Country Singers Who Died In 2022

The music industry mourns the lives of many country singers throughout 2022, all of whom we lost way too soon. Consisting of Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn, up-and-coming artist Luke Bell, advertising mogul C.W. McCall, and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Naomi Judd, this year's country singer death roster contains some of the greatest artists of all time. This list of deceased country musicians will serve as your reference for all of the country music artists who have passed away throughout 2022, from the musicians who died today to those who recently died. 

To honor these musical geniuses' inspirational legacies, let's continue listening to their incredible music and keeping their influence alive. Check back weekly for the most recent deaths of every famous country singer who left an unparalleled mark on the music world. 

  • Loretta Lynn
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    Loretta Lynn passed away on October 4, 2022. She was 90.

    Lynn was a country music icon who penned the famous 1970's “Coal Miner's Daughter,” a certifiable hit which cemented her status as one of the crown jewels of country music. She started her career in Nashville when she moved there in 1960, debuting with a popular single “I'm A Honky Tonk Girl,” and working tirelessly to promote her single all over the country radio circuit. Her single “Success” marked her first mainstream crossover success and became one of the first of a string of top ten hits. She often wrote songs with women in mind with songs like ““Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)” and “Your Squaw Is on the Warpath,” which resonated with female listeners across the country.

    In 1972, Lynn was the first woman to receive a Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year trophy. She also would go on to be awarded with four Grammys, a 2003 Kennedy Center honor, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom a decade later. 

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    Age: Dec. at 90 (1932-2022)

    Birthplace: Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, USA

  • Luke Bell was found dead after a week of having been missing, it's believed he died on August 29, 2022. He was 32. 

    Bell came stormed onto the country scene with his 2014 debut “Don't Mind If I Do.” In 2016, he signed with the label, Thirty Tigers, and later that year dropped his self-titled album to much critical acclaim. Two years later,  he won Best Honky Tonk Male at the Ameripolitan Awards in Memphis, Tennessee. However, despite his critical success, Bell experienced a decline in mental health and contended with bipolar disorder, which led to infrequent performances, cancelled tours, and according to his family, likely was the cause of his death. 

    According to CNN, his family has released a statement saying that, “Luke was supported through his disease by a community of loving family and friends. Despite this, he was unable to receive the help he needed to ease his pain. Our hearts go out to the millions of people affected by mental illness who, like us, understand the devastating disappointment of a system that consistently fails to provide caring solutions to those who suffer.”

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    Age: Dec. at 32 (1990-2022)

    Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, USA

  • Nolan Neal

    Nolan Neal
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    Singer Nolan Neal passed away on July 18, 2022, the medical examiner's office in Nashville confirmed. No cause of death was given. He was 41. 

    Neal was known for appearing on both The Voice and America's Got Talent. On The Voice, he made it to the knockout rounds of the competition. For America's Got Talent, he got a standing ovation for performing an original song called “Lost." Twitter accounts for both shows released a statement, saying, “We are heartbroken by the passing of Nolan Neal. His incredible talent will always be remembered. Our sincerest sympathy goes out to his family and friends during this time.”

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    Page Six, People

    Age: Dec. at 41 (1980-2022)

    Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, USA

  • Naomi Judd
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    Country singer Naomi Judd passed away on April 30, 2022, after taking her own life. She was 76.

    Naomi had previously spoken publicly about her mental health, saying in 2016 that she had been dealing with depression and anxiety after she and daughter Wynonna stopped touring as The Judds in 2011. “[Fans] see me in rhinestones, you know, with glitter in my hair, that really is who I am," she said. “But then I would come home and not leave the house for three weeks, and not get out of my pajamas, and not practice normal hygiene. It was really bad.” 

    Her children Wynonna and actress Ashley Judd confirmed the news in a statement shared on the same day: “Today we sisters experienced a tragedy. We lost our beautiful mother to the disease of mental illness. We are shattered. We are navigating profound grief and know that as we loved her, she was loved by her public. We are in unknown territory."

    As one-half of the country duo The Judds, Naomi (and Wynonna) had a list of hit singles throughout the ‘80s and ’90s, including “Why Not Me,” “Mama He's Crazy,” and "Grandpa (Tell Me ‘Bout the Good Old Days).” Naomi and Wynonna learned to play music together while struggling to make ends meet after Naomi and her husband divorced in 1972. The pair were named top vocal duo by the Academy of Country Music from 1984 to 1990. 

    The Judds also won five Grammy Awards for best country performance by a duo or group from 1985 to 1992. Naomi won a Grammy for country song of the year for “Love Can Build a Bridge." The popular country performers reunited in 2000 for The Last Encore Tour.

    Naomi passed just before she and Wynonna were set to celebrate the induction of The Judds into Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame. Wynonna attended the ceremony to accept the honor, saying, "I'm going to make this fast because my heart's broken - and I feel so blessed. I mean, it's a very strange dynamic to be this broken and this blessed."

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    New York Post, People

    Age: Dec. at 76 (1946-2022)

    Birthplace: Ashland, Kentucky, USA