Famous Celebrities Who Died In 2022: Lata Mangeshkar, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, Sidhu Moosewala, And More

Here's a complete list of famous Indian celebrities, who passed away in 2022. From Lata Mangeshkar to Rakesh Jhunjhunwala and so many renowned celebrities, who left us in 2022. Check it out!


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Famous Celebrities Who Died In 2022: Lata Mangeshkar, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala, Sidhu Moosewala, And More

The year 2022 will go down in history as one of the most hated and loved years in recent decades. From the entire globe going back to normal after two years of Coronavirus, a.k.a. COVID-19, to iconic celebrities leaving for their heavenly abode, breaking a billion hearts, the year 2022 was truly a bag full of shocks and surprises. While on the other hand, it was a year to remember as a lot of famous celebrities tied the knot and many famous personalities embraced parenthood in 2022, making it the best year of their lives.

However, there’s no denying the fact that the pain of losing iconic celebrities overshadowed every good thing that happened in 2022. From legendary singers, renowned business tycoons, iconic classical musicians, and famous politicians to much-loved television personalities, many popular faces passed away in 2022. So without further ado, let’s get straight into the list of famous Indian celebrities, who died in 2022 and left the entire world in shock!

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#1. Lata Mangeshkar

Lata mangeshkar

On February 6, 2022, one of the greatest singers of all time, Lata Mangeshkar passed away. At the age of 92, the Nightingale of India and often titled as the ‘Queen of Melody', passed away due to multiple organ failure. The legendary singer was going through continuous therapy for pneumonia after suffering from COVID-19, but with time, all efforts from the finest doctor had gone in vain. It was a heartbreaking moment for the entire nation and a massive loss for the Indian music industry.

Lata Mangeshkar

From being bestowed with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1989 to recording songs in 36 different Indian languages, Lata Mangeshkar was also the first Indian singer to perform at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London. There’s no doubt in admitting that we will never see someone like her ever again. Lata Mangeshkar was truly once in a lifetime talent!

#2. Mulayam Singh Yadav

Mulayam Singh Yadav

Over the decades, Indian politics has witnessed so many iconic politicians, and one such thunderous politician was Mulayam Singh Yadav. Often hailed as ‘Netaji’, Mulayam Singh Yadav was the founder-patron of the iconic socialist party, Samajwadi Party. It was a shocking moment for Indian politics when the veteran politician passed away on October 10, 2022, due to hypertension, a urinary tract infection, and some serious breathing issues.

Mulayam Singh Yadav

From serving as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (1989-91, 1993-95, and 2003-07) and Minister of Defence (June 1996-March 1998), Mulayam Singh Yadav’s political career was nothing less than a dream for any politician in India. However, it was Akhilesh Yadav, who confirmed the reports of his father’s demise with a heartbreaking tweet on Twitter, which could be read as:

"Mere adarniya pita ji aur sabke Netaji nahi rahe - Shri Akhilesh Yadav."

#3. Arun Bali

Arun Bali

The iconic actor, Arun Bali, who had been a part of the Indian film and television industries for almost 35 years passed away tragically on October 7, 2022. The veteran actor was suffering from the rare chronic and neuromuscular disease, Myasthenia gravis. Arun Bali first made his place in the hearts of audiences with his character, Harshvardhan Wadhwa, in the popular show, Kumkum - Ek Pyara Sa Bandhan. His performance cemented his status as one of the biggest household actors in India.

Arun Bali

Apart from working in a series of hit television shows like Chanakya, The Great Maratha, Mahabharat Katha, Shaktimaan, Swabhimaan, Aahat, Devon Ke Dev...Mahadev, and many more, Arun Bali has also featured in so many iconic films over the decades. Some of the biggest films in his filmography are the likes of Khalnayak, Return of Jewel Thief, Satya, Lage Raho Munna Bhai, 3 Idiots, Ready, Barfi!, Kedarnath, and the list goes on.

#4. Raju Srivastava

Raju Srivastava

One of the biggest names in stand-up comedy in India, Raju Srivastava is often hailed as the comedian, who gave comedians much-deserved fame and financial stability. After rising to fame with his participation in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, Raju Srivastava cemented his position as one of the finest comedians in the country. Apart from making everyone laugh with his work in television shows, he also worked in some films like Maine Pyar Kiya, Aamdani Atthanni Kharcha Rupaiya, Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon and many more.

Raju Srivastava

However, it was on September 21, 2022, when Raju Srivastava passed away after he suffered a major cardiac arrest. After his first cardiac arrest in August 2022, the second one in September proved too much for the 58-year-old comedian. The comedian had reportedly passed away while working out in the gym and had taken his last breath in AIIMS, Delhi.

#5. Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

The world-famous stock investor, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala was often hailed as the Indian Warren Buffet for his exceptional success in the stock market. One of the richest Indians in the world, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala was at the 36th spot in Forbes India Rich List 2021 with a net worth of a whopping Rs. 39,527 crores. Renowned for his knowledge about the stock market, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala’s demise was a heavy punch in the Indian stock market, considering the fact that he was a Big Bull of the stock market.

Rakesh Jhunjhunwala

It was on August 14, 2022, when the Indian billionaire died due to cardiac arrest at the age of 62, leaving the entire stock market industry in absolute shock. In a staggering career of 37 years, Rakesh Jhunjhunwala had an inspirational journey from Rs. 5000 to Rs. 39,527 crores that cemented his status as one of the greatest Indian business tycoons of all time.

#6. Kamal Khan

Kamal Khan

The year 2022 has been a turbulent one for the famous news channel, NDTV. From being owned by Adani Foundation to the former senior journalist, Ravish Kumar leaving the news channel, the year 2022 was a terrifying year for NDTV. The news channel had also lost one of its most famous journalists, Kamal Khan, due to a heart attack. Kamal Khan inspired a generation of journalists in India with his calm and composed reporting in a career spanning three decades of ethical journalism and authentic reporting.

Kamal Khan

Often hailed as one of the most respected journalists of all time, Kamal Khan’s sudden demise at the age of 63 was nothing less than a shock for the Indian journalism and mass communication community. The journalist had passed away at his home, reportedly in the presence of his family members, on January 14, 2022, due to a serious heart attack.

#7. T Rama Rao

T Rama Rao

On April 20, 2022, iconic director and producer, T Rama Rao passed away due to age-related health issues. The critically-acclaimed writer had worked with some of the biggest actors of all time and was famous for his exceptional contribution to Indian cinema. At the age of 83, T Rama Rao left for his heavenly abode, leaving an illustrious legacy behind. It is often stated that the late filmmaker was the one, who had created the Madras cinema and brought it into the limelight through his work in a career spanning five decades.

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#8. Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

On May 10, 2022, one of the last living legends of Indian classical music, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma, passed away at age 84. The legendary santoor player had died due to a cardiac arrest, and if the reports are to be believed, Pandit Shivkumar Sharma was also suffering from kidney failure. However, in the world of music, he was one of the biggest names in the Indian classical music industry.

Pandit Shivkumar Sharma

That was the sole reason why when the news of Pandit Shivkumar Sharma’s sudden demise was flashed on television screens, it left everyone completely heartbroken. The classical musician had received tons of awards and plaudits in his illustrious career. Thus it will be impossible for anyone to fulfil the void his departure had created in the Indian music industry.

#9. Sidhu Moose Wala

Sidhu Moose Wala

The murder of popular singer, Sidhu Moose Wala was truly the biggest news of 2022. From the Punjabi music industry going numb to the shocking revelation that the iconic international singer, Drake was an admirer of Sidhu’s work, there were tons of nerve-chilling news all over after Sidhu's demise. It was on May 29, 2022, when Sidhu Moose Wala was reportedly attacked by 8-10 assailants with guns around 11:30 a.m. in Punjab’s Mansa district. The assailants had fired 30 rounds on the singer’s car, leaving no stone unturned to kill Sidhu Moose Wala in cold blood.

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At the age of 28, Sidhu Moose Wala’s murder shocked the entire nation as it was a tight slap on the face of the Punjab police and their state government. From nationwide protests against the Punjab government and police to singers and celebrities sharing their thoughts on seeing such a promising singer’s life end in such a brutal way. As per the reports, the Same Beef singer was travelling to Gurugram for a concert with his cousin, Gurpreet Singh and their neighbour, Gurwinder Singh, when the killers attacked them.

#10. Krishnakumar Kunnath a.k.a., KK

Krishnakumar Kunnath

The Indian music industry was in deep shock after Sidhu Moose Wala’s murder in broad daylight on May 29, 2022, when news started flashing on people’s television screens about Krishnakumar Kunnath’s death on May 31, 2022. In the beginning, people didn’t believe the news reports suggesting KK’s death. However, everyone’s biggest fear became a reality when the singer’s family confirmed the news of his demise. At the age of 53, Krishnakumar Kunnath passed away after suffering from a heart attack.

Krishnakumar Kunnath

The singer was performing at the Nazrul Mancha for Vivekananda College in Kolkata when Krishnakumar Kunnath started feeling uneasy during the concert and was reportedly rushed to the hospital immediately. However, sadly, when KK was brought to the CMRI hospital, the doctors declared the iconic singer dead.

#11. Pandit Birju Maharaj

Pandit Birju Maharaj

On January 17, 2022, legendary Kathak dancer, Pandit Birju Maharaj died due to a heart attack at the age of 84. The iconic classical dancer was at his Delhi residence when he suffered a massive heart attack. As per the reports, a few days before his untimely demise, Pandit Birju Maharaj was diagnosed with serious kidney disease and was put on dialysis by the doctors.

Pandit Birju Maharaj

However, despite the best medical attention, the classical dancer couldn’t handle the severe heart attack and passed away, leaving an illustrious legacy behind.

#12. Bappi Lahiri

Bappi Lahiri

The year 2022 was indeed a heartbreaking year for the Indian music industry as so many renowned singers and composers passed away. Bappi Lahiri was one such iconic singer, who had left everyone shocked and numbed by his sudden demise.

Bappi Lahiri

The fan’s favourite singer passed away on February 16, 2022, due to Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Fondly known as 'Bappi Da', the singer’s untimely demise was a huge shock for everyone, as it was a loss beyond words for the Indian music industry, who gave him the title of 'Disco King' for his unparalleled contribution.

#13. Sandhya Mukherjee

Sandhya Mukherjee

Geetashree Sandhya Mukhopadhyay, commonly known as Sandhya Mukherjee was an iconic playback singer, who was specialised in Bengali music. From receiving Banga Bibhushan to Nishi Padma, the iconic singer, Sandhya, unfortunately, left her massive fanbase on February 15, 2022, due to cardiac arrest. Not only this, if the reports are to be believed, Sandhya suffered from hypotension, multi-organ failure, ischemic heart disease, and a left femur fracture before her demise. However, despite slow improvements in her health, she went to her heavenly abode on February 15, 2022.

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#14. Abhijit Sen

Abhijit Sen

Famous Indian economist, Abhijit Sen hardly needs any introduction, as he was one of the finest economists born in this country. From his focused work in studying rural development to being appointed to the Planning Commission of India for ten years, Abhijit has contributed heavily to the Indian economy. He was also bestowed with the prestigious Padma Bhushan in the year 2010 by the Government of India. However, on August 29, 2022, the iconic economist passed away at the age of 71 due to a severe heart attack.

#15. Cyrus Mistry

Cyrus Mistry

The Indian multi-billionaire, Cyrus Mistry was the sixth Chairman of the Tata Group from 2012 to 2016. One of the richest people in India, Cyrus died in a car crash on September 4, 2022. if the reports are to be believed, Cyrus was travelling on the Ahmadabad-Mumbai highway when he met with a car crash and died on the spot. As per the forensic investigators in the case, the businessman’s car crashed due to the bridge’s design, which was faulty and rightly one of the prime reasons behind his death.

#16. Salim Ghouse

 Salim Ghouse

One of the widely recognised Indian actors, Salim Ghouse had dominantly worked in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and English languages. From being a professional theatre artist to working in television and films, Salim had proved the mettle of his skills both as an actor and a filmmaker in an illustrious career spanning almost 44 years. The actor is renowned for portraying the Tiger of Mysore, Tipu Sultan, in Bharat Ek Khoj, directed by iconic filmmaker, Shyam Benegal. Sadly on April 28, 2022, he passed away at the age of 70 at his residence due to a severe heart attack.

#17. Siddhaanth Vir Surryavanshi

Siddhaanth Vir Surryavanshi

Popular television actor, Siddhaanth Vir Surryavanshi’s death was another major shock to the Indian telly industry, who had already lost so many actors in the year 2022. At the age of 46, Siddhaanth’s sudden death at his gym while working out due to a heart attack simply broke a million hearts in seconds. It was a piece of turbulent news for the famous television actor’s fanbase and loved ones, as he was considered one of the fittest actors in the entertainment industry. But unfortunately, on November 11, 2022, Siddhaanth left for his heavenly abode, leaving behind a beautiful legacy of his much-loved characters.

#18. Rahul Bajaj

rahul bajaj

The proud former Chairman of the 96-year-old Bajaj Group, Rahul Bajaj passed away on February 12, 2022, after he was admitted to the famous Ruby Hall Clinic to treat pneumonia and a heart problem. At the age of 83, Rahul Bajaj was one of the richest industrialists in India, and his sudden loss was a big blow to the Indian economy. Apart from being a business magnate, he also received the prestigious award, Padma Bhushan for his contribution to the Indian economy.

#19. Praveen Kumar Sobti

Praveen Kumar Sobti

One of the biggest heartbreaking news of the year 2022 was when it was confirmed that iconic actor, Praveen Kumar Sobti had passed away. It was on February 7, 2022, when the famous actor, who had portrayed the character of ‘Bheem’ in Mahabharat died at the age of 74. If the reports are to be believed, Praveen Kumar had passed away due to a heart attack. While everyone is aware of his memorable work in so many religious television shows, not many know that he was also a professional athlete and had also participated twice in the Olympics in the hammer and disc throw category.

#20. Ramesh Deo

Ramesh Deo

On February 2, 2022, the iconic Indian actor, Ramesh Deo, who had featured in so many memorable films passed away due to a heart attack. The critically-acclaimed actor had predominantly worked in Hindi and Marathi movies. In his successful acting career, Ramesh had worked in almost 450 movies, along with so many memorable commercials and television shows. He is well-known for playing the role of a doctor in Hrishikesh Mukherjee’s Anand alongside Rajesh Khanna and Amitabh Bachchan.

ramesh deo

There’s always light at the end of the tunnel, and we hope the coming 2023 year will heal us all.

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