Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2022


Dick Halligan - original member of Blood, Sweat & Tears, played trombone, flute and keyboards; 78

William Hart - co-founder/lead singer of Philadelpha soul group, The Delfonics; complications from surgery; 77.

Ronnie Hawkins - famous for discovering The Band, who backed up Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks, in Toronto where he moved from his native Arkansas; 87

Rosa Lee Hawkins - singer with New Orleans girls group, The Dixie Cups; 76

Taylor Hawkins - drummer with Foo Fighters; drug overdoise; 50

Bob Heathcote - former bassist with Suicidal Tendencies; motorcycle accident; 58

Michael Henderson - soul singer and jazz bassist with Miles Davis in the '70s; cancer; 71

Sam Henry - drummer with the Oregon-based punk-rock band The Wipers; cancer; 65

Judy Henske - Wisconsin-born follk singer known as "the Queen of the Beatniks; 85.

Hana Horka - Czech folk singer; Covid-related; 57



J $tash (Justin Joseph) - California-based rapper; suicide; 28

JayDayYoungan (Javorious Scott) - Louisiana rapper; shot and killed in Bogalusa; 24

Jesse D (Jesse Lee Daniels)) - singer with New York R&B group Force MDs; 57

Cliff Johnson - founder/lead singer of Chicago rock group, Off Broadway; 70

Jimmy Johnson - Chicago blues singer/guitarist; 93

Syl Johnson - Chicago-based blues/soul singer and harmonica player, had hit with "Take Me to the River"; heart failure; 85

Naomi Judd - member of the Judds, with daughter Wynonna, who were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2022, received five Grammy Awards from 1985-1992 zand had 14 No.1 country hits; suicide; 75 

KK (Krishnakumar Kunnath)- East Indian pop singer; cardiac arrest; 53



Mark Lanegan - co-founder/lead singer with Washington-based Screaming Trees and later with Queens of the Stone Age; 57

Sam Lay - blues drummer, played with Muddy Waters, Bob Dylan and others; 86

Lil Bo Weep (Winona Green) - Australian singer and YouTube star; 22

Lil Keed (Raqhid Render) - Atlanta-born rapper; 24

Jon Lind - writer of "Boogie Wonderland" and other songs; cancer; 73

Kaleb Luebchow - drummer witn Pennsylvania-based Christian metalcore band War of Ages 


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Steve Bloom

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