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...

Pastelle LeBlanc

DRAWING A LEBLANC Canadian folkie Pastelle LeBlanc has died of breast cancer, aged 42. She formed the trio Vishtèn 20 years ago alongside twin sister Emmanuelle and Pascal Miousse (related to Salmon, perchance?), a group that based its sound off Acadian music and was nominated for a Juno in 2018 for the album Horizons. Few […]

John Peake

WIDOW’S PEAKE Field hockey player John Peake has died aged 97. Though he also dabbled in squash and tennis, it was in hockey where he proved most adept, particularly as a participant of the British team during the 1948 London Olympics. His team scored silver, losing in the final to India’s team, which featured past […]

June Brown

GONE BUT NOT FOR COTTON With a tip of the hat to TQR for that pun… The same day EastEnders stalwart June Brown died, I was listening to a Casey Kasem American Top 40 rerun where he played as an extra “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)”, a 40s swing novelty with an incongruent anti-smoking message. […]

Estelle Harris

LAST LINE OF THIS ‘STANZA Hey, Jerry. Hey, George. Did you hear my mother died? Yeah. How did you know? I didn’t tell you yet! George, you were shouting “GEORGE COSTANZA IS FREE, BABY!” past my apartment this morning! What else could that possibly mean? Yeah… you’re right. Well well, your parents reunited again… Don’t […]

Nehemiah Persoff

PERSOFF FACES JUDGMENT NIGHT “HE’S still alive? He was middle aged when most media was still black and white!” was a reliable staple for casual deadpoolers in the earlier bits of this century. Prolific character actor Nehemiah Persoff was one of the very last great instances of that tradition, appearing in 200+ films and TV […]

Bobby Rydell

RYDELL LOW Early 60s teen idol and Grease school namesake Bobby Rydell has died at 79. Among a phalanx of clean-cut lads, usually from Philly, who dominated US radio waves before the Beatles fundamentally restructured the listening populace’s tastes, his early ability on the drums brought him a regular TV spot aged 9. Picked up […]

Tom Smith

LION SLEEPS TONIGHT Scottish rugby player Tom Smith has died after a long struggle with colon cancer, aged 50. Playing as a prop, he was widely considered one of Scotland’s greatest at the sport. His career highlight came when playing for the British & Irish Lions on their 1997 tour to South Africa, where his […]

David McKee

ELMER AUTHOR NOW VEWY QUIET Beloved children’s author and illustrator David McKee has died aged 87. Publishing his first book in 1964, he achieved major success several years later with the Elmer the Patchwork Elephant series, which celebrates diversity through its jolly, rainbow-patchwork elephant protagonist. A brush with racism – McKee’s first wife was of […]

Harry Billinge

BILLINGE-URY TIME WWII vet Harry Billinge has died aged 96. A D-Day participant, he was one of only four in his unit to survive the pivotal invasion. He was locally known in Cornwall for his decades of charity work. Never forgetting his fallen comrades, in his final few years he fundraised for a D-Day memorial […]

Tom Parker

COLONEL POPPED In charting Elvis Presley’s rise and fall from humble Mississippi lad to genre-defining cultural phenomenon to pill-popping lardarse, no other name was as pivotal as his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The enigmatic Dutchman illegally immigrated to the US and long cloaked his true origins, portraying himself as a southern gent and promoting famous […]