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...

Bhanu Athaiya

AWW DEAR Costume designer Bhanu Athaiya has died aged 91.While she mostly worked in Indian cinema, she won the Oscar for costume design for her work on Gandhi. In 2012, she handed her Oscar back to the Academy for safe keeping as she was gravely ill with brain cancer. She held on for eight years, […]

John Richard Reid

BOWLED OUT New Zealand cricketer John Richard Reid has died aged 92. He led New Zealand to their first international cricket victories in the 1950s (over the West Indies), and even once played cricket at the South Pole, presumably against the Penguin eleven. His test career lasted sixteen years. John Richard Reid3 June 1928 – […]

Roberta McCain

HAD HER CHIPS The mother of John McCain and widow of the other John McCain has died aged 108. Roberta McCain later campaigned with her son during his ill fated Presidential campaign in 2008, and went on to outlive two of her children. Roberta McCain7 February 1912 – 12 October 202016 teams

Samuel Brittan

DEADLINE NEWS Former journalist Samuel Brittan has died after a long illness. Former economics editor for the Observer and Financial Times, he was an outspoken supporter of the government in which his brother was Home Secretary. A climate change skeptic, he was back in the news recently when a carer frauded him out of thousands. […]

Vasili Kulkov

NO BOYCOTTING DEATH Former Russian international Vasili Kulkov has died aged 54, after a battle with cancer. A dogged defender, Kulkov won league titles with Spartak Moscow, Benfica and Porto. He missed out on showcasing his talents at the 1994 World Cup finals as half the Russian team boycotted the tournament over the Federations choice […]

Eddie van Halen

EDDIE’S RUNNING WITH THE DEVIL Eddie Van Halen, oft considered one of the greatest guitarists in rock history, has died aged 65. As part of 80s rock giants Van Halen, they had an international smash hit with Jump. Eddie Van Halen was also responsible for the guitar solo in Beat It. Van Halen were inducted […]

Whitey Ford

CHAIRMAN RETIRED Whitey Ford, baseball player, has died. In a 17 year career with the New York Yankees, he won the World Series six times, and was inducted into the baseball hall of fame. He was a pick for two teams. Whitey Ford21 October 1928 – 8 October 20202 teams

Peregrine Worsthorne

THIS PEREGRINE VERY ENDANGERED British journalist Peregrine Worsthorne has denounced rumours of owning the Philosopher’s Stone, by dying aged 96. Leaving the Times who were uncomfortable with his pro-McCarthy views, Worsthorne joined the Telegraph. From 1961 to 1991, he held the positions of Deputy Editor or Editor itself at The Sunday Telegraph, and with friends […]

Max Merritt

MERRITTOUS PICK New Zealand singer songwriter Max Merritt has died aged 79. Merritt was a popular item on the Australian charts, but had been suffering from a rare degenerative condition since 2007.He was a unique pick for Soylent Green is you, so watch out for those new green burgers in an Oz McDonalds near you. […]

Harold Evans

DEADLINE NEWS   Former editor of The Sunday Times, Sir Harold Evans, has died aged 92. A campaigning journalist whom Reuters called The Gold Standard of reporting, Harry became editor of the esteemed paper in 1967 and shortly after used it to unmask Kim Philby as having been a spy for the Soviet Union since […]