Paying tribute to the stars we've lost in 2022 – in memoriam

We honour the stars we've lost, through the words of those who knew them best.

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2022 has seen us say farewell to some famous faces from the world of entertainment. Here, we pay tribute to stars of TV, film, music and beyond, along with the words of their friends, colleagues and loved ones – gone, but never forgotten.

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Taylor Hawkins - Foo Fighters drummer - died March 25, aged 50

"The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins. His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever. Our hearts go out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time." – Foo Fighters statement

"The most talented, charismatic, brilliant musician gone. Devastating. Love and prayers to Taylor's family and the rest of the band. I have been lucky enough to see Taylor drum live on numerous occasions. You would always find your eyes lingering on the back of the stage. A whirlwind of energy and passion, teeth clashing together with each strike of a drum skin, hair spinning in time with the music. He created magic every time he stepped on to a stage. I was also extremely fortunate to interview him on many occasions and found him unbelievably friendly, grounded and as imagined, utterly hilarious. He will be remembered and revered as one of the greatest drummers in rock history. Thank you for the music Taylor. Thank you for making so much raucous noise. Love and peace to his family and friends." – Fearne Cotton

"Taylor Hawkins was truly a great person and an amazing musician. My heart, my love and my condolences go out to his wife, his children, his family, his band and his fans." – Ozzy Osbourne

"God bless Taylor. Peace and love to all his family and the band." – Ringo Starr

"In utter disbelief at the news of Taylor Hawkins. Our deepest condolences to his family, his bandmates, his team, his friends and everyone that was ever touched by the music he created with Foo Fighters and so many others. This is so incredibly sad." – Nickelback band statement

"Absolutely devastated to hear the sad news about Taylor Hawkins my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends RIP brother." – Liam Gallagher

"So heartbroken to hear about Taylor Hawkins' passing, what an incredible talent, who didn't also need to be so kind and generous and cool but was all those things too anyway. The world was so lucky to have his gifts for the time that it did, Rest In Peace." – Finneas

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Alan Hopgood - star of Neighbours and Prisoner - died March 19, age 87

"Our hearts are heavy today at news of the loss of a dear friend of ours. Vale Alan Hopgood AM.

"Alan's extraordinary contribution through the three plays he wrote & performed with us to over 200 healthcare audiences has been transformative. It has been a privilege to have Alan as our Hush patron.

"We will be forever grateful for Alan's unwavering support of Hush and the wisdom he imparted. Transforming healthcare culture with kindness and the arts has been our shared dream.

"Our thoughts are with Gay and the family in this time, knowing this remarkable and gifted man is very much loved, and knowing his collection of creative works, his legacy, live on. We'll miss you very much, Hoppy." – Chair and Founder of Hush Foundation, Professor Catherine Crock AM.

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Scott Hall - WWE wrestler also known as Razor Ramon - died March 14

"WWE is saddened to learn that two-time WWE Hall of Famer Scott Hall has passed away. WWE extends its condolences to Hall’s family, friends and fans." - WWE

"AEW joins the wrestling world in mourning the passing of a true legend Scott Hall. Our thoughts are with his family, his friends and his fans." - AEW

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William Hurt - Marvel's Thaddeus Ross actor - died March 13, aged 71

"It is with great sadness that the Hurt family mourns the passing of William Hurt, beloved father and Oscar winning actor, on March 13, 2022, one week before his 72nd birthday. He died peacefully, among family, of natural causes. The family requests privacy at this time." – Hurt's son, Will

"Wow, another Major loss to the acting community. Great actor. Great mind. RIP."
– Mark Ruffalo

"William Hurt was a beyond brilliant film & stage actor, and then he went and guested on @TheKOQ and was so deadpan, low-key hilarious. 'This is good cake. And I'm not a cake guy.' RIP" – Patton Oswalt

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Emilio Delgado - Sesame Street's Luis actor - died March 10, age 81

"Sesame Workshop mourns the passing of Emilio Delgado, known the world over for his role as Luis on Sesame Street. A beloved member of the Sesame family for over 50 years, his warmth and humour invited children to share a friendship that has echoed through generations.

"At the forefront of representation, Emilio proudly laid claim to the 'record for the longest-running role for a Mexican-American in a TV series'. We are so grateful he shared his talents with us and with the world." – Sesame Street organisation Sesame Workshop

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Ron Pember - Only Fools and Horses and Red Dwarf actor - died March 8, age 87

"We are saddened to hear of the news of the death of Ron Pember who played Baz in the series three episode Homesick. Our thoughts and warm wishes go to his family and friends." – Only Fools and Horses via Twitter

"Just heard the sad news that Ron Pember has passed away. He was such a gentleman with us upstarts when he appeared on Red Dwarf. He just rammed his tongue firmly into his cheek and joined the party! What a legend. RIP." – Red Dwarf's Danny John-Jules

"Ron Pember was a staple of the small screen with film appearances too for 30 years. I grew up seeing Ron as a kindly crook in fave drama Rumpole of the Bailey and numerous roles in Crown Court. He was born to play slightly shady roles." – Elstree Studios chair Morris Bright

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Lynda Baron - EastEnders and Open All Hours actress - died March 7, age 82

"We're deeply saddened to hear that Lynda Baron has passed away. Our love and thoughts are with Lynda's family and friends." – BBC EastEnders via Twitter

"GOD BLESS YOU LYNDA. REST IN PEACE. You played my mum for four wonderful, memorable years in 'Fat Friends'. Each and every day I learnt so much from you, but mostly we ALWAYS laughed together, your energy will live on FOREVER #restinpeace #legend love ya." – Lisa Riley

"Very sad to hear of the passing of Lynda Baron. Such a lovely lady and a giving, caring person on set. We were so honoured when she played a guest role in Citizen Khan. She was so supportive. Thoughts with Lynda's friends and family." – Adil Ray

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Shane Warne – Australian cricketer and captain – died March 4, aged 52

"Terribly saddened and shocked to hear the news that Shane Warne has died. The greatest spin bowler of all time. Can’t quite believe it. RIP Shane." – Gary Lineker

"The day I get my kit, with my new squad number… all came from one man, my idol growing up, the reason I bowl leg spin and the reason I now wear 23 sad day for the world of cricket!! RIP =@ShaneWarne a true cricketing legend!" – Liam Livingstone

"Genuinely can't believe the sad news about the death of Shane Warne. He came on Breakfast just a couple of weeks ago & was as effervescent as ever. What a talent he was. He had a huge impact on cricket and will be sorely missed by so many." – Dan Walker

"Shocking to hear the demise of Shane Warne ! He was one of the greatest wrist spinners to ever grace the game! My heartfelt condolences to his family , friends and fans from across the world! May his soul rest in peace." – Kris Srikkanth

"Absolutely devastated to hear that @ShaneWarne ⁩ has died from a heart attack aged just 52. He was a genius cricketer, a supreme entertainer, a fantastic bloke and a great loyal friend for many years. Just gutting news. RIP Warnie, I loved every minute in your company." – Piers Morgan

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Sally Kellerman - actress, known for titles including M*A*S*H and Star Trek - died February 24, aged 84

"Oh Sally Kellerman. We played husband and wife in Dempsey. I loved you in M*A*S*H*. You were sweet and funny and vulnerable. And a lovely singer. A life well lived. You will be missed. RIP." – Treat Williams

"Sending condolences to the family of Sally Kellerman." – William Shatner

"Sally Kellerman was radiant and beautiful and fun and so great to work with. She played my mom on my series Maron. My real mom was very flattered and a bit jealous. I'm sad she's gone. RIP." – Marc Maron

"Sally Kellerman was 49 in Back to School – her voice, her impeccable comedic timing, her ability to shift between silly and smouldering and hold her own in barracks full of Army men. She was one of a kind." – Gennefer Gross

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Anna Karen - actress known for EastEnders and On The Buses - died February 23, aged 85

"We are deeply saddened to hear that Anna Karen has passed away. Anna created a sharp, quick witted and extremely popular character in Aunt Sal that the audience will never forget, just as those who worked with her at EastEnders will never forget her warmth, kindness fun and good humour. Our love and thoughts are with Anna's family and friends." – statement from the BBC/EastEnders

"She was one of the best. Sleep well lovely Anna. Sending all my love to her family and friends." – Rita Simons

"So sad to hear of the passing of Anna Karen. Loved working with her, so funny and full of character. RIP." – Jake Wood

"I'm devastated at the loss of lovely Anna, my condolences to her family." – Daniella Westbrook

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Mark Lanegan - Screaming Trees frontman and Queens of the Stone Age member - died February 22, aged 57

"Our beloved friend Mark Lanegan passed away this morning at his home in Killarney, Ireland. A beloved singer, songwriter, author and musician he was 57 and is survived by his wife Shelley. No other information is available at this time. We ask Please respect the family privacy." – A statement via his official Twitter account

"Mark Lanegan was a lovely man. He led a wild life that some of us could only dream of. He leaves us with fantastic words and music! Thank god that through all of that he will live forever. RIP Mark. Sleep well. Love Hooky. X" – Peter Hook, co-founder of Joy Division and New Order

"Rest In Peace, old friend. Truly. More and more the best are no longer with us. @marklanegan." – American singer Moby

"Oh no. Terrible news that Mark Lanegan has left us. Safe travels man - you’ll be missed." – Tim Burgess, lead singer of the Charlatans

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Jamal Edwards – SBTV Founder – died February 20, aged 31

"A truly humble and blessed soul. Your legacy will live on for years & you’ve inspired a whole generation. Rest easy Jamal Edwards." – Mo Gilligan

"Rest in Peace, Jamal Edwards. To think how many dreams were fulfilled and how much potential was discovered because of your platform and work. What an incredible legacy; thank you." – Munya Chawawa

"My heart aches for my friend Brenda. I can't bear it. Jamal Edwards was a wonderful son and brother." – Denise Welch

"Man!!! What wasn’t Jamal Edwards capable of doing? Incredibly talented! Fly high Young King. RIEP." – Alex Beresford

"I can’t believe I'm writing this. RIP Jamal Edwards. The world will miss you Brother. A true visionary and pioneer who has inspired and opened doors for so many. Lost for words…" – Ashley Banjo

"This is absolutely horrible news. A truly wonderful, kind and funny man whose sole purpose was to encourage and support other people. The amount of love from some of the biggest artists in the world shows just how influential and pioneering he was." – Greg James

"You had an energy and a light that only few have, the kindest of souls that are hard to find, you brought a smile to my face always.We were literally just making plans…naaa..this is hard to take, I’m in complete shock. This ain’t right!!Thinking of all your family right now and sending prayers[.] You touched so many lives and the impact you had on this world will always be remembered." – Alex Scott

"We've lost a legend today. Jamal Edwards was an inspiration to so many, supporting artists and shaping culture through @SBTVOnline. Sending our condolences to Jamal's family & community." – YouTube

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Jane Marczewski (Nightbirde) - singer on America's Got Talent - died February 19, aged 31

"Heart breaking news to hear about Jane, she was an extraordinary person, so brave, so talented. She made a huge impact on America's Got Talent and the world. Her determination to fight this terrible illness was remarkable. Rest in peace, Jane. I am sending my love to her family." – Simon Cowell

"Jane was such a bright inspirational light in all our lives. We must continue to live and learn from her words and lyrics. As much as I feel horribly about her passing, I feel lucky to have met, heard and known her." – Howie Mandel

"Rest in power. We lost a shining star today. You were a true inspiration to all. Sending so much love to Nightbirde's family and friends. She was something special." – Sofia Vergara

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Gary Brooker - frontman of rock band Procol Harum - died February 19, aged 76

"With the deepest regret we must announce the death on February 19, 2022 of Gary Brooker MBE, singer, pianist and composer of Procol Harum, and a brightly-shining, irreplaceable light in the music industry." – official statement by Procol Harum

"Sad to lose a great musician, writer, singer and true gentleman. Gary Brooker sang 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' and immediately captured a kind of immortality. But Procol Harem fans – like me – remember 'A Salty Dog' as the pinnacle of his magic. A wonderful human being – will be sadly missed. RIP." – Brian May

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Lindsey Pearlman – actress who starred in General Hospital – died February 18, aged 43

"Effortlessly beautiful and talented. Hilarious. Compassionate. Unapologetic. She lit up every room. She listened intently on stage and off. She so loved animals. I am sorry to her family and all the communities who deeply adored her." – Lynn Chen

"Lindsey Pearlman was terrific on General Hospital and we are saddened to hear of this tragedy. Our hearts go out to her family and friends." – Frank Velentini

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Beryl Vertue – TV producer whose company created Men Behaving Badly, Sherlock and more – died February 12, aged 90

"From Goons to Rag & Bone Men, Daleks to Consulting Detectives. She saw it all and did most of it. But foremost – a wonderful woman, a loyal colleague and an absolute scream. She was loved." - Mark Gatiss

"It's with the heaviest of hearts that we have to share the sad news that mum passed away peacefully last night. It wasn't Covid, it was just her nearly 91-year-old body saying enough is enough.

"She wasn't just our mum, she was our best friend, our mentor, our adviser, our role model, our holiday companion, our giggle-maker and our boss! She adored her family and was so proud of us all. She also adored her career and spending time with everybody.

"She loved a glass of wine at lunchtime, she loved asking the commonsense question, she was often the last person at a party, she didn't suffer fools, she was fair, she was kind, she was fun, she was stubborn, in fact she was the total package and we will miss her beyond words.

"She was more than a mother to us – she was also a friend. To many in the industry she was more than a friend – she was often a mother." - Beryl's daughters Sue and Debbie

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Ivan Reitman – director known for Ghostbusters, National Lampoon's Animal House and Meatballs – died February 12, aged 75

"Our family is grieving the unexpected loss of a husband, father, and grandfather who taught us to always seek the magic in life. We take comfort that his work as a filmmaker brought laughter and happiness to countless others around the world. While we mourn privately, we hope those who knew him through his films will remember him always." - Jason Reitman, Catherine Reitman and Caroline Reitman

"I had the honor of working so closely with Ivan and it was always such a learning experience. He directed some of my favorite comedies of all time. All of us in comedy owe him so very much." - Paul Feig

"Tonight, the lady with the torch weeps, as do all of us at Columbia, and film lovers around the world. Ivan Reitman was an inseparable part of this studio's legacy, but more than that he was a friend. A great talent and an even finer man; he will be dearly missed. We send his family all our condolences." - Tom Rothman, Chairman and CEO, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group

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Leonard Fenton - best known for playing Dr Legg on EastEnders – died January 29, aged 95

"The family of the actor Leonard Fenton are heartbroken to announce his death at the age of 95 on Saturday January 29th. Best known for his role as Dr Legg on EastEnders, Leonard's acting career spanned more than 60 years. He worked in TV and film and his long stage career included time at the National Theatre and most recently the Royal Shakespeare Company. He felt privileged to have worked with some of the greats of the theatre, including Samuel Beckett, Orson Welles and Jonathan Miller. His passion for painting and singing pre-dated his acting career and was equally as important to him. He will be missed beyond words by his family. We feel incredibly lucky to have been able to be with him as his health worsened towards the end - a privilege denied to so many during these tough times." – The family of Leonard Fenton

"We are deeply saddened to hear that Leonard has passed away. Since appearing in the very first episode of EastEnders, Leonard created a truly iconic character in Doctor Legg who will always be remembered. Our love and thoughts are with Leonard’s family and friends." – An EastEnders spokesperson

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Moses J Moseley – actor known for starring in The Walking Dead, Queen of the South and Watchmen - died January 26, aged 31

"With a heavy heart, we at Avery Sisters Entertainment offer our sincerest and deepest condolences to the family and friends of our actor, Moses J. Moseley. We are truly saddened. Moses was a phenomenal actor who has appeared in movies such as The Walking Dead, Queen of the South, and American Soul, but MUCH more than that, he was an AMAZING person! For those who knew him, he was the kindest, sweetest, most generous person you would ever meet. We will miss you dearly! Rest in Heaven!" – Gerra and Demia Avery, Avery Sisters Entertainment

"Our thoughts and prayers are with our #TWDFamily member Moses J Moseley." – The Walking Dead AMC

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Actress Kathryn Kates - star of Orange is the New Black and Seinfeld - died January 22, aged 73

"Our mighty @officialkathrynkates has passed away. She will always be remembered and adored in our hearts as the powerful force of nature she was. She loved this craft and had enough patience to fill 10 ships. A true icon. We will miss you." – Headline Talent Agency via Instagram

"This gorgeous heart. This incredible force. Love you #KathrynKates." – Rising Phoenix Rep via Twitter.

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Comedian and actor Louie Anderson - star of TV series Baskets - died January 21, aged 68

"Louie Anderson: Your generosity of spirit will cover the world from above... we are so lucky you were on earth for a moment, spreading your humor all over like bars of living gold. Good Bye." – Henry Winkler

"Man am I sad that my friend Louie Anderson left the earth. What a light has dimmed. I've been reading tributes and valentines to him all day and everyone who knew him mentions how nice and kind he was. Louie was a real sweetheart of a man." – Pee-wee Herman

"Baskets was such a phenomenal 'second act' for Louie Anderson. I wish he'd gotten a third. RIP." – Michael McKean

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Singer Meat Loaf – known for hit songs including 'Bat Out of Hell' – died January 21, aged 74

"Our hearts are broken to announce that the incomparable Meat Loaf passed away tonight with his wife Deborah by his side. Daughters Pearl and Amanda and close friends have been with him throughout the last 24 hours.

His amazing career spanned 6 decades that saw him sell over 100 Million albums worldwide and star in over 65 movies, including Fight Club, Focus, Rocky Horror Picture Show and Wayne’s World.

'Bat Out of Hell' remains one of the top 10 selling albums of all time. We know how much he meant to so many of you and we truly appreciate all of the love and support as we move through this time of grief in losing such an inspiring artist and beautiful man. We thank you for your understanding of our need for privacy at this time. From his heart to your souls…don’t ever stop rocking!" – A statement via Facebook

"Very sad news that Meatloaf has died. I’d do anything for love was a massive hit in 1993, reached Number one in 28 countries and was a firm favourite in our house." – Broadcaster Kay Burley

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Gaspard Ulliel – star of Marvel's upcoming Moon Knight series – died January 19, aged 37

"Gaspard belonged to this new generation of actors who were making tomorrow's French cinema. He was equally brilliant and talented. He gave a lot and we'll always remember him." – Cannes film festival director Thierry Fremaux

"We are deeply saddened to learn of the tragic passing of our friend and colleague Gaspard Ulliel. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this time." – Disney spokesman

"Such a brilliant actor who was reaped by the sickle of death at the peak of his career. For almost 20 years, he was present in our lives with magnificent performances." – France culture minister Roselyne Bachelot

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Sean Rice – former Dancing on Ice pro skater - died January 14, aged 49

"Have just heard the tragic news that Sean Rice, my partner from DOI has passed away. The world will miss your amazing energy and you healing hands. All my love to J and S. x." – Chemmy Alcott

"Pro skaters are heartbroken today, we lost a true larger than life great - an epic skater, a husband, father, and my friend of 20yrs - Sean Rice, 20/07/72 - 14/01/22 gone too soon but we will Love You For A Thousand Years - all our thoughts are with Signey & Jodeyne." – Frankie Poultney

"One of the best… thank you Sean for your gift. This routine from The Professionals on Ice was incredible. It was a pleasure to know and work with you…" – Matt Evers

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Ronnie Spector - singer from The Ronettes - died January 12

"Our dear friend Ronnie Spector, has passed. She was the sweetest person you could ever know. And her mark on rock and roll is indelible." – Joan Jett

"I just heard the news about Ronnie Spector and I don’t know what to say. I loved her voice so much and she was a very special person and a dear friend. This just breaks my heart. Ronnie’s music and spirit will live forever." –Brian Wilson

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Gary Waldhorn - best known for playing Councillor David Horton in The Vicar of Dibley - died January 10

"My beloved father, Gary Waldhorn peacefully passed away at 6.45am on January 10 2022.

"Classically trained, it was the theatre where he truly flourished and he leaves a legacy of entertainment that saw him frequent the boards of Broadway, the West End and our living rooms on the telly!

"He leaves behind his two grandsons, Cooper and Bayley and his son Josh. We will all miss him terribly," – Gary's son, Josh Waldhorn

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Miranda Fryer - best known for playing Sky in Neighbours - died January 6

"I am writing with the saddest of news. Last Thursday, around midday, MJ passed away.

"It was completely unexpected, we are yet to know for sure what the cause was, but with our family history, it looks like her heart failed during her sleep. She went peacefully.

"MJ was a huge personality, it's going to be a different world without her." – Miranda's brother Jeremy

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Bob Saget - actor best known for Full House - died January 9

"I am broken. I am gutted. I am in complete and utter shock. I will never ever have another friend like him. I love you so much Bobby." – John Stamos

"I don’t know what to say. I have no words. Bob was one of the best humans beings I’ve ever known in my life. I loved him so much." – Candace Cameron Bure

"Oh god. Bob Saget!!! The loveliest man. I was his TV daughter for one season and he was always so kind and protective. So so sorry for his family." – Kat Dennings

"Sail on my friend Bob Saget with your huge heart and abject lunacy. My condolences to his daughters and other family." – Whoopi Goldberg

"Bob Saget was as lovely a human as he was funny. And to my mind, he was hilarious. We were close friends and I could not have loved him more." – Norman Lear

"He had the biggest heart and wore it on his sleeve. He was so generous with his feelings. A mensch." – Andy Cohen

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Sir Sidney Poitier - actor best known for To Sir, with Love and Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - died January 7, aged 94

"Sidney Poitier. What a landmark actor. One of a kind. What a beautiful, gracious, warm, genuinely regal man. RIP, Sir. With love." – Jeffrey Wright

"If you wanted the sky i would write across the sky in letters that would soar a thousand feet high.. To Sir… with Love. Sir Sidney Poitier R.I.P. He showed us how to reach for the stars." – Whoopi Goldberg

"Sidney Poitier. An absolute legend. One of the greats." – Joseph Gordon-Levitt

"Sidney Poitier, the first Black man to win an Oscar, has died at the age of 94. The star of "Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner" and "Lilies of the Field," for which he won Best Actor, was a trailblazer who will be mourned by so many for whom he opened the very doors of Hollywood." – George Takei

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George Rossi - best known for playing DC Duncan Lennox on The Bill - January 5

"Devastated to hear #GeorgeRossi has died. A funny, warm colleague at The Bill and a fine actor. 60 no age. RIP my friend." – Billy Murray

"R.I.P. George Rossi. Can’t believe it. We used to laugh til we cried. Also a very gentle and a wonderful man." – Tracie Bennett

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