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Dead Pool 17th June 2018

I was going to lead todays issue with ‘Dirty Den Fighting For His Life’, alas he decided to die prematurely and spoil everything!! However, plenty more stories to read, but a slight lack of famous deaths this week. 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Jackson Odell, 20, American actor (The Goldbergs, Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, iCarly).  
  • Matt Murphy, 88, American guitarist (The Blues Brothers).
  • Leslie Grantham, 71, English actor (EastEnders, Fort Boyard, The Paradise Club).

 In Other News

A temporary restraining order has been issued in Los Angeles against the carer of Marvel Comics magnate Stan Lee, following allegations of elder abuse. Keya Morgan, who has been the 95-year-old’s manager for several months, has taken advantage of Mr Lee’s vulnerability, his former lawyer Tom Lallas says. New York memorabilia dealer Mr Morgan, 41, “inserted himself into Mr Lee’s life” after his British-born wife of 69 years, Joan, died in 2017, Mr Lallas wrote in the petition for the restraining order. Mr Lallas has alleged in court documents that Mr Morgan controlled access to Mr Lee, including by hiring security guards, and moved him from his family home. “Mr Morgan is unduly influencing Mr Lee and isolating him,” Mr Lallas wrote. Mr Morgan was arrested on Monday on suspicion of making a false call to the police, reporting that a burglary was taking place at Mr Lee’s home. Police say the call was made as two detectives and a social worker were conducting a welfare check on Mr Lee. According to a transcript of the 30 May call filed with the restraining order, Mr Morgan said that “three unidentified people have gone inside this house and locked the door and locked his security out and I’m very, very scared that they’re harming him”.  

Former New Zealand fast bowler Sir Richard Hadlee has been diagnosed with bowel cancer. A statement released by New Zealand Cricket on behalf of Hadlee’s wife Lady Dianne said the 66-year-old has had surgery to remove a tumour. “As a safeguard, further treatment in the form of chemotherapy will commence shortly and last for a few months,” the statement added. “It is expected that, in time, he will have a full recovery.” If any of you give a shit, Hadlee is regarded as one of New Zealand’s finest cricketers having taken 431 wickets in 86 Tests…. Yawn….    

Vince Vaughn has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, police in the US have confirmed. The Hollywood star was stopped at a police checkpoint outside of Los Angeles in the early hours of Sunday morning. Vaughn and his passenger were also charged for public intoxication and resisting, delaying or obstructing officers. Both men were taken to the Manhattan Beach jail, and later released. Sgt Tim Zins, a spokesman for the Manhattan Beach Police Department, said the charges for resisting arrest were not to do with Vaughn “fighting police officers, but more of delaying the investigation”. The arrest occurred around 01:00 PST (09:00 BST) on Sunday and is Vaughn’s first drink-driving arrest. The actor, best known for films including Dodgeball and Wedding Crashers, was previously arrested in 2001 following a bar brawl which saw fellow actor Steve Buscemi stabbed in the face, throat, and arm when he intervened in a fight between Vaughn, screenwriter Scott Rosenberg, and another man. Vaughn was arrested for assault following the incident, but the charges were later dropped.

On This Day

  • 1631 – Mumtaz Mahal dies during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperor Shah Jahan I, will spend the next 17 years building her mausoleum, the Taj Mahal.  
  • 1939 – Last public guillotining in France: Eugen Weidmann, a convicted murderer, is guillotined in Versailles outside the Saint-Pierre prison.  
  • 1994 – Following a televised low-speed highway chase, O. J. Simpson is arrested for the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald Goldman.

Deaths

  • 2008 – Cyd Charisse, American actress and dancer (b. 1922)  
  • 2012 – Rodney King, American victim of police brutality (b. 1965)  
  • 2014 – Patsy Byrne, English actress (b. 1933)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Arnold Vosloo (56), James Bolam (83), Courteney Cox (54), Helen Hunt (55), Neil Patrick Harris (45), Ice Cube (49), Jim Belushi (64), Yasmine Bleeth (50), Donald Trump (72), Boy George (57), Steffi Graf  (49), Chris Evans (37), Stellan Skarsgård (67), Ally Sheedy (56), Tim Allen (65), Malcolm McDowell (75), Mary-Kate Olsen & Ashley Olsen (32), Richard Thomas (67), Simon Callow (69), Kathy Burke (54), Richard Ayoade (41), Adriana Lima (37), Elizabeth Hurley (53), Kate Upton (26), Jürgen Prochnow (77) and Prince Philip (97).


Dead Pool 10th June 2018

After what seems like weeks of no deaths, we’re suddenly overrun by a deluge of suicides and natural causes! There’s a couple in the list from May that we missed due to poor reporting on the media’s part, and surprisingly, nobody scored, even though we all knew Stringfellow had cancer. Let’s hope next week brings in some points.    

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Johnnie Keyes, 78, American pornographic actor (Behind the Green Door), stroke.  
  • Kate Spade, 55, American fashion designer (Kate Spade New York), suicide by hanging.  
  • Mary Wilson, Baroness Wilson of Rievaulx, 102, British poet, Spouse of the Prime Minister (1964–1970, 1974–1976), stroke.  
  • Glynn Edwards, 87, British actor (Minder, Get Carter, The Paper Lads).  
  • Jerry Maren, 98, American actor (The Wizard of Oz), heart failure.
  • Peter Stringfellow, 77, English businessman and nightclub owner, cancer.  
  • Anthony Bourdain, 61, American chef, author and television host (No Reservations, Parts Unknown, The Layover), 4-time Emmy winner, suicide by hanging.  
  • Eunice Gayson, 90, British actress (Dr. No, From Russia with Love, The Revenge of Frankenstein).  
  • Danny Kirwan, 68, British Hall of Fame guitarist (Fleetwood Mac, Tramp).

In Other News

For the first time in 50 years, Radio 4 comedy panel show Just A Minute was not hosted by Nicholas Parsons. The 94-year-old broadcaster, who has been at the helm of the  programme for more than 900 episodes, was replaced by regular panellist Gyles Brandreth. The unexpected absence led to a minor frenzy on Twitter, with one fan saying “hell had frozen over”. But the BBC’s head of radio comedy explained that Parsons was “taking a couple of days off”. Julia McKenzie tweeted that Parsons is “totally fine” and the “apocalypse is not upon us”. The BBC said he will be recording an edition of ‘Just a Minute’ this Wednesday as usual and will be back on air in a couple of weeks. Parsons began presenting the panel show in 1967, ensuring that players of the game speak on a subject for 60 seconds without hesitation, repetition or deviation. When introducing the show, former MP Brandreth said: “After 50 years at the helm he quite rightly thinks he should be allowed a day off.”  

Comedian Michael McIntyre was robbed by two men on a moped while he was parked outside his children’s school, his publicist said. The men smashed his car windows with a hammer on Monday before taking his watch and fleeing, it was reported. His wife Kitty said the star was “fine” after the robbery at about 14:00 BST on North End Road in Golders Green, north-west London. Asked if they were concerned about the family’s safety, Ms McIntyre said “no”. Local residents spoke to BBC Radio London following the robbery. One resident, who has lived on the leafy road for 30 years, said: “I’m not worried because I don’t wear a Rolex and don’t drive around in a Range Rover.” Sadly the whole event has supplied McIntyre with a slew of material for his upcoming shows.  

The Queen has had surgery on her eye to remove a cataract. A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: “I can confirm that the Queen successfully underwent a short planned procedure to treat a cataract last month.” The 92-year-old monarch had been seen wearing sunglasses at recent events, including the Royal Windsor Horse Show, but did not cancel any engagements. The Queen was treated as a day patient at the private King Edward VII’s hospital in London. In July 1995, the Queen Mother had a cataract operation at the age of 94. A family history of cataracts can increase a person’s risk of developing them. So we don’t have a Queen who has decided to go ‘cool’ in her twilight years, just a blind old bat. 

A crocodile has killed a Protestant pastor who was baptising followers near a lake in southern Ethiopia. Docho Eshete was conducting the  ceremony for about 80 people on Sunday morning at Lake Abaya in Arba Minch town’s Merkeb Tabya district. Residents and police told Dead Pool Media that a crocodile leapt from the water, in what can only be described as an act of God during the baptism and attacked him. Pastor Docho died after being bitten on his legs, back and hands. “He baptised the first person and he passed on to another one. All of a sudden, a crocodile jumped out of the lake and grabbed the pastor,” local resident Ketema Kairo told us. Despite huge efforts, fishermen and residents could not save pastor Docho. They used fishing nets to prevent the crocodile from taking the pastor’s body into the lake, luckily the crocodile escaped. 

On This Day

  • 671 – Emperor Tenji of Japan introduces a water clock (clepsydra) called Rokoku. The instrument, which measures time and indicates hours, is placed in the capital of Ōtsu.  
  • 1692 – Salem witch trials: Bridget Bishop is hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts, for “certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft & Sorceries”.  
  • 1786 – A landslide dam on the Dadu River created by an earthquake ten days earlier collapses, killing 100,000 in the Sichuan province of China.  
  • 1886 – Mount Tarawera in New Zealand erupts, killing 153 people and burying the famous Pink and White Terraces. Eruptions continue for three months creating a large, 17 km long fissure across the mountain peak.  
  • 1935 – Dr. Robert Smith takes his last drink, and Alcoholics Anonymous is founded in Akron, Ohio, United States, by him and Bill Wilson.

Deaths

  • 323 BC – Alexander the Great, Macedonian king (b. 356 BC)  
  • 1967 – Spencer Tracy, American actor (b. 1900)
  • 1993 – Les Dawson, English comedian, actor, writer and presenter (b. 1931)  
  • 2004 – Ray Charles, American singer-songwriter, pianist, and actor (b. 1930)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Natalie Portman (37), Johnny Depp (55), Eddie Marsan (50), Michael J. Fox (57), Griffin Dunne (63), Nancy Sinatra (78), Kanye West (41), Colin Baker (75), Michael Cera (30), Liam Neeson (66), Karl Urban (46), Bill Hader (40), Anna Torv  (39), Helen Baxendale (48), Tom Jones (78), Bear Grylls (44), Anna Kournikova (37), Iggy Azalea (28), Jason Isaacs (55), Paul Giamatti (51), Robert Englund (71), Sandra Bernhard (63), Gianna Michaels (35), Josie Lawrence (59), Mark Wahlberg (47),  Mel Giedroyc (50), Angelina Jolie (43), Noah Wyle (47), Bruce Dern (82), Sean Pertwee (54), Russell Brand (43), Bradley Walsh (58), Imogen Poots (29), James Purefoy (54) and Suzi Quatro (68).


Dead Pool 3rd June 2018

Since barely anyone you will have known has died over the last week, I have brought low the Dead Pool by listing people with interesting sounding names instead. 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

US First Lady Melania Trump, not seen in public since a hospital operation this month, has sought to scotch rumours about her health and marriage. “Rest assured, I’m here at the @WhiteHouse w my family,” a tweet posted on her account says. Gossip has mounted in the 20 days since she was last seen, with President Donald Trump as he welcomed home three US detainees from North Korea. The White House has already dismissed claims about the Trumps’ relationship. On 14th May, the White House said Mrs Trump, 48, would be admitted to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre near Washington DC for “an embolisation procedure to treat a benign kidney condition”. “The procedure was successful and there were no complications,” a statement from the White House said after her release on 20th May. But her five-day hospital stay for what was described as relatively minor surgery did little to stop tongues wagging. She has not been pictured since then, and has only released one previous tweet referring to her medical treatment. After she skipped the White House Sports and Fitness Day on Wednesday – an event heavily promoted by former First Lady Michelle Obama – the speculation only intensified. Let’s face it though, after all she’d had to do and go through to get Trump’s billions, she’s not going to die easily.   

Children’s author Sir Michael Morpurgo has spoken of his battle with cancer. The renowned former children’s laureate, now 74, had radiotherapy last year to treat cancer of the larynx. He said he had “excellent prospects for a full recovery” and his voice was finding “new strength”. Sir Michael’s most famous book, War Horse, about a young boy’s attempts to save his horse during the First World War, has been successfully adapted for film and the stage. He had cancelled several public appearances in September due to ill-health but the nature of his illness had not been known. In an article for this week’s Spectator magazine, Sir Michael said: “By 74 it is easy to feel that you have seen it all, done it all, that nothing much surprises you any more. “Even an unwelcome medical diagnosis does not surprise you. You cope because you have to. You know it’s what happens to us all.” Reflecting that many suffer illness earlier in life, he added: “I’ve been a lucky old parrot”.  

Brigitte Nielsen has announced she is expecting a baby with husband Mattia Dessi at the age of 54. This will be the Danish actress’s fifth child, but her first with her current husband, who she married in 2006. So one expects that although she’s as old as the hills to have a baby, her well used and most likely prolapsed vagina will undoubtedly deal with the upcoming upheaval like a trooper, just think of Gandalf’s fist appearing from his sleeve. Nielsen is best known for starring in Rocky IV and Cobra alongside Sylvester Stallone, who she later married in 1985. She has also had a successful modelling career, appearing in Playboy magazine on several occasions. Nielsen joins a number of high-profile women having babies later, including Janet Jackson and Rachel Weisz, both of whom are far younger than Nielsen and barely survived the ordeal.

On This Day

  • 1937 – The Duke of Windsor marries Wallis Simpson.   
  • 1965 – The launch of Gemini 4, the first multi-day space mission by a NASA crew. Ed White, a crew member, performs the first American spacewalk.   
  • 1969 – Melbourne–Evans collision: off the coast of South Vietnam, the Australian aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne cuts the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Frank E. Evans in half.  
  • 2012 – The pageant for the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II takes place on the River Thames.  
  • 2017 – London Bridge attack: Eight people are murdered and dozens of civilians are wounded by Islamist terrorists. Three of the attackers are shot dead by the police.

Deaths

  • 1989 – Ruhollah Khomeini, Iranian religious leader, 1st Supreme Leader of Iran (b. 1902)  
  • 1990 – Robert Noyce, American physicist, co-founded the Intel Corporation (b. 1927)  
  • 1992 – Robert Morley, English actor and screenwriter (b. 1908)  
  • 2001 – Anthony Quinn, Mexican-American actor and producer (b. 1915)  
  • 2009 – David Carradine, American actor (b. 1936)  
  • 2010 – Rue McClanahan, American actress (b. 1934)  
  • 2016 – Muhammad Ali, American boxer (b. 1942)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Morena Baccarin (39), Dominic Cooper (40), Jewel Staite (36), Zachary Quinto (41), Justin Long (40), Dana Carvey (63), Liam Cunningham (57), Tom Holland (22), Morgan Freeman (81), Amy Schumer (37), Brian Cox (72), Jonathan Pryce (71), Rene Auberjonois (78), Alanis Morissette (44), Heidi Klum (45), Robert Powell (74), Clint Eastwood (88), Lea Thompson (57), Colin Farrell (42), Brooke Shields (53), Tom Berenger (69), Sharon Gless (75), Keir Dullea (82), Jennifer Ellison (35), Mark Sheppard (54), Stephen Tobolowsky (67), Colm Meaney (65), Duncan Jones (47), Harry Enfield (57), Leigh Francis (45), Annette Bening (60), Danny Elfman (65), La Toya Jackson (62), Melanie Brown (43), Kylie Minogue (50), Sondra Locke (74) and the wonderful Julie T. Wallace (57).


Dead Pool 27th May 2018

Hello peeps! Sorry for the late edition, but life comes before writing about deaths. Just a quick update this time around, so ideal for reading when you’re on the throne. 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

Willie Nelson walked out on stage Saturday night for a date on his Outlaw Music Festival tour at the PNC Music Pavilion, but after picking up his trusty acoustic guitar Trigger and briefly putting it on, he set it back down, flung his cowboy hat into the crowd and left the stage. The 85 year-old singer could be seen walking out of the stage door after what was reportedly his second attempt to take the stage that night. Promoters later released a statement chalking up the incident to an unspecified illness. “Due to illness, Willie Nelson was unable to play tonight at the Outlaw Music Festival at PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte,” read the statement. “Fans are asked to please hold on to their tickets until the new date is announced.” Nelson had not commented on the skipped show on social media; a spokesperson for Nelson confirmed that he was suffering from a “stomach bug” that prevented him from performing and that the Charlotte show will be rescheduled at a later date.

On This Day

  • 1930 – The 1,046 feet (319 m) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public.  
  • 1937 – In California, the Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic, creating a vital link between San Francisco and Marin County, California.  
  • 1975 – Dibbles Bridge coach crash near Grassington, in North Yorkshire, England, kills 33 – the highest ever death toll in a road accident in the United Kingdom.

Deaths

  • 1831 – Jedediah Smith, American hunter, explorer, and author (b. 1799)  
  • 1910 – Robert Koch, German physician and microbiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1843)  
  • 1949 – Robert Ripley, American cartoonist, publisher, and businessman, founded Ripley’s Believe It or Not! (b. 1890)  
  • 1969 – Jeffrey Hunter, American actor and producer (b. 1926)  
  • 2013 – Bill Pertwee, English actor (b. 1926)  
  • 2017 – Gregg Allman, American musician, singer and songwriter (b. 1947)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Paul Bettany (47), Joseph Fiennes (48), Louis Gossett Jr. (82), Helena Bonham Carter (52), Pam Grier (69), Bobcat Goldthwait (56), Lenny Kravitz (54), Stevie Nicks (70), Patsy Palmer (46), Cillian Murphy (42), Mike Myers (55), Ian McKellen (79), Frank Oz (74), Stephanie Turner (74), Doug Jones (58), John C. Reilly (53), Alfred Molina (65),  Jim Broadbent (69), Priscilla Presley (73), Gary Burghoff (75), Bob Dylan (77),  Eric Cantona (52), Joan Collins (85), Ginnifer Goodwin  (40), Naomi Campbell (48), Mr. T  (66), Noel Fielding (45) and Belladonna (37).


Dead Pool 20th May 2018

Points!!! Both Trish and Dave had the UK’s oldest living/now dead person listed as their Cert, so 137 points each to them; which also propels Dave to the number one spot on the table, but he has now used up both his Woman and his Cert. Interesting times ahead! 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Bessie Camm, 113, British supercentenarian, oldest verified person in the United Kingdom.  
  • Ulla Sallert, 95, Swedish actress and singer.  
  • Margot Kidder, 69, Canadian-American actress (Superman, Black Christmas, The Amityville Horror) and activist.  
  • Tom Wolfe, 88, American author (The Bonfire of the Vanities, The Right Stuff, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test) and journalist.  
  • Ray Wilson, 83, English footballer (Huddersfield Town, Everton, national team), world champion (1966), Alzheimer’s disease.

 In Other News

Melania Trump returned to the White House on Saturday from a week-long hospitalisation after treatment for a kidney condition, a lengthy stay that raised questions about whether the first lady’s condition may have been more complicated than initially revealed. Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, has declined to release additional details, citing Trump’s right to privacy. Donald Trump heralded his wife’s arrival home with a tweet in which her name was spelled incorrectly. “Great to have our incredible First Lady back home in the White House,” Trump wrote. “Melanie is feeling and doing really well. Thank you for all of your prayers and best wishes!” The first lady had been at Walter Reed National Military Medical Centre near Washington since Monday, when she underwent an embolisation procedure to treat an unspecified kidney condition the White House described as benign. Word of the hospitalisation came as a surprise because there was no indication in numerous public appearances in recent weeks that Trump had been ailing.  

New Zealand’s “first bloke”, Clarke Gayford, has posted a picture of himself fending off an aggressive shark with a pole. Mr Gayford, a television host, is the partner of New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern. “A childhood myth is ruined,” he lamented in a tweet after spotting a dolphin in the background while he was protecting himself from the shark, a bronze whaler, also known as a copper shark. In the 1963 film Flipper, the titular dolphin saves his friend, a boy named Sandy, from a shark by ramming it with its snout. “So it turns out that not only do dolphins not help, they actually quite like watching,” Mr Gayford added. The encounter took place  while he was helping a cameraman film bottle-nosed dolphins off Great Barrier Island, near Auckland. “I had to fend the large one pictured off with a pole several times, as it was getting quite agitated,” the fishing programme host added. “We got out not long after.” It was not Mr Gayford’s first close encounter with a shark. In March he posted an image of himself with an “overly amorous” whale shark that pinned him against a boat.  

NBA Hall of Fame player Bill Russell is in the hospital in Washington state dealing with some apparent heart issues. Law enforcement sources tell us … an ambulance was called to Russell’s home in the Seattle area Friday night, and the 84-year-old Celtics legend was rushed to a nearby hospital. We’re told Bill was having heart trouble and shortness of breath … and is still hospitalised. We’ve reached out to get an update on his condition. The 11-time NBA champion centre was also hospitalised in 2014 after collapsing at a speaking gig in Lake Tahoe, but recovered quickly. Bill’s considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, and recently attended Game 1 of the Celtics playoff round vs. the 76ers. Obviously, the crowd went wild.

On This Day

  • 325 – The First Council of Nicaea is formally opened, starting the first ecumenical council of the Christian Church. The world becomes a worse place. 
  • 1645 – Yangzhou massacre: the 10-day massacre of 800,000 residents of the city of Yangzhou, part of the Transition from Ming to Qing.  
  • 1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.  
  • 1883 – Krakatoa begins to erupt; the volcano explodes three months later, killing more than 36,000 people.  
  • 1932 – Amelia Earhart takes off from Newfoundland to begin the world’s first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean by a female pilot, landing in Ireland the next day.  
  • 1983 – First publications of the discovery of the HIV virus that causes AIDS in the journal Science by Luc Montagnier.

Deaths

  • 1506 – Christopher Columbus, Italian explorer, discovered the Americas (b. 1451)  
  • 1996 – Jon Pertwee, English actor, portrayed the Third Doctor (b. 1919)  
  • 2011 – Randy Savage, American wrestler and actor (b. 1952)  
  • 2012 – Robin Gibb, Manx-English singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1949)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Peter Mayhew (74), Grace Jones (70), Amanda De Cadenet (46), Sam Smith (26), Pete Townshend (73), Tina Fey (48), Miriam Margolyes (77), Yun-Fat Chow (63), Paul Whitehouse (60), Andrea Corr (44), Megan Fox (32), Pierce Brosnan (65), Debra Winger (63), Danny Trejo (74), David Boreanaz (49), Stephen Mangan (50), Janet Jackson (52), Cate Blanchett (49), Tim Roth (57), Sofia Coppola (47), George Lucas (74), Danny Huston (56), Robert Zemeckis (67), Francesca Annis (73), Greg Davies (50), Siân Phillips (85), Martine McCutcheon (42), Robert Pattinson (32), Harvey Keitel (79), Samantha Morton (41), Iwan Rheon (33), Mark Heap (61), Zoë Wanamaker (69), Stephen Colbert (54), Dennis Rodman (57) and Stevie Wonder (68).


Dead Pool 13th May 2018

And it was turning out to be a dull week… Let’s begin with awarding the points!! 136 points to Paula who had Delphine Gibson as her Woman which propels her into fourth place and 36 to Dave who also listed her. More points thanks to Tessa Jowell’s untimely death go to Louise and Paul C, 80 points each, which has deposed Nickie from the first place spot as Paul C is now the new leader by five points!! Surprisingly, nobody had Dennis Nielsen on their list this year. 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Carlos Carvalho, 47, South African filmmaker, struck by giraffe. 
  • Delphine Gibson, 114, American supercentenarian, oldest verified person in the United States. 
  • David Goodall, 104, English-born Australian botanist, assisted suicide by lethal injection. 
  • Scott Hutchison, 36, Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist (Frightened Rabbit, Mastersystem, The Fruit Tree Foundation). 
  • Tessa Jowell, Baroness Jowell, 70, English politician, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (2001–2007), MP (1992–2015) and peer (since 2015), brain cancer.  
  • Dennis Nilsen, 72, Scottish serial killer.

 In Other News

Dame Barbara Windsor has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, her husband has said. Scott Mitchell told us that the 80-year-old Eastenders and Carry On star had been diagnosed four years ago and had been given medication to help manage the condition. But he said that her memory loss and confusion had grown worse in recent weeks. “I want the public to know because they are naturally very drawn to Barb­ara and she loves talking to them,” he said. “Rather than me living in fear she might get confused or upset, they’ll know that if her behaviour seems strange, it’s due to Alzhei­mer’s and accept it for what it is.” The 55-year-old said he had decided to speak out because he “did not want someone else to dictate how or when the diagnosis came out”. He added: “I don’t want it to come across that she’s sitting there unable to communicate, because she’s not. We’re still going out for walks or dinner with friends and we still laugh together a lot.” A small circle of friends who had begun to notice her occasional confusion were told shortly after the diagnosis, he said. But he stopped the news from going public after his wife struggled to come to terms with it. She has now retired from charity work as well as acting, he added.   

Sir Alex Ferguson is no longer in intensive care following surgery on a brain haemorrhage, Manchester United have announced. The 76-year-old successfully underwent an emergency operation on Saturday at Salford Royal Hospital, where he remains. In a statement on Wednesday evening, United said: “Sir Alex Ferguson no longer needs intensive care and will continue rehabilitation as an inpatient.” It added that Ferguson’s family have been “overwhelmed” by messages of support and encouragement since news broke over the weekend. “They continue to request privacy as this will be vital during this next stage of recovery.” Ferguson is the most successful manager in Manchester United’s history, winning 13 Premier League titles and two European Cups alongside a host of other trophies during his 27 years in charge.  

As you have just read in the death listing, an award-wining film director was head-butted to death by a giraffe while shooting footage at a safari lodge in South Africa. Carlos Carvalho, 47, was taking closeups of the animal named Gerald when it suddenly swung its neck and knocked him flying through the air. Mr Carvalho died of his injuries that night after being flown to a Johannesburg hospital, said filming agency CallaCrew. He had been shooting scenes at the Glen Afric farm in Broederstroom, which is famous for featuring in the British TV series Wild at Heart. Richard Brooker, whose family owns the lodge, said the bull giraffe would not be put down as he was not considered dangerous. “When Carlos was standing in front of the giraffe, the animal spread its legs, bent its neck and swung its head at Carlos, Gerald will remain at the lodge. He did nothing wrong.” he said. A spokesperson for Glen Afric also suggested that Carvalho had “gone off on his own” and ignored safety instructions not to approach the animals. 

On This Day

  • 1787 – Captain Arthur Phillip leaves Portsmouth, England, with eleven ships full of convicts (the “First Fleet”) to establish a penal colony in Australia.  
  • 1971 – Over 900 unarmed Bengali Hindus are murdered in the Demra massacre.  
  • 1972 – Faulty electrical wiring ignites a fire underneath the Playtown Cabaret in Osaka, Japan. Blocked exits and non-functional elevators lead to 118 fatalities, with many victims leaping to their deaths.  
  • 1972 – The Troubles: A car bombing outside a crowded pub in Belfast sparks a two-day gun battle involving the Provisional IRA, Ulster Volunteer Force and British Army. Seven people are killed and over 66 injured.  
  • 1981 – Mehmet Ali Ağca attempts to assassinate Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square in Rome. The Pope is rushed to the Agostino Gemelli University Polyclinic to undergo emergency surgery and survives. 
  • 1984 – T-800 tries to kill Sarah Connor.

Deaths

  • 1835 – John Nash, English architect, designed the Royal Pavilion (b. 1752) 
  • 1961 – Gary Cooper, American actor (b. 1901)  
  • 2012 – Donald “Duck” Dunn, American bass player, songwriter, and producer (b. 1941)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Malin Akerman (40), Rami Malek (37), Emilio Estevez (56), Stephen Baldwin (52), Ving Rhames (59), Gabriel Byrne (68), Catherine Tate (50), Pam Ferris (70), Holly Valance (35), Bono (58), Maureen Lipman (72), Rosario Dawson (39), Albert Finney (82), Glenda Jackson (82), Billy Joel (69), Stephen Amell (37), David Attenborough (92), Traci Lords (50), Adrianne Palicki (35), George Clooney (57) and Alan Dale (71).


Dead Pool 6th May 2018

Welcome to a special bank holiday edition of the Dead Pool Newsletter where nothing special is added. Not a lot to report, no points to be awarded, but it’ll give you something to read when you’re perched upon your throne. 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson had emergency surgery on Saturday for a brain haemorrhage. A United statement said the procedure “had gone very well” but Ferguson “needs a period of intensive care to optimise his recovery”. The Scot, 76, retired as United manager in May 2013 after winning 38 trophies during 26 years in charge. He was at Old Trafford last Sunday when he presented Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger with a commemorative trophy. Ferguson’s family have requested privacy as he recovers in Salford Royal Hospital. 

BBC presenter Andrew Marr will have an operation this week to remove a malignant tumour on his kidney. The former political editor is expected to  “make a full recovery and will be returning to the airwaves soon”, his agent Mary Greenham said. The broadcaster will not be hosting his weekly Sunday programme, the Andrew Marr Show, while he recuperates. The broadcaster will not be hosting his weekly Sunday programme, the Andrew Marr Show, while he recuperates. He added: “I’m having a small hospital operation and I will be back as soon as I possibly can, so be kind please to whoever is sitting in this chair next week.” In her statement his agent added that he and his family “have asked for privacy at this difficult time”. The surgery comes five years after Marr suffered a stroke, which saw him take a nine-month break from his Sunday morning show. He spent two months in hospital, followed by months of physiotherapy to help him walk again.  He spent two months in hospital, followed by months of physiotherapy to help him walk again.He spent two months in hospital, followed by months of physiotherapy to help him walk again.  

A man was mauled to death by a bear after he reportedly tried to take a selfie with the creature. After stopping to go to the toilet on his way home from a wedding, Prabhu Bhatara is said to have spotted the injured animal in the Nabarangpur district of Odisha in India. His fellow SUV passengers obviously advised him against trying to take a picture with the creature. As he sidled up, the bear struck and a struggle ensued. A stray dog also stepped in and bit the bear but its intervention failed to deter the larger animal. Forest ranger Dhanurjaya Mohapatra said Mr Bhatara “died on the spot.” He added: “The bear is being treated for its injuries.” India had the highest rate of deaths linked to selfies for the two years between March 2014 and September 2016, with 60 per cent of all deaths taking place there, a study claimed last year. Of 127 reported selfie deaths in that period, 76 occurred in India, a collaborative study by researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and Indraprastha Institute of Information Delhi found. 

On This Day

  • 1840 – The Penny Black postage stamp becomes valid for use in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.  
  • 1889 – The Eiffel Tower is officially opened to the public at the Universal Exposition in Paris.  
  • 1937 – Hindenburg disaster: The German zeppelin Hindenburg catches fire and is destroyed within a minute while attempting to dock at Lakehurst, New Jersey. Thirty-six people are killed.  
  • 1954 – Roger Bannister becomes the first person to run the mile in under four minutes.  
  • 1966 – Myra Hindley and Ian Brady are sentenced to life imprisonment for the Moors murders in England.  

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Henry Cavill (35), Zach McGowan (38), John Rhys-Davies (74), Lance Henriksen (78), Michael Palin (75), Richard E. Grant 61), Adele (30), Mitch Pileggi (66), Agnetha Fältskog(68), Jane Asher (72), Pharrell Williams (45), Jolene Blalock (43), Eva Mendes (44), Dean Stockwell (82), Matt Lucas (44), Penn Jillette (63), Jennifer Jason Leigh (56), Charlotte Rampling (72), Michael Sheen (49), Christopher Guest (70), Cristiano Ronaldo (33), Bradley Cooper (43), January Jones (40), Clancy Brown (59), Diane Keaton (72), Robert Duvall (87), Vinnie Jones (53), Marilyn Manson (49), Hayao Miyazaki (77), Gal Gadot (33), Kirsten Dunst (36), Burt Young (78), Michelle Pfeiffer (60), Daniel Day-Lewis (61), Uma Thurman (48), Kate Mulgrew (63), and Willie Nelson (85).


Dead Pool 29th April 2018

After last weeks excessiveness, it was too much to ask of the flying monkeys to haul in a few more notables. However, the scythe of the Grim Reaper ne’er remains still and kept itself busy by removing a few Z list celebrities. 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News 

Former President George H.W. Bush will remain at Houston Methodist Hospital through the weekend to continue his recovery, according the latest health update from Bush family spokesman Jim McGrath. The 41st president was hospitalised on April 22nd after contracting an infection that spread to his blood, one day after the funeral of his wife Barbara Bush, who died April 17th. He was in intensive care until April 25th and is now recovering in a regular patient room. McGrath tweeted Friday that , Bush is “in excellent spirits, and is looking forward to resuming his schedule and going to Maine next month.” Let’s keep a sharp eye on what happens. 

We don’t normally highlight people after their  deaths, but I thought it was apt that Rick Dickinson, the designer of Sinclair computers, was given a little nod. The British designer, thought to be in his 60s, worked in-house for Sinclair Research and oversaw the creation of its home computers in the 1980s. He was responsible for the boxy look of the ZX80 and ZX81 and the Bauhaus-inspired appearance of the Spectrum. Mr Dickinson also helped to develop the technologies for the UK company’s touch-sensitive and rubber keyboards. It’s fair to say that his machines spawned a generation of coders that helped to establish the UK’s reputation as a creative, game-making powerhouse. A spokesman at Dickinson Associates confirmed he had died earlier this week. Mr Dickinson had been diagnosed with cancer in 2015, for which he had received successful treatment. However, the cancer had returned last year. Mr Dickinson had then travelled to the US for specialist care but had died suddenly between bouts of treatment.  

They say bad luck comes in threes, and for Dylan McWilliams, a 20-year-old from Colorado, that has unfortunately proved true. The young outdoorsman has survived his third bloody brush with the animal kingdom – a shark attack while body boarding off the coast of Hawaii. “It’s kind of crazy,” Dylan told us at DPT from the island of Kauai. “I don’t seem to have a lot of luck but it’s kind of lucky in unlucky situations.” He was enjoying the Pacific waves on Thursday morning when he felt something hit his leg. He explained: “I saw the shark underneath me. I started kicking at it – I know I hit it at least once – and swam to shore as quickly as I could.” Worried about the trail of blood he was leaving, he told local media after the attack: “I didn’t know if I lost half my leg or what.” The shark, believed to be a tiger shark between 6 and 8ft (about 2m), left distinctive teeth marks in Dylan’s leg that needed seven stitches. His second brush with death occurred on a camping trip in Colorado last July, when at 4am, while sleeping outdoors, he was woken up to find his head being clamped in the jaws of a bear. “This black bear grabbed me by the back of the head, and I was fighting back, poking it in the eye until it let me go,” Dylan describes vividly. His friends awoke to the commotion, but after the 300 pound (136kg) male bear stomped on Dylan, it walked away. Nine staples to the back of his head have left scars and a pain when he touches them, but the experience hasn’t put off the young man from his love of the outdoors. And this brings us to Dylan’s arguably least deadly run-in three years ago – a rattlesnake attack during a hiking trip in Utah. “I was walking down a trail and I thought I kicked a cactus but couldn’t see one, and then saw a rattlesnake all coiled up.” The then 17-year-old made the call not to go to the hospital because he figured he had only suffered a dry bite. “There was a little venom so I did get a bit sick for a couple of days,” the aspiring police officer said. I think we better keep an eye on this chap. 

On This Day

  • 1770 – James Cook arrives in Australia at Botany Bay, which he names.   
  • 1945 – World War II: Führerbunker: Adolf Hitler marries his longtime partner Eva Braun in a Berlin bunker and designates Admiral Karl Dönitz as his successor; Hitler and Braun both commit suicide the following day.  
  • 1991 – A cyclone strikes the Chittagong district of southeastern Bangladesh with winds of around 155 miles per hour (249 km/h), killing at least 138,000 people and leaving as many as ten million homeless.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Penélope Cruz (44), Jessica Alba (37), Ann-Margret (77), Jorge Garcia (45), Jay Leno (68), Sheena Easton (59), Russell T. Davies (55), Pablo Schreiber (40), Channing Tatum (38), Giancarlo Esposito (60), Jet Li (55), Kevin James (53), Joan Chen (57), Melania Trump (48), Al Pacino (78), Renée Zellweger (49), Hank Azaria (54), Gina Torres (49), William Roache (86), Aidan Gillen (50), Djimon Hounsou (54), Barbra Streisand (76), Shirley MacLaine (84), Rory McCann (49), Lee Majors (79), John Hannah (56), John Oliver (41), Michael Moore (64), Jeffrey Dean Morgan (52), Jack Nicholson (81), Sheryl Lee (51) and John Waters (72).


Dead Pool 22nd April 2018

What a week! They seem to have  been falling like flies and a couple of surprise youngsters that would have qualified as Mavericks too! Anyhow, let’s dispense some points! Barbara Bush scores Shan and Dave 58 points each and Dave also scores again with the passing of Nabi Tajima and listed her as his Cert as did Julie, Paul C had her as his Woman, so 133 points each to them, also Lee had her as a norm, 33 points. So quite a few shifts in the league table, well done all of you! 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst says she is HIV positive, and has been receiving regular treatment for “several years”. The 29-year-old star said she had intended to keep the information private, but an ex-boyfriend had “threatened to go public”. “I will not give anyone the right to frighten me and influence my life,” she wrote on Instagram. “Coming out is better than being outed by a third party.” Wurst added that regular treatment had suppressed the virus to the extent it could no longer be detected in her blood – and could no longer be passed on. “I hope to give others courage and to take another step against the stigmatisation of people who, through their own behaviour or that of others, have become infected with HIV,” she added. So you could say that she doesn’t have HIV and this is not a real story.  

The world’s unofficial oldest man has died in Chile a week after he broke three ribs falling out of bed. He was believed to be 121. Celino Villaneuva Jaramillo was never recognised as the world’s official oldest man because he lost his birth certificate in a fire 22 years ago, when he was 99. But his state ID, which was hand-delivered by Chile’s justice minister two years ago, listed his birth year as 1896 and ministers said government records showed he was as old as he claimed. That birth date would have made him nine years older than the world’s official oldest man, 112-year-old Masazo Nonaka, from Japan; and four years the senior of the world’s oldest woman, another Japanese national called Nabi Tajima, who is 117. Jaramillo’s death at 121 also comes just shy of beating the record for oldest human who ever lived, set at age 122 by Frenchwoman Jeanne Calment, who died in 1997.  

Rachel Weisz has announced that she is expecting a baby with her husband Daniel Craig. The 48-year-old actress told the Dead Pool reporter they did not know the sex of the baby, saying: “We’re going to have a little human. We can’t wait to meet him or her. It’s all such a mystery.” As we all know, these pregnancies tend to be classed as high risk due to her age and may cause a plethora of problems for both mother and child. Let’s hope both make it. The Oscar-winning actress is currently promoting her new film Disobedience – based on Naomi Alderman’s book of the same name – in which she stars and has produced. 

And finally, the man in the UK who caught the world’s “worst-ever” case of super-gonorrhoea has been cured. He picked up the superbug having sex with a woman in South East Asia, despite having a British partner. It was the first-ever case of the infection being incurable with first choice antibiotics, but now two similar cases have been reported in Australia. The main antibiotic treatment – a combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone – failed to treat the disease. Dr Olwen Williams, the president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV, said the case was a “major wake-up call for everybody”. She told the BBC: “He was very lucky that he still had one remaining antibiotic that was used successfully. There is no news as to whether the gentleman in question was dumped by his partner upon his return to the country. 

On This Day

  • 1945 – World War II: Führerbunker: After learning that Soviet forces have taken Eberswalde without a fight, Adolf Hitler admits defeat in his underground bunker and states that suicide is his only recourse.
  • 1992 – In a series of explosions in Guadalajara, Mexico, 206 people are killed, nearly 500 injured and 15,000 left homeless.  
  • 1993 – Eighteen-year-old Stephen Lawrence is murdered in a racially motivated attack while waiting for a bus in Well Hall, Eltham.

Deaths

  • 1908 – Henry Campbell-Bannerman, Scottish-English merchant and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1836)
  • 1933 – Henry Royce, English engineer and businessman, co-founded Rolls-Royce Limited (b. 1863)  
  • 1994 – Richard Nixon, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 37th President of the United States (b. 1913)  
  • 2002 – Linda Lovelace, American porn actress and activist (b. 1949)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Toby Stephens (49), James McAvoy (39), Andie MacDowell (60), Charles Grodin (83), Tony Danza (67), Iggy Pop (71), Queen Elizabeth II (92), Andy Serkis (54), Clayne Crawford (40), Clint Howard (59), Jessica Lange (69), Carmen Electra (46), Ryan O’Neal (77), George Takei (81), Nicholas Lyndhurst (57), Michael Brandon (73), Leslie Phillips (94), James Franco (40), Kate Hudson (39), Tim Curry (72), Hayden Christensen (37), Ashley Judd (50), Maria Sharapova (31), David Tennant (47), Rick Moranis (65), Chloe Bennet (26), Edgar Wright (44), Hayley Mills (72), James Woods (71), Conan O’Brien (55), Rooney Mara (33), Jennifer Garner (46), Sean Bean (59), David Bradley (76), Victoria Beckham (44), Claire Foy (34), Ellen Barkin (64), Ruth Madoc (75), Emma Watson (28), Seth Rogen (36), Luke Evans (39), Emma Thompson (59), Maisie Williams (21) and Samantha Fox (52).


Dead Pool 15th April 2018

We missed a  couple of good Mavericks this week, never mind. No points to award and not a lot to add to what we have below. Although you might want to take a look at a broken Arnold Schwarzenegger telling everyone he’s ok… Bet he regrets those steroids now…    

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Chuck McCann, 83, American actor (Far Out Space Nuts) and voice artist (DuckTales, G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero), heart failure.   
  • Edelgard Huber von Gersdorff, 112, German supercentenarian.  
  • Timmy Matley, 36, Irish singer (The Overtones), skin cancer.  
  • Alex Beckett, 35, English actor (Twenty Twelve, W1A, Youth).  
  • Miloš Forman, 86, Czech film director (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, The People vs. Larry Flynt), Oscar winner (1975, 1984).

In Other News

Will Ferrell has been rushed to hospital after being involved in a car accident. The  50-year-old was reportedly riding in a Chauffeur-driven SUV with two other passengers when their vehicle was flipped over. Witnesses told Dead Pool Towers that they were ‘side-swiped’ by another car. All three passengers were immediately rushed to hospital for treatment. Ferrell has since been released from the facility and did not suffer ‘any significant injury’. Ferrell was photographed immediately after the incident speaking on a mobile phone while being stretchered off the scene by firefighters. So, nothing really happened, he’s ok.   

Arnold Schwarzenegger had heart surgery in Los Angeles on Thursday, his representative has confirmed. The former California governor and Terminator actor underwent surgery to replace a pulmonic valve. Schwarzenegger originally had the  valve replaced in 1997 to counter a congenital heart defect. His spokesman Daniel Ketchell said Thursday’s operation was a planned procedure to replace that same valve. “That 1997 replacement valve was never meant to be permanent and has outlived its life expectancy, so he chose to replace it yesterday through a less-invasive catheter valve replacement,” Ketchell said. The spokesman claimed Schwarzenegger’s first words upon waking from the operation were “I’m back”. Schwarzenegger, 70, was 49 when he had his first heart surgery. “Choosing to undergo open-heart surgery when I never felt sick was the hardest decision I’ve ever made,” Schwarzenegger said at the time. 

The Duke of Edinburgh has been discharged from hospital following a successful hip  replacement operation. Prince Philip, 96, waved as he was driven past the front entrance to King Edward VII’s Hospital in London, having left through a different exit. He was admitted to hospital on 3 April and underwent the planned procedure the following day. The duke, who will continue his recovery in Windsor, thanked the public for their “good wishes”. In a statement, Buckingham Palace said: “His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh left King Edward VII’s Hospital at midday today, following a hip replacement operation last week. “His Royal Highness would like to convey his appreciation for the messages of good wishes he has received.” Princess Anne visited her father in hospital on Thursday and described him as “on good form”. The Queen also gave an update, telling a well-wisher in Windsor who asked about Philip’s recovery: “He said he’s getting on very well.”

On This Day

  • 1755 – Samuel Johnson’s A Dictionary of the English Language is published in London. Even after 263 years, people still can’t spell.  
  • 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln dies after being shot the previous evening by actor John Wilkes Booth. Vice President Andrew Johnson becomes President upon Lincoln’s death.  
  • 1912 – The British passenger liner RMS Titanic sinks in the North Atlantic at 2:20 a.m., two hours and forty minutes after hitting an iceberg. Only 710 of 2,227 passengers and crew on board survive.  
  • 1955 – McDonald’s restaurant dates its founding to the opening of a franchised restaurant by Ray Kroc, in Des Plaines, Illinois. 
  • 1989 – Hillsborough disaster: A human crush occurs at Hillsborough Stadium, home of Sheffield Wednesday, in the FA Cup Semi-final, resulting in the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.

Deaths

  • 1865 – Abraham Lincoln, American captain, lawyer, and politician, 16th President of the United States (b. 1809)  
  • 1980 – Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and author, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)  
  • 1982 – Arthur Lowe, English actor (b. 1915)  
  • 1984 – Tommy Cooper, Welsh comedian and magician (b. 1921)  
  • 1988 – Kenneth Williams, English actor and screenwriter (b. 1926)  
  • 1990 – Greta Garbo, Swedish-American actress (b. 1905)  
  • 1998 – Pol Pot, Cambodian general and politician, 29th Prime Minister of Cambodia (b. 1925)  
  • 2001 – Joey Ramone, American singer-songwriter (b. 1951)  
  • 2009 – Clement Freud, German-English journalist, academic, and politician (b. 1924)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Sarah Michelle Gellar (41), Adrien Brody (45), Robert Carlyle (57), Julie Christie (78), Peter Capaldi (60), Ron Perlman (68), William Sadler (68), Edward Fox (81), Erick Avari (66), Peter Davison (67), Saoirse Ronan (24), Claire Danes (39), Andy Garcia (62), Shannen Doherty (47), Ed O’Neill (72), Nicholas Brendon (47), David Letterman (71), Joss Stone (31), Jeremy Clarkson (58), Lisa Stansfield (52), Jill Gascoine (81), Daisy Ridley (26), Charlie Hunnam (38), Haley Joel Osment (30), Max von Sydow (89), Steven Seagal (66), Peter MacNicol (64), Kristen Stewart (28), Dennis Quaid (64), Jenna Jameson (44), Robin Wright (52), Patricia Arquette (50) and Dean Norris (55).


Dead Pool 8th April 2018

Things are looking up, quite a few deaths this week, sadly no points though, so the league table remains static. A couple of unexpected deaths certainly lit up the mid-week email klaxons, keep them coming, maybe next year we should give out a prize for whoever gets the most klaxons in first! 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, 81, South African anti-apartheid activist and politician, MP (since 2009), complications of diabetes.  
  • Ron Dunbar, 77, American songwriter (“Give Me Just a Little More Time”, “Band of Gold”, “Patches”), Grammy winner (1971).  
  • Soon-Tek Oh, 85, South Korean-American actor (The Man with the Golden Gun, Mulan, Hawaii 5-O), Alzheimer’s disease.  
  • Johnny Valiant, 71, American Hall of Fame professional wrestler (The Valiant Brothers) and manager (WWF, AWA), traffic collision.  
  • Ray Wilkins, 61, English football player (Chelsea, Manchester United) and manager (Queens Park Rangers), cardiac arrest.  
  • Eric Bristow, 60, English Hall of Fame darts player, world champion (1980, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1986), heart attack.  
  • Isao Takahata, 82, Japanese film director, producer and screenwriter (Grave of the Fireflies, Only Yesterday, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya), lung cancer.

In Other News

The Duke of Edinburgh is “comfortable and in good spirits” after a successful hip replacement operation, Buckingham Palace has said. Prince Philip is said to be “progressing satisfactorily at this early stage” after surgery at the King Edward VII’s Hospital in London. He is expected to remain in the private hospital for several days. The 96-year-old retired from royal duties last August, after decades spent supporting the Queen. BBC royal correspondent Jonny Dymond said the duke was an “intensely private man” and even at the best of times, the palace would not provide a running commentary. His condition came to light after his absence from the Easter service at Windsor was attributed to a hip problem. The Queen, who is at Windsor Castle for the traditional Easter Court, is being kept up-to-date on the duke’s condition.   

The former Conservative health secretary, Lord Lansley, has revealed he is being treated for bowel cancer. Writing in the Daily Telegraph, he said he was having chemotherapy after being diagnosed nine months ago but had “every reason to hope” he will recover. Lord Lansley told the paper he was “lucky” to have been diagnosed early and that the stage 3 tumours had not spread to his liver. He said he went to his GP after “much nagging” from his wife with spreading back pain. The 61-year-old also revealed he had had a seven-hour operation on his bowel. As health secretary between 2010 and 2012, he put forward a bowelscope screening to test for cancer from the age of 55 which he meant to roll out nationally in England by the end of 2016. Lord Lansley said he would have been been called up automatically if the scheme had been fully implemented. 

Just when you thought it was safe to go out and have sex again after the government told us AIDS would kill you dead! A man in the UK has caught the world’s “worst-ever” case of super-gonorrhoea. He had a regular partner in the UK, but picked up the superbug after a sexual encounter with a woman in South East Asia. Public Health England says it is the first time the infection cannot be cured with first choice antibiotics. Health officials are now tracing any other sexual partners of the man, who has not been identified, in an attempt to contain the infection’s spread. The main antibiotic treatment – a combination of azithromycin and ceftriaxone – has failed to treat the disease. Dr Gwenda Hughes, from Public Health England, said: “This is the first time a case has displayed such high-level resistance to both of these drugs and to most other commonly used antibiotics.” Analysis of the man’s infection suggests one last antibiotic could work. He is currently being treated and doctors will see if it has been successful next month. So far no other cases – including in the British partner – have been discovered, but the investigation is still under way. 

On This Day

  • 1820 – The Venus de Milo is discovered on the Aegean island of Milos. 
  • 1961 – A large explosion on board the MV Dara in the Persian Gulf kills 238.  
  • 1970 – Bahr El-Baqar primary school bombing: Israeli bombers strike an Egyptian school. Forty-six children are killed.

Deaths

  • 1973 – Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter and sculptor (b. 1881)  
  • 2010 – Malcolm McLaren, English singer-songwriter (b. 1946)  
  • 2013 – Margaret Thatcher, English lawyer and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1925)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Russell Crowe (54), Jackie Chan (64), Francis Ford Coppola (79), Zach Braff (43), Paul Rudd (49), John Ratzenberger (71), Billy Dee Williams (81), Lily James (29), Mitch Pileggi (66), Jane Asher (72), Pharrell Williams (45), Robert Downey Jr. (53), Hugo Weaving (58), Xenia Seeberg (46), Graham Norton (55), Eddie Murphy (57), Alec Baldwin (60), Amanda Bynes (32), Paris Jackson (20), Michael Fassbender (41), Pedro Pascal (43), Clark Gregg (56), Linda Hunt (73), Penelope Keith (78), and John Thomson (49). 


Dead Pool 1st April 2018

Apologies for this tardiness, a whole 24 hours late! I’m glad none of you took the time to find out if I had died or not 😛 Anyhow, no points to award this week, the list of deaths is rather lacklustre to be sure.

Look Who You Could Have Had: 

In Other News

In yet another attention seeking attempt, Corey Feldman is out of the hospital and sharing a new story in the wake of a bizarre attack that took place on Tuesday night. The Los Angeles Police Department told TheDeadPool.rip that Feldman was released early Wednesday morning, shortly after he shared two posts detailing an attack that he believes almost cost him his life. The LAPD were quick to state that Feldman was not not stabbed and had no visible injuries as a result of the attack, but the actor is standing by his statement. Perry Wander, the lawyer for Feldman, told us that his client filed a police report stating that three Hispanic man appeared and tried to fight him and his security guard, with one of the men then stabbing the actor with a sharp object while his guard was distracted by the others. The actor, 46, wrote on Twitter that he was sitting in his car on Tuesday night and while his security detail was distracted by a group of men, an individual opened his door and stabbed him with ‘something.’ Feldman also claimed on Twitter that this attack was the work of the ‘wolfpack,’ a group of powerful Hollywood players that he believes have been trying to kill him in order to get revenge after he named a number of alleged pedophiles in the movie industry. No stab wound though, unless he meant his anus.

The very much alive and kicking Oscar-winning actress Dame Olivia de Havilland has lost a legal battle with the makers of US TV drama Feud. Dame Olivia, 101, had objected to how she was depicted in the series, which explored the bad blood between screen legends Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. But a state appeals court in California said allowing the case to proceed would interfere with authors’ rights to dramatise historical events. Creator Ryan Murphy called the ruling a “victory for the creative community”. De Havilland, who starred in Gone with the Wind, among other classic films, filed a lawsuit against Murphy and FX Networks last year, claiming Feud portrayed her as a “petty gossip”. Dame Olivia claimed her portrayal was inaccurate because it showed her calling her sister, Joan Fontaine, a “bitch”, and commenting on Frank Sinatra’s drinking habits. But three judges unanimously ordered the dismissal of the case on Monday and ruled that the retired actress must pay FX’s legal fees and costs. Oops!

“Mad” Mike Hughes has successfully propelled himself 1,875 feet (571m) into the air above the vast Mojave desert in the homemade rocket before deploying his parachute and landing back to Earth with a big bump. The Flat-Earther blasted himself into the California sky using a homemade steam powered contraption he built in his garage funded by the Flat Earth Society to the tune of $7,875, this being his first attempt in his longterm aim of proving that the world is flat. Upon landing, the madcap 61-year-old limo-driver was visibly dazed as he was carefully lifted from his seat and was checked over by paramedics as he lay exhausted on the ground following a hard landing which damaged the front of his rocket. Speaking after his flight, he was more concerned about domestic comforts than proving everyone from Galileo to Stephen Hawking wrong. He said: ‘Am I glad I did it? Yeah. I guess. I’ll feel it in the morning.’ Someone should tell him that most commercial planes fly at 33,000ft and he could book a ticket for $100.

On This Day

  • 1873 – The White Star steamer RMS Atlantic sinks off Nova Scotia, killing 547 in one of the worst marine disasters of the 19th century.
  • 1960 – The TIROS-1 satellite transmits the first television picture from space.
  • 1976 – Apple Inc. is formed by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne in Cupertino, California, USA.
  • 2004 – Google announces Gmail to the public.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Mackenzie Davis (31), Annette O’Toole (66), Ali MacGraw (79), Michael Praed (58), Chris Evans (52), Ewan McGregor (47), Christopher Walken (75), Richard Chamberlain (84), Rhea Perlman (70), Warren Beatty (81), Robbie Coltrane (68), Donna D’Errico (50), Céline Dion (50), Eric Clapton (73), Piers Morgan (53), Lucy Lawless (50), Brendan Gleeson (63), Marina Sirtis (63), Christopher Lambert (61), Elle Macpherson (54), Eric Idle (75), Vangelis (75), Julia Stiles (37), Vince Vaughn (48), Nick Frost (46), Lady Gaga (32), Dianne Wiest (70), Chris Barrie (58), Quentin Tarantino (55), Nathan Fillion (47), Julian Glover (83), Mariah Carey (48-49), Jessie J (30), Keira Knightley (33), Jennifer Grey (58), James Caan (78), Martin Short (68), Diana Ross (74), Steven Tyler (70), Lee Pace (39), Sarah Jessica Parker (53), Elton John (71), Richard O’Brien (76), Paul Michael Glaser (75) and Aretha Franklin (76).


Dead Pool 25th March 2018

Not good news for Eurovision fans, two related deaths this week, perhaps this is the tip of the iceberg for shit singers to perish. However, you are forgiven for not knowing anyone on the list this week. Obviously nil points to award this week.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Yann Arnaud, 38, French Cirque du Soleil acrobat (Totem, Volta), fall.
  • Sudan, 45, Kenyan northern white rhinoceros, last known male of his subspecies, euthanised.
  • Katie Boyle, 91, Italian-born British actress, television personality and game-show panelist.
  • Fergus Anckorn, 99, British magician, longest-serving member of The Magic Circle.
  • Charles Lazarus, 94, American toy store executive (Toys “R” Us), respiratory failure.
  • Debbie Lee Carrington, 58, American actress and stuntwoman (Return of the Jedi, Total Recall, Bride of Chucky).
  • Lys Assia, 94, Swiss singer, winner of the first Eurovision Song Contest (1956).

In Other News

TV presenter Ant McPartlin has been charged with drink driving, the Metropolitan Police have confirmed. It follows his arrest after a collision on Sunday involving three vehicles in south-west London, where minor injuries were recorded. Mr McPartlin attended Kingston police station on Wednesday, where he was interviewed under caution. The presenter will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on 4th April. The TV star could face up to six months in prison, an unlimited fine and a minimum driving ban of a year, if found guilty. Police said a 42-year-old man was arrested at the scene of the incident after failing a roadside breathalyser test. Mr McPartlin’s publicist subsequently confirmed the presenter would be taking time off from his TV commitments “for the foreseeable future” and would seek further treatment. He entered rehab in June 2017, after developing an addiction to prescription painkillers following a knee operation in 2015. He later said he was “overwhelmed” by the public support. Meanwhile, ITV confirmed on Wednesday that Declan Donnelly will present Saturday Night Takeaway on his own for the rest of this series. This Saturday’s show was cancelled after Mr McPartlin’s arrest, but the following two episodes, which will air on 31st March and 7th April, will now be presented solo by Donnelly.

Having cheated death five times, Colonel Gaddafi’s son is reportedly planning to run for the Libyan presidency. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi has already survived being sentenced to death by firing squad for alleged crimes that included incitement to murder and rape. The dictator’s son also appears to have been lucky to survive a Nato airstrike that wounded but didn’t kill him a month before his capture. Before that, in August 2011 he had been absent when a Nato airstrike flattened the country mansion near Tripoli where he kept and played with white tigers. He also seems to have counted himself lucky to have avoided the fate of his father, who in October 2011 after the fall of Tripoli was dragged from a drainage pipe near Sirte, sodomised with a bayonet and shot. Now his spokesman has reportedly announced he will be standing as presidential candidate on the ticket of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Libya, a party formed in December 2016 with a promise to liberate the country “from control of terrorist organisations”. If he were elected it would represent yet another turn in the fortunes of the 45-year-old who as a young man was regarded as “the Prince of Libya”, his father’s designated successor.

Another week passes, another snake charmer nearly dies after his python tried to strangle him during a live performance in Mau, a town in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The man, whose name is not know, passed out in front of an audience after the snake wrapped itself around his neck. Those watching were unaware it was not part of the man’s act until he failed to get up. Onlookers then managed to wake the snake charmer with water while moving the snake away. He was taken to hospital in the nearby city of Varanasi. As you may remember, earlier this month, a Malaysian man famous for handling snakes died after being bitten by a cobra.

On This Day

  • 1199 – Richard I is wounded by a crossbow bolt while fighting France, leading to his death on April 6th.
  • 1306 – Robert the Bruce becomes King of Scots (Scotland).
  • 1655 – Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is discovered by Christiaan Huygens.
  • 1807 – The Swansea and Mumbles Railway, then known as the Oystermouth Railway, becomes the first passenger-carrying railway in the world.

Deaths

What would happen if an astronaut took off their helmet in space? 

Hint: it’s not good news… If an astronaut’s helmet was to accidentally come loose or come off completely in space, then obviously, this would be very bad news indeed. Remember that space is a vacuum, meaning that there are no particles floating around. When you are exposed to this, the air in your lungs has no choice but to be forced out through your mouth. Not too long after, your breathing motions will seem fairly normal despite their being no air to breathe until you die of oxygen deprivation. Contrary to popular science fiction, you won’t freeze instantly and your eyeballs won’t explode but you will become aware of the spit on your tongue boiling away, as well as your sweat. On the whole, you’ll experience a kind of fizzy feeling – almost like drinking a carbonated drink. Slightly more boring than what Hollywood would like you to believe.

 Last Week’s Birthdays

Jessica Chastain (41). Lara Flynn Boyle (48), Alyson Hannigan (44), Jim Parsons (45), Kelly LeBrock (58), The Undertaker (53), Mary Berry (83), Amanda Plummer (61), Joanna Page (40), Chaka Khan (65), Reese Witherspoon (42), William Shatner (87), M. Emmet Walsh (83), Andrew Lloyd Webber (70), Gary Oldman (60), Sonequa Martin-Green (33), Matthew Broderick (56), Timothy Dalton (72), Jaye Davidson (50), Rosie O’Donnell (56), Ruby Rose (32), David Thewlis (55), Holly Hunter (60), Spike Lee (61), William Hurt (68), Freema Agyeman (39), Carl Reiner (96), John de Lancie (70), Bruce Willis (63), Harvey ‘The Rapist’ Weinstein (66), Glenn Close (71), Ursula Andress (82), Brad Dourif (68), Luc Besson (59) and Irene Cara (59).


Dead Pool 18th March 2018

Points!!! Lots of Points!!! With the sad passing of Stephen Hawking, Christine, Sarai, Lee, Paul C, Paula, and Neil all score 74 points. Jemm was the only one to list Ken Dodd, so 60 points to her. I even scored myself with Jim Bowen, 70 points to me!! Well done everyone! Half of us have now scored, not too shabby a showing for so early in the year.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Sir Ken Dodd, 90, English comedian (Diddy Men), singer (“Tears”) and actor (Hamlet), chest infection.
  • Hubert de Givenchy, 91, French fashion designer (Givenchy).
  • Claudia Fontaine, 57, English singer (Afrodiziak) and backing vocalist (Pink Floyd, Elvis Costello).
  • Jim Bowen, 80, English television presenter (Bullseye) and comedian (The Comedians).
  • Stephen Hawking, 76, English theoretical physicist, professor (University of Cambridge) and writer (A Brief History of Time).
  • Adrian Lamo, 37, American computer hacker (WikiLeaks).
  • Abu Zarin Hussin, 33, Malaysian snake handler, cobra bite.

In Other News

It didn’t take long for the leader of far-right group Britain First to be punched by fellow inmates in jail. Paul Golding, 36, was attacked in HMP Elmley on the Isle of Sheppey and moved to a care and separation unit after the attack on Wednesday afternoon. It was reported that Golding was left with a suspected broken nose when he was attacked by two fellow inmates. Kent Police, which is investigating the attack, said Golding suffered “minor facial injuries which wont make him any uglier”. Golding and Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, 32, were jailed earlier this month after being convicted of religiously aggravated harassment. Fransen was only handed a 36-week sentence and Golding was jailed for a measly 18 weeks.

Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan has revealed on Twitter that he has been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour. He had tweeted on 6th March that he was suffering from a “rare disease” but did not say what it was. Khan, 51, has acted in more than 100 films including Bollywood hits Piku, Maqbool, Haasil and Paan Singh Tomar. His English language films include Life Of Pi, Jurassic World, Slumdog Millionaire and The Amazing Spider-Man. Health experts say neuroendocrine tumours can develop in many different organs in the body and can be cancerous or non-cancerous. Some tumours can cause abnormally large amounts of hormones to enter the bloodstream and cause symptoms such as heart problems, changes in blood pressure or cramps.

God didn’t take kindly to a gathering of his flock last week as he produced a lightning strike which killed at least 16 people and injured dozens more at a Seventh-Day Adventist church in Rwanda on Saturday. Most of the victims died instantly when lightning hit the church in the southern district of Nyaruguru, local mayor Habitegeko Francois said. 140 people were rushed to hospital and health centres. The weather ‘accident’ in the mountainous region near the border with Burundi took place around midday on Saturday while parishioners of the town of Gihemvu were at a church service. “Doctors say that only three [more churchgoers] are in critical condition but they are getting better.”

A man’s claim that he is alive has been rejected by a Romanian court after he was officially registered as deceased. Constantin Reliu, 63, moved to Turkey for work in 1992 and did not have any contact with his family for almost two decades. After his wife heard nothing from him since 1999, she presumed he had died and got a death certificate drawn up in 2016. Mr Reliu was then arrested in Turkey as his permission to stay in the country had expired and he was subsequently deported. Upon arriving back in Romania, he discovered he had been declared dead and was therefore unable to work. Mr Reliu took the issue to court but lost his case because his appeal was deemed to have been made too late. “I am officially dead, although I’m alive, I have no income and because I am listed dead, I can’t do anything,” he said. Mr Reliu has said he wishes to return to Turkey where he owns a business but first needs to get his identity back and the death certificate annulled in order to leave the country.

On This Day

  • 1925 – The Tri-State Tornado hits the Midwestern states of Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana, killing 695 people.
  • 1937 – The New London School explosion in New London, Texas, kills 300 people, mostly children.
  • 1965 – Cosmonaut Alexey Leonov, leaving his spacecraft Voskhod 2 for 12 minutes, becomes the first person to walk in space.
  • 1980 – A Vostok-2M rocket at Plesetsk Cosmodrome Site 43 explodes during a fuelling operation, killing 48 people.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Kurt Russell (67), Rob Lowe (54), John Boyega (26), Gary Sinise (63), Patrick Duffy (69), Alan Tudyk (47), Jerome Flynn (55), Erik Estrada (69), Judah Friedlander (49), Jimmy Nail (64), Eva Longoria (43), David Cronenberg (75), Fabio (59), Will.i.am (43), Michael Caine (85), Sasha Grey (30), Billy Crystal (70), Quincy Jones (85), William H. Macy (68), Annabeth Gish (47), Danny Masterson (42), Jaimie Alexander (34), Aaron Eckhart (50), Liza Minnelli (72), Ron Jeremy (65), Thora Birch (36), Alex Kingston (55), John Barrowman (51), Johnny Knoxville (47) and Nina Hartley (59).


Dead Pool 11th March 2018

No points to award this week, in fact, the deaths are somewhat lacklustre to be sure. Luckily Trevor Baylis thought he’d help us out by being the only pictured death this week, as I doubt very much you could pick out the others in a line up. However, there’s plenty to read and discuss, so without further ado…

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

After performing the first of two scheduled live stand-up shows last Sunday night, ‘filmmaker’, comic book writer, and actor Kevin Smith suffered a near-fatal heart attack. A week later, in his first Facebook post after breaking the news of the heart attack, Smith revealed that he was recovering at home from the hospital, and also that he was in his second day as a vegetarian. The fat cunt said he was feeling well, and that his heart was actually getting more oxygen than it had in a long time. He thanked his friends and fans for the support and kind words they’d sent, and then he signed the message, “from Vegetarian Kev, Day 2.” Smith said he’d had a 100-percent blockage of his LAD artery, which is also called “the Widow-Maker.” He was lucky to survive, and wrote, “This is all a part of my mythology now and I’m sure I’ll be facing some lifestyle changes.”

Former BBC Breakfast presenter Bill Turnbull has revealed he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The 62-year-old said it was found in November and  cancer has spread to his legs, hips, pelvis and ribs. Turnbull told the Dead Pool media team that he wanted to encourage people to get tested, saying: “Maybe if I’d got it earlier and stopped it at the prostate, I’d be in a much better state.” He said he had put long-term aches and pains down to “old age”. Turnbull said in his interview he had had prostate tests when he was aged 40 and 50. But he said he was “cross” for having prided himself on not visiting a GP in four years and only sought help when his pains could no longer be alleviated with pills. Turnbull said it “saddens me that I’m not going to be around as much as I thought with my wife and family… I realised if things progress as they do on average, I can’t plan beyond 12 years”. So he’ll be dead at the age of 74, I bet Michael Jackson would trade places with him in a heartbeat.

Remember Poo Watch? Well, the man suspected of swallowing a stash of drugs has won his freedom – and a stand-off with police – after refusing to go to the toilet for 47 days. Lamarr Chambers was arrested in Harlow, Essex on 17th January and charged with two counts of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply. The 24-year-old refused to take laxatives or be X-rayed during his time in custody, but continued to eat and drink. Essex Police tweeted daily updates of what they described as “poo watch”. But officers decided to release Mr Chambers from custody on Monday “following medical and legal advice”, and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) dropped the charge. Although Mr Chambers was rearrested on a separate charge of being concerned in the supply of a Class A drug, he was released on bail and taken by police car to hospital for medical treatment.

A top South African triathlete is battling to save his legs after assailants cut into them with a blunt saw, causing severe injuries, while he cycled to training. Mhlengi Gwala, 27, successfully underwent surgery after the attack which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning in the coastal city of Durban, confirmed Dennis Jackson, director of the elite athlete program in KwaZulu-Natal province. Multiple attackers pulled Gwala from his bicycle as he cycled up a steep hill and sawed into his right calf, damaging muscle, nerves and bone, according to Jackson, who spoke by phone to the triathlete about the ordeal. The assailants missed a main artery and surgeons are confident they can save the leg, Jackson said. The attackers also started sawing into Gwala’s left leg before fleeing, enabling the athlete to crawl to a road and flag down a passing car to take him to a hospital. The grisly attack has alarmed athletes in Durban who routinely get up in the early morning darkness to train when few people are on the roads, and there was no immediate explanation for why Gwala was targeted. The athlete had offered his cell phone, wallet and bicycle to the assailants, who still went for his legs and were speaking in a language that Gwala could not understand.

And finally, Martin Shkreli, the former drug firm executive found guilty of defrauding investors, has been sentenced to seven years in prison. The 34-year-old wept at a hearing as a federal court judge in Brooklyn, New York, handed down the prison term. Shkreli was convicted last year of sending fake account statements to investors while concealing huge losses from two hedge funds he ran. He first became notorious in 2015 for hiking the price of a lifesaving drug. His lawyers had asked the judge to impose a sentence of 12 to 18 months, while prosecutors were seeking at least 15 years. “I’ve got my begging voice on,” Shkreli’s lawyer Benjamin Brafman told the judge on Friday, while acknowledging his client could be annoying. “There are times when I want to hug him and hold him and comfort him and there are times when I want to punch him in the face,” said Mr Brafman. After a jury found him guilty in August last year, Shkreli was allowed to remain free pending sentencing. But a month later he offered social media followers $5,000 if they could bring him hair from former US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who repeatedly criticised him during her campaign. A judge revoked bail and Shkreli was jailed. Prosecutors moved to seize $7.4m of his assets, including a single copy of an album by American hip hop group the Wu-Tang Clan that the disgraced executive is said to have paid $2m for at auction in 2015. Lets hope Big Brenda in cell 13 gets hold of him.

On This Day

  • 1702 – The Daily Courant, England’s first national daily newspaper is published for the first time.
  • 1864 – The Great Sheffield Flood kills 238 people in Sheffield, England.
  • 2004 – Madrid train bombings: Simultaneous explosions on rush hour trains in Madrid, Spain, kill 192 people.
  • 2011 – An earthquake measuring 9.0 in magnitude strikes 130 km (81 mi) east of Sendai, Japan, triggering a tsunami killing thousands of people. This event also triggered the second largest nuclear accident in history, and one of only two events to be classified as a Level 7 on the International Nuclear Event Scale.

Deaths

  • 1955 – Alexander Fleming, Scottish biologist, pharmacologist, and botanist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1881)
  • 2006 – Slobodan Milošević, Serbian lawyer and politician, 3rd President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (b. 1941)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Sharon Stone (60), Jon Hamm (47), Chuck Norris (78), Robert Llewellyn (62), Juliette Binoche (54), Aidan Quinn (59), Cynthia Rothrock (61), Micky Dolenz (73), Rachel Weisz (48), Bryan Cranston (62), T.J. Thyne (43), E.L. James (55), Rob Reiner (71), Shaquille O’Neal (46), Amy Okuda (29), Alan Davies (52), Jolene Blalock (43), Eva Mendes (44), Matt Lucas (44), Paul Blackthorne (49), Fred Williamson (80), Penn Jillette (63), Patsy Kensit (50) and Dominique Pinon (63).


Dead Pool 4th March 2018

This week was turning out to be a washout, luckily, when I woke up this morning quite a few notables had passed on. Luckily for us, we even have some points to dispense! Nickie and Nicola both guessed that Roger Bannister would make his final run and score them both 62 points each. Well done both of you!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Scott Westgarth, 31, British boxer, injuries sustained in match.
  • Lance Clark, 81, British shoemaker (Clarks).
  • Peter Miles, 89, English actor (Z-Cars, Doctor Who, Blake’s 7).
  • David Ogden Stiers, 75, American actor (M*A*S*H, Beauty and the Beast, Better Off Dead), bladder cancer.
  • Davide Astori, 31, Italian footballer, heart attack.
  • Sir Roger Bannister, 88, British middle-distance athlete and first person to run a sub-four-minute mile

In Other News

I hope you all had some fun in the snow last week, unlike actress Sarah Parish who has broken a leg while trying to snowboard on a plastic sledge. The TV star of Broadchurch and Mistresses is spending a second day at the Royal Hampshire Hospital in Winchester following her accident. Parish, 49, posted a message on Instagram on Saturday alongside footage of her being treated by paramedics. She told fans she had been given “enough morphine to knock the Navy out but still in pain”. In her message, she added: “Note to self: cheap plastic sledges are for sitting in and gently trundling down primary slopes NOT a substitute for a stand up snowboard.” Doctors were due to operate on her on Saturday and place a pin through her shin, Parish said. The actress joined Broadchurch for its third season last year, playing the role of Cath Atwood – a friend of rape victim Trish.

Missy Elliot and Snoop Dogg are among the stars praying for hospitalised rapper Rick Ross. The 42-year-old is in hospital in Miami, with unconfirmed reports from some US media suggesting he’s in a critical condition. “Prayers up for my guy Rick Ross”, Snoop wrote. “Hope you pull thru my brotha.” It’s unclear what his condition currently is. Reports from TMZ claim that doctors have put Rick Ross on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation – also known as extracorporeal life support, a technique of providing prolonged cardiac and respiratory support. The publication claims someone from his home called 911 in the early hours of Thursday and said the person in distress was breathing heavily and was unresponsive. The caller said the man in distress had a history of seizures — something we know Rick Ross has suffered from before – and they were trying to wake him up but he was ‘slobbering at the mouth’. However, not every star wished him well, 50 Cent outraged Ross’ fans by posting a picture of Rocky IV character Ivan Drago at the point he famously utters “if he dies, he dies” after beating Apollo Creed to death.

Cancer-stricken Linda Nolan will turn down chemotherapy so she can live the last months of her life pain-free – after seeing the agony sister Bernie went through. Linda was diagnosed as incurable a year ago this week and has no idea how long her illness will remain treatable. Now she reveals she could not bear the same ordeal her sister faced as she died of secondary breast cancer five years ago. Yesterday the 59-year-old singer told how she wants to live more than ever. But she wants that life to be as enjoyable as possible, partying with friends and family, and even enjoying a little revenge on those who’ve wronged her. Linda – one of the six Nolan Sisters – first found a lump in her breast in 2005, and was told she had an aggressive stage three cancer. After gruelling treatment she was given the all-clear a year later, but 12 months ago she was told the disease was back and she had secondary cancer in her hip. The same condition claimed 52-year-old Bernie’s life in 2013 after it spread to her lungs, liver and brain.

On This Day

  • 1519 – Hernán Cortés arrives in Mexico in search of the Aztec civilisation and its wealth.
  • 1899 – Cyclone Mahina sweeps in north of Cooktown, Queensland, with a 12 metres (39 ft) wave that reaches up to 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) inland, killing over 300.
  • 1908 – The Collinwood school fire, Collinwood near Cleveland, Ohio, kills 174 people.

Deaths

  • 1238 – Joan of England, queen of Scotland (b. 1210)
  • 1994 – John Candy, Canadian comedian and actor (b. 1950)
  • 2008 – Gary Gygax, American game designer, co-created Dungeons & Dragons (b. 1938)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Julie Bowen (48), Miranda Richardson (60), Charlie Brooker (47), Brian Cox (50), Bryce Dallas Howard (37), Daniel Craig (50), Rebel Wilson (38), Gates McFadden (69), Jon Bon Jovi (56), Chris Martin (41), Alexander Armstrong (48), Lupita Nyong’o (35), Ron Howard (64), Javier Bardem (49), Jensen Ackles (40), Zack Snyder (52), Dirk Benedict (73), Justin Bieber (24), Harry Belafonte (91), Roger Daltrey (74), Paul Hollywood (52), John Turturro (61), Rae Dawn Chong (57), Stephanie Beacham (71), Kate Mara (35), Timothy Spall (61), Adam Baldwin (56), Michael Bolton (65), Sean Astin (47) and Téa Leoni (52).


Dead Pool 25th February 2017

Points!!!! Lots too! Lets begin with 183 points to Sylvia for predicting the demise of Catherine Nevin, fantastic score due to her relatively low age and that Sylvia stuck her in as her Woman. 51 points to Mark, Laura, Lee, Julie and Nicola for guessing Billy Graham. Surprisingly, the stalwart of the Dead Pool didn’t score that many points given that he has refused to die over the countless years we’ve been running The Dead Pool. Well done all of you who scored!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Catherine Nevin, 67, Irish murderer, brain tumour.
  • Emma Chambers, 53, English actress (The Vicar of Dibley, Notting Hill, How Do You Want Me?).
  • Billy Graham, 99, American evangelist and Southern Baptist minister.
  • Eddy Amoo, 74, British soul singer (The Real Thing).
  • Sridevi, 54, Indian actress (English Vinglish), heart attack.
  • Barbara Alston, 74, American singer (The Crystals, Da Doo Ron Ron), complications from influenza.

In Other News

Stephen Fry is recovering from surgery for prostate cancer and said “it all seemed to go pretty well”. The broadcaster, who had his operation in early January, said on his website: “They took the prostate out,” adding: “So far as we know it’s all been got.” He said it was an “aggressive” cancer but it “doesn’t seem” to have spread. The former QI host added: “For the moment I’m fit and well and happy and I just wanted to let you know because rumours had started to swirl.” In the video on his site, he said: “You have to recover and that’s what I’ve been doing.” He said his family and “my darling, darling husband” Elliott Spencer had been “just marvellous”. “Here’s hoping I’ve got another few years left on this planet because I enjoy life at the moment and that’s a marvellous thing to be able to say, and I’d rather it didn’t go away,” he added. His condition was given a Gleason Score – a scale used to rate the aggressiveness of prostate cancer – of nine out of 10 before the operation, in which surgeons removed 11 lymph nodes.

To paraphrase the great American humourist Mark Twain, Twitter reports of Sylvester Stallone’s death are an exaggeration. Stallone and his brother confirmed on social media the actor was alive and well after he was the victim of a “death hoax”. Death hoaxes usually originate from a website or person intending to spread the rumour,  and go viral as web-users are duped into believing the claim. In Stallone’s case, pranksters even mocked up fake pictures showing the actor in his “final days”. The hoax, which started overnight in the US while the actor and his representatives were asleep, raced across the internet. By morning, Stallone was already being mourned by a legion of adoring fans. However Rocky refused to stay down. The 71-year-old actor and his brother took to social media to debunk the prank. “Please ignore this stupidity,” Stallone wrote in an Instagram post. “Alive and well and happy and healthy.”

An attempted execution in Alabama was halted after medical personnel repeatedly jabbed the death row inmate in the ankles, lower legs and groin but failed to find a usable vein, according to a court filing by his lawyer. The dramatic night began with a temporary stay of execution at around 6pm local time – lifted by the US Supreme Court just three hours later – and ended in confusion as 61-year-old Doyle Lee Hamm was returned to his cell shortly before midnight on Thursday. Lawyer Bernard Harcourt, who has represented Hamm for 28 years, said he was seeking information about what happened during the attempted execution. “He’s in great pain from yesterday evening, physically, from all of the attempts to access his veins in his lower extremities and in his groin,” Mr Harcourt said. He has long argued that his client, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2014, should not face lethal injection as his veins were “severely compromised” due to the cancer and treatment, and the procedure would cause severe and unnecessary pain.

And finally, a suspected drug dealer has refused to use the toilet for 37 days and is now at “risk of death”, a court has been told. Lamarr Chambers, 24, allegedly swallowed the drugs while being chased by police in Essex and has since rejected laxatives and an X-ray but has continued to eat and drink. Essex Police officers have been tweeting daily updates of the operation they described as “poo watch” since the man was arrested in Harlow on 17th January. He has been charged with two counts of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply. Police said they would continue to apply to court for custody extensions until he empties his bowels or allows doctors to retrieve the package he is suspected of swallowing. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court has now been told that Mr Chambers was being kept in a normal prison cell with two police officers with him at all times and has therefore not had the privacy to use the toilet. His defence lawyers claimed there was “the potential of something going seriously wrong. We’re in an arena of risk of death.” They added that the drugs that Mr Chambers had allegedly swallowed was not necessarily crucial evidence. The situation has been described as “unprecedented” and the previous record for avoiding emptying the bowels was thought to have been 33 days.

On This Day

  • 1336 – Four thousand defenders of Pilėnai commit mass suicide rather than be taken captive by the Teutonic Knights.
  • 1797 – Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000–1500 soldiers surrender after the Last invasion of Britain.
  • 1994 – Mosque of Abraham massacre: In the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron, Baruch Goldstein opens fire with an automatic rifle, killing 29 Palestinian worshippers and injuring 125 more before being subdued and beaten to death by survivors.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Billy Zane (52), Edward James Olmos (71), Dennis Waterman (70), Emily Blunt (35), Dakota Fanning (24), Kelly Macdonald (42), Peter Fonda (78), Aziz Ansari (35), Drew Barrymore (43), Thomas Jane (49), Jeri Ryan (50), Julie Walters (68), Kyle MacLachlan (59), James Hong (89), Jenna Haze (36), Sheila Hancock (85), Nigel Planer (65), Niki Lauda (69), Sophie Turner (22), Tuppence Middleton (31), Kelsey Grammer (63), William Baldwin (55), Tyne Daly (72), Anthony Daniels (72), Rihanna (30), Brenda Blethyn (72), Sidney Poitier (91), Anthony Head (64), Cindy Crawford (52), Mike Leigh (75), Trevor Noah (34), Ivana Trump (69), Benicio Del Toro (51), Jeff Daniels (63), Ray Winstone (61), Leslie Ash (58), Seal (55) and Smokey Robinson (78).


Dead Pool 18th February 2018

Welcome all, a slow week for the Dead Pool, other than Morgan Tsvangirai, I doubt many of you would have recognised any of last weeks deaths. A quick shout out to The Buttington Oak, which had stood outside Welshpool for over 1,000 years. Planted as a boundary marker along Offa’s Dyke it was one of the oldest trees in the country but sadly fell down last week. Its girth measured over 11 meters!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Victor Milan, 63, American science fiction and fantasy author (Wild Cards, Deathlands, BattleTech), cancer.
  • Henrik, Prince Consort of Denmark, 83, French-born Danish royal, Consort (since 1972), complications from pneumonia.
  • Morgan Tsvangirai, 65, Zimbabwean politician and opposition leader, Prime Minister (2009–2013), colorectal cancer.
  • Gochomu J. Mudzingwa, 101, Zimbabwean traditional ruler, Chief Wozhele (since 2008), pneumonia.

In Other News

For the first time in years, Vladimir Putin has cancelled several public appearances due to illness – prompting speculation about the long-term durability of a leader feted for his virility. On Monday, there was no visit to Sochi. Tuesday, there was no discussion of microelectronics in the Kremlin. Wednesday, the President did not make an appearance at the “Mentor 2018” forum in Moscow. And next week, he will not travel to the Russian Far East. During his last public appearance, at the culmination of the Kremlin’s “Leaders of Russia” talent competition, the President showed obvious signs of illness. His voice was weak and crackly and he coughed throughout. The President struggled with public speeches, made mistakes and seemed unfocussed. On Tuesday, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov played down the suggestion of serious illness. Mr Putin would continue to work from the Kremlin or at his suburban residence in Novo-Ogaryovo, he said. It is not the first time that Mr Putin’s health has been a matter of extended debate. In late 2012, he cancelled several foreign trips and disappeared from public view. Then, the Kremlin claimed Mr Putin was nursing an old “sports injury”. Few were convinced at the time.

Marilyn Manson reportedly had a “meltdown” on a stage in New York this week where he delivered “incoherent rants” before ending the show. The American artist was performing at a venue in Huntington when he apparently began rambling about the audience’s “lack of love” among other subjects. Fans then reportedly began chanting “F**k you Manson” after he dropped his microphone and left the stage. One audience member wrote on Instagram after the gig:  “I wish I could say last night’s show was amazing, but it was just awful.” “Manson came out with a bang but the whole thing deteriorated very quickly,” they continued. “A couple songs in, he went into a conversation with the crowd about how much we loved him (or not). Asked for cheering and the usual rock star ego stuff.” “I think we all started to realise something was wrong. Once he was temporarily satisfied, it didn’t improve. They would start songs only to screech them to a halt a minute in. There were very drawn out versions of songs where Manson mostly rambled on about our lack of love and other bizarre things. After an hour and fifteen minutes of this, he threw his microphone and left the stage. House lights came on a couple minutes later. I don’t think they completed more than 4 songs. It was the strangest, saddest and worst concert I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to a lot.” Last October, Manson was rushed to the hospital after a stage prop of two giant pistols fell on him during a concert in New York City.

A suspected big cat poacher has been eaten by lions near the Kruger National Park in South Africa, police say. The animals left little behind, but some body parts were found over the weekend at a game park near Hoedspruit. “It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions,” said Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe. “They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains.” Police have not yet established the victim’s identity. A loaded hunting rifle and ammunition were found next to the body, South African website Eyewitness News reports. Lion poaching has been on the rise in Limpopo province in recent years. The big cats’ body parts are sometimes used in traditional medicine, both within Africa and beyond.

On This Day

  • 1885 – Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain is published in the United States.
  • 1930 – Elm Farm Ollie becomes the first cow to fly in a fixed-wing aircraft and also the first cow to be milked in an aircraft.
  • 2004 – Up to 295 people, including nearly 200 rescue workers, die near Nishapur, Iran when a runaway freight train carrying sulfur, petrol and fertilizer catches fire and explodes.
  • 2010 – WikiLeaks publishes the first of hundreds of thousands of classified documents disclosed by the soldier now known as Chelsea Manning.

Deaths

  • 1294 – Kublai Khan, Mongol emperor (b. 1215)
  • 1546 – Martin Luther, German priest and theologian, leader of the Protestant Reformation (b. 1483)
  • 1564 – Michelangelo, Italian sculptor and painter (b. 1475)
  • 1967 – J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist and academic (b. 1904)

Last Week’s Birthdays

John Travolta (64), Molly Ringwald (50), Matt Dillon (54), Cybill Shepherd (68), Dr. Dre (53), Yoko Ono (85), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (37), Michael Bay (53), Lou Diamond Phillips (56), Rene Russo (64), Dominic Purcell (48), Paris Hilton (37), Rory Kinnear (40), Ed Sheeran (27), Michael Jordan (55), Patricia Routledge (89), Brenda Fricker (73), Barry Humphries (84), Christopher Eccleston (54), LeVar Burton (61), Amanda Holden (47), John McEnroe (59), Jane Seymour (67), Matt Groening (64), Simon Pegg (48), Andrew Robinson (76), Teller (70), Mena Suvari (39), Kim Novak (85), Stockard Channing (74), Kitten Natividad (70), Peter Tork (76), Robbie Williams (44), Jerry Springer (74), Josh Brolin (50), Christina Ricci (38), Michael Ironside (68) and Arsenio Hall (62).

Things More Likely To Kill You In 1970’s Britain Than Today

The workplace: There has been a big drop in fatal injuries at work since 1981. Before then, not all industries were required to report workplace injuries, so the data is patchy. But in the industries that did have to report, deaths fell sharply in the 1970s too. In the year 1986-87 there were 407 fatal accidents in workplaces around Britain. Three decades later the figure had fallen by two-thirds.  The size of the workforce has increased a lot in that time, so if we look at the death rate per 100,000 workers, the improvement is even greater. This is largely because of Britain’s transformation from an industrial economy to a service-based one. Clearly people working in factories and heavy industry are more at risk of fatal accidents than office workers, although some paper cuts can prove to be deadly! Coal mining and steel used to be big killers but now employ very few people in the UK. But these days the figures may be underreported, says Noel Whiteside, a public policy expert at the University of Warwick. The number of self-employed people is rising rapidly, making incidents harder to track. If a contractor is killed in a car crash on the way to a job, or has a heart attack while working from home, that would not count as a death in the workplace, she points out. Although workplaces are safer now, people generally work longer hours, and it is hard to measure the effects of health problems brought about by overwork. “I don’t think white-collar work was nearly as stressful 40 years ago,” Whiteside says. Improvements in general health levels are one reason for a decline in workplace deaths, but “there are some signs in the last two years that life expectancy has started to fall,” says Whiteside. But we can all agree, Health & Safety rules may have decreased the great unwashed killing themselves in Darwinian fashion.


Dead Pool 11th February 2018

Not a good week to be a drummer it seems…. No points to be awarded this week, so the status quo remains. A quick mention to you all about contributing to the newsletter; if you feel like you would like to write something, please do so and email it in, theres always room for death related articles or any creepy/scary/murderous stories. Or if I have missed something you may have read during the week, please let me know, we can always sneak something in the following week.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Leon “Ndugu” Chancler, 65, American jazz/pop drummer (“Billie Jean”), prostate cancer.
  • John Mahoney, 77, English-American actor (Frasier, In the Line of Fire, Say Anything…), complications from throat cancer.
  • Mickey Jones, 76, American drummer (Kenny Rogers and The First Edition) and actor (Home Improvement, National Lampoon’s Vacation).
  • Jill Messick, 50, American film producer (Mean Girls, Frida) and talent manager (Rose McGowan), suicide.
  • Pat Torpey, 64, American drummer (Mr. Big), complications from Parkinson’s disease.
  • Lovebug Starski, 57, American rapper and disc jockey, heart attack.
  • Reg E. Cathey, 59, American actor (The Wire, House of Cards, Fantastic Four), Emmy winner (2015), lung cancer.
  • John Gavin, 86, American actor (Psycho, Spartacus, Imitation of Life) and diplomat (Ambassador to Mexico 1981–1986), pneumonia.
  • Liam Miller, 36, Irish footballer (Manchester United, Sunderland, national team), pancreatic cancer.

In Other News

One of the £14m Hatton Garden jewellery raiders,  Terry Perkins, has died in prison aged 69. Sadly, he wasn’t famous enough for our purposes as he hasn’t made the wiki list, yet… Perkins from Enfield, north London, was serving a jail term for the “largest burglary in English legal history”. One of four ringleaders of the 2015 raid, he was last week ordered to pay back £6,526,571 or face a further seven-year jail term, I guess he’s having a little giggle at that ultimatum now. Perkins and his fellow raiders stole goods after drilling into a vault at London’s Hatton Garden Safe Deposit. He was serving his sentence in HMP Belmarsh and is believed to have been ill for some time. Last Tuesday, the gang members were ordered to pay back £27.5m between them or have their sentences increased. Judge Christopher Kinch QC said the men jointly benefitted from an estimated £13.69m worth of stolen cash, gold and gems. Peter Rowlands, Perkins’ barrister, said his client – who had been diagnosed with “severe heart failure” – would have to serve the extra time as there was “no prospect” of any further funds being recovered.

Melanie Griffiths has been pictured with a scar on her nose and is believed to to have undergone surgery to remove a skin cancer from her nose four months ago. And despite having neither confirmed nor denied the reports, she showed off her ‘scar’ when she walked the red carpet at The Vienna Opera Ball in Austria on Thursday. Dressed in a classy black gown, the 60-year-old actress showed off the mark which was apparently left when she had basal cell carcinoma removed. It would be the second time she’s undergone a procedure to remove skin cancer, with her rep confirming that she had malignant cells removed in 2009. However, it was caught early and no further treatment was required.

On This Day

  • 1812 – Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry is accused of “gerrymandering” for the first time.
  • 1858 – Bernadette Soubirous’s first vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Lourdes, France.
  • 1938 – BBC Television produces the world’s first ever science fiction television program, an adaptation of a section of the Karel Čapek play R.U.R., that coined the term “robot”.
  • 1990 – Nelson Mandela is released from Victor Verster Prison outside Cape Town, South Africa after 27 years as a political prisoner.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays 

Chloë Grace Moretz (21), Robert Wagner (88), Elizabeth Banks (44), Laura Dern (51), Keeley Hawes (42), Vince Gilligan (51), Mia Khalifa (25), Philip Glenister (55), Holly Willoughby (37), Tom Hiddleston (37), Ciarán Hinds (65), Joe Pesci (75), Mia Farrow (73), Seth Green (44), Nick Nolte (77), John Williams (86), Ethan Phillips (63), James Spader (58), Deborah Ann Woll (33), Ashton Kutcher (40), Chris Rock (53), Eddie Izzard (56), Garth Brooks (56), Mike Farrell (79), Rip Torn (87), Kevin Whately (67), Axl Rose (56), Jennifer Jason Leigh (56), Michael Sheen (49), Charlotte Rampling (72), Christopher Guest (70), Cristiano Ronaldo (33), Gabrielle Anwar (48), Natalie Imbruglia (43), Alice Cooper (70) and Jim Jefferies (40).

Things More Likely To Kill You In 1970’s Britain Than Today

In the first of a series of articles, we will be looking at how safer our lives are nowadays compared to forty years ago. As you know, humans tend towards pessimism when it comes to observing the world around them. A recent Ipsos Mori survey suggests we frequently think things are worse than they are, from murder rates to the prevalence of diabetes. But very often our perceptions don’t align with reality.

Winter deaths: More people die in winter than in summer because of cold weather and higher rates of infectious illnesses such as flu. But the difference between the number of people dying in winter compared with summer has fallen since the 1970s, when it averaged more than 40,000 extra deaths. By 2015-16, there were fewer than 25,000 excess deaths a year in winter compared with in summer. Much of this is because of general improvements in health, but our homes are also better heated and insulated now. These days almost all homes have some form of double glazing but in the early 1970s fewer than 8% did, according to The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. Despite an overall downward trend in winter deaths, there are significant fluctuations year-on-year. That can be because of a particularly cold winter or bad flu strain. The highest number of excess winter deaths in recent times was in 1999-2000. “The main strain of flu that year affected older people more than the young, which likely contributed to the high number of winter deaths,” says Dr Annie Campbell, from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Similarly, in 2014-15 the flu jab turned out to be less effective than usual in protecting people against the strain in circulation that winter. To allow for some of these natural variations, the ONS also produces a five-year average each year. It’s too soon to say how this year is going, but if you look at the whole winter period so far, figures from Public Health England suggest that there have been fewer excess deaths among the over-65s than the year before, or in 2014-15 when the strain of flu used in vaccines turned out not to be as good a match as usual to the main strain circulating that winter.


Dead Pool 4th February 2018

Points!!! Dave correctly guessed that the world’s oldest man would die this year and scores himself a whopping 37 points!! But kudos to Abi who’s bagged a second Death Row inmate this year! With the demise of John Battaglia she scores 88 points plus nobody will miss the evil twat who killed both his daughters as an act of revenge against his estranged wife. The world is truly a better place without him.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Jerry Butler, 58, American pornographic actor
  • Francisco Núñez Olivera, 113, Spanish supercentenarian, world’s oldest known living man.
  • Mark Salling, 35, American actor (Glee) and musician, suicide by hanging.
  • Leah LaBelle, 31, Canadian-born American singer (American Idol), traffic collision.
  • Rasual Butler, 38, American basketball player (Miami Heat, New Orleans Hornets, Los Angeles Clippers), traffic collision.
  • John Battaglia, 62, American convicted murderer, execution by lethal injection.
  • Fidel Castro Díaz-Balart, 68, Cuban nuclear physicist and scientific adviser, ‘suicide’.
  • Dennis Edwards, 74, American Hall of Fame soul and R&B singer (The Contours, The Temptations), complications from meningitis.

In Other News

The recent death of an actor known for his roles in Maid Marian And Her Merry Men and Brush Strokes is being investigated by police. Howard Lew Lewis, who also appeared in Blackadder, died on 20th January in an Edinburgh hospital, aged 76. His daughter Debora Milazzo claims he had been placed on a regime of high-dose sedatives and maximum-strength opiate painkillers. Police Scotland confirmed it was investigating the complaint. The death is being treated as “unexplained”. The actor, known as Lewy, died in Ellen’s Glen House, a community hospital in Edinburgh just over a week ago. He was being treated for dementia. Ms Milazzo told the BBC Scotland News website: “I’m trying to get justice for my dad. She claims Mr Lewis had been needlessly placed on the kind of treatment plan that would be prescribed for the terminal phase of a malignant disease. Ms Milazzo insisted her father had not received a terminal diagnosis. “They suddenly just changed his medication and it was the new medication that killed him.”

Lady Gaga has cancelled the last 10 dates of the European leg of her world tour due to “severe pain”. In a statement posted on Twitter, the pop star apologised to fans and said she was “devastated”, but needed to put “myself and my well-being” first. The Grammy award-winning singer has fibromyalgia, a long-term condition which can cause pain all over the body. Shows in London and Manchester are among those affected. In the statement, it said the “tough decision” had been made on Friday night with “strong support from her medical team”. Ticket holders can apply for a refund from 6th February. “I’m so devastated I don’t know how to describe it,” Lady Gaga, 31, wrote. “All I know is that if I don’t do this, I am not standing by the words or meaning of my music.” The announcement comes after she started the UK leg of her tour at Birmingham Arena, so it’s no wonder she decided not to carry on afterwards.

US police investigating the mysterious death of film star Natalie Wood say her husband Robert Wagner is now a person of interest. Investigators in Los Angeles say Wagner has “constantly changed his story”, adding that his version of events does not “add up”. Wood was found drowned in 1981 during a California boat trip with Wagner and the actor Christopher Walken. Her death was ruled to have been an accident but questions have lingered. “As we’ve investigated the case over the last six years, I think [Wagner] is more of a person of interest now,” Lt John Corina of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office told CBS News. “We know now that he was the last person to be with Natalie before she disappeared,” he said. “I haven’t seen him tell the details that match all the other witnesses in this case”. Conflicting versions of what happened on the yacht have contributed to the mystery of how the actress died in November 1981. Wood, who starred in West Side Story and Rebel Without a Cause, had been partying the night before her death. The coroner’s investigation ruled she had been drinking and may have slipped trying to board a dinghy. But police say two new witnesses have corroborated accounts of a fight between Wagner and Wood on the night she disappeared. They say it appears the actress was the victim of an assault. The post-mortem report said Wood had bruises on her body and arms as well as a facial abrasion on her left cheek. TV star Wagner, 87, has not commented on the latest developments but acknowledged in his memoir that he had argued with his wife before she disappeared.

A much-celebrated gannet, the only one of its kind living on an island off the coast of New Zealand, has been found dead surrounded by concrete replicas of birds it is believed he thought were his friends and family. Nigel “no mates”, as he was affectionately known, lived his life on the edge of a desolate cliff on the almost-uninhabited Mana Island, with only 80 fake gannets for company. His body was found alongside one particular concrete gannet replica conservationists say he believed was his partner. Nigel had attempted to woo the replica in 2013 in an act of courtship, which led to him building a nest from seaweed, mud and twigs for the bird. “No mates” Nigel was lured to the island five years ago by wildlife officials, who first placed the concrete replicas on the cliff side in December 1997, broadcasting their calls through a sound system in hopes of establishing a new colony. He was the first gannet to settle on Mana Island in 40 years and conservationists hoped there would be many more, but none followed and he developed a moniker among his fans of “the world’s loneliest bird”.  In a cruel twist of fate, three new gannets were spotted on the island last year on Christmas Eve, marking 20 years since the concrete colony was first established, and it was thought that Nigel would finally have some flesh-and-blood company. Nigel’s body has now been sent to the Massey University to determine a cause of death.  It is unknown where he will be laid to rest but one fan suggested on the Friends of Mana Island group that he be cremated and his ashes stored in a concrete urn made to look like him. Great work conservationists!

On This Day

  • 1703 – In Edo (now Tokyo), 46 of the Forty-seven Ronin commit seppuku (ritual suicide) as recompense for avenging their master’s death.
  • 1789 – George Washington is unanimously elected as the first President of the United States by the U.S. Electoral College.
  • 1974 – The Symbionese Liberation Army kidnaps Patty Hearst in Berkeley, California.
  • 1976 – In Guatemala and Honduras an earthquake kills more than 22,000.
  • 1977 – A Chicago Transit Authority elevated train rear-ends another and derails, killing 11 and injuring 180, the worst accident in the agency’s history.
  • 1998 – The 5.9 Mw Afghanistan earthquake shakes the Takhar Province with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VII (Very strong). With 2,323 killed, and 818 injured, damage is considered extreme.
  • 2004 – Facebook, a mainstream online social networking site, is founded by Mark Zuckerberg.

Deaths

  • 1983 – Karen Carpenter, American singer (b. 1950)
  • 1987 – Liberace, American singer-songwriter and pianist, (b. 1919)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Isla Fisher (42), Warwick Davis (48), Morgan Fairchild (68), Gemma Arterton (32), Brent Spiner (69), David Jason (78), Shakira (41), Jonathan Banks (71), Justin Timberlake (37), Minnie Driver (48), Dexter Fletcher (52), Christian Bale (44), Olivia Colman (44), Gene Hackman (88), Vanessa Redgrave (81), Phil Collins (67), Heather Graham (48), Katharine Ross (78), Tom Selleck (73), Oprah Winfrey (64), Marc Singer (70), Tim Healy (66), Elijah Wood (37), Ariel Winter (20), Alan Alda (82) and Frank Darabont (59).

Crematorium Fun! 

Ever wondered what makes a crematorium fun to work at? Well, wonder no more. Staff have revealed what keeps them on their toes, like the time when a coconut that was placed inside a coffin “sent fear” through staff at a crematorium when it exploded. Boom!

Apparently it’s quite a problem. Bolton Council has urged mourners to abide by crematorium rules and not “slip” items into coffins. Donna Ball, Assistant Director of Community Services, said a “hell of an explosion can sometimes occur”. Other items of concern include mobile phones, TV remotes, e-cigarettes and bottles of alcohol.

Ms Ball told us at Dead Pool Towers: “We are asking people to be considerate regarding the items they place into coffins before the cremation process. “We have seen a rise in things like e-cigarettes, bottles of whisky and vodka, golf balls, sometimes golf clubs, and mobile phones. Mobile phones in particular are a real issue for us”. Ms Ball said: “Usually the funeral director will pick them up but sometimes things  are slid inside peoples’ pockets and they are just not picked up during the process, then when they go through the cremation process a hell of an explosion can sometimes occur”. She added that electrical items with batteries also push crematorium emissions up to “unacceptable levels”.

Louise Walch-Grognet, of Fred Hamer Funeral Services, said they check the coffins to make sure contraband items are not slipped in. “They’ve asked can they put love letters in, cigarettes, ashes of their pets,” she said. “I’ve had a biker whose family wanted him to wear his leathers. Obviously we couldn’t do that”. The funeral director said on one occasion she was even asked if an extra set of underwear could be placed with the deceased. Ms Walch-Grognet said it was her procedure to “look under the lining of the coffin” after the service due to mourners trying to sneak items in.

I bet it’s a laugh a minute there!


Dead Pool 28th January 2018

Unsurprisingly, nobody scored this week, however we all know a few people on the list below. Without further ado, let’s get on with it!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Howard Lew Lewis, 76, English comedian and actor (Brush Strokes, Maid Marian and Her Merry Men, Chelmsford 123).
  • Jim Rodford, 76, English bassist (Argent, The Kinks, The Zombies), injuries from a fall.
  • Connie Sawyer, 105, American actress (Dumb and Dumber, Pineapple Express, When Harry Met Sally…).
  • Simon Shelton, 52, British actor (Teletubbies, Incredible Games).
  • Ursula K. Le Guin, 88, American science fiction writer (A Wizard of Earthsea, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Dispossessed).
  • Lari White, 52, American country singer (“Now I Know”, “That’s My Baby”) and actress (Cast Away), peritoneal cancer.
  • Mark E. Smith, 60, English singer and songwriter (The Fall).
  • Stacey Young, 52, British fashion model, brain cancer.
  • Mort Walker, 94, American comics artist (Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois), complications from pneumonia.
  • Ingvar Kamprad, 91, Swedish businessman, founder of IKEA.

In Other News

Neil Diamond has officially announced his retirement from touring due to his recent Parkinson’s diagnosis. The third leg of his 50th Anniversary tour, which was set to launch in March across Australia and New Zealand, has been cancelled as was medically recommended by his doctor. Fans who already purchased tickets will be refunded in full. “I plan to remain active in writing, recording and other projects for a long time to come,” the singer wrote in a statement Monday on his website. “My thanks goes out to my loyal and devoted audiences around the world. You will always have my appreciation for your support and encouragement. This ride has been ‘so good, so good, so good’ thanks to you.” Diamond will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Recording Academy at the Grammy Awards on Sunday, thus assuring his death as soon as possible.

Sir Ken Dodd has pulled no punches in attacking the sick individuals behind a fake news report that claimed he had died. In an exclusive interview with the The Dead Pool editorial team, and speaking from his hospital bed, the national treasure told us he is on the road to recovery. This story of his demise was spread across the nation via social media. The veteran entertainer said: “These monstrous evil trolls – people – should go back to the hell they came from. I wish them a reverse curse.” Dodd, who celebrated his 90th birthday in November, was admitted to the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital a week last Friday with a severe chest infection. And having dismissed the sad people who caused such upset on Monday night, he said: “I’ve had a good day today (Tuesday) and I’m really starting to get some kind of recovery, but it is going to take some time. “According to the medical people here, millions of people all over Britain are suffering from the same complaint – and it takes a long time to get rid of it.”

Julian Assange’s long stay in the Ecuadorian embassy in London is having a “dangerous” impact on his physical and mental health, according to clinicians who carried out the most recent assessments of him. They renewed calls for the WikiLeaks publisher to be granted safe passage to a London hospital. Sondra Crosby, a doctor and associate professor at the Boston University’s school of medicine and public health, and Brock Chisholm, a London-based consultant clinical psychologist, examined Assange for 20 hours over three days in October. Although the two did not go into details, Assange’s health appears to be deteriorating significantly after more than five years holed up in the embassy. Since he sought refuge in the embassy in June 2012, following an extradition request from Sweden over allegations of sexual assault, there have been various reports that he has a serious shoulder issue that requires an MRI scan, which would be near impossible to organise inside the embassy. He is also said to have a lung problem. They added, “Our assessment reveals that he has had no access to sunlight, appropriate ventilation or outside space for over five and a half years. This has taken a considerable physical as well as psychological toll.”

Sir Elton John has announced he will stop touring in order to prioritise his family. Speaking in New York, the star said he would say goodbye to fans with a series of 300 dates spanning three years. “I always thought I was going to be like Ray Charles, BB King – on the road forever,” he said. “My priorities have changed. We had children and it changed our lives. That doesn’t mean to say I’m not going to be creative. But I’m not going to travel.” The star denied reports in the press that he was retiring due to ill health. “Last year I picked up an infection and I was very ill and it knocked me sideways,” he admitted. But I still did 96 shows. “Believe me – if you ever do 300 shows, you’re not in ill health.” Isn’t that what Michael Jackson said???

Fiften To One quiz show host William G. Stewart left more than £2.4 million in his will – but nothing to his eldest son, The Dead Pool can reveal. Stewart died aged 84 in September last year after a short illness. He left most of his fortune and his Surrey mansion to third wife Laura, 60, and four of his five children will inherit the estate once Laura passes away. But his first child, Nick, a media consultant, will not receive a penny, according to official records. Stewart produced and directed a string of programmes including Bless This House, Love Thy Neighbour and The Price Is Right before going on to pose the questions on Fifteen To One from 1988 to 2003. He initially wanted Jonathan Ross to host it but stepped into the limelight himself when Ross turned down the role. Last night, Nick’s wife Christine said he was not aware he had been left out of his father’s will. Stewart’s family declined to comment yesterday.

On This Day

  • 814 – Charlemagne dies of pleurisy in Aachen as the first Holy Roman Emperor. He is succeeded by his son Louis the Pious as king of the Frankish Empire.
  • 1393 – King Charles VI of France is nearly killed when several dancers’ costumes catch fire during a masquerade ball.
  • 1547 – Henry VIII dies. His nine-year-old son, Edward VI, becomes king.
  • 1896 – Walter Arnold of East Peckham, Kent, becomes the first person to be convicted of speeding. He was fined one shilling, plus costs, for speeding at 8 mph (13 km/h), thereby exceeding the contemporary speed limit of 2 mph (3.2 km/h).
  • 1956 – Elvis Presley makes his first American television appearance.
  • 1958 – The Lego company patents the design of its Lego bricks, still compatible with bricks produced today.
  • 1985 – Supergroup USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa) records the hit single We Are the World, to help raise funds for Ethiopian famine relief.
  • 1986 – Space Shuttle program: STS-51-L mission: Space Shuttle Challenger explodes after liftoff, killing all seven astronauts on board.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Bridget Fonda (54), Patton Oswalt (49), Alan Cumming  (53), James Cromwell (78), Mimi Rogers (62), Frank Miller (61), Scott Glenn (77), Ellen DeGeneres (60), Eddie Van Halen (63), Alicia Keys (37), John Terry (68), Kristen Schaal (40), Mischa Barton (32), Nastassja Kinski (57),  Ade Edmondson (61), Neil Diamond (77), Rutger Hauer (74), Gil Gerard (75), Olivia d’Abo (49), Linda Blair (59), Piper Laurie (86), Geena Davis (62), Martin Shaw (73), and Emma Bunton (42).


Dead Pool 21st January 2018

We have some winners people! Laura and Abi both correctly guessed that the powers that be would go ahead and execute Anthony Allen Shore by poking him with a deadly cocktail of chemicals. Can’t say we’ll be missing that guy. Well done to Laura and Abi, 95 points each!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Cyrille Regis, 59, English footballer (West Bromwich Albion, Coventry City, Aston Villa), cardiac arrest.
  • Dolores O’Riordan, 46, Irish singer and musician (The Cranberries, D.A.R.K.).
  • Peter Wyngarde, 90, British actor (Department S, Jason King, Flash Gordon).
  • Charles Burnett III, 61, British-born American investor and land-speed record holder (Inspiration), helicopter crash.
  • Jessica Falkholt, 29, Australian actress (Home and Away), injuries from a traffic collision.
  • John Barton, 89, British theatre director, co-founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
  • Peter Mayle, 78, British author (A Year in Provence).
  • Anthony Allen Shore, 55, American serial killer and rapist, execution by lethal injection.
  • Jim Rodford, 76, English musician (The Kinks, The Swinging Blue Jeans, Argent)

In Other News

Sir Ken Dodd, 90, is in hospital battling for his life!! The goofy comedian is reportedly under the weather with a severe chest infection after catching the flu. Dodd’s hospital dash was apparently made by an ambulance in his hometown of Liverpool nearly a week ago. It’s been claimed he was struggling to breathe when paramedics were called on Friday. Ken caught the flu whilst performing a gig at the Liverpool Echo Arena in December. However, a spokesman for Sir Ken said that the comedy legend is expected to make a full recovery. “He went in for a check on Friday because with everything that has been going around and Ken’s age, it’s better to be safe than sorry. They are just keeping a close watch on him and making sure all is well. His wife is reportedly at his bedside with him.  Sir Ken rose to fame with his Diddy Men characters who appeared with him on stage and TV. He also had a radio and recording career, with his signature tune Happiness released in 1964. Dodd also made it into the Guinness Book of Records for telling 1,500 jokes in three and a half hours, none of which made anyone laugh.

BBC newsreader George Alagiah is to undergo medical treatment for bowel cancer for the second time. The news was confirmed by the 62-year-old’s agent, who added: “He is in discussions with his medical team about treatment options and the way forward.” Alagiah was previously treated in April 2014, returning to the screen 18 months later. In a statement, the BBC said: “Everyone sends George and his family their best wishes as he undergoes treatment.” Alagiah said: “My brilliant doctors are determined to get me back to a disease-free state and I know they have the skill to do just that. “I learned last time around how important the support of family and friends is and I am blessed in that department. I genuinely feel positive as I prepare for this new challenge.” Alagiah found out he had stage four bowel cancer in 2014 after complaining of blood in his stools. He had to undergo three operations to remove eight tumours in his liver as well as having chemotherapy.

Brazil legend Pele is resting at home according to his spokesperson, who dismissed reports he had been taken to hospital with exhaustion. The 77-year-old was due to travel to London this weekend for a dinner held in his honour by the Football Writers Association. Pele – the only player to win three World Cups – withdrew and the FWA said he was being monitored by doctors. But his spokesperson called reports of his hospitalisation “fake news”. “He just didn’t want to make a long and stressful trip to London, in and out of who knows how many planes and airports,” said Jose Fornos Rodrigues. “That’s all.” Pele has been taken to hospital for kidney and prostate problems in recent years.

Motor racing legend Sir Stirling Moss has decided to retire  from public life following a long illness. A statement from his son said Moss had made the decision because of his “slow recovery” from health problems. The 88-year-old spent 134 days in hospital after suffering a chest infection while on holiday in Singapore in December 2016. Moss and his wife will now “spend more time with each other and the rest of the family”, said the statement. Moss is widely regarded as one of the greatest Formula 1 drivers of all time, even though he did not win the World Championship. Moss was effectively forced to retire from top-level motorsport in 1962 after a crash at Goodwood left him in a coma for a month and partially paralysed for six months.

Radio host and TV presenter Chris Tarrant was found to be over the drink-drive limit after he was reported to police by a fellow pub-goer. The star had been served four brandy and ports at the Bladebone Inn in Bucklebury, Berkshire, before driving home, Reading Magistrates Court heard. Tarrant, who admitted drink-driving, was banned from driving for a year. After the hearing, he told reporters: “I made a mistake and I paid for it. I shouldn’t have driven.” The Who Wants to be a Millionaire host was found to have 50 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 microgrammes.  The 71-year-old said he “honestly didn’t think” he had been over the legal limit when he got in his Mercedes to drive the short journey home, on 16th December. Prosecutor Hasrat Ali told the hearing that staff and drinkers at the pub were “concerned that he had decided to drive home”. “One member of the public had noticed that Mr Tarrant had stumbled near the bar area,” she said. As a result of a discussion in the pub, a member of the public phoned the police. Thirteen minutes after the call was made, officers arrived at Tarrant’s home in Osgoods Gully, Bucklebury. Tarrant’s counsel Simon Ray said the drinks that were bought in the pub were not all consumed by his client. He added that the TV presenter had a knee condition that explained the stumble. District Judge Shomon Khan said despite the “relatively low reading” nothing he could say would “reduce the seriousness of the offence”. He also fined Tarrant £6,000. He should have phoned a friend….

On This Day

  • 1793 – After being found guilty of treason by the French National Convention, Louis XVI of France is executed by guillotine.
  • 1961 – Four hundred thirty-five workers are buried alive when a mine in Coalbrook, Free State, South Africa collapses.
  • 1968 – A B-52 bomber crashes near Thule Air Base, contaminating the area after its nuclear payload ruptures. One of the four bombs remains unaccounted for after the cleanup operation is complete.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Rainn Wilson (52), David Lynch (72), Tom Baker (84), Bill Maher (62), Buzz Aldrin (88), Katey Sagal (64), Dolly Parton (72), Tippi Hedren (88), Rob Delaney (41), Michael Crawford (76), Dave Bautista (49), Kevin Costner (63), Mark Rylance (58), Jason Segel (38),  Jane Horrocks (54), John Boorman (85), Samantha Mumba (35), Sharon Mitchell (61), Jim Carrey (56), Zooey Deschanel (38), Betty White (96), James Earl Jones (87), Sophie Dee (34), Naveen Andrews (49), Denis O’Hare (56), Kid Rock (47), Michelle Obama (54), Caroline Munro (69), John Carpenter (70), Kate Moss (44), James May (55), Eva Habermann (42), Sade (59), James Nesbitt (53), Mario Van Peebles (61), DJ Jazzy Jeff (52), Claudia Winkleman (46), Jason Bateman (49), Faye Dunaway (77), Carl Weathers (70), Mark Addy (54), LL Cool J (50) and Dave Grohl (49).


Dead Pool 14th January 2018

We have a winner! The first death of the season falls to Nickie who correctly guessed that the great Bella Emberg would meet her maker. Not only does she get the extra 50 points for the first death of the season, Nickie also listed her as her Woman, so a whopping 220 points awarded in total!! She’s now become the one to beat! Well done Nickie!!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Thomas Bopp, 68, American astronomer, co-discoverer of Comet Hale–Bopp, liver failure.
  • Eddie Clarke, 67, British guitarist (Motörhead, Fastway), pneumonia.
  • Edgar Ray Killen, 92, American Ku Klux Klan leader and convicted murderer.
  • Bella Emberg, 80, British actress (The Russ Abbot Show, The Benny Hill Show, Bear Behaving Badly).
  • Doreen Tracey, 74, English-born American actress (The Mickey Mouse Club), pneumonia.
  • Keith Jackson, 89, American sportscaster (ABC Sports, Wide World of Sports)
  • Ray Thomas, 76, English singer-songwriter (“Veteran Cosmic Rocker”, “For My Lady”) and Hall of Fame musician (The Moody Blues), prostate cancer.

In Other News

As you may have heard, Big Brother star Rebekah Shelton is not dead after a social media ‘hack’. A tweet from her verified account said she had died unexpectedly, however a video apparently posted by the transgender Big Brother star says she is not dead and was the victim of a Twitter hoax. The 32-year-old was on Big Brother in 2009 where – as Rodrigo Lopes – she finished fifth. A later tweet from the account said although the hoax was a “horrible experience”, the positive thing was that “I realise that I’m loved and so many people cared about me”.  Sadly, we at Dead Pool Towers don’t give a shit about her.

Olympic BMX silver medallist Jelle van Gorkom is in a coma after a training accident on Tuesday. The Royal Dutch Cycling Union said the 27-year-old had “broken ribs, a fracture in the face, a tear in the skull and damage to the liver, spleen and kidneys”. The incident occurred at the National Sports Centre Papendal in Arnhem. Van Gorkom won silver medals at the 2015 World Championships and the 2016 Rio Games. Bas de Bever, the Dutch national BMX coach, asked that the rider, his girlfriend and his family be given “peace and privacy”, while Jochem Schellens, director at the National Sports Centre Papendal, added: “It is a terrible accident and… we wish them all the strength in the coming period.” Who said cycling was fun and safe?

Andy Murray has survived hip surgery in Melbourne and says he hopes to be playing again in time for this summer’s grass-court season. The former world number one, 30, has not played a competitive match since he was knocked out of Wimbledon in July. The ongoing problem forced the Scot to pull out of the Australian Open, which begins on 15th January. “I’m not finished playing tennis yet. I’m going to be competing at the highest level again,” he said. “I’m very optimistic about the future – the surgeon is very happy about how it went.” Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion, believes if he can return to 95% of his best, that will be enough for him to compete again at the top level. However, we know that 95% of ‘his best’ isn’t anywhere good enough. Murray, who has fallen to 19th in the world, said he is not “interested in coming back for a specific tournament”. Which is fair enough, we don’t want to watch him either.

On This Day

  • 1907 – An earthquake in Kingston, Jamaica kills more than 1,000 people.
  • 1969 – An accidental explosion aboard the USS Enterprise near Hawaii kills 27 people.

Deaths

  • 1742 – Edmond Halley, English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist (b. 1656)
  • 1898 – Lewis Carroll, English novelist, poet, and mathematician (b. 1832)
  • 1957 – Humphrey Bogart, American actor (b. 1899)
  • 1977 – Anthony Eden, English soldier and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1897)
  • 2006 – Shelley Winters, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2009 – Ricardo Montalbán, Mexican actor (b. 1920)
  • 2016 – Alan Rickman, English actor (b. 1946)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Orlando Bloom (41), Liam Hemsworth (28), Michael Peña (42), William B. Davis (80), Bill Bailey (53), Kirstie Alley (67), Rachael Harris (50), Rob Zombie (53), Zayn Malik (25), Howard Stern (64), Pixie Lott (27), Melanie C (44), Jeff Bezos (54), Jason Connery (55), Mary J. Blige (47), Rachel Riley (32), John Sessions (65), Jemaine Clement (44), Evan Handler (57), George Foreman (69), Fran Walsh (59), Rod Stewart (73), Pat Benatar (65), Joely Richardson (53), Imelda Staunton (62), Catherine Duchess of Cambridge (36), Jimmy Page (74), Michelle Forbes (53), Stephen Hawking (76), Amber Benson (41), Nicolas Cage (54), Jeremy Renner (47), Linda Kozlowski (60), Erin Gray (68), Lewis Hamilton (33),  Helen Worth (67) and Kenny Loggins (70).


Dead Pool 7th January 2018

Welcome to the first official newsletter of the season. Attached to this weeks email is a list of each competitors email address, can you all please double check yours and update your outgoing list so we don’t annoy anyone who has dropped out. If you’re reading this on the website and didn’t get an email, please let me know.

Not much to report, nobody of relevance has died yet, but good news for those of you who have listed Dick Van Dyke, his younger brother has just died, so there is hope the almost-immortal Dick might soon follow his sibling. Oh, and don’t shit yourself when you see the dead Pfeiffer in the following list like I did…

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Jon Paul Steuer, 33, American actor (Grace Under Fire, Little Giants, Star Trek: The Next Generation) and musician, fire.
  • Michael Pfeiffer, 92, German football player (national team) and manager (Roda JC Kerkrade, Alemannia Aachen).
  • Frank Buxton, 87, American actor (What’s Up, Tiger Lily?), screenwriter and director (The Odd Couple, Happy Days).
  • John Young, 87, American astronaut whose was on (Apollo 16, STS-1).
  • Jerry Van Dyke, 86, American actor and comedian on My Mother the Car, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Coach. He died due to declining health from injuries in an car accident.

In Other News

Singer Sam Bailey has said she is “determined” to get back on the pantomime stage after being knocked out by a loft ladder at her home. The 40-year-old had been trying to retrieve a suitcase when she was hurt in the bizarre accident on Tuesday. The X Factor star is playing the role of the Enchantress in Beauty and the Beast at De Montfort Hall in Leicester. While recovering at her Leicester home, she thanked emergency staff and tweeted to say she was “on the mend”. Bailey, who won X Factor in 2013, posted to say she was “gutted” not to be performing after the accident. Martin Ballard, a BBC Radio Leicester presenter and the dame in the pantomime, said the cast was “shocked” to hear the news. “Sam’s singing is irreplaceable and she drives the whole story,” he said.

After taking some time out from the spotlight, Robbie Williams has now revealed he spent seven days in intensive care after doctors discovered ‘abnormalities’ on his brain. The former Take That star was forced to cancel his Russian tour dates back in September due to a ‘mystery illness’ which left him in ICU, but so far hasn’t given specific details why. Now, Robbie has opened up about his health scare, revealing he was rushed to hospital after he became seriously ill while backstage at a gig in Zurich. ‘My left arm went numb and I couldn’t stop dribbling out of the side of my mouth’, he told our roving Dead Pool reporter. ‘I had a headache and I was also having trouble breathing. I couldn’t get a full breath.’ When a doctor examined the 43-year-old star, Robbie was told he could still perform the show as he doesn’t normally use his brain, but later flew to London for emergency tests where doctors found what looked like blood on his brain. ‘That was obviously very scary, but everyone kept telling me not to worry as I had nothing to lose’ he continued. ‘I was confused and scared, but I knew I was in the right place. And, maybe naively, I felt like I knew I was going to be OK,’ he added. Sadly, Robbie revealed that after seven days in intensive care, he was declared fit to leave and then spent two months recovering back at his home in LA.

‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek is on a leave of absence from the show after undergoing brain surgery for blood clots — medically known as subdural hematoma — that were “caused by a fall I endured two months ago.” Wearing a yellow sweater, jeans and a blue “Jeopardy!” hat, the 77-year-old wryly addressed our reporter, calling the procedure “a slight medical problem.” “Surgery was performed. After two days in the hospital, I came home to start recovery,” he said. “The prognosis is excellent, and I expect to be back in the studio taping more ‘Jeopardy!’ programs very, very soon.” Nothing quite like that American optimism.

On This Day

  • 1782 – The first American commercial bank, the Bank of North America, opens.
  • 1927 – The first transatlantic telephone service is established from New York City to London.
  • 1928 – A disastrous flood of the River Thames kills 14 people and causes extensive damage to much of riverside London.
  • 1948 – Kentucky Air National Guard pilot Thomas Mantell crashes while in pursuit of a supposed UFO.
  • 2015 – Two gunmen commit mass murder at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, shooting twelve people execution style, and wounding eleven others.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Eddie Redmayne (36), Rowan Atkinson (63), Norman Reedus (49), Nigella Lawson (58), January Jones (40), Bradley Cooper (43), Diane Keaton (72), Clancy Brown (59), Robert Duvall (87), Hayao Miyazaki (77), Marilyn Manson (49), Vinnie Jones (53), Julia Ormond (53), Matt Frewer (60), Julian Sands (60), Michael Stipe (58), Mel Gibson (62), Victoria Principal (68), Tia Carrere (51), Cuba Gooding Jr. (50), Verne Troyer (49) and Frank Langella (80).