From Queen Elizabeth to Piero Angela: the farewells of 2022

On the sad farewell page, 2022 wrote excellent names from culture, politics, music and entertainment. Even sports. From Pope Benedict XVI at the Queen Elizabethwho died at the age of 96 last September 8, passing through the great Peter Angela and for the former president of the European Parliament David Sassoli, there have been many well-known faces who have left us. We remember the main ones, those who with their departure have most moved and saddened public opinion.

David Sassoli

2022 opened with painful news for the world of Italian and European politics. The then president of the European Parliament and former deputy director of Tg1 died at the age of 65 on 11 January, following the complication of his health conditions, already compromised by the disease. The disappearance of the well-known journalist ed political exponent was accompanied by a large e heartfelt condolencesalso due to the human qualities that Sassoli was able to express in his career of civil commitment.

Monica Vitti

Muse of Michelangelo Antonioni, queen of Italian comedy alongside Alberto Sordi, the popular actress passed away on February 2nd. She is known internationally for her cinematic interpretations of her, she had retired to private life for years due to a neurodegenerative disease. In addition to her Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, obtained in 1995, in her career the actress was also awarded 5 Davids, 12 Golden Globes and 3 Silver Ribbons.

Catherine Spaak

He had been battling a bad thing for years. Then the sad news of her death, on April 17, 2022. Daughter of art, although she was born in France to a Belgian family, Catherine obtained a particular popularity in Italy with highly successful films, starting from the first half of the Sixties. Among the best known interpretations of him, those in films Crazy desire and OvertakingDino Risi’s masterpiece.

Eugenio Scalfari

The founder of Repubblica passed away on 14 July 2022, after a life spent in the world of culture journalism progressive area. In 1955 he was one of the founders of the Radical Party and, in the same year, he became director of L’Espresso. In his career he recognized himself in the positions of the center-left and reserved, to say the least, scathing judgments for the political leaders of the center-right. A convinced atheist, in the last years of his life Scalfari was fascinated by the figure of Pope francescowith whom he formed a friendship.

Peter Angela

Perhaps one of the most heartfelt farewells by Italian public opinion in 2022. The popular journalist passed away at the age of 93 on August 13, 2022, after a very long and appreciated career in the television disclosure. Until the end he recorded some episodes of his beloved and long-lived program for Rai SuperQuarks, a milestone of scientific research on TV. To his younger admirers he left a kind of passionate and intelligent testament. “I’ve done my part, do yours…“. In an interview with ilGiornale he generously spoke about himself and his relationship with the afterlife.

Queen Elizabeth II

After 70 years and 214 days of reign, the queen ended an era. Died on 8 September 2022, Elizabeth II marked the history of Great Britain with her presence from 1952 (when she was crowned queen) onwards. In the same way, her funeral, broadcast worldwide, was also a historical eventcapable of attracting global attention.

Angela Lansbury, Murder, She Wrote

The beloved TV lady in whodunit, protagonist of a thousand vicissitudes in the US television series of the same name, died at the age of 96 on October 11, 2022, leaving a nostalgic memory in generations of viewers loyal to the character she played. Jessica Fletcher.

Franco Gatti of the Rich and the Poor

The singer of the historic quartet dei Riches and Poors, died on October 18 at the age of 80. It was the colleagues of the gods who gave the news of his disappearance Riches and Poors, with which the “mustache” of Italian pop music had built his career. After that sad announcement, social networks were flooded with messages of affection and condolences.

Sinisa Mihajlovic

The former Serbian footballer and coach, very close to the world of Italian football, passed away on December 16, 2022. News that aroused great condolences among sportsmen and among those who had appreciated him over the years, on and off the football field. Suffering from acute myeloid leukemia, which he himself had spoken of in a press conference, the former footballer had declared that he did not want to give up in the face of illness and he had therefore continued to carry out his task as a coach even remotely, during hospitalizations.

Franco Frattini

President of the Council of State and former foreign minister in the Berlusconi II (2002-2004) and Berlusconi IV (2008-2011) governments, Franco Frattini was an appreciated man of the institutions. The painful news of his passing on December 24, 2022 shook the world of politics and civil society. “I will always remember his great ability to face complex problems with a smile, to be at ease in every role and the esteem he sowed“, wrote Silvio Berlusconi in his heartfelt message of condolences.


The king of football died on December 29 at the age of 82. Born in Brazil into poverty, thanks to his innate talent he will be remembered as one of the greatest footballers of all time. In his career he scored 1281 goals, an unstoppable avalanche, and led Brazil to win three World Cups.

Vivienne Westwood

Undisputed Queen of punk, the first to have made that style fashionable, Vivienne Westwood died last December 29 in London, at 81 years old. A politically aligned stylist who rose to prominence in the 70s dressing the Sex Pistols group, she conquered high fashion with her own provocative nonconformity. She was one of the founders of the punk style, with extravagant creations and androgynous models take to the catwalk.

Joseph Ratzinger

The greatest of all, a giant of faith and reason. The Pope emeritus he passed away at the age of 95 on December 31, in the “Mater Ecclesiae” monastery in the Vatican, where he had lived since he resigned from the Petrine ministry. Precisely those “resignations”, announced on February 28, 2013, marked a historic change in the Church. Benedict XVI he was the Pontiff of great spiritual reflections and solemn liturgies, mild in spirit but courageous, he was opposed by many for the clarity with which he knew how to take a stand. Elected Pope on April 19, 2005, he actively governed the Church for eight years.

From Queen Elizabeth to Piero Angela: the farewells of 2022