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Dead Pool 22nd October 2017

Afternoon everyone! Another edition hits the stands, alas no points to award this week. We are now on the 10-week countdown and things are still pretty tight at the top of the leader board, one death of a Cert/Woman/Maverick is all that is needed to clinch the top spot for many of you. If you haven’t already, now is a good time to start researching your list for 2018 and also tell your friends, as the more people who take part, the more fun it can be.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Roy Dotrice, 94, British actor (Amadeus, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Game of Thrones), Tony winner (2000).
  • Sean Hughes, 51, Irish comedian (Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Sean’s Show) and actor (The Last Detective).
  • Gord Downie, 53, Canadian musician (The Tragically Hip) and activist (Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, residential school reconciliation), glioblastoma.
  • Brent Briscoe, 56, American actor (Twin Peaks, A Simple Plan, Sling Blade) and screenwriter.
  • Umberto Lenzi, 86, Italian film director (Cannibal Ferox, Nightmare City, Ghosthouse).
  • Honorine Rondello, 114, French supercentenarian, nation’s oldest living person.
  • Rosemary Leach, 81, English actress (A Room with a View, The Roads to Freedom, The Plague Dogs).
  • Judith McGrath, 70, Australian actress (Prisoner, A Country Practice, All Saints).

In Other News

Ginger pop star Ed Sheeran has broken his right arm, putting his upcoming tour dates in jeopardy. “I’ve had a bit of a bicycle accident,” wrote the star on his Instagram page, posting a picture of his arm in a cast. “I’m currently waiting on some medical advice, which may affect some of my upcoming shows. Please stay tuned for further news.” The 26-year-old was on a break from his world tour, but was due to resume with a gig in Taipei next week. He has a further 14 dates scheduled this year, including concerts in Japan, South Korea and Thailand, before kicking off the Australian leg of his tour in March 2018.    Sheeran famously plays his concerts solo – using just a guitar and a loop pedal to layer up songs. Losing the use of his right arm would make such a set-up impractical – but, speaking to BBC News earlier this year, Sheeran said he would never consider playing with a backing band because he’s a wanker who wants all the glory for himself. “I don’t feel like there’s anything interesting or new about seeing a singer-songwriter with a band behind them,” he said, sure The Beatles had nothing going for them… “I don’t feel like if I suddenly got a band, everyone would go, ‘Wow!’. I actually feel it’d take away from me.” Yeah, more talented musicians on the stage….

In another bike related event, but a bit more hardcore than falling off your bloody bycycle, Gerard Butler was rushed to hospital after he got run off the road on his motorbike. The Hollywood actor was riding his motorbike on the streets of LA when he got cut up by a woman trying to park her car.  She reversed into his bike and he “did a somersault about 30ft in the air”. The 47-year-old actor revealed he has five fractures in his right foot and a fracture in his left foot, along with a painful knee injury. “The more I think about it I got quite lucky because I went through the air. I did like 30 feet and did a somersault and smashed right down. “I guess I could have landed a lot of ways that it could have gone went worse. I got a few fractures on my feet and I messed up my knee.” Not only this, he actually put himself into anaphylactic shock after injecting himself with the venom of 23 bee stings.  Butler told the ITV chat show Lorraine: “I had heard of this guy injecting bee venom, because apparently it has many anti-inflammatory compounds. So, I’m like: ‘Come, come to New Orleans where we’re filming.’ So, he gives me a shot, and I go: ‘Oh, that’s interesting’ – because it stings. “Then he gives me 10 shots, and then I have the worst reaction. I kind of enter this anaphylactic shock. It’s awful, creepy crawlies all over me, swelled up, heart’s going to explode. But I go through it, and then I find out he gave me 10 times too much.” Butler was immediately taken to hospital, but admitted that four days later he decided to give the remedy another go. “I decide to do it again because, I think: ‘Maybe I just took too much.’ So, he’s on the phone, and this time I have to go to the hospital [again].” Bee stings have been used as a remedy, known as apitherapy, for centuries, initially by placing live bees on inflamed areas and in more modern times by extracting the venom from the living bees and injecting it. Jeff Goldblum, a guest with Butler on BBC1’s The Graham Norton Show, gently mocked the Scot’s use of the remedy. “I’ve done some cockamamie things in my time but that is crazy,” he said.

Wildlife TV presenter and comedian Bill Oddie has been struck with a health condition that makes him hear music in his left ear. The acclaimed conservationist keeps hearing jumbled brass band tunes and bagpipe solos. The phenomenon, a form of tinnitus, is rarely reported because people fear the symptoms are a sign of a psychiatric illness or dementia. Other people with the condition have heard rock music or HMS Pinafore, the Gilbert & Sullivan operetta. The 76-year-old former Goodie and presenter of the BBC’s Springwatch said: “It has been going on for about four months and there is no pattern to when or why it starts. It’s a military-style band of the 1940s but not as nice as a Glenn Miller swing sound. “It varies quite a bit and it is difficult to distinguish a tune but nearly every day it involves a bagpipe solo. “At the moment I can live with it but I’d rather not. I’m intrigued and wonder how many other people have experienced something similar.” Bill first noticed the sounds earlier this year while working in the office at his London home. He added: “I thought someone had left the radio on so I followed the noise but it wascoming with me,  which was weird.”Dr Will Sedley, a lecturer in neurology at Newcastle University, said: “It is more common than you might think although we believe it goes unreported because people are worried that they will be thought of as going mad. But this is a stand-alone condition and not normally a feature of any wider disorder such as dementia.” The true horror of what is actually happening to him is pictured to the right.

On This Day

  • 1917 – Lenin calls for the October Revolution.
  • 1929 – Wall Street Crash of 1929. After a steady decline in stock market prices since a peak in September, the New York Stock Exchange begins to crash.
  • 1958 – The Smurfs, a fictional race of blue dwarves, later popularised in a Hanna-Barbera animated cartoon series, appear for the first time in the story La flute à six schtroumpfs.  
  • 2002 – Moscow theater hostage crisis: Chechen terrorists seize the House of Culture theatre in Moscow and take approximately 700 theatre-goers hostage.
  • 2012 – After 38 years, the world’s first teletext service (BBC’s Ceefax) ceases broadcast due to Northern Ireland completing the digital switchover.

Deaths

  • 1915 – W. G. Grace, English cricketer and physician (b. 1848)
  • 1950 – Al Jolson, Lithuanian-American actor and singer (b. 1886)
  • 1957 – Christian Dior, French fashion designer, founded Christian Dior S.A. (b. 1905)
  • 2001 – Josh Kirby, English illustrator (b. 1928)
  • 2014 – Alvin Stardust, English singer and actor (b. 1942)
  • 2016 – Pete Burns, English singer-songwriter (b. 1959)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Christopher Lloyd (78), Jeff Goldblum (64), Bob Odenkirk (54), Catherine Deneuve (73), Derek Jacobi (78), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (41), Everett McGill (72), Ken Watanabe (58), Kim Kardashian West (37), Viggo Mortensen (59), Danny Boyle (61), Snoop Dogg (46), Michael Gambon (77), John Lithgow (72), John le Carré (86), Zac Efron (30), Jean-Claude Van Damme (57), Pam Dawber (66), Eminem (45), Margot Kidder (69), Mark Gatiss (51), George Wendt (69), Angela Lansbury (92), Tim Robbins (59), Suzanne Somers (71), Peter Bowles (81) and Gary Kemp (58).


Dead Pool 15th October 2017

Apologies for the lateness of this weeks edition, however, you haven’t missed much, nobody of real note seems to have died. Next week is already shaping up as “a good un” with several good stories and a death of a well known comedian and it’s only Monday!!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Jean Rochefort, 87, French actor (Lost in La Mancha, The Phantom of Liberty, Mr. Bean’s Holiday).
  • Bob Schiller, 98, American screenwriter (I Love Lucy, All in the Family, The Carol Burnett Show), Emmy winner (1971, 1978).
  • Grape-kun, 20, Humboldt penguin.
  • William Lombardy, 79, American chess grandmaster, heart attack.

In Other News

Marilyn Manson has discussed for the first time the “excruciating” stage accident that resulted in a leg injury and nine postponed tour dates. The singer was crushed when a giant prop gun collapsed on him during a concert in New York on 30th September. “It was terrifying,” said the rock star, who needed a plate and 10 screws in his fibula after the accident. He said that, contrary to media reports, he was not responsible for the prop toppling over. “I wasn’t trying to climb it,” said the 48-year-old. “It started to fall and I tried to push back and I didn’t get out the way in time. “I’m not sure what I hit my head on, but it did fall on to my leg and break the fibula in two places. The pain was excruciating.” It took several minutes for the stage crew to free Manson, who appeared limp and unconscious. As well as the injury to his lower leg, the star required a screw through his ankle bone. He has spent the last two weeks recovering at home in Los Angeles.

Moors Murderer Ian Brady’s remains must be disposed of with “no music and no ceremony”, a High Court judge has ruled. Two councils asked the judge to step in to ensure the disposal of the serial killer’s body did not cause “offence and distress” to his victims’ families. Sir Geoffrey Vos said Brady’s executor had failed to make proper arrangements for disposal of his remains. Brady died aged 79, on 15th May, but his remains have not yet been disposed of. Brady and Myra Hindley, who died in prison in 2002, tortured and murdered five children in the 1960s. Sir Geoffrey acted after Oldham and Tameside councils raised concerns that five months after Brady’s death his executor, solicitor Robin Makin, had failed to make proper arrangements for the disposal. In issuing directions about the body’s disposal, Sir Geoffrey said: “I decline to permit the playing of the fifth movement of the Symphony Fantastique at the cremation, as Mr Makin requested.” As of yet the cremation has not taken place and nobody seems to know what to do with the resulting ashes.

And finally, an angler who nearly died when he accidentally swallowed a fish he had just caught said he feels lucky “beyond a lottery win” to have survived. Sam Quilliam, 28, stopped breathing and suffered a cardiac arrest after the Dover sole wriggled out of his hand and “swam down” his throat. He was kissing the fish in celebration of his catch on Boscombe Pier, Bournemouth when the accident happened. Paramedics managed to retrieve the fish from his airway with forceps. Mr Quilliam described how he had caught the 14cm long Dover sole while fishing with friends on 5th October. “I went to give it a kiss before throwing it back and it literally, like a bar of soap, shot out of my hand into my mouth and basically swam down my throat,” he said. “I ran around like a headless chicken and then collapsed.” Members of Boscombe Pier Sea Anglers performed CPR on their friend when he passed out before the arrival of emergency crews. Paramedic Matt Harrison, who took seven attempts to remove the fish from Mr Quilliam’s throat, said it was his “most bizarre” call-out.

On This Day

  • 1793 – Queen Marie Antoinette of France is tried and convicted in a swift, pre-determined trial in the Palais de Justice, Paris, and condemned to death the following day.
  • 1815 – Emperor Napoleon I begins his exile on Saint Helena in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • 1863 – American Civil War: The H. L. Hunley, the first submarine to sink a ship, sinks during a test, killing its inventor, Horace L. Hunley.
  • 1888 – The “From Hell” letter allegedly sent by Jack the Ripper is received by investigators.
  • 1917 – World War I: At Vincennes outside Paris, Dutch dancer Mata Hari is executed by firing squad for spying for the German Empire.
  • 1956 – Fortran, the first modern computer language, is shared with the coding community for the first time.

Deaths

  • 1917 – Mata Hari, Dutch dancer and spy (b. 1876)
  • 1946 – Hermann Göring, German general and politician (b. 1893)
  • 1964 – Cole Porter, American composer and songwriter (b. 1891)
  • 2011 – Betty Driver, English actress, singer, and author (b. 1920)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Dominic West (48), Sarah Ferguson (58), Steve Coogan (52), Udo Kier (73), Cliff Richard (77), Sacha Baron Cohen (46), Paul Simon (76), Chris Carter (61), Hugh Jackman (49), Robin Askwith (67), Les Dennis (64), Michelle Trachtenberg (32), Emily Deschanel (41), Stephen Moyer (48), Joan Cusack (55), Jane Krakowski (49), Luke Perry (51), John Nettles (74), Dawn French (60), Rose McIver (29), Charles Dance (71), Larry Lamb (70), Martin Kemp (56), Fiona Fullerton (61), Guillermo del Toro (53), Chris O’Dowd (38), Scott Bakula (63), Brandon Routh (38), Tony Shalhoub (64), Brian Blessed (81), Sharon Osbourne (65), Matt Damon (47), Sigourney Weaver (68), Chevy Chase (74), Kristanna Loken (38), Paul Hogan (78), Karyn Parsons (51), Ardal O’Hanlon (52) and R.L. Stine (74).


Dead Pool 8th October 2017

Firstly, apologies to Martin, I missed that he had Tony Booth last week, so he’s had points awarded posthumously and now heads the leader board!!! I also took the time to go through everyones lists and found the following misses. Sarai got Jean E. Sammet back in May, 61 points. Laura got Irwin Corey back in February, 48 points. So, we’re pretty much all up to date, even with the most obscure of names.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Tom Petty, 66, American Hall of Fame musician (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Traveling Wilburys) and voice actor (King of the Hill), heart attack.
  • Rodney Bickerstaffe, 72, British trade unionist, General Secretary of NUPE (1982–1993) and UNISON (1996–2001).
  • Liam Cosgrave, 97, Irish politician, Taoiseach (1973–1977)
  • Terry Downes, 81, British boxer, world champion (1961–1962) and actor (The Fearless Vampire Killers, Caravaggio).
  • Ralphie May, 45, American comedian.

In Other News

Swedish model, Arvida Byström, says she’s received rape and death threats after posing for an advert with hairy legs. The 26-year-old featured in an Adidas campaign promoting a new brand of trainers. She received dozens of abusive messages after the advert was released on YouTube. In an Instagram post, which is getting more and more attention, she says she was also threatened with rape in direct messages on social media. She said: “My photo from the @adidasoriginals superstar campaign got a lot of nasty comments last week.” As well as being a model, Arvida is a photographer and is well known for posing with her body hair on show. Adidas says she “questions femininity and gender standards using so-called ‘girly’ aesthetics”. In a statement, Adidas said it’s “honoured to work with creators like Arvida for their creativity, diversity and unique ideas.”

An investigation has been launched by Indiana State Police after an officer shot at a man they believed to be a gunman but was actually an actor in a film. The man in question – Jim Duff – was playing a robber in scenes filming in the city of Crawfordsville. Local police are said to have been responding to a report of a possible robbery at a brewery last week when Sgt. Matt Schroeter encountered the actor wearing a ski mask carrying what they believed to be was a gun. Duff was backing out of the brewery when police ordered him to drop the weapon. However, Duff – caught off guard – turned and an officer fired a shot, missing him. State police confirmed Duff had then dropped the gun, pulled off his mask and told authorities they were on a film set. The film’s production company Montgomery County Movies – who had failed to notify police a robbery scene was being filmed – accepted responsibility for the misunderstanding. Duff was arrested but then released after police could confirm that he was working on the film.

And finally, one for the runners who like to wear Nike apparel. In the 1980s, Nike was locked in an epic war with Reebok for control of the sneaker market. In response, Nike engaged Portland advertising firm Wieden & Kennedy to create a new campaign that would broaden its appeal. The one thing that came to mind was an event that happened around 10 years earlier. A man named Gary Gilmore received mainstream media attention after murdering two men in separate incidents in Utah. Gilmore, then 35, had endured a troubled upbringing and spent half his life in prison for a series of violent crimes including armed robbery. He’d been released from an Indiana prison and moved to live with a distant cousin in Utah in an attempt to turn his life around. But he quickly returned to his previous lifestyle and, in July 1976, robbed and murdered gas station employee Max Jensen, and then killed motel manager Bennie Bushnell the following evening. Gilmore was quickly caught, convicted and sentenced to death. Instead of trying to fight for his life, he appeared to welcome the verdict and chose to be shot by a firing squad instead of being hung. Capital punishment was suspended in the US from 1972 to 1976, so there was high interest in Gilmore’s case. So, after a last meal of steak, potatoes, milk and coffee — of which he only consumed the milk and coffee — Gilmore was put in front of the firing squad on January 17th 1977. When asked if he had any last words, Gilmore famously said: “Let’s do it!” It was a line that stuck with Wieden, and for some reason came to him as he sat trying to finalise the Nike campaign in 1988. “I remember when I read that I was like, ‘That’s amazing — how, in the face of that much uncertainty, do you push through that?’ I didn’t like the ‘let’s’ thing, I just changed that because otherwise I would have to give him credit, now I don’t really have to.” The “Just Do It” tagline first appeared in a 1988 commercial featuring 80-year-old runner Walt Stack and was wildly successful. So, the next time you slip on those trainers, remember you owe it all to a murderer!

On This Day

  • 1582 – Because of the implementation of the Gregorian calendar this day does not exist in this year in Italy, Poland, Portugal and Spain.
  • 1952 – The Harrow and Wealdstone rail crash kills 112 people.
  • 2005 – The 7.6 Mw Kashmir earthquake strikes with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe), leaving 86,000–87,351 people dead, 69,000–75,266 injured, and 2.8 million homeless.
  • 2014 – First person in US diagnosed with Ebola dies.

Deaths

  • 1793 – John Hancock, American merchant and politician, 1st Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1737)
  • 1967 – Clement Attlee, English soldier, lawyer, and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1883)
  • 2015 – Jim Diamond, Scottish singer-songwriter (b. 1951)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Simon Cowell (58), Tim Minchin (42), Alesha Dixon (39), Ioan Gruffudd (44), Elisabeth Shue (54), Britt Ekland (75), Kate Winslet (42), Guy Pearce (50), Jesse Eisenberg (34), Karen Allen (66), Clive Barker (65), Neil deGrasse Tyson (59), Bob Geldof (66), Melissa Benoist (29), Dakota Johnson (28), Liev Schreiber (50), Susan Sarandon (71), Alicia Silverstone (41), Christoph Waltz (61), Sarah Lancashire (52), Denis Villeneuve (50), Lena Headey (44), Neve Campbell (44), Seann William Scott (41), Clive Owen (53), Gwen Stefani (48), Greg Proops (58), Lorraine Bracco (63), Avery Brooks (69), Sting (66), Tiffany (46), Julie Andrews (82), Zach Galifianakis (48) and Randy Quaid (67).


Dead Pool 1st October 2017

Its been a busy week at Dead Pool Towers, one could argue that the flying monkeys managed to escape. Points!!! With the demise of Liz Dawn, we can award 73 points to John, Nickie & Debbie and with the death of Hugh Hefner, we can award 59 points to Mark, Nickie, Paula, Ashley & Doug. Well done you lot, double bubble for Nickie for getting two deaths in one week! There’s lots to read this week, so best get on with it.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Charles Bradley, 68, American singer (“Changes”), stomach cancer
  • Tony Booth, 85, British actor (Till Death Us Do Part, Coronation Street, The Contender).
  • Elizabeth Dawn, 77, British actress (Coronation Street, Crown Court, The Wheeltappers and Shunters Social Club), emphysema.
  • Eman Ahmed Abd El Aty, 37, Egyptian woman, world’s heaviest, kidney failure and intestinal shock.
  • Bobby Knutt, 71, British actor and comedian (Coronation Street, Benidorm, Emmerdale), heart attack.
  • Sir Richard Greenbury, 81, British businessman, Chairman of Marks and Spencer (1988–1999).
  • Hugh Hefner, 91, American magazine publisher (Playboy), businessman (Playboy Enterprises) and reality television actor (The Girls Next Door).
  • Monty Hall, 96, Canadian-American game show host (Let’s Make a Deal), heart failure

In Other News

Rock star Marilyn Manson was injured during a concert in New York when a large piece of stage scenery fell on him on stage. The prop – apparently two large guns held together with metal scaffolding – fell as he was performing at the Hammerstein Ballroom on Saturday. An eyewitness told the BBC that the singer lay on stage for up to 15 minutes covered by a sheet before he was carried out on a stretcher and taken to hospital. His condition is not currently known. Eyewitness Anthony  Biscardi told the BBC that fans at the concert “instantly freaked out”. “He was performing the song Sweet Dreams. Towards the middle of the song it seemed as though he tried climbing onto a prop. “The first touch of weight on those poles and it came crashing down onto him.” In videos of the incident posted online, stage crew and band members can be seen lifting the prop off the singer but he does not get back up. “He was pretty limp, almost as though he was unconscious,” Mr Biscardi said. Mr Biscardi said a black sheet was put around him until he could be taken off stage, when an announcement was made that the show was cancelled “due to injury”. The 48-year-old artist was three dates into his The Heaven Upside Down Tour. He was due to perform in Boston on Monday night.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, the award-winning star of US TV comedy series Veep, has announced she has breast cancer, in a message posted on social media. “1 in 8 women get breast cancer,” she wrote. “Today I’m the one.” “The good news”, she said, was that she had a “glorious group” of family and friends supporting her and “fantastic” insurance through her union. The actress, 56, has also featured in Saturday Night Live, The New Adventures of Old Christine and Seinfeld. Earlier this month, Louis-Dreyfus picked up a record-breaking sixth Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a row for her role in HBO series Veep. Louis-Dreyfus’ announcement was met with an outpouring of support from other actors and celebrities.

Lady Lucan, the 80-year-old widow of Lord Lucan, has been found dead at her home in London, police have confirmed. Strangely enough, it seems that she was not famous enough in her own right to be listed in the Wiki death list, however we believe she merits a mention. Officers found her body after forcing entry to the property in Belgravia on Tuesday, but her death is not believed to be suspicious, the Met Police said. Lady Lucan was one of the last people to see her husband John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan, alive before he disappeared in November 1974. A Met Police spokesperson said: “Police attended an address on Eaton Row in Westminster… following concerns for the welfare of an elderly occupant. “Officers forced entry and found an 80-year-old woman unresponsive. Although we await formal identification we are confident that the deceased is Lady Lucan.” Lord Lucan was officially declared dead by the High Court in 1999, but has reportedly been sighted in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand. A High Court judge granted a death certificate in February last year allowing his son, Lord Bingham, to take over his title.

And finally, a couple arrested after allegedly murdering and eating up to 30 people in Russia may have used dating sites to lure their victims, it has emerged. Dmitry Baksheev and his wife, Natalia Baksheeva, were detained in the southern region of Krasnodar after pictures of a dismembered body were found on a phone, local media reports. The phone, which is said to have contained several images of Mr Baksheev posing with a female victim’s head and hands, was found by a builder who handed it into police earlier in September. Ms Baksheeva told authorities there had been at least 30 victims over the past 18 years. There are fears the 45-year-old has been feeding human meat to student pilots at the military academy where the couple worked. Remains of a woman were later found in a bag in the academy, Russian state news agency RIA Novosti reported. Seven containers of human body parts, 19 samples of human skin and remains pickled in jars were allegedly also found in the freezer and cellar of the couple’s home. One photograph dated from 1999 was found appearing to show a severed human head on a serving plate alongside fruit. The couple remain in custody on one initial murder charge while the investigation continues.

On This Day

  • 1843 – The News of the World tabloid begins publication in London.
  • 1861 – Mrs Beeton’s Book of Household Management is published, going on to sell 60,000 copies in its first year and remaining in print until the present day.
  • 1958 – NASA is created.
  • 1971 – The first brain-scan using x-ray computed tomography (CT or CAT scan) is performed at Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, London.
  • 1982 – Sony launches the first consumer compact disc player (model CDP-101).

Deaths

  • 1975 – Al Jackson, Jr., American drummer, songwriter, and producer (b. 1935)
  • 2013 – Tom Clancy, American author (b. 1947)
  • 2014 – Lynsey de Paul, English singer-songwriter, pianist, and actress (b. 1948)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Marion Cotillard (42), Monica Bellucci (53), Eric Stoltz (56), Omid Djalili (52), Al Leong (65), Erika Eleniak (48), Ian McShane (75), Luke & Matt Goss (49), Mackenzie Crook (46), Robert Webb (45), Jerry Lee Lewis (82), Patricia Hodge (71), Naomi Watts (49), Hilary Duff (30), Mira Sorvino (50), Brigitte Bardot (83), Dita Von Teese (45), Gwyneth Paltrow (45), Avril Lavigne (33), Meat Loaf (70), Irvine Welsh (59), Linda Hamilton (61), Olivia Newton-John (69), Lysette Anthony (54), Serena Williams (36), Will Smith (49), Mark Hamill (66), Catherine Zeta-Jones (48), Michael Douglas (73), Heather Locklear (56), Michael Madsen (60), Felicity Kendal (71) and Barbara Walters (88).


Dead Pool 24th September 2017

More points to be awarded, Debbie, Shan, Martin and Doug all score 55 points with the death of the boxer Jake LaMotta, which has caused something I can’t recall happening before. A tie at the top of the leader board! Both Laura and Martin now have 521 points each. If this happens to be the final score we have no rules to decide the winner! So as we are a democratic dictatorship here, we at Dead Pool Towers will let the masses decide how such an occurrence will be decided should it happen, then ignore it all and make up another rule. So, what do you think?

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Suzan Farmer, 75, British actress (The Scarlet Blade, Doctor in Clover, Coronation Street).
  • Bobby Heenan, 72, American professional wrestler, manager and commentator (WWF, AWA, WCW), organ failure.
  • Ben Hammer, 92, American actor (The Beastmaster, Law & Order, Sleepers).
  • Bernie Casey, 78, American actor (Revenge of the Nerds, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure) and football player (San Francisco 49ers).
  • Jake LaMotta, 95, American Hall of Fame boxer and comedian, inspiration for Raging Bull, complications from pneumonia.
  • Liliane Bettencourt, 94, French cosmetics businesswoman (L’Oréal) and socialite.
  • William G. Stewart, 84, British game show host (Fifteen to One) and television producer.

In Other News

Former Olympics Minister Dame Tessa Jowell has been diagnosed with brain cancer, her family have revealed. Her daughter-in-law Ella Woodward posted on social media that the Labour peer was diagnosed in May. Writing on Dame Tessa’s 70th birthday, she described the last few months as “some of the hardest of our lives”. The politician, who stood down as an MP in 2015, responded by tweeting her thanks for the “love and support” she had been shown. Ms Woodward, a food blogger who is married to the politician’s son Matt Mills, wrote on Instagram: “Matt’s Mum was suddenly diagnosed with brain cancer in May. “Her bravery, optimism, love and support for others during this process has inspired us both so much, and today we’re all pledging to try and do everything we can to make people’s lives with cancer better for longer.”

Former England captain Wayne Rooney has appeared in court and admitted drink-driving. He was arrested when police stopped a car in Wilmslow, Cheshire, in the early hours on 1 st September. The 31-year-old was banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order. Rooney was also ordered to pay £170 when he appeared at Stockport Magistrates’ Court. The court heard Rooney was almost three times the legal limit when he was stopped by police at 02:00 BST. A breathalyser test showed his alcohol level was 104 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath. The drink-drive limit in England and Wales is 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath. In a statement issued after the hearing, the Everton footballer said: “I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgment in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong. “I have already said sorry to my family, my manager and chairman and everyone at Everton FC. Now I want to apologise to all the fans and everyone else who has followed and supported me throughout my career. “Of course I accept the sentence of the court and hope that I can make some amends through my community service.” Are these his first steps as a possible Gazza replacement??

Robbie Williams has been forced to cancel the remaining dates of his European tour due to a mystery illness. The 43-year-old had been due to perform two concerts in Russia this week, with gigs scheduled for St Petersburg and Moscow, and was also set to appear at the closing ceremony of the New Wave singing contest in Sochi. Now though he’s had to pull out because of his health and won’t be resuming his tour until he heads to New Zealand and Australia in February next year. A statement from his publicist reads: ‘Due to illness, the final two dates of the European leg of The Heavy Entertainment Show Tour, St Petersburg and Moscow, have been cancelled. It comes just days after Robbie had opened up about his health struggles with conditions including arthritis and depression. The Take That star also spoke in depth of his mental health issues and confessed he didn’t think he’d have suffered quite as much if he hadn’t have become famous. In July the singer revealed that he’d been suffering from a rare condition called Nocturnal Sleep-Related Eating Disorder, which causes him to eat in the middle of the night whilst totally unaware he’s doing so. Many of us poolers can surely sympathise with this, I know I certainly can..

On This Day

  • 1960 – USS Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is launched.
  • 1979 – CompuServe launches the first consumer internet service, which features the first public electronic mail service.
  • 2015 – At least 1,100 people are killed and another 934 wounded after a stampede during the Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

Deaths

  • 1863 – William Debenham, English businessman, founded Debenhams (b. 1794)
  • 1945 – Hans Geiger, German physicist & academic, co-invented the Geiger counter (b. 1882)
  • 1991 – Dr. Seuss, American children’s book writer, poet, and illustrator (b. 1904)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Kevin Sorbo (59), Brad Bird (60), Sven-Ole Thorsen (73), Karl Pilkington (45), Bruce Springsteen (68), Tom Felton (30), Billie Piper (35), John Woo (71), Ruth Jones (51), Joan Jett (59), Sue Perkins (48), Nick Cave (60), Stephen King (70), David Wenham (52), Bill Murray (67), Ricki Lake (49), Alfonso Ribeiro (46), Faith Hill (50), Sophia Loren (83), Asia Argento (42), Moon Bloodgood (42), George R.R. Martin (69), Jeremy Irons (69), David McCallum (84), Jimmy Fallon (43), Victoria Silvstedt (43), Twiggy (68), Jada Pinkett Smith (46), Tim McInnerny (61), Paul Feig (55), Neill Blomkamp (38), Bruce Spence (72) and Baz Luhrmann (55).


Dead Pool 17th September 2017

Welcome all, another week passes, more celebrity bucket kicking occurs. An odd one this week, all of us missed Harry Dean Stanton, which was a surprise, however he has now begun a rather tenuous thread online as he is the second cast member from Ridley Scott’s Alien to have died this year. But get this, they have died in sequence. John Hurt who was the first to die in the film by a baby alien bursting through his chest died in January this year, now it’s Harry Dean Stanton who played Brett, was the second to die by being bludgeoned by an alien tentacle. This does not bode well for the actor who played Dallas, Tom Skerritt, who at the age of 84 is not a spring chicken, is due to be eaten by the alien offscreen… Let’s see what happens..

So, onwards we go. Points!!! Yes, with the tragic demise of supercentenarian Violet Brown, the following have scored: Paul C & Sarai both get 133 as she was their Woman, Dave gets 33 as she was listed as a Norm. Well done all, slight shift in the league table, but Laura is still tipped to be the Angel of Death for 2017.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Len Wein, 69, American comic book writer and editor (Swamp Thing, Watchmen), co-creator of Wolverine.
  • Sir Peter Hall, 86, British theatre, opera and film director, director of the National Theatre (1973–1988).
  • Basi, 37, Chinese panda, world’s oldest living, cirrhosis and renal failure.
  • Gary Otte, 45, American murderer and robber, execution by lethal injection.
  • Frank Vincent, 80, American actor (The Sopranos, Goodfellas, Casino), complications during heart surgery.
  • Violet Brown, 117, Jamaican supercentenarian, world’s oldest living person, dehydration.
  • Harry Dean Stanton, 91, American actor (Alien, The Green Mile, Big Love).

In Other News

Selena Gomez has revealed that she had a kidney transplant operation this summer linked to her lupus. In an Instagram post, the singer says that her friend Francia Raisa donated an organ to her and says she wanted to explain why fans hadn’t heard much from her despite having new music out. “So I found out I  needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering,” she writes. “It was what I needed to do for my overall health.” Selena Gomez also thanked her friend, The Secret Life of the American Teenager actress Francia Raisa, in her Instagram post. “There aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa,” she writes. “She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis.” The pair first met at a Disney and ABC charity event at a children’s hospital in 2007. Her first public appearance after recovering from the surgery was in New York with boyfriend The Weeknd last Friday night. She also took time off social media last year to deal with panic attacks, anxiety and depression. The 25-year-old says her ongoing mental health problems are a side-effect of her lupus diagnosis last year. Lupus affects the body’s immune system. The symptoms of the disease include extreme tiredness, rashes (especially on the face, wrists and hands), joint pain and swelling.

Lady Gaga has been taken to hospital, and says she’s suffering with “severe physical pain”. The Bad Romance singer has cancelled her performance at the festival Rock In Rio in Brazil because of it. “I would do anything 4 u but I have to take care of my body right now,” she wrote to fans on Instagram. The 31-year-old recently revealed she’s suffering with fibromyalgia, a condition that causes intense discomfort all over the body. “Lady Gaga is suffering from severe physical pain that has impacted her ability to perform,” a statement on her Instagram page said. “As a result, she sadly must withdraw from this Friday’s Rock In Rio performance.” The singer also posted a picture of her arm with a drip in it. “Brazil, I’m devastated that I’m not well enough to come to Rock In Rio. “I ask for your grace and understanding, and promise that I will come back and perform for you soon. I’m so sorry, and I love you so much.” The musician cancelled a show in Montreal, Canada, earlier this month after falling ill. She’s due to tour the UK in October, and has recently been promoting the documentary, Gaga: Five Foot Two.

A judge has ordered the jailing of ex-pharmaceutical chief executive Martin “Pharma Bro” Shkreli while he awaits sentencing for securities fraud. Judge Kiyo Matsumoto said a Facebook post in which Shkreli offered $5,000 for a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair showed he was a danger to the public. The former CEO, 34, had been free on $5m (£4m) bail since his 2015 arrest. Shkreli rocketed to notoriety in 2015 – and earned the nickname “Pharma Bro” – after raising the price of a lifesaving anti-parasite drug called Daraprim by 5,000% upon acquiring rights to the medication. Overnight, the price of the drug soared from $13.50 to $750 per dose. On Wednesday, Judge Matsumoto ruled that Shkreli’s post on 4th September – made shortly before Mrs Clinton began a book tour – showed he posed a danger, rejecting arguments his words were protected by US free speech laws. Shkreli – who has clashed frequently with critics on social media – had argued that the since-deleted post amounted to satire, and had been a reference to DNA sequencing. “This is a solicitation of assault in exchange for money,” the judge said. “That is not protected by the First Amendment.” Let’s see how long he lasts in prison. As “the most hated man in America” we’re pretty sure here in Dead Pool Towers that he’ll beaten by the officers a couple of times at least, ironically offered some overly-priced drugs to commit suicide with before finally succumbing to Big Hairy Brenda’s Analphylactic Shock!

On This Day

  • 1908 – The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes, killing Selfridge, who becomes the first airplane fatality.
  • 1928 – The Okeechobee hurricane strikes southeastern Florida, killing more than 2,500 people. It is the third deadliest natural disaster in United States history, behind the Galveston hurricane of 1900 and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
  • 1976 – The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, is unveiled by NASA.

Deaths

  • 1868 – Roman Nose, Native American warrior (b. circa 1823)
  • 1985 – Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, founded Laura Ashley plc (b. 1925)
  • 1999 – Frankie Vaughan, English singer and actor (b. 1928)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Jennifer Tilly (59), Mickey Rourke (65), Danny John-Jules (57), Tom Hardy (40), Tommy Lee Jones (71), Oliver Stone (71), Prince Harry Windsor (33), Brendan O’Carroll (62), Jimmy Carr (45), Sam Neill (70), Andrew Lincoln (44), Walter Koenig (81), Jacqueline Bisset (73), Alfie Allen (31), Ian Holm (86), Linda Gray (77), Virginia Madsen (56), Brian De Palma (77), Johnny Vegas (47), Guy Ritchie (49), Colin Firth (57), Chris Columbus (59), and Amy Irving (64).


Dead Pool 10th September 2017

Not the best week to be a Country & Western singer, however nobody had either of them on their lists, so another pointless week. With little over three months left, perhaps now is a good time to start researching your list for 2018!!!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Walter Becker, 67, American Hall of Fame musician (Steely Dan), songwriter and producer, Grammy winner (2001).
  • Kate Millett, 82, American feminist writer (Sexual Politics).
  • Mike Neville, 80, British television presenter (BBC North East and Cumbria, ITV Tyne Tees).
  • Don Williams, 78, American Hall of Fame country music singer (“Tulsa Time”, “I Believe in You”, “You’re My Best Friend”) and songwriter, emphysema.
  • Troy Gentry, 50, American country music singer (Montgomery Gentry), helicopter crash.
  • Blake Heron, 35, American actor (Shiloh, We Were Soldiers, Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher).

In Other News

Dave Prowse, who played Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy, is calling time on public appearances. A statement on the 82-year-old’s social media accounts said he would “no longer be doing any personal appearances or conventions due to health problems” from January 2018 onwards. If you were not aware, Prowse was the man behind Vader’s mask in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. He also played the Green Cross Code man in television road safety commercials. Born in Bristol in 1935, Prowse was a successful bodybuilder and weightlifter before landing his iconic Star Wars role. His face was never seen in the films though, while his voice was dubbed by US actor James Earl Jones. Prowse, a fixture on the convention circuit since Jedi’s release in 1983, announced last year “with great sadness” that he would no longer attend international events. In 2014 he revealed he had dementia, though this did not prevent him participating in the 2015 documentary I Am Your Father, or recently appearing in a music video for singer Jayce Lewis. Don’t worry, there’s still time to get that priceless collectors signed photograph.

Lil Wayne has reportedly been taken to hospital after suffering a seizure and being found unconscious in his hotel room in Chicago. Celebrity website TMZ says the 34-year-old rapper, who has epilepsy, suffered a number of fits and had another one after arriving at A&E. He had been due to perform in Las Vegas on Sunday night. The rap star, whose real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr, was treated a year ago after suffering two minor seizures. Four years ago Lil Wayne spent several days at a hospital in Los Angeles. After those seizures the rapper told radio station Power 106 that he was epileptic and prone to having fits. He told DJ Felli Fel: “This wasn’t my first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh…I have had a bunch of seizures, you just never hear about them.” Lil Wayne says he suffers seizures because of stress, lack of rest and overworking himself. God knows what he’d be like if he had a proper job!

Family and friends have said farewell to Sir Bruce Forsyth at a private funeral. The star’s manager confirmed that the service took place last Monday. A public memorial service will be held in due course for fans to pay their respects to the entertainer, with details released in the next few weeks. There was also a tribute on Strictly Come Dancing when it returned to BBC One on Saturday evening. Sir Bruce, who co-hosted the dance show until 2014, died on 18th August at the age of 89 and gave the Dead Poolers a grand total of 2486 points, totally eclipsing the previous top scorer, Margaret Thatcher with 1945 points. Sir Bruce’s TV career stretched back to the 1950s and he became one of Britain’s best-loved entertainers thanks to shows like Sunday Night at the London Palladium, The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and The Price Is Right.

On This Day

  • 1961 – Italian Grand Prix, a crash causes the death of German Formula One driver Wolfgang von Trips and 13 spectators who are hit by his Ferrari.
  • 1977 – Hamida Djandoubi, convicted of torture and murder, is the last person to be executed by guillotine in France.
  • 2008 – The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in history, is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland. We all survived.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Adam Sandler (51), Hugh Grant (57), Henry Thomas (46), Eric Stonestreet (46), Jeffrey Combs (63), Julia Sawalha (49), Rachel Hunter (48), Martin Freeman (46), Pink (38), Heather Thomas (60), Evan Rachel Wood (30), Shannon Elizabeth (44), Toby Jones (51), Dario Argento (77), Julie Kavner (66), Doug Bradley (63), Chrissie Hynde (66), Gloria Gaynor (68), Idris Elba (45), Macy Gray (50), Carice van Houten (41), Rose McGowan (44), Michael Keaton (66), Raquel Welch (77), Werner Herzog (75), Paddy Considine (44), George Lazenby (78), Bob Newhart (88), Beyoncé Knowles (36), Charlie Sheen (52) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (64).


Dead Pool 3rd September 2017

Welcome all, to the  special 20th Anniversary Edition of Princess Diana’s Death Edition of The Dead Pool, where we will not be mentioning her again because nobody gives a fuck nor gave a fuck twenty years ago. No points to award this week, better luck next time!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Melissa Bell, 53, English singer (Soul II Soul).
  • Richard Anderson, 91, American actor (The Six Million Dollar Man, The Bionic Woman, Forbidden Planet).
  • Shelley Berman, 92, American comedian and actor (You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, Meet the Fockers, Curb Your Enthusiasm), Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, 85, English Roman Catholic cardinal, Archbishop of Arundel and Brighton (1977–2000) and Westminster (2000–2009).

In Other News

Veteran singer Tom Jones announced Saturday that he was reluctantly postponing a U.S. concert tour scheduled to kick off next week because of health issues. The 77-year-old Welsh crooner said on Twitter that his Autumn tour would be delayed “following medical advice. He did not reveal the state of his health or provide further details. Jones sent his “sincere apologies” to U.S. fans planning to attend the shows. A statement on his website said the rescheduled tour would take place in May and June of next year and that tickets for the postponed shows would be honoured. The surprise postponement of his tour dates prompted numerous concerned comments from fans who wished him well on Twitter. Jones’ wife of 59 years, Linda, died last year of cancer.

An Aberdeen footballer has been rescued from a river after a night out in Glasgow. Gary Mackay-Steven, 26, was suffering from the effects of hypothermia when he  was pulled from the River Kelvin by firefighters early on Sunday morning. The former Celtic winger was then taken to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital by paramedics. Aberdeen FC confirmed the player was treated for hypothermia and was now “recovering well” at home. A club statement said: “On behalf of Gary, the club extends its thanks to the emergency services involved. “The club will not be commenting further on the matter.”

Yet another matador suffered severe injuries after he was gored by a bull and dragged around the ring on its horn. Experienced bullfighter Sergio Flores, 26, was speared in the armpit and tossed in the air by the rampaging animal during a performance in the city of San Luis Potosi, Mexico. He was carried around the ring for nine seconds as helpers frantically tried to rescue him after the 500kg bull’s horn became lodged under his arm. The audience feared the worst as Mr Flores was left motionless and bleeding heavily on the bullring floor. He was eventually carried from the ring to the stadium’s medical centre before being taken to hospital, where he was said to be in a serious but stable condition. Medics later said he had suffered two puncture wounds between his arm and chest, as well as head injuries. It was not clear if the bull was injured. Mr Flores has been bullfighting since 2007, according to Mexican newspaper El Sol de Tlaxcala.

And finally, staff and guests were forced to flee after two “out of control” pensioners rampaged through a Highland Perthshire resort hotel, a court heard. Robert Fergus, 72, ran naked with a pair of scissors in the public reception of the MacDonald Loch Rannoch Hotel and smashed a glass pane. His wife Ruth, 69, threatened to shoot a staff member after “reacting badly” to the alcohol she consumed earlier. The couple were fined £4,100 at Perth Sheriff Court. Mr Fergus, from Troon, was also ordered to pay the hotel £800 compensation to cover the cost of the damage from the incident. He had admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner towards four staff members, wilfully destroying property, and drink driving. Sheriff Gillian Wade told Mr Fergus: “I don’t think I need to tell you it’s a very sorry state of affairs. I have no doubt you will regret it for the rest of your life.”

On This Day

  • 301 – San Marino, one of the smallest nations in the world and the world’s oldest republic still in existence, is founded by Saint Marinus.
  • 1189 – Richard I of England (a.k.a. Richard “the Lionheart”) is crowned at Westminster.
  • 1666 – The Royal Exchange burns down in the Great Fire of London.
  • 1878 – Over 640 die when the crowded pleasure boat Princess Alice collides with the Bywell Castle in the River Thames.

Deaths

  • 1658 – Oliver Cromwell, English general and politician (b. 1599)
  • 1991 – Frank Capra, Italian-American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1897)
  • 2012 – Michael Clarke Duncan, American actor (b. 1957)
  • 2012 – Sun Myung Moon, Korean religious leader and businessman, founded the Unification Church (b. 1920)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Keanu Reeves (53), Salma Hayek (51), Keith Allen (64), Burn Gorman (43), Lily Tomlin (78), Craig McLachlan (52), Steve Pemberton (50), Barry Gibb (71), Richard Gere (68), Chris Tucker (46), Jessica Henwick (25), Cameron Diaz (45), Peggy Lipton (71), Michael Chiklis (54), Carla Gugino (46), Rebecca De Mornay (58), Elliott Gould (79), Joel Schumacher (78), William Friedkin (82), Lenny Henry (59), David Fincher (55), Jack Black (48), Jason Priestley (48), Brian Thompson (58), Shania Twain (52), Ai Weiwei (60), Billy Boyd (49), LeAnn Rimes (35), David Soul (74), Aaron Paul (38), Peter Stormare (64), Barbara Bach (70), Paul Reubens (65) and Reece Shearsmith (48),


Dead Pool 27th August 2017

Welcome all, another week flies by and a few more notable names pass on into the ether. It’s been a bad week for bodybuilders, two of their brethren have kicked the bucket, but I suppose that stuffing your body full of steroids isn’t going to help you reach your 80’s. Surprisingly, nobody had Jerry Lewis on their lists, perhaps you all thought he was going to live forever!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Brian Aldiss, 92, British science fiction writer (Helliconia, Supertoys Last All Summer Long) and editor.
  • Jerry Lewis, 91, American comedian (Martin and Lewis), actor (The Nutty Professor) and humanitarian (The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon), cardiomyopathy.
  • Thomas Meehan, 88, American playwright (Annie, The Producers, Hairspray), Tony winner (1977), cancer.
  • Dallas McCarver, 26, American bodybuilder, choking.
  • Rich Piana, 45, American bodybuilder and Internet personality.
  • Tobe Hooper, 74, American film director (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Poltergeist, Salem’s Lot).

In Other News

I know its been 8 months since we declared last years winner, however, yesterday was the first opportunity for the Dead Pool Master to award last years winner and the title of Angel of Death  2016 her prize! Yes, Laura finally got her knitted Death of Rats; expertly handmade by the talented Sarai who donated her time and expertise to our little community. Laura was obviously over the moon with her prize, to be fair, everyone who’s seen it wants one too! Laura is currently the one to beat again this year, topping the leader board with an astounding 521 points with four months left to go!

When former England rugby player Matt Dawson was bitten by a tick in a London park early last year, it caused a bacterial infection to spread through his body. “I had two days where I felt awful. Very feverish, on the sofa, crashed out,” he said. Eventually he went to hospital where he was diagnosed with Lyme disease. “It was a really scary time for me and my family. Such a tiny creature caused me to end up needing heart surgery.” After multiple heart operations and 18 months of treatment, Matt no longer has the disease. But it still affects his life: “I’m still on medication and its going to take a lot of time for the heart to fully recover. “This is not something that should be looked at like, ‘oh it’s only a tick, a tick is a bit like a flea, its fine!’,” he said.

Loose Women panellist Saira Khan has revealed how she received a death threat after criticising a Muslim preacher on Instagram. Accompanying a picture of her in a bikini, Khan wrote: “I woke up to news that A Muslim Preacher is saying that ‘plucking eyebrows’ for Muslim women is a sin – here’s my response – kiss my ass you backward prehistoric dinosaur!” The post sparked a debate in the comments, provoking supportive messages, criticism and even a death threat. The comment has now been deleted from Instagram but Khan, 47, took a screenshot and tweeted it. “Keep your fucking mouth shut! Your not a Muslim nor do you represent anything to do with Islam!!! Your white masters have given you what you desire as a sell out reporter!!! If you value your life keep the fuck out of Islam” the person wrote. Khan also flagged the comment to the Metropolitan police. A spokesman from the Metropolitan Police said: “The Met’s digital contact team @MetCC have DM’d a 47 year old woman with a view to formally reporting an allegation of malicious communications. Enquiries continue.”

On This Day

  • 1883 – Eruption of Krakatoa: Four enormous explosions destroy the island of Krakatoa and cause years of climate change.
  • 1893 – The Sea Islands hurricane strikes the United States near Savannah, Georgia, killing between 1,000-2,000 people.
  • 1896 – Anglo-Zanzibar War: The shortest war in world history (09:00 to 09:45), between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar.
  • 1956 – The nuclear power station at Calder Hall in the United Kingdom was connected to the national power grid becoming the world’s first commercial nuclear power station to generate electricity on an industrial scale.
  • 1979 – A Provisional Irish Republican Army bomb kills British retired admiral Lord Mountbatten and three others while they are boating on holiday in Sligo, Republic of Ireland.
  • 2011 – Hurricane Irene strikes the United States east coast, killing 47 and causing an estimated $15.6 billion in damage.

Deaths

  • 1576 – Titian, Italian painter and educator (b. 1488)
  • 1965 – Le Corbusier, Swiss-French architect and urban planner (b. 1887)
  • 1967 – Brian Epstein, English businessman and manager (b. 1934)
  • 1975 – Haile Selassie, Ethiopian emperor (b. 1892)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Chris Pine (37), Melissa McCarthy (47), Macaulay Culkin (37), Alexander Skarsgård (41), Sean Connery (87), Tim Burton (59), Rachel Bilson (36), Joanne Whalley (53), Tom Skerritt (84), Gene Simmons (68), Billy Ray Cyrus (56), Claudia Schiffer (47), Steve Guttenberg (59), Rupert Grint (29), Stephen Fry (60), Dave Chappelle (44), Kristen Wiig (44), James Corden (39), Ty Burrell (50), Honor Blackman (92), Carrie-Anne Moss (50), Hayden Panettiere (28), RJ Mitte (25), Kim Cattrall (61), Kenny Rogers (79), Amy Adams (43), Andrew Garfield (34), Ben Barnes (36), Misha Collins (43), Jonathan Ke Quan (46), Joan Allen (61), James Marsters (55), Ray Wise (70), John Noble (69) and Sylvester McCoy (74).


Dead Pool 20th August 2017

Welcome all to a points bonanza! With the tragic demise of everyones favourite bumbling entertainer, Bruce Forsyth, almost everyone scored! 26 of us managed to list him in one way or another, so the leaderboard has changed dramatically. I wont list everyone, but well done all. Sadly we only have two people who have yet to score this year, but fear not, with four months to go, anything can happen!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Sonny Landham, 76, American actor (Predator, 48 Hrs., Lock Up), heart failure.
  • Sir Bruce Forsyth, 89, English television presenter (The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right, Strictly Come Dancing) and entertainer.
  • Robin Griffith, 78, Welsh actor. (Llais Blodyn Tatws, Y Barwn Coch o’r gyfres Siop Siafins).
  • Liz MacKean, 52, British broadcast journalist (Newsnight), stroke.
  • Dick Gregory, 84, American comedian and civil rights activist, heart failure.
  • Sir Colin Meads, 81, New Zealand rugby union player, coach and manager, cancer.

In Other News

The former Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, is seriously ill in hospital. The church said the 84-year-old’s health had taken a “defining turn”. Cardinal Cormac became the tenth Archbishop of Westminster in March 2000, was made Cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II, before retiring from his role as archbishop in 2009. As archbishop, he was the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales. For whatever good it will do, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the current Archbishop of Westminster, has asked for prayers. In a statement on the diocese of Arundel and Brighton website, where Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor used to be bishop, Cardinal Nichols said “these loving prayers are a source of great strength and comfort as he calmly ponders on all that lies ahead”, which most likely will be oblivion.

Earlier this week, Tom Cruise injured himself doing a stunt for the upcoming Mission: Impossible 6. Production will be shut down for around two months as a result. Variety first broke the news of the delay, which was then confirmed by the other Hollywood trades. Cruise was reportedly performing a stunt for the Christopher McQuarrie film where he had to jump between two buildings. He missed, which was the point, but on one of the takes, he landed wrong and broke his ankle. TMZ posted a video that’s likely the stunt in question. The director spoke to Empire about the whole situation and confirmed that, yes, Cruise broke his ankle. Yes, he’s okay. But no, he’s not sure how long the hiatus will be. The trades all have different estimations, from six weeks to three months. Cruise is well-known for doing his own stunts, especially in the Mission: Impossible movies. He famously hung off the side of the Burj Khalifa for the fourth film and hung off a flying plane for the fifth one. If there’s a seventh, you’d have to think that would be cut back significantly after this.

Willie Nelson was forced to cut his Salt Lake City concert short due to breathing problems, according to various reports from the scene. The 84-year-old singer was reportedly taken to a local hospital after exiting the stage during the early section of his performance at the USANA Amphitheatre. Nelson has battled multiple health complaints in recent years, but took to Twitter to calm fans by stating that he was “feeling better”, while blaming altitude sickness for his woes. “This is Willie,” he wrote. “I am sorry to have to cut the SLC show short tonight. The altitude got to me I am feeling better now & headed for lower ground.” A part of fans’ alarm comes from the various rumours Nelson has recently been plagued with; his publicist Elaine Shock was forced to release a statement that the musician was “perfectly fine”, after Radar Online quoted an anonymous source stating he was “deathly ill”. Several of his shows were cancelled at the start of the year due to a “bad cold”, but Nelson has since returned to the road. He’s also no stranger to online death hoaxes, even addressing the matter in his song ‘Still Not Dead’, off his latest album God’s Problem Child.

Silent Witness actress Liz Carr has said being attacked by a man with scissors was “very frightening” but that she was “relatively unscathed”. Carr, who plays forensic examiner Clarissa Mullery, was with her personal assistant when the assault happened near London’s Euston station. A man has been detained under the Mental Health Act, police said. “Thanks to everyone who has sent their love and good wishes following  last week’s stabbing,” Carr said. “Just to reassure you that whilst it was very frightening at the time, I came out of it relatively unscathed and was even back home later that night. “Looking forward to returning to filming on Silent Witness next week where thankfully all the violence is fake!” The 45-year-old, who uses a wheelchair, suffered minor cuts. Both women were taken to hospital and later discharged.

And finally, the grandmother who infamously tried to claim a £33million lottery jackpot by alleging she had put the ticket in the washing machine has died aged 49. ‘Lotto gran’ Susanne Hinte is believed to have had a heart attack at her home in Worcester yesterday afternoon. The grandmother-of-four contacted Camelot last year after claiming she found the winning ticket in her jeans which had been damaged in the wash. But when German-born Ms Hinte sent in the crumpled ticket, investigators from Camelot’s security team soon determined the ticket was not correct. Ms Hinte provoked a storm of criticism by the false lottery claim and later revealed she regretted the whole incident and felt suicidal. Last year she said: ‘I wanted to be dead. I couldn’t understand why all of a sudden I was hated by so many people. I didn’t do anything wrong.’ Although not famous enough for our needs, she would have scored quite nicely.

On This Day

  • 1858 – Charles Darwin first publishes his theory of evolution through natural selection in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallace’s same theory.
  • 1940 – In Mexico City, Mexico exiled Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky is fatally wounded with an ice axe by Ramón Mercader. He dies the next day.
  • 1940 – World War II: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill makes the fourth of his famous wartime speeches, containing the line “Never was so much owed by so many to so few”.
  • 1975 – Viking program: NASA launches the Viking 1 planetary probe toward Mars.
  • 1977 – Voyager program: NASA launches the Voyager 2 spacecraft.
  • 1989 – The pleasure boat Marchioness sinks on the River Thames following a collision. Fifty-one people are killed.

Deaths

  • 1825 – William Waldegrave, 1st Baron Radstock, English admiral and politician, Governor of Newfoundland (b. 1753)
  • 1912 – William Booth, English preacher, co-founded The Salvation Army (b. 1829)
  • 2013 – Elmore Leonard, American novelist, short story writer, and screenwriter (b. 1925)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Matthew Perry (48), Jonathan Frakes (65), Kevin Dillon (52), Diana Muldaur (79), Jim Carter (69), Edward Norton (48), Robert Redford (81), Christian Slater (48), Madeleine Stowe (59), Roman Polanski (84), Denis Leary (60), Robert De Niro (74), Sean Penn (57), Steve Carell (55), James Cameron (63), Julie Newmar (84), Madonna (59), Jennifer Lawrence (27), Ben Affleck (45), Natasha Henstridge (43), Debra Messing (49), Jim Dale (82), Mila Kunis (34), Halle Berry (51) and Steve Martin (72).


Dead Pool 13th August 2017

Oh my! Points to award and a new table leader! With  the sad passing of Glen Campbell, 69 points go to Doug and 169 to Martin as he had him down as his Cert.  Luke and Dave also score 137 with their Cert, with the death of the world oldest man, Yisrael Kristal. The top three scorers now have nothing between them, one death is enough to secure the championship.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Chantek, 39, American hybrid orangutan who learned signing.
  • Haruo Nakajima, 88, Japanese actor (Godzilla, Destroy All Monsters, Seven Samurai), pneumonia.
  • Glen Campbell, 81, American singer (“Rhinestone Cowboy”, “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”) and actor (True Grit), Grammy winner (1967, 2015), Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Sitaram Panchal, 54, Indian actor (Peepli Live, Lajja, Slumdog Millionaire), kidney and lung cancer.
  • Yisrael Kristal, 113, Polish-Israeli supercentenarian, world’s oldest living man.

In Other News

Singer Sinead O’Connor has sparked fresh concern over her mental health after posting a Facebook video in which she reveals she has wanted to kill herself for the past two years. The Irish songwriter, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, took to the social media site for a tearful confessional recording, opening up about how alone she has felt since losing custody of her 13-year-old son. In the video, posted from the Travelodge in New Jersey where she says she is now living, the 50-year-old said she suffers from three mental illnesses. “I’m all by myself, there’s absolutely nobody in my life. “I’m now living in a Travelodge motel in the arse-end of New Jersey. “[No one] except my doctor, my psychiatrist — who is the sweetest man on earth who says I’m his hero — and that’s about the only f**king thing keeping me alive at the moment. The fact that I’m his bloody hero … and that’s kind of pathetic.” O’Connor, who shot to fame in 1990 with the smash hit Nothing Compares 2 U, claims she is being treated “like shit” by family members who are refusing to take care of her. The thousands of comments from friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter mainly expressed concern for the singer’s well-being and urged her to seek help. Last May, the singer sparked a police investigation after she went missing after going on a bike ride with friends concerned she may have carried out her threats to take her own life.

Jeremy Clarkson will have to take a break from work for “quite some time” after contracting pneumonia, the TV presenter has said in a statement. The Grand Tour presenter was admitted to hospital on Friday after falling ill while on a family holiday in Majorca. The 57-year-old posted a message on social media saying: “To keep you up to date, I’ll be out of action for quite some time apparently.” He said it was “really annoying” as he had never had a day off work. Clarkson also thanked fans for “all the good wishes”. On Sunday, it was confirmed the former Top Gear host was being treated in a hospital on the Spanish island. Clarkson shared a photograph of tubes in his arm and his hospital identity tags around his wrist, writing: “Not the sort of bangles I usually choose on holiday.” Clarkson made light of the situation on social media, saying the show’s third co-presenter, James May, was now the only “functioning member” of the Grand Tour team, adding: “God help us.”

In what we would call a non-news story, The Queen is preparing to make Prince Charles King of England and abdicated the throne, according to reports. Queen Elizabeth, 91, intends to step aside when she turns 95. They said: “Out of the profound respect the Queen holds for the institution of monarchy and its stewardship, Her Majesty would want to make sure that she has done everything she can for her country and her people before she hands over. She is dutiful to her core. Her Majesty is mindful of her age and wants to make sure when the time comes, the transition of the Crown is seamless. I understand the Queen has given the matter considerable thought and believes that, if she is still alive at 95, she will seriously consider passing the reign to Charles.” Clarence House is making no comment about ‘Plan Regency’, which involves a piece of legislation called the Regency Act coming into force.

Ant McPartlin has revealed how his secret two-year addiction to super-strong painkilling drugs almost killed him. The 41-year-old I’m A Celebrity presenter told how he was rushed to hospital at 5am after an “insane” pills binge. “I was at the point where anything — prescription drugs, non-prescription drugs — I would take. And take them with alcohol, which is ridiculous. The doctors told me, ‘You could have killed yourself’. Ant knew the game was up as he pleaded with his wife Lisa to get him to hospital after bingeing on tramadol, morphine and alcohol while recovering from a second knee operation in June. He recalls: “It was five in the morning and I was screaming in pain so I rang Lisa. She was upstairs because I was living in the living room because I couldn’t get around. I said, ‘You’re going to have to call me an ambulance. I’m in a bad way’. Post-rehab, he’s now clean of all drugs other than paracetamol for the first time in three years — and looking healthy after losing a stone.

On This Day

  • 1868 – The 8.5–9.0 Mw Arica earthquake struck southern Peru with a maximum Mercalli intensity of XI (Extreme), causing 25,000+ deaths and a destructive basin wide tsunami that affected Hawaii and New Zealand.
  • 1961 – East Germany closes the border between the eastern and western sectors of Berlin to thwart its inhabitants’ attempts to escape to the West, and construction of the Berlin Wall is started.
  • 1964 – Peter Allen and Gwynne Evans are hanged for the Murder of John Alan West becoming the last people executed in the United Kingdom.
  • 1969 – The Apollo 11 astronauts are released from a three-week quarantine to enjoy a ticker tape parade in New York City That evening, at a state dinner in Los Angeles, they are awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Richard Nixon.

Deaths

  • 1910 – Florence Nightingale, Italian-English nurse and theologian (b. 1820)
  • 1946 – H. G. Wells, English novelist, historian, and critic (b. 1866)
  • 2009 – Les Paul, American musician (b. 1915)
  • 2016 – Kenny Baker, English actor and musician (b. 1934)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Cara Delevingne (25), Jim Beaver (67), Sam J. Jones (63), Chris Hemsworth (34), Anna Gunn (49), Ian McDiarmid (73), Hulk Hogan (64), Antonio Banderas (57), Rosanna Arquette (58), Kylie Jenner (20), Anna Kendrick (32), Sam Elliott (73), Rhona Mitra (41), Gillian Anderson (49), Eric Bana (49), Melanie Griffith (60), Audrey Tautou (41), McG (48), Dustin Hoffman (80), Keith Carradine (68), Charlize Theron (42), Abbie Cornish (35), David Duchovny (57) and Tobin Bell (75).


Dead Pool 6th August 2017

Several prominent names have dropped this week, however no points scored. Rather a lot of juicy news too, in fact it was rather difficult to edit this issue down to the usual size, if only every week was the same!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Jeanne Moreau, 89, French actress (Elevator to the Gallows, The Lovers, Jules and Jim).
  • Jeffrey Brotman, 74, American businessman, co-founder of Costco.
  • Mariann Mayberry, 52, American actress (War of the Worlds, August: Osage County, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), ovarian cancer.
  • Goldy McJohn, 72, Canadian keyboardist (Steppenwolf), heart attack.
  • Robert Hardy, 91, British actor (All Creatures Great and Small, Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years, Harry Potter).
  • Hywel Bennett, 73, Welsh actor (The Virgin Soldiers, Shelley, EastEnders).

In Other News

TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson is being treated for pneumonia after being admitted to  hospital in Majorca. The 57-year-old was on a family holiday on the Spanish island when he was taken ill. He tweeted friend Jemima Goldsmith he was “in a wheelchair, connected up to tubes, in a hospital”, and also posted a picture of himself on Instagram. A spokesman for The Grand Tour confirmed the TV presenter was being treated for pneumonia. Clarkson is the second Grand Tour host to be admitted to hospital this year. Fellow Top Gear alumnus Richard Hammond, 47, was flown to hospital in Switzerland after crashing an electric super car in Switzerland in June. The car, which was being filmed for the latest series of The Grand Tour, burst into flames after Hammond escaped the wreckage. The presenter said he thought he was going to die during the incident, during which he became airborne and crashed after completing the Hemberg Hill Climb in Switzerland. He described the experience as “like being in a tumble dryer full of bricks going down a hill”.

Controversial columnist Katie Hopkins had to be rushed to hospital after being treated by paramedics at a train station. The reality TV star was left in agony after dislocating her shoulder while carrying a suitcase onto the platform. She had to be given emergency gas and air inside Paddington, west London, before being taken to nearby St Mary’s Hospital. Katie’s husband Mark Cross told the Sunday Mirror: “This is a legacy from her years with epilepsy. The staff at St Mary’s were brilliant and managed to get her patched up in a couple of hours.” The ex-Apprentice contestant Katie, 42, was her way to Heathrow to catch a flight to LA where she appeared as a guest speaker at the Politicon conference in Pasadena. Mark added: “I’m pleased to say Katie, although in a great deal of pain and doped-up, still made her flight.” Katie was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of 19 and last year underwent brain surgery but surgeons failed to find her brain.

The Duke of Edinburgh met Royal Marines in his final solo public engagement before he retires from royal duties. The 96-year-old announced his retirement in May, after decades of supporting the Queen as well as attending events for his own charities and organisations. Prince Philip has completed 22,219 solo engagements since 1952. Prime Minister Theresa May took to Twitter to thank him for “a remarkable lifetime of service”. She added that she hoped he “can now enjoy a well-earned retirement”. While his diary of engagements will come to an end, Buckingham Palace has said the duke may still decide to attend certain events alongside the Queen in the future.

Martin Shkreli, the hedge fund manager turned pharmaceutical entrepreneur once dubbed “the most hated man in America”, has been found guilty on three of eight federal charges that he deceived investors in a pair of failed hedge funds. The jury of seven women and five men reached their verdict on the fifth day of deliberations after a month-long federal fraud trial. Shkreli, nicknamed “Pharma Bro” for his wilfully provocative behaviour, faces up to 20 years behind bars on the charges of securities fraud, conspiracy to commit securities fraud and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Prior to the trial, Shkreli boasted he would be acquitted entirely because he was “so innocent” and jurors would apologise to him. Shkreli also faces a heap of civil lawsuits. Shkreli achieved notoriety in 2015 after the 34-year-old increased the price of a life-saving drug, Daraprim, used by people with Aids, by 5,000% overnight, shortly after his pharmaceutical startup bought the commercial rights to it. Let’s see how long he lasts if he gets put in jail.

On This Day

  • 1890 – At Auburn Prison in New York, murderer William Kemmler becomes the first person to be executed by electric chair.
  • 1926 – Gertrude Ederle becomes the first woman to swim across the English Channel.
  • 1945 – World War II: Hiroshima, Japan is devastated when the atomic bomb “Little Boy” is dropped by the United States B-29 Enola Gay. Around 70,000 people are killed instantly, and some tens of thousands die in subsequent years from burns and radiation poisoning.
  • 1991 – Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the World Wide Web. WWW debuts as a publicly available service on the Internet.

Deaths

  • 1623 – Anne Hathaway, wife of William Shakespeare (b. 1555)
  • 2005 – Robin Cook, Scottish educator and politician, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (b. 1946)
  • 2009 – John Hughes, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1950)
  • 2012 – Bernard Lovell, English physicist and astronomer (b. 1913)

Last Week’s Birthdays

M. Night Shyamalan (47), Michelle Yeoh (55), Mark Strong (54), Loni Anderson (72), Lexi Belle (30), Kara Tointon (34), Billy Bob Thornton (62), Barack Obama (56), Evangeline Lilly (38), Martin Sheen (77), John Landis (67), Steven Berkoff (80), Sam Worthington (41), Kevin Smith (47), Edward Furlong (40), Joanna Cassidy (72), Jason Momoa (38), Sam Mendes (52), Michael Biehn (61), Wesley Snipes (55), Dean Cain (51), Emilia Fox (43), J.K. Rowling (52), Christopher Nolan (47), Arnold Schwarzenegger (70), Lisa Kudrow (54), Hilary Swank (43), Laurence Fishburne (56), Jean Reno (69), Richard Linklater (57), Carel Struycken (69), and Frances de la Tour (73).


Dead Pool 30th July 2017

Another pointless week, to be fair, I could walk past any of this weeks deceased and not notice them. However, they are all more famous than I am, so lets celebrate their demises by not scoring any points whatsoever! But, from reading this weeks news, we now know not to eat cherry stones as they have enough cyanide in three of them to kill you, so make sure you offer cherries to any celebrities you happen to meet, just on the off chance like..

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Clarence Matthews, 111, American supercentenarian, oldest living man in the US.
  • Michael Johnson, 72, American singer (“Bluer Than Blue”, “Give Me Wings”, “The Moon Is Still Over Her Shoulder”), songwriter and guitarist.
  • Barbara Sinatra, 90, American fashion model, showgirl and philanthropist.
  • Patti Deutsch, 73, American comedian and voice actress (The Smurfs, Match Game, Tattletales), cancer.
  • June Foray, 99, American voice actress (The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, Cinderella).
  • Rob Anker, 27, English dancer (Diversity), winner of Britain’s Got Talent (2009), car crash.
  • Charlie Gard, 11 months, British infant, subject of life support and parental rights case, MDDS.

In Other News

Troubled Ant McPartlin has been allowed on trips out of rehab after making progress on overcoming his addictions. The TV favourite, 41, shocked fans last month by telling the media of his substance abuse, prescription drugs and booze issues. But smiling Ant, who has had surgery to fix an injured right knee, has been on walks to a park and shops after four weeks staying inside the clinic. A source said: “He’s doing very well considering everything he’s been through and is happy at being allowed to leave the centre with one of the staff. He is in good spirits and on the road to recovery.” Ant admitted to being hooked on painkillers he took for knee pain. He also turned to substance abuse while depressed after years of being unable to conceive with wife Lisa. Ant checked into rehab after confessing to her and TV partner Declan Donnelly about his problems and is expected to remain at the clinic for up to three months. The source added: “Ant has had no visitors — not even Lisa or Dec. “It was judged best that he battled through this on his own. It has been very tough for him, but he really wants to get better and promised to do whatever that takes. There is still a way to go, but he is making real progress.”

Olivia Newton-John’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi has revealed that cannabis oil is helping her recover from cancer. Fans everywhere were devastated when the Grease star announced the return of her cancer in May, being forced to postpone her US and Canada tour as the cancer has now spread to other areas of her body. Olivia’s daughter, Chloe Lattanzi, revealed that her mother would be trying alternative courses of medicine – including cannabis oil to try and treat her, so in all likelihood she wont be around for our lists for 2018. Chloe, Olivia’s only child, owns a legal marijuana farm in Oregon with her fiancé, and discussed how effective the cannabis oil had been. She said: “She’s using it, it inhibits cancer cell growth. It’s an amazing plant and I’m much more for natural medicine than I am for traditional western medicine. “I think a combination of both is good. My mum and I more lean towards the natural remedies.” She said in a totally impartial way that didn’t promote her money making scheme over her mothers health.

And finally, just when you thought it was safe to go out at night once more, police in the US state of Maine have arrested a drunk, one-armed clown who was brandishing a machete. Corey Berry, 31, from the town of Hollis, was spotted walking down a road in a black hooded sweatshirt and a clown mask, holding the weapon. He had duct-taped the machete to his arm, which police say had been amputated. Worried residents began calling 911 at around 18:00 on Tuesday. Local media said Mr Berry ran off into the woods, where police struggled to apprehend him as further emergency calls came in. State Trooper Adam Schmidt said the clown was highly intoxicated, but cooperative. He told police he had been inspired by previous creepy clown sightings and was trying to play a prank. While sightings have died down this year, summer and autumn 2016 saw a wave of “killer clown” stunts that spread across the US, UK, Canada, and Australia.

On This Day

  • 762 – Baghdad is founded by caliph Al-Mansur.
  • 1733 – The first Masonic Grand Lodge in the future United States is constituted in Massachusetts.
  • 1965 – U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Social Security Act of 1965 into law, establishing Medicare and Medicaid.
  • 1971 – Apollo program: Apollo 15 Mission: David Scott and James Irwin on the Apollo Lunar Module Falcon land on the Moon with the first Lunar Rover.
  • 1975 – Jimmy Hoffa disappears from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, at about 2:30 p.m. He is never seen or heard from again.
  • 2003 – In Mexico, the last ‘old style’ Volkswagen Beetle rolls off the assembly line.
  • 2006 – The world’s longest running music show Top of the Pops is broadcast for the last time on BBC Two. The show had aired for 42 years and as many as 30,000 children were fucked by the presenters.

Deaths

  • 1898 – Otto von Bismarck, Lawyer and politician, 1st Chancellor of Germany (b. 1815)
  • 2007 – Ingmar Bergman, Swedish director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1918)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Wil Wheaton (45), David Warner (76), Elizabeth Berkley (43), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (47), Taylor Schilling (33), Jonathan Rhys Meyers (40), Donnie Yen (54), Bryan Fuller (48), Kate Beckinsale (44), Jason Statham (50), Kevin Spacey (58), Sandra Bullock (53), Helen Mirren (72), Nana Visitor (60), Eve Myles (39), Mick Jagger (74), Matt LeBlanc (50), Iman (62), Lynda Carter (66), Anna Paquin (35), Summer Glau (36), Jennifer Lopez (48), Danny Dyer (40), Woody Harrelson (56), Daniel Radcliffe (28), Charisma Carpenter (47), Ronny Cox (79), Slash (52) and Selena Gomez (25).


Dead Pool 23rd July 2017

After a busy week for the flying monkeys, none of us managed to score a single point. Quite a few big names on the list this week, even a very good potential Maverick, if only we could predict the future somehow…

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Martin Landau, 89, American actor (Ed Wood, Mission: Impossible, North by Northwest), Oscar winner (1995).
  • George A. Romero, 77, American-Canadian film director and screenwriter (Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow), lung cancer.
  • Harvey Atkin, 74, Canadian actor (Cagney & Lacey, Meatballs, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit), cancer.
  • Chester Bennington, 41, American singer and songwriter (Linkin Park, Dead by Sunrise, Stone Temple Pilots), suicide by hanging.
  • John Heard, 72, American actor (Home Alone).
  • Pudsey, 11, British performing dog (Britain’s Got Talent, Pudsey: The Movie, Mr Stink), blood cancer.
  • Deborah Watling, 69, English actress (Doctor Who, Take Me High, The Invisible Man), lung cancer.

In Other News

British actor Paul Nicholls, 38, was found in agony at the base of Khun Si falls after a local spotted his abandoned rental motorbike. He was found partially submerged in a rock pool, semi-conscious and with hypothermia, unable to move to safety or find food. “I am lucky to be alive,” Nicholls said. “It took such a long time to find me. It’s an understatement to say it wasn’t a great situation … The problem was I couldn’t move to get out of there.” Nicholls said his kneecap was destroyed in the fall and would need a complete reconstruction. It took two hours for emergency services to get him to International Koh Samui hospital, and his medical bills will run into tens of thousands of pounds. Nicholls debuted in EastEnders in 1996 as Joe Wicks. He quit the soap a year later and has since worked on City Central, Holby City, Secret Diary of a Call Girl and Law & Order. He also acted in the 2004 film, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason.

Veteran US Republican Senator John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer and is reviewing treatment options, according to his office. The options may include chemotherapy and radiation, his doctors said. The 80-year-old politician is in “good spirits” recovering at home. He thanked those who had wished him well and said he would be back soon. The tumour was discovered during a surgery to remove a blood clot from above his left eye last week. Tissue analysis revealed that a primary brain tumour known as glioblastoma was associated with the clot. “The senator’s doctors say he is recovering from his surgery ‘amazingly well’ and his underlying health is excellent.” Senior Republicans and Democrats wished him a speedy recovery, prompting Mr McCain to tweet his thanks. Glioblastoma is a particularly aggressive brain tumour, and increases in frequency with age, affecting more men than women.

You might want to pop over to Nickie’s blog to read this excellent post about our perception on who is is still alive or is actually dead. Each year at Dead Pool Towers we have to review each persons list because invariably there will be one or two already deceased celebrities on their lists. We also get shocked at times to find out that a celebrity is still alive, having been certain that they died twenty years ago, only to find they just retired and slipped back into obscurity like the rest of us.

On This Day

  • 1903 – The Ford Motor Company sells its first car.
  • 1962 – Telstar relays the first publicly transmitted, live trans-Atlantic television program.
  • 1982 – Outside Santa Clarita, California, actor Vic Morrow and two children are killed when a helicopter crashes onto them while shooting a scene from Twilight Zone:The Movie.

Deaths

  • 1885 – Ulysses S. Grant, American general and politician, 18th President of the United States (b. 1822)
  • 1948 – D. W. Griffith, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1875)
  • 1966 – Montgomery Clift, American actor (b. 1920)
  • 1982 – Vic Morrow, American actor (b. 1929)
  • 1996 – Jean Muir, American actress (b. 1911)
  • 2002 – Leo McKern, Australian-English actor (b. 1920)
  • 2011 – Amy Winehouse, English singer-songwriter (b. 1983)
  • 2012 – Sally Ride, American physicist and astronaut (b. 1951)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Willem Dafoe (62), Clive Standen (36), Rhys Ifans (50), Terence Stamp (79), Danny Glover (71), Louise Fletcher (83), Josh Hartnett (39), Diana Rigg (79), John Francis Daley (32), Gisele Bündchen (37), Benedict Cumberbatch (41), Jared Padalecki (35), Vin Diesel (50), Kristen Bell (37), Paul Verhoeven (79), Donald Sutherland (82), David Hasselhoff (65) and Alex Winter (52).


Dead Pool 16th July 2017

Another pointless week, in fact a rather slow news week too. Not that many deaths, and those who did kick the bucket were rather niche to say the least! Time to free the flying monkeys we feel.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Chuck Blazer, 72, American soccer administrator, informant for the 2015 FIFA corruption case, colorectal cancer.
  • Fresh Kid Ice, 53, American rapper (2 Live Crew).
  • Marie Josephine Gaudette, 115, American-born Italian supercentenarian and nun, nation’s oldest person.
  • Maryam Mirzakhani, 40, Iranian mathematician and academic, Fields Medalist (2014), breast cancer.

In Other News 

Ajax midfielder Abdelhak Nouri suffered “serious and permanent brain damage” after collapsing in a friendly match on Saturday. The 20-year-old had “cardiac arrhythmias” – heart rhythm problems – during the game against Werder Bremen. The club statement said the chances of recovery from the damage is nil. It added: “The diagnosis was made that a lot of his brain is not functioning. All this probably occurred due to a lack of oxygen supply.” On Monday, the club had said tests showed his “heart is functioning normally” and brain scans did not detect “any anomalies” – but new tests revealed the extent of the damage. The Amsterdam-born player was flown by helicopter to hospital in Austria – where the abandoned friendly match was being played.

Aretha Franklin has cancelled another scheduled performance due to ill health. The music icon was set to headline the second annual Martha’s Vineyard Concert Series at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts on 19th August. However, undisclosed  health issues have caused Aretha to pull out of the show, with a representative for production company Innovation Arts & Entertainment confirming her cancellation. “The staff of MV Concert Series wishes Ms. Franklin a full recovery and holds out hope that we may someday host the Queen of Soul in concert on Island,” they said in a statement. Due to the late notice, concert organisers have not been able to find a replacement act and all purchased tickets for the Vineyard show have been refunded. Of late, the Respect hitmaker has also cancelled gigs in Chicago, Illinois and Toronto in Canada due to health concerns. In recent years, the 75-year-old has cut down on her performance schedule and in 2010, she had to cancel shows to undergo emergency abdominal surgery. She later revealed she had a tumour removed. Earlier this year, Aretha announced she will be retiring after her next album is released in September.

A couple tried to recreate an infamous scene from Dirty Dancing – and ended up in hospital. Andy and Sharon Price were left unconscious after their attempt failed and they collided, leading to a blue-light dash in an ambulance to A&E. The engaged pair had watched the 80s movie more than 30 times and wanted to do the famous lift on their big day. But practicing their moves in a pub garden wasn’t the best idea – Andy, 51, was knocked out cold and Sharon, 52, was bruised and severely winded. Jennifer Grey made leaping into the arms of Patrick Swayze so much easier, but for the Price’s it ended in drama. At first, their family members thought they were messing around, but realised it was serious and dialled 999. Sharon said doctors at Southmead Hospital in Bristol laughed when they discovered how they’d got their injuries. They’ve known each other for 18 months and plan to tie the knot later this year. But now, instead of dancefloor acrobatics, they’ll be settling for a “slow one” for their first dance instead.

On This Day

  • 1661 – The first banknotes in Europe are issued by the Swedish bank Stockholms Banco.
  • 1935 – The world’s first parking meter is installed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • 1945 – Manhattan Project: The Atomic Age begins when the United States successfully detonates a plutonium-based test nuclear weapon near Alamogordo, New Mexico.
  • 1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 11, the first mission to land astronauts on the Moon, is launched from the Kennedy Space Center at Cape Kennedy, Florida.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Will Ferrell (50), Phoebe Cates (54), Corey Feldman (46), Travis Fimmel (38), Diane Kruger (41), Brigitte Nielsen (54), Forest Whitaker (56), Jan-Michael Vincent (73), Celia Imrie (65), Jesse Ventura (66), Jackie Earle Haley (56), Matthew Fox (51), Harry Dean Stanton (91), David Mitchell (43), Harrison Ford (75), Patrick Stewart (77), Michelle Rodriguez (39), Anna Friel (41), Cheryl Ladd (66), Tamsin Greig (51), Bill Cosby (80), Stephen Lang (65), Sofía Vergara (45), Peter Serafinowicz (45), Chiwetel Ejiofor (40), John Simm (47) and Jessica Simpson (37).


Dead Pool 9th July 2017

Apologies for the lateness of this weeks edition, life got in the way. I’ll try not to let that happen again. Without further ado…

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Stevie Ryan, 33, American actress and comedian (Stevie TV), suicide by hanging.
  • Joe Robinson, 90, British actor (A Kid for Two FarthingsThe Loneliness of the Long Distance RunnerThor and the Amazon Women)
  • Carol Lee Scott, 74, English actress (Grotbags).
  • Ji-Tu Cumbuka, 77, American actor (RootsBlaculaMandingo)
  • Joan Boocock Lee, 95, British-born American voice actress (Spider-ManFantastic Four) and model, complications from a stroke
  • Nelsan Ellis, 39, American actor (True BloodGet on UpElementary), complications from heart failure.

In Other News

Oscar-winning actress Olivia de Havilland is very much alive and well as she is suing the makers of a television show which she says portrayed her as a “petty gossip”. De Havilland, who turns 101 on Saturday, filed a lawsuit against FX Networks and producer Ryan Murphy over the miniseries Feud: Bette and Joan. The drama explored the bad blood between the Hollywood screen legends Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. The actress, who appeared in 50 films, was played by Catherine Zeta-Jones. In papers filed at the Los Angeles Superior Court, de Havilland – who was made a dame in the Queen’s birthday honours in June – said the show’s characterisation of her damaged her “professional reputation for integrity, honesty, generosity, self-sacrifice and dignity”. The Gone With The Wind star is asking a jury to consider the emotional distress caused by the show, as well as potential financial losses and the profits made from using her identity. De Havilland – the only person depicted in the series who is still alive – also said she was not consulted.

Sheila Michaels, an American feminist who brought the honorific “Ms” into mainstream use, has died aged 78. Ms Michaels did not invent the term, but is credited with rescuing it from obscurity after she saw it used in an address, thinking it was a typo. “Ms” did not convey a woman’s marital status, unlike the traditional options “Mrs” or “Miss”. “I had never seen it before: It was kind of arcane knowledge,” she said. Speaking to the New York Times in an interview last year for her own obituary, she said the honorific resonated with her, both as a feminist and as the child of unmarried parents. Years later, she brought it up casually, during a lull in conversation on broadcast radio – where it was heard by others, and began to attract attention, from there there was no stopping it. Ms Michaels leaves a legacy both minute and momentous: two consonants and a small dot – three characters that forever changed English discourse.

And finally, a story that could be classed as a mountainous molehill, a woman who shared a video of herself urinating on an American flag has asked that people stop targeting her family, saying they do not support her actions. Emily Lance received online threats of murder and rape after posting the video during Independence Day celebrations. Her account is no longer on Facebook but she previously posted that her father and his workplace had also been “targeted”, reports say. However, desecrating the US flag is not illegal due to strong freedom of speech laws. In the video, Ms Lance is seen standing over a toilet on which a US flag is draped, and urinating on it with the aid of a she-wee. She captioned it with: “F*** your nationalism. F*** your country. F*** your stupid f****** flag”. Later she made a plea for her opponents not to “take your anger out on the wrong people”, saying no-one in her family “agrees with my shenanigans”. “What don’t you people understand? You’re celebrating freedom while damning me for doing the same. You can’t have it both ways,” she said. President Trump declined to comment, even though we all know he is partial to a bit of female wee.

On This Day

Deaths

  • 1932 – King Camp Gillette, U.S. businessman, founded the Gillette Company (b. 1855)
  • 2002 – Rod Steiger, American actor (b. 1925)
  • 2011 – Würzel, English guitarist (b. 1949)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Tom Hanks (61), Kelly McGillis (60), Fred Savage (41), Brian Dennehy (79), Courtney Love (53), O.J. Simpson (70), Kevin Bacon (59), Jaden Smith (19), Anjelica Huston (66), Jeffrey Tambor (73), Shelley Duvall (68), Jack Whitehall (29), Ringo Starr (77), Kate Nash (30), Eva Green (37), Sylvester Stallone (71), Geoffrey Rush (66), Kevin Hart (38), Burt Ward (72), Jennifer Saunders (59), 50 Cent (42), Edie Falco (54), RZA (48), Huey Lewis (67), Gina Lollobrigida (90), Neil Morrissey (55), Ronni Ancona (49), Tom Cruise (55), Kurtwood Smith (74), Yeardley Smith (53), Lindsay Lohan (31), Larry David (70), Jerry Hall (61) and Peter Kay (44).


Dead Pool 2nd July 2017

Halfway through the year!!!! Sadly no points to be awarded on this momentous point in the game, but as you all know, ’tis a fickle game we play and it can go any way very quickly. We were surprised that nobody had good old Barry Norman, he’s been listed quite a few times in the past, but nobody deemed him worthy this year.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Michael Bond, 91, British children’s author (Paddington Bear).
  • Michael Nyqvist, 56, Swedish actor (Millennium, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, John Wick), lung cancer.
  • Ruth Pearson, 70, British dancer (Pan’s People), cancer.
  • Toytown, 24, British event horse.
  • Barry Norman, 83, British film critic and television presenter (Film…).

In Other News

Ronnie O’Sullivan has revealed he suffered a breakdown which almost forced him to pull out of the 2016 World Snooker Championship. O’Sullivan, who has battled a number of personal issues throughout his career, said he was in hospital for “four or five days” during last year’s tournament. The five-time World Champion had defeated David Gilbert 10-7 in the opening round at The Crucible but refused to attend his post-match press conference and reportedly smashed up his dressing room. Speaking on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme, O’Sullivan admitted: “I didn’t intentionally smash it up. Not many people know this, but I was suffering. I’d had a massive workload, probably too much – I’d worked myself to the bone. The pressure of that tournament was too much and straight after that match I was driven straight down to London and I was in a hospital for four or five days. I was physically exhausted and just on a low. They helped me out, I had a few days in there, had some medication to try and keep me going and it was touch and go whether I was going to play in the Second Round.” O’Sullivan was declared fit to return to action but exited the competition in the Second Round after a narrow 13-12 defeat to Barry Hawkins. Widely regarded as snooker’s most naturally gifted star, ‘The Rocket’s’ personal problems have been well-publicised over the past three decades. He has previously admitted to suffering from clinical depression and has had drug-related problems.

US tennis star Venus Williams has been involved in a car crash that led to the death of a 78-year-old man. A spokesman for Palm Beach Gardens police in Florida confirmed to the media they were investigating a fatal crash involving the Grand Slam champion. A man was taken to hospital after the accident on 9th June and died two weeks later from his injuries, he said. Police believe she was at fault but her lawyer says it was an accident. She has not been cited or charged. The man who died, Jerome Barson, was travelling with his wife who was driving their vehicle through an intersection when the collision happened. Ms Williams’ car suddenly darted into their path and was unable to clear the junction in time due to traffic jams, according to witness statements in a police report obtained by US media. Mrs Barson was also taken to hospital but survived. “[Ms Williams] is at fault for violating the right of way of [the other driver],” the report said, adding that there were no other factors like drugs, alcohol or mobile phone distractions. The 37-year-old, seven-time Grand Slam champion reportedly told police she did not see the couple’s car and she was driving slowly.  Ms Williams’ lawyer Malcolm Cunningham told CNN in a statement: “Ms Williams entered the intersection on a green light. The police report estimates that Ms Williams was travelling at 5mph when Mrs Barson crashed into her. “Authorities did not issue Ms Williams with any citations or traffic violations. This is an unfortunate accident and Venus expresses her deepest condolences to the family who lost a loved one.”

A playboy who tried to blackmail the Royal Family over a gay sex scandal killed himself by taking a lethal cocktail of drugs, an inquest heard today. Ian Strachan, 40, tried to extort £50,000 after claiming he had video of an unnamed man performing a sex act on a male aide and taking cocaine. But he was branded a fantasist and jailed for five years in 2008, serving 2½ years. Strachan, whose real name was Paul Adalsteinsson, used different names — including Paul Stein — to obtain a variety of prescription drugs which he popped “like sweets,” the inquest heard. He had registered to three separate practices, two GPs and a private clinic. His left leg was amputated following a 30ft fall from a balcony in 2013, and he was visiting numerous hospitals — including Chelsea and Westminster and St Thomas’ — for surgery. Last year he suffered two heart attacks and became violent towards his mother, Westminster Coroner’s Court heard. In the hours before his death he had become aggressive and sent texts at 1am to his mum Elizabeth Stratton, who had been for lunch with him the day before. The text messages read: “You want a body, you have got one. It will be a different day tomorrow, I won’t be here.” He was found collapsed on Christmas Eve after taking codeine, maxicodone, xopicone and other prescription drugs mixed with milk. Toxicology reports also found cocaine in his system. Strachan was described at the 2008 Old Bailey blackmail trial as a fantasist who had a wild party lifestyle. He concocted the elaborate plot with fellow blackmailer Sean McGuigan, who also got five years. The pair demanded the cash for sex and drugs recordings said to be of an unnamed, married royal.

On This Day

  • 1698 – Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine.
  • 1934 – The Night of the Long Knives ends with the death of Ernst Röhm.
  • 1937 – Amelia Earhart and navigator Fred Noonan are last heard from over the Pacific Ocean while attempting to make the first equatorial round-the-world flight.
  • 1962 – The first Wal-Mart store opens for business in Rogers, Arkansas.

Deaths

  • 1566 – Nostradamus, French astrologer and author (b. 1503)
  • 1850 – Robert Peel, English lieutenant and politician, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1788)
  • 1961 – Ernest Hemingway, American novelist, short story writer, and journalist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)
  • 1973 – Betty Grable, American actress, singer, and dancer (b. 1916)
  • 1991 – Lee Remick, American actress (b. 1935)
  • 1993 – Fred Gwynne, American actor (b. 1926)
  • 1997 – James Stewart, American actor (b. 1908)
  • 2013 – Douglas Engelbart, American computer scientist, invented the computer mouse (b. 1925)
  • 2016 – Caroline Aherne, English actress and comedian (b. 1963)
  • 2016 – Michael Cimino, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1939)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Pamela Anderson (50), Olivia de Havilland (101), Liv Tyler (40), Dan Aykroyd (65), Geneviève Bujold (75), Debbie Harry (72), David Prowse (82), Vincent D’Onofrio (58), Mike Tyson (51), Gary Busey (73), Amanda Donohoe (55), John Cusack (51), Mel Brooks (91), Felicia Day (38), Kathy Bates (69), Alice Krige (63), Elon Musk (46), Tobey Maguire (42), J.J. Abrams (51), Ariana Grande (24), Ricky Gervais (56) and Carly Simon (72).


Dead Pool 25th June 2017

Afternoon Poolers, another week passes but no more points awarded. You’d have thought that with these record breaking heatwaves we’ve been experiencing that someone of note would have kicked the bucket, but our bucket is empty yet again this week. We’re just about half way through the year and to be fair, most of us have scored, which is unusual in itself. But don’t worry if you have yet to score, a good Cert will get you at least halfway up the table.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Tim Hague, 34, Canadian mixed martial artist (UFC, WSOF, KOTC), brain haemorrhage from boxing match.
  • Brian Cant, 83, British actor (Dappledown Farm) and television presenter (Play School), complications of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Zoltan Sarosy, 110, Hungarian-born Canadian chess master.
  • Virginia Moyano, 113, Argentine supercentenarian, nation’s oldest person, cardiac arrest.
  • Prodigy, 42, American rapper (Mobb Deep), complications from sickle cell anemia.

In Other News

The Duke of Edinburgh has left hospital after being admitted as “a precautionary measure”. Prince Philip was treated at the private King Edward VII Hospital, in central London, for an infection arising from a pre-existing condition. A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman had said on Wednesday that the 96-year-old was in good spirits. We understands his condition is “not a cause for serious concern”. He had been with the Queen at Trooping the Colour on Saturday and the opening day of Royal Ascot on Tuesday. However, after being admitted to hospital on Tuesday evening, he missed Wednesday’s State Opening of Parliament, where his place was taken by the Prince of Wales, and a second day at Ascot. BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said that, given the duke was treated for a pre-existing condition, it is safe to assume he has been suffering from the recurrence of the bladder infection he suffered twice in 2012. Prince Philip has spent much of his life in good health, but he was treated for a blocked coronary artery in 2011 and the bladder infection the following year.

For the first time in 23 years, Ant and Dec could go their separate ways in the wake of Ant McPartlin’s battle with alcohol and prescription drugs – at least temporarily. With Ant currently getting treatment for his addictions at a rehab facility, ITV are thought to be giving him a year off work to recover fully – meaning the other half of the famous presenting duo, Declan Donnelly, could end up going solo for huge projects like I’m A Celebrity in November. An insider said that no decision has yet been taken about Ant’s work schedule for the next few months and that no-one at the broadcaster wants to rush him before he’s well again. Ant released a shock statement last weekend admitting to substance abuse as a result of a botched knee operation two years ago. The injury had left him hooked on the prescription painkiller Tramadol and using alcohol to numb the pain.

In another addiction story, Tiger Woods’s manager has confirmed the golfer has checked into rehabilitation as he seeks to handle medication issues linked to his recent arrest for driving under the influence. Woods was taken into custody by police in Florida on 29 May, having been found asleep at the wheel of his car by the side of the road. Police officials confirmed a breathalyser test as taken by Woods – who was disorientated and unsure of where he was – for alcohol consumption was blank, with the 14-time major champion later insisting upon an “unexpected reaction” to prescription medication. On Monday, Woods issued an update which read as follows: “I’m currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder. I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding, especially the fans and players on tour.”

And finally, a Brazilian pilot who crash-landed into an Amazon river, saving the life of his passenger, has died after falling from a rescue helicopter. The single-engine plane managed to land on the river after an electrical fault. It submerged within seconds. Both pilot and passenger managed to escape and waited hours to be rescued in a hard to reach area in the jungle. When rescuers threw a rope for them to climb up, the pilot lost his grip, fell into the river and was dragged away. The 64-year-old pilot, Elcides Rodrigues Pereira, has been hailed as a hero after footage emerged of the dramatic crash landing, last Wednesday, in the northern state of Roraima. Mr Pereira and Ednilson Cardoso, a 28-year-old nursing technician, were on a health mission to visit a remote indigenous tribe. Mr Cardoso told local media that he had tied the rope around the pilot, who was tired, but he fell into the Catrimani river. The failed rescue operation was organised by the owners of the aircraft, and not by the authorities. Fire-fighters only managed to find the body of the pilot on Saturday.

On This Day

  • 1876 – Battle of the Little Bighorn and the death of Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer.
  • 1947The Diary of a Young Girl (better known as The Diary of Anne Frank) is published.
  • 1950 – The Korean War begins with the invasion of South Korea by North Korea.
  • 1978 – The rainbow flag representing gay pride is flown for the first time during the San Francisco Gay Freedom Day Parade.

Deaths

  • 1976 – Johnny Mercer, American singer-songwriter, co-founded Capitol Records (b. 1909)
  • 1997 – Jacques Cousteau, French oceanographer and explorer (b. 1910)
  • 2009 – Farrah Fawcett, American actress and producer (b. 1947)
  • 2009 – Michael Jackson, American singer-songwriter, producer, dancer, & actor (b. 1958)
  • 2015 – Patrick Macnee, English actor (b. 1922)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Iain Glen (56), Peter Weller (70), Nancy Allen (67), Selma Blair (45), Joss Whedon (53), Frances McDormand (60), Duffy (33), Meryl Streep (68), Bruce Campbell (59), Kris Kristofferson (81), Lindsay Wagner (68), Stephen Chow (55), Tim Russ (61), Cyndi Lauper (64), Chris Pratt (38), Juliette Lewis (44), Lana Wachowski (52), Lana Del Rey (32), Nicole Kidman (50), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (28), John Goodman (65), Robert Rodriguez (49), Martin Landau (89), Danny Aiello (84), Olympia Dukakis (86), Miles O’Keeffe (63), Zoe Saldana (39), Aidan Turner (34), Kathleen Turner (63), Gena Rowlands (87), Sadie Frost (52), Paula Abdul (55), Richard Madden (31), Isabella Rossellini (65) and Paul McCartney (75).


Dead Pool 18th June 2017

Welcome all, a quiet week this week, no points scored and a dire lack of celebrity news. However we’ve managed to cobble together a little something worth reading, don’t ask how, we’re just brilliant here at Dead Pool Towers.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnoea and “other factors”, the Los Angeles  County coroner says. Her death certificate said in January that the 60-year-old, best known for her role as Princess Leia, had suffered a cardiac arrest. But in a statement the LA coroner said the exact cause was unknown. Sleep apnoea is a common condition in which a person stops breathing during sleep, either for a few seconds or minutes. As well as listing sleep apnoea as a cause of death, the coroner’s statement cited other factors, including heart disease and drug use. In a statement released to People magazine after the coroner’s ruling, Fisher’s daughter Lourd said: “My mom battled drug addiction and mental illness her entire life. She ultimately died of it. “She was purposefully open in all of her work about the social stigmas surrounding these diseases.” Her manner of death would be listed as undetermined, the coroner’s statement said. Fisher had been on tour promoting her book The Princess Diarist when she was taken ill on a flight from London to Los Angeles on 23rd December. She never regained consciousness and died on 27 December at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre.

A Spanish bullfighter has died after being gored during a festival in southwest France. Ivan Fandino, 36, caught his feet in his cloak and fell to the floor, where he was gored by the bull. He suffered a lung injury and died on his way to hospital from a heart attack on Saturday, French media say. Fandino, who was taking part in the Aire-sur-l’Adour bullfighting festival near Pau, is reportedly the first matador to die in France in a century. The Basque-born matador had already taken part in a competition earlier in the day before he was injured. Photographs showed he was conscious, but bleeding heavily, as he was led away from the ring. Last July, bullfighter Victor Barrio, 29, became the first matador to die in Spain in 30 years after he was gored during an event being aired live on television. Fandino had been injured at least twice in previous events – once in 2015, when thrown into the air by a bull in Pamplona, Spain, but more seriously the year before when he was knocked unconscious in Bayonne, France.

A man who became the first person to survive going over Niagara Falls without a protective device has died after apparently trying the stunt again in an inflatable ball, police say. The body of American Kirk Jones was found 12 miles (19km) downriver weeks after the ball was found empty and spinning at the bottom of the falls. In 2003 he suffered only cuts and bruises after plunging over the falls. Mr Jones, 53, said afterwards that he would never try such a thing again. New York State Park Police told the Syracuse Post-Standard that Mr Jones’s body had been found on 2nd June in the Niagara River near the village of Youngstown at the mouth of Lake Ontario. Police confirmed it was the same man who had survived the falls 14 years previously. Det Sgt Brian Nisbet told the newspaper it was believed Mr Jones had tried to go over the falls in a large inflatable ball on 19th April. The ball was recovered, empty, by the Maid of the Mist boat near the foot of the falls. In 2003 Mr Jones was fined by a Canadian court for performing an illegal stunt and banned from the country. Although his family said he had jumped as a daredevil act, Mr Jones later said he had been trying to kill himself. He told reporters afterwards that he felt “very happy to be alive”. “I understand what I did was wrong,” he said at the time. “You will never see an action in Niagara waters with my name written on it again.” In an interview with ABC television he described going over the falls and being “sucked inside… the curtain of the falls and enveloped in it”. He said he remembered spiralling at great speed with “unbelievable” pressure on his head and then feeling pain as he hit a slab of granite at the bottom. He said he briefly lost consciousness but came to under water, swam to the surface and took his first breath.

On This Day

  • 1429 – French forces under the leadership of Joan of Arc defeat the main English army under Sir John Fastolf at the Battle of Patay. This turns the tide of the Hundred Years’ War.
  • 1812 – The United States declaration of war upon the United Kingdom is signed by President James Madison, we’ve hated each other since. 
  • 1815 – Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Waterloo results in the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte by the Duke of Wellington and Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher forcing him to abdicate the throne of France for the second and last time.
  • 1858 – Charles Darwin receives a paper from Alfred Russel Wallace that includes nearly identical conclusions about evolution as Darwin’s own, prompting Darwin to publish his theory.
  • 1873 – Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for attempting to vote in the 1872 presidential election.
  • 1900 – Empress Dowager Cixi of China orders all foreigners killed, including foreign diplomats and their families. 117 years later, Theresa May will attempt the same feat. 
  • 1928 – Aviator Amelia Earhart becomes the first woman to fly in an aircraft across the Atlantic Ocean (she is a passenger; Wilmer Stultz is the pilot and Lou Gordon the mechanic).
  • 1940 – “Finest Hour” speech by Winston Churchill.
  • 1983 – Space Shuttle program: STS-7, Astronaut Sally Ride becomes the first American woman in space.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Jason Patric (51), Ken Loach (81), Arnold Vosloo (55), Courteney Cox (53), Ice Cube (48), Helen Hunt (54), Neil Patrick Harris (44), Jim Belushi (63), Yasmine Bleeth (49), Donald J. Trump (71), Boy George (56), Chris Evans (36), Stellan Skarsgård (66), Ally Sheedy (55), Tim Allen (64), Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen (31), Malcolm McDowell (74), Richard Thomas (66), Simon Callow (68), Kathy Burke (53), Steve-O (43), Richard Ayoade (40), Shia LaBeouf (31), Peter Dinklage (48), Hugh Laurie (58), Adrienne Barbeau (72) and Jane Goldman (47).


Dead Pool 11th June 2017

Welcome all to yet another  deadly points extravaganza!! With the sad death of Peter Sallis, we can award the following people 54 points, Abi, Doug, Gwyn, Paul G, Louise, Martin and Vic. Sarai was the only one to get Adam West, so 62 points to her. Well done all of us! We’ve passed the halfway point now and things are certainly looking like this year might break all point scoring records.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

Richard Hammond, the former star of Top Gear, has been airlifted to hospital after being involved in a serious car crash in a Swiss mountain race, according to reports. Swiss media 20 Minuten reported that the 47-year-old Grand Tour co-host crashed the car on a road that was closed for the Bergrennen Hemberg race. It’s now been confirmed that Hammond suffered a fractured knee but no serious injuries. Photos from the scene show a wrecked car in flames, which were later extinguished by firefighters. Hammond – who was in Switzerland filming scenes of Amazon series The Grand Tour alongside Jeremy Clarkson – was seriously injured in a car crash in September 2006, many of us think he’s never been quite right since. The latest incident comes less than three months after Hammond was injured falling off a motorbike while filming in a remote part of Mozambique. A spokesperson for The Grand Tour stated: “Richard was conscious and talking, and climbed out of the car himself before the vehicle burst into flames. Clarkson described it as the “biggest” and “most frightening” crash he had ever seen, commenting in a Twitter post: “Thankfully, Richard seems to be mostly OK.”

Former child star Amanda Bynes has confirmed she’s returning to acting during her first interview in four years. The 31-year-old has been out of the limelight in recent times after going through a difficult period that saw erratic behaviour and social media postings, as well as brushes with the law. But now Amanda is happy, healthy and loving life and  the star said she’s three years sober and looking forward to a bright future. The biggest revelation was Amanda’s declaration that she’s returning to Hollywood, despite quitting the industry in 2010. For now, the actress is enrolled at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, and is also hoping to release her own clothing line in the future. A stark change from being he actress who was released from a psychiatric facility in October 2014 after less than a month of treatment, and was then arrested for DUI in 2012, but avoided jail time by completing inpatient treatment and was placed on three years’ probation in early 2014. She was placed under the conservatorship of her mother Lynn in August 2013 after she set fire to a driveway, how.. what??

It has been confirmed that Stacy Keach suffered a heart attack onstage during the opening night performance of Pamplona at the Goodman Theatre, prompting a cancellation of the rest of the show’s run to allow him to recover. Keach took a moment to describe the experience “I felt like this great fog had come over me. It was the most bizarre moment of my entire career,” he said. He continued: “I was feeling no pain. The whole time, I was hoping that I was just in the middle of an actor’s nightmare, and then I would soon wake up and find myself back in the position where I knew what I was doing again.” It was originally reported that during the opening performance, Keach was getting lost in his monologue, “repeating large swaths of text three or four times and appearing confused and, for certain, far from his usual on-stage self.” Keach remains in the hospital, but is expected to be released from hospital on Tuesday and make a full recovery.

On This Day

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Elizabeth Hurley (52), Jürgen Prochnow (76), Johnny Depp (54), Natalie Portman (36), Michael J. Fox (56), Eddie Marsan (49), Griffin Dunne (62), Nancy Sinatra (77), Kanye West (40), Liam Neeson (65), Karl Urban (45), Michael Cera (29), Helen Baxendale (47), Bear Grylls (43), Paul Giamatti (50), Robert Englund (70), Sandra Bernhard (62), Gianna Michaels (34), Mark Wahlberg (46), Mel Giedroyc (49), Angelina Jolie (42), Noah Wyle (46), Bruce Dern (81), Russell Brand (42) and Sean Pertwee (53).


Dead Pool 4th June 2017

Welcome all, another week passes by and yet more  celebrities kick the bucket. This week   we have the joy of handing out points, with the sad demise of John Noakes, Martin scores 67 points, well done that man. This week we also learn that actress Sondra Locke is 73 years old and looks younger than I do.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

Australian singer and actress Olivia Newton-John has revealed she has again been diagnosed with breast cancer and will postpone a number of planned tour dates as she embarks on treatment. A statement posted to her official Facebook page said the star of Grease and Xanadu was reluctantly cancelling some upcoming performances in the US and Canada after receiving the diagnosis. “The back pain that initially caused her to postpone the first half of her concert tour, has turned out to be breast cancer that has metastasised to the sacrum,” the post stated. The statement said the singer, who was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992, would undergo treatment that included photon radiation therapy, as well as “natural wellness therapies”. Newton-John, 68, became an ardent supporter of breast cancer awareness and research after her initial battle with the disease. She underwent a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and breast reconstruction at the time.

Golf star Tiger Woods was arrested on a drink-driving charge in Florida early on Monday morning, police say. Police recorded the arrest at 07:18 local time. The golfer was released a few hours later, records from Palm Beach County police show. The police record lists the charge as Driving Under the Influence (DUI). It specifies an unlawful blood alcohol level and says that he was released “on his own recognisance”, meaning he promised in writing to co-operate with future legal proceedings. The 41-year-old golfer has been recovering from recent back surgery and last blogged about his health on 24th May. He wrote that the surgery had relieved terrible pain and that he hadn’t “felt this good in years”. He said the outlook for a return to competitive golf was “positive” but that he was not in a “hurry”. “I want to play professional golf again but I’m not looking ahead,” he said. “I can’t twist for another two and a half to three months. Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me. I am concentrating on short-term goals.” The mugshot shows a dishevelled Tiger Woods, bleary-eyed and unshaven – just the sort of image he would not want associated with himself in public. The picture will haunt him throughout these proceedings and beyond. This is someone who has put back together his public life after that epic fall from grace with all the news of the extramarital affairs that broke in 2009.

And finally, an Australian fisherman has described how a 200kg (440lb) great white shark leapt into his boat, knocking him over and lacerating his arm. Terry Selwood, 73, had dropped a line at his “usual spot” at Evans Head in New South Wales when the animal launched itself out of the water. He said the 2.7m (8.8ft) shark landed in the boat, which measured about 5m, and grazed him with its pectoral fin. Mr Selwood was rescued after radioing for help. “I was losing a fair amount of blood, I was stunned, I couldn’t register what happened and then I thought, ‘oh my God, I’ve got to get out of here,'” he told the media. “There I was on all fours and he is looking at me and I am looking at him, and then he started to do the dance around and shake and I could not get out quick enough.” Bill Bates, a member of Marine Rescue Evans Head, said his crew found Mr Selwood standing on the side of the boat covered in blood. “We offloaded the owner into our boat and gave him immediate first aid and stabilised the bleeding, it was a 5m boat so you can imagine there was no more room for people when the shark was in there.” The crew brought Mr Selwood to shore following the incident on Saturday, and he was taken to hospital. He has since gone home. New South Wales fishing authorities said the animal would undergo a post-mortem examination, which was standard practice for “any deceased shark in good condition”. “This enables us to take tissue and blood samples for ongoing science and research purposes,” a Department of Primary Industries spokeswoman said.

On This Day

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Imogen Poots (28), James Purefoy (53), Morena Baccarin (38), Dominic Cooper (39), Jewel Staite (35), Justin Long (39), Zachary Quinto (40), Liam Cunningham (56), Dana Carvey (62), Sally Kellerman (80), Amy Schumer (36), Morgan Freeman (80), Brian Cox (71), Jonathan Pryce (70), Rene Auberjonois (77), Heidi Klum (44), Alanis Morissette (43), Clint Eastwood (87), Colin Farrell (41), Brooke Shields (52), Lea Thompson (56), Tom Berenger (68), Sharon Gless (74), Colm Meaney (64), Stephen Tobolowsky (66), Duncan Jones (46), Keir Dullea (81), Jennifer Ellison (34), Leigh Francis (44), Annette Bening (59), Danny Elfman (64), Melanie Brown (42), Kylie Minogue (49), Gladys Knight (73) and Sondra Locke (73).


Dead Pool 28th May 2017

Welcome to a slightly pared down version of the newsletter.  Due to the events in Manchester recently, not so many celebrity stories graced the editorial pages. However, we do have points to award, namely 61 points to Jemm, Wendy & Millie for correctly predicting the sad loss of Sir Roger Moore.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

Kim Woo-Bin, the South Korean actor and model, has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, his talent agency SidusHQ confirmed in a statement on Tuesday. The Uncontrollably Fond star, who starred in breakout roles on KBS drama School in 2013 and 2013’s majorly popular The Heirs, is now battling nasopharyngeal cancer, a rare head and neck cancer that affects fewer than one in every 100,000 people in North America, although more common in parts of Asia, according to the American Cancer Society. He made the discovery after a hospital visit after reportedly feeling “abnormalities in his body.” Fortunately, Kim Woo-Bin seems to have found the cancer early, and has already begun treatment and radiation therapy. Kim Woo-Bin was set to start filming a new movie called Wiretap in July, but the film company confirmed that they’ll be pushing back the filming until he regains his health.

Actress Sarah Hyland has asked for privacy as she battles personal health issues that have been impacting her weight. The Modern Family star has appeared thinner of late, sparking concerns she may be suffering from an eating disorder, but the 26-year-old insists she’s struggling with an illness that has wreaked havoc on her body. “I haven’t had the greatest year,” Sarah wrote in a series of notes on Twitter on Wednesday. “Maybe one day I’ll talk about it, but for now I’d like my privacy.  “I will say that this year has brought a lot of changes and with that, physical changes. I have been told that I can’t work out, which, for me, is very upsetting.” Alluding to a medical diagnosis, the actress went on to reveal she has been forced to follow strict doctor’s orders. “I’ve basically been on bed rest for the past few months, I’ve lost a lot of muscle mass,” she shared. “My circumstances have put me in a place where I’m not in control of what my body looks like.” Sarah insists her weight loss is an unfortunate byproduct of the illness, adding she has been taking life-saving medication that has contributed to her extreme weight fluctuation.

On This Day

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Joseph Fiennes (47), Paul Bettany (46), Jack McBrayer (44), Louis Gossett Jr. (81), Helena Bonham Carter (51), Pam Grier (68), Bobcat Goldthwait (55), Philip Michael Thomas (68), Lenny Kravitz (53), Stevie Nicks (69), Doug Jones (57), John C. Reilly (52), Alfred Molina (64), Jim Broadbent (68), James Cosmo (69), Gary Burghoff (74), Priscilla Presley (72), Tommy Chong (79), Bob Dylan (76), Eric Cantona (51), Joan Collins (84), Melissa McBride (52), Drew Carey (59), Ginnifer Goodwin (39), Naomi Campbell (47), Judge Reinhold (60), Noel Fielding (44), Belladonna (36) and Mr. T (65).


Dead Pool 21st May 2017

Welcome all to a points extravaganza! With the death of that lovely gentleman, Ian Brady at the age of 79, we can award the following people 71 points. Myself, Paul G, Julia, Martin, Nicola, Abi, Julie & Gaz. Well done all of us.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

Rolf Harris has been released from prison after serving almost three years. The 87-year-old left Stafford Prison early on Friday morning and was seen arriving at his home near Maidenhead in Berkshire. Harris was jailed in 2014 after being convicted of a number of kiddie-fiddling offences. He was driven away from the prison in a blue Ford Focus and arrived at his home shortly after 9am. He was accompanied by a security man and was helped from his car by a friend. Harris was wearing blue jeans and a denim jacket and appeared frail as he arrived at his house. The shamed former entertainer is currently standing trial at Southwark Crown Court and will have to appear in person when the case resumes on Monday. Harris, who denies four charges of indecent assault against three women between 1971 and 1983, had previously appeared via video link.

A hoax conspiracy theory that Canadian singer-songwriter Avril Lavigne is dead has resurfaced on the 15th anniversary of the release of her hit single Complicated. A Twitter user who claims to be a 17-year-old high school student and has more than 13,000 followers detailed the claim in a thread which has since been liked and retweeted nearly a quarter-of-a-million times in total. In the thread, they allege that the singer took her own life in late 2003 after her grandfather’s death. The theory says because her supposed “death” occurred at the peak of her career, Ms Lavigne’s record company hired a lookalike known as Melissa Vandella to impersonate her. Vandella was reportedly recruited beforehand to pose as the Canadian singer for paparazzi, the theory continues. This death hoax has surfaced several times in the last few years. Ms Lavigne was also the victim of another rumour, which said that she’d been killed in a snowboarding accident. Those who support the theory on Twitter back their claim with inconsistencies over the years in the appearance of the star’s skin, jawline, eye corners and fashion style as well as handwriting. Others cite a promo picture of the singer with the word Melissa written on her hand. Which gives us a slight issue at Dead Pool Towers, if the conspiracy is true and Melissa/Avril dies again, how many points will she score?

Sinead O’Connor has threatened to commit suicide if she doesn’t get her younger children back. The singer said child and family agency Tusla they will have a celebrity “death on their hands” if they continue to keep them from her. The mum of four took to Facebook on Friday night threatening she would attempt to take her life if the State body does not allow her access. The Nothing Compares 2 U star, 50, had been based in Chicago for most of last year following a reported suicide bid in Ireland days before Christmas 2015. Sinead sparked more concern earlier last year when she went missing for 24 hours on a bike ride around Chicago city but was later found safe and well. She now lives in New York. One would believe that such outbursts are reason enough to take her kids away from her.

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Jack Gleeson (25), Cher (71), Louis Theroux (47), Peter Mayhew (73), Grace Jones (69), Tina Fey (47), Yun-Fat Chow (62), Miriam Margolyes (76), Megan Fox (31), Pierce Brosnan (64), Debra Winger (62), David Boreanaz (48), Danny Trejo (73), Tori Spelling (44), Janet Jackson (51), Cate Blanchett (48), Sofia Coppola (46), Tim Roth (56), George Lucas (73), Robert Zemeckis (65), Martine McCutcheon (41), Francesca Annis (72), Danny Huston (55), Siân Phillips (84) and Greg Davies (49).


Dead Pool 14th May 2017

Welcome all, not a lot has happened last week, so I’ll not drone on. Sad to see Robert Miles pass away without sharing that he had cancer with us, he could have been a high scorer!

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In Other News

Chris Froome, the British cyclist, has been rammed off the road in a hit-and-run attack. The three-time Tour de France winner and Olympic medallist’s bike was left badly damaged after he was struck “on purpose by an impatient driver”. Froome said he was “thankfully okay” after being deliberately hit by the driver, who is said to have followed him onto the pavement, while training in southern France. He has reported the incident to police in France, but it is unclear if officers will be able to trace the driver. The Telegraph understands that Froome tried to memorise the licence plate at the time, but was unable to recall it later. The incident took place on a quiet back road so there is unlikely to be any CCTV footage. Froome posted a picture on Twitter on Tuesday morning of his crumpled bike at the side of the road after it was “totaled” in the incident. Froome was unhurt and is understood to be already back out training as he prepares to try to win a fourth Tour de France title in five years this July.

In other sporting news, John McGuinness broke four vertebrae and three ribs in addition to the leg fracture that he sustained in his crash at the North West 200 on Thursday. Initial reports indicated McGuinness, 45, had sustained a  broken leg. The English rider’s Honda team said on Friday that McGuinness would remain in Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital for another week. “John will wear a cast for up to six weeks in treatment for the vertebrae,” said the Honda statement. McGuinness’ injuries mean he will miss the Isle of Man TT which starts in two weeks. “John has been diagnosed with a compound fracture to his right lower leg, while in theatre on Thursday night it was not possible to plate the leg as initially thought due to the extent of the injury, and tomorrow an external fixator will be fitted,” added the Honda statement. “In addition, John has also suffered four broken vertebrae and has three broken back ribs.” McGuinness also dislocated a thumb during a Honda team test at Castle Combe in early April.

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe is not asleep when he closes his eyes for long periods during meetings but is resting his eyes, his spokesman says. “The president cannot suffer bright lights,” George Charamba was quoted as saying by the state-run Herald newspaper. Mr Mugabe, 93, has been seen apparently sleeping at several events, leading to speculation about his fitness. He intends to stand in presidential elections next year. The president is currently receiving specialised medical treatment for his eyes in Singapore. Mr Mugabe most recently appeared to fall asleep during a discussion panel about “fragile states” at a World Economic Forum meeting in South Africa earlier this month. There he stated that Zimbabwe was ‘one of the most developed countries in Africa’.

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Last Week’s Birthdays

Samantha Morton (40), Robert Pattinson (31), Iwan Rheon (32), Harvey Keitel (78), Stephen Colbert (53), Zoë Wanamaker (68), Mark Heap (60), Malin Akerman (39), Emilio Estevez (55), Ving Rhames (58), Gabriel Byrne (67), Catherine Tate (49), Pam Ferris (69), Holly Valance (34), Rosario Dawson (38), Albert Finney (81), Billy Joel (68), Vicky McClure (34), David Attenborough (91), Enrique Iglesias (42) and Traci Lords (49).