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Dead Pool 14th May 2017

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

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

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

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

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

Dead Pool 7th May 2017

An eventful week for news, but alas no scoring deaths. Although you could have had a couple of interesting Mavericks, by far the most interesting death of the week was Mbah Gotho, he would have scored you 4 points! Now that’s not a common occurrence.

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The world was plunged into uncertainty on Thursday morning when royal staff from across Britain were summoned to London for a “highly unusual” meeting at Buckingham Palace. Speculation abounded over whether the 91-year-old Queen or her 95-year-old husband, Prince Philip, had died. The Palace was quick to make clear that both the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were in good health – but that Prince Philip would be taking a step back from public duties. With both Royals now in their 90s, it wasn’t the first time concerns over their health have been raised. The Guardian recently revealed the secret plan in place for when the Queen does eventually die, known as “London Bridge is Down”, but yesterday’s events have left many Britons wondering what happens when Prince Philip passes away. In the event of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death, it is expected that the news will first be confirmed to the BBC. If he dies overnight, the announcement is likely to come at 8am local time. While the Queen’s consort is entitled to a full state funeral, Prince Philip has previously insisted that he does not want the “fuss” of lying in state at Westminster Hall. The Palace of Westminster is always on six-hour notice to prepare Westminster Hall for a lying-in-state, but authorities have reportedly been told this will not be necessary for Prince Philip. It is thought that his body would lie at St James’s Palace instead, where Princess Diana lay for several days before her funeral in 1997. The funeral is likely to be a low-key affair, with only Prince Philip’s family, friends and heads of state from Commonwealth countries attending a service at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. The Duke of Edinburgh would then be buried in Frogmore Gardens, in the grounds of Windsor Castle. After Prince Philip has died, if the Queen survives him, she will be expected to enter into an official period of mourning, which is believed to last eight days. During that period, laws will not be given the Royal Assent and affairs of state will be put on pause out of respect. A further period of official Royal Mourning is expected to continue for 30 days, after which, it is believed, the Queen would make a full return to public duties. While concerns over the health of the Queen and Prince Philip, who have been married for nearly 70 years, have been raised several times in recent years, both Royals appeared to be in good health on Thursday.

North Korea has accused the CIA and South Korea of a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-un with “biochemical substances”. A statement from the ministry of state security claimed “hotbeds of evils in the world hatched a vicious plot” targeting Mr Kim during a public appearance for ceremonial events in Pyongyang. It said a terrorist group backed by the CIA and South Korean spies had entered the country for the attempted assassination, vowing that an “anti-terrorist attack” would begin immediately. The statement threatened that the “the last-ditch effort” of American “imperialists” and the South had gone “beyond the limits”. It claimed the two intelligence agencies “ideologically corrupted” and bribed a North Korean with the surname Kim, turning him into “a terrorist full of repugnance and revenge against the supreme leadership of the DPRK”. “They hatched a plot of letting human scum Kim commit bomb terrorism targeting the supreme leadership during events at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun military parade and public procession” the Korean Central News Agency said. “They told him that assassination by use of biochemical substances including radioactive substance and nano poisonous substance is the best method that does not require access to the target, their lethal results will appear after six or twelve months. The latest allegations emerged amid heightened tensions over a series of weapons tests carried out by the totalitarian state.

The country music legend Loretta Lynn has been taken to hospital after a stroke. Sony Music confirmed that the 85-year-old singer and songwriter was admitted to a  Nashville hospital on Thursday night after the stroke at her home in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. Lynn’s website said she was responsive and expected to make a full recovery, but had been advised by doctors to stay off the road while recuperating. Upcoming shows would be postponed. Lynn, originally from Kentucky, had a string of hits starting in the 1960s with the biographical Coal Miner’s Daughter, You Ain’t Woman Enough, The Pill and One’s on the Way. She continues to tour and record regularly, but had to postpone shows last year after suffering injuries in a fall that required surgery. She is set to release a new album this August, called “Wouldn’t It Be Great,” and she will be the subject of a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum also in August.

And finally, a New York City man is on a mission to flush the cremated remains of his lifelong friend, a plumber, down ballpark toilets around the US. Tom McDonald told the New York Times that it’s a fitting tribute for Roy Riegel. The two baseball fans were childhood friends in Queens, not far from – appropriately – Flushing Meadows, where the Mets play. Like baseball, this endeavor has rules. The game has to be in progress when McDonald sprinkles the ashes into the toilet. So far, he’s completed his task at 16 stadiums. “I know people might think it’s weird, and if it were anyone else’s ashes, I’d agree,” McDonald said. “But for Roy, this is the perfect tribute to a plumber and a baseball fan and just a brilliant, wild guy.” Riegel’s family agreed to share a portion of the ashes after his death in 2008. McDonald spoons out a little each time, from an old peanut can, wrapped in Mets ticket stubs, that he keeps next to World Series highlight videos and his collection of 149 baseball Hall of Fame autographs. Hank Riegel, of Waterloo, New York, said his brother would appreciate the offbeat gesture. “He’d be like, ‘Oh, yeah, do that,’” Riegel said. “He would definitely approve of it. Never once did Roy follow the rules.”

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George Clooney (56), Alan Dale (70), Henry Cavill (34), John Rhys-Davies (73), Lance Henriksen (77), Richard E. Grant (60), Chris Brown (28), Michael Palin (74), Adele (28), Will Arnett (47), Rocco Siffredi (53), Christina Hendricks (42), Rob Brydon (52), Frankie Valli (83), Dwayne Johnson (45), Ellie Kemper (37), David Beckham (42), David Suchet (71), Matt Berry (43), Jamie Dornan (35), Wes Anderson (48), Julie Benz (45), Joanna Lumley (71), Gal Gadot (32), Kirsten Dunst (35), Burt Young (77), Willie Nelson (84) and Una Stubbs (80)

Dead Pool 30th April 2017

A few more deaths to add to the never-ending list, however no points scored. We’re a third of the way through the year and Laura, last year’s angel of death, is still the woman to beat.

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Sir Elton John suffered a “potentially deadly” bacterial infection during a tour, forcing him to spend two nights in intensive care and cancel concerts in the US, his management says. The singer became violently ill at the end of a tour of South America last week, requiring him to return to the UK for urgent treatment. Nine concerts that were due to be staged in Las Vegas and California over the next two weeks have been cancelled. Sir Elton is now resting at home. A statement by his management said infections of the kind suffered by the star were “rare and potentially deadly”. It gave no other details. “Thankfully, Elton’s medical team identified this quickly and treated it successfully. He is expected to make a full and complete recovery,” it added. Sir Elton is due to resume his schedule of live performances in the UK on 3rd June. “I am so fortunate to have the most incredible and loyal fans and apologise for disappointing them. I am extremely grateful to the medical team for their excellence in looking after me so well,” the star said. It is not the first time Sir Elton has battled a serious bout of ill-health. While performing his show The Million Dollar Piano at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada in May 2012, Sir Elton became ill with a serious respiratory infection. Following his doctor’s recommendation, he cancelled the show’s last four concerts. In July 2013, he had to cancel a concert in London’s Hyde Park when he was diagnosed with appendicitis, which required urgent surgery. The 70-year-old singer has sold more than 200 million records, making him one of the most successful artists of all time.

Actor Tom Hardy helped to apprehend a man who had allegedly stolen a motorbike in London in a potentially deadly situation, police have said. The Hollywood star, famed for making female gussets moist, stepped in after two teenagers on the bike crashed into a car in Richmond, south-west London, on Sunday afternoon. They ran off before one was grabbed by the Mad Max and Taboo star and the other was arrested by a police officer. Two 16-year-olds have been arrested on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle, police said. Witness Arun Pullen told The Scum newspaper: “Tom must have been walking down the road. He went off like a shot in pursuit and looked furious.” A Richmond Police spokesman said: “We can confirm that there were two people on a stolen moped that went through a red light and crashed into another vehicle. “The males ran off and one was detained by Tom Hardy. “Both suspects were initially taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.” A spokeswoman for the 39-year-old actor, who has also starred in films including The Dark Knight Rises, The Revenant, Inception and Legend, declined to comment.

Caprice Bourret has revealed her sudden departure from Channel 4 reality show The Jump in February was due to her being diagnosed with a brain tumour. The model and businesswoman, 45, has undergone surgery for the tumour, which she discovered while competing in the winter sports show. A representative said at the time that she had withdrawn from the competitive skiing show due to illness. She told the media: “I was diagnosed with a brain tumour. I found out while I was competing in the show and boy, was it more horrific than any of the challenges.” The mother of two has praised The Jump with saving her life as it was at their insistence she went to consult a doctor. She said: “I had headaches that were not going away and my vision was beginning to act up so the show’s production insisted I see their doctor.” A growth the size of a thumb was detected. She said: “My first thought was for my two little boys. I’m their rock and keep my family together. It was the scariest moment I’d ever experienced.” She said of her op, which took place last month: ‘I had a seven-and-a-half hour operation… Anyway, the nurse came in and she sat down and she said, “Don’t be alarmed but you have a brain tumour. Obviously, I started to break down and cry hysterically. I just said, “Am I going to die?” That’s the first thing you think about.” Caprice then decided to return to the UK in order to have her operation to remove the tumour and can’t thank bosses of the Channel 4 show enough for being so understanding.

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Daniel Day-Lewis (60), Michelle Pfeiffer (59), Uma Thurman (47), Kate Mulgrew (62), Jerry Seinfeld (63), Jessica Alba (36), Ann-Margret (75), Penélope Cruz (43), Jay Leno (67), Channing Tatum (37), Giancarlo Esposito (59), Kevin James (52), Jet Li (54), Melania Trump (47), Joan Chen (56), Renée Zellweger (48), Hank Azaria (53), Al Pacino (77), Talia Shire (71), Barbra Streisand (75), Djimon Hounsou (53), Aidan Gillen (49), Shirley MacLaine (83), Richard Donner (87), Dev Patel (27), John Hannah (55), John Oliver (40) and Lee Majors (78).

Dead Pool 23rd April 2017

Welcome Poolers, not a good week if you were a sportsman, many of which seemed to be dropping like flies at a young age last week. Alas nobody deemed them worthy to have been picked as Mavericks, but we do have some points to award, albeit slightly delayed. Doug pointed out that Jane Freeman of The Last of the Summer Wine fame, died in March at the age of 81. I have no idea how we missed this, but we did, so belated points to Doug!

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Renowned Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallmann has been shot and injured in an ambush at her conservation park in central Kenya. The author of the best-selling memoir I Dreamed of Africa was airlifted to hospital for treatment. Ms Gallmann, 73, owns the Laikipia Nature Conservancy. She also ran a luxury safari lodge that was burned down last month by suspected cattle herders, who have been in conflict with landowners. Herders have been invading private property in search of fresh grazing in the drought-stricken Laikipia region. British rancher Tristan Voorspuy, who also ran a safari company, was shot dead in early March while inspecting his lodges in Laikipia. There is no confirmation of who carried out the attack on Ms Gallmann, who was reportedly shot in the stomach. She was flown by helicopter to hospital in Nairobi to undergo treatment. Police believed that attack may have been in retaliation for a police operation that killed 100 cattle in the conservancy.

The Queen has celebrated her 91st birthday by taking part in one of her favourite activities – watching the races at Newbury Racecourse. It was a more modest affair than the national festivities for her 90th birthday last year. But military salutes were held across the UK to mark the occasion – including a 21-gun salute of tiny cannons fired by children at Windsor Castle. The Queen, who reached her 65-year Sapphire Jubilee in February, is Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, which also means that the longer she survives the less points she’s worth.

An Indian hospital treating an Egyptian woman, believed to have been the world’s heaviest woman, says she has lost 250kg (550lbs) after surgery. Eman Abd El Aty’s family said she originally weighed 500kg – and was unable to leave her home for 25 years. Ms Abd El Aty underwent bariatric surgery at Mumbai’s Saifee hospital two months ago. The hospital said she could now fit into a wheelchair and sit up for longer periods of time. The hospital has released new pictures of Ms Abd El Aty following weight reduction surgery. Bariatric surgery is used as a last resort to treat people who are dangerously obese (having a body mass index of 40 or above, or 35 with other obesity-related health conditions). Dr Lakdawala said in a statement that Ms Abd El Aty continued to “rapidly” lose weight, but added that a stroke she had suffered as a child meant that she was still paralysed on one side of her body and continued to suffer convulsions. She also has difficulty speaking and swallowing. The statement added that the hospital was now waiting for her to lose enough weight for her to be able to fit inside a CT scan machine to ascertain the cause of her stroke. Ms Abd El Aty’s weight loss means she may no longer be the heaviest woman alive. The Guinness world records says the heaviest woman living is Pauline Potter in the US, who weighed 293.6 kg (643 lbs) when measured in July 2012.

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Jeffrey Dean Morgan (51), Amber Heard (31), Jack Nicholson (80), Sheryl Lee (50), John Waters (71), Glen Campbell (81), James McAvoy (38), Andie MacDowell (59), Tony Danza (66), Iggy Pop (70), Jessica Lange (68), Andy Serkis (53), Clint Howard (58), Carmen Electra (45), Ryan O’Neal (76), George Takei (80), Nicholas Lyndhurst (56), Leslie Phillips (93), Hayden Christensen (36), James Franco (39), Tim Curry (71), Kate Hudson (38), Ashley Judd (49), David Tennant (46), Edgar Wright (43), Hayley Mills (71), Eli Roth (45), Rick Moranis (64), James Woods (70), Conan O’Brien (54), Rooney Mara (32), Jennifer Garner (45), Sean Bean (58), David Bradley (75) and Victoria Beckham (43).

Dead Pool 16th April 2017

Welcome to the Easter Weekend tardiness edition of The Dead Pool. Apologies for the lateness of this issue, life got in the way. But what have we here? Points? With the death of the last known person born in the 1800’s, we have the following to congratulate: Julie, Paul C. and Dave listed her as a Cert, 133 points each. Laura and Lee both had her as their Woman, 133 points each and Stu just had her listed and got a pitiful 33 points.

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Buck up folks, it looks like you should have listed a few Death Row inmates on your lists as Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is defending his decision to put to death seven prisoners over an 11-day period starting on Monday! The executions have drawn international attention and have been condemned by rights groups as an “assembly line” and a violation of the US legal process, but this is the New American Way. The unprecedented pace is due to one of the drugs used expiring later this month and they surely don’t want to waste that shit. Midazolam – one part of the three-drug lethal injection “cocktail” – is set to expire at the end of April, and has been criticised as contributing to several botched executions in other states. Governor Hutchinson says he is confident that the drugs will work as expected, and that he is satisfied the prison staff can handle the executions, six of which are happening over only three days.

The Only Way Is Essex star Amber Dowding has returned home from hospital after worrying fans with an announcement that she had fallen ill. But taking to Instagram after the ordeal, the 23-year-old ensured fans that she’s back at home after battling the mystery illness. Sharing a ‘stunning’ selfie, Amber looked healthy while posing for the camera with a full face of makeup and her long blonde locks worn in a stylish up-do. And after worrying her followers with the news that she was in hospital earlier this week, the reality star made sure to confirm that she’s now returned home. Earlier this week the blonde bombshell shared a photo of herself, revealing she’d been taken to hospital in her glamorous get-up. Hopefully the NHS are sending a bill.

“I’ll do whatever it takes to be a better momma and a better woman,” fallen UK soap star Danniella Westbrook posted on Instagram ahead of yet another stint in rehab in the hope of “battling her demons” once and for all. The 43-year-old former child actor who became a star in the UK thanks to hit soap EastEnders announced that she was checking herself into rehab for “all of her addictions”. It’s the latest chapter in a two-decade slide which included a cocaine habit so bad her septum collapsed. The return to rehab comes after Westbrook appeared on UK TV show In Therapy last year, spilling details of her history of sexual abuse, the breakdown of her relationships, and her battles to get clean.

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Ellen Barkin (63), Emma Watson (27), Emma Thompson (58), Maisie Williams (20), Seth Rogen (35), Sarah Michelle Gellar (40), Adrien Brody (44), Robert Carlyle (56), Peter Capaldi (59), Julie Christie (77), Ron Perlman (67), Peter Davison (66), Claire Danes (38), Ed O’Neill (71), Andy Garcia (61), Shannen Doherty (46), David Cassidy (67), Joss Stone (30), Jeremy Clarkson (57), John Milius (73), Daisy Ridley (25), Haley Joel Osment (29), Steven Seagal (65) and Max von Sydow (88).