Pop, Hip-Hop and Rock Star Deaths in 2022


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

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

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

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

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



Rachel Nagy - Detroit Cobras lead singer/pianist; 37

Nolan Neal - The Voice contestent; 41

Bobbie Nelson - Willie Nelson's piano-playing older "Sister Bobbie" performed in her brother's band for more than 40 years; 91

Sandy Nelson - house drummer for Imperial Records, played on "Ooo Poo Pa Doo" among many others; stroke; 83

Olivia Newton-John - Australian pop singer known for her role in Grease and numerous hit songs like "Have You Never Been Mellow" (1975); breast cancer; 73

OhTrapStar (Ernesto Carralero) - Miami rapper; car crash; 23

Valiz Ortíz - Mexican trans singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, known for psych music; 39


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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.