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...

Valerie Harper

“My name is Rhoda Morgenstern. I was born in the Bronx, N.Y., in December 1941. I’ve always felt responsible for World War II.” went the voiceover at the start of the sitcom Rhoda, helpfully illustrating the average American’s complete ignorance of military history. Its star, Valerie Harper, may not have started any world wars but she […]

Jim Leavelle

One of history’s least effective bodyguards, Jim Leavelle, has died. A sailor with the US Navy during World War II (he was present during the bombing of Pearl Harbor), Leavelle became a homicide detective in 1950. His contribution to world history came in 1963 when, while wearing a stupid tan suit and hat, he escorted […]

Guy Innes-Ker

At a time Prince Andrew needs all the friends he can get, one person who won’t be coming to the ebephile royal’s defence is his old mucker Guy Innes-Ker. Innes-Ker was the 10th Duke of Roxburghe and attended all the expected locales (Sandhust, Eton). Other than his friendship with the nonce he was an important […]

David Koch

David Koch was one of four sons borne to Fred Koch, an engineer who made his fortune in oil refining. Koch Sr helped build refineries in Nazi Germany (which he really liked) and Stalinist Russia (which he really didn’t like). David Koch, along with his brother Charles, followed eagerly in his footsteps: in business (at […]

Fred Rister

Fred Rister spent most of the 80s and 90s as a minor dance musician, working in the French “new beat” genre and occasionally scoring a hit towards the lower end of that country’s top 40. However, after meeting the boyishly haired, pensioner-faced David Guetta he started a second career as the DJ partner and co-producer […]

Freda Dowie

The other late pass for an obituary belongs to character actress Freda Dowie. A theatre actress from a working class background, she found a niche in her 60s and 70s playing downtrodden matriarchs of northern families. Her most famous role was probably as Mother in Terence Davies’ semi-autobiographical Distant Voices, Still Alives alongside Pete Postlethwaite, but […]

Mortimer Caplin

A couple of late passes have been handed in at DDP Towers, giving qualifying obits to those who died a little while back. First up, making it to The Times obituary page over a month after he carked it, is Mortimer Caplin. A promising amateur boxer in his youth, Caplin instead took his talents to the […]

Kathleen Blanco

Remember Hurricane Katrina? George Bush Don’t Care About Black People, lots of blues musicians losing their homes, FEMA camps, Dubbya playing guitar and a whole heap of conscious southern rap tracks that still contained hooks about cocaine dealing. One of the key figures in the whole affair was Kathleen Blanco, the governor of Louisiana at the […]

Princess Christina of the Netherlands

The traditional DDP mid-summer quiet period is interrupted by the death of someone who was very much the Dave Rowntree of Dutch royalty.  One of four children born to Queen Juliana of the Netherlands, who ruled the nation from 1948 to 1980, she suffered from blindness from a young age and as a result received […]

Nuon Chea

Pol Pot’s “Brother No 2”, and the architect of Cambodia’s communist movement for nearly 50 years, Nuon Chea has died. Of muddle heritage (some researchers claim both his parents were Chinese, an idea he himself denied), Chea turned to politics while studying at university in Thailand. Whereas the majority of Khmer Rouge leaders had been […]