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, then was run from 2003 to 2007 by Siegfried Baboon and Rude Kid From 2008 to 2009, it was run by Octopus of Odstock , and from 2010 to 2017 by The Man In Black. From 2018 to 2019, Spade Cooley was host. Now in 2020, it's the turn of trio msc, Grim and Reptile to oversee the biggest deadpool going...

Sheila Mercier

The biggest DDP hit of the year came with the passing of the face of Emmerdale‘s “Attitude Era”, Leah Bracknell – and now we pay our respects to the face of its “Golden Era” Hulk Hogan. Sheila Mercier first started performing at a young age in concerts put on by her musician mother, and had […]

David Bellamy

For a good two generations of British children, David Bellamy was their introduction to environmentalism. From Don’t Ask Me to Blooming Bellamy, along with endless appearances on the likes of Multi-Coloured Swap Shop and Blue Peter, he was also a go-to voice for any impressionist appearing on kids’ TV (just gummy yourself up and say “gwapple me gwapenuts”). He also […]

Jim Smith

“The Bald Eagle”, as Jim Smith was known to fans and rivals alike, was one of the most reassuring faces in football. As a player he had lengthy spells in the lower and non-leagues with the likes of Halifax and Boston, but it was as a manager that he’ll forever be remembered. He spent nearly […]

Marie Fredriksson

Roxette were second only to ABBA when it comes to record sales by a Swedish act, and Marie Fredriksson was a huge part of that statistic. She met Per Gessle in the late 1970s when he was frontman of the hugely popular (in Sweden) Gyllene Tider, and Fredriksson was in a number of less successful […]

Jim Russell

The end-of-year “Deaths of 2019” roundups usually bring us a few names that obituary writers overlooked during the year, and this time around it’s the BBC’s sports “in memoriam” reel that provides a second chance for one DDP team. The name in question is former racing driver Jim Russell, who died without a press mention […]

Pete Frates

Pete Frates was a former minor college baseball squad player who helped kickstart one of the biggest charity movements of all time. Frates was the fourth person to ever take the “Ice Bucket Challenge”, and the first person diagnosed with ALS to do so. He’d been diagnosed with the condition two years prior and had […]

Caroll Spinney

With Sesame Street marking its 50th anniversary this year, it’s perhaps fitting that the man who was second to only Jim Henson in his contribution to the Children’s Television Workshop classic has passed on. Caroll Spinney (so named because his mother went into labour on Christmas Day) was a keen puppeteer as a child and even […]

Paul Volcker

Standing 6’7 in his prime, few men did more to shape world finance in the latter 20th century than Paul Volcker. From a banking background, he was a relative unknown when appointed by Jimmy Carter to the post of Federal Reserve chairman in 1979. With the backing of Carter’s successor, Ronald Reagan, a year later, […]

Ron Saunders

During his playing career, Ron Saunders was a bustling, old-fashioned centre-forward who made up for a lack of height with pure workrate. He was Portsmouth’s top-scorer for six consecutive seasons at the turn of the 1960s, but it is his contributions as a manager that he’ll be best remembered for. In an era of “jobs […]

Kate Figes

DDP royalty The Living End’s run of nine consecutive years with a unique hit came to an end in 2018 with the lack of a QO for Indian arthouse director Kalpana Lajmi. However, the start of a new attempt at ten consecutive years begins right now with the passing of Kate Figes. The daughter of […]