure; 60

Ric Parnell - drummer of Atomic Rooster and the This Is Spinal Tap band; 70

Fred Parris - lead singer of The Five Satins, wrote "In the Still of the Night"; 85

Clifford "Moonie" Pusey - Steel Pulse guitarist; cancer

Howie Pyro (Howard Kusten) - New York-born bassist with D-Generation, Danzig and The Blessed; Covid-related; 61

Hargus "Pig" Robbins - blind Tennessee-born C&W keyboardist, played with Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Bob Dylan and more; 84

Marty Roberts - L.A. lounge singer with his wife in Marty & Elayne

Badal Roy (Amerenda Roy Chowdhury - Pakistani tabla player, played with Miles Davis and Ornette Coleman

Art Rupe (Arthur Goldberg) - rock & roll pioneer who founded Specialty Records and signed Little Richard, Sam Cooke and others; 104

Bobby Rydell - teen idol pop-rock singer, starred with Ann-Margaret in Bye Bye Birdie; pneumonia; 79

Sad Frosty (Sam Hernandez) - Houston rapper and social media star; 24 

Donald "Tabby" Shaw - founding member of the Mighty Diamonds reggae group; killed in drive-by shooting in Jamaica; 67

Sidhu Moose Wala (Shubhdeep Singh Sidhu) - East Indian-based rapper; drive-by shooting; 28

Calvin Simon - original member of The Parliaments with George Clinton, inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Parliament-Funkadelic; 79

Fitzroy "Bunny" Simpson - founding member of the Mighty Diamonds; diabetes; 70

Elza Soares - Brazilian samba singer; 91

Ronnie Spector - lead singer of The Ronettes, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee; cancer; 78

Tom Smith - co-founder of experimental noise group To Live and Shave in L.A.; cancer; 65

Snootie Wild (nee LePreston Porter) - Memphis rapper shot in Houston; 36

Trevor Strnad - Michigan-born co-founder/vocalist of death-metal band, the Black Dahlia Murder; 41

Earl Swavey - L.A. rapper; murdered; 26



Timmy Thomas - Miami-based R&B singer best known for the organ-drenched "Why Can't We Love Together" (No. 3, 1972); cancer; 77

Tony Thomas - guitarist with Parliament Funkadelic; 62

Traxamillion (Sultan Banks) - San Jose DJ/hip-hop producer; cancer; 42

23 Rackz (Justin Johnson) - Washington, DC rapper; shot; 16

Vangelis (Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou) - Greek keyboardist won Oscar for composing Chariots of Fire soundtrack; Covid-related; 79

Diego Vedaguer (nee Miguel Hernández) - Mexican singer of Argentine descent; Covid-related; 70

Wavy Navy Pooh (Shandler Beaubien) - Miami rapper; murdered; 28

Norma Waterson - British folk singer with the Watersons; pneumonia; 82

Alan White - replaced Bill Bruford as Yes' drummer in 1972, played on John Lennon and George Harrison albums; 72

Don Wilson - co-founder/rhythm guitarist with '60s surf band, the Ventures; 88

Andrew Woolfolk - Texas-born saxophone player with Earth, Wind & Fire; 71

Bernard Wright - New York-born R&B/jazz singer/keyboardist, played with MIles Davis and others

Jon "Jonny Z" Zazula - Bronx-born founder of MegaForce Records; COPD; 69


Total: 88


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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.