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...

Olga Fikotová

FIKO FINGER OF FATE Discus thrower Olga Fikotová was Czechoslovakia’s only gold winner at the 1956 Olympics, having honed her discus technique by throwing in sync to “The Blue Danube”. At the event, she bumped elbows with American hammer thrower Hal Connolly and the pair fell in love. The dalliance was headline-grabbing and seemingly futile […]

Trixie Gardner

TRIX ARE FOR WORMS Tory peer Trixie Gardner has died aged 96. The Australian-born Gardner studied dentistry and moved to London due to the lack of tooth opportunities Down Under. She was designated Baroness Gardner in 1981, and commanded an across-the-aisle respect for her affability and her steely advocacy for women’s rights. She was picked […]

Bob Graham

GRAHAM CRACKED Amidst Florida becoming to the 2020s what Argentina was to the late 1940s, it can be easy to forget that the Sunshine State’s Democratic Party once had a pulse. One of its biggest success stories was one Bob Graham, a Harvard-educated attorney who deftly appeared working-class by holding over 400 “workdays” where he […]

Sonja Christopher

NO LONGER A SURVIVOR There typically isn’t much to say about Survivor contestants, but Sonja Christopher can claim a place in the juggernaut franchise’s history as the first contestant to be voted out on the American edition. The sapphic ukulelist was popular with her teammates, but tripped about the Immunity Challenge so often she made […]

Whitey Herzog and Carl Erskine

TWO STRIKES Two baseball fallers on the Reaper’s mound this update: Whitey Herzog may have become better known for artsy German cinema, but he was a force in America’s pastime for years. He was a forgettable player but a prestigious manager, steering the St. Louis Cardinals to three pennants and a World Series championship. He […]

Raman Subba Row

INSTANT RAMAN Cricketer Raman Subba Row has died aged 92. The oldest surviving England Test cricketer, he was also an adept administrator and referee. He was picked by two sporting theme teams. Raman Subba Row29 January 1932 – 17 April 2024, aged 922 TEAMS (💀💀💀💀💀 5 POINTS)

Sammy Davis

A LIFE CUT SHORT No, not the one-eyed Rat Pack showman, this Sammy Davis was the wife of Star Wars actor Warwick. Like her husband, she lived with dwarfism, and she occasionally acted herself such as in Through the Dragon’s Eye and Honky Tonk Sausages. She was 53 and picked by Arthur’s Theme: Jimmy White […]

Clarence “Frogman” Henry

I DON’T KNOW WHY HE CROAKED, BUT HE DID Unquestionably the most important death of recent weeks was one Clarence “Frogman” Henry. He might not have done any groundbreaking physics work, nor did he kill two people. But he could do a good frog impression. And launched a music career off that frog impression. That’s […]

Peter Higgs

SOD PARTICLE Forget “a science Nobel laureate who still QOed”, Peter Higgs was that very rare science Nobel laureate to have mainstream name recognition. He theorised in the 60s that there was a particle which allowed atoms to have mass. The humble Higgs didn’t like either name scientific circles affixed to this particle – he […]

O. J. Simpson

IF I BIT IT Cue the crabs and Windsor Davies, murderer O. J. Simpson has finally run out of juice, aged 76 . One of the NFL’s biggest superstars of the 70s, he truly transcended the sport to fit like a glove in other fields, like acting in all three The Naked Guns and killing […]