Sutopo Purwo Nugroho

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho spent most of his life warning people about impending deaths, so it was only fitting that he flagged up his own for the benefit of the Derby Dead Pool faithful. Sutopo was a civil servant who was named head of PR at the Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management in 2010. He […]

Joao Gilberto

Joao Gilberto’s music crystalized the optimism that typified Brazil at the start of the 1960s. Taking inspiration from American soft jazz, artists like Gilberto and Antônio Carlos Jobim gave birth to the genre of “bossa nova” – new beat. With crooner-esque vocals, finger-picked guitars and jazzy harmonies, it was the perfect music for a Brazil […]

John McCririck

Horse-racing journalist, failed bookmaker and perhaps England’s greatest living misogynist, John McCririck, has fallen. From his reputation as a professional rent-a-gob, it may be hard to believe that McCririck was originally a highly respected writer – Harrow-educated, he revolutionised the way track data was broadcast to the BBC in the 1970s and was even named […]

Leon Kossoff

Leon Kossoff was one of the “School of London” painters that shunned the art trends of the mid-20th century and instead took their inspiration from the Old Masters. While he never achieved the fame of some of his contemporaries (Francis Bacon, Lucien Freud), Kossoff had a lengthy and respected career and was still holding exhibitions […]

Arte Johnson

Arte Johnson didn’t start acting until his mid-20s, and didn’t make any serious headway on TV for another decade. Perhaps his most notable role to a UK audience before his major breakthrough was as Samantha’s mute cousin Edgar in a first series episode of Bewitched. However, he broke through fully in 1968 with a regular role […]

Lee Iacocca

Thanks to his unusual name (he was the son of Italian immigrants), Lee Iacocca had a lengthy legacy as a “funny namedrop” for American comedians. But he achieved so away from those five syllables, and has a claim to be the greatest American CEO of all-time.  Starting with Ford as an entry-level engineer after World […]

Beth Chapman

Beth Chapman (nee Barrmore) was the fifth person to marry Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman, and the woman who had the fortune of being his wife while he managed to keep a vague cap on his substance abuse issues and got himself a TV deal. She was with him while he successfully tracked down […]

Dave Bartholomew

We heard him knockin’ so we let him in… Dave Bartholomew amassed over 4,000 songwriting credits over his 100 years on Earth, being a key figure in rhythm ‘n’ blues’ transformation into rock ‘n roll. A New Orleans native, he brought the city’s jazz and brass beats to the opening years of rock ‘n’ roll, […]

George Rosenkranz

Born in Hungary but educated in Switzerland, George Rosenkranz was one of a number of promising Jewish scientists who were helped in escaping from the shadow of Axis Germany by Nobel Prize winner Leopold Ruzicka. Rosenkranz was traveling to a new post in Ecuador when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, and thus had to settle for […]

Helen Legh

As always, it’s the smaller deaths that make the biggest impact on the DDP… Helen Legh had been a fixture on BBC Three Counties Radio for over a decade, progressing from the early breakfast slot for a Milton Keynes audience to helming the Sunday morning show across the whole region. That was until a big […]