"The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of great sadness for me and all members of my family," King Charles III said. (74) on 8 September. The whole world shared this grief with the Royals – including many people in Germany.
The Google annual review 2022 indicates how moving the farewell to the monarch must have been for many. As part of its review, Google has also published a list that shows the farewells in which Internet users made a particularly large number of search queries in 2022 - in descending order.
A long era ended with the death of the British Queen at the age of 96. Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022) had been on the throne since 1952 and had celebrated her platinum jubilee shortly before her death. "Queen Elizabeth is a woman who has shaped a century, in the United Kingdom and beyond," condoled Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (66). "Millions of Germans today feel connected to the people of the United Kingdom with sadness and heartfelt sympathy."
Aaron Carter (1987-2022), who died unexpectedly at the beginning of November at the age of only 34, follows on the list of farewells. Nick Carter (42) from the Backstreet Boys, the older brother of the late singer, said goodbye to Instagram with pictures from the old days. He wrote that his heart was broken and his love for his brother never faded, even though they had a "complicated relationship."
The death of Anne Heche (1969-2022) was also shocking for many people. The US actress, known from "Donnie Brasco" and "Six Days, Seven Nights", suffered serious brain injuries in a car accident. A little later she was declared brain dead and life support was discontinued.
In the summer of 2022, Germany had to say goodbye to one of its greatest football legends. For many, Uwe Seeler's (1936-2022) death must have been so painful because he was not only a star on the pitch, but also one without any airs. His club, Hamburger SV, mourns "the greatest HSVer of all time," it said in a statement at the time. "Uwe Seeler stands for everything that characterizes a good person: down-to-earth, loyalty, joie de vivre, and he was always approachable. He is the epitome of HSV," said board member Jonas Boldt (40) in a statement.
Rock singer Meat Loaf (1947-2022) died in January. "He meant so much to so many people and it was a pleasure to share him with the world," his wife Deborah Gillespie told People magazine at the time. "From the day we met, he was my world and I loved him. Not a day went by that we didn't tell each other how much we love them. Not a day that we didn't hug. "
In April, actress Ninon Bohm (52) announced that Uwe Bohm (1962-2022) died "suddenly and unexpectedly". "It is with infinite sadness that we announce the passing of my husband, my son's beloved father and the great actor Uwe Bohm," she wrote on Instagram. Bohm has appeared in numerous film and television productions, including several "Tatort" roles and the 2016 motion picture "Tschick".
Hardy Krüger (1928-2022), one of the greatest German actors of the 1950s and 1960s, had also died a few weeks earlier. His son Hardy Krüger Jr. (54) wrote on Instagram: "Here the last curtain has fallen on the world stage and the world bows to you, father!" There remains love, respect and the wish "that your path will now be peaceful and happier. Over there on the other side."
The death of the entrepreneur Rainer Schaller (1969-2022) was particularly tragic. In October, the founder of the fitness chain McFit crashed in a private plane off the coast of Costa Rica. The company announced in November that the bodies of Schaller and his son had been identified. Schaller's partner and daughter as well as a colleague and the pilot are still missing.
"Grease" star Olivia Newton-John (1948-2022) died in August at the age of 73. The multiple Grammy award winner had long battled cancer. "My dearest Olivia, you have made all of our lives so much better," wrote John Travolta, 68, her co-star from the musical film, on Instagram. "Your influence was incredible! I love you so much. We will see you again at the end of the road and we will all be reunited."
Taylor Hawkins (1972-2022) died unexpectedly in March at the age of 50. According to media reports, the drummer of the rock band Foo Fighters was found dead in a hotel in Bogotá, Colombia, where the band was supposed to perform. "The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of our beloved Taylor Hawkins," the statement said on Twitter. "His musical spirit and infectious laugh will live on with all of us forever."
The Google Annual Review 2022 shows a particularly strong increase in search interest in the different categories compared to the previous year.