Ruthie Tompson

TOMPSON BINNED One of the minor recurring trends of 2010s deadpooling was seemingly every other year, a WWII-era Disney animator leaping from obscurity to become a vaguely popular pool pick. The death of Ruthie Tompson, aged 111, definitively closes that era. Her association with Walt Disney began as a background extra in the 1920s Alice […]

Bernard Tapie

TAPIE IN French businessman Bernard Tapie has died aged 78, to the surprise of all of us who assumed he was exaggerating his ailments. Tapie had a habit of buying bankrupt companies and saving this, which he famously did to Adidas in the early 90s. The popular name this gave him in France allowed him […]

Sophie Sabbage

DEATH WHISPERER Sophie Sabbage, The Cancer Whisperer, has died aged after a long battle with cancer. The Honourable Sophie Ankaret Sabbage was born in 1966, the daughter of Tory minister Nicholas Edwards (lately Baron Crickhowell, and late). As such, she may have got an obit when she died anyway, but in her 40s, she developed […]

Greg Gilbert

NO MORE DELAYS Frontman for the band The Delays, Greg Gilbert has died aged 44 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Influenced by the Manic Street Preachers, The Delays were founded in 2001, and produced three top 30 UK albums, including Faded Seaside Glamour and Everything‚Äôs The Rush. In 2004 they hit the Top 40 […]

Roger Hunt

REAPER HUNTS ANOTHER World Cup winning footballer Roger Hunt has died aged 83 to continue the cull in recent times of the 1966 England team. Hunt scored 285 goals for Liverpool in a period where they won two league titles and the FA Cup under Bill Shankly. However, he was better known as the first […]

Len Ashurst

ASH HEARSE Footballer Len Ashurst has died aged 82. He played 13 years and 409 league games as a defender for Sunderland in the 1950s and 1960s, where he got one cap for the England under 23s. As a manager, he worked at several clubs, including Hartlepool, Cardiff and Sheffield Wednesday, but his best success […]

Jay Sandrich

ONE AND A HALF (DEAD) MEN American TV director Jay Sandrich has died aged 89. Sandrich was a familiar behind the scenes name on US TV, directing episodes of The Bob Newhart Show, Two and a Half Men, and The Odd Couple. He also directed vast chunks of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (which is […]