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...

Alicia Alonso Martinez

Cuban born, Alicia Alonso Martinez moved to New York at the age of 16 to marry her lover and attempt to break into the ballet market Stateside. Her career was nearly brought to a premature end when she nearly ruined her eyesight by dancing while recovering from a retinal operation, despite being told to rest […]

Elijah Cummings

Somewhat belatedly, Donald Trump has come around to the Bill Clinton school of dealing with people who could get you impeached… Elijah Cummings was born to sharecropper parents in South Baltimore. He had a political streak from a young age, being involved in the desegregation of a local swimming pool when he was just 11. […]

Luigi Colani

Falling down the back of the sofa upon death (you’ll miss me as gamerunner when I’m gone), Luigi Colani actually carked it – and was reported widely on – in September. But he’s here on the DDP now. German-born but (very) Italian of blood, Colani was one of the design world’s true mavericks. Cutting a […]

Leah Bracknell

Nelson Mandela, Zsa Zsa Gabor… Leah Bracknell. Yep, the British soap doyen joins the other two as only the third person atop the Drop 40 to die since it was established in 2010. And while the others were silvertops who’d spent years, if not decades, teetering on the brink of death, our Leah was a […]

Richard Huckle

And so the DDP gets its first murder victim of 2019… Really, when your actual defence lawyer calls you one of the worst sex offenders in British legal history, things aren’t too likely to end up with gin and tonic on the lawn. Richard Huckle was a devout Baptist with no criminal record before he […]

Alexey Leonov

Alexey Leonov was behind one of the great checkmarks in the space race “to do” list. On March 18, 1965, he became the first man to conduct a spacewalk, spending 12 minutes outside the Voshkod 2 craft. It was meant to be a much shorter walk, with Leonov tasked only with taking some photos of […]

Juliette Kaplan

With the autumn nights drawing in, some of the more fastidious among you may have already started pencilling their longlists for the 2020 DDP. If so, Juliette Kaplan was probably the first name you had to cross out. The former Coronation Street and Last of the Summer Wine actress had made the papers a-plenty in recent weeks […]

Andres Gimeno

Andres Gimeno was the man who made Spain an international tennis powerhouse. He was a highly skilled amateur when, in 1960s, the International Lawn Tennis Federation voted not to professionalize. He switched sides and began playing as a pro on the breakaway circuit – earning a whopping $16,000 a year, plus expenses. The tennis world […]

Rip Taylor

Perhaps best (only?) know to a UK audience as the camp old lad who pops up at the end of the Jackass movies, Rip Taylor was television royalty on the other side of the Atlantic. Like many comedians of his generation, he got his first break while on military service and performing in USO shows. […]

Ginger Baker

In sports journalism, there is a tradition that when someone so loathed by all of his peers dies, the obituary refers to them as “one of the game’s great characters”. Ginger Baker was one of the music industry’s great characters. A man who made Bono look humble, Kanye West appear chilled out and Van Morrison […]