Every day, another musician dies of Covid: the latest toll

Every day, another musician dies of Covid: the latest toll


norman lebrecht

January 30, 2022

Here is the latest tally of musicians who lost their lives in the past two weeks to the unending pandemic.

453 Indian songwriter Ibrahim Ashk, 70

454 Czech singer Hana Horka, 57

455 Nashville drummer Jerry Ray Johnston, 65

456 Italian classical guitarist Angelo Gilardino, 80

457 Welsh musician Phil Hartley-Williams

458 Indian music director Alleppey Ranganath, 73

459 Rock icon Meat Loaf, 74

460 US Tabla player Badal Roy, 82

461 Yorkshire pub musician Steve Keeton, 33.

462 Irish racist band member ‘Big Merv’ Shields, 50s

463 Vocalist Freddie Hughes, 79

464 Naumburg Foundation chief Lucy Rowan Mann, 100

465 Argentine singer-songwriter Diego Verdaguer, 70

For the previous toll see here.

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


  • PS says:

    From covid or with covid and half a dozen other health problems?

    • CJ says:

      The thing is that without Covid, they wouldn’t have died, even with some health problems.

      • Maria says:

        That simply isnt true. People die of all sorts of illnesses and diseases, and go into intensive care or not, and find out they have covid with being tested, albeit triple vaccinated but the predominant disease kills them – even a heart attack or liver disease are two. Covid if present has to be put on the death certificate and then the patient becomes a statistic.

      • Karl says:

        Lucy Rowan Mann was 100. How long do you think people generally live?

    • Maria says:

      Yes, a big difference between dying from or with Covid. But either way, a sad list of deaths whatever they died with or from. May they all rest in peace.

  • Nicholas Ennos says:

    And yet no increase at all in the overall annual death rate