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...

Guy Lafleur

THE FLOWER WILTS Hot (or is that cold?) off the heels of Mike Bossy, the rough spell for ice hockey fans continues in the form of Guy Lafleur. Nicknamed “The Flower” by the English-speaking world after the literal translation of his French surname, he flourished in the 70s as a right wing for the Monreal […]

Mwai Kibaki

MWAI WON’T BE KIBAKI Kenya’s 2002 presidential election was the third time the country held elections, and the first time it wasn’t rigged for a term-limited Daniel arap Moi. The winner, Mwai Kibaki, was a routine presence in Moi’s government (most prominently as Vice President) who ran against his reviled former boss’s party on an […]

Mosharraf Hossain

BOWLED OUT Bangladeshi cricketer Mosharraf Hossain has died of a brain tumour, aged 40. A spin bowler, he mostly played at the first-class level, and made two One Day International appearances. His tumour derailed all that in 2019, with a recent decline in health noticed by eagle-eyed deadpoolers who were largely skeptical of his obit […]

Liz Sheridan

HELEN FREEZES OVER Hey, Jerry. Hey, George. So I heard the news. Yeah. Your mother, and my mother, both dead in two weeks. Whoda thunk it? Life works in strange ways, George. *pause* You know, the last thing she said on her deathbed was “I’m coming, James”… Who’s this James? *pause* You think it was […]

Art Rupe

BONY MAN, RONIE With the deaths in recent years of dynamic superstar Little Richard and hidden gem Lloyd Price, 50s music executive Art Rupe outlived virtually all of the pioneers whose careers he helped launch. One of the most integral white figures in propelling black music to mainstream popularity, his upbringing in a multiracial Pennsylvania […]

Jack Newton

DIG NEWTON Golfer Jack Newton has died at 72 after suffering from Alzheimer’s. Born in Australia, he won several golf tournaments but winning one of the majors eluded him, being bridesmaided by Tom Watson in the 1975 Open and by Seve Ballesteros in the 1980 Masters. He was lucky to survive a career-ending freak accident […]

Mike Bossy

BOSSY ALL MOSSY A field hockey player was covered in this update batch, now it’s ice hockey’s turn with New York Islanders great Mike Bossy gone cold from lung cancer at 65. Playing with the Islanders for his entire NHL career, his impressive goalscoring was integral to their string of Stanley Cup wins in the […]

Henry Plumb

PLUMB BUYS THE FARM Former National Farmers’ Union leader Henry Plumb has died aged 97. His leadership was considered one of the most crucial in progressing the cause of farming rights. In 1987, he became the first and only Brit to preside as President of the European Parliament, and took seat in the House of […]

Jack Higgins

THE VULTURE HAS LANDED Bibliogryphon’s Bookworm Food has already penned up two uniques off stalwart children’s authors, now it’s time to up the ante into the thriller with Jack Higgins. The nom de plume of Henry Patterson, “Jack Higgins” became his go-to pen name thanks to using it for his breakout smash The Eagle Has […]

Jill Knight

KNIGHTMARE OVER Jill Knight, Baroness Knight of Collingtree, has become the latest example of the Billy Joel mantra in dying at the age of 98. The Tory MP for Birmingham Edgbaston for 31 years, she was a staunch Thatcher ally and a fan of apartheid South Africa who detested gays and abortion. Her chief legacy […]