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), and msc (2020-21). Now the Committee of DI (2022), Grim, and Reptile (both 2020) oversee the biggest deadpool going...

Vangelis

CHARIOTS OF PYRE Greek electronic composer Vangelis has slooowly ran into the great beyond, presumably with an inspirational piano melody in the background, aged 79. Musically curious from childhood, he eschewed proper musical education as he felt it would impede his identity as an artist. He formed his first band, which largely performed covers, in […]

Roger Angell

ANGELL OF THE MOURNING Stalwart The New Yorker essayist Roger Angell has died aged 101. Seemingly predisposed to his career (his mother was the magazine’s first fiction editor and his stepfather was E. B. White), he stood firm through nepotism mutterings to prove his own merits as a writer and editor. He particularly flourished as […]

Yuri Averbakh

AS CORONER I MUST AVERBAKH Go me, I came up with a pun that wasn’t checkmate. Yuri Averbakh was the first chess grandmaster to live to 100, a milestone he probably wouldn’t have accomplished without his shoe size. As the German army marched into Moscow in 1941, Averbakh escaped conscription because his feet were too […]

David West

THIRD STRIKE In a year where a 50something D. West with brain cancer could be pivotal to the title race, a more low-key one beats him to the punch. Baseball player David West debuted for the Mets before being traded to the Minnesota Twins, where he remained when the team won the 1991 World Series. […]

Teresa Berganza

BERGANZA BONANZA OF POINTS Opera mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza has died aged 89. Born in Spain, she sang in five different languages and was noted for her interpretation of Carmen. She was among the participants in the opening ceremony for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. Opera theme The Fat Lady’s singing… gets the points in a […]

Robin Parkinson

MONSIEUR LECARK UK comedy actor Robin Parkinson has died aged 92. His best known role was as doddery forger Monsieur Ernest LeClerc in the latter series of ‘Allo ‘Allo! He hurriedly took over the role from Derek Royle, who died after one year of playing the character. Amidst bit parts in numerous other popular sitcoms, […]

Andy Lochhead

YOU LOCHHEAD! It’s not the DDP without some guy who died and QOed months ago only coming to our attention now. The March mulch that belatedly comes to our notice is footballer Andy Lochhead, who has died aged 81. Amidst stints with other teams (such as over 100 appearances for Aston Villa), his greatest success […]

George Perez

CRISIS OVER ON FINITE EARTH The ink well has run dry for comic book artist George Perez at the age of 67. Joining Marvel in his late teens, he gained recognition in the 70s for his work on staples such as The Avengers and Fantastic Four and honing his own heritage into co-creating the first […]

James Anderton

ANDERTON SWIRLS IN A CESSPIT OF HIS OWN MAKING In this obit batch, we’ve seen, with Tony Brooks, a man’s devout faith have a humbling effect on his life and career. Now, time for the other side of the coin. James Anderton served as the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police for about 15 years. […]

Stanislav Shushkevich

SHUSH, KEVICH! Sound the alarms, deadpoolers, it’s the first time Not Gone Yet, But Still Forgotten has gotten a hit since 2017. The chap who has stepped up to the mantle, one Stanislav Shushkevich, might not be a BBC breaking “you remember where you were when you found out” death, but as the first post-USSR […]