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), msc (2020-21), Grim Up North (2020-22), and Reptile (2020-23). Now the Committee of DI (2022), time (2024), and Banana (2023) oversee the biggest deadpool going...

Frank Stella

STELLLLLLLLLLAAAAAAAAAA!!! Minimalist artist Frank Stella has died aged 87. His painting and sculpture portfolio encompassed stark grayscales to colourful curves, and he had already received a MoMA retrospective by the time he was 33. He was unique for All Death Is Consolation. Frank Stella12 May 1936 – 4 May 2024, aged 87💀💀💀💀💀💀 + 👻 = […]

Terry Medwin

REIGN OF TERRY ENDS Footballer Terry Medwin has died aged 91. The winger played for Swansea Town, Tottenham Hotspur, and the Welsh national team. He scored the decisive goal against Hungary during the 1958 World Cup, allowing Wales to make the quarters. Though the team soon got knocked out by a young Pelé, it remains […]

Paul Auster

AUSTERITY FOR AUSTER Author Paul Auster has died aged 77. He was renowned for his experiments with the narrative in The New York Trilogy and 4 3 2 1, the latter of which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. After announcing his cancer diagnosis last year, he became a cult pick this one, with Feng […]

Peter Oosterhuis

BLUE OOSTER COLD Golfer Peter Oosterhuis has died aged 75. He was twice runner-up at the Open, won a PGA Tour at the Canadian Open, and mustered a winning record at the Ryder Cup despite never actually playing on a winning team. Later a commentator mainly in the US, he announced an Alzheimer’s diagnosis a […]

Sjoukje Dijkstra

DEVIL’S DIJK Figure skater Sjoukje Dijkstra has died aged 82. She won gold at the 1964 Winter Olympics, the first Dutch athlete to accomplish the feat. She was unique for She’s a Dead Skate, Charlie Brown. Sjoukje Dijkstra28 January 1942 – 2 May 2024, aged 82💀💀💀💀💀💀 + 👻 = 10 POINTS

Frank Field

FIELD FACES THE UNTHINKABLE Timejump back to December 2021, when all deadpoolers were kept on tenterhooks by two hospice lads whose 2022 prospects were looking touch and go. One was Gary Burgess, who obliged deadpoolers’ dream scenario by making 2022 by the skin of his teeth. The other was Frank Field. Who made 2022. And […]

Dickey Betts

LORD, HE HAS DIED AN AMBLIN’ MAN Allman Brothers Band co-founder Dickey Betts has died aged 80. He was a touring circus guitarist before crossing paths with Duane and Gregg and co-founding the influential Southern rockers in 1969. Already key to the band – Duane once lavished “I’m the famous guitar player, but Dickey is […]

Terry Carter

OUTFOXED MCCLOUD Terry Carter boasted a pioneering career, both being one of the earliest black regulars on a US sitcom (Pvt. Sugarman on The Phil Silvers Show) and one of the first black news anchors. He was best known for dependable deputy roles whether it be in space (Colonel Tigh in Battlestar Galactica) or on […]

Laurence Broderick

BULL GETS THE HORN Sculptor Laurence Broderick has died aged 88. He was noted for The Bull, a bronze bull at the Bull Ring shopping centre in Birmingham. Its popularity inspired the SFX company Artem to build giant mechanical bull Ozzy, who served as mascot for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. In 2015, an Independent column […]

Olga Fikotová

FIKO FINGER OF FATE Discus thrower Olga Fikotová was Czechoslovakia’s only gold winner at the 1956 Olympics, having honed her discus technique by throwing in sync to “The Blue Danube”. At the event, she bumped elbows with American hammer thrower Hal Connolly and the pair fell in love. The dalliance was headline-grabbing and seemingly futile […]