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...

Tony Selby

GLITZ ON THE FRITZ Popular actor Tony Selby has died of covid complications aged 83. A stage actor from his teenage years on (including in the first performance of Edward Bond’s Saved), Selby appeared in early roles in films like Witchfinder General  (alongside the late Hilary Dwyer, who also died of covid) and the Spike […]

Sarah Harding

WHOLE LOTTA HISTORY One-fifth of pop music behemoths Girls Aloud, Sarah Harding has died aged only 39 after a publicised battle with Stage IV cancer. Harding worked as a BT phone operator and a Pizza Hut waitress before successfully auditioning for Popstars: The Rivals, a Pete Waterman bid to find a new manufactured pop success […]

Tunch Ilkin

VERY ILL KIN NFL player Tunch Ilkin, the first Turkish player in the NFL history, has died aged 63. In twelve seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, he made the Pro Bowl twice, and was declared a member of the Steelers all time best team in 2007. After retiring he took up commentating on Steeler’s matches, […]

Mikis Theodorakis

LIFE DOESN’T GO ON Life long political activist, and composer, Mikis Theodorakis has spoken at his last anti-Macedonia rally aged 96. Theodorakis was an acclaimed classical composer who switched between symphony, ballet and opera with ease. He also wrote the film scores for Serpico and Zorba the Greek. You’ve almost certainly heard Zorba’s Dance. His […]

Michael Constantine

  MY BIG FAT GREEK WAKE American actor Michael Constantine has died aged 94. Constantine was best known for playing the father of the bride, Gus, in My Big Fat Greek Wedding (and its sequel). However, he had a long TV and film career before that, and had won an Emmy for his role as […]

Ed Asner

UP AND AWAY   Actor Ed Asner has died aged 91 to make Betty White the last actor standing from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Asner had an acting career so long and extensive there’s a decent chance he’s on TV now in something as you read this. The former President of the Screen Actors […]

Ted Dexter

REAPER DEXTEROUS Cricketer Ted Dexter has died aged 86. A right handed batsman, Dexter was captain of the England cricket team in the 1960s. He was nicknamed Lord Ted for his aloof and self-assure nature, on and off the crease. At school he beat up Peter Cook. At cricket he thrashed South Africa and others. […]

Charlie Watts

ROSES ON HIS GRAVE Charlie Watts, legendary drummer of The Rolling Stones, has died after a short hospital stay aged 80. Widely respected as one of the greatest drummers in rock history, Watts joined The Stones in 1963 and was a mainstay and cornerstone of their success for nearly the next 60 years. An early […]

Elizabeth Blackadder

BLACKADDER GOES FORTH Scottish artist Elizabeth Blackadder has died just short of her 90th birthday. The first woman ever elected to the Royal Academy, she was known for her cunning plans, her still life paintings, her use of oil paints, her association with Lord Melchett and Baldrick, and her landscape drawings. Her art can be […]

Brian Travers

RIVERS CROSSED Co-founder of insanely popular 1980s British reggae inspired band UB40, Brian Travers has died of cancer. Saxophonist Travers was part of the group when it formed in 1978, and played for them for over 40 years until brain cancer hit. UB40 were named after the unemployment benefit attendance card of the time. Heavily […]