From Josep Maria Espinas to Tina Turner and Matthew Perry

Artists in the world of music, cinema, theatre, literature or plastic arts, activists, historians, philosophers, politicians or journalists. 2023 Personalities from all fields who were expelled They leave a markinside and outside the country.

Let's take a look at famous people who have died in the past 12 months.

Goodbye music

One of the most symbolic votes we rejected this year was… Tina Turner. The Queen of Rock died this year at the age of 83 in Switzerland after a long struggle with illness. He leaves out songs that are part of music history such as “The Best”, “We Don't Need Another Hero” or “What's Love Got to Do With It”.

Tina Turner was a music icon and a reference for women who suffered abuse (European Press/Christian Charicius)

Another international artist who died in 2023 is the Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor. It was hers The 56-year-old rose to international fame thanks to “Nothing Compare 2U,” a little-known Prince original song he covered in 1990.

Sinead O'Connor
Sinéad O'Connor captivated the world with her version of the song “Nothing Compares to You” (Wikimedia)

For historical voices, legendary ones Tony BennettWho also passed away at the age of 96. One of the most prominent names in crooning, he has left a legacy of a 70-year career with almost intact popularity.

Tony Bennett, before opening his art gallery in Manhattan, New York, in 2017
Singer Tony Bennett in a photo from 2017 (Reuters)

And also Jane Birkinan actress and singer who left behind successful songs such as her famous song “Je t'aime… moi Non plus”, a song banned in some countries, due to the eroticism it exudes.

The rock genre also said goodbye to the guitarist Jeff Beck, winner of eight Grammy Awards and known for being part of The Yardbirds; And also the American singer David CrosbyBand founder Byrd. Or the daughter of the King of Rock and Roll, who is also a singer Lisa Marie Presley.

Beck, playing at the 2008 Grammy Foundation Gala in Los Angeles
Jeff Beck was one of the most influential guitarists in the history of rock music (Reuters/Fred Prosser)

In 2023, great composers, such as the Japanese, also left Ryuichi Sakamoto, composer of, among other things, the opening music for the Barcelona Games; or Burt Bacharachwinner of three Oscars and six Grammy Awards and the author of such hits as “I Say a Little Prayer” or “Walk on Pie.”

Other notable names in the music world who have disappeared this year are names Ferran Gallartsinger of the Strompers from Cardona; Lucky Joryone of the Catalan pianists, especially jazz, known for his appearances in several TV3 programs in the 1990s; Josep Bastons, founder of Peix Fregit and repertoire of havaneras; Pioneer of music in Catalan Reem MargaretEls Setze Jutsges founder, actor and producer Rafael Mall.

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And let's not forget Maria JimenezWho left us at the age of 73. Singer and actress, she has been a pioneer in the fight against sexual violence with themes such as “Se acabó”.

Singer Maria Jiménez was a pioneer in the fight against male violence (Europe Press)

Sadness in cinema and theater: actresses, actors and directors

actress Itziar Castro He died last December at the age of 46. In addition to his roles in series such as “Vis a vis” or “Heart of the City”, he also leaves his message in favor of gay rights and feminism.

Itziar Castro died suddenly during filming (Europa Press/Francisco Guerra)

American actor Matthew Perry He left this year as well. Known for his character Chandler Bing in the series “Friends,” he died at the age of 54 at his home in Los Angeles from “severe effects of ketamine.”

Perry was found dead in his home last week
Matthew Perry has become immortal for his role in the series “Friends” (Reuters/Phil McCarten)

In the field of performing arts, the year also said goodbye to film directors. So they left Augusti VillarongaAuthor of one of the great phenomena of Catalan art VII “Pa Negre” and Spanish director Carlos Sora.

Actresses Raquel Welch I Gina Lollobrigida They are also dead in 2023, as is the Catalan daniella costa, American Lance Reddick And South Korea Lee Sun KyunKnown for his role in the movie “Parasites”.

TV that goes black

Another artist who died in 2023 is… Concha Velasco. The actress worked in eighty films for cinema and television, as well as many plays. This work he continued until three years ago, when his health deteriorated.

Concha Velasco at the Goya Theater in Barcelona, ​​where he performed his last performance
Concha Velasco in a performance at the Goya Theater in Barcelona, ​​where he gave his last performance (Europa Press/David Zuracino)

TV presenter and actress Carmen Seville He left at the age of 92. He left behind 70 films, 16 albums and a popularity and sympathy that turned programs like “Telecupón” or “Cine de barrio” into hits.

Another broadcaster is dead Maria Teresa Campos, at the age of 82 years. Journalist and broadcaster, won two Ondas Awards.

Maria Teresa Campos died at the age of 82 in Madrid (Europa Press)

The journalist also left this year Jose Maria Carrascal.

Living history, narrators and thinkers are ours

In 2023, we also lost the great historian of Catalonia Josep Maria EspinasWho died at the age of 95 and left behind thousands of articles, more than 90 books and the lyrics of the song “Cant del Barça”.

Espinàs was also one of the promoters of Nova Cançó and one of the founders of Els Setze Jutges (European Press)

The leading historian of contemporary Catalonia, Joan B. ColaAt the age of 71, due to cancer. A professor, writer, columnist, researcher and observer of current political events from the media, he was also very present on TV3.

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Historian Joan P. Colla has died at the age of 71

Xavier Robert de Ventus He died at the age of 83. He defined himself as a writer, but he was above all a philosopher and art critic.

Archive photo of Javier Robert de Vientos (ACN/Oriol Campuzano)

He died at the age of 104 years Oliva and Beringer treatment, the last surviving mother of Elna Maternity. She was just 20 years old when she escaped Franco's forces, spending 15 months in the Algeria refugee camp where she became pregnant and was admitted to the Elna Maternity Hospital to give birth.

Language teachers who left

We lost too Carmen Junyenta prominent Catalan linguist and Chairman of the Linguistic Advisory Board, was a major voice on all things related to our language and a highly critical critic of panlanguage.

Linguist Carme Junent has been a major voice in the study of the Catalan language

Another linguistic activist, the philosopher and former president of Omnium, also left us Jordi Porta. He was the promoter of the modernization of the entity and the pro-independence roadmap.

The poet, playwright and novelist died this year Antonio Gala At the age of 92 years. He left works such as “The Turkish Passion”, “The Scarlet Manuscript”, “The Pedestal of Statues” or “Los papeles de agua”.

Antonio Gala has died at the age of 92 (EFE/Rafa Alcaide)

The writer died at the age of 86 Fernando Sanchez Drago. He wrote more than forty books, and presented and directed many television programs.

At the age of 94, he passed away Milan Kunderaauthor of “The Unbearable Lightness of Being.”

Painting, sculpture, humor and fashion

The comics world has mourned the loss of one of its beloved cartoonists and cartoonists, the Barcelona native Francisco Ibanez. The creator of Mortadello and Filemó, Rompetechos, “13, rue del Percebe”, or “El botones Sacarino” or “Pepe Gotera y Otilio” has died at the age of 87.

Francisco Ibáñez with his most famous character Mortadillo (European Press)

At the same age we shot Luis Longueras. The versatile hairdresser knew how to expand his business around the world and created a trend that featured the most creative and stylistic aspects of the profession.

Lluís Llongueras, in collaboration with the “Tot es mou” programme.

The Colombian painter and sculptor has died at the age of 91 Fernando BoteroKnown for his dramatic sculptures and as the creator of the famous cat on Rambla del Raval in Barcelona.

He died in February Paco RabanneOne of the designers who changed the world of fashion in the twentieth century and has an influential legacy.

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Another artist who left us is the charismatic clown and comedian Django Edward. Born in Detroit in 1950, he had a special relationship with Barcelona and Catalonia, where he developed much of his career.

Review international obituaries

death Henry Kissinger It was covered by international media. US Secretary of State under Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, between 1969 and 1977, served as a marker of US foreign policy in the second half of the twentieth century.

Jacques DelorsThe father of the euro and one of the great figures of French socialism has died at the age of 98. He was one of the promoters of the Maastricht Treaty and was President of the European Commission between 1985 and 1995.

Jacques Delors, who was President of the European Commission, gives a speech with two EU flags behind him
Jacques Delors was President of the European Commission (François Lenoir/Reuters)

Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio BerlusconiKnown as Il Cavaliere, he died at the age of 86. The founder of Forza Italia and a television empire, he left a life dominated by scandals and lawsuits.

Silvio Berlusconi at a meeting in April 2022 (Reuters/Remo Caselli)

pole Mohamed al-Fayed He died this year as well. The former owner of Harrods and the Ritz Hotel in Paris, left exactly 26 years after his son Dodi Fayed died in an accident in Paris alongside Lady Di.

Goodbye politics

The world of politics has said goodbye this year Josep PiqueMinister of José María Aznar between 1996 and 2003 and leader of the Popular Party of Catalonia, as well as business manager.

Josep Pique at an event in Pontevedra (European Press)

In 2023, he also fired a former minister and former vice president, in this case socialist José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero: Pedro Solbes.

Pedro Solbes in archive photo
Pedro Solbes was 80 years old (Europe Press)

Other characters who left

The year 2023 also took from us a very beloved figure in Barcelona. Joan Payne, Pinocchio From Boqueria market. He was the visible face of the institution, until he was involved in a controversial transfer after the license was sold due to family disputes.

Joan Payne,
Joan Payne, “Juanito” the legendary Pinotxo bar in Barcelona’s Boqueria Market (ACN)

It was a controversial role as well Felix Milletconvicted of plundering the Palau de la Música, died at the age of 87.

Jaume Sane, a well-known publicist and naturalist, left at the age of 61 for Alaska, where he was a guide. He has collaborated with the program “Tot es mou” and has been a screenwriter for TV shows such as “Beasts” or “Natura savia”.

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