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...

Vin Scully

HE. IS. GONE! The dean of US sportscasting has made his last call. Vin Scully began working as an announcer for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1950, when he was in his early twenties, and by age 25 he broadcast his first World Series. His early highlights included capturing the Dodgers’ first World Series win in […]

Bill Russell

SLAM DUNK What seemed like the third wheel of a difficult triple whammy for geeks quickly changed to relief after they realised this was the basketball one. Bill Russell was one of the very best to dribble the orange ball, and often cited as the sport’s greatest player pre-Jordan. A center for the Boston Celtics, […]

Bernard Cribbins

THERE HE WAS, A-DIGGING THIS HOLE… National treasure Bernard Cribbins has died aged 93, causing unanimous mourning in a way very few achieve. With a 70-year career spanning everything from comedies to Doctor Who to children’s TV, he became an omnipresent legend with generations of fans. It is a testament to his stature that the […]

James Lovelock

EXPAIA HYPOTHESIS Prominent independent scientist James Lovelock has cast a damper on his 103rd birthday by dying on it. Less of a damper than what he forecasts for the rest of us, but we’ll get to that. An environmental icon, he was most famed for his Gaia hypothesis, which theorises that the Earth is a […]

Uwe Seeler

SIGNED, SEELER, DELIVERED Almost a year after we farewelled Gerd Müller, another of German football’s greatest strikers has been struck down. Uwe Seeler began his career with his hometown club Hamburger SV, where he quickly established himself as a star player adept at overhead kicks and scoring from tricky angles. His 137 goals scored for […]

Claes Oldenburg

POP ART GIANT FALLS Pop sculptor Claes Oldenburg has been buried under a larger-than-life tombstone, aged 93. The most prominent European associated with the US pop art movement (he was a Swede who immigrated to the States at a young age), a stint as a journalist saw him report on an old man who accrued […]

Marie Alice

ORACLE OF DEADPHI Actress Marie Alice has died aged 85. Predominantly a stage actress, she originated the role of Rose Maxson in August Wilson’s Fences and won a Tony for her portrayal. She also notched an Emmy for playing soft-spoken dorm director Lettie Bostic in A Different World, a Cosby Show spinoff that benefited from […]

Terry Neill

NEILL BEFORE GOD Former Arsenal manager and captain Terry Neill has died aged 80. The youngest captain in Gunners history, Neill first wore the armband aged 20 and scored 10 goals in over 200 appearances. He also played for the Northern Ireland national team, and closed out his playing career for Hull City. He turned […]

Robert Hoffmann

THROWN TO THE SEA WOLVES ZZ Topped broke their 2022 wooden spoon with James Caan, now time to grind it to shreds. Robert Hoffmann was an Austrian actor best remembered as the titular castaway in The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, a French-German children’s TV adaptation of the Defoe novel that was a BBC summer staple […]

Peter Inge

YIELD MARSHAL One of the instances of broadsheet-catnip military spunk that the DDP always gets a few of each year, Peter Inge, Baron Inge has died aged 86. He participated in the Malayan Emergency early in his career, then rose through the ranks in the four subsequent decades to reach field marshal. In the 90s, […]