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...

Nicolas Rea

I JUST MET A DEATH CALLED MY REA Nicolas Rea has died five days before his 92nd birthday. He was a unique hit for theme team House of Soon to be with the Lord. A practicing Doctor, he succeeded to the hereditary peerdom of Rea on the death of his uncle in 1981. In 1999 […]

Majek Fashek

IT’S A KIND OF MAJEK Singer-songwriter Majek Fashek has died aged 57 after a battle with cancer. The Nigerian guitarist was a prime exponent of African reggae music, and had worked with Beyonce and Snoop Dogg. He was picked in the DDP by Wormfarmer and the nefarious Pelican in the Wilderness. Majek FashekMarch 1963 – […]

Bob Weighton

GRIM WEIGHS IN ON BOB The world’s oldest man has joined every former recipient of that honour, by dying aged 112. Bob Weighton worked in a factory making aeroplanes, before settling down to become a teacher in the United States.  He moved back to Hampshire in 1973 and outlived his wife and a son. Weighton […]

Larry Kramer

KRAMER vs CREMA   Playwright Larry Kramer has died of pneumonia a month before his 85th birthday.  Already a well regarded writer after his adaptation of Women in Love (with Oliver Reed and Alan Bates wrestling naked) and other such works in the 1970s. However he became far wider known and respected as an ardent […]

Rory Gilsenan

RORYS FINAL FURLONG Well, here’s a curious one. Rory Gilsenan was a horse racing trainer who won the Horse of the Year Show trophy in 2018. However, also in 2018, he began to suffer from the effects of glioblastoma, which has killed him aged 50. He died in April, and got sod all in the […]

Balbir Singh

IMMORTALITY THEORY DISPROVED The Wolves of Cernogratz were clearly howling during the night, as Indian sporting legend Balbir Singh has actually died. Back in the pre-colour TV days, Singh was part of the Indian field hockey team which won the Olympic Gold at three straight Olympic Games, in 1948, 1952 and 1956. The team also […]

Stanley Ho

HOHOHEARSE Stanley Ho was the King of Gambling in Eastern Asia. As founder of SJM Holdings he ran 19 casinos in Macau for 75 years and operated casinos throughout that part of the world, even in China. His opinion on real state and the financial markets were considered sacrosanct even into his old age. Stanley […]

Heather Chasen

THEY’RE CHASEN ANGELS INSTEAD Soap actress Heather Chasen has died aged 92. She was best known for her role of Valerie (not Su’s mum) Pollard in Crossroads, but also had recurring roles in Eastenders and The Navy Lark. Openly bisexual, she had a child with John Webster (the briefly an actor in If… Rupert Webster) […]

Ashley Cooper

REAPERS GRAND SLAM Tennis player Ashley Cooper has died aged 83.  A former World Number One, Cooper won four Grand Slam titles in the 1950s, second in number only to Marion Trabert in that decade. In 1958, Ashley Cooper won The Australian Open, The US Open and Wimbledon. His Grand Slam bid was only ended […]

Luigi Simoni

INTER ANOTHER HIT Football manager Luigi Simoni has died a year after falling into a coma after a serious stroke. Simoni managed many of the second tier teams in Italy, including Genoa, Lazio and Napoli. However he was best known for his time at Inter, where with a young Ronaldo firing on all cylinders, Simoni […]