While 2022 has been memorable for numerous reasons, some may remember it as the year we said goodbye to many notable people.
The world has lost some of its best-known faces in the past 12 months, from showbiz stars and royalty to athletes and entertainers.
Among the high-profile people who died this year was Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away in Balmoral on September 8 at the age of 96, ending her historic 70-year reign.
And the British fashion world said goodbye to its own Queen this week, when it was revealed that Dame Vivienne Westwood had died at her south London home at the age of 81. Other stars who passed away in 2022 include actor Robbie Coltrane and the former Pope. Benedict XVI.
Queen Elizabeth II died ‘peacefully’ on September 8 at Balmoral this year. she was 96 years old
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Queen Elizabeth II died on September 8 at the age of 96 in Balmoral. All of her Majesty’s children rushed to Balmoral that day after the doctors “worried” about her health. Hours later she passed away, surrounded by her family.
To her subjects at home, Her Majesty was the anchor of the nation, standing strong no matter what storm she or her country faced, from the uncertain aftermath of World War II to, more recently, the pandemic.
She was also steadfast in dealing with tragedies and scandals in her own family, most recently the fallout from Megxit and the death of her loving husband, Prince Philip.
The Queen’s passing came more than a year after that of her beloved husband Felipe, her “strength and guide”, who died aged 99 in April 2021.
Since her funeral, where she sat poignantly alone due to lockdown restrictions, her own health has deteriorated and she has been forced to miss an increasing number of events mainly due to “mobility issues” and exhaustion.
Dame Vivienne Westwood
British designer Dame Vivienne Westwood died at the age of 81 on December 29 at her Clapham home.
Dame Vivienne Westwood, the godmother of punk who changed the world of fashion forever, died at the age of 81 on December 29 at her home in Clapham, south London.
One of the most influential British fashion designers of the 20th century, she fueled the punk rock movement with her unabashedly political designs.
As the person who dressed the Sex Pistols, Dame Vivienne was synonymous with 1970s punk rock, a rebellious spirit that stayed with her throughout her career, even when she received her OBE from the Queen.
Incredibly, her career began when she was an elementary school teacher, making jewelry and then dresses in her spare time after marrying Hoover engineer Derek Westwood.
Her life changed when she met and married her second husband, Malcolm McLaren, and the couple found fame with their ‘Sex’ boutique on the King’s Road and dressing in bands like the New York Dolls and later the Pistols.
And later in his life, his activism on climate change and opposition to fracking, as well as his support for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, dominated his work.
Speaking when her death was announced, her third husband and creative partner Andreas Kronthaler said: ‘I will carry on with Vivienne in my heart. We have been working to the end and she has given me a lot to keep going. Thanks sweetie.’
Robbie Coltrane died on October 14 at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Scotland, at the age of 72.
Actor Robbie Coltrane died on October 14 at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Scotland, at the age of 72.
The Scottish star, whose real name was Anthony Robert McMillan, was best known for playing Hogwarts’ beloved game warden Hagrid and for playing criminal psychologist Dr. Eddie ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald on the 1990s ITV drama.
He received an OBE in 2006 for his services in the drama and won the BAFTA for Best Actor three years in a row for his role as Dr Fitz, as well as two BAFTA Scotland Awards. He even voiced the BBC adaptation of King Charles’s children’s book, The Old Man Of Lochnagar.
The 72-year-old was rumored to have had serious health problems after he was forced to withdraw from London Comic Con in June for medical reasons.
Coltrane left behind his ex-wife Rhona Gemmell whom he married in 1999, his sister Annie Rae, and their children Spencer, who was born in 1992, and Alice, who was born in 1998.
Pope Benedict XVI
Former Pope Benedict XVI, who died on Saturday at the age of 95, was the first pontiff in 600 years to resign.
Former Pope Benedict died at the age of 95, after a long battle with the disease, on December 31.
The former pontiff who became the first to step down in 600 years when he retired nine years ago, died at the Mater Ecclesiae Monastery in the Vatican.
Benedict will be best remembered for shocking the world on February 11, 2013, when he announced in Latin that he was resigning and told cardinals that he was too old and frail to lead an institution with more than 1.3 billion members.
It was always going to be difficult to follow his charismatic predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005, and Benedict admitted the difficulties in an emotional farewell.
“There were moments of joy and light, but also moments that were not easy… There were moments… when the sea was rough and the wind blew against us and it seemed that the Lord was sleeping,” Benedict XVI said at his last general audience. , a gathering of more than 150,000 people.
After Pope Francis’ election on March 13, Benedict moved into a converted convent on Vatican grounds to spend his last years praying, reading, playing the piano and entertaining friends.
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BBC podcast presenter Deborah James passed away after her five-year battle with bowel cancer on June 28.
Dame Deborah James died on June 28, after a five-year battle with colon cancer.
After being diagnosed with the disease, she began advocating to raise awareness for the condition, as well as money to donate to research for a cure under her Bowel Babe persona.
The podcast host and activist revealed in early May this year that she had discontinued active treatment and was receiving end-of-life care at her parents’ home in Woking, with her husband Sebastien and their two children at hand.
In her final weeks, Dame Deborah raised more than £6.7m for research through her BowelBabe fund and became a dame for her ‘tireless’ work to raise awareness of the disease.
For her efforts, she was made a dame, later saying she was “honored and shocked” to be considered for the honour.
Her first book, F*** You Cancer: How To Face The Big C, Live Your Life And Still Be Yourself, was published in 2018. Her second book, How To Live When You Could Be Dead, was published this year.
Dame Olivia Newton-John
Olivia Newton-John, left, in one of her last public appearances in 2019. The actress passed away on August 8 at the age of 73.
Olivia Newton-John died on August 8 at the age of 73 after a courageous and extraordinarily public decades-long battle with cancer.
The actress beat breast cancer twice, but was diagnosed again in 2017.
Born in England to an MI5 agent father, Newton-John and her family moved to Melbourne, Australia, when she was six years old. She returned to the UK when she was a teenager to pursue a singing career and starred in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1974.
His big break in Grease came four years later. It is well known that she resisted the role, initially he turned down producer Allan Carr because he thought she was too old for the role.
He won her over and adapted the script to make the character an Australian expat to suit his accent.
When the film was released, it was an immediate international success. After Grease, Newton-John’s acting career faltered. He appeared opposite Lattanzi in the 1980 film Xanadu, but failed to impress at the box office.
She took three years off work after her daughter was born in 1986, then received her first cancer diagnosis in 1992 when she was 44. After her first diagnosis, she devoted her career primarily to charity and humanitarian work.
She spent the last few years at home, campaigning for animal rights and raising money online for her charity.
Bernard Cribbins, pictured with his wife Gillian, who passed away last year, died aged 93 in July.
Bernard Cribbins, the voice and face of children’s television and film for generations of Britons, died at the age of 93 on July 27, just months after his loving wife of nearly 70 years passed away.
Oldham-born Mr Cribbins, whose mother was a cotton weaver and father a ‘champion clog wrestler’, became one of the most versatile and popular entertainers of his generation, managing to be a favorite on children’s television while also starring in the bawdy Carry On movies.
He joined the Old Rep in Birmingham aged just 14 and enjoyed a 79-year career in show business, plus a spell in the Parachute Regiment after the Second World War.
He subsequently beat prostate cancer and survived triple heart bypass surgery in 1997. He also suffered a spinal injury that left him unable to walk long distances. That’s why his much-loved CBeebies series Old Jack’s Boat was filmed with him sitting around recounting sea stories that captivated young viewers.
The British star was in many films from Carry On, Fawlty Towers, Doctor Who, narrated The Wombles, Jackanory and was in the classic 1970 film adaptation of The Railway Children.
In 2011, he received an OBE for services to drama for his long career. Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony, she said providing the voices for the likes of Uncle Bulgaria, Tobermory and Orinoco was simple because of how The Wombles was written.
Other celebrity deaths in 2022