Dead Pool 5th June 2022
Looks like old Queenie survived the Jubilee, just about… Anyhow, we do have points to dispense! Well done Paul C for correctly listing Boris Pahor as his Cert. Bagging a whopping 142 points! He’s now the man to beat with six deaths to his name already!
Look Who You Could Have Had:
- Boris Pahor, 108, Slovenian writer (Necropolis) and Holocaust survivor.
- Paul Vance, 92, American songwriter (“Catch a Falling Star“, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini“, “Tracy“) and record producer.
- Jim Parks, 90, English cricketer (Sussex, Somerset, national team), complications from a fall.
- Ken Kelly, 76, American fantasy artist and album cover designer (Kiss, Rainbow, Manowar).
In Other News
Elton John looked frail as he arrived at Leipzig Airport in Germany in a wheelchair last Sunday, after performing as part of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. The singer, 75, revealed back in November he is “in pain most of the time” after he fell “awkwardly on a hard surface” and hurt his hip last summer. Elton said he is unable to get in and out of a car or move sideways, and was pictured being assisted into a wheelchair from his vehicle as he arrived for his flight home to Nice last weekend. He said last year of his injury: “At the end of my summer break I fell awkwardly on a hard surface and have been in considerable pain and discomfort in my hip ever since. Despite intensive physio and specialist treatment, the pain has continued to get worse and is leading to increasing difficulties moving.” And it appears Elton is still suffering from mobility issues which caused him to postpone his tour last October as he wasn’t “100 percent fit”. He told Lorraine of not having made a full recovery late last year: “I wouldn’t be 100 percent fit – I wouldn’t be 100 percent confident because I’m in pain most of the time. I can’t move sideways, I can’t get in and out of a car. I don’t know, with a year and a half of touring, how long my hip would last – it probably wouldn’t.The decision had to be made because I wouldn’t want to go on stage and give less than 100 percent.” In 2017, the music legend had a terrifying brush with death after contracting a “rare and potentially deadly” infection and falling seriously ill on a long haul flight – before hero medics saved his life. Elton was rushed to hospital after becoming “violently ill” on a flight home to the UK from Chile. He spent two nights being cared for in intensive care and 12 days in hospital while battling the “harmful and unusual” bacterial infection, contracted during his recent tour of South America. In the same year, Elton was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He was fortunate that doctors caught the cancer early and Elton opted for surgery over a course of radiation and chemotherapy. Unfortunately, this left him incontinent and crippled with pain after a complication following the surgery.
Bollywood star KK has died at the age of 53 after collapsing following a concert. The singer, whose full name was Krishnakumar Kunnath, died in Kolkata, India on Tuesday night. The Flying Monkeys report he fell ill when he returned to his hotel after a performance at Nazrul Manch. He had sung for almost an hour, but collapsed when he returned to the hotel. He was rushed to a private hospital in south Kolkata, but despite the efforts of medics, he did not survive. The Flying Monkeys reckon he suffered a heart attack. He was updating his Instagram page just eight hours before he becoming unwell. A senior hospital official said: “It’s unfortunate that we could not treat him.” KK had recorded songs in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi and Bengali, among other languages. Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to offer condolences to fans. “Saddened by the untimely demise of noted singer Krishnakumar Kunnath, popularly known as KK,” he said. “His songs reflected a wide range of emotions as struck a chord with people of all age groups. We will always remember him through his songs. Condolences to his family and fans. Om Shanti.”
The rapper ex-boyfriend of singer Emeli Sande has been stabbed to death at a Jubilee party. Hypo, real name Lamar Jackson, was attacked in front of a “large number of people” at the bash in Redbridge, east London, police said. Despite efforts to save him the 39-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests have been made. Scotland Yard is treating the case as a murder and has appealed for witnesses. Det Ch Insp Laurence Smith said it was possible the stabbing, in Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, and its aftermath were captured on people’s phones. “I would urge anyone who is yet to speak with us to come forward and let us know what you saw,” he said. “Please take a look and call us. It is vital that we establish what happened.” Video appearing to show the death of Mr Jackson, from Hackney, was shared on social media, with fans quick to condemn those passing it on. One wrote on Twitter: “Whoever is sending the video of Hypo around is a sick and twisted individual and whoever recorded it is going to hell.” Tributes were also quick to pour in, with fans of the grime artist hailing him as “a pioneer” in the industry. Others said he was “a clean-hearted guy” and “a real Hackney legend”.
On This Day
- 1883 – The first regularly scheduled Orient Express departs Paris.
- 1893 – The trial of Lizzie Borden for the murder of her father and step-mother begins in New Bedford, Massachusetts.
- 1956 – Elvis Presley introduces his new single, “Hound Dog”, on The Milton Berle Show, scandalising the audience with his suggestive hip movements.
- 1963 – The British Secretary of State for War, John Profumo, resigns in a sex scandal known as the “Profumo affair”.
- 1968 – Presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy is assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan.
- 1975 – The United Kingdom holds its first country-wide referendum on membership of the European Economic Community (EEC).
- 1981 – The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reports that five people in Los Angeles, California, have a rare form of pneumonia seen only in patients with weakened immune systems, in what turns out to be the first recognised cases of AIDS.
- 1989 – The Tank Man halts the progress of a column of advancing tanks for over half an hour after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989.
- 2004 – Ronald Reagan, American actor and politician, 40th President of the United States (b. 1911)
- 2012 – Ray Bradbury, American science fiction writer and screenwriter (b. 1920)
- 2015 – Tariq Aziz, Iraqi journalist and politician, Iraqi Minister of Foreign Affairs (b. 1936)
Last Week’s Birthdays
Mark Wahlberg (51), Mel Giedroyc (54), Angelina Jolie (47), Russell Brand (47), Bruce Dern (86), Noah Wyle (51), Sean Pertwee (58), Bradley Walsh (62), Imogen Poots (33), James Purefoy (58), Suzi Quatro (72), Morena Baccarin (43), Awkwafina (34), Jewel Staite (40), Justin Long (44), Zachary Quinto (45), Wentworth Miller (50), Dominic Cooper (44), Dana Carvey (67), Kevin Feige (49), Liam Cunningham (61), Tom Holland (26), Morgan Freeman (85), Brian Cox (76), Jonathan Pryce (75), Amy Schumer (41), Alanis Morissette (48), Heidi Klum (49), Robert Powell (78), Clint Eastwood (92), Colin Farrell (46), Lea Thompson (61), Brooke Shields (57), Tom Berenger (73), Sharon Gless (79), Idina Menzel (51), Mark Sheppard (58), Stephen Tobolowsky (71), Colm Meaney (69), Jennifer Ellison (39), and Harry Enfield (61).