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...

Fred Sutherland

In May 1943, 133 members of No. 617 Squadron RAF set off as part of Operation Chastise with the intent of crippling German infrastructure via the destruction of its dams using the Vickers Type 464 ‘Upkeep’ bomb. With the death of Fred Sutherland, only one member remains. The operation and its practitioners were immortalised in […]

Muriel Pavlow

Muriel Pavlow’s career stretched 65 years across both the small and silver screen. Although of mixed French/Russian heritage, she embodied a specific strain of Englishness in many of her roles. As a contract player with J Arthur Rank in the 50s she was the go-to girl for “wives back in Blighty waiting for their husband […]

Andrew Fairlie

And so we bid farewell to our first Drop 40er of the year… Andrew Fairlie began his career polishing glasses in a hotel bar aged 15, and ended it as arguably the most acclaimed Scottish chef of all time (even more than the pretend hardman who shouts at American restaurant owners). Training under Michel Guérard […]

Shivakumara Swamiji

One of the biggest bedblockers in deadpool history has finally let someone else have a lie down. Shivakumara Swamiji was a monk and educationalist, responsible for the founding of more than 130 schools in Karnataka state. The schools eschewed traditional Indian caste rules and treated everyone as an equal. That’s not important. What is important […]

Masazo Nonaka

Twelve days after the death of America’s oldest person, we say “sayonara” to the world’s oldest man. Masazo Nonaka was one of an estimated 70,000 centenarians in Japan, who was an innkeeper during his working days. He was born four days before Clara Bow, just to give you a rough idea of how old he […]

Windsor Davies

The Welshest Londoner in history is no more. Windsor Davies was, despite his accent, born in Canning Town in 1930. His family moved to the valleys with the onset of World War II. Originally a teacher, he decided to switch to a career in acting after doing his National Service in Libya. This military background […]

Gerard Basset

The sommelier Gerard Basset decided to move to England after watching Liverpool beat his Saint-Etienne team in the 1977 European Cup. He went on to become one of the most highly regarded noses in the world of wine: the only person to win all five of the major wine-tasting awards (Master of Wine, Master Sommelier, […]

Carol Channing

Yep, Carol “Put On Your Sunday Clothes” Channing has finally gone down for the count. Channing began her Broadway career in 1941, as an understudy to Eve Arden. She went on to originate the role of Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”, which would set the tone for the rest of her career: as a […]

Mel Stottlemyre Sr

A great example of how deadpooling has been changed by the traffic needs of British news organisations. Mel Stottlemyre Sr was a baseball player who had been afflicted by cancer, on and off, since 1999. His original DDP bio read “Very unlikely to get a UK obit.” However, it’s 2018 and, upon Mel reaching strike […]

Michael Atiyah

Michael Atiyah, former president of the Royal Society, was widely seen as the greatest living British mathematician before God divided him by zero. His two most important discoveries were the Atiyah–Singer index theorem (which proved that for any elliptic differential operator on a compact manifold, the analytical index is equal to the topological index) and […]