Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2022

RIP Jerry Lee Lewis and Aaron Carter


Kyle Maite - guitarist with Ohio rock band Hit the LIghts; trucking accident; 37

Emmaretta Marks - sang with Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and others

Craig Marshall - Austin, TX-based guitarist with Grateful Dead tribute band, Cubensis; cancer; 61

Hector "Tito" Matos - Puerto Rican percussionist, played with Eddie Palmieri and others; 53

Dan McCafferty - frontman with Scottish rock band Nazareth, which he co-founded; pulmonary disease; 76

Tommy McConnell - drummer with New York R&B/disco girl group Skyy 

Charles McCormick - bassist/vocalist with Kanass City-based R&B band Bloodstone, wrote their 1973 No. 10 hit, "Natural High"

Deborah McCrary - member of Nashville vocal group The McCrary Sisters; 67

Ian McDonald - founding member of King Crimson and Foreigner, played various instruments (sax, flute, keyboards, guitar); cancer; 75

Meatloaf (Marvin Aday) - rock singer from Dallas, won Grammy for "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)"; Covid-related; 74

Eric Mercury - Canadian R&B singer; cancer; 77

Christopher Meredith - Jamaican bassist; played with Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers, Burning Spear and more

Joe Messina - guitarist with the Funk Brothers Motown house band; kidney disease; 93

Mikaben (Michael Benjamin) - Haitian singer-songwriter/guitarist; collapsed on stage suffereing cardiac arrest; 41

Ron Miles - Indianapolis-born jazz trumpeter and cornet player; cancer; 58

Jody Miller - Oklahoma-born female country singer, winner of one Grammy; Parkinson's; 80

Sue Mingus - Chicago-born wife of jazz bassist Charles Mingus; 92

Charnett Moffett - New York-born jazz bassist, played with McCoy Tyner and many others; heart attack; 54

Moneygang Vontae (Avanti Frowner) - Chicago rapper; shot and killed in New York; 27

Nicky Moore - lead singer of British metal band Samson; Parkinson's; 75

Massimo Morante - founder/guitarist with Italian prog-rock grouo, Goblin; 69

Denroy Morgan - reggae artist from Jamaica and father of the members of Morgan Heritiage, charged with possessing 25 pounds of ganja in 2011; cancer; 76

Barbara Morrison - Michigan-born jazz singer; heart disease; 72

James Mtume (James Forman) - percussionist and songwriter, played with Miles Davis, son of Jimmy Heath; 76

David Muse - sax and flute player with Firefall and Marshall Tucker Band; cancer; 73 


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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.