The Covid toll is accelerating among artists

The Covid toll is accelerating among artists


norman lebrecht

January 13, 2022

Here is the first 2022 tally of musicians who are known to have died of Covid-19:

442 Greek soprano Martha Arapi (pictured)

443 Yorkshire musician Jake d’Alquen, 34

444 Radio DJ Simon Bolton, 54

445 Dance teacher Vanessa Lopez Delgado

446 German composer Conny Conrad, 62

447 Czech composer Juraj Filas, 66

448 Trinidadian singer Kenny J, 69

449 Bassist Jay Weaver, 42

450 Italian guitarist Paolo Giordano, 59

451 New Haven guitarist Rohn Lawrence, 61

452 Minnesota composer Ray Evangelista, 67


You can find the previous toll here.

The numbers are the sum of known musician deaths from Covid since March 2020.




  • F says:

    U.S. CDC said last week that 75% of Covid deaths had at least 4 other reasons for death, called “co-morbidities.”

    • Nick says:

      Yes, I was going to say that there are actually very few cases that are certain to be covid deaths. Most have been cases as you mentioned, of patients with at least 4 other comorbidities. On the other hand, in America there was a recent case where a criminal was shot and killed by the police and because he had covid they actually counted him as a covid death! The hospital explained that they have been told to register every death of a person who had covid when they died, as a covid death. That’s ridiculous.

      • G says:

        I wish Janáček was around. He’d write a gripping burlesque about Covid.

      • John Borstlap says:

        The point is that covid is much more dangerous for vulnerable people: old and/or frail, bad condition, suffering from other conditions. People who otherwise would NOT have died, can now die because of covid, so: those are definitely covid deaths.

        Don’t play down a pandemic which disrupts so many lives.

    • MC5-95 says:

      Viral and false propaganda ravings fueled by an incorrect ABC News edit of the CDC director’s quote. What she said was that 75 percent of those vaccinated who then caught Covid had at least 4 other conditions. Get your facts straight.

    • Emilee says:

      Yes, but comorbidities alone won’t kill a person. COVID is the contributing factor that makes otherwise survivable conditions lethal. Please get your facts a little more correct. COVID is nto something to be played down.

    • perturbo says:

      This is partially accurate. What CDC said was in the context of the value of the covid vaccines. CDC Director Wolensky said that the effectiveness of the vaccines in preventing SEVERE illness was an “encouraging headline.” She then said, “The overwhelming numbers of deaths, over 75%, occurred in people who had at least four comorbidities, so really these were people who were unwell to begin with.” She did NOT say these deaths were due to comorbidities. To say that comorbidities caused these deaths is an opinion and not based on any data.

    • Amos says:

      Yes, but those co-morbidities in and of themselves would NOT have resulted in the pre-mature death of the individual. Stop trying to trivialize the worst global viral pandemic since 1918. It is simple, get vaccinated and you will survive COVID-19.

  • Dmitry Lelchuk says:

    please take down this bullshit immediately. my mother did NOT pass away from Covid.

  • Peter says:

    If 12 musicans died with/of coved in November and 11 in December, it’s not acceleration, it’s negative acceleration.

  • Curvy Honk Glove says:

    We absolutely must cancel everything! It’s just too risky anymore to go on about our business living in our art. Not. One. More. Life!

  • Manny_Balestrero says:

    All vaccinated, without exception. Let’s accept the premise that they died from “covid”. That proves right away that these experimental, untested “vaccines” do not work, which we know they do not. But the premise is wrong. They died from the poison injected into them posing as “vaccine”. The CDC/FDA admits 21,382 vaccine deaths in the US alone through December 31 2021, and we know that only 1% to 10% gets reported. You’re playing Russian roulette with your life by being vaccinated. For openers, by Fauci’s own admission, the vaxx does not stop infection or transmission. So why take this garbage? Are you aware that Pfizer’s trying to hide the ingredients of the injections for 75 years? Have any of you “trust the science” clowns asked yourselves why? HAVE YOU?