Singer Anita Pointer of The Pointer Sisters, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, pioneering broadcast journalist Barbara Walters, British fashion designer and punk icon Vivienne Westwood, Brazilian soccer icon Pele, legendary NFL running back Franco Harris, DJ Stephen "tWitch" Boss, Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach, basketball great Paul Silas, actress and singer Georgia Holt, actress Kirstie Alley and actor and NFL star Brad William Henke are among the notable deaths of 2022.
Anita Pointer of the Grammy-winning Pointer Sisters stands with Andy Madadian (C) and La Toya Jackson (L) as Madadian is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2020. Pointer, who performed alongside her sisters June and Ruth, died at the age of 74 on December 31 following a battle with cancer. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI speaks before his retirement in 2013. Benedict, who reigned from 2005 until his unexpected resignation in 2013, died at the age of 95 on December 31. Photo by Stefano Spanziani/UPI
Pioneering broadcast journalist Barbara Walters at the TIME 100 Gala in 2015. Walters, who was the first female anchor on an evening news program and who co-hosted "20/20" and created "The View," died at the age of 93 on December 30. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
British fashion designer and punk icon Vivienne Westwood speaking to activists fighting to stop the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States in London in 2020. Westwood, whose designs heralded the rise of the Sex Pistols and the British punk movement of the 1970s, died at the age of 81 on December 29. Photo by Hugo Philpott/UPI