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...

Michael Atiyah

Michael Atiyah, former president of the Royal Society, was widely seen as the greatest living British mathematician before God divided him by zero. His two most important discoveries were the Atiyah–Singer index theorem (which proved that for any elliptic differential operator on a compact manifold, the analytical index is equal to the topological index) and […]

Shirley Boone

The daughter of 1940s country music stars Red Foley and Judy Martin (who died of an unexplained drug overdose without leaving a note, during a pending divorce, aged 34) Shirley Foley married Pat Boone when the pair were both 19. Both strongly Christian in their beliefs, Boone turned down movie roles that would involve him […]

Steffan Lewis

And so we come to the first big (ish) DDP death of the year. Steffan Lewis was a Plaid Cymru elected to the National Assembly in 2016 for Plaid Cymru. His ministerial post was as Plaid Cymru’s official Brexit spokesman, and unsurprisingly he decided dying slowly of bowel cancer was a more pleasurable proposition. Lewis […]

Theo Adam

One of the many intriguing subplots among the DDP this year is a clash between two debuting theme teams, who unbeknownst to each other were submitted very close together, with exactly the same name – Coda -, and similar themes: music vs classical music. The one submitted later has been awarded the indignity of having […]

Jakiw Palij

Jakiw Palij was a former guard at the Trawniki concentration camp in Poland. In 1943, as part of Operation Harvest Festival, all 13,000 Jews imprisoned at the camp were massacred in a single day and their bodies incinerated in a sonderkommando. Palij moved to the US after the war and obtained US citizenship in 1957, […]

Lessie Brown

Does a deadpooling year really begin until “the oldest person in America” dies? This time round it’s Lessie Brown, who left school in 1915. The grandchild of slaves, Brown worked on farms and as a hotel maid in her younger days. She attributed her longevity to a teetotal lifestyle and regular consumption of sweet potatoes. […]

Larry Langford

A former television broadcaster, Larry Langford managed to fit a lot into his one term as mayor of Birmingham, Alabama. His tenure started with revelations that he’d just happened to have won $1.5 million in a series of jackpots at a donor’s casino, and ended with him in prison after being found guilty of accepting […]

Daryl Dragon

Originally a surf musician and live keyboardist for the Beach Boys, Daryl Dragon achieved fame as “The Captain”, the peaked cap-wearing half of 1970s cheeseboard easy listening act Captain and Tennille. While Toni Tennille served as the focal point, Dragon handled the overall sound of the band, playing the majority of instruments on daytime radio-friendly […]

Mean Gene Okerlund

Mean WHOO! BY GAWD! Gene Okerlund has finally put that cigarette out, aged 76. A failed rock’n’roll star (his teenage band, Gene Carroll & The Shades, put out a number of singles but failed to get out of their hometown), Okerlund studied broadcast journalism at college and joined the AWA in 1970. Despite previously having […]

Kevin J. McIntyre

In what will undoubtedly be the most glamorous, high profile death of the year, we at the DDP wave goodbye to Kevin J. McIntyre. Appointed by Donald Trump as chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, McIntyre’s reign lasted less than a year before a brain tumour forced him to stand down from the role. […]