2018

Dead Pool 18th November 2018

After what seems to have been months without a single point scored, we’ve now have had a glut of deaths and I can finally bestow some points at last! 55 points to Mark, Laura, Lee and Paula for correctly guessing that Stan Lee would die this year! Well done all of you!    

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke and Gerard Butler are among those whose homes have  been damaged or destroyed as two wildfires sweep through California. The singer said she had been left “devastated” after her Malibu home was destroyed in the blaze as California battles one of the most destructive fire’s on state record. “My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong. I am grateful for all I have left. Sending so much love and gratitude to the firefighters and LA country Sheriff’s department!” In another tweet, Ms Cyrus shared details of how to donate to various organisations involved in the relief effort. Actor Gerard Butler also took to Twitter to share a picture of the charred remains of his car and home, which were also destroyed in the Malibu fire.  He wrote: “Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating,” he wrote in the post. “Heartbreaking time across California.” Singer Robin Thicke’s Malibu home also burned down entirely, according to his representative. The 41-year-old singer said on Instagram that he, his girlfriend and his two kids are “safe and surrounded by friends and family” and “thankful to firefighters”. “As we drove to safety, they risked their lives trying to save our home,” Mr Thicke said. Many other celebrities including Orlando Bloom, Alyssa Milano and Lady Gaga were forced to evacuate their homes in southern California. But don’t feel overly sorry for these people, Gerard Butler is worth £30 Million, Robin Thicke has £15 Million and the 25 year old Miley Cyrus is worth a staggering £200 Million.  

David Arquette was bloody, mangled and nearly tortured Friday night in a wrestling match … and there was NOTHING FAKE about it. David was in a ‘deathmatch’ — that’s the name and not really an understatement — at a Game Changer Wrestling event. The actor-turned-wrestler was up against Nick FN Gage and it was just brutal. Gage broke a light tube over Arquette’s head. You see David grab his neck as blood pours from the area. Shockingly, the fight continues. Toward the end, it looks like David gives up, climbing out of the ring, but then the 47-year-old hops back in as he bleeds profusely. Gage stomps on him, but David fires back by smacking Gage with a chair. It didn’t take long … David gets pinned. After the match, David told his fans he needed a few stitches and he was fine. He ended by saying death matches weren’t his thing… 

And finally, a loyal dog which has waited on a busy road for more than 80 days after its owner died there has captured the hearts of online communities in China. Footage of the animal in the middle of the road in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, has been viewed 1.4 million times on the popular Sina Weibo microblog. China’s Pear Video website said the dog has been seen in the road every day since its owner died on 21st August. A taxi driver said people try to help but the dog runs away. “Drivers often give the little dog bits of food, but when we get out, he goes away,” he said. “This owner’s relationship with her dog was very deep. After she was killed, this little dog has just stayed standing guard. “Every day it’s in the road, I always see it. The relationship between man and dog is so true.” 

On This Day

  • 1421 – A seawall at the Zuiderzee dike in the Netherlands breaks, flooding 72 villages and killing about 10,000 people. This event will be known as St Elizabeth’s flood. Sadly they couldn’t find a little boy with a finger that day…   
  • 1928 – Release of the animated short Steamboat Willie, the first fully synchronised sound cartoon, directed by Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks, featuring the third appearances of cartoon characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This is considered by the Disney corporation to be Mickey’s birthday.    
  • 1963 – The first push-button telephone goes into service.    
  • 1978 – In Jonestown, Guyana, Jim Jones led his Peoples Temple to a mass murder–suicide that claimed 918 lives in all, 909 of them in Jonestown itself, including over 270 children.    
  • 1987 – King’s Cross fire: In London, 31 people die in a fire at the city’s busiest underground station, King’s Cross St Pancras.   
  • 1991 – Shiite Muslim kidnappers in Lebanon release Anglican Church envoys Terry Waite and Thomas Sutherland.

Deaths

  • 1247 – Robin Hood, heroic outlaw in English folklore (b. 1160)  
  • 1886 – Chester A. Arthur, American general, lawyer, and politician, 21st President of the United States (b. 1829)  
  • 1962 – Niels Bohr, Danish footballer, physicist, and academic, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1885)   
  • 2002 – James Coburn, American actor (b. 1928)   
  • 2015 – Jonah Lomu, New Zealand rugby player (b. 1975)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Rachel McAdams (40), Martin Scorsese (76), Tom Ellis (40), Danny DeVito (74), Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio (60), RuPaul (58), Jonathan Ross (58), Maggie Gyllenhaal (41), Missi Pyle (46), Martha Plimpton (48), Gemma Atkinson (34), Gigi Edgley (41), Mark Benton (53), Beverly D’Angelo (67), Jonny Lee Miller (46), Petula Clark (86), Sandahl Bergman (67), Paul McGann (59), Prince Charles (70), Gerard Butler (49), Whoopi Goldberg (63), Jimmy Kimmel (51), Ryan Gosling (38), Anne Hathaway (36), Gustaf Skarsgård (38), Wallace Shawn (75), Neil Young (73), Leonardo DiCaprio (44), Demi Moore (56), Calista Flockhart (54) and June Whitfield (93).


Dead Pool 11th November 2018

After unleashing the evil flying monkeys last week, I was expecting a deluge of celebrity deaths. You could see that the flying beasts were trying their best after the massive blaze in Malibu left many superstars running for their lives, alas none perished, not even Jaden Smith. What mostly rubbed salt into the wound was that whilst they were busy trying to barbecue Lady GaGa, they totally ignored everyone else! The following list is the poorest I have ever seen since starting our Dead Pool in 1994. In fact, you can’t even call it a list, it is just one name. Oh my days! I might have to make a pact with a crossroads demon to kick things off again…. 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

The murderer of schoolgirl Sarah Payne has been attacked in his cell at a top security prison. Eight-year-old Sarah Payne was snatched and killed by convicted paedophile Roy Whiting in West Sussex in 2000. Whiting, now 59, was found guilty in 2001 of her abduction and murder and will serve a minimum of 40 years. The Sun newspaper said he was taken to hospital after being “stabbed by two convicted murderers with makeshift blades” at HMP Wakefield. A Prison Service spokesperson said: “A prisoner at HMP Wakefield was attacked on Thursday evening and received hospital treatment. “The prisoner is back in prison in a stable condition and the incident is being investigated by police.” In a statement, West Yorkshire Police said it was called to the prison at about 19:15 GMT on Thursday to a report a prisoner had been assaulted. It said the injuries “were not life threatening” and an investigation was taking place. Upon conviction in 2001, the trial judge, Mr Justice Richard Curtis, said he believed Whiting was “an evil man” and “a cunning and glib liar”. In July 2011, Whiting was stabbed in the eyes at Wakefield jail by fellow inmate, convicted murderer Gary Vinter. In 2002, Whiting was attacked with a razor blade by fellow Wakefield inmate Rickie Tregaskis. Let’s hope someone else has a go.    

John McCririck health update: The star, who recently shed three-stone due to a severe bout to flu, said he now feels like a “dinosaur” following his job loss. “You’re a lost soul wandering around an environment you’re no longer part of,” he told us. He continued: “Life is empty. I don’t expect to be alive this time next year. It’s a question of slipping away. “I’ve prepared the Booby [his wife, Jenny] for it. When I’m gone she knows exactly what to do and she’ll be fine.” John recently revealed he has been suffering for much of the year with a chest infection but doctors are unsure of the cause. Earlier this month, John shocked viewers on Big Brother’s Bit On The Side as he displayed a noticeably thinner frame. After fans commented on his “frail and gaunt” appearance, John revealed he had been ill with the flu. John revealed his flu battle left him unable to speak for three months, one wishes he still had the flu.  

And finally, a tale warning to young men out there. Sam Ballard, an Australian man who was paralysed after eating a slug, has died at the age of 28. The promising rugby player was only 19-years-old when he swallowed the slug as a dare and became infected by a rare parasitic infection. A student at Barker College, He swallowed the mollusc at a party in Sydney in 2010. He was taken to hospital after spells of dizziness and vomiting. He was found to have been infected with rat lungworm, a parasite normally found in rats but also sometimes in snails and slugs. The teenager then contracted eosinophilic meningoencephalitis, a form of meningitis, and lapsed into a coma for 420 days before doctors revived him. But when he woke he was diagnosed with a serious brain injury. Further complications from the original infection left him paralysed and in need of constant care. “Sam was 19, and in a single night, his life had changed forever,” wrote a news reporter on Monday. “While doctors had managed to save him in time, he was now confined to a wheelchair, with limited communication skills, and needing 24 hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week care.” “His friends have stuck by him ever since. On Friday, Sam passed away, surrounded by his family and loyal, loving mates.” His mother Katie Ballard previously said she did not blame the friends who dared her son at the 2010 party. Remember kids, it’s not just drugs and guns that kill, it’s slugs too! 

On This Day

  • 1880 – Australian bushranger Ned Kelly is hanged at Melbourne Gaol.  
  • 1918 – World War I: Germany signs an armistice agreement with the Allies in a railroad car in the forest of Compiègne.   
  • 1923 – Adolf Hitler was arrested in Munich for high treason for his role in the Beer Hall Putsch.   

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Taron Egerton (29), Hugh Bonneville (55), Neil Gaiman (58), Ennio Morricone (90), Tracy Morgan (50), Lou Ferrigno (67), Robert Duncan McNeill (54), Tara Reid (43), Matthew Rhys (44), Gretchen Mol (46), Richard Curtis (62), Gordon Ramsay (52), Jack Osbourne (33), Emma Stone (30), Sally Field (72), Thandie Newton (46), Ethan Hawke (48), Rebecca Romijn (46), Lori Singer (61), Nigel Havers (67), Tilda Swinton (58), Sam Rockwell (50), Famke Janssen (54), Robert Patrick (60), Sam Shepard (73), Tatum O’Neal (55), Tamzin Outhwaite (48), Armin Shimerman (69), Elke Sommer (78), Chris Addison (47), Art Garfunkel (77), Bryan Adams (59), Matthew McConaughey (49), Olivia Taylor Dudley (33), Ralph Macchio (57) and Loretta Swit (81).


Dead Pool 4th November 2016

I’d forgive you if you have never heard of any of this weeks deaths before now, we seem to have hit a polar opposite of last year where it seemed that anyone who was someone was dying. Time to free the Evil Flying Monkeys I feel….    

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, 60, Thai duty-free retailer (King Power) and football club owner (Leicester City), helicopter crash.  
  • Whitey Bulger, 89, American gangster (Winter Hill Gang) and convicted murderer, beaten.  
  • Sir Jeremy Heywood, 56, British civil servant, Cabinet Secretary (2012–2018), cancer.

In Other News

Ex-Lib Dem leader Paddy Ashdown is being treated for bladder cancer. The former MP  for Yeovil told us that he had been diagnosed three weeks ago and while the outcome was “unpredictable” he had “complete confidence” in the care he was getting at the Somerset town’s hospital. The ex-marine commando led the party between 1988 and 1999, during which it became a growing force in UK politics. “I’ve fought a lot of battles in my life,” he told the website. “This time I am lucky enough to have the magnificent help of our local hospital, and my friends and family, and that gives me great confidence”. Later, he tweeted that he had been “moved” by people’s reactions, but it “did not merit a fuss”. The longest serving leader of the Lib Dems in its history, the 77-year old peer remains an influential figure within the party. 

Actor Charles Lawson, best known as Jim McDonald on Coronation Street, has said he was diagnosed with exhaustion before suffering a mini-stroke on stage. A doctor asked him whether he would consider pulling out of playing Ian Rankin’s  detective Rebus, he said. But Lawson responded that he would “feel like a chicken” if he did. He went on to have the stroke mid-show in Edinburgh this month. “I knew I hadn’t a clue what was happening, and then it just all went black,” he said. Lawson is now back on tour in Rebus – Long Shadows with co-stars Cathy Tyson and John Stahl, and told BBC Breakfast he feels “very well”. He told viewers who may be in a similar position to “listen to your alarm bells”. “I didn’t sleep properly for a month,” Lawson said. “I lost a stone. [On] press night we opened and everything was fine and all reviews were good.” Lawson said: “First night in Edinburgh. Packed house. Second half, Cathy, John and myself were on stage. There’s a 35-page scene, the climax of the piece, and I was looking at John and I was aware very quickly something was wrong. “I went deaf. The colour changed – my vision changed.” He said he could hardly see Tyson, and thought Stahl was messing about by reciting lines from a different play. “I remember feeling annoyed,” he said. “And I remember moving to where I should have been, and there was a piece of me that knew something was wrong. “And then big John just put his arm around me and said, ‘Come on big lad, off you go’.” Lawson went backstage and said he felt fine within 20 minutes, but scans the following day revealed the transient ischemic attack (TIA) – or mini-stroke. 

Although not famous enough for our purposes, Mario Segale, the man after whom video game hero Super Mario was named, has died aged 84. Mr Segale was a successful Italian-American property developer from the US state of Washington. In the 1980s, he leased a warehouse to Nintendo of America who decided to name the star of their new video game after him. Mr Segale joked to the Seattle Times in 1993 that he was “still waiting for my royalty cheques”. Super Mario was originally called Jumpman until Nintendo decided it wanted to give the character a proper name. Mr Segale said it was Minoru Arakawa, who had been tasked with setting up Nintendo of America, who told him the video game hero carried his name. The Mario series is often cited as the most successful video games franchise of all time.

On This Day

  • 1839 – Newport Rising: The last large-scale armed rebellion against authority in mainland Britain.  
  • 1922 – In Egypt, British archaeologist Howard Carter and his men find the entrance to Tutankhamun‘s tomb in the Valley of the Kings.  
  • 1960 – At the Kasakela Chimpanzee Community in Tanzania, Dr Jane Goodall observes chimpanzees creating tools, the first-ever observation in non-human animals.  
  • 2008 – Barack Obama becomes the first person of biracial or African-American descent to be elected President of the United States.

Deaths

  • 1995 – Yitzhak Rabin, Israeli general and politician, 5th Prime Minister of Israel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate (b. 1922)   
  • 1995 – Paul Eddington, English actor (b. 1927)  
  • 2008 – Michael Crichton, American physician, author, director, producer, and screenwriter (b. 1942)

Last Meals

A convicted double murderer has been executed by electrocution in Tennessee – the first man in the state to be killed that way since 2007. The Supreme Court turned down the last minute appeals of Edmund Zagorski, 63, without comment. Asked if he had any last words in the death chamber, the inmate said “Let’s rock” shortly before the execution was carried out. Zagorski had asked for the electric chair over lethal injection believing it would be a quicker and less painful way to die. Zagorski was pronounced dead at 7:26pm on Thursday at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. For his last meal, Zagorski chose pickled pig knuckles and pig tails. Death row inmates are allowed $20 for a special meal before they’re executed. Zagorski was convicted of the killing of two men during a drug deal. Prosecutors said Zagorski shot John Dotson and Jimmy Porter and then cut their throats after robbing them. The two men had come to him to buy a large amount of marijuana.  

Last Week’s Birthdays

Dolph Lundgren (61), Kate Capshaw (65), Tom Savini (72), Dylan Moran (47), Anna Wintour (69), David Schwimmer (52), Stefanie Powers (76), Toni Collette (46), Jenny McCarthy (46), Anthony Kiedis (56), Peter Jackson (57), Willow Smith (18), Stephen Rea (72), Michael J. Anderson (65), Vanilla Ice (51), Clémence Poésy (36), Henry Winkler (73), Jessica Hynes (46), Juliet Stevenson (62), Ivanka Trump (37), Winona Ryder (47), Ben Foster (38), Rufus Sewell (51), Richard Dreyfuss (71) and Dan Castellaneta (61).


Dead Pool 28th October 2018

Afternoon Poolers. Not a lot to report this week, a dearth of deaths means a paucity of points. However, if a few pipe bombs would have worked, we would have had a bonanza week!    

Look Who You Could Have Had:

  • Gilberto Benetton, 77, Italian businessman, co-founder of Benetton Group, pneumonia.  
  • James Karen, 94, American actor (Poltergeist, The Return of the Living Dead, Nixon), cardiorespiratory arrest.  
  • Mighty Shadow, 77, Trinidadian calypsonian, stroke.

In Other News

Former England manager and Tottenham midfielder Glenn Hoddle remains in a “serious  condition” in hospital after suffering a heart attack on Saturday. Hoddle, who is “responding well to treatment”, collapsed after appearing on BT Sport on his 61st birthday.  The station’s Saturday afternoon football results show was cancelled as a result. Hoddle earned 53 England caps and was considered one of the best players of his generation. A spokesman for Hoddle said: “The family are grateful to everyone in the football family – and beyond – that have sent kind messages of support. They are very much appreciated. In particular, Glenn and his family would like to publicly thank the BT Sport staff that treated him immediately on set following his collapse. Glenn is now in the care of the professional NHS medical services, who have also been exemplary in helping him and the family during the last 24 hours. Doctors have advised the most important thing for Glenn is time to rest. Therefore, his family have reiterated the request for their privacy to be respected during this period.”   

 WWE champion Roman Reigns has revealed that he is suffering from leukaemia. The 33-year-old, real name Leati Joseph Anoaʻi, publicly revealed live on Raw that he was first diagnosed with the disease 11 years ago, having been in remission as he rose to the top of the WWE. But in an emotional address on Monday night, Reigns revealed that his leukaemia had returned. “Y’all have made my dreams come true,” Reigns said to the crowd. “It didn’t matter if you cheered me or you booed me, you’ve always reacted to me and that’s the most important thing and for that I have to say thank you so much.” He also stressed that his address “wasn’t a retirement speech”, but confirmed that he will need to take a leave of absence to undergo treatment and, as a result, was relinquishing his WWE Universal Championship title. “When I do [return] it’s not going to be just about titles or being on top. It’s about a purpose,” he added. “I will beat this and I will be back so you will see me very, very soon.” The announcement left fans and viewers stunned given that Reigns had never spoken of his illness publicly before, and it triggered an outpouring of emotion from his colleagues, with his former Shield partners Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose appearing on stage to embrace him after his announcement.  

And finally, a game ranger who was shot through the mouth with an arrow pursued his attacker for almost an hour, with the shaft clenched between his teeth. William Hofmeyr, 51, was on patrol at Olarro Conservancy, Kenya, when he saw a Maasai warrior sleeping under a tree. As he woke up the man to warn him of a hungry pride of lions nearby, he felt a sharp pain in the side of his mouth where an arrow had hit him. The arrowhead sliced through his right cheek and back out of his open mouth, causing it to fill with blood. Unable to call for help on his radio, he ran back to his car and drove after his attacker through the conservancy. “It was painful, but I spent a lot of time in the military and in the police, so my first instinct was to go after him,’’ Mr Hofmeyr told The Herald newspaper. “I’ve been shot before, it happens.” Mr Hofmeyr said he fired two warning shots from his rifle, which led his attacker to flee. “He came after me and I ran to my car but couldn’t easily open the driver’s side because the arrow shaft was hooking on everything. I had to fire warning shots with my left hand and he ran off.” Mr Hofmeyr said the arrow was sticking out of the window of the car and kept hitting against the bushes he was driving through. “To stop the arrow flapping about I had to bite down on the shaft – it may sound like something out of Rambo but I was bloody angry and upset he shot me.” After chasing his attacker for almost an hour, the ranger lost his tracks and drove to a nearby clinic, where staff were unable to remove the arrow from his mouth. Eventually he removed it himself by pulling the tip out through his mouth followed by the shaft.  Police said they were investigating but that the man’s tracks were disturbed by elephants. 

On This Day

  • 1492 – Christopher Columbus lands in Cuba on his first voyage to the New World.  
  • 1726 – The novel Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift is published.   
  • 1929 – Black Monday, a day in the Wall Street Crash of 1929, which also saw major stock market upheaval.  
  • 1995 – 289 people are killed and 265 injured in Baku Metro fire, the deadliest subway disaster in history.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Joaquin Phoenix (44), Julia Roberts (51), Matt Smith (36), Gwendoline Christie (40), Annie Potts (66), Bill Gates (63), John Cleese (79), James Cosmo (71), Robert Picardo (65), Cary Elwes (56), Seth MacFarlane (45), Jon Heder (41), Roger Allam (65), Hillary Clinton (71), Katy Perry (34), Nancy Cartwright (61), Glynis Barber (63), Kevin Kline (71), F. Murray Abraham (79), Drake (32), Emilia Clarke (32), Ryan Reynolds (42), Sam Raimi (59), ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic (59), Cat Deeley (42), Jeff Goldblum (66), Bob Odenkirk (56), Christopher Lloyd (80), Catherine Deneuve (75), Derek Jacobi (80), Jesse Tyler Ferguson (43), Ken Watanabe (59) and Everett McGill (73).


Dead Pool 14th/21st October 2018

Firstly let me apologise for the lack of a weekly newsletter last week, life got in the way and to be fair, not many famous people died over the last fortnight. However, we now have a bumper two week edition full of facts and news. 

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

John McCririck, 78, sparked serious health concerns last week when he appeared on Bit On The Side. John, who presented on Channel 4 racing for over 30 years, began: “I’m getting better. I couldn’t speak for about three months. It really was awful.” The telly personality was struck down with the flu back in January. He added: “I’m recovering, but only slowly. “I’m not well. I’m never going to fully recover because age has taken over.” John urged audiences to “set yourself a target that you will reach. Have an aim, an ambition, a drive.” The former CBB housemate, who appeared in the 2005 series, said being sacked from Channel 4 contributed to his poor health. “I wake up in the morning now and I have no purpose in life,” he admitted. “I’ve worked over 50 years in my life. Work comes first, because you can’t look after your family if you’re not working. “You feel you’re lacking something.” Viewers were gobsmacked by John’s telly appearance and rushed to Twitter worried. One person tweeted: “It’s so sad when you see a usually strapping old man fade to virtually nothing! Wishing John well.” “This John McCririck interview is really uncomfortable. He’s speaking so incoherently,” said another. We’ll give him three months….       

Bill Turnbull has described dealing with cancer every day as “relentlessly boring” and admitted he asked doctors to stop his “unbearable” chemotherapy. The former BBC Breakfast anchor, who’s now a presenter on Classic FM, said: “I just couldn’t bear it any longer.” After that round of chemo in July – his eighth – he went on to have one more. Turnbull said he coped with the “bad phases” of chemo by watching “lots” of TV, including all 67 episodes of Game of Thrones. The broadcaster, who was diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer in November 2017. “It’s the fact that having cancer is so relentlessly boring. You go to bed at night thinking about it, and it’s still there when you wake up. “It’s there all day, every day – a fact of life you have to get used to. And it’s a massive pain in the backside.” Turnbull, whose cancer has spread to the bone – across his pelvis, hips, legs and spine – said of chemo: “Each round felt worse.” He lost his sense of taste, and some days could only cope by lying down to wait “for the feeling of crushing fatigue and nausea to pass”. By round six, “it felt as if the chemo was now taking on a life of its own, like some malevolent gremlin”. Turnbull said the disease has stopped spreading but “hasn’t been beaten back entirely”, adding: “We’re at a stalemate.” He said: “I’m still optimistic about hanging around for some time yet.”  

Selma Blair has revealed she has multiple sclerosis (MS). The 46-year-old actor shared the news with fans on Saturday, explaining how she had been diagnosed with the lifelong condition, which affects the brain and the spinal cord, in August. Writing on Instagram, Blair said that despite only just being diagnosed, she has been experiencing symptoms for years, leading her to believe she might’ve had the disease for more than a decade. The Cruel Intentions star begins the candid post by recalling a recent wardrobe fitting for Another Life, the 10-part Netflix series she is currently filming for, explaining how she has the “deepest gratitude” for the show’s costume designer, Allisa Swanson, for helping her into her clothes. “She carefully gets my legs in my pants, pulls my tops over my head, buttons my coats and offers her shoulder to steady myself,” Blair writes. “I have Multiple Sclerosis. I am in an exacerbation.” She goes on to thank the producers at Netflix for their compassion before illustrating how the disease is beginning to have an adverse effect on her daily existence. “I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy. And my left side is asking for directions from a broken GPS.” MS is an incurable condition that disrupts the central nervous system and can cause a number of physically debilitating symptoms, including blurred vision, difficulty walking, muscle spasms and fatigue. Two months after receiving the initial diagnosis, Blair explains she is now “in the thick” of her illness and feels perpetually exhausted. 

On This Day

  • 14th October
  • 1066 – Norman conquest of England: Battle of Hastings: In England on Senlac Hill, seven miles from Hastings, the Norman forces of William the Conqueror defeat the English army and kill King Harold II of England.  
  • 1322 – Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeats King Edward II of England at Byland, forcing Edward to accept Scotland’s independence.  
  • 1912 – While campaigning in Milwaukee, the former President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, is shot and mildly wounded by John Schrank, a mentally-disturbed saloon keeper. With the fresh wound in his chest, and the bullet still within it, Mr. Roosevelt still carries out his scheduled public speech.   
  • 1913 – Senghenydd colliery disaster, the United Kingdom’s worst coal mining accident claims the lives of 439 miners.  
  • 1926 – The children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh, by A. A. Milne, is first published.  
  • 1947 – Captain Chuck Yeager of the United States Air Force flies a Bell X-1 rocket-powered experimental aircraft, the Glamorous Glennis, faster than the speed of sound at Mach 1.06 (700 miles per hour (1,100 km/h; 610 kn) over the high desert of Southern California and becomes the first pilot and the first airplane to do so in level flight.  
  • 2012 – Felix Baumgartner successfully jumped to Earth from a helium balloon in the stratosphere in the Red Bull Stratos project.
  • 21st October
  • 1854 – Florence Nightingale and a staff of 38 nurses are sent to the Crimean War.  
  • 1879 – Thomas Edison applies for a patent for his design for an incandescent light bulb.  
  • 1966 – Aberfan disaster: A colliery spoil tip collapses on the village of Aberfan in Wales, killing 144 people, mostly schoolchildren.  
  • 1983 – The metre is defined at the seventeenth General Conference on Weights and Measures as the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second, just because… 

Deaths

  • 14th October 
  • 1066 – Harold Godwinson, English king (b. 1022)  
  • 1944 – Erwin Rommel, German field marshal (b. 1891)  
  • 1959 – Errol Flynn, Australian-American actor, singer, and producer (b. 1909)  
  • 1977 – Bing Crosby, American singer-songwriter and actor (b. 1903)  
  • 1990 – Leonard Bernstein, American pianist, composer, and conductor (b. 1918)  
  • 2010 – Simon MacCorkindale, English actor, director, and producer (b. 1952)

Last Two Week’s Birthdays

Viggo Mortensen (59), Danny Boyle (61), Snoop Dogg (46), John Lithgow (73), Michael Gambon (78), John le Carré (87), Zac Efron (31), Jean-Claude Van Damme (58), Pam Dawber (67), Paul Chuckle (71), Eminem (46), Mark Gatiss (52), George Wendt (70), Angela Lansbury (93), Tim Robbins (60), Suzanne Somers (72), Peter Bowles (82), Dominic West (49), Sarah Ferguson (59), Steve Coogan (53), Sacha Baron Cohen (47), Paul Simon (77), Chris Carter (62), Hugh Jackman (50), Robin Askwith (68), Michelle Trachtenberg (33), Emily Deschanel (42), Jane Krakowski (50), Joan Cusack (56), Stephen Moyer (49), John Nettles (75), Dawn French (61), Rose McIver (30), Manu Bennett (49), Charles Dance (72), Martin Kemp (57), Guillermo del Toro (54), Brandon Routh (39), Scott Bakula (64), Chris O’Dowd (39), Tony Shalhoub (65), Brian Blessed (82), Sharon Osbourne (66), Kristanna Loken (39), Matt Damon (48), Sigourney Weaver (69), Chevy Chase (75), Paul Hogan (79), Ardal O’Hanlon (53), Bruno Mars (33), Simon Cowell (59), Alesha Dixon (40), Tim Minchin (43), Thom Yorke (50), Britt Ekland (76), Ioan Gruffudd (45), and Bree Olson (32).


Dead Pool 7th October 2018

What a week! Plenty of interesting people kicking the bucket and too many stories to add to this weeks issue! Sadly no points to award and with little under three months to go, it does seem to be a two horse race at the moment, but this game is as cruel as the unbelievers portray it to be, albeit for a different reason, one Cert could change everything!   

Look Who You Could Have Had:

In Other News

DJ Mark Radcliffe will be taking time off from his BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music shows to have treatment for cancer. The 60-year-old, who began his BBC career in 1983, revealed  his diagnosis to listeners while presenting The Folk Show on Wednesday 3rd October. “I’m said to say that I’ve got some cancerous tongue and lymph node issues,” he said, adding that he hoped to be back on air in the New Year, “or sooner, if I feel well enough.” “It’s all been caught very early and so everything should be fine,” he reassured fans. On Twitter he added: “All being well I’ll be back in action in the New Year – or sooner if I feel well enough – but I will be back, you can depend on it, I just can’t say exactly when that will be. So you won’t hear from me for a while now and therefore… well… Merry Christmas I guess. Life eh?” Radcliffe confirmed that he would broadcast his Thursday 6 Music show with Stuart Maconie on 4th October, as usual, before taking a break. Ricky Ross will present the Radio 2 Folk Show for the next few weeks.

The German scientist nicknamed Dr Death because of his pioneering work on preserving corpses has asked his wife to plastinate his own body after he himself passes away. Gunther von Hagens told partner Angelina Whalley he then wants his body to be displayed at the entrance to London’s new Body Worlds Museum Experience – where preserved organs, skulls and corpses are all on show in various poses. The 73-year-old, who is suffering with Parkinson’s disease, is the driving force behind the museum, which opens on Saturday. His decision to be among his exhibits when his own time comes is “a finalising [of] his life’s work”, said Dr Whalley. Plastination involves replacing certain body fats and tissues with silicone so the corpse does not deteriorate or smell. It takes a year to complete. Dr Whalley said her husband’s request had left her “stunned”. “Of course, in the very beginning I thought, Gunther, you are kidding me. This is something I would never be able to do,” but she says she slowly came round to the idea. “He said to me: ‘Angelina, you are entitled to freeze me down to -25C for one year, but after that time you really need to put your hands on me because otherwise I will get freeze burn’,” she said. “So I have one year for mourning and then I will have to do it.” She told the newspaper her husband – who wears a trademark fedora – would like his final pose to be a welcoming one, adding he would like to be wearing his much-loved hat. Dr von Hagens – who has toured his Body Worlds exhibits all across the globe – is perhaps best known in the UK for performing the country’s first public human autopsy for 170 years in 2002.      

Actor Ben Affleck has thanked his family after completing yet another stay in rehab for alcohol addiction. The Oscar-winner wrote on Instagram that he had spent 40 days at a treatment centre, and was still in outpatient care. “The support I have received from my family, colleagues and fans means more to me than I can say,” his post read. “It’s given me the strength and support to speak about my illness with others.” Affleck was pictured looking bedraggled in August while being driven to rehab by his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner. The actress filed for divorce in April 2017, but the former couple remain close and have three children together. Garner “staged an intervention” after seeing photos of her ex-husband getting an alcohol delivery outside his home. The Batman star’s latest spell in rehab is his third, following stints in 2001 and 2017. “Battling any addiction is a lifelong and difficult struggle,” he wrote on Instagram. “I am fighting for myself and my family.”  

And finally… A hunter is fighting for life after a bear he shot tumbled down a slope and landed on him. Alaska state police said William McCormick, 28, was also struck by a rock dislodged by the bear as it fell on Saturday afternoon. He was flown by helicopter to a hospital in Anchorage, where he was in a critical condition. Mr McCormick and his hunting partner, 19-year-old Zachary Tennyson, are both US army soldiers stationed at Alaska’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Mr Tennyson was not hurt and alerted authorities by sending a distress signal. Police did not say what kind of bear was shot, how far how it fell, or whether it died. Alaska is home to several species of bear, including an estimated 30,000 brown bears and 100,000 smaller black bears. Nearly 1,500 brown bears are hunted each year in the state but at least this one got its own back. 

On This Day

  • 1959 – U.S.S.R. probe Luna 3 transmits the first ever photographs of the far side of the Moon. 
  • 1988 – An Iñupiat hunter discovers three gray whales trapped under the ice in Utqiaġvik, Alaska, US; the situation becomes a multinational effort to free the whales.
  • 1996 – Fox News Channel begins broadcasting, the birth of fake news.

Deaths

  • 1849 – Edgar Allan Poe, American short story witer, poet, and critic (b. 1809)
  • 1956 – Clarence Birdseye, American businessman, founded Birds Eye (b. 1886)
  • 1959 – Mario Lanza, American tenor and actor (b. 1921)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Kate Winslet (43), Guy Pearce (51), Jesse Eisenberg (35), Karen Allen (67), Neil deGrasse Tyson (60), Clive Barker (66), Bob Geldof (67), Dakota Johnson (29), Melissa Benoist (30), Alicia Silverstone (42), Christoph Waltz (62), Susan Sarandon (72), Liev Schreiber (51), Alicia Vikander (30), Seann William Scott (42), Lena Headey (45), Neve Campbell (45), Clive Owen (54), Gwen Stefani (49), Greg Proops (59), Avery Brooks (70), Ian McNeice (68), Sting (67), Brie Larson (29), Julie Andrews (83), Zach Galifianakis (49), Randy Quaid (68), Ioan Gruffudd (45) and Britt Ekland (76).


Dead Pool 30th September 2018

Slightly food related this week, you can blame Nickie for that as she kept sending these awesome stories she found. The highlight of this week is the passing of John Cunliffe, the creator of Postman Pat, we can only assume that Jess the Cat has been re-homed appropriately. 

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In Other News

A judge in Pennsylvania has jailed US comedian Bill Cosby for three to ten years for sexual assault. Cosby, 81, was classified as a “sexually violent predator” and immediately sent to a state prison in Pennsylvania to serve out his three-to-ten sentence for the 2004 sexual assault of Andrea Constand. (Constand is one of more than 60 women who have accused Cosby of sexual assault.) Other than putting ‘America’s Dad’ on suicide watch, I’m sure we’d all like to know what he had to eat once Big Brenda finished with him. Meals vary depending on the day and the week. For breakfast, Cosby will have access to fruit and cereal every day, as well as milk, coffee and sugar. On Saturdays, on the current rotation, there are pancakes. For lunch and dinner, the menu is more varied. On Mondays, lunch could be a cheese pizza or a garden burger with bread. This coming Monday, the dinner entrees are roast pork or a tofu oat burger. At lunch that day, the prison is serving chocolate pudding, a product Mr. Cosby was associated with as a pitchman for Jell-O. Cosby famously promoted Jell-O products starting in 1974, with his work talking up Jell-O Pudding Pops in 1979 attaining iconic status. Pudding Pops were discontinued in the late ‘90s. Cosby was discontinued in 2018.    

Remember Gladiators? Other that the sexy Jet, no, I don’t either. However, former Gladiator star Cobra has revealed that he can still fit into his iconic leotard – but that his body is now ‘worn out’ and he is preparing to get both hips replaced. ‘I need new hips. I’ve bolts in this shoulder, bolts in that shoulder. I’ve torn my bicep. I’ve torn the bicep on this side. I’ve got arthritis up and down the spine,’ he said. ‘But it’s just like a car, if you do too much. You do too many miles and your parts wear out.’ Cobra, real name Michael Willson, is now 54; he found fame on the ITV Saturday night game show which saw four contestants compete in a series of physical events against the show’s Gladiators. ‘My friends keep telling me I should stop living in the past, let the Gladiator thing go, but I can’t. I keep looking at myself on the Gladiator magazines and albums. I once was on the front of a cereal packet. I’ve even had my own action figure,’ he said. Michael became a household name alongside co-stars Diane Youdale (Jet), Kim Bets (Lightning), Warren Furman (Ace), and Michael Van Wijk (Wolf), but these days he lives in Kent by the coast, crying into his cornflakes each morning. Just goes to show, being a couch potato is probably better for you.  

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more food related, notorious serial killer Rose West has scooped first prize in a prison bake-off competition. West, 64, who was convicted of ten murders in 1995, came up trumps when inmates in F-Wing at HMP Prison Low Newton voted for her Victoria sponge. West, who is serving a life sentence, loves to bake and uses her culinary skills to impress fellow lags. ‘There are some very violent women on the wing and a lot of them are very aggressive towards West because of her crimes. ‘But she tends to defuse situations by offering other prisoners cakes and biscuits.’ West along with her husband Fred raped and murdered their daughter Heather and buried her under their patio – then did the same to nine others. Despite being a sadistic serial killer, West, who is serving a life sentence for her despicable crimes, is allowed to use knives while under staff supervision. West suffers from breathlessness and high blood pressure and has been warned that she must diet or face developing type 2 diabetes or premature death after her weight ballooned to 18 stone. You can send her more sugary treats c/o HM Prison Low Newton, Brasside, Durham, DH1 5YA.

On This Day

  • 1888 – Jack the Ripper kills his third and fourth victims, Elizabeth Stride and Catherine Eddowes.  
  • 1965 – In Indonesia, a coup by the 30 September Movement is crushed, leading to a mass anti-communist purge, with over 500,000 people killed.
  • 1993 – The 6.2 Mw Latur earthquake shakes Maharashtra, India with a maximum Mercalli intensity of VIII (Severe) killing 9,748 and injuring 30,000.

Deaths

Last Week’s Birthdays

Erika Eleniak (49), Ian McShane (76), Mackenzie Crook (47), Luke Goss (50), Patricia Hodge (72), Naomi Watts (50), Mira Sorvino (51), Hilary Duff (31), Brigitte Bardot (84), Jeffrey Jones (72), Dita Von Teese (46), Moon Unit Zappa (51), Gwyneth Paltrow (46), Avril Lavigne (34), Meat Loaf (71), Denis Lawson (71), Jim Caviezel (50), Linda Hamilton (62), Olivia Newton-John (70), Lysette Anthony (55), Serena Williams (37), Ricky Tomlinson (79), Will Smith (50), Catherine Zeta-Jones (49), Mark Hamill (67), Michael Douglas (74), Michael Madsen (61), Heather Locklear (57), Felicity Kendal (72), Sven-Ole Thorsen (74), Jack Dee (57), Karl Pilkington (46) and Bruce Springsteen (69).


Dead Pool 23rd September 2018

Let’s begin with awarding Ashley 66 points for correctly guessing that Denis Norden would finally climb that stairway to heaven. Well done that man! Norden used to be a very popular choice at one time, but like most dwindling celebrities, if they ain’t on the TV, people forget them. 

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In Other News

Former X Factor contestant Chico Slimani has suffered a stroke. The 47-year-old, who was a popular star on the second series of the show, fell ill on the way back from performing a ‘gig’ at the weekend, which was most likely a singalong down the pub. A statement from his publicist said he was undergoing further tests and asked for privacy for his family. He reached the quarter-finals of the 2005 series and had a number one in 2006 with It’s Chico Time. He also took part in Dancing on Ice in 2012. He appeared in the Christmas special of Ricky Gervais’s BBC One sitcom Extras in 2007, and also released a fitness DVD. Since then we assume he’s been selling kebabs from a roadside cafe. His publicist Kym Rowlingson said: “This has been a great shock to Chico, his wife and their two children, also his close friends and family. “We thank you in advance for giving Chico and the family some privacy at this time.” Which sort of suggests that nobody has tried to disturb that privacy as of yet…  

Bolton defender Stephen Darby has announced his retirement from football, aged 29, after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND). Fully taking upon himself the mantle of Professor Stephen Hawking, Darby stated “I would like to ask for privacy at this time so I can adjust to the battle I have ahead and that I can spend time with those closest to me. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank my team-mates, manager and all the staff at Bolton for their amazing support at what has been an extremely difficult period,” he said. MND is a degenerative condition that affects how nerves in the brain and spinal cord function. There is currently no cure.  

Former EastEnders star Danniella Westbrook has said she will undergo a hysterectomy as she has been diagnosed with cancer of the womb. The actress and reality TV star, whose battle with substance abuse issues has been highly-publicised over the years, said she does not want to die and that she is determined to get better, but that she took cocaine to cope with the news initially. Westbrook, 44, said that her thoughts turned to her late friend Jade Goody, who died in 2009 from cervical cancer. She told Dead Pool Towers: “I’ve always said I am not scared of dying. But when the doctor said, ‘You have cancer’, straight away my thoughts turned to Jade and that I don’t want to die. I know I need to fight.” Westbrook said her mother was diagnosed with womb cancer 30 years ago, and that she is “still here” thanks to undergoing treatment on the NHS and that she will follow suit. She added: “They are taking me in in three weeks for a full hysterectomy. Before they take it out they won’t know to what extent the cancer has grown.” Westbrook said her doctors believe the cancer is “containable so I’m hopeful”. Westbrook, who rose to fame in the 1990s playing Samantha Mitchell in EastEnders, said the cancer was diagnosed by a doctor in Spain, where she lives, after weeks of heavy bleeding and being unwell. So, yet another immigrant coming into our country and using the NHS!

On This Day

  • 1641 – The still undiscovered Merchant Royal, carrying a treasure of over 100,000 pounds of gold (worth over £1 billion today), is lost at sea off Land’s End.
  • 1980 – Bob Marley plays what would be the last concert of his life in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • 2002 – The first public version of the web browser Mozilla Firefox (“Phoenix 0.1”) is released.

Deaths

  • 1889 – Wilkie Collins, English novelist, short story writer, and playwright (b. 1824)
  • 1939 – Sigmund Freud, Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist (b. 1856)
  • 1994 – Robert Bloch, American author and screenwriter (b. 1917)

Last Week’s Birthdays

Tom Felton (31), Billie Piper (36), Sue Perkins (49), Joan Jett (60), Ruth Jones (52), Nick Cave (61), Andrea Bocelli (60), Bill Murray (68), Stephen King (71), David Wenham (53), Ethan Coen (61), Ricki Lake (50), Alfonso Ribeiro (47), Jon Bernthal (42), Asia Argento (43), Sophia Loren (84), Moon Bloodgood (43), George R.R. Martin (70), Danielle Panabaker (31), Jeremy Irons (70), Jimmy Fallon (44), Twiggy (69), Victoria Silvstedt (44), Faye Reagan (30), Jason Sudeikis (43), James Marsden (45), Jada Pinkett Smith (47), Tim McInnerny (62), Cassandra Peterson (67), Bryan Singer (53), Baz Luhrmann (56), Bruce Spence (73), Bingbing Fan (37), Mickey Rourke (66), Amy Poehler (47), Jennifer Tilly (60) and Danny John-Jules (58).


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!!!!! 

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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).