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). Now the Committee of msc/Grim and Reptile (2020) oversee the biggest deadpool going...

Peter Gotti

NOT SO TEFLON American mobster Peter Gotti has died in jail aged 82. The older brother of the Teflon Don himself, Gotti became the boss of the Gambino crime family in 1999 but didn’t have long to enjoy the role before being indicted and charged for federal racketeering. Attempts to get compassionate release for sciatica, […]

Raymond Cauchetier

FINAL WAVE FOR RAYMOND   French photographer Raymond Cauchetier has died aged 101.  A member of the French Resistance (I shall say this only once) in World War Two, he made his career as a photographer with a series of shots of Cambodia in the 1940s and 1950s. These photo collections latter met a critic […]

George Shultz

  ITS THE GRIM REAPER, CHARLIE BROWN! How many times do I mispell this guys name before pressing “publish”, I wonder… American political advisor George Shultz has died aged 100. Shultz was Secretary of State under Reagan for 7 years in the 1980s and also worked under Nixon as Treasury and Labour Secretaries.  He served […]

Rush Limbaugh

IN A RUSH FOR ANOTHER HIT American loudmouth radio host Rush Limbaugh has died of lung cancer, on the same day that Mount Etna errupted. Experts warned of the toxic danger to human life, and also about the volcano. Limbaugh had hosted his radio show since the 1980s, and was inducted into the Radio Hall […]

Christoper Plummer

IAGO AGAIN WITH ANOTHER HIT Actor Christopher Plummer has died, slightly surprisingly at the age of 91, to give the DDP another name. In a career stretching 7 decades, he played Shakespeare (Othello) to farce (Sound of Music, and we really didn’t want a Hills are Alive pun, did we?). He played the Duke of […]

Leon Spinks

SPINKS GOES DOWN Leon Spinks has gone down fighting cancer in the 12th round, aged 67. The boxer beat Muhammad Ali in 1978 to become world champion in one of the biggest shocks the sport has ever seen. Spinks had won the light heavyweight gold medal at the 1976 Olympics, and was one of the […]

Dai Davies

NEVER SAY DAI DIED Former Welsh international footballer Dai Davies has died in hospice care aged 72. The former Everton and Swansea goalkeeper played 52 times for his homeland between 1975 and 1982. At Wrexham, he helped win the third division title. His autobiography was translated as Never Say Dai in English. He commentated, taught […]

Patricia Healey

Actress Patricia Healey has died of covid aged 85. The wife of Engelbert Humperdink, she was a unique pick for Leftovers. She appeared in The White Bus, Wuthering Heights, and Britannia Hospital, the latter quite an underrated satire of the 1980s.     Patricia Healeydied 4 February 2021unique

Carlos Menem

MENEM MENEM (DO DO DO DO) Former Argentine President from 1990 to 2001, Carlos Menem, has died aged 90 after seemingly suffering from every ailment known to man. In recent years he had suffered heart problems, lung problems, liver problems, stroke problems, crocodile problems, and a co-ordinated suicide attack on his home by a passing […]

Sir William Macpherson

LINE OF DUTY OVER   High court judge Sir William Macpherson (chief of the Clan Macpherson) has died aged 94. He had been a captain in the Scots Guard during World War Two before receiving his calling towards the law. In a forty-year legal career, he became a judge in 1983 and was the man […]