While 2022 has been memorable for many reasons, some may look back on it as the year we said goodbye to many remarkable people.
The world has lost some of its most famous faces in the past 12 months, from showbiz stars and royalty to athletes and artists.
Among the high-profile people who died this year was Queen Elizabeth II, who died 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 passed away at her South London home at the age of 81. Other stars who passed away in 2022 include actor Robbie Coltrane and ex-Pope Benedict XVI.
Queen Elizabeth II died ‘peacefully’ this year on September 8 in Balmoral. She was 96 years old
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II died in Balmoral on September 8 at the age of 96. All of Her Majesty’s children rushed to Balmoral that day after doctors became ‘concerned’ about her health. She died hours later, surrounded by her family.
To her subjects back home, Her Majesty was the nation’s anchor, holding out whatever storm she or her country faced – from the uncertain aftermath of World War II to, more recently, the pandemic.
She was also steadfast as she faced tragedies and scandals in her own family, most recently the fallout from Megxit and the death of her beloved husband Prince Philip.
The Queen’s passing came more than a year after that of her beloved husband Philip, her “strength and guide,” who died in April 2021 at the age of 99.
Since his funeral, where she sat distressingly alone due to lockdown restrictions, her own health has faltered and she has had to miss more and more events, mainly due to “mobility issues” and fatigue.
Lady Vivienne Westwood
British designer Dame Vivienne Westwood died at her home in Clapham on December 29 at the age of 81
Dame Vivienne Westwood, the godmother of punk who changed the fashion world forever, died at her home in Clapham, South London, on December 29 at the age of 81.
She was one of the most influential British fashion designers of the 20th century, cultivating the punk rock movement with her unapologetically 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, including going commando when she received her OBE from the Queen.
Incredibly, her career began when she was an elementary school teacher, making jewelry and then dressing in her spare time after marrying Hoover engineer Derek Westwood.
Her life changed when she met and married her second husband Malcolm McLaren, with the couple gaining fame for their ‘Sex’ boutique on King’s Road and dressing up in bands such as the New York Dolls and then the Pistols.
And later in life, her activism on climate change and against fracking, as well as her support for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, dominated her work.
As her death was announced, her third husband and creative partner Andreas Kronthaler said, “I will continue with Vivienne in my heart. We worked to the end and she gave me enough things to keep going. Thanks darling.’
Robbie Coltrane died on October 14 at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert, Scotland, at the age of 72.
Actor Robbie Coltrane died on October 14 at 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 beloved Hogwarts game warden Hagrid and starring as criminal psychologist Dr. Eddie ‘Fitz’ Fitzgerald in the 1990s ITV drama.
He received an OBE for services to drama in 2006 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’ children’s book, The Old Man Of Lochnagar.
The 72-year-old was rumored to have serious health problems after being forced to withdraw from London’s Comic Con in June for medical reasons.
Coltrane is survived by his ex-wife Rhona Gemmell whom he married in 1999, sister Annie Rae and his children Spencer, born in 1992, and Alice, born in 1998.
Pope Benedict XVI
Former Pope Benedict, who died Saturday at age 95, was the first pope in 600 years to resign
Former Pope Benedict died at the age of 95 after a long battle with illness on December 31.
The ex-pope who was the first to resign in 600 years when he abdicated nine years ago, died in 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 stepping down, telling the cardinals that he was too old and weak to leave an institution with more than 1, 3 billion members.
It will always be difficult to follow his charismatic predecessor Pope John Paul II, who died in 2005, and Benedict admitted that he had difficulties with 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 was blowing against us and it seemed as if the Lord was sleeping,” Benedict said to his last general public, a gathering of more than 150,000 people.
Following the election of Pope Francis on March 13, Benedict moved to a converted convent on the Vatican grounds to spend his final years praying, reading, playing the piano and entertaining friends.
Lady Deborah James
BBC podcast presenter Deborah James died on June 28 after her five-year battle with bowel cancer
Dame Deborah James passed away on June 28, after a five-year battle with colon cancer.
After being diagnosed with the disease, she began advocating to raise awareness of the condition, as well as donating money for research into a cure under her persona of Bowel Babe.
The podcaster and campaigner revealed in early May this year that she had withdrawn from active treatment and was receiving end-of-life care at her parents’ home in Woking, with her husband Sebastien and their two children on hand.
In her final weeks, Dame Deborah raised more than £6.7 million for research through her BowelBabe fund and was named a dame for her ‘tireless’ work raising awareness of the disease.
She was made a dame for her efforts and later said she felt “honored and shocked” that she was even considered for the honor.
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, 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 died on August 8 at the age of 73
Olivia Newton-John passed away 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 moved with her family to Melbourne, Australia, when she was six. She returned to the United Kingdom as a teenager to pursue a singing career and played in the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest.
Her big break in Grease came four years later. She famously resisted the part, initially turning down producer Allan Carr, thinking she was too old for the part.
He won her over and modified the script to make the character an Australian ex-pat to suit her accent.
When the film came out, it was an instant international hit. After Grease, Newton-John’s acting career faltered. She appeared alongside Lattanzi in the movie Xanadu in 1980 but failed to make an impact at the box office.
She took three years off work after the birth of her daughter in 1986, then was first diagnosed with cancer in 1992, aged 44. After her initial diagnosis, she devoted much of her career to charity and humanitarian work.
She spent the past 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 in July at the age of 93
Bernard Cribbins – the voice and face of childhood TV and film for generations of Britons – died at the age of 93 on July 27 – just months after his beloved wife of nearly 70 passed away.
Born in Oldham, Mr Cribbins, whose mother was a cotton weaver and father a ‘champion clog fighter’, became one of the most versatile and popular entertainers of his generation. On movies.
He joined the Old Rep in Birmingham aged just 14 and enjoyed a 79-year career in show business apart from a stint in the Parachute Regiment after World War II.
Later in life, he beat prostate cancer and survived triple bypass surgery in 1997. He also suffered a spinal cord injury that left him unable to walk long distances. This is why his beloved CBeebies series Old Jack’s Boat was filmed sitting down as he told stories about the sea that captivated young viewers.
The British star was in many Carry On films, Fawlty Towers, Doctor Who, The Wombles narrated, 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. At the inauguration ceremony, he said it was easy to voice characters like Uncle Bulgaria, Tobermory and Orinoco because of the way The Wombles was written.
Other celebrity deaths in 2022