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...

Edward Kelsey

For 34 years, Edward Kelsey starred as Joe Grundy on The Archers. Taking over the role following the death of his real-life friend Haydn Jones, Kelsey’s Somerset burr cemented Grundy’s role as the roguish counterpoint to some of the more sombre matters in Ambridge. For those of us who only listen to the radio when […]

George Haigh

As football teams around the country nervously look at the table and try and work out if they’re safe for next season, here’s one ex-player who didn’t guarantee survival. To give you an idea of how old he was, George Haigh was in the same Manchester City youth team as Frank Swift. Haigh didn’t make […]

Le Duc Anh

One of the great bed-blockers of global politics, Le Duc Anh, has finally died. He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage at the sprightly age of 98 last year and spent most of the previous 12 months in and out of hospital, meaning there was no shortage of teams hoping to break their Duc on Anh. He […]

Billy McNeill

The Celtic team of the early 1960s was arguably the worst in its history, with a creaking organisational hierarchy and a spell in which they failed to claim any major silverware. However, in 1965, their former reserve team coach Jock Stein returned to the club as manager. One of his first moves as boss was […]

Ken Kercheval

If there’s a day for the dead to return to life, it’s Easter Sunday. If there’s a TV show where a dead character should return to life, it’s Dallas. And it looked like Ken Kercheval had the double for a while there, before ruining it all by actually being dead. The Dallas star, who played […]

Lorraine Warren

To some Lorraine Warren (and her husband Ed, who predeceased her in 2006) were America’s first great paranormal investigators, fearlessly exposing a demonic infiltration of their New England backyard without asking for a dime in return. To others, they were fundamentalist scam artists deliberately targeting Catholic families and making a fortune from associated endeavours. The […]

Keith Cass

A true borderline case… you could argue that Keith Cass was only “famous for being ill”, but I feel he did enough in his life to earn a frontpage post rather than relegation to the obituary vault. Cardiff-born Cass was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2006 and promptly founded the Red Sock awareness campaign encouraging […]

Gene Wolfe

Unknown to non-genre readers, Gene Wolfe was regarded as perhaps the finest living fantasy writer at the time of his death. His quartet work opus The Book of the New Sun, released between 1980 and 1983, was regarded by no less an authority than Locus magazine as secondary only to Tolkien in the genre’s history. […]

Bibi Andersson

Ingmar Bergman’s…. shall we say complicated relationship with blonde actresses made Alfred Hitchcock look like an asexual with a slight preference for brunettes. Perhaps no actress best epitomised the Berman Blonde than Bibi Andersson. Bergman discovered her when he was reduced to filming TV commercials for soap during an early career downswing, and they went […]

Tommy Smith

I’m so, so sorry. We’ve been a bit busy at DDP Towers recently, and as a result are so late on Tommy Smith’s obituary that the newspapers have already moved on from paying tribute to the legendary Liverpool defender and are now reminding everyone that he was a big old racist. A racist Liverpool legend, […]