Always in our hearts. Hollywood mourned the loss of icons such as Betty White and John Madden in the final days of 2021 – and sadly, 2022 was also marked by celebrity deaths that shook fans.
The world of sport has lost a great footballer in the person of Dan Reeves, who died on January 1. The 77-year-old Georgia native has played in nine Super Bowls in his career – winning once as a player and once as an assistant coach.
As one of the most successful coaches in league history, his loss was felt near and far. “The football world lost a coach and a devil man today in Dan Reeves,” former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway said in a press release January 1st. “Dan was a winner and I owe him a lot. My heart goes out to Pam and the entire Reeves family.
A day later, the Christian music industry lost a beloved musician, Jay Weaver. His former Big Daddy Weave teammate and brother, Mike Weaver, confirmed his death from complications related to COVID-19. Jay was 42 years old.
“Thank you so much for all your prayers for my brother,” Mike said in a statement on January 2, after Jay was hospitalized with the virus a few days prior. “You walked with him through a huge fight, and I’m so sorry to bring this news, but I’m also thrilled to celebrate where he is right now. My brother Jay went to join Jesus a few hours ago barely due to complications from COVID-19 on top of everything he already had going on.
He continued, “The Lord used [Jay] in such a way on the road for so many years…I believe that even though COVID may have breathed its last, Jesus was there to catch up. My heart is broken for my family, but we all really wanted to thank you for going through so much with us for so long.
On January 5, the Korean film world mourned the death of young star Kim Mi-soo, who died at age 29.
“Kim suddenly left us on January 5th,” the late artist’s agency, Landscape Entertainment, said in a statement translated by the publication. Korea JoongAng Daily. “The bereaved are deeply saddened by the sudden sadness. Please refrain from reporting false rumors or speculation so that the family can grieve in peace.
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