Stars who died in 2022, who died today yesterday, celebrity deaths today

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Wonderwall.com is taking a look back at the bold-faced names we lost in 2022, starting with this Hollywood music maven… Lauded lyricist Marilyn Bergman — who won a trove of awards including Oscars, Emmys, Grammys and more — died of respiratory failure at her Los Angeles home on Jan. 8. Her husband and writing partner, Alan Bergman, was by her side when she passed away at 93, The New York Times reported. The pair, married since 1958, penned the lyrics for notable songs including “The Windmills of Your Mind” from “The Thomas Crown Affair,” “The Way We Were” from the Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford movie of the same name and “Moonlight” from “Sabrina,” plus the score for “Yentl” and more.

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On Jan. 7, “Nothing Compares 2 U” singer Sinéad O’Connor’s shared on social media that son Shane, the third of her four children, was dead at 17 following earlier posts revealing he’d gone missing. “My beautiful son, Nevi’im Nesta Ali Shane O’Connor, the very light of my life, decided to end his earthly struggle today and is now with God,” tweeted the music star, who had Shane with ex Donal Lunny, an Irish folk musician. “May he rest in peace and may no one follow his example. My baby. I love you so much. Please be at peace.” In another post, she tweeted a Bob Marley song that she dedicated to her son — seen here as a teen — writing, “This is for my Shaney. The light of my life. The lamp of my soul. My blue-eye baby. You will always be my light. We will always be together. No boundary can separate us.” She also revealed Shane had been in the care of a state hospital and accused the facility of allowing her son to get “out of their grasp.” She later added, “May God forgive the Irish State for I never will.”

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Sidney Poitier — the first Black performer to win an Oscar for best actor, for his performance in 1963’s “Lilies in the Field” — passed away at his Los Angeles home on Jan. 6. He was 94. The star of films including “To Sir With Love,” “In the Heat of the Night” and “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” was a pioneering force in Hollywood who paved the way for other actors of color like Denzel Washington, who said of the icon, “It was a privilege to call Sidney Poitier my friend. He was a gentle man and opened doors for all of us that had been closed for years. God bless him and his family.” In addition to his Oscar, the Bahamian-American star received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.

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Filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich died at 82 on Jan. 6 at his home in Los Angeles. The director of celebrated ’70s films “The Last Picture Show,” “What’s Up, Doc?”and “Paper Moon” also notably appeared on TV’s “The Sopranos” as the psychiatrist who treats Tony Soprano’s psychiatrist, who was played by Lorraine Bracco. He made headlines for his romances with beauties like actress Cybill Shepherd and Playboy Playmate Dorothy Stratten — who was murdered by her estranged husband after moving on with Peter — and he later married and divorced Dorothy’s little sister, Louise Stratten.

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South Korean actress Kim Mi-soo, who had a supporting role on the Disney+ series “Snowdrop,” died at 29 at the start of the year. “Kim suddenly left us on Jan. 5,” her agency, Landscape, said in a statement, as reported by Variety and translated by Joongang Daily. “The bereaved are deep in their sorrow at the sudden sadness. Please refrain from reporting false rumors or speculation so that the family can mourn in peace.” A cause of death was not announced.

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Broadway and daytime drama actress Joan Copeland, famed playwright Arthur Miller’s sister, died at her New York City home on Jan. 4, Variety confirmed. She was 99. She appeared not only in Broadway shows including “Sundown Beach,” “Detective Story,” “Coco,” and “45 Seconds From Broadway” but had a following for her work on soap operas like “Search for Tomorrow,” “Love of Life,” “The Edge of the Night” and “How to Survive a Marriage.”

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Actor Max Julien, who was best known for his starring role in the classic 1973 Blaxploitation film “The Mack” with Richard Pryor, died on Jan. 1 at 88. He also notably appeared in 1968’s “Uptight” and co-wrote and co-produced the 1973 Blaxploitation flick “Cleopatra Jones” before appearances on shows like “The Mod Squad,” NPR reported.









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