2018

Dead Pool 16th September 2018

Sadly, no movement on the scoreboard this week, it’s also a little bit quiet on the deaths side. We can’t have the likes of Burt Reynolds dying each week, unless we send out the monkeys of course… Fly my beauties!!!!! 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

A missing film star has been given a 0% “social responsibility” rating by Chinese authorities, fuelling fears she may have been detained by state officials. Fan Bingbing, who starred in the 2014 Hollywood film X-Men: Days of Future Past, came last in a ranking of 100 celebrities judged on their professional lives, charitable work and what was described as their personal integrity. The zero rating for Bingbing, China’s best-paid actor, comes four months after a Chinese TV presenter appeared to accuse the star of tax evasion. Although her studio denied any wrongdoing, Chinese internet users speculated the two were related.  China still uses the death penalty, some have speculated that Bingbing could be made an example of. Bingbing has not been since 1st July when she visited a children’s hospital, local media has reported. Her last activity on social media came on 23rd July, when she “liked” a number of posts. Of the 100 Chinese actors, singers and public figures in the report, only nine were judged to have “passed” by receiving a score of 60 per cent or more. It praised those who had become “relatively strong role models”, but highlighted cases where celebrities had caused a “negative” social impact. Xu Zheng, a Chinese actor who co-produced and starred in 2018’s Dying to Survive, came top of the list, while Hollywood star Jackie Chan, despite his well-known philanthropy, was ranked 42nd.  

Paralympian David Smith has revealed he faces losing his life if he chooses not to have a tumour removed that is crushing his spinal cord. The Scot has recently been diagnosed with cancer for the fourth time and says he could be left paralysed below the neck if he goes under the knife. In 2016, the Paralympic rowing gold medallist, 40, was forced out of the Rio games due to a similar tumour. “I’m actually stood in hospital right now,” Smith told Dead Pool Towers. “I just got told 10 minutes ago that this aggressive tumour that I have is crushing my spinal cord again and if I choose not to have surgery then basically I’m going to lose my life and, if I make the choice of going for surgery, I might be paralysed from the neck down.””I just got told 10 minutes ago that this aggressive tumour that I have is crushing my spinal cord again and if I choose not to have surgery then basically I’m going to lose my life and, if I make the choice of going for surgery, I might be paralysed from the neck down.” Smith intended to take part in the Brazilian games as a cyclist and even delayed surgery on his tumour to give him a better chance of making the event. However, the threat of having his spinal cord crushed forced his withdrawal.  

Pyotr Verzilov, an activist with Russian protest group Pussy Riot, is reported to have been taken to hospital in a serious condition. Relatives speaking to the Meduza website said they believed he may have suffered poisoning but there is no official word on his condition.  He reportedly fell ill after a court hearing on Tuesday for fellow Pussy Riot activist Veronika Nikulshina. Mr Verzilov was one of the activists who invaded the World Cup final pitch. Ms Nikulshina told Meduza that Mr Verzilov had complained of losing his sight, “then the ability to talk, then the ability to walk”. She said that when he was admitted to hospital, an initial examination “didn’t turn up anything bad”, but that later doctors suddenly moved Mr Verzilov to the hospital’s toxicology wing. He has since been flown to Germany for specialist treatment. 

On This Day

  • 1400 – Owain Glyndŵr is declared Prince of Wales by his followers.  
  • 1959 – The first successful photocopier, the Xerox 914, is introduced in a demonstration on live television from New York City.  
  • 1994 – The British government lifts the broadcasting ban imposed against members of Sinn Féin and Irish paramilitary groups in 1988.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Tom Hardy (41), Tommy Lee Jones (72), Oliver Stone (72), Prince Harry (34), Jimmy Carr (46), Brendan O’Carroll (63), Sam Neill (71), Andrew Lincoln (45), Walter Koenig (82), Amanda Barrie (83), Alfie Allen  (32), Ian Holm (87), Linda Gray (78), Virginia Madsen (57), Roxann Dawson (60), Amy Madigan (68), Johnny Vegas (47), Moby (53), Colin Firth (58), Guy Ritchie (50), Chris Columbus (60), Adam Sandler (52), Hugh Grant (58), Jeffrey Combs (64), Eric Stonestreet (47), Julia Sawalha (50), Rachel Hunter (49) and Michael Bublé (43).


Dead Pool 9th September 2018

Points!!!! Only Sylvia guessed that good old Burt Reynolds would cark it this year, so 68 well earned points to her. Well done!! We also found out that Dolores O’Riordan of Cranberries fame actually managed to drown herself when she was pissed in the bath. Seems to be a very Rock’n’roll way to die nowadays, just ask Whitney Houston’s family…. 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Conway Savage, 58, Australian rock keyboardist (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), brain tumour.
  • Jacqueline Pearce, 74, British actress (Blake’s 7, Dark Season, Doctor Who), lung cancer.
  • Bill Daily, 91, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show).
  • Rachael Bland, 40, Welsh journalist and presenter (BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC North West Tonight), breast cancer.
  • Richard DeVos, 92, American salesman and billionaire, co-founder of Amway, complications from infection.
  • Liz Fraser, 88, British actress (I’m All Right Jack, Carry On Regardless, Dad’s Army).
  • Johnny Kingdom, 79, English wildlife filmmaker (Johnny’s New Kingdom), digger rollover.
  • Burt Reynolds, 82, American actor (Smokey and the Bandit, Boogie Nights, Deliverance), heart attack.
  • Mac Miller, 26, American rapper, singer and record producer, drug overdose.  
  • Peter Benson, 75, English actor (Heartbeat, The Black Adder, Albion Market)

In Other News

Four-time Olympic champion Michael Johnson says he is recovering at home after suffering a “mini-stroke”. The American, 50, once the fastest man in the world at 200m and 400m, tweeted that he had a “transient ischemic attack” last week. “The good news is I’m back at home with my family, cleared of any heart issues and have already made great progress on my road to a full recovery,” he added. Johnson, a BBC Sport pundit, also won eight World Championship golds. He was the first man to win both the 200m and 400m at the same Olympics in Atlanta in 1996 and retired in 2000 after defending the 400m title at the Sydney Games.  

A far-right presidential candidate dubbed “Brazil’s Donald Trump” was left fighting for life after being stabbed in the street at a campaign rally. Jair Bolsonaro, a controversial congressman considered the frontrunner ahead of next month’s national polls, was knifed amid a crowd in the city of Juiz de Fora. “His internal wounds were grave and put the patient’s life at risk,” said doctor Luiz Henrique Borsato, who operated on the politician’s serious intestinal injuries. Police in the southeastern state of Minas Gerais have arrested a man over the stabbing, which took place as Mr Bolsonaro was being held aloft on a supporter’s shoulders. TV footage showed a knife being raised above the heads of the crowd and plunged into the candidate’s body, causing him to scream out in pain and fall backwards. The attack on the 63-year-old was a dramatic twist in what was already Brazil’s most unpredictable election since the country’s return to democracy three decades ago. Mr Bolsonaro has outraged many Brazilians with racist, sexist and homophobic comments, but he is leading the polls ahead of voting on 7th October. Mr Bolsonaro, whose trademark pose at rallies is a two-handed “guns up” gesture, has said he would encourage police to kill suspected drug gang members and other armed criminals with abandon. In 2016, he was convicted of inciting the rape of a female politician and he has also been fined for insulting women, black people and homosexuals. He once advocated beating gay children to “change their behaviour” as well as the forcible sterilisation of poor people, who he suggested were too uneducated to use birth control. Thankfully, there’s nobody like him in the UK… Oh….  

Elon Musk’s decline continues. Yet again he’s attacked a British diver he has previously accused without evidence of being a child abuser. Not only this, but he was recorded smoking weed on a radio program! Whatever next?? The latest controversy follows weeks of erratic behaviour on social media. In July he shocked investors by announcing on Twitter that he had funding secured to take his car firm Tesla private. He later said the firm would stay public. He also tweeted that he suffered from “great highs, terrible lows and unrelenting stress”. He also tweeted that he might suffer from bipolar disorder but then said “maybe not medically”. In August he told the New York Times that he worked “120-hour weeks” and took sedatives. His brother Kimbal Musk told us that the reason Mr Musk “seems to attract drama” is because he is “so transparent, so open, in a way that can come back to bite him”. Not that he’s a twat with too much money then…. 

On This Day

  • 1504 – Michelangelo’s David is unveiled in Piazza della Signoria in Florence.
  • 1888 – In London, the body of Jack the Ripper’s second murder victim, Annie Chapman, is found.
  • 1966 – The landmark American science fiction television series Star Trek premieres with its first-aired episode, “The Man Trap”.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Martin Freeman (47), Heather Thomas (61), Pink (39), Miles Jupp (39), Evan Rachel Wood (31), Toby Jones (52), Dario Argento (78), Julie Kavner (68), Chrissie Hynde (67), Doug Bradley (64), Idris Elba (46), Rose McGowan (45), Carice van Houten (42), Michael Keaton (67), Raquel Welch (78), Bob Newhart (89), Paddy Considine (45), George Lazenby (79), Damon Wayans (58), Beyoncé (37), Michael Berryman (70), Charlie Sheen (53), Jean-Pierre Jeunet (65), Pauline Collins (78), Keanu Reeves (54), Salma Hayek (52) and Keith Allen (65).


Dead Pool 2nd September 2018

Surprisingly, we have a points scorer today! Dave J had Neil Simon, so 59 points awarded, which propels him to the top of the leader board!! We still have around four months to go with plenty of Certs and Women that have yet to score, so there is ample time and opportunity to catch up. 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Neil Simon, 91, American playwright (Biloxi Blues, The Odd Couple) and screenwriter (The Goodbye Girl), Tony winner (1965, 1985, 1991), complications from pneumonia.  
  • Rosa Bouglione, 107, French circus performer.
  • Silvano Campeggi, 95, Italian film poster designer (Casablanca, Singin’ in the Rain, Breakfast at Tiffany’s).   
  • Olive Boar, 113, British supercentenarian, oldest person in Britain
  • Gary Friedrich, 75, American comic book writer (Ghost Rider, Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos, Hulk), complications from Parkinson’s disease.
  • Vanessa Marquez, 49, American actress (ER, Stand and Deliver, Wiseguy), shot.

In Other News

Kirsty Young is to step down as host of Desert Island Discs due to illness. Young has presented the show since 2006 and said she would be temporarily stepping down after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia, to be replaced by Lauren Laverne. “Casting away some of the world’s most fascinating people is a wonderful job – however, I’m having to take some time away from Desert Island Discs as I’m suffering from a form of fibromyalgia,” Young said. “I wish Lauren all the very best, I know she will be great. And I very much look forward to getting back to good health and back to work.” Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes pain all over the body. As well as inducing severe fatigue, it can cause muscle tiredness, headaches and issues with digestion.    

It’s hard to imagine a worse way to wake up than catching a rat eating your foot. Unfortunately for Tottenham legend Gary Mabbutt, the nightmare became a reality while on a safari in South Africa. The 57-year-old woke to find his bed covered in blood and severe damage to his foot after the horrific incident at Kruger National Park in South Africa. Astoundingly, Mabbut claimed he couldn’t feel the rat chowing down on his toes due to a long career in football and type 1 diabetes. Mabbutt, who played 16 matches for England, was rushed home for treatment following the incident six weeks ago. “Unfortunately, due to the injuries through my career and some diabetes — I have very little feeling in my feet, so I’ve gone to sleep and during the night a rat has come into the bedroom, climbed into the bed and decided to chew on my foot. It made quite a big hole in my toe going down to the bone and ate underneath my foot so it became infected. I then got home quite quickly and then I was in hospital for a week and that was about, crikey, about six weeks ago now.” Due to treatment for an infection caused by the injury, Mabbutt has to visit hospital to get an intravenous drip for a few hours a day.    

Spice Girl Mel B says she’s entering a rehab facility to seek treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we can only assume this is from her five tours of Afghanistan or being groped by Louis Walsh. The singer says the past six months have been “incredibly difficult” and claims she’s been drinking “to numb my pain”. The 43-year-old has been finalising her divorce from Stephen Belafonte, a relationship she says was abusive but the film producer was recently cleared of physically and verbally abusing Mel during their marriage. Mel tried to explain her reasons “Sometimes it is too hard to cope with all the emotions I feel. But the problem has never been about sex or alcohol – it is underneath all that,” she said. “No-one knows myself better than I do. But I am dealing with it. I love my three girls more than life itself.” The Leeds-born star said she was recently diagnosed with PTSD and was speaking about it because it’s a “huge issue” for lots of people. Earlier this month a US judge dismissed claims the singer had made against her ex-husband Stephen Belefonte. In court papers Mel B claimed that the film producer was abusive and that he’d threatened to destroy her career by releasing a sex tape! Although we wonder what career she’s actually talking about… After being cleared of the abuse allegations, a judge refused to grant restraining orders that the pair had both filed against each other. Mel B was ordered to pay her former husband £270,000 in legal fees and more than £3,000 a month in child support payments. 

On This Day

  • 1192 – The Treaty of Jaffa is signed between Richard I of England and Saladin, leading to the end of the Third Crusade and thus declaring it a cake, not a biscuit. 
  • 1666 – The Great Fire of London breaks out and burns for three days, destroying 10,000 buildings, including Old St Paul’s Cathedral.  
  • 1752 – Great Britain, along with its overseas possessions, adopts the Gregorian calendar. Before this, nobody knew what day it was. 
  • 1792 – During what became known as the September Massacres of the French Revolution, rampaging mobs slaughter three Roman Catholic bishops, more than two hundred priests, and prisoners believed to be royalist sympathisers. Ahh, the good old days! 

Deaths

  • 1834 – Thomas Telford, Scottish engineer and architect, designed the Menai Suspension Bridge (b. 1757)  
  • 1969 – Ho Chi Minh, Vietnamese politician, 1st President of Vietnam (b. 1890)  
  • 1973 – J. R. R. Tolkien, English novelist, short story writer, poet, and philologist (b. 1892)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Lily Tomlin (79), Burn Gorman (44), Steve Pemberton (51), Barry Gibb (72), Gloria Estefan (61), Richard Gere (69), Chris Tucker (47), Todd Carty (55), Cameron Diaz (46), Michael Chiklis (55), Warren Buffett (88), Carla Gugino (47), Rebecca De Mornay (59), Elliott Gould (80), Lenny Henry (60), Jack Black (49), Brian Thompson (59), Billy Boyd (50), David Soul (75), Shania Twain (53), Aaron Paul (39), Peter Stormare (65), Paul Reubens (66), Barbara Bach (71), Reece Shearsmith (49), Melissa McCarthy (48), Chris Pine (38) and Macaulay Culkin (38).


Dead Pool 26th August 2018

As per usual, my lead story this week was John McCain stopping his treatment for brain cancer, alas he never made the week to star in his own pre-death article. However, both Louise and Douglas score 69 points each for his inevitable death. Well done both of you!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Barbara Harris, 83, American actress (The Apple Tree, Freaky Friday, Nashville), Tony winner (1967), co-founder of The Second City, lung cancer.  
  • Ed King, 68, American Hall of Fame guitarist (Strawberry Alarm Clock, Lynyrd Skynyrd) and songwriter (“Sweet Home Alabama”), lung cancer.  
  • Robin Leach, 76, British writer and television host (Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous), complications from a stroke.  
  • Lindsay Kemp, 80, English choreographer and actor (The Wicker Man).  
  • Stefán Karl Stefánsson, 43, Icelandic actor (LazyTown), bile duct cancer.  
  • John McCain, 81, American politician and Navy officer, member of the U.S. Senate (since 1987) and House of Representatives (1983–1987), presidential candidate (2008), glioblastoma.

In Other News

The family of the late US musician Prince is suing his doctor, alleging he failed to properly treat the singer for an opioid addiction. A lawsuit filed in Minnesota, reported by ABC news, alleges that failures by Dr Michael Schulenberg played a “substantial part” in the star’s death. Prince died in 2016, aged 57, from an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, a powerful opioid. Dr Schulenberg has denied any wrongdoing. Earlier this year, prosecutors said no criminal charges would be brought over Prince’s death. But the family’s lawsuit, filed in Hennepin County District Court on Friday, alleges that Dr Schulenberg’s actions had played a part. “He failed to appropriately evaluate, diagnose, treat and counsel Prince for his recognisable opioid addiction, and further failed to take appropriate and reasonable steps to prevent the foreseeably fatal result of that addiction,” the lawsuit read. The family of the singer – whose real name was Prince Rogers Nelson – is seeking unspecified damages in excess of $50,000 (£39,000). Prince was found unresponsive in a lift at his Paisley Park Studios, Minnesota, on 21st April 2016. Evidence showed Prince had thought he was taking the prescription drug, Vicodin, when in fact he was taking a counterfeit Vicodin pill laced with potentially deadly fentanyl. Prosecutors said there was no evidence that the pills that killed Prince had been prescribed by a doctor.   

Britain’s Got Talent star Antonio Francis has died aged 54. The reality star, also known as ‘Popeye’, passed away after suffering a stroke. Antonio memorably appeared on BGT with his unique routine, which saw him popping his eyeballs out of their sockets in time with the music. Francis’s death was confirmed by his son Dan, who appeared on BGT also, as part of the band Luminites. On a GoFundMe page for his funeral costs, Dan said: ‘He had slowly been losing his memory a years prior and had been in out of hospital with minor stroke, high blood pressure, heart failure and other organ issues but we never knew the full extent of his illness as he wouldn’t ever say the real problem. Last week a family friend realised he had missed an appointment and knew something was up so went to check on him at his flat. When there was no answer the security opened my dad’s door and he was found unconscious on his bedroom floor. He was rushed into hospital where we were told he was in a coma and wouldn’t have much time left. We had worked out that he must have been in a coma for over 5 days so it was a miracle that he was still alive with no food or drink and having a stroke.” Sadly Antonio wasn’t famous enough for a Wiki listing.    

A man who managed to fight off a shark attack has now contracted a severe flesh-eating infection. Blain Shelton, from Texas, was swimming off the shore of Boliver Island in Galveston County when a shark bit into his leg. The 42-year-old managed to escape, but exposure to the seawater left him with a severe flesh-eating infection. Mr Shelton was admitted to hospital for treatment for the shark bite on his lower thigh, but after he was released the severe pain near the wound only worsened. Upon returning to hospital, doctors said that a flesh-eating bacterial infection was leading to his skin rotting away. “I’d heard there was bacteria in the water, I just never treated it serious,” Mr Shelton said. “But to tell you the truth, if you’ve got a scratch on your arm or your leg, I wouldn’t get in that water. And if you do, bring some alcohol with you to clean it the second you get out. It’s nothing to play with.” Mr Shelton is recovering in hospital and has amassed hospital bills of $30,000 (£23,350). 

On This Day

  • 1346 – Hundred Years’ War: The military supremacy of the English longbow over the French combination of crossbow and armoured knights is established at the Battle of Crécy.  
  • 1768 – Captain James Cook sets sail from England on board HMS Endeavour.  
  • 1883 – The 1883 eruption of Krakatoa begins its final, paroxysmal, stage.

Deaths

  • 1930 – Lon Chaney, American actor, director, and screenwriter (b. 1883)   
  • 1974 – Charles Lindbergh, American pilot and explorer (b. 1902)  
  • 1980 – Tex Avery, American animator, director, and voice actor (b. 1908)  
  • 2004 – Laura Branigan, American singer-songwriter and actress (b. 1952)  
  • 2017 – Tobe Hooper, American film director (b. 1943)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Alexander Skarsgård (42), Sean Connery (88), Rachel Bilson (37), Tim Burton (60), Tom Skerritt (85), Gene Simmons (69), Claudia Schiffer (48), Billy Ray Cyrus (57), Regis Philbin (87), Rupert Grint (30), Steve Guttenberg (60), Jared Harris (57), Dave Chappelle (45), Stephen Fry (61), Richard Armitage (47), Kristen Wiig (45), James ‘The Cunt’ Corden (40), Honor Blackman (93), Mark Williams (59), Ty Burrell (51), Valerie Harper (79), Hayden Panettiere (29), Carrie-Anne Moss (51), Kim Cattrall (62), Kenny Rogers (80), Amy Adams (44), Ben Barnes (37), Andrew Garfield (35), Jonathan Ke Quan (47), Demi Lovato (26), James Marsters (56), Misha Collins (44), John Noble (70), Ray Wise (71), David Walliams (47), Sylvester McCoy (75), Matthew Perry (49), Jonathan Frakes (66), Kevin Dillon (53), Jim Carter (70), Simon Bird (34) and Diana Muldaur (80).


Dead Pool 19th August 2018

Last week we sent out the flying monkeys, and they didn’t disappoint. The second they took to the skies the news of Aretha Franklin’s impending death was sent to Dead Pool Towers. We were hoping to lead with the story of her illness, however she didn’t last the week. What is most surprising, none of you listed her. NOBODY!!!! If you only knew how much it costs to feed these flying monkeys and keep their wings supple with Nivea Cream, you’d try harder! Anyhow, a short newsletter this week, the news was slightly overrun by Ms Franklin’s death to notice anyone else. 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Jill Janus, 42, American rock and roll singer (Huntress), suicide.  
  • Aretha Franklin, 76, American Hall of Fame soul singer (“Respect”, “Chain of Fools”, “A Natural Woman”), pianist and songwriter, pancreatic cancer.   
  • Sir Peter Tapsell, 88, British politician, MP (1959–1964, 1966–2015) and Father of the House of Commons (2010–2015).
  • Kofi Annan, 80, Ghanaian diplomat, Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997–2006), Nobel Prize laureate (2001).

In Other News

Tesla shares have plunged after founder Elon Musk revealed to the New York Times he works “120 hour weeks” and takes sedatives. In the interview, Mr Musk also said he was not “on weed” when he controversially tweeted about taking the company private. “This past year has been the most difficult and painful year of my career,” he said. “It was excruciating.” At times during the interview he stopped speaking, seemingly overcome by emotion – and that he spent the full 24 hours of his birthday on 28th June working. “All night – no friends, nothing,” he said. Mr Musk also said that he took the sedative Ambien to help him sleep when he was not working: “It is often a choice of no sleep, or Ambien.” According to the paper, his use of the drug has concerned some board members. Just goes to show, money doesn’t make you happy and that Rosanne was right, Ambien does turn you into a knob.    

Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub in 2012 — and three years later, her daughter died in tragically similar circumstances. Now another death is a final tragic twist. The friend who discovered Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown in her bathtub has died of an apparent drug overdose. Max Lomas was discovered unconscious in a friend’s bathroom with a syringe near his body after his pal grew concerned when he didn’t come out for a long time. Lomas was reportedly rushed to a nearby Mississippi hospital, where he later passed away. Lomas was the one who pulled Brown out of the bathtub and administered CPR with her partner, Nick Gordon, until help arrived. No charges were ever filed against Lomas, though Brown’s family won a $36 million wrongful death civil suit against Gordon for her death. Perhaps we should put Gordon up as a Maverick, everyone he comes into contact with dies, maybe it’s his turn next! 

On This Day

  • 1612 – The “Samlesbury witches”, three women from the Lancashire village of Samlesbury, England, are put on trial, accused of practicing witchcraft, one of the most famous witch trials in British history.  
  • 1692 – Salem witch trials: In Salem, Province of Massachusetts Bay, five people, one woman and four men, including a clergyman, are executed after being convicted of witchcraft.  
  • 1839 – The French government announces that Louis Daguerre’s photographic process is a gift “free to the world” This is the day that the selfie was born.   
  • 1987 – Hungerford massacre: In the United Kingdom, Michael Ryan kills sixteen people with a semi-automatic rifle and then commits suicide.

Deaths

  • AD 14 – Augustus, Roman emperor (b. 63 BC)  
  • 1977 – Groucho Marx, American comedian and actor (b. 1890)  
  • 2005 – Mo Mowlam, English academic and politician, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (b. 1949)  
  • 2012 – Tony Scott, English-American director and producer (b. 1944)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Robert Redford (82), Edward Norton (49), Christian Slater (49), Madeleine Stowe (60), Roman Polanski (85), Denis Leary (61), Robert De Niro (75), Sean Penn (58), Donnie Wahlberg (49), Belinda Carlisle (60), Steve Carell (56), James Cameron (64), Julie Newmar  (85), Evanna Lynch (27), Madonna (60), Jennifer Lawrence (28), Ben Affleck (46), Natasha Henstridge (44), Debra Messing (50), Jim Dale (83), Tony Robinson (72), Mila Kunis (35), Halle Berry (52), Steve Martin (73), Joseph Marcell (70) and Sarah Brightman (58).


Dead Pool 12th August 2018

Another relatively quiet week, I think we should send out the flying monkeys again, we could do with the demise of a high ranking Dead Pool star to spice things up.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Charlotte Rae, 92, American actress (The Facts of Life, Diff’rent Strokes, 101 Dalmatians: The Series), bone cancer.  
  • Joël Robuchon, 73, French chef and cookbook author, Meilleur Ouvrier de France winner 1976, complications from pancreatic cancer.  
  • Nicholas Bett, 28, Kenyan hurdler, world champion (2015), traffic collision. 
  • V. S. Naipaul, 85, Trinidadian-born British writer (A House for Mr Biswas), Nobel Prize laureate (2001).

In Other News 

Friends star Matthew Perry has undergone surgery after suffering a ruptured bowel, according to reports. A representative for the actor said that he was taken to an LA hospital to repair the perforation. Perry has been a vocal advocate of addiction recovery after struggling with alcohol abuse himself during his time on the show, admitting he has little memory of shooting three seasons. In 1997 and 2001 he completed time in rehab to recover from his use of Vicodin, methadone, amphetamines and alcohol. In 2013 he told ABC News: “Mostly it was drinking, you know, and opiates. I think I was pretty good at hiding it, but eventually people were aware. I honestly recoil. It’s scary to look at that. I was a sick guy.” 

Ant and Dec have postponed next year’s Saturday Night Takeaway, with the show not set to return until 2020. Dec Donnelly will also front November’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!’ alone, while Ant McPartlin continues to take a break from all TV presenting until 2019. They said it was a joint decision to postpone a new series of Takeaway. Ant stepped down from his TV work in March following his arrest on drink driving following a car crash. He was fined £86,000 and given a 20-month driving ban after pleading guilty to drink driving and announced he would immediately be taking time out from presenting and seeking treatment for addiction. In a statement Ant said his recovery is going “very well” and “for that to continue, having spoken to Dec and ITV, I have made the decision to take the rest of the year off”. He added: “I’d like to thank both Dec and ITV for their continued support and I look forward to getting back to work in the new year.”    

A coroner has ruled Superman actress Margot Kidder’s death was suicide. The 69-year-old actress was found dead at her home in Montana on 13th May. Park County Coroner’s office said she died “as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose”. A joint statement from the coroner’s office and her family urged “those suffering from mental illnesses, addiction and/or suicidal thoughts to seek appropriate counselling and treatment”. The actress found fame starring as Lois Lane alongside Christopher Reeve in the Superman films of the 1970s and 1980s. The actress, who had bipolar disorder, told People magazine in 1996 about her mental health problems and revealed that she had taken an overdose at 14 and suffered badly from mood swings. She gave the interview following her high-profile disappearance for several days in 1996 where she ended up living on the streets, paranoid that people were out to get her. 

On This Day

  • 1865 – Joseph Lister, British surgeon and scientist, performs 1st antiseptic surgery.  
  • 1883 – The last quagga dies at the Natura Artis Magistra, a zoo in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  
  • 1953 – The first testing of a real thermonuclear weapon (not test devices): The Soviet atomic bomb project continues with the detonation of “RDS-6s” (Joe 4), the first Soviet thermonuclear bomb.  
  • 1981 – The IBM Personal Computer is released.  
  • 1985 – Japan Airlines Flight 123 crashes into Osutaka ridge in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, killing 520, to become the worst single-plane air disaster.

Deaths

  • 30 BC– Cleopatra, Egyptian queen (b. 69 BC)  
  • 1964 – Ian Fleming, English spy, journalist, and author (b. 1908)  
  • 1982 – Henry Fonda, American actor (b. 1905)  
  • 2009 – Les Paul, American guitarist and songwriter (b. 1915)  
  • 2014 – Lauren Bacall, American model, actress, and singer (b. 1924)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Cara Delevingne (26), Sam J. Jones (64), Jim Beaver (68), Pete Sampras (47), Chris Hemsworth (35), Anna Gunn (50), Ian McDiarmid (74), Hulk Hogan (65), Antonio Banderas (58), Rosanna Arquette (59), Rhona Mitra (42), Anna Kendrick (33), Gillian Anderson (50), Sam Elliott (74), Eric Bana (50), Melanie Griffith (61), Audrey Tautou (42), McG (50), Dustin Hoffman (81), Charlize Theron (43), Abbie Cornish (36), Michael Shannon (44), David Duchovny (58), Tobin Bell (76), M. Night Shyamalan (48), Michelle Yeoh (56), Barbara Windsor (81) and Geri Horner (46).


Dead Pool 5th August 2018

Welcome fellow poolers, ’tis a sad day indeed where we can no longer  say “To me, to you.”  It’s now ‘To me, to… um…’ It’s been a terrible week if you’re a fan of wrestling too, they seem to be falling like flies. Anyhow, no points this week, better luck next time! 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Brickhouse Brown, 57, American professional wrestler (SCW, WCWA, USWA), prostate cancer.  
  • Brian Christopher, 46, American professional wrestler (WWF, TNA, USWA), suicide by hanging.   
  • Nikolai Volkoff, 70, Yugoslav-born American Hall of Fame professional wrestler (WWF).  
  • Tony Bullimore, 79, British sailor and nightclub owner, stomach cancer.  
  • Sir Alex Fergusson, 69, British politician, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament (2007–2011).   
  • Mary Carlisle, 104, American actress (College Humor, Doctor Rhythm, Dead Men Walk).
  • Rick Genest, 32, Canadian fashion model and actor (47 Ronin), suicide.  
  • Barry Chuckle, 73, English children’s entertainer (ChuckleVision).

In Other News

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro says he has survived an assassination attempt involving explosive drones!!! Mr Maduro was speaking at a military event in Caracas when the alleged attack occurred. Live footage of his speech shows the president suddenly looking upwards – startled – and dozens of soldiers running away. Mr Maduro has blamed Colombia for the attack – something denied by Bogota as a “baseless” accusation. Seven soldiers were injured, and several people were later arrested, the Venezuelan authorities said. The incident happened when Mr Maduro was speaking at an event to mark the 81st anniversary of the national army. Two drones loaded with explosives went off near the president’s stand, Communications Minister Jorge Rodriguez said. Mr Maduro later said in a national address: “A flying object exploded near me, a big explosion. Seconds later there was a second explosion.” Photos on social media showed bodyguards protecting Mr Maduro with bulletproof shields after the alleged attack. To add further to the confusion, firefighters at the scene disputed the government’s version of events. Speaking on condition of anonymity, three of them said the incident was actually a gas tank explosion inside an apartment, but did not provide further details.       

Three-time Formula 1 world champion Niki Lauda is recovering in hospital after a lung transplant. The 69-year-old Austrian had been suffering from “severe lung disease”, Vienna General Hospital said in a statement. “The transplant was successfully carried out,” the statement added. Lauda won three world drivers’ titles in 1975, 1977 and 1984 with Ferrari and McLaren. He had cut short a holiday in Ibiza last week and returned to Vienna after developing a lung infection. Lauda was appointed as Mercedes’ non-executive chairman in 2012 and was involved in the signing of Lewis Hamilton to the team. In 1976, Lauda crashed into an embankment at the Nurburgring circuit in Germany. As flames engulfed his car, Lauda had to be rescued by his fellow drivers but despite suffering horrific burns and being given the last rites, he returned behind the wheel six weeks later.    

The coroner investigating the death of TV presenter Dale Winton has found he died of natural causes, the late star’s agent has revealed. The Supermarket Sweep and Hole in the Wall host was found dead in April at his north London home. He was 62. Scotland Yard previously said the star’s death was being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. 

On This Day

  • 1305 – William Wallace, who led the Scottish resistance against England, is captured by the English near Glasgow and transported to London where he is put on trial and executed.   
  • 1620 – The Mayflower departs from Southampton, England on its first attempt to reach North America.   
  • 1926 – Harry Houdini performs his greatest feat, spending 91 minutes underwater in a sealed tank before escaping.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Meghan Markle (37), Billy Bob Thornton (63), Barack Obama (57), Evangeline Lilly (39), Martin Sheen (78), John C. McGinley (59), Stephen Graham (45), John Landis (68), Steven Berkoff (81), Martha Stewart (77), Tony Bennett (92), Kevin Smith (48), Sam Worthington (42), Edward Furlong (41), Jason Momoa (39), Michael Biehn (62), Wesley Snipes (56), Dean Cain (52), Emilia Fox (44), J.K. Rowling (53), Christopher Nolan (48), Arnold Schwarzenegger (71), Lisa Kudrow (55), Hilary Swank (44), Laurence Fishburne (57), Jean Reno (70), Carel Struycken (70), Frances de la Tour (74), Wil Wheaton (46), David Warner (77), Elizabeth Berkley (46), Taylor Schilling (34) and Jonathan Rhys Meyers (41).


Dead Pool 29th July 2018

A surprised welcome to this weeks issue. Surprised because nobody had listed the world’s oldest living person, now dead. Never mind, she’d have only scored you 33 points anyway and she only became the oldest person on April, so maybe I’ll forgive you.

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Chiyo Miyako, 117, Japanese supercentenarian, world’s oldest living person.  
  • Lucy Ferry, 58, British model and socialite, apparent suicide by gunshot.  
  • Mary Ellis, 101, British WWII era transport pilot (R.A.F., A.T.A.).  
  • Ellie Soutter, 18, British snowboarder (Team GB), suicide.   
  • Alastair Yates, 66, British news anchor (BBC News, Sky News, About Anglia).

In Other News

Pop singer Demi Lovato is being treated in a Los Angeles hospital after a suspected drug overdose. The Los Angeles Police Department responded on Tuesday to a medical emergency in the Hollywood Hills, where the Sorry Not Sorry singer lives. The 25-year-old was reportedly found unconscious and treated at the scene with naloxone, an anti-opioid medicine. She is awake and breathing at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, a family spokesman has said. “Demi is awake and with her family who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support,” the spokesman told us at Dead Pool Towers. Lovato has struggled with substance abuse for years, and was feared to have relapsed in recent weeks. Her fans say the singer’s battles with bipolar disorder, bulimia and addiction – often documented in her music – have helped them with their own entitled little struggles. It is unclear what drugs Lovato overdosed on. Early reports said it was heroin but this was later contradicted.      

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson says he would “not be sitting here today” without the “great care” of hospital staff after his surgery for a brain haemorrhage in May. Ferguson, 76, has spoken publicly for the first time since going home from hospital in a video on social media. The Scot also thanked well wishers “for the support you have given me”. “It has made me feel so humble, as have all the messages I have received from all over the world,” he added. Ferguson had emergency surgery on 5th May and was in intensive care for several days at Salford Royal Hospital. If any of you  give a  shit, Ferguson retired as United manager in May 2013 after winning 38 trophies during 26 years in charge. The most successful manager in the history of the British game, his trophy haul at Old Trafford included 13 Premier League titles, two Champions League crowns, five FA Cups and four League Cups.    

Lightning strikes have forced Sir Tom Jones to cancel his comeback concert in York. The 78-year-old star had been due to return to performing on Friday, with a show at York Racecourse after a series of cancelled concerts due to illness. York Racecourse apologised and said it took the decision to cancel “given the atrocious weather conditions”. Singer James Arthur also had to cancel his open-air gig in Scarborough on Thursday because of lightning. Perhaps Mother Nature has a good music taste  after all…. Sir Tom pulled out of five shows this month after a bacterial infection, for which he was admitted to hospital. York Racecourse said it “shares the disappointment of the thousands of fans” for the last-minute cancellation and offered a “50% refund”. Fans took to social media to voice their frustrations over the cancellation and “poor” repayment offer. 

On This Day

  • 1921 – Adolf Hitler becomes leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party. We all know that went well…. 
  • 1967 – During the fourth day of celebrating its 400th anniversary, the city of Caracas, Venezuela is shaken by an earthquake, leaving approximately 500 dead. 
  • 1981 – A worldwide television audience of over 700 million people watch the wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer at St Paul’s Cathedral in London. We all know that went well… 

Deaths

  • 796 – Offa of Mercia (b. 730) 
  • 1890 – Vincent van Gogh, Dutch painter and illustrator (b. 1853)  
  • 1982 – Harold Sakata, American wrestler and actor (b. 1920)  
  • 1983 – David Niven, English military officer and actor (b. 1910)  
  • 2007 – Mike Reid, English comedian, actor, and author, Rrrrrriccccckey!!! (b. 1940)    

Last Week’s Birthdays

Daniel Radcliffe (29), Woody Harrelson (57), Charisma Carpenter (48), Ronny Cox (80), Slash (53), Jo Brand (61), Selena Gomez (26), Willem Dafoe (63), Rhys Ifans (51), Terence Stamp (80), Danny Glover (72), Louise Fletcher (84), Kate Beckinsale (45), Jason Statham (51), Sandra Bullock (54), Helen Mirren (73), Kevin Spacey (59), Eve Myles (40), Nana Visitor (61), Mick Jagger (75), Matt LeBlanc (51), Iman (63), Tera Patrick (42), Lynda Carter (67), Jennifer Lopez (49), Anna Paquin (36), Summer Glau (37), Danny Dyer (41), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (48), Taylor Schilling (34) and Donnie Yen (55).


Dead Pool 22nd July 2018

Afternoon Poolers. Let’s begin with some housekeeping. It was brought to my attention that I had forgotten to award some points last week when Peter Carrington died, luckily for Abi, Shan and Trish that Doug was on the ball and spotted my omission, so 51 points each!! It’s a bit of a slow week to be honest, so you are forgiven for not knowing who the hell these people are!    

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Gary Beach, 70, American actor (The Producers, Beauty and the Beast, La Cage aux Folles), Tony winner (2001).  
  • Shinobu Hashimoto, 100, Japanese screenwriter (Seven Samurai, Rashomon, I Live in Fear), pneumonia.
  • Adrian Cronauer, 79, American disc jockey (AFN), subject of Good Morning, Vietnam.
  • Brickhouse Brown, 57, American professional wrestler (CWA, AWA, USWA), prostate cancer.  
  • Jon Schnepp, 51, American animator, filmmaker and voice actor (Metalocalypse, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, The Death of “Superman Lives”), complications from a stroke.

In Other News

Sir Tom Jones has told fans he is “determined” to return to performing after being treated in hospital when he fell ill. The 78-year-old has called off four shows this week – three in the UK – due to a “bacterial infection”. Sir Tom has apologised to fans, and a Twitter  statement says he is in “good spirits” and the condition is being “well managed under doctor’s orders”. “Appropriate recovery time and rest is advised,” the statement added. The Grammy and Brit award-winning superstar – a judge on The Voice UK Saturday night TV show – was due to perform at Stansted Park near Portsmouth on Wednesday and Chester Racecourse on Thursday. The It’s Not Unusual singer cancelled his US tour last September, five days before it was due to start. Sir Tom later revealed he had had to have a hip replacement.  

Television and radio presenter Richard Bacon has paid tribute to his wife Rebecca ahead of his expected release from hospital. The 42-year-old, who lives in Los Angeles, became ill on a flight from the US with suspected pneumonia. He was later put into a coma to allow his body to fight the infection. Bacon tweeted: “Last full day in hospital. Every facet of my life would be worse without Rebecca in it. How will I ever thank her?” The message continued: “I was in a coma for nine or ten nights (I just learned). That’s a lot of staring at your husband and his pipes. And a lot of worry. Former Blue Peter presenter Bacon, who was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, said he had been diagnosed with an “unidentified double chest infection”. On Monday he posted on social media saying he had “nearly died”. “At one point, as I was run down a hallway to ICU (an intensive care unit) at midnight, with a massive needle jammed in my chest – bit like Pulp Fiction – I thought, ‘This is it.’”   

Former Emmerdale star Roxanne Pallett is said to be “lucky to be alive” after crashing into a concrete wall at high speed. The actor, 35, was airlifted to hospital after losing consciousness for 30 seconds at a stock race in Hunmanby Raceway near Scarborough. Pallett was rescued by firefighters who spent two hours cutting her from the wreckage before a helicopter transported her to Hull Royal Infirmary 41 miles away. The star – who was racing her Minister FM breakfast show co-host Ben Fry – is reportedly awaiting results of a CT scan and has suffered severe bruising. They were racing to promote the Outlaw Gold Top Shootout event scheduled to take place on 11th August. Pallett starred in Emmerdale as Jo Stiles nee Sugden on the ITV soap between 2005-08. More recently, she starred in BBC series Waterloo Road and will star in forthcoming horror film Habit.   

And just when you thought most people were normal, thousands of people have signed a petition to drink the red liquid found in a 2000-year-old  sarcophagus. Speculation and mystery has surrounded the strange black granite box since it was found in Alexandria earlier this month and some even suggested that it should not be opened, for fear that it could unleash a hideous curse. Upon finally being opened archaeologists found it was filled with dirty water and three skeletons, according to Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities. The water probably found its way into the box from a sewage trench, the ministry said. It may have caused the mummies to decompose and leave only their skeletons. The bodies are probably those of warriors. One of them appears to have a wound that is the result of being hit by an arrow. Should you feel the need to drink this unholy juice, please feel free to sign the petition and fuck off out of my life. 

On This Day

  • 1797 – Battle of Santa Cruz de Tenerife: Battle between Spanish and British naval forces during the French Revolutionary Wars. During the Battle, Rear-Admiral Nelson is wounded in the arm and the arm had to be partially amputated.
  • 1942 – The Holocaust in Poland: The systematic deportation of Jews from the Warsaw ghetto begins.
  • 2005 – Jean Charles de Menezes is killed by police as the hunt begins for the London Bombers responsible for the 7 July 2005 London bombings and the 21 July 2005 London bombings.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Paloma Faith (37), John Woodvine (89), Ross Kemp (54), Diana Rigg (80), John Francis Daley (33), Gisele Bündchen (38), Benedict Cumberbatch (42), Jared Padalecki (36), Ramin Djawadi (44), Brian May (71), Kristen Bell (38), Vin Diesel (51), Donald Sutherland (83), Alex Winter (53), David Hasselhoff (66), Will Ferrell (51), Phoebe Cates (55), Corey Feldman (47), Travis Fimmel (39), Diane Kruger (42), Forest Whitaker (57), Jan-Michael Vincent (74), Brigitte Nielsen (55), Celia Imrie (66) and Jesse Ventura (67).


Dead Pool 15th July 2018

Welcome all, no points this week. Keep an eye on Jean-Claude Juncker, he seems a bit wobbly lately, he blames it on a bad back but we think he’s about to die of Brexit madness. Believe it or not, Frank Sinatra’s first wife, Nancy Snr, isn’t famous enough to make the Wiki list!! At 101 she wouldn’t have scored you much anyhow. 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

Television and radio presenter Richard Bacon spent days in a medically induced coma after becoming critically ill with suspected pneumonia. He was taken to hospital eight days ago after becoming unwell on a flight to Britain from the United States. His mother Christine us that he had since opened his eyes briefly, which was “such a relief”. “Although he is not responding to us very well yet, we can see that he is getting better,” she said. She also said family members had not left his side and that “at one point we really felt we might lose him”. The former Blue Peter and BBC Radio 5 live presenter had initially been well enough to post photos of himself on social media. But his condition worsened and he had to have a tracheotomy to help him breathe, his sister said. Bacon, 42, who was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, was placed in the coma after failing to respond to treatment for suspected pneumonia.  

Hollywood star George Clooney was taken to hospital after suffering minor injuries in a collision involving his motorbike and a car. The accident happened in Sardinia where the US actor is filming his latest TV series, Catch-22. A representative for the actor, 57, said he was treated and released from a hospital in the Sardinian city of Olbia. “He is recovering at his home and will be fine,” the spokesperson continued. “At 8.15am George Clooney was riding his scooter on the State Road 125 towards Olbia from Puntaldia,” said a spokesman for the Italian Carabinieri in a statement. “A car (a Mercedes E SW) did not respect the right of way and hit him. George Clooney fell and slammed the windshield of the Mercedes. “The car driver called the 112, the emergency number of Carabinieri, and they sent the Municipal Police, an ambulance and the Fire Dept. “[The] MRI was negative, and he is not seriously injured. George Clooney has already been discharged and he stays well.”  

Tesco’s UK chief executive, Charles Wilson, is stepping down from the company board after being diagnosed with throat cancer. Mr Wilson was formerly boss of food wholesaler Booker, but became Tesco’s UK chief following the supermarket’s £3.7bn takeover of Booker in March. Tesco said Mr Wilson had responded well to treatment and all the signs were that it had been successful. However, there was a need for him to “remain vigilant in his recuperation”. Mr Wilson will remain on Tesco’s executive committee and will focus on leading the Booker business. He will continue to report to Tesco’s overall chief executive, Dave Lewis. “Following an operation to remove his tonsils in April of this year, Charles Wilson was diagnosed with throat cancer,” Tesco said in a statement. “During May and June, he has been undergoing daily radiotherapy.” 

On This Day

  • 1834 – The Spanish Inquisition is officially disbanded after nearly 356 years.   
  • 1997 – Fashion designer Gianni Versace is murdered by serial killer Andrew Cunanan outside the front gate of his Casa Casuarina mansion.  
  • 2003 – AOL Time Warner disbands Netscape. The Mozilla Foundation is established on the same day.  
  • 2006 – Twitter is launched, becoming one of the largest social media platforms in the world

Deaths

  • 1904 – Anton Chekhov, Russian playwright and short story writer (b. 1860) 
  • 1997 – Gianni Versace, Italian fashion designer, founded Versace (b. 1946)  
  • 2017 – Martin Landau, American film and television actor (b. 1928)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Jackie Earle Haley (57), Matthew Fox (52), David Mitchell (44), Kyle Gass (58), Harrison Ford (76), Patrick Stewart (78), Cheech Marin (72), Anna Friel (42), Michelle Rodriguez (40), Cheryl Ladd (67), Tamsin Greig (52), Bill Cosby (81), Stephen Lang (66), Craig Charles (54), Sofía Vergara (46), Chiwetel Ejiofor (41), Peter Serafinowicz (46), John Simm (48), Tom Hanks (62), Kelly McGillis (61), Fred Savage (42), Brian Dennehy (80), Courtney Love (54), Richard Wilson (82), O.J. Simpson (71), Jack White (43), Kevin Bacon (60), Anjelica Huston (67), Jeffrey Tambor (74), Shelley Duvall (69), Jack Whitehall (30) and Ringo Starr (78).


Dead Pool 8th July 2018

Welcome to the only place football isn’t mentioned… Doh! Let’s award some points!!! Paul C. had Giuseppina Projetto as his Cert, so 134 points bestowed upon him and he now takes the top spot on the league table. Well done that man!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Peter Firmin, 89, British television producer (Bagpuss, Noggin the Nog, Clangers).
  • Dame Gillian Lynne, 92, British dancer and choreographer (The Phantom of the Opera, Cats, The Muppet Show).
  • Alan Longmuir, 70, Scottish bass guitarist (Bay City Rollers).
  • Richard Swift, 41, American singer-songwriter, producer and musician (The Shins, The Black Keys, Starflyer 59).  
  • Giuseppina Projetto, 116, Italian supercentenarian, oldest person in Europe, world’s second oldest living person.  
  • Steve Ditko, 90, American comic book writer and artist (Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Blue Beetle), heart attack.

In Other News

Elvis Costello has cancelled his tour as he reveals surgery to beat cancer. He has scrapped the remaining six dates of the European tour on doctor’s orders, explaining he had an operation to remove a ‘very aggressive cancerous malignancy’. Elvis, 63, apologised to his fans and said he initially thought his treatment would be completed in time for him to finish his tour, but that proved to not be the case. “Six weeks ago my specialist called me and said, ‘You should start playing the Lotto,'” he said in a statement, explaining surgeons, “had rarely, if ever, seen such a small but very aggressive cancerous malignancy that could be defeated by a single surgery.” “I was elated and relieved that our European summer tour could go ahead,” he continued. “Post-surgical guidelines for such surgery, recommend three weeks to four weeks recovery depending on whether you are returning to a desk job or an occupation that involves physical work or travel.” However, after hitting the road he soon realised his health needed to be his absolute focus. But he vowed to return to the stage as soon as possible, and teased new music for later in the year. 

Three people have been charged with kidnapping a ‘star’ of the Halloween film series, along with another actor – holding the latter for ransom. They are accused of kidnapping the well known actor Joseph Capone and Daisy McCrackin – a ‘star’ of 2002’s Halloween: Resurrection – from the actress’ Los Angeles home. According to information released by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, the drama began on 3rd May 2017. The pair were alleged to have been taken to the kidnappers house with black hoods over their heads. Capone was stripped naked and tied up in a bathtub and beaten with a gun, (superfluous expenditure of energy, much easier to shoot him in the leg or something) while McCrackin was driven to several banks, in her own car no less, and told to provide at least $10,000 for the release of her fellow actor. McCrackin was able to escape and alert police after being driven back to her home. McCrackin played a character called Donna in Halloween: Resurrection. Her character died after being impaled on a spike by the murderous Michael Myers. The 36-year-old also appeared in some other films you haven’t seen or heard of.  

Danny O’Connor has pulled out of his first world title fight after collapsing attempting to make the 10-stone weight limit. O’Connor, 33, was due to fight fellow American Jose Ramirez for the WBC light-welterweight belt on Saturday. The WBC confirmed he was taken to hospital suffering “dehydration symptoms”, while his promoter said he thought his kidneys had “shut down”. O’Connor said he “let the idea of being a world champion cloud my judgement”. Promoter Joe DeGuardia of Star Boxing said his fighter, who has won 30 of his 33 professional bouts – 11 by knockout – “collapsed leaving the sauna” while attempting to cut a “perfectly normal” two pounds. O’Connor posted an image of himself in hospital on social media, saying: “Heartbreaking to be rushed to the hospital and deemed medically unfit to fight. “He was rushed to the hospital and admitted suspecting his kidneys may have shut down,” DeGuardia added in another social media post. “It pains us to show these photos of Danny but his team and wife agreed that it was important to show the harsh realities of this sport and how hard fighters work to make weight and to what lengths they push themselves.” 

A tale of warning to some of you… A 92-year-old US  woman shot and killed her son, 72, in order to avoid being sent into a care home, police say. Anna Mae Blessing, who is charged with murder, contemplated her son’s intentions to put her into care for days, according to court documents. “You took my life, so I’m taking yours,” she reportedly said as she was escorted out of the Arizona home she shared with her son and his girlfriend. Mrs Blessing told police she had intended to kill herself, too. Mrs Blessing’s son, whose name has not been released, wanted her to leave for an assisted living facility because she “had become difficult to live with”. The mother concealed two firearms in her robe pockets before confronting her son in his bedroom. During the ensuing argument, she pulled out one revolver, purchased in the 1970s, and fired at her son. Mrs Blessing then pointed the gun at her son’s 57-year-old girlfriend, who managed to wrestle it away and throw it into a corner of the room. She pulled out a second pistol, which she told police her late husband had given to her in the 1970s. The girlfriend managed to knock this one out of Mrs Blessing’s hands, too, before escaping and calling the sheriff’s office. Police found the son dead, with two bullet wounds to his neck and jaw. They found Mrs Blessing in a reclining chair in her bedroom. She later told them she deserved to be “put to sleep” for her actions. She is charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and kidnapping, and her bail was set at $500,000. Ironically, she’ll most likely end up in a nursing home.  

On This Day

  • 1889 – The first issue of The Wall Street Journal is published. 
  • 1947 – Reports are broadcast that a UFO crash landed in Roswell, New Mexico in what became known as the Roswell UFO incident.  
  • 2011 – Space Shuttle Atlantis is launched in the final mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle program.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Shelley Duvall (69), Jack Whitehall (30), Ringo Starr (78), Sylvester Stallone (72), Eva Green (38), Kevin Hart (39), Geoffrey Rush (67), Jennifer Saunders (60), 50 Cent (43), Ned Beatty 981), Burt Ward (73), Edie Falco (55), RZA (49), Huey Lewis (68), Gina Lollobrigida (91), Neil Morrissey (56), Ronni Ancona (50), Tom Cruise (56), Kurtwood Smith (75), Yeardley Smith (54), Margot Robbie (28), Lindsay Lohan (32), Larry David (71), Saul Rubinek (70), Jerry Hall (62), Peter Kay (45), Pamela Anderson (51), Liv Tyler (41), Dan Aykroyd (66), Olivia de Havilland (102), Geneviève Bujold (76), Debbie Harry (73) and David Prowse (83).


Dead Pool 1st July 2018

Lets begin by dispensing some points to Debbie & Mark, 61 points each for Joe Jackson. This doesn’t upset the league table much, but points is points! In days past, today seems to be a very popular day for celebrities to die, so keep your eyes on the news! 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Richard Benjamin Harrison, 77, American pawnbroker and reality television personality (Pawn Stars), Parkinson’s disease.   
  • Harlan Ellison, 84, American writer (A Boy and His Dog; I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream) and screenwriter (“The City on the Edge of Forever”).   
  • Joe Jackson, 89, American band manager (The Jackson 5), patriarch of the Jackson family, pancreatic cancer.  
  • Matt Cappotelli, 38, American professional wrestler (WWE), brain cancer.  
  • Goran Bunjevčević, 45, Serbian footballer, stroke.  
  • Helen Griffin, 59, British actress (Twin Town, Doctor Who).

In Other News

Linehan proudly showing us the cage he intends to keep his cancerous bollock in

Father Ted co-creator Graham Linehan has been given the all-clear following his testicular cancer diagnosis. He told Twitter followers he had seen his oncologist on Thursday and was told “everything’s clear”. The previous day, he had revealed his diagnosis to his Twitter followers.  Linehan added they “got rid of it all pretty quickly, along with a ball” and he would undergo a course of chemo. However, he has now been told that is not necessary. “No chemo! Can’t believe it! NO CHEMO!” he wrote. “Have been organising my life around the idea that next three months were just gone!” The Irishman has thanked his fans for their messages of support. “Thanks to everyone who sent kind words,” he wrote. “I’m annoyed now that I worried you all unnecessarily. AND I cancelled my Australian events. Dohhhhh. Still though. CANCER FREE I BE!” Irish comedian Dara O Briain was among those to offer support, joking that Linehan would be “sleeker through water” as a result of his surgery. “You seem to be taking this all in your stride, which is all the more impressive, given how tricky striding must be,” joked the actor Rufus Hound. I suppose there is a chance of recurrence on his other ball…  

However, Bucks Fizz star Jay Aston may not be so lucky as she has revealed that she has mouth cancer and fears it could stop her talking and singing. The singer is due to have part of her tongue removed but is concerned she may need more extensive surgery if more cancer is found. “I think if they take more of my tongue away the chances of me singing, even talking, will be very slim,” she told us at Dead Pool Towers. The 57-year-old found out she had cancer just under two weeks ago. “After they told me, I got on the train and bawled my eyes out. Everyone was looking at me. I called my husband, and then Cheryl. The thought of rejoining the band is now keeping me going. Being on stage with them is my happy place. Whatever you go through, it doesn’t matter when you are on stage.” Jay has been doing gigs across the UK with original bandmates Cheryl and Mike Nolan. She said she had mimed on stage at a show last week after a meeting with her surgeon. “I went home, got changed and went to the gig,” she said. “That’s showbusiness. The thing that’s stood me in good stead is that in the 1980s you mimed for TV. Cheryl has been singing with me where I do solo stuff to give it some welly.” On the possibility of no longer being able to perform, Jay adds: “Cheryl and Mike aren’t getting a replacement, they say they will carry on as two. I would want them to carry on without me.” Jay will have skin removed from her thigh to reconstruct her tongue and she’s hopeful she won’t need more surgery.  

Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky has been seriously hurt when the family’s boat went up in flames off Corfu. Ms Kaplinsky’s daughter, Angelica, was so badly injured that she was flown back to Britain for emergency treatment. Another family member, thought to be the girl’s grandfather, was less seriously hurt. The family were rescued by local fishermen, who helped put out a fire that had spread from the engine room spread to the rest of the boat. He also towed them ashore. The former BBC and ITN newsreader, who was the first winner of Strictly Come Dancing in 2004, owns a holiday home on the Greek island with her husband, Justin Bower. “The girl suffered serious burns. Ms Kaplinsky and a man, thought to be the girl’s grandad, suffered lighter wounds,” a source at the port told us. “At first the girl was rushed to hospital in Corfu town with burns to her face and hands.  

Nielsen with her new baby

Danish actress Brigitte Nielsen has given birth to her fifth child and first daughter at the age of 54. She and her Italian husband, Mattia Dessi, 39, said they were overjoyed by the birth of baby Frida in Los Angeles on Friday. The midwife managed to retrieve Nielsen’s battered uterus from the baby’s teeth and reinstalled it for future pummelling. Her husband is said to be thrilled that her prolapsed rectum will now be capable of cushioning his balls when they make love as previously her arsehole looked and felt like Sylvester Stallone’s chin. In recent years, she has appeared in various reality television shows. She came third on the UK’s Celebrity Big Brother in 2005, after Bez from the band Happy Mondays and Blazin’ Squad rapper Kenzie. In 2008 she took part in Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew, which saw her and other celebrities deal with recovery from drug and alcohol addictions. Let’s hope that baby Frida will appreciate her relapsed 70-yo mother taking her to the prom in 2034.

On This Day

  • 1908 – SOS is adopted as the international distress signal.  
  • 1916 – World War I: First day on the Somme: On the first day of the Battle of the Somme 19,000 soldiers of the British Army are killed and 40,000 wounded.  
  • 1972 – The first Gay pride march in England takes place.  
  • 1979 – Sony introduces the Walkman.   
  • 2007 – Smoking in England is banned in all public indoor spaces.

Deaths

  • 1860 – Charles Goodyear, American chemist and engineer (b. 1800)  
  • 1925 – Erik Satie, French pianist and composer (b. 1866)   
  • 1974 – Juan Perón, Argentinian general and politician, President of Argentina (b. 1895)  
  • 1991 – Michael Landon, American actor, director, and producer (b. 1936)  
  • 1997 – Robert Mitchum, American actor (b. 1917)  
  • 2000 – Walter Matthau, American actor (b. 1920)  
  • 2004 – Marlon Brando, American actor and director (b. 1924)  
  • 2005 – Luther Vandross, American singer-songwriter and producer (Change) (b. 1951)  
  • 2009 – Mollie Sugden, English actress (b. 1922)  
  • 2015 – Val Doonican, Irish singer and television host (b. 1927)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Vincent D’Onofrio (59), Mike Tyson (52), Cheryl Cole née Tweedy whatever the fuck her name is (35), Katherine Ryan (35), Gary Busey (74), Maria Conchita Alonso (61), Amanda Donohoe (56), Katherine Jenkins (38), John Cusack (52), Mel Brooks (92), Felicia Day (39), Kathy Bates (70), Alice Krige (64), Elon Musk (47), Tobey Maguire (43), J.J. Abrams (52), Meera Syal (57), Ariana Grande (25), Ricky Gervais (57), Michael McShane (63), Carly Simon (73), Peter Weller (71), Iain Glen (57), Nancy Allen (68) and Mick Fleetwood (71).


Dead Pool 24th June 2018

In a week where the cast of Game of Thrones managed to hold a wedding where nobody died, we’ve seen rappers we have never heard of gunned down, which makes me sad as I thought of putting one on my list, but what do I know? I know nothing!

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • XXXTentacion, 20, American rapper (“Look at Me”, “Jocelyn Flores”, “Sad!”), shot.  
  • Jimmy Wopo, 21, American rapper, shot.  
  • Big Van Vader, 63, American professional wrestler (NJPW, WWF, WCW) and football player (Los Angeles Rams), heart failure.  
  • Princess Elisabeth of Denmark, 83, Danish princess.  
  • Koko, 46, American-bred Western lowland gorilla.  
  • Sophie Gradon, 32, British reality television participant (Love Island) and beauty pageant winner (Miss Great Britain, 2009).  
  • Vinnie Paul, 54, American drummer (Pantera, Damageplan, Hellyeah).

In Other News

The Monkees’ Michael Nesmith was hospitalised in Pennsylvania on Thursday after falling on the ground as the band conducted a soundcheck at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania, where they were due to perform later that evening. The 75-year-old guitarist was still conscious as he was rushed to a local medical facility. A rep for Nesmith told us that he was subsequently discharged from the hospital, though the cause of the incident has not been announced yet. Nesmith was slated to take the stage on The Monkees Present The Mike & Micky Show Tour Thursday with longtime bandmate Micky Dolenz. The venue released a statement on its website, saying: ‘Due to illness, tonight’s show with The Monkees at the Keswick is postponed. We will be rescheduling a new date as soon as possible.  

Joe Jackson, father of Michael and Janet, and architect of The Jackson 5, is in the final stages of terminal cancer, a source close to the situation confirmed to Dead Pool Towers. Family members, including his wife Katherine, are said to have visited him in the hospital this week. Jackson, 89, has suffered from a variety of ailments in recent years, including dementia, strokes, and at least one heart attack, according to reports. The famously headstrong Jackson, father of 11 children, drove his performing family hard and at times subjected them to physical and mental abuse. The Daily Hate claims that Jackson’s “handlers” had barred certain family members from visiting him, which son and former Jackson 5 member Jermaine spoke about to the paper. “No one knew what was going on — we shouldn’t have to beg, plead, and argue to see our own father, especially at a time like this,” he reportedly said. “We have been hurting. We were not being told where he was and couldn’t get the full picture. Even from the doctor. My mother was worried sick.” “He’s very, very frail, he doesn’t have long,” he continued. “The family needs to be by his bedside — that’s our only intention in his final days.” Personally I thought they’d all like to sing RIP to the tune of ABC… 

David Dimbleby is to leave Question Time after 25 years on the BBC’s flagship political programme. The presenter, who will leave the show at the end of the year, said it was “the right moment” to go. The 79-year-old, who has chaired the show since 1994, insisted he was “not giving up broadcasting” but planned “to return to my first love: reporting”. Dimbleby, who began his broadcasting career more than 57 years ago, is the longest-serving presenter of Question Time. In addition, he has been the BBC’s main presenter for all general elections since 1979, as well as the chief commentator for many state occasions including the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, in 1997. Dimbleby’s final broadcast on Question Time will be on 13th December 2018 – but there is no word yet on who will replace him or whether he’ll die of boredom soon after.

A grieving son has been crushed to death after his own mother’s coffin fell from a traditional funeral tower in Indonesia. The moment Samen  Kondorura, 40, died was caught on mobile phone video footage of the ceremony. It shows pallbearers losing their footing while carrying the casket up a bamboo ladder in the country’s North Toraja region on the country’s South Sulawesi island. The coffin falls several metres, trapping people underneath. Mr Kondorura suffered severe head injuries. He died on his way to hospital. The body of Mr Kondorura is now resting alongside that of his mother Berta.

On This Day

  • 1374 – A sudden outbreak of St. John’s Dance causes people in the streets of Aachen, Germany, to experience hallucinations and begin to jump and twitch uncontrollably until they collapse from exhaustion. 
  • 1916 – Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to sign a million-dollar contract.  
  • 2002 – The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania kills 281, the worst train accident in African history.  
  • 2004 – In New York, capital punishment is declared unconstitutional.  
  • 2012 – Lonesome George, the last known individual of Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii, a subspecies of the Galápagos tortoise, dies.

Deaths

  • 1908 – Grover Cleveland, American lawyer and politician, 22nd and 24th President of the United States (b. 1837)  
  • 1968 – Tony Hancock, English actor, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1924)  
  • 2014 – Eli Wallach, American actor (b. 1915)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Selma Blair (46), Melissa Rauch (38), Frances McDormand (61), Joss Whedon (54), Bryan Brown (71), Lindsay Wagner (69), Meryl Streep (69), Kris Kristofferson (82), Bruce Campbell (60), Cyndi Lauper (65), Stephen Chow (56), Tim Russ (62), Nicholas Lea (56), Prunella Scales (86), Chris Pratt (39), Lana Wachowski (53), Juliette Lewis (45), Prince William (36), Lana Del Rey (33), Nicole Kidman (51), John Goodman (66), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (29), Robert Rodriguez (50), Olympia Dukakis (87), Danny Aiello (85), Miles O’Keeffe (64), Lionel Richie (69), Brian Wilson (76), Zoe Saldana (40), Aidan Turner (35), Kathleen Turner (64), Richard Madden (32), Isabella Rossellini (66), Paul McCartney (76), Jodie Whittaker (36), Ken Loach (82) and Barry Manilow (75).


Dead Pool 17th June 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

 In Other News

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

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

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 10th June 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

In Other News

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

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

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

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 3rd June 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

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

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 27th May 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

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

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 20th May 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

 In Other News

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

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

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 13th May 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

 In Other News

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

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

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 6th May 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 29th April 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News 

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 22nd April 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

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

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

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

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 15th April 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

In Other News

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

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

Last Week’s Birthdays

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


Dead Pool 8th April 2018

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

Look Who You Could Have Had:

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

In Other News

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

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

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

On This Day

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

Deaths

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

Last Week’s Birthdays

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