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), msc (2020-21), Grim Up North (2020-22), and Reptile (2020-23). Now the Committee of DI (2022), time (2024), and Banana (2023) oversee the biggest deadpool going...

Donald Sutherland

M*A*S*HED Acting great Donald Sutherland has died aged 88. Our lanky Canuck was a regular in Hammer Horror films and British TV such as The Avengers and The Saint before a trinity of war films put him on the map – dopey felon Vernon Pinkley in The Dirty Dozen, the OG Hawkeye Pierce in M*A*S*H, […]

Willie Mays

SAY BYE A baseballer so iconic that even I cared about him, Willie Mays was one of the sport’s all-time greatest. He was a top draw during the final throes of the segregated Negro Leagues and made his MLB debut for the New York Giants in 1951. The “Say Hey Kid” brought talent and enthusiasm […]

Françoise Hardy

LE TEMPS DE LA MORT French music star Françoise Hardy has died aged 80. Nurtured musically by the Elvis and Cliff Richard that played on Radio Luxembourg, she rode the wave of yé-yé with the sombre “Tous les garçons et les filles”. The song, where a lonely Hardy envies the happy couples her age, struck […]

Simon Cowell (not that one)

DARLING, YOU CAN’T HEAR ME, SOS We recently wrapped up the great Frank Field v. Frank Field rap battle (ft. guest vocalist Frank Ifield), maybe we can get a Simon Cowell ball rolling. If the name Simon Cowell instantly conjures up the uncanny valley music vampire, in a just world the conservationist would be the […]

Anouk Aimée

DROP ANOUK French cinema star Anouk Aimée has died aged 92. Her role as Maddalena in La dolce vita catapaulted her onto the scene, and she followed up on the Fellini front as the protagonist’s estranged wife in 8½. Other roles of note included Lola, Justine, and Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man, but her crowning […]

James Chance

NO CHANCE No Wave saxophonist James Chance has died aged 71. He was a key figure of the brash genre as member of Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, James White and the Blacks, and most notably James Chance and the Contortions. His cacophonous sax-playing was a trademark, as was a boisterous stage presence that staged […]

Dario G (Paul Spencer)

CARNAVAL DE PERISH 90s dance phenom Paul Spencer AKA Dario G has died aged 53. Paul Spencer was one third of the Dario G trio who had chart success with Dream Academy-sampling “Sunchyme” (a UK #2 assured to plateau there by dint of facing “Candle in the Wind 1997”) and footy anthem “Carnaval de Paris”. […]

James K. Irving

IRVING SLOOP James K. Irving’s younger brother, Arthur, died last month a DDP miss, but second time’s the charm. The Irving brothers (James, Arthur, and long-deceased John) were a longtime business force in Canada with their ownership of numerous forestry and oil companies under the Irving Group. And as he often went by his initials, […]

Tommy Banks

HE’S THE WANDERER, THEY CALL HIM THE WANDERER, HE GOES ROUND AND ROUND AND ROUND AND ROUND AND ROUND AND ROUND Footballer Tommy Banks has died aged 94. He was a staple of the Bolton Wanderers and was part of the England national team for their 1958 World Cup run. The oldest surviving England international […]

Ralph Caulton

ALL BLACK FUNERAL Rugby player Ralph Caulton has died aged 87. He played 50 games for the All Blacks and was picked by Kiwi fruit sundae. Ralph Caulton10 January 1937 – 9 June 2024, aged 87💀💀💀💀💀💀 + 👻 = 10 POINTS