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Dead Pool 15th April 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

In Other News

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

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

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 8th April 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

In Other News

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

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

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 1st April 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had: 

In Other News

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 25th March 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

In Other News

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

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

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

 Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 18th March 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

In Other News

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

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 11th March 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

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

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

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

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

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 4th March 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

In Other News

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

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

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 25th February 2017

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

In Other News

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

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 18th February 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

In Other News

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

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

Last Week’s Birthdays

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

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

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


Dead Pool 11th February 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

In Other News

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays 

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

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

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

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


Dead Pool 4th February 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

In Other News

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

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

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

Last Week’s Birthdays

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

Crematorium Fun! 

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

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

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

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

I bet it’s a laugh a minute there!


Dead Pool 28th January 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

In Other News

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

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

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 21st January 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

In Other News

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

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

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 14th January 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

In Other News

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

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

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 7th January 2018

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

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

In Other News

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


The Dead Pool Review of the Year 2017

January

The year began with veteran actor John Hurt signing off at the age of 77, TV star Mary Tyler Moore saying goodbye aged 80 and Bollywood actor Om Puri leaving us too soon at the age of 66.

We also bid farewell to the art critic John Berger, ‘Allo ‘Allo star Gorden Kaye, British singer-songwriter Peter Sarstedt, Exorcist author William Peter Blatty and French actress Emmanuelle Riva. We also lost Graham Taylor, ex-England football manager, Lord Snowdon, Princess Margaret’s former husband  and John Wetton, Derbyshire-born singer-songwriter with Asia and King Crimson and American actor Miguel Ferrer.

February

The year’s shortest month saw Battlestar Galactica star Richard Hatch die at 71, jazz crooner Al Jarreau silenced at 76 and Aliens star Bill Paxton die suddenly at the age of 61.

We also saw stage actor Alec McCowen and Twin Peaks actor Warren Frost bow out, both at 91, and The Archers’ Sara Coward, Japanese manga artist Jiro Taniguchi and pop star turned priest Peter Skellern all die at 69.

We also lost Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, socialite and television presenter and Sir Ken Morrison, president of Morrisons and South African rugby union player Joost van der Westhuizen.

March 

The third month of 2017 brought the deaths of rock and roll legend Chuck Berry, Inspector Morse creator Colin Dexter and Caribbean poet Derek Walcott.

Others to leave us included British artist Howard Hodgkin, Sister Sledge singer Joni Sledge, novelist and playwright David Storey, and Robert James Waller, the American novelist best known for The Bridges of Madison County.

Also we lost John Surtees, the only man to win the Formula One and motorcycle Grand Prix titles and Ronnie Moran, former Liverpool captain and caretaker boss, the Northern Irish PIRA commander and ‘politician’ Martin McGuinness and American banker David Rockefeller.

April

TS Eliot called April the cruellest month, something with which fans of Silence of the Lambs director Jonathan Demme, Happy Days star Erin Moran and British actor Tim Pigott-Smith are sure to agree.

James Bond actor Clifton James, broadcaster Brian Matthew, US comedian Don Rickles and Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko also took their leave in April aged 96, 90 and 84 respectively.

May

Among those who left us in May were imposing US actor Powers Boothe, Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell and Sir Roger Moore, the much-loved star of seven James Bond films.

Rock and roll trailblazer Gregg Allman, Blue Peter presenter John Noakes, Catweazle actor Geoffrey Bayldon, Darling Buds of May star Moray Watson, Italian DJ Roberto Concina – better known as Robert Miles – and actor Michael Parks, a favourite of Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith, also died this month. We finally got rid of Ian Brady too! Yay!

June 

In the month Britain went to the polls, we sadly lost Paddington creator Michael Bond, US actress Glenne Headly and Last of the Summer Wine actor Peter Sallis.

Others to die in June included Coronation Street’s Roy Barraclough, Rocky director John G Avildsen, film critic Barry Norman, Animal House star Stephen Furst, Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, model/actress Anita Pallenberg, classical conductor Jeffrey Tate and Adam West of TV Batman fame. We also lost Brian Cant, actor and presenter of Play School and Cheick Tiote, ex-Newcastle United footballer at the young age of 30. We also said goodbye to the German politician Helmut Kohl.

July

The suicide of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington cast a tragic pall over a month that also saw the deaths of legendary French actress Jeanne Moreau and the American playwright and actor Sam Shepard.

Others to bow out in July included True Blood star Nelsan Ellis, Home Alone actor John Heard, Ed Wood Oscar-winner Martin Landau, children’s TV star Carol Lee Scott, former Doctor Who companion Deborah Watling and zombie maestro George A Romero. We also lost Hywel Bennett, the actor who starred in TV show Shelley at the age of 73. With a cackle and a swish of her besom, off went Grotbags actress Carol Lee Scott too.

August

Three show business legends left us in August – country singer Glen Campbell, entertainer Bruce Forsyth and comedy star Jerry Lewis – at the ages of 81, 89 and 91 respectively.

We also bid a fond farewell to science-fiction author Brian Aldiss, US comedian Dick Gregory, All Creatures Great and Small actor Robert Hardy and the horror director Tobe Hooper. American bodybuilder Richard Piana’s body finally gave up on him and we said nothing as Predator actor Sonny Landham quietly walked back into the jungle.

September 

Coronation Street actress Liz Dawn, Playboy founder Hugh Hefner and the actor Harry Dean Stanton, of Alien and Repo Man fame, were among the dearly departed this month.

Others to take their leave included Steely Dan co-founder Walter Becker, theatrical giant Peter Hall, quiz show host William G Stewart, The Ginger Man author JP Donleavy, Scorsese regular Frank Vincent and country singer Don Williams. We also lost Jake LaMotta, world middleweight boxing champion and inspiration for the film Raging Bull and Tony Booth, actor who played Mike Rawlins in the BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part .

October

Ain’t That A Shame? That’s what many people thought in October when they learned that rock and roll singer Fats Domino, Benson actor Robert Guillaume and musician Tom Petty had left us.

The Irish comedian Sean Hughes, French screen star Danielle Darrieux , British actress Rosemary Leach, Guernsey-born character actor Roy Dotrice and AC/DC producer George Young were among others to die this month.

November

The music world was hit hard in November by the deaths of Partridge Family star David Cassidy, 21-year-old rapper Lil Peep and AC/DC’s Malcolm Young, who passed away less than a month on from his brother George.

Others to depart included Magnum PI actor John Hillerman, The Likely Lads star Rodney Bewes, Duty Free actor Keith Barron, Scooby-Doo voice performer Heather North and the Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky. We also lost Antonio Carluccio, Italian TV chef and founder of the Carluccio’s chain of restaurants. American criminal  and cult leader Charles Manson finally got what he deserved as well.

December

As the year drew to a close, we said goodbye to bubbly TV presenter and Twitter cunt Keith Chegwin, France’s biggest rock star Johnny Hallyday and Bollywood veteran Shashi Kapoor.

We also lost Heather Menzies-Urich, the actress who played Louisa Von Trapp in The Sound of Music; Leon Bernicoff, one of the regulars on Channel 4’s Gogglebox; and British actor Alfie Curtis, whose Dr Evazan character memorably threatened Luke Skywalker in the first Star Wars film. We also lost Christine Keeler, model and showgirl who was at the centre of the “Profumo Affair” in the 1960’s, Max Clifford, disgraced celebrity publicist and Heinz Wolff, scientist and presenter of The Great Egg Race.


Dead Pool 31st December 2017

Welcome my fellow poolers to the last edition of 2017. With a few hours left to go, unless something tragic happens, or someone spots a mistake, I can provisionally declare the winner of The Dead Pool 2017 as Martin G! I’m sure we would all like to congratulate him on his feat of prophesy! Martin correctly guessed seven deaths and accumulated a score of 586 points with his Woman still in the bag.

Also, a big well done to Laura U; last years Angel fo Death was leading for most of the year but was pipped at the end with only 17 points between her and Martin.

Finally, I hate to mention poor old Christine A at the very bottom of the table, who was the only person who failed to score this year, lets hope she gets a better streak of luck in 2018.

As per usual, I only have a handful of your lists, I assume you’re all still frantically researching your new ones and will get them to me by midnight 😀

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Heather Menzies, 68, Canadian-born American actress (The Sound of Music, Logan’s Run, Piranha), brain cancer.
  • Thomas Hunter, 85, American actor (The Hills Run Red, Death Walks in Laredo, The Magnificent Tony Carrera).
  • Sue Grafton, 77, American author (“B” Is for Burglar, Keziah Dane, The Lolly-Madonna War), cancer.
  • Rose Marie, 94, American actress (The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Hollywood Squares, The Doris Day Show).
  • Jim Baikie, 77, British comic book artist (Judge Dredd, Skizz, Jinty)
  • Alfie Curtis, 87, British actor (Star Wars, The Elephant Man, Cribb).

In Other News 

The sister of Australian actress Jessica Falkholt has died after a car crash which also killed their parents and another man.  Jessica is in a coma and remains in critical condition, officials have not said whether she is aware of her family’s deaths.. Falkholt, 27, appeared on TV soap Home and Away in 2016, playing the character of Hope Morrison. The accident happened on the highway near Ulladulla, New South Wales. Home and Away cast members have been sending support to the actress, who appeared in several films and TV shows. A spokesperson for Channel Seven, the Australian broadcaster of the show, said the news was difficult to comprehend and “especially tragic” given the Christmas period. Falkholt’s stint on the long-running series came to an end in November 2016. She stars in the US film Harmony, set for release next year. Motorists who witnessed the crash helped pull the sisters from the burning wreckage, local media reported. They were airlifted to Sydney hospitals. Police said the three people who died – the sisters’ parents and the 50-year-old drive of the other car – had suffered intense burns. Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy called the crash “an absolute tragedy” and pleaded for motorists in the state to drive safely. He said police were investigating whether the car which hit the Falkholts’ vehicle had been on the wrong side of the road.

In other news, there isn’t any. However tomorrow you will be treated to a massive, well researched and in depth memoriam to all the stars we said goodbye too during 2017. I promise it wont be just a copy and paste from the BBC… *ahem…

On This Day

  • 1759 – Arthur Guinness signs a 9,000 year lease at £45 per annum and starts brewing Guinness.
  • 1879 – Thomas Edison demonstrates incandescent lighting to the public for the first time, in Menlo Park, New Jersey.
  • 1907 – The first New Year’s Eve celebration is held in Times Square (then known as Longacre Square) in Manhattan.
  • 2014 – A New Year’s Eve celebration stampede in Shanghai kills at least 36 people and injures 49 others.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Eliza Dushku (37), Russ Tamblyn (90), Fred Ward (75), Tracey Ullman (58), Michael Nesmith (75), Patti Smith (71), Jude Law (45), Jon Voight (79), Ted Danson (70), Danny McBride (41), Lilly Wachowski (50), Bernard Cribbins (89), Marianne Faithfull (71), Noomi Rapace (38), Denzel Washington (63), Sienna Miller (36), Joe Manganiello (41), Maggie Smith (83), Stan Lee (95), Nichelle Nichols (85), John Amos (78), Gérard Depardieu (69), Kit Harington (31), Jared Leto (46), Shane Meadows (45), Phil Spector (78), Sissy Spacek (68), Helena Christensen (49), Annie Lennox (63), Shane MacGowan (60) and Carol Vorderman (57).


Dead Pool 24th December 2017

Welcome to the penultimate edition of the 2017 Dead Pool. With one week left to go, things are really tight at the top of the league table, one death could swing the result. Those of you at the top echelon of the table should start wishing for an errant turkey bone if you want to win or perhaps we should unleash the evil flying monkeys once more, just out of spite.

Again, thank you all who have donated towards the running costs, it’s most appreciated and keep working on those lists for 2018!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Sharon Laws, 43, British racing cyclist, cervical cancer.
  • Keely Smith, 89, American singer (“That Old Black Magic”, “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”, “Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen”), Grammy winner (1959), heart failure.
  • Terence Beesley, 60, British actor (EastEnders, The Phantom of the Opera, War & Peace).
  • Bruce McCandless II, 80, American astronaut (STS-41-B).
  • Leon Bernicoff, 83, British reality show participant (Gogglebox).
  • Bob Givens, 99, American animator (Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, Garfield and Friends).
  • Heather North, 71, American actress (Scooby-Doo, Days of Our Lives, The Barefoot Executive), cardiac arrest.

In Other News

Peru’s former President Alberto Fujimori has been taken from prison to a hospital because of low blood pressure and abnormal heart rhythm. His doctor was quoted by local media as saying cardiologists had advised the 79-year-old needed urgent treatment. Fujimori – who was in power from 1990 to 2000 – is serving a 25-year sentence for human rights abuses. He is admired by some Peruvians for combating Maoist rebels. His critics consider him a corrupt dictator. In 2007, Fujimori was sentenced to six years in jail for bribery and abuse of power. In 2009, he was sentenced to another 25 years in prison for human rights abuses committed during his time in office, including authorising killings carried out by death squads. He has been in and out of hospital for a variety of health problems in recent years.

After years of speculation that Val Kilmer had been dealing with health issues, the actor decided to finally open up about what exactly he’s been going through. Kilmer’s two-year fight with throat cancer has “taken its toll,” he told our Dead Pool reporter, the procedure on his trachea has made his voice raspy and left him short of breath. Confusion has surrounded the state of the actor’s health since he denied Michael Douglas’s claim that he had cancer in a November 2016. Kilmer elaborated on his denial. “(Douglas) was probably trying to help me ’cause press probably asked where I was these days and I did have a healing of cancer, but my tongue is still swollen altho (sic) healing all the time,” he wrote. “Because I don’t sound my normal self yet people think I may still be under the weather.”

John McCain has been hospitalised yet again as he continues to undergo cancer treatment. “As ever, he remains grateful to his physicians for their excellent care, and his friends and supporters for their encouragement and good wishes,” McCain’s staff said in a statement on Wednesday, via The Hill. “Senator McCain looks forward to returning to work as soon as possible.” McCain, 81, is looking increasingly frail and it’s said he has not spoken up in recent GOP meetings the way he had before. One source said that McCain always used to speak up in these meetings, and that he hasn’t at all recently. The source was not commenting on McCain’s mental acuity, but on his energy level, and pointing out that his lack of participation was not normal. One well known side effect of cancer treatments is fatigue. McCain is five months into treatment for brain cancer. He was diagnosed in July with a primary glioblastoma, a type of brain tumour. He underwent surgery to remove a blood clot associated with the tumour at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, and lab results from that surgery confirmed the presence of brain cancer associated with the blood clot.

On This Day

  • -01 – A cheating wife and her carpenter husband fail to book accommodation in Bethlehem. Both end up in a stable and she pushes out a baby that became the cause of most wars in history and gave the clergy and excuse to molest children on an epic scale which was only rivalled by Gary Glitter visiting Vietnam and Jimmy Savile being employed at the BBC.
  • 1818 – The first performance of “Silent Night” takes place in the church of St. Nikolaus in Oberndorf, Austria.
  • 1865 – The Ku Klux Klan is formed.
  • 1913 – The Italian Hall disaster in Calumet, Michigan results in the deaths of 73 Christmas party participants (including 59 children) when someone falsely yells “fire”.
  • 1914 – World War I: The “Christmas truce” begins.
  • 1980 – Witnesses report the first of several sightings of unexplained lights near RAF Woodbridge, in Rendlesham Forest, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom, an incident called “Britain’s Roswell”.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Harry Shearer (74), Carla Bruni (50), Ralph Fiennes (55), Vanessa Paradis (45), Samuel L. Jackson (69), Jane Fonda (80), Kiefer Sutherland (51), Julie Delpy (48), Phil Donahue (82), Jonah Hill (34), Jenny Agutter (65), Nicole de Boer (47), Lucy Pinder (34), Jake Gyllenhaal (37), Alyssa Milano (45), Kristy Swanson (48), Jennifer Beals (54), Richard Hammond (48), Steven Spielberg (71), Brad Pitt (54), Katie Holmes (39), Ray Liotta (63), Christina Aguilera (37), Sia (42), Robson Green (53), Keith Richards (74), Bill Pullman (64), Milla Jovovich (42), Laurie Holden (48), Ernie Hudson (72), Eugene Levy (71) and Bernard Hill (73).


Dead Pool 17th December 2017

Welcome all. Let’s begin with thanking everyone who has donated towards the running costs this year. You are absolutely amazing, especially from those of you who aren’t rolling in money, it’s most appreciated, especially before xmas. Still a tiny bit more to go to cover all the costs, but I realise payday is a little way away and hopefully some newbies will venture a couple of quid, who knows.

Now, let’s remind you all that you have 15 days to finalise your list for 2018, as always I’ll be panicking that nobody is taking part and you will all send them in 3 minutes before the deadline, hopefully… If you’re stuck for names, I suggest you flick through a few DeadPool.rip pages for inspiration, the birthday lists are there for a reason! 😛 And for the first time ever, you are now able to submit your entry by web form, which can be found on the website or by following this link 2018 Entry Form I know, I spoil you!

And lastly, lets award some points, Dave J correctly guessed that Spains oldest ever living person would die, thus giving him an astounding 34 points which just nudges him up to third place. So as you see, it’s all to play for!!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Keith Chegwin, 60, English television presenter (Multi-Coloured Swap Shop, Cheggers Plays Pop) and actor (Macbeth), idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
  • Suzanna Leigh, 72, British actress (Paradise, Hawaiian Style), liver cancer.
  • Yurizan Beltran, 31, American pornographic actress, suspected drug overdose.
  • Warrel Dane, 56, American rock singer (Sanctuary, Nevermore), heart attack.
  • Ana María Vela Rubio, 116, Spanish supercentenarian, oldest Spanish person ever.
  • Heinz Wolff, 89, German-born British scientist and television presenter (The Great Egg Race), heart failure.

In Other News

Former South African athlete Oscar Pistorius has been hurt in a prison brawl, less than two weeks after his sentence for the killing of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was more than doubled. The disgraced Paralympian was  allegedly involved in a fight over the use of a public phone, a prison department spokesman told Dead Pool Towers. Pistorius, jailed for 13 years and five months, sustained a bruise, he added. No other serious injuries were reported, the spokesman said. Let it be noted that a love kiss is also classed as a bruise. “It is alleged that he was involved in an altercation with another inmate over the use of a public phone in the special care unit where both offenders are detained at Attridgeville Correctional Centre,” the spokesman, Singabakho Nxumalo, added. The department has launched an investigation, in terms of standard procedure, to “establish the facts and to ensure that appropriate action is taken as incidents of assaults are not allowed”, he said. The brawl took place on 6 December, 10 days after South African prosecutors successfully argued Pistorius’ “shockingly light” six-year sentence should be increased.

Comedian Peter Kay has cancelled all future work projects, including his stand-up tour, “due to unforeseen family circumstances”. “This decision has not been taken lightly and I’m sure you’ll understand my family must always come first,” he wrote on Twitter. Kay said he was “very sorry” and that he hoped the media and public would respect his family’s privacy. The 44-year-old was due to start his first tour in eight years next April. The star of Phoenix Nights and Car Share currently holds the record for the biggest-selling comedy tour of all time after playing to 1.2 million people in 2010 and 2011. His next tour, which had 112 dates listed in the UK and Ireland, was due to have begun in Birmingham and was scheduled to run into 2019. There was a rush for tickets when they went on sale in November. Those who successfully booked seats have been told they will get refunds from their original point of purchase. But the announcement won’t affect the final two episodes of his BBC One sitcom Car Share, which he and co-star Sian Gibson announced last month.

And finally, seventeen runners collapsed with hypothermia at a charity mud run in near-freezing temperatures. Two ambulances were called to the annual Christmas Mud Run in St Davids, Pembrokeshire, as another runner had to be stretchered off with a broken ankle.  About 200 competitors took part in the event run by Man-Up UK on Saturday. Organisers blamed near-freezing weather conditions  and poor preparation by some of the runners taking part in the four-mile race this year. Competitors had to wade through waist-high mud pits, clamber over obstacles and climb up rocky waterfalls during the race, which is in its eighth year. Man-Up UK director Fintan Godkin – himself an Ironman finisher and marathon runner – said it was the first time the charity race had seen so many casualties. “They were dropping like flies,” he said. “At the finish line, 17 people were reported to have signs of hypothermia. We immediately wrapped them in space blankets, duvets, anything we could get our hands on to keep them warm and gave them hot drinks. “Some collapsed soon after crossing the line and others were collapsing in the showers. “Of the 17, four needed further treatment from paramedics who arrived in two ambulances. One had to be taken to hospital because her blood pressure had dropped very low, but she was discharged from Withybush Hospital later that evening.” Mr Godkin said the runner who broke her ankle had fallen badly as she approached a 20-ft (6.1m) slide near the start of the course. He said temperatures on the day were between 4C and 7C. “Not as cold as some years and certainly not cold enough for us to have considered cancelling.” Mr Godkin added: “In eight years, we’ve had 1,750 competitors and this is the first time we’ve had to call an ambulance, I’ve never seen so many snowflakes in my life.”

On This Day

  • 1903 – The Wright brothers make the first controlled powered, heavier-than-air flight in the Wright Flyer at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
  • 1969 – Project Blue Book: The United States Air Force closes its study of UFOs.
  • 1989 – The Simpsons first premieres on television with the episode “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire”.
  • 2003 – The Soham murder trial ends at the Old Bailey in London, with Ian Huntley found guilty of two counts of murder. His girlfriend, Maxine Carr, is found guilty of perverting the course of justice.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Miranda Otto (50), Christopher Biggins (69), Charlie Cox (35), Helen Slater (54), Don Johnson (68), Garrett Wang (49), Vanessa Hudgens (29), Natascha McElhone (48), Miranda Hart (45), Ginger Lynn (55), Ted Raimi (52), Vicki Michelle (67), Christopher Plummer (88), Steve Buscemi (60), Dick Van Dyke (92), Jamie Foxx (50), Taylor Swift (28), Jennifer Connelly (47), Mädchen Amick (47), Bill Nighy (68), Sarah Douglas (65), Kenneth Cranham (73), Connie Francis (79), Dionne Warwick (77) and Kenneth Branagh (57).


Dead Pool 10th December 2017

Afternoon all, welcome to a bumper two week edition of The Dead Pool. Seems like the evil flying monkeys decided to venture out to cull a few celebrities to make up for the dearth of deaths last week. With last minute rewrites due to the death of Max Clifford and the collapse of Chris Rea, its certainly been an interesting Sunday morning.

Lets begin with awarding some points! 154 points to Mark for correctly guessing that King Michael of Romania would finally succumb to the Winter cold; which now propels him up to the third place spot!!!

I really hope that you are working on your list for 2018, this year has been exceptional! With all but one of us scoring and many records being broken, I hope that 2018 can be as successful.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

Week ending 3rd December

Week ending 10th December

In Other News 

Singer Chris Rea is said to be in a stable condition in hospital after collapsing during a performance. Fans posted on Twitter that they saw the 66-year-old “fall backwards” mid-song at the New Theatre Oxford. Rea, who is known for his hits “Driving Home for Christmas” and “Road to Hell”, is on tour to promote his new album. A concert due to take place in Brighton on Sunday has now been cancelled. A decision has not yet been made on a concert due in Bournemouth on Tuesday. Darren Fewins, who was in the audience in Oxford, said Rea had been on stage for about 45 minutes when he collapsed halfway through a song. He told the Press Association that Rea, who was born in Middlesbrough, was “playing the best I have ever seen” before his fall. South Central Ambulance Service said it was called at 21:30 GMT to an incident at the venue and that one patient had been taken to hospital. Staff at the theatre tweeted that they “appreciate everyone’s patience” and will update people with news when they have it. Rea had his pancreas removed in 2001 after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He suffered a stroke in 2016, but recovered to launch an album in September and embark on his tour around Europe from October. He told BBC Breakfast in August this year that he still felt the effects of the stroke. “I’m fine when I’m sitting down. I’ve just got a little bit of balance – it’s a bit dodgy, just in case anyone thinks I’m drunk on-stage.”

Last week the production on the new Freddie Mercury biopic has been suspended so director Bryan Singer can deal with “a personal health matter”. The film, titled Bohemian Rhapsody, will tell the story of the late Queen frontman’s life. Twentieth Century Fox told the BBC work had been temporarily halted “due to the unexpected unavailability” of Singer. The director’s representative said it was “a personal health matter concerning Bryan and his family”. However, since the story aired last week, the director has now been fired due to “unreliable behaviour”. In a statement, Twentieth Century Fox said Bryan Singer was no longer the director of the film. A source told DP Towers  that the main reason for the firing was “a pattern of unreliable behaviour on the set”. But Singer said his firing came while he was ill and that the studio was “unwilling to accommodate” him during his illness. The Hollywood Reporter reported on Monday that Singer had clashed with lead actor Rami Malek and failed to show up for filming on multiple occasions.

A Wolverhampton man who cemented his head inside a microwave said he “doesn’t care” what people think. Jay Swingler, 22, had to be freed by firefighters after the stunt, filmed for his YouTube channel, took a dangerous turn. He said emergency services’ time was not wasted, because “they saved my life”. West Midlands Fire Service said it took an hour to free the man after they were called to a house in Fordhouses, Wolverhampton. Friends had managed to feed an air tube into the 22-year-old’s mouth to help him breathe, the service said. Watch Commander Shaun Dakin said the man “could quite easily have suffocated or have been seriously injured”. Mr Dakin said: “He and a group of friends had mixed seven bags of Polyfilla which they then poured around his head, which was protected by a plastic bag inside the microwave. “The oven was being used as a mould and wasn’t plugged in. The mixture quickly set hard and, by the time we were called, they’d already been trying to free him for an hour and a half.” West Midlands Fire Service said it would not charge the £650 deployment fee as his life was in genuine danger.

Have you ever been so bored with sex that you have considered getting close with a ghostly spirit? That might sound utterly ridiculous and impossible, but according to a woman from Bristol, it is real. Amethyst Realm claims to have had sex with 20 different ghosts in the past 12 years and that they are better than men in the bedroom. The 27-year-old appeared on a recent episode of This Morning where she discussed her experiences. Realm, who is a “spiritual guidance counsellor” states that it all began when she and her then-fiance moved to a new house where she noticed there was a presence or entity. Talking to Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, Realm said: “It started as an energy, then became physical. There was pressure on my thighs and breath on my neck. I just always felt safe. I had sex with the ghost.” Although she could never see the ghost she claims that she could definitely feel it. She says that she had an affair with the spirit for three years until her partner caught her in the act. Since then she has moved on to other ghosts and has even looked into the possibility of phantom pregnancies.

Japanese authorities are trying to identify eight people whose badly decomposed remains were found on a wooden boat that washed up on a  beach. The discovery took place in the northern Akita prefecture. Crew-less boats or vessels with bodies on board, known as “ghost ships” and thought to be North Korean fishing boats, regularly wash up in Japan. They have usually been found on the western coast, which faces North Korea. In the latest incident, Japanese broadcaster NHK said the boat, measuring about 7m (23ft) long, was found on a beach near Oga city on Sunday. The vessel was missing a rotor blade and navigational devices. On Monday officials found the remains of eight people, some reduced to bones, while inspecting the boat. Kyodo news agency reported that the coast guard suspected the boat and its occupants had come from North Korea. The discovery is the latest in a string of similar incidents. On Friday, a wooden boat carrying eight men – alive and in reasonably good health – washed up at Yurihonjo city. The men said they were North Koreans fishing for squid, who had ended up drifting into Japanese waters when their boat experienced difficulties.

On This Day

3rd December

  • 1984 – Bhopal disaster: A methyl isocyanate leak from a Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, India, kills more than 3,800 people outright and injures 150,000–600,000 others (some 6,000 of whom would later die from their injuries) in one of the worst industrial disasters in history.
  • 1992 – A test engineer for Sema Group uses a personal computer to send the world’s first text message via the Vodafone network to the phone of a colleague.
  • 1994 – The PlayStation was released in Japan

10th December

  • 1799 – France adopts the metre as its official unit of length.
  • 1868 – The first traffic lights are installed, outside the Palace of Westminster in London. Resembling railway signals, they use semaphore arms and are illuminated at night by red and green gas lamps.

Deaths

3rd December

10th December

  • 1896 – Alfred Nobel, Swedish chemist, invented Dynamite & founded the Nobel Prize (b. 1833)
  • 1928 – Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Scottish architect and painter (b. 1868)
  • 1967 – Otis Redding, American singer-songwriter and producer (b. 1941)
  • 1978 – Ed Wood, American director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1924)
  • 2005 – Richard Pryor, American comedian, actor, and screenwriter (b. 1940)
  • 2006 – Augusto Pinochet, Chilean general, 30th President of Chile (b. 1915)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Up to 3rd December – Lucy Liu (49), Britney Spears (36), Connie Booth (73), Nelly Furtado (39), Woody Allen (82), Sarah Silverman (47), Deep Roy (60), Bette Midler (72), Ben Stiller (52), Ridley Scott (80), Mandy Patinkin (65), Billy Idol (62), Diane Ladd (82), Don Cheadle (53), Jeff Fahey (65), Gena Lee Nolin (46), Simon Amstell (38), Karen Gillan (30), Ed Harris (67), Judd Nelson (58), Jon Stewart (55), Martin Clunes (56), Armando Iannucci (54), Sharlto Copley (44), Bill Nye (62), Rita Ora (27), Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson (29) and Tina Turner (78).

Up to 10th December – Judi Dench (83), John Malkovich (64), Kirk Douglas (101), Beau Bridges (76), Michael Dorn (65), Donny Osmond (59), Kim Basinger (64), Teri Hatcher (53), Nicki Minaj (35), C. Thomas Howell (51), Kristofer Hivju (39), Ellen Burstyn (85), Judd Apatow (50), Tom Hulce (64), Nick Park (59), Frankie Muniz (32), Marisa Tomei (53), Jeff Bridges (68), Tony Todd (63), Tyra Banks (44), Pamela Stephenson (68), Jay Z (48), Julianne Moore (57), Brendan Fraser (49), Amanda Seyfried (32), Daryl Hannah (57), Jean-Luc Godard (87) and Ozzy Osbourne (69).


Dead Pool 26th November 2017

Afternoon Poolers. Surprisingly, no points this week, we were pretty sure some of you had Charles Manson, however he slipped through the net this year. Not to worry though, there are plenty more potentially dead celebrities on the casting couch.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

Manchester United captain Michael Carrick has revealed he has not played since September because of an irregular heart rhythm. The 36-year-old has played just once this season, in the 4-1 win against Burton in the Carabao Cup third round on 20th September. Carrick says he “felt strange” during the second half of the game and after tests had a cardiac ablation procedure. He said in a statement: “I’m healthy and back training hard with the team.” The England midfielder says he was “monitored closely” and “aiming to be back in contention for selection soon.” The British Heart Foundation says an ablation is a treatment that aims to control or correct certain types of abnormal heart rhythms. Carrick joined Manchester United from Tottenham in 2006 and has won five Premier League titles, the Champions League, Europa League and Fifa Club World Cup with the club.

Ant McPartlin has returned to television screens following his stint in rehab – with I’m a Celebrity co-host Declan Donnelly joking he had been replaced. The presenting duo opened with a joke talking about Ant’s return. “It’s me and the gorgeous Holly Willoughby!” joked Dec. “Wait, no! Guys that’s the wrong script! You’ve put the wrong script in!” He followed with: “No one was sure if you’d make it!’” McPartlin thanked fans for their support and said: “I was always going to make it, come on. I’m back my friend”, as the two hugged. McPartlin in June admitted to going into rehab for painkiller addiction. The problem is believed to have stemmed from a knee operation in 2015. The presenter, 42, who celebrated his birthday over the weekend, tweeted to fans: “Aaaaaaannnddd, we’re off!! It’s good to be back. Enjoy! A”.

Scotland Yard is investigating a new allegation of sexual assault made against Kevin Spacey. The claim was made on Friday and alleges an assault took place on a man in Lambeth in 2005. It was made the same day the Old Vic released the results of an internal investigation – the theatre said it received 20 personal testimonies of alleged inappropriate behaviour!!! This new claim is in addition to a 2008 assault being investigated by the Met. Scotland Yard confirmed officers from the Child Abuse and Sexual Offences Command are investigating the complaint. The theatre said it “truly apologises” for not creating a culture where people felt able to speak freely after those affected said they “felt unable to raise concerns”, and that he “operated without sufficient accountability”. Sounds exactly the same as the BBC’s statement once Jimmy Savile was outed.

And finally, British model Demi Rose Mawby has been left fearing for her safety after being repeatedly propositioned by delivery men. The 22 year old – who was romantically linked to Kylie Jenner’s ex Tyga – said she was “really pissed off” and would no longer have packages delivered to her London home. The Birmingham-born model said she had twice been propositioned by delivery men after she gave her name, address and phone number when ordering goods for her new address. “I’m sick of it, it’s not safe for me, I don’t understand what I’m meant to do. I’m just a girl – I just want to get things ordered. Today or tomorrow I could open the door to the wrong person.” Demi Rose said a delivery man asked for her phone number after he dropped off a cat climber at her home on Thursday. She said it happened as she accepted the delivery in her gym gear – and he abused her personal details to text her even after she rebuffed his advances. Demi Rose tweeted: “I’ve been safe so far but that’s what why I’m stopping all deliveries to my house because it does take one sick person to go a step further.” The model has rocketed to fame over the past few years and has been dubbed the UK’s “Queen of Instagram”. I wonder if the thought that the delivery man didn’t even know who she was entered her mind?

On This Day

  • 1922 – Howard Carter and Lord Carnarvon become the first people to enter the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun in over 3000 years.
  • 1970 – In Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe, 1.5 inches (38.1 mm) of rain fall in a minute, the heaviest rainfall ever recorded.
  • 1976 – “Anarchy in the U.K.”, the debut single of the Sex Pistols, is released, heralding the arrival of punk rock.
  • 1983 – Brink’s-Mat robbery: In London, 6,800 gold bars worth nearly £26 million are stolen from the Brink’s-Mat vault at Heathrow Airport.
  • 2003 – The Concorde makes its final flight, over Bristol, England.

Deaths

  • 1860 – Benjamin Greene, English brewer, founded Greene King (b. 1780)
  • 1926 – John Browning, American weapons designer, founded the Browning Arms Company (b. 1855)
  • 1996 – Michael Bentine, English actor and screenwriter (b. 1922)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Christina Applegate (46), Billy Burke (51), John Larroquette (70), Bruno Tonioli (62), Mark Frost (64), Sarah Hyland (27), Katherine Heigl (39), Stephen Merchant (43), Denise Crosby (60), Billy Connolly (75), Dwight Schultz (70), Conleth Hill (53), Miley Cyrus (25), Kelly Brook (38), Ricky Whittle (35), Michelle Gomez (51), Scarlett Johansson (33), Mark Ruffalo (50), Mads Mikkelsen (52), Jamie Lee Curtis (59), Terry Gilliam (77), Tom Conti (76), Goldie Hawn (72), Alexander Siddig (52), Björk (52), Carly Rae Jepsen (32), Sean Young (58), Bo Derek (61), Ming-Na Wen (54), Joe Biden (75), Jodie Foster (55), Meg Ryan (56), Terry Farrell (54) and Robert Beltran (64).


Dead Pool 19th November 2017

It’s a bumper edition this week, after the previous issue was rather lacklustre in content, the Dead Pool Towers editorial team had to keep more stories out than in! No points to be awarded this week, with exactly six weeks to go! I hope you’re all busy researching your lists for 2018!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Ila Jones, 114, American supercentenarian.
  • Henry Badenhorst, 51, South African businessman, co-founder of Gaydar, suicide by jumping.
  • Keith Barron, 83, English actor (Duty Free; Upstairs, Downstairs; The Nigel Barton Plays).
  • Lil Peep, 21, American singer and rapper, drug overdose.
  • Gary the Goat, 6, Australian celebrity goat, euthanised.
  • Hiromi Tsuru, 57, Japanese voice actress (Dragon Ball, Metal Gear Solid, Ghost Sweeper Mikami), aortic dissection.
  • Ann Wedgeworth, 83, American actress (Three’s Company, Evening Shade, Steel Magnolias), Tony winner (1978)
  • Dik Mik, 72–73, English keyboard player (Hawkwind).
  • Malcolm Young, 64, Scottish-Australian musician and songwriter (AC/DC), dementia.

In Other News

Paul O’Grady has become poorly again. He was filming his ITV documentary For the Love of Dogs, in India, and of course he picked up an infection from one of the dogs he was handling. The Scouse wimp later collapsed and was rushed for emergency treatment at a hospital. Paul was told by doctors he was at risk of kidney failure, but sadly they were able to save him. Every time we write about Paul, hundreds of followers extol how much they hate him. One summed up the mood with: “Come on Paul please look after yourself we can’t lose you, you are too precious, it’s six weeks until January”. The Cheshire-born entertainer rose to fame with his outrageous alter ego, the sharp-tongued Lily Savage. Last week he had This Morning hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langford in stitches as he regaled them with tales of his country life, although he couldn’t do anything about the rescue dog he’d brought with him from Battersea Dogs’ Home doing a wee on the hay bale he was sitting on! Oh the hilarity!!!

David Cassidy, the actor known for playing Keith on The Partridge Family, was hospitalised for multiple organ failure and is in critical condition. The actor has been in the hospital for three days. He is in need of a liver transplant and has kidney failure. Cassidy’s health is rapidly deteriorating, but that he is “conscious now and surrounded by family.” The news comes after the actor revealed in February that he has dementia. The 67-year-old actor-singer said at the time that his family has a history of dementia and he had sensed “this was coming.” Cassidy, whose song hits include “I Think I Love You” and “Cherish,” said he would stop touring to focus on his health and “enjoy life.” Look how well that went..

Serial killer Rose West is said to be ‘seriously ill’ behind bars. The 63-year-old, who was convicted of killing 10 women, is allegedly ‘not in a good way’ after coming down with an illness that ‘may kill her’. According to insiders, she has been escorted to the prison medical centre in HMP Low Newton, Durham, for treatment. An insider said: ‘She is very ill. Her medical records are closely guarded, and she has a very small circle of staff and fellow inmates in jail, so hardly anyone knows exactly what’s wrong with her. ‘The rumour is that it’s very serious, and could even finish her off. West’s life is planned to the letter, because her notoriety makes her very vulnerable to attacks from fellow inmates. ‘It also means that when she requires medical attention or prescribed drugs, the entire wing is locked down so she is not attacked while visiting the doctor or pharmacist.’ Rose West hit the headlines alongside husband Fred when nine bodies were found at their home in Gloucester. Among the dead was their 16-year-old daughter Heather. Rose West – who tried to blame her husband for the murders – was sentenced to life in prison in 1995. Fred hanged himself on New Year’s Day 1995 while awaiting trial.

In other prison news, Charles Manson has been hospitalised and, as one source familiar with his situation says, “it’s not going to get any better for him.” We’re told Manson was  rushed to a Bakersfield hospital three days ago, and has been wheeled around on a gurney for various treatments … escorted by five uniformed cops. We’re told the 83-year-old Manson, who lays still covered in blankets, looks ashen. Our sources say Manson’s health has been steadily deteriorating and, as it was put to us, “It’s just a matter of time.” Manson had serious health issues back in January as well, when he was hospitalised for severe intestinal bleeding and needed surgery to repair a lesion … but was deemed too weak by doctors and sent back to prison. Let’s hope he lasts until January!

US civil rights activist Jesse Jackson has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. “My family and I began to notice changes about three years ago,” Mr Jackson, aged 76, wrote in a statement. “After a battery of tests, my physicians identified the issue as Parkinson’s disease, a disease that bested my father.” Parkinson’s is an incurable neurological disease that can cause tremors and affect coordination. “Recognition of the effects of this disease on me has been painful, and I have been slow to grasp the gravity of it,” Mr Jackson said. He said the diagnosis was “not a stop sign but rather a signal that I must make lifestyle changes and dedicate myself to physical therapy in hopes of slowing the disease’s progression”. Mr Jackson fought for civil rights alongside Martin Luther King Jr in the 1960s. He was twice a candidate for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, in 1984 and 1988.

And finally, junior competition drag racing has been banned in Western Australia pending a police investigation into the death of an eight-year-old Perth girl at the weekend. Anita Board was killed after she lost control of her vehicle at the end of her solo run at Perth Motorplex and crashed into a cement barrier during the Goldenstates Junior Dragster event on Saturday. She died in Princess Margaret Hospital for Children on Sunday. Anita turned eight on Thursday, the minimum racing age under the rules of the drag-racing association. Racers aged between eight and ten must not exceed 60 mph, but it is understood the top speeds of vehicles driven by beginners are much lower. The premier Mark McGowan, who is in China, and sports minister, Mick Murray, both said they were unaware young children could participate in such events. “I was very surprised … but in saying that, from my understanding, it was well controlled but an unfortunate accident,” Murray told reporters. “We can’t wrap our kids up in cotton wool, but we do need to make sure that we are protecting them and that they aren’t taking unnecessary risks,” he said. Makes me wonder why my parents, during the 80’s when paedophiles and guns were allowed, insisted that I was seventeen to drive….

On This Day

  • 1911 – The Doom Bar in Cornwall claimed two ships, Island Maid and Angele, the latter killing the entire crew except the captain.
  • 1969 – Apollo program: Apollo 12 astronauts Pete Conrad and Alan Bean land at Oceanus Procellarum (the “Ocean of Storms”) and become the third and fourth humans to walk on the Moon.
  • 1994 – In the United Kingdom, the first National Lottery draw is held. A £1 ticket gave a one-in-14-million chance of correctly guessing the winning six out of 49 numbers.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Chloë Sevigny (43), Linda Evans (75), Owen Wilson (49), Delroy Lindo (65), Margaret Atwood (78), Rachel McAdams (39), Tom Ellis (39), Martin Scorsese (75), Sophie Marceau (51), Danny DeVito (73), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (59), RuPaul (57), Jonathan Ross (57), Maggie Gyllenhaal (40), Missi Pyle (45), Martha Plimpton (47), Gemma Atkinson (33), Gigi Edgley (40), Jonny Lee Miller (45), Beverly D’Angelo (66), Edward Asner (88), Petula Clark (85), Sandahl Bergman (66), Paul McGann (58), Gerard Butler (48), Whoopi Goldberg (62), Jimmy Kimmel (50), Ryan Gosling (37), Anne Hathaway (35), Wallace Shawn (74), Max Grodénchik (65), Charles Manson (83) and Neil Young (72).


Dead Pool 12th November 2017

Welcome peeps, another week flies by, alas no points to be awarded. I was asked the question a couple of weeks ago, who has scored the most on our little Dead Pool. Well, since we changed over to the current scoring format, I can now reveal that our top scorer of all time is Laura from 2016 with an astounding 654 points. That year she correctly guessed her Cert and Woman, and also got the first death of the year. A few of her chosen were rather young to die as well. So that’s the benchmark people! Also, some of you may be wondering who has guessed the most deaths in a year, well, this achievement has been broken this year, Martin now holds this record with seven deaths out of a possible thirteen. Also a claim to fame, the only person to have correctly guessed a Maverick is Stu back in 2014, although listing the third heaviest man of all time was a tiny bit outside the brief of a Maverick.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Karin Dor, 79, German actress (You Only Live Twice, Topaz).
  • Roy Halladay, 40, American baseball player (Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies), Cy Young Award winner (2003, 2010), plane crash.
  • Carl Sargeant, 49, Welsh politician, AM (since 2003).
  • John Hillerman, 84, American actor (Magnum, P.I., Chinatown, Blazing Saddles), Emmy winner (1987).
  • Chuck Mosley, 57, American singer (Faith No More, Bad Brains) and songwriter (“We Care a Lot”), complications from alcoholism.
  • Antonio Carluccio, 80, Italian chef, restaurateur and television presenter (Two Greedy Italians), fall.
  • Shyla Stylez, 35, Canadian pornographic actress.

In Other News 

As reported a few weeks ago on The Dead Pool, the chances of us all dying of The Black Death has just been upped a notch as Malawi has been put on high alert over fears the plague, which has killed at least 140 people in Madagascar, could hit the East African country. It is now the tenth nation in Africa to be put on alert over concerns surrounding the Black Death, which was behind one of the devastating pandemics in history, wiping out a third of Medieval Europe in the 1300s. South Africa, Mauritius, Mozambique, Seychelles, Tanzania, La Reunion and Mayotte, Kenya, Ethiopia and Comoros have all been warned to prepare for a potential outbreak of the deadly disease. The plague has swept across the island nation since late summer, moving beyond the areas where it traditionally occurs, with at least 2,034 suspected or confirmed cases reported between 1 August to 8 November, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). The WHO has pledge £3.8m to fight the disease and prepare surrounding countries for potential spread, but it says it could take months to bring the outbreak under control.

And because it’s a very slow news week, have a comic instead.

On This Day

  • 1912 – The frozen bodies of Robert Scott and his men are found on the Ross Ice Shelf in Antarctica.
  • 1970 – The Oregon Highway Division attempts to destroy a rotting beached Sperm whale with explosives, leading to the now infamous “exploding whale” incident.
  • 1990 – Tim Berners-Lee publishes a formal proposal for the World Wide Web.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Leonardo DiCaprio (43), Demi Moore (55), Stanley Tucci (57), Calista Flockhart (53), June Whitfield (92), Hugh Bonneville (54), Roland Emmerich (62), Tracy Morgan (49), Neil Gaiman (57), Ennio Morricone (88), Lou Ferrigno (66), Tony Slattery (58), Gretchen Mol (45), Tara Reid (42), Matthew Rhys (43), Richard Curtis (61), Gordon Ramsay (51), Lorde (21), Joni Mitchell (74), Emma Stone (29), Sally Field (71), Ethan Hawke (47), Thandie Newton (45), Rebecca Romijn (45), Lori Singer (60), Maria Shriver (62), Nigel Havers (66), Famke Janssen (53), Tilda Swinton (57), Robert Patrick (59), Sam Rockwell (49), Tatum O’Neal (54), Elke Sommer (77), Tamzin Outhwaite (47), Armin Shimerman (68), Art Garfunkel (76) and Chris Addison (46).


Dead Pool 5th November 2017

Welcome to the not so special Bonfire Night edition! As stars, politicians and celebrities are falling to sexual harassment allegations, perhaps we should now be listing the men as potentials for the near future. Careers destroyed and reputations in tatters from the touch of a knee to much, much more could easily push one or two over the edge! Will you list the naked Chris Evans? The ‘I’m not gay I just like small boys’ Kevin Spacey? Or the rapist Weinstein? Obviously these are all ‘alleged’ assaults and unproven as of yet, (just covering my arse legally) but it’s a tempting thought, there’s 92 points going if Spacey decides the pressure it too much…

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Deon Stewardson, 66, South African actor (Wild at Heart), suicide.
  • Kim Joo-hyuk, 45, South Korean actor (The Servant, My Wife Got Married, Confidential Assignment), traffic collision.
  • Brad Bufanda, 34, American actor (Veronica Mars, A Cinderella Story, Co-Ed Confidential), suicide by jumping.
  • Paddy Russell, 89, British television director (Doctor Who, Out of the Unknown, The Omega Factor).
  • Isabel Granada, 41, Filipino actress and singer, aneurysm.

In Other News

After a long and drawn out dispute, the body of the Moors murderer Ian Brady has been secretly cremated and his ashes disposed of at sea in the middle of the night. Court documents reveal that Brady’s body was incinerated without ceremony in Southport on Wednesday 25th October. His ashes were placed in a weighted biodegradable urn, driven to Liverpool Marina and dispatched at sea on Thursday 26th October at 2.30am. Earlier in October, a senior judge ordered that responsibility for supervising the disposal of Brady’s body be taken out of the hands of his solicitor and executor of his will, Robin Makin, and placed with Tameside borough council. Brady’s body was collected from the mortuary at Royal Liverpool hospital by a Tameside council official at about 9pm. Under police escort, the corpse was taken to Southport crematorium, where the cremation began at 10pm exactly. No music or flowers were allowed. In a joint statement responding to the news that Brady’s body had been disposed of, Tameside and Oldham councils said: “We are pleased that this matter is now concluded and we are grateful for the support and professionalism shown … to ensure Ian Stewart-Brady’s body and remains were disposed of expediently at sea in a manner compatible with the public interest and those of the victims’ relatives.”

After more than a week of being in coma, actress Isabel Granada has succumbed to brain hemorrhage due to aneurysm in Qatar. She was 41. The remains of the ’80s teen star will be brought back to the Philippines by her hubsand on Wednesday. According to him, while he and the actress were at a friend’s wake in Australia, the actress said she would like her body to be cremated, but the decision still lies on the actress’ mother. A day before she suddenly collapsed and went on coma, Isabel posted this on Facebook, as if she had a premonition: “As you turn your attention to Christ Jesus, feel the Light of His Presence shining upon you. Open your mind and heart to receive His heavenly smile of approval. Let His gold-tinged Love wash over you and soak into the depths of your being. As you are increasingly filled with His Being, you experience joyous union with Him. He suffuses your soul with Joy in His Presence; at His right hand there are pleasures forevermore.” Yeah, well…

Oh, just when you thought it was safe to live your life again, it appears that a deadly outbreak of a rare and highly fatal virus has broken out in eastern Uganda and five cases have already been identified, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed. The disease, known as Marburg virus disease (MVD), is similar to Ebola and can be lethal in up to 90 per cent of cases. Emergency screening has begun at the Kenya-Uganda border in Turkana after three members of the same family died of the disease in Uganda. The outbreak is thought to have started in September when a man in his 30s, who worked as a game hunter and lived near a cave with a heavy presence of bats, was admitted to a local health centre with a high fever, vomiting and diarrhoea. He did not respond to antimalarial treatment and his condition rapidly deteriorated. He was quickly taken to another hospital in the neighbouring district, but died shortly after arriving. His sister, in her 50s, died shortly afterwards and a third victim passed away in the treatment unit of a local health centre. Several hundred people are believed to have been exposed to the virus, which is among the most virulent pathogens known to infect humans. Early symptoms include fever, chills, headache, and myalgia. The news comes as Madagascar faces a deadly outbreak of plague, which has already claimed the lives of 127 people. The outbreak has been compared with the Black Death, when plague swept across Europe and Asia in the 13th century, killing more than 50 million people in what is now considered one of the worst pandemics in human history. Two thirds of the recorded cases in Madagascar are caused by the pneumonic plague, which can be spread through coughs and sneezes and without treatment, can kill within 24 hours. The outbreak has prompted warnings that it could spread to nine nearby countries, including UK holiday hotspots Mauritius and the Seychelles. Best stay at home then…

On This Day

  • 1605 – Gunpowder Plot: Guy Fawkes is arrested.
  • 1912 – Woodrow Wilson is elected the 28th President of the United States, defeating incumbent William Howard Taft.
  • 2006 – Saddam Hussein, former president of Iraq, and his co-defendants Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti and Awad Hamed al-Bandar, are sentenced to death in the al-Dujail trial for their roles in the 1982 massacre of 148 Shi’a Muslims.
  • 2007 – Android mobile operating system is unveiled by Google.
  • 2009 – U.S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan murders 13 and wounds 32 at Fort Hood, Texas in the deadliest mass shooting at a U.S. military installation.

Deaths

  • 1987 – Eamonn Andrews, Irish radio and television host (b. 1922)
  • 1991 – Robert Maxwell, Czech-English captain, publisher, and politician (b. 1923)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Matthew McConaughey (48), Ralph Macchio (56), Loretta Swit (80), Kate Capshaw (64), Dolph Lundgren (60), Roseanne Barr (65), Kendall Jenner (22), Dylan Moran (46), Lulu (68), Adam Ant (63), David Schwimmer (51), Stefanie Powers (75), Toni Collette (45), Jenny McCarthy (45), Anthony Kiedis (55), Lyle Lovett (59), Larry Flynt (75), Peter Jackson (56), Erica Cerra (38), Stephen Rea (71), Vanilla Ice (50), Debbie McGee (59), Clémence Poésy (35), Jessica Hynes (45), Henry Winkler (72), Ivanka Trump (36), Juliet Stevenson (61), Winona Ryder (46), Rufus Sewell (50), Richard Dreyfuss (70) and Dan Castellaneta (53).