New York Daily News: By David Matthews – The Queen of England and a queen of country music; movie mobsters and barrier breakers; sports superstars and Broadway legends — 2022 saw the deaths of many history makers. Here are excerpts from the article published on December 28, 2022, on some of the most significant figures to leave us this year.

Queen Elizabeth II

The British monarch sat on the throne for more than 70 years before her death on Sept. 8 at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. She was succeeded by her son, King Charles III. Her funeral was held at Westminster Abbey church in London after a 10-day mourning period.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at the Buckingham Palace in London, June 5, 2022, on the last of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee.
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II waves to the crowd during the Platinum Jubilee Pageant at the Buckingham Palace in London, June 5, 2022, on the last of four days of celebrations to mark the Platinum Jubilee – Frank Augstein/AP

Bill Russell

The 11-time NBA champion and five-time MVP Boston Celtic died July 31 at the age of 88 in Washington state. Widely considered one of the best basketball players of all time, the league quickly moved to retire his iconic #6 jersey. He was also the first black head coach in NBA history.

NBA great Bill Russell reacts at a news conference as he learns the most valuable player award for the NBA basketball championships has been renamed the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award, Feb. 14, 2009, in Phoenix.
NBA great Bill Russell reacts at a news conference as he learns the most valuable player award for the NBA basketball championships has been renamed the Bill Russell NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award, Feb. 14, 2009, in Phoenix – Matt York/AP

James Caan

One of the defining actors of his generation, Caan starred in a number of now-classics. during Highlights of his decades-long career include “The Godfather,” for which he received an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor, “Misery” and “Elf.” The Bronx-born and Queens-raised Caan died July 6 at the age of 82.

James Caan attends the 2016 Summer TCA "Hallmark Event" on July 27, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
James Caan attends the 2016 Summer TCA “Hallmark Event” on July 27, 2016, in Beverly Hills, California – Richard Shotwell/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Sidney Poitier

Oscar-winner Poitier died Jan. 6 at the age of 94 in Beverly Hills. “In The Heat of The Night,” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” and “The Defiant Ones” were among his many noteworthy and groundbreaking roles. He was the first black actor to win an Oscar for best actor.

President Barack Obama presents the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Sidney Poitier during ceremonies in the East Room at the White House in Washington on, Aug. 12, 2009.
President Barack Obama presents the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom to Sidney Poitier during ceremonies in the East Room at the White House in Washington on, Aug 12, 2009 – J Scott Applewhite/AP

Ray Liotta

The “Something Wild” and “Goodfellas” star was also one of Hollywood’s go-to supporting actors, with well-regarded turns in “Field of Dreams” and “Cop Land,” among others. The Newark-born actor was 67 when he died on May 26 in the Dominican Republic. His final film, “Cocaine Bear” will be released on February 24, 2023.

Ray Liotta attends the "Marriage Story" premiere during the 57th New York Film Festival in New York on Oct. 4, 2019.
Ray Liotta attends the “Marriage Story” premiere during the 57th New York Film Festival in New York on Oct 4, 2019 – Evan Agostini/Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Angela Lansbury

The British actress died Oct. 11 at the age of 96. She starred in “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Mame” and many other films throughout her career. Lansbury appeared in the original production of “Sweeney Todd” on Broadway and portrayed Jessica Fletcher on “Murder, She Wrote” for 12 seasons.

Angela Lansbury poses for a portrait during press day for "Blithe Spirit" in Los Angeles on Dec. 16, 2014.
Angela Lansbury poses for a portrait during press day for “Blithe Spirit” in Los Angeles on Dec 16, 2014 – Casey Curry/Casey Curry/Invision/AP)

Olivia Newton-John

The “Physical” singer and star of “Grease” and “Xanadu” died at the age of 73 on Aug. 8 at her California home. One of the best-selling artists of all time, Newton-John sold over 100 million records. She also won four Grammy awards.

Actress and singer Olivia Newton-John attends the 2018 G'Day USA Los Angeles Gala in Los Angeles on Jan. 27, 2018.
Actress and singer Olivia Newton-John attends the 2018 G’Day USA Los Angeles Gala in Los Angeles on Jan 27, 2018 – Richard Shotwell/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Loretta Lynn

One of country music’s biggest stars, known for hits like “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “You Ain’t Woman Enough (To Take My Man)”, Lynn died at the age of 90 on Oct. 4 in Tennessee. She won three Grammy awards during her decades-long career, including one for her partnership with Conway Twitty.

Country music great Loretta Lynn poses for a portrait in September 2000 in Nashville, Tenn.
Country music great Loretta Lynn poses for a portrait in September 2000 in Nashville, Tenn – CHRISTOPHER BERKEY/AP

Christine McVie

As one of the members of Fleetwood Mac, the English singer wrote or co-wrote some of the group’s biggest hits, including “Don’t Stop,” “Everywhere” and “Little Lies.” She won two Grammys and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. McVie died Nov. 30 at the age of 79 after a brief illness.

Christine McVie from the band Fleetwood Mac performs at Madison Square Garden in New York on Oct. 6, 2014.
Christine McVie from the band Fleetwood Mac performs at Madison Square Garden in New York on Oct 6, 2014 – Charles Sykes/Charles Sykes/Invision/AP

Bob Saget

The 65-year-old comedian and “Full House” star died after an accidental fall in his hotel room at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando on Jan. 9.

Bob Saget attends the "Shameless" FYC event at Linwood Dunn Theater on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles.
Bob Saget attends the “Shameless” FYC event at Linwood Dunn Theater on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Los Angeles – Richard Shotwell/Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP

Naomi Judd

A member of one of country music’s royal families — and five-time Grammy winner — Judd died at the age of 76 on April 30.

Naomi Judd poses at the Hero Dog Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., Oct. 6, 2012.
Naomi Judd poses at the Hero Dog Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif, Oct 6, 2012 – Chris Pizzello/Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

Coolio

The “Gangsta’s Paradise” rapper, a Los Angeles native, died in the same city on Sept. 28 at the age of 59.

FILE - Coolio arrives for the award ceremony at the 64th Venice Film Festival, in Venice, Italy, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2007.
FILE – Coolio arrives for the award ceremony at the 64th Venice Film Festival, in Venice, Italy, Wednesday, Sept 5, 2007 – Andrew Medichini/AP

Irene Cara

The “Fame” and “What a Feeling” singer died at the age of 63 on Nov. 25.

Irene Cara poses for a portrait in Los Angeles, in 1983.
Irene Cara poses for a portrait in Los Angeles, in 1983 – Harry Langdon/Getty Images

Stephen “tWitch” Boss

The 40-year-old DJ and eventual co-executive producer of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” died in Los Angeles on Dec. 13.

Stephen "tWitch" Boss appears at the FOX 2022 Upfront presentation in New York on May 16, 2022.
Stephen “tWitch” Boss appears at the FOX 2022 Upfront presentation in New York on May 16, 2022 – Christopher Smith/Christopher Smith/Invision/AP