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...

John Habgood

The former Archbishop of York John Habgood was a man whose career can be defined by two feuds. The first was with Margaret Thatcher, who viewed him as far too liberal to ever get the top gig in the Church of England (Archbishop of Canterbury) and made sure he never got down the A1. Habgood […]

Bernice McCabe

It’s been a bit of a wait, but finally the DDP gets some head. Bernice McCabe, one of Britain’s best-regarded headteachers, to be precise. Our Bernie died in mid-February, but only now have the Times seen fit to bless her with a full-scale obituary. And she was certainly worthy of one: a lengthy career in […]

Jan-Michael Vincent

It’s a sign of how far he’d fell in his career that Jan-Michael Vincent’s death went unnoticed by the wider world for nearly a month. He was at one point considered the heir apparent to James Dean, and was indeed discovered by the same agent as the Giant star. If he’d died in the 1970s, […]

Doug Sandom

The Pete Best of mod rock… Doug Sandom was a bricklayer by trade, but had a sideline playing drums for a variety of London-area bands at the turn of the 60s – most notably a bunch of upstarts called The Detours. However, he was already in his mid-30s by the time The Detours got close […]

Eric Caldow

A cornerstone of the Glasgow Rangers side of the late 1950s and early 60s, Eric Caldow played 265 games for the Bluenoses, eventually becoming the club’s captain. He wore the armband as they competed in the first Cup Winners Cup final (losing 4-1 to Fiorentina) and won a total of five league titles at Ibrox. […]

Ted Lindsay

As a player, “Terrible” Ted Lindsay was a never-say-die pitbull of a hockey star, who made up for his diminutive stature (he was just 5’8) with a rough-house rink-style and a penchant for elbowing his way through games. He formed part of the Detroit Red Wings’ “Production Line”, alongside fellow future hall-of-famers Sid Abel and […]

Juan Corona

Nicknamed the “Machete Murderer”, at one point Juan Corona was the most prolific known serial killer in U.S. history. His star may have faded in the past 40 years but we’ll give him his props here. Born in Mexico, Corona came to the US at the age of 16 to work as a picker on […]

Kevin Roche

Dublin-born, Cork-raised, Kevin Roche had a career as a quintessentially American architect after moving to the country aged 26. He worked as an assistant to the legendary Eero Saarinen up until Saarinen’s death, at which point he took over the man’s projects – including St Louis’ Gateway Arch and the TWA Flight Center at JFK […]

Mike Willesee

The so-called “Willesee Pause” was a key feature of Australian news interviews for years: Mike Willesee would simply not talk, and politicians would – usually with fatal consequences. Willesee was a figure on Australian news for 50 years, from an upstart beat reporter to the man who changed the course of an election with a […]

Katherine Helmond

Another year, another dead Soap star. However unlike Robert Mandan, who played Chester Tate in the classic, ground-breaking sitcom, Katherine Helmond had no issues getting an obituary. Helmond started her career off as a stage actress – receiving a Tony nomination in 1973 – and didn’t really develop a presence on TV or film until […]