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...

Doug Cowie

DOUG HIS GRAVE Oldest living Scottish international footballer Doug Cowie has died aged 95. Cowie played over 350 matches for Dundee between 1945 and 1961, and turned Dundee into a solid defensive unit, who came within a point of winning the Scottish league title in 1949. They also got to the 1952 Scottish Cup final, […]

Wilf Oldham

DECEASED ARNHEM British war hero Wilf Oldham has died aged 101. He was part of the Airborne Border Regiment during WW2, which fought in the infamous Battle of Arnhem, later turned into the famous film A Bridge Too Far. The battle, in which Oldham lost several schoolfriends, affected him badly for decades, and he only […]

Andrew Romanov

Prince Andrew Romanov, the artist, has died. He was a nephew of Tsar Nicholas II, but as he was born in the UK he avoided the massacre which happened to much of his distant family. His art became renowned throughout California. He was a unique pick for Aaaah Pass the Mustard. Andrew Romanov21 January 1923 […]

Dean Stockwell

THAT’S AL, FOLKS An actor with a career stretching 70 years, the internationally respected Dean Stockwell has died aged 85. Stockwell’s career had been ended by a serious stroke in 2015, but he had recovered enough to take to art, showcasing his paintings in Los Angeles until the pandemic. Dean Stockwelll was already appearing in […]

Clifford Rose

WARRIORS LATE Much loved British character actor Clifford Rose has died after a long illness aged 92. Rose was popularly known for his role as Nazi Kessler in 70s resistance smash hit Secret Army, which is currently being replayed on Talking Pictures. Indeed, Talking Pictures put up a visual tribute to the actor while we […]

Lionel Blair

TAPPED OUT Entertainer Lionel Blair has died aged 92. Blair was an ever-present on UK TV, as actor, presenter, tap dancer and celebrity. He was a team captain on Give Us A Clue, and made his stage debut in 1947 in Who Killed Agatha Christie, which was some thirty years before the great author actually […]

Steve Smith

Former American footballer Stevie Smith has died after a nineteen year battle with ALS. Smith played for the LA Raiders and Seattle Seahawks, and won the first ever Madden Bowl. He was diagnosed with ALS In 2002, and went onto survive considerably longer than most athletes afflicted with that ailment. He was a unique pick […]

Wilbur Smith

THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Author Wilbur Smith has died aged 88. Smith was best known for his book When The Lion Feeds, and sold over 140 million books in his career. He published 49 books, mostly with Pan Macmillan or Harper Collins.  He was picked by two teams, Dead and Dusted, and Passing of the […]

FW de Klerk

FW DE MORTE I was hoping he’d last till next year so DI would have to deal with this obit! Former South African leader FW de Klerk has died aged 85 after a battle with mesothelioma. De Klerk was a minister and leader in the apartheid government who went onto win the Nobel Peace Prize, […]

Ron Flowers

FLOWERS IN THE GRAVEEnglish footballer Ron Flowers has died aged 87. He played for 15 years and 500 games for Wolves in the 1950s and 1960s, and also played a decade in the midfield for England alongside Bobby Charlton. Flowers didn’t play during the 1966 World Cup, despite being in the team, as Alf Ramsey […]