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...

John Conyers

John Conyers was the sixth longest-serving member member of the U.S. Congress in history, and the longest-serving African American. He even started off his political career as aide to the man who went on to become the longest-serving Congressman in history, 2019 DDP graduate John Dingell. Conyers represented Michigan and was one of the more […]

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi

Despite what comedy leader of the free world Donald Trump may have said, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi probably didn’t die cowering from a cute dog like some gritty reboot of Air Bud. But he is dead, and he probably won’t be missed by too many of us. Iraq-born (his nom de guerre literally means “The One from Baghdad”), […]

Marieke Vervoort

Marieke Vervoort was diagnosed with a dystrophy of the spine when she was just 14, a condition that left her in a wheelchair and in agony for most of her adult life. However, she let her h8rs be her motiv8rs and started playing a number of paralympic sports, including basketball, triathlon and swimming. However, it […]

Julie Gibson

Referred to by some sources as “the oldest living celebrity” (an argument we’re not going to get into here) Julie Gibson no longer has a claim to the third of those words. She began her career in pre-war radio as a singer, before graduating on to the world of radio dramas and, subsequently, lower-budget movies. […]

Bill Macy

Born Wolf Garber and raised in a working-class Jewish family, Bill Macy didn’t get anything close to a break in the acting world until he was well into his late 30s. He bagged a role as Walter Matthau’s understudy in Once More, With Feeling on Broadway, and spent another 15 years as a character actor […]

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 […]