Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2022

RIP: Christine McVie and Irene Cara


Bobbe "Beegie" Long Adair - Nashville-based jazz pianist; 84

Patrick Adams - New York disco/R&B producer and engineer; 72

Ian Alexander Jr. - performed as DJ Desdune, actress/director Regina King's son; 26

Jerry Allison - Buddy Holly & the Crickets' drummer; cancer; 82

Rick Anderson - The Tubes' co-founder and bassist; 75

David Andersson - guitarist with Swedish metal band Soilwork; 47

Ernie Andrews - Philadelphia-born blues/jazz singer; blood clot; 94

Reggie Andrews - L.A. songwriter, producer and educator; co-wrote "Let It Whip" by the Dazz Band in 1982; 74

Stuart Antsis - guitarist with Cradle of Filth in the '90s; 48



Baby Cino (Timothy Starks) - Haitian rapper from Miami; drive-by shooting; 20

Chris Bailey - founder/frontman of Australian punk band, the Saints; 65

Rollie Bands - Tampa rapper; shot and killed

Bertha Barbee-McNeal - singer/co-founder of Motown group The Velvelettes; colon cancer; 82

Luke Bell - Austin-based C&W singer/songwriter; fentanyl overdose; 32

Rory Wahid Bayyan Bell - sang backup with his brothers' funk band, Kool & the Gang; lung cancer; 62

Thom Bell - Jamaican-born producer and songwriter noted for Philadelphia soul tunes like "You Make Me Feel Brand New," "I'll Be Around" and "La-La (Means I Love You)"; 79

Warren Bernhardt - Wisconsin-born jazz pianist, played with Steely Dan and others; 83

Jet Black (Brian Duffy) - drummer and co-founder of British punk/new wave band the Stranglers; 84

Big Scarr (Alexander Woods) - Memphis rapper; drug overdose; 22

Stephen "tWitch" Boss - DJ and dancer on The Ellen DeGeneres Show; suicide; 40

jaimie branch - Brooklyn-based jazz trumpeter; 39

Gary Brooker - founder/lead singer/pianist of British prog band Procol Harum; cancer; 76

Johnny Brown - known best for his role on Good Times, he was also a '60s pop singer; 84

Joyce Bryant - Oakland-born singer known as "The Black Marilyn Monroe"; 95



Jewell Caples - Chicago-born R&B singer, debut album released by  Death Row label, collaborated with Snoop Dogg, 2Pac and others; 53

Irene Cara - Bronx-born singer starred in Fame and had several Top 10 hits, including "Fame" and the No. 1 "Flashdance... What a Feeling"; 63

Aaron Carter - Florida-born teen pop singer, brother of Backstreet Boy, Nick; drowned in bathtub; 34

Manny Charlton - Spanish-born guitarist with Scottish rock band Nazareth; 80

Andy Chaves - lead singer of Arizona-based band, Katastro; car accident; 32

Gene Cipriano - Connecticut-born reedman and flautist played with the Los Angeles studio band, The Wrecking Crew; 94

Jeff Cook - Alabama co-founder and guitarist, member of Country Music Hall of Fame; Parkinson's; 73

Coolio (Artis Ivey Jr.) - L.A. rapper had a No. 1 hit with "Gangsta's Paradise" in 1995 (watch below); cardiac arrest; 59

Peter Cooper - Grammy-nominated country singer from South Carolina and music journalist with The Tennessean; head injury; 52

Gal Costa - Brazilian singer-songwriter. recipient of Latin Grammy LIfetime Achievement Award; death followed surgery; 77

Cashal Coughlan - Irish-born frontman of Fatima Mansions and Microdisney; 61

CPO Boss Hogg (Vincent Edwards, a.k.a. Lil Nation) - L.A. rapper; heart attack; 52

Mike Cross - co-founder/guitarist of Detroit alt-rock band Sponge; 57

Julee Cruise - Iowa-born singer known for the Twin Peaks theme song, "Falling"; suicide; 65

Ronnie Cuber - New York-born saxophonist, played with Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, B.B. King and others; 80


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