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

Raymond Raposa - Indiana-born leader of Castenets; 41

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

Paul Ryder - co-founder/bassist with '90s British acid-house band, Happy Mondays; brother of lead singer Shaun; 58



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

Jim Seals - half of the popular '70s Texas duo, Seals and Crofts with Dash Crofts; 80

Jim Schwall - Indiana-born blues guitarist with The Siegel-Schwall Band; 79

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

Jim Sohns - co-founder/lead singer with Chicago garage band, Shadows of Night; stroke; 75

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

Alec John Such - New Jersey-born founding bassist with Bon Jovi, member of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; 70

Earl Swavey - L.A. rapper; shot and killed ; 26


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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.