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...

Emi Wada

RAN Costume designer Emi Wada has died aged 84. She won the Academy Award for Best Costume Design in 1985 for her work on Ran alongside the Japanese directorial great Akira Kurosawa. She was a unique hit for Easy Peasy Japaneasy. Emi Wada18 March 1937 – 13 November 2021unique

Etel Adnan

Etel Adnan Lebanese poet Etel Adnan has died aged 96. She won several awards for her poetry, including the Lambda Literary Award, and was also an acclaimed oil painting artist. She was a unique pick for Alternative Observations 2021, presumably as she was among the most acclaimed writers in the Arabic world. Etel Adnan24 February […]

Clarissa Eden

EAST FOR EDEN Former spouse of the Prime Minister, Clarissa Eden, has died aged 101 to give The Crowdsourced Deathlist another success. The niece of Winston Churchill (dunno if you’ve heard of him), Clarissa spent her teenage years in Paris and London society, surrounded by the likes of Josephine Baker and future spies Burgess and […]

Andrew McDonald

FINAL SCOPE Former UK civil servant Andrew McDonald has died aged 59 due to complications of cancer and Parkinsons disease. McDonald was given what might be called the shortest straw in governing history, when he was made chair of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Committee in 2009. As the man who had to clean up the […]

Aaron Beck

COGNITIVE DEATH THERAPY Psychiatrist Aaron Beck has died aged 100. He came up with the Beck Depression Index, which is still used to determine the severity of a depressive episode. However, it was in the 1960s that Becks reputation was made. A long term sceptic of the benefits of just feeding pills to people with […]

Walter Smith

ZENIT(H) FOR RANGERS MAN Walter Smith, the most successful football manager in post-war Scottish football, has died after a short illness aged 73. Smith played over 150 matches for Dundee United between 1965 and 1980, before he became a team coach at the club under the great Jim McLean. At United, Smith was already developing […]

Pat Martino

STARBRIGHT EXIT Musician Pat Martino has died aged 77, after a long period of ill health. Martino was a jazz guitarist who worked with a variety of performers, before he suffered a near fatal seizure in 1980. Suffering amnesia, he had to teach himself from scratch how to play the guitar again, with no short […]

Dorothy Manley

SPRINT RUN British sprinter Dorothy Manley has died aged 94. Manley won a silver medal in the 1948 London Olympic Games in the 100 metres, which was the first British female medal in the sport. She also won the gold in the European Championships in 1950 as part of the 4 x 100 relay team. […]

Bert Newton

Bert Newton Australian TV personality Bert Newton has died aged 83. He hosted the Bert Newton Show and Good Morning Australia for many years, but also appeared on stage as The Wizard of Oz. He was picked by two teams: Dick Smith’s OzeEDEath List and Perhaps Pointless Punts. Bert Newton23 July 1938 – 30 October […]

Roh Tae-woo

ROH TAE TOO Former South Korean President Roh Tae-woo has died aged 88. He was President of South Korea from 1988 to 1993, during which he signed the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula joint declaration. Despite this he was later jailed for bribery, corruption, plotting a coup and orchestrating a massacre. Well, this went downhill […]