From December 31, 2021 To January 31, 2022, Celebrities were being called home on a daily basis.
1 of 30 Moses J. Moseley
Moses J. Moseley, an actor known for playing one of Michonne’s zombie companions on the popular AMC series The Walking Dead, was found dead in Stockbridge, Ga., near Atlanta, on Jan. 26. He was 31. Moseley appeared on six episodes of TWD from 2012 to 2015, as the undead version of Mike, the boyfriend of Danai Gurira’s Michonne, whom she kept by her side — minus his arms and jaw — as one of her “pets.” Moseley appeared with Gurira and Theshay West on the cover of EW in August 2012. His other screen credits included HBO’s Watchmen, USA’s Queen of the South, and the films The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Attack of the Southern Fried Zombies.
2 of 30 Cheslie Kryst
Miss USA 2019 and Extra correspondent Cheslie Kryst died Jan. 30. She was 30. Authorities say Kryst died after jumping from a 60-story building in New York City. Kryst, an attorney, was crowned Miss USA as Miss North Carolina in May 2019. She and three other women — Nia Imani Franklin (Miss America) Kaliegh Garris (Miss Teen USA) and Zozibini Tunzi (Miss Universe) — became the first group of Black women to hold the titles in a single year.
3 of 30 Howard Hesseman
Howard Hesseman, beloved for his sitcom roles in WKRP in Cincinnati and Head of the Class, died Jan. 29 in Los Angeles due to complications from colon surgery. He was 81. Hesseman first made his mark in TV with his role as radio disc jockey Johnny Fever in CBS’ WKRP in Cincinnati, which garnered him two Emmy nominations. He went on to star in other notable shows, including the original One Day at a Time, The Rockford Files, Laverne & Shirley, and The Bob Newhart Show before appearing in recent titles like Fresh Off the Boat, CSI, Psych, and That 70’s Show. Hesseman also forayed into film, starring in This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Gridlock’d (1997), Doctor Detroit (1983), Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985), Clue (1985), Flight of the Navigator (1986), and most recently, Martian Child (2007), Halloween II (2009), and Wild Oats (2016).
4 of 30 Sister Janet Mead
Sister Janet Mead, a Catholic nun who became an unlikely pop star with a chart-topping rock version of the Lord’s Prayer in 1974, died Jan. 26 in her native Adelaide, Australia, after suffering from cancer, the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide confirmed. Her age was reported to be 83 or 84. Mead’s rendition of the Lord’s Prayer sold more than two million copies worldwide, reaching no. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and scoring a Grammy nomination for “Best Inspirational Performance.” (She lost the award to Elvis Presley.) Mead was known for her “Rock Masses” in Adelaide, where she encouraged her congregation to play instruments and sing in the style of the era’s popular music. The success of her Lord’s Prayer recording led to two albums, With You I Am and A Rock Mass, but Mead resisted publicity and calls to continue her music career, preferring to focus on ministry. “It was a complete shock when publicity… came my way,” she told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph in 1999. “Because I’d resolved to use all my powers to continue with the work I was doing rather than be sidetracked by the superficial kind of success that I was experiencing, it was very, very difficult.”
5 of 30 Vachik Mangassarian
Vachik Mangassarian, a character actor who appeared in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., died of COVID-19 related complications at age 78. Mangassarian’s big break came in 1978’s The South’s Shark and he went on to appear in shows such as Curb Your Enthusiasm; NCIS: Los Angeles; The Fall Guy; Murder, She Wrote; Murphy Brown; NYPD Blue; and more. His best known role came when he appeared on Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Qasim Zaghlul, an architect who attended a party with Skye (Chloe Bennett) and Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen).
6 of 30 Thierry Mugler
Fashion designer Thierry Mugler, known for his futuristic designs in the ’80s and ’90s, died Jan. 23. He was 73. Born Manfred Thierry Mugler in Strasbourg, France in 1948, Mugler began designing clothes in 1971, eventually opening up his own Paris boutique seven years later. His broad-shouldered, ’40s-inspired clothing bore touches of science fiction and he continued to produce extravagant shows into the ’90s. In 1992, Mugler designed the fashions for George Michael’s “Too Funky” video and the following year he created the black dress worn by Demi Moore in Indecent Proposal. Though he left fashion in 2002, Mugler served as Beyoncé’s artistic advisor in 2009, designing her costumes for her “I Am…World Tour.” More recently, he designed Kim Kardashian’s show-stopping Met Gala outfit in 2019.
7 of 30 Louie Anderson
Louie Anderson — TV star, stand-up comedian, and former Family Feud host — died Jan. 21, due to complications from cancer at age 68. In recent years, Anderson starred on FX’s Baskets as Christine Baskets, mother of twins played by Zach Galifianakis. He won an Emmy for the role in 2016. Last year’s Coming 2 America was his final film appearance.
8 of 30 Meat Loaf
Meat Loaf, the singer behind the 1977 Bat Out of Hell rock opera album, died Jan. 20, at the age of 74. Born Marvin Lee Oday, Meat Loaf released numerous hit songs, including “Paradise by the Dashboard Light,” “Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad,” and “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).” He famously played the role of Eddie opposite Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon in the 1975 rock musical comedy The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
9 of 30 Hardy Krüger
German actor Hardy Krüger died “suddenly and unexpectedly” on Jan. 19 at age 93, according to his literary agent Peter Kaefferlein. The performer is perhaps best known for his work in the 1957 British film The One That Got Away, and for deserting from the Nazi army during World War II. He later continued to appear in war-focused films throughout the 1970s, including Barry Lyndon (1975), A Bridge Too Far (1977), and The Wild Geese (1978).
10 of 30 Dick Halligan
Dick Halligan, a founding member of the jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears, died Jan. 18 of natural causes. He was 78. EW confirmed his death through a rep for the musician’s daughter, Shana. Born in Troy, N.Y. in 1943, Halligan formed the band in 1967 with Al Kooper, Jim Fielder, Fred Lipsius, Randy Brecker, Jerry Weiss, Steve Katz and Bobby Colomby. A multi-instrumentalist, Halligan played trombone on Blood, Sweat & Tear’s first album, but shifted to keyboards and flute for the following three before leaving the band in 1971. Throughout the ’70s and ’80s Halligan composed and arranged music for several films, including the Chuck Norris movies A Force of One and The Octagon. In addition to his daughter, he is survived by his son-in-law, Eric, his grandson, Otis, and his stepson, Buddy.
11 of 30 Gaspard Ulliel
Gaspard Ulliel died on Jan. 19 at age 37 in a skiing accident. Ulliel was a well-known name in France, working with some of the industry’s top actors and directors, including Bertrand Bonello’s 2015 biopic Saint Laurent where he played the French fashion mogul Yves Saint Laurent. His breakout performances included roles in Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s A Very Long Engagement, Bertrand Tavernier’s La Princesse de Montpensier, and Xavier Dolan’s It’s Only the End of The World, which won the actor a César Award in 2017 for his starring role alongside Marion Cotillard and Lea Seydoux. He made his English-language debut in 2007’s Hannibal Rising and stars alongside Oscar Isaac in Marvel’s upcoming Moon Knight series.
12 of 30 André Leon Talley
André Leon Talley, whose keen eye and sharp wit served the pages of Vogue for more than 40 years, died Jan. 18 at age 73. Born in 1948 in Washington, D.C., André Leon Talley, or ALT, was raised in North Carolina by his elegant grandmother who inspired in him an early love for fashion. Under the stewardship of current EIC Anna Wintour, Talley became Vogue‘s creative director, from 1988 to 1995, and was editor-at-large from 1998 to 2013. Additionally he acted as a fashion advisor to the Obamas in 2008, introducing Michelle Obama to the designer Jason Wu, who went on to design her inaugural gown.
13 of 30 Yvette Mimieux
The 1960s star of hits such as The Time Machine and Where the Boys Are died Jan. 8 at the age of 80. Her other major titles include Platinum High School, Mr. Lucky, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Toys in the Attic, Joy in the Morning, and TV series The Most Deadly Game. She originated the role of Clara Johnson in Light in the Piazza opposite Olivia de Havilland as her mother. The film went on to be adapted into a Broadway musical. Mimieux was also a writer, penning TV movies such as Hit Lady and Lady Boss, which she also starred in.
14 of 30 Wavy Navy Pooh
Miami rapper Wavy Navy Pooh, best known for his song “M.I.A.M.I. (Murder is a Major Issue),” died Jan. 14 at the age of 28 from a reported drive-by shooting. Born Shandler Beaubien, the rapper has released two albums, 2020’s Murder is a Major Issue and 2021’s Endangered, as well as the singles “Gang Gang,” “Guwop,” “Slidin,” and “Money On My Head,” with his record label, Quality Control Music.
15 of 30 Jordan Cashmyer
Jordan Cashmyer, who starred in season 5 of the MTV reality series 16 and Pregnant, died in her native Maryland at the age of 26, her mother Jessica confirmed on Jan. 16. Cashmyer appeared in the fifth season of 16 and Pregnant in 2014, which chronicled her struggles with finding employment and housing while she was pregnant with her daughter, Genevieve “Evie,” with then-boyfriend Derek Taylor. Prior to her death, Cashmyer, who struggled with addiction, celebrated one year of sobriety in January 2021.
16 of 30 Fred Parris
Fred Parris, the leader of the doo-wop group the Five Satins who penned their signature hit “In the Still of the Night,” died Jan. 13 after a brief illness. He was 85. Parris co-founded the group in his hometown of New Haven, Conn., in 1954, and wrote the 1956 classic’s lyrics while on guard duty at a U.S. Army base in Philadelphia. The Five Satins recorded “In the Still of the Night” in the basement of a New Haven church, a modest start for a song that would become one of the most enduringly popular of its era. “I never expected it to have so much of an impact,” Parris recalled in a 2014 interview with the New Haven Register. “I didn’t know if they were going to listen to it 15 minutes later, let alone 50 years… The song has been real good to me.”
17 of 30 Rosa Lee Hawkins
Rosa Lee Hawkins, a member of the musical girl group the Dixie Cups, died Jan. 11 due to complications from surgery. She was 76. The Dixie Cups originally consisted of Hawkins and her sister Barbara Ann, along with their cousin Joan Marie Johnson, and were known for a string of hits in the mid-1960s. Their song “Chapel of Love” hit no. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1964, and the group released the first popular version of “Iko Iko” the following year. Hawkins and her sister continued to perform together over the following decades, even after Johnson’s death in 2011.
18 of 30 Clint Arlis
Clint Arliss, a contestant on season 11 of The Bachelorette, died Jan. 11 at age 34. Arlis’ fellow contestant Nick Viall, who ultimately won their season, remembered Arlis as “a very kind, unique, and talented person,” while Kaitlyn Bristowe, the woman whose heart they vied for, called his death an “absolute tragedy.”
19 of 30 Maria Ewing
Maria Ewing, a renowned opera singer and the mother of actress Rebecca Hall, died Jan. 9 at the age of 71. Born in 1950 and the youngest of four, Ewing — the daughter of a white Dutch mother and African-American father — made her Metropolitan Opera debut in 1976 via Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro). She continued to perform at the Met, culminating in 96 performances that concluded with her role as Marie in Berg’s 1997 opera Wozzeck. Ewing met her future husband, Peter Hall, in 1978 while performing in Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte at Britain’s Glyndebourne Festival. Hall would go on to direct Ewing in muliple performances throughout her career, including 1986’s Salome at the LA Opera and 1987’s Nozze.
20 of 30 Robert Durst
Robert Durst, the enigmatic New York real estate scion who was convicted of murdering his best friend to prevent her from telling authorities she helped cover up his wife’s killing, and whose participation in the high-profile true-crime miniseries The Jinx helped seal his fate, died in custody Jan. 10, at 78, while serving a life sentence. In addition to being convicted in the execution-style slaying of his close confidante Susan Berman in 2000, Durst was long suspected of foul play in the mysterious disappearance of his wife, Kathleen (née McCormack), in New York in 1982, and the death and dismemberment of his neighbor Morris Black in Texas later that year. In one of the most shocking and consequential moments in true-crime television, The Jinx ended with a hot-mic bombshell in which Durst could be heard muttering to himself in the bathroom, “That’s it, you’re caught,” and saying he “killed them all, of course.”
21 of 30 Bob Saget
Bob Saget, actor and comedian who found success as Danny Tanner on Full House and as host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, died Jan. 9. He was 65. Saget, whose wholesome, family-friendly image belied his rather off-color stand-up comedy, often used this dichotomy between his public personas to comedic effect in cameos in Half Baked, Entourage, and The Aristocrats. In addition to returning to the Tanner household for the Fuller House reboot, Saget also narrated all nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother, playing the older version of protagonist Ted Mosby. On Jan. 9, Saget was found unresponsive by security guards in a Ritz Carlton in Orlando and was later pronounced dead at the scene by the sheriff and fire departments. He is survived by his wife Kelly Rizzo and his three children.
22 of 30 Dwayne Hickman
Dwayne Hickman, the TV executive and actor best known for his role as girl-infatuated teen Dobie Gillis in the CBS sitcom The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, died on Jan. 9 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. Hickman began his career with minor roles in films like Captain Eddie and The Happy Years before foraying into television, starring in The Lone Ranger, The Loretta Young Show, and The Bob Cummings Show. His most memorable role came as Dobie Gillis, a high school teen who aspired to popularity, success, and the attention of beautiful girls in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis. Hickman returned to his CBS roots in the late 1970s as a network executive, overseeing the development of shows like M*A*S*H, Maude, and Sister, Sister.
23 of 30 Michael Lang
Michael Lang, concert promoter and producer who co-created the 1969 Woodstock festival, died Jan. 8. He was 77. Born in Brooklyn, Lang moved to Woodstock, N.Y. where he met Artie Kornfeld. Together they developed the idea of a festival to commemorate the social movements of the 1960s. With Kornfeld and partners John P. Roberts and Joel Rosenman, Lang organized the planning of the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, held from Aug. 15-18 on the farm of Max Yasgur. Lang was portrayed by Jonathan Groff in the 2009 Ang Lee film Taking Woodstock.
24 of 30 Marilyn Bergman
Marilyn Bergman, the songwriter who penned the lyrics for such iconic tunes as “The Way We Were” and “The Windmills of Your Mind” with her husband, Alan Bergman, died Jan. 8 of respiratory failure in Los Angeles. She was 93. The Bergmans were a decorated songwriting team, winning three Academy Awards, two Grammys, and four Emmys, among many other honors, and writing many popular songs including the Neil Diamond-Streisand duet “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers,” “It Might Be You” from Tootsie, and the themes from the sitcoms Maude, Alice, and Good Times. Marilyn Bergman was also the first woman on the board of directors of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) and was later elected president and chairman, holding the position from 1994 to 2009.
25 of 30 Sidney Poitier
Trailblazing actor Sidney Poitier — who paved the way for Black stars in Hollywood by becoming the first Black man to win the Best Actor Oscar — died Jan. 7. After his death, stars who walked in his footsteps (like Whoopi Goldberg and Viola Davis) paid tribute to the 94-year-old’s impactful career that included roles in movies Lilies of the Field, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, and In the Heat of the Night. “No words can describe how your work radically shifted my life,” Davis said. “The dignity, normalcy, strength, excellence and sheer electricity you brought to your roles showed us that we, as Black folks, mattered!!!”
26 of 30 Calvin Simon
Calvin Simon, a founding member of the pioneering funk music group Parliament-Funkadelic, died Jan. 6 at the age of 79. A West Virginia native, where he sang with a church choir for weekly radio broadcasts prior to his relocation to New Jersey with his family as a teen, Simon joined the group originally known as the Parliaments in the late 1950s, releasing hit singles like “(I Wanna) Testify” in 1967. Following a two year stint in the Vietnam War, Simon returned to the group and later joined Parliament-Funkadelic, a funk music collective of rotating musicians that released hits “Give Up the Funk” and “Flash Light,” among others. Simon left the band in 1978, returning to his gospel roots with the albums Share the News, It’s Not Too Late, and I Believe. In 1997, he and other Parliament-Funkadelic members were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2019, the group received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.
27 of 30 Peter Bogdanovich
Peter Bogdanovich, the Oscar-nominated writer and director of iconic films like The Last Picture Show, What’s Up Doc, and Paper Moon, died Jan. 6 of natural causes. He was 82. The highly prolific director and film writer had a long and storied career that included films like Daisy Miller, At Long Last Love, They All Laughed, Nickelodeon, Saint Jack, Mask, and Targets. His personal life was almost as storied, thanks to his romantic relationships with model Cybill Shepherd (whom he met while filming The Last Picture Show) and 1980 Playboy Playmate of the Year Dorothy Stratten. In 1997, Bogdanovich authored Who the Devil Made It: Conversations With Legendary Directors, and in 2004, he released a second book called Who the Hell’s in It: Conversations With Hollywood’s Legendary Actors. His most recent projects were the 2014 Owen Wilson and Imogen Poots comedy She’s Funny That Way which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2018. He also took on acting roles, with his most prominent part as a psychotherapist in HBO’s The Sopranos.
28 of 30Jessie D
Jessie Lee Daniels, a.k.a. Jessie D, a founding member of the R&B and hip-hop group Force MDs, who helped paved the way for new jack swing, died Jan. 5 at 57. A native of Staten Island, Daniels founded Force MDs with his nephews Stevie D. Lundy, Antoine “T.C.D.” Lundy, and Rodney “Khalil” Lundy in 1981. Their blend of smooth R&B vocals with and hip-hop beats presaged the new jack swing movement that defined the rest of the decade. They were best known, however, for their quiet storm hits “Tender Love” and “Love is a House.”
29 of 30 Jay Wolpert
Jay Wolpert, a producer and screenwriter known for his work on The Price Is Right and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, died Jan. 3 in Los Angeles after a battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 79. A Bronx native, Wolpert began his career in TV game shows after he won the Tournament of Champions on Jeopardy in the late 1960s. He worked as a producer on The Price Is Right from the time of its debut in 1972 until 1978, receiving a Daytime Emmy nomination for his efforts. Wolpert also created the CBS game show Double Dare and helped develop Family Feud, Match Game, and Card Sharks. After three decades, Wolpert pursued film and credited Nancy Meyers, his erstwhile assistant on The Price Is Right prior to her foray into film, for pushing him to write. He penned scripts and screenplays for Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and The Count of Monte Cristo, among others.
30 of 30 Max Julien
Max Julien, who starred in the classic 1973 Blaxploitation film The Mack, died New Year’s Day at age 88. Born in Washington, D.C., Julien was a trained actor who began his career in theater before moving to film. In addition to The Mack, he co-wrote and co-produced the 1973 Blaxploitation epic Cleopatra Jones. Julien’s other notable performances included 1968’s Psych-Out and Uptight, which many considered his standout role, as well as 1970’s Getting Straight. He also made guest appearances on television shows like The Mod Squad and One on One.
R.I.P BETTY WHITE