The online competition to guess which famous people won't make it to the end of the current year. If they're elderly, ill, or just live a high-risk lifestyle, stick 'em in your team, and for each one whose death you correctly predict, you'll score points. DDP was dreamt up in Derby, England (hence the name...) by Big Iain back in 1996. Other hosts: Siegfried Baboon and Rude Kid (2003-7), Octopus of Odstock (2008-9), The Man in Black (2010-17), Spade Cooley (2018-19). Now the Committee of msc/Grim and Reptile (2020) oversee the biggest deadpool going...

Gerry Marsden

FERRY CROSS THE STYX English Merseybeat singer Gerry Marsden has died aged 78. Best known as the lead singer of Gerry and the Pacemakers, Gerry was the second most successful Liverpool artist of the 1960s, after the Beatles. With three number hits (oddly none of these were megahit Ferry Cross the Mersey), they were managed […]

Paul Westphal

WEST FALLS Basketball Hall of Famer Paul Westphal has died after a battle with glioblastoma. As a player, he won the NBA title with the Boston Celtics in 1974, and reached the final as player and as a coach with the Phoenix Suns. He was picked by 27 teams, including Captain Hemlock’s 20, Deceased Hose, […]

Brian Urquhart

FINAL LIBERATION British WW2 veteran and author Sir Brian Urquhart has died aged 101. He was involved in coastal defences during the Battle of Britain before a Major and involved in Operation Market Garden, as seen in A Bridge Too Far – Urquhart was played by Frank Grimes in the movie. After this he became […]

Carrie Dann

CARRIE DANN, CARRIE DANN SCAREY OLD SPOOKY NAN Lands rights activist Carrie Dann has died aged 88. The Western Shoshone elder, along with her sister Mary, fought for the rights of indigenous peoples in land, and their fight reached the US Supreme Court as US v Dann. They were offered millions in compensation but turned […]

Floyd Little

A LITTLE OBIT Denver Broncos legend Floyd Little has died aged 78 after a battle with cancer. “The Franchise” played eight seasons with the Broncos, reaching the Pro Bowl 5 times. He was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. News of his health issues were widespread, leading to a place on this […]

Mark Eden

END OF THE (TRAM)LINE Popular actor Mark Eden celebrated the New Year by dying hours into it. Eden had a long career on TV from Quatermass and the Pit to Poirot, through The Prisoner to a 7 week spell as Marco Polo in Doctor Who in 1964. However, he gained lasting TV notoriety as the […]

Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi

AYAGONAH The spiritual leader of the Front of Islamic Revolution Stability, Ayatollah Mohammed-Taqi Mesbah-Yazdi (not to be confused with Iranian cleric Mohammed Yazdi, who died a few weeks ago) has died aged 85. Yazdi supported suppression of the reform movement and was a backer of hardliner Ahmadinejhad. He was seen as a potential successor to […]

DDP 2020: Socially Distanced Enema

  When the man behind the teams Gooseberry Crumble, Apricot Crumble and Cyanide Crumble predicted that deaths in the year 2020 would be like a non-stop enema, we laughed. If only we knew he was conjuring up some vodoo covid…   beware the crumble, DDP’s own Mystic Meg…   So if you are reading this, […]

John le Carre

THE SPY WHO WENT INTO THE COLD Author John le Carre has written his last spy novel at the age of 89. David Cornwell worked for the British secret service as a spy himself behind the Iron Curtain until Kim Philby broke his cover to the Russians. (Mysteriously he never forgave Philby for the whole […]

Gerard Houllier

FULL TIME FOR GERARD It would not be hyperbole to say that Gerard Houllier was the man who saved Liverpool football club’s place as one of the giants of football. When he arrived at the club, they had experienced nearly a decade of decline, with fashionista Spice Boys and piss drunk wind up merchants living […]