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Farewell the Queen and Mikhail Gorbachev: 2022’s notable deaths

From Queen Elizabeth II to the Soviet Union’s last leader Mikhail Gorbachev, here are some of 2022’s most notable deaths.

– January –


– 6: SIDNEY POITIER, 94, American movie star, the first black man to win an Oscar in 1964

– 13: JEAN-JACQUES BEINEIX, 75, French director of iconic 1980s film “Betty Blue”

– 15: NINO CERRUTI, 91, Italian fashion designer

– 20: MARVIN LEE ADAY aka MEAT LOAF, 74, US rocker of “Bat out of Hell” fame

– 22: THICH NHAT HANH, 95, Vietnamese Buddhist monk who introduced the West to mindfulness

– 23: THIERRY MUGLER, 73, French fashion designer

– February –


– 2: MONICA VITTI, 90, Italian leading lady and muse of director Michelangelo Antonioni

– 6: LATA MANGESHKAR, 92: legendary Bollywood singer

– 10: LUC MONTAGNIER, 89, French scientist who won Nobel medicine prize winner for his co-discovery of the HIV virus

– 17: IVAN REITMAN, 75, director of “Ghostbusters” 

– March –

– 4: SHANE WARNE, 52, Australian cricketer who was one of the game’s best-ever players

– 13: WILLIAM HURT, 71, American actor who won an Oscar for “Kiss of the Spider Woman”

– 23: MADELEINE ALBRIGHT, 84, first female US secretary of state (1997-2001)

– 25: TAYLOR HAWKINS, 50, drummer of the alternative US rock group Foo Fighters

– April –

– 6: VLADIMIR ZHIRINOVSKY, 75, Russian ultra-nationalist politician who predicted Ukraine war

– 13: MICHEL BOUQUET, 96, Celebrated French stage and screen actor

– May –

– 11: SHIREEN ABU AKLEH, 51, American-Palestinian Al Jazeera journalist killed during an Israeli army raid in the West Bank

– 19: VANGELIS (Evangelos Papathanassiou), 79, Greek composer of award-winning scores for “Chariots of Fire” and “Blade Runner” 

– 26: RAY LIOTTA, 67, star of Martin Scorsese’s gangster classic “Goodfellas”

– 26: ANDY FLETCHER, 60, founding member of British electronic band Depeche Mode

– 30: BORIS PAHOR, 108, Slovenian author who chronicled the horrors of Nazi concentration camps and Italian fascism

– June –

– 14: AVRAHAM YEHOSHUA, 85, revered Israeli novelist who championed Palestinian rights

– 17: JEAN-LOUIS TRINTIGNANT, 91, French star of New Wave films including “A Man and a Woman”

– 22: YVES COPPENS, 87, French palaeontologist who co-discovered the famous fossil “Lucy” in Ethiopia

– 27: LEONARDO DEL VECCHIO, 87, Italy’s second-richest man and eyewear magnate

– July –

– 3: PETER BROOK, 97, influential British theatre director famed for his radical stagings of Shakespeare

– 6: JAMES CAAN, 82, Hollywood star of “The Godfather” and “Misery” 

– 8: SHINZO ABE, 67, Japan former premier, shot dead by a gunman at a campaign rally.

– 8: JOSE EDUARDO DOS SANTOS, 79, Angola’s long-time ruler

– 25: DAVID TRIMBLE, 77, politician, Nobel laureate, for helping to broker 1998 peace deal in Northern Ireland

– 27: JAMES LOVELOCK, 103, famed UK scientist behind Gaia theory, who predicted climate change

– 30: NICHELLE NICHOLS, 89, groundbreaking black…

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