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...

Eileen Ash

ASH TO ASHES Cricketer Eileen Ash has died aged 110. Ash was a female cricketer for Middlesex during the 1930s, and played Test cricket after World War Two. A bowler, her fans included Don Bradman. She attributed her old age to her love of yoga. She was picked by 6 teams including Carkers Convention, Gray […]

Horst Eckel

FUNERAL OF BERN German World Cup winner Horst Eckel has died aged 89, the last surviving member of the 1954 World Cup winners. In 1954, the West German side managed to come from 2-0 down to beat the highly fancied Hungary team to win the World Cup. The Miracle of Bern revitalised German football after […]

David Gulpilil

NO MORE WALKABOUTS Aboriginal Australian actor David Gulpilil has died after a long battle with lung cancer. Gulpilil made his breakthrough as a 16 year old actor in the film Walkabout, often played by teachers to quiet classrooms near the holidays. This success led to films like The Last Wave and Crocodile Dundee, in which […]

Duchess of Grafton

Fortune Fitzroy, the Duchess of Grafton, has died aged 101. The senior lady on the Queens team for over fifty years, she was also one of the Queens closest friends. A former Great Ormond Street nurse, she became the youngest female magistrate in England in 1949, and spent 70 years as a loyal lieutenant to […]

Ray Kennedy

DEAD KENNEDY Former Liverpool football star Ray Kennedy has died aged 70, having survived over 35 years with Parkinsons disease. Kennedy had already  won the league and cup double with Arsenal before he moved to Liverpool in 1974. There, he added another five league titles to his resume, and also won three European Cups. That […]

Arlene Dahl

JAMES AND THE GIANT MORGUE Actress Arlene Dahl has died aged 96. One of the final surviving stars of the Classic Hollywood era, Dahl appeared in films such as Ambush, Watch the Birdie and Jamaica Run. Her popularity peaked in the 1950s, with roles opposite Bob Hope, theatre runs and a weekly beauty column. By […]

Bob Dole

THE CHILLIEST ILLEIST Bob Dole has died at the age of 98, after many months of suffering from lung cancer. Bob Dole had an interesting and storied life that Bob Dole was proud of. Bob Dole served Bob Dole’s country in WWII, but almost died from gunfire on the battlefield and largely lost usage of […]

Lee Elder

ELDER STATESMAN DIES Lee Elder, the first black American golfer to play in a Masters tournament has died aged 87. Elder turned golfing pro in 1959, and won 4 PGA Tour titles in a forty year career. When he became a golfer, after leaving the army, the PGA blocked non-white golfers from joining. This was […]

Sir Frank Williams

POLE POSITION FOR WILLIAMS F1 supremo Sir Frank Williams has died after a long illness aged 79, continuing to prove the old DDP motto that you can take a tio from (former DDP host) Octopus of Odstock to the bank. Unfortunately, this obit would have been better written by our motorsport expert. Williams was a […]

Stephen Sondheim

A LITTLE NIGHT MOURNING One of the most famous American composers of the 20th Century, Stephen Sondheim has died at the age of 91, somewhat surprisingly for a man many pegged as a future centenarian. Sondheim wrote the lyrics for the songs in West Side Story, and went onto write some of the most popular […]