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Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
As the shops have had Christmas decorations up for a month or so now it must be time to start next years Death Pool. The rules are the same as ever:

quote:
1. You must pick up to 13 well-known people whom you think will shuffle off this mortal coil in 2014. That is, starting from 00.01 UTC (GMT, really) on January 1st 2014 and ending at 23.59 UTC on December 31st 2014, as determined by the United States Naval Observatory.

2. The definition of "well-known" is that their deaths will be reported by at least one major news outlet. Examples outlets include (but are not limited to) The Guardian, CNN, IMDB, Al Jezeera, or the Church Times(!).

3. All selections must be real, natural born people. No fictional characters, abstract entities, or "corporate persons," please.

4. Points are awarded according to the following formula: 100 minus the celebrity's age at the time of death. For example, if the person you choose dies at the age of 67, you will earn 33 points. Should you pick someone who is 100 years old when they die, you will receive no points; should your person be over 100, you will lose a point for every year after 100.

5. You earn 50 bonus points if the death occurs in such a way as to clearly prove the existence of God (for example, if some doofus dies from burns after trying to torch a church), or in such a way that a Darwin Award is granted posthumously.

6. You cannot choose anyone under the age of 18.

7. You can choose an inmate scheduled to be executed, but you only earn points if the person dies by some means other than the state-sponsored execution. For example, a shiv in the stomach counts, lethal injection does not.

8. You are disqualified if you contribute in any way to the death of one of your chosen candidates. Exceptions will be made if you are a police officer or member of the armed services and kill someone in the line of duty.

9. All entries must be submitted on this thread no later than 23.59 UTC on December 31st 2013. No entries will be accepted after this time. You may however make changes to your list up until this time, but only if someone pops their clogs before the beginning of the year or you've put someone in twice.

There are also a couple of bonus awards:
Inside Track with the Grim Reaper Award: given for picking the first death of 2014.
Quantity Not Quality Award: given for picking the most people who croak in 2014, regardless of their points value.
Sudden Death: given for picking the last death of 2014

Also, because this has been running for a number of years, we've learned that the same questions and complaints get lodged each time, so here's the disclaimer: this is only a game. The Ship, its management, and their associated lackeys do not necessarily endorse the death any human being. One should not necessarily view this as a "wish list;" reviewing past years will show that, at any rate, truly evil and nasty dictators seem to have a habit of lingering, while those figures we truly respect and admire often don't. The Circus is a place for games, not discussion of the rights or wrongs of those games; if you want to discuss the ethics of this one, there are other places you can do that.

I will keep records through the year and will occasionally post scores and other interesting facts.

Good luck to you all and bad luck to your nominees!
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
OK, here we go:

1. Justin Bieber
2. Michael J. Fox
3. Britney Spears
4. John Boehner (US Speaker of the House of Representatives)
5. Marco Rubio (US Senator from Florida)
6. Lady Gaga
7. Tom Cruise
8. Robert Redford
9. Paris Hilton
10. Barack Obama
11. Hillary Clinton
12. Charlie Sheen
13. Rush Limbaugh (US ultra-right-wing talk show radio host)
 
Posted by Japes (# 5358) on :
 
Jeremy Clarkson
Val Doonican
Michael Douglas
Bruce Forsyth
Barry Manilow
Robert Mugabe
Ennio Morricone
Ian Paisley
Fred Phelps
Terry Pratchett
William Roache
Anne Robinson
Delia Smith
 
Posted by PeteC (# 10422) on :
 
1. Jean Chretien (former PM of Canada)
2. Brian Mulroney (former PM of Canada)
3. Paul Martin, jr (former PM of Canada)
4. HM the Queen of Canada
5. HRH The Prince Philip, her husband.
6. Lloyd Robertson (Canadian newscaster)
7. His Holiness, the Emeritus Pope
8. His Holiness, the Dali Lama
9. Robert Mugabe
10. The Countess Mountbatten of Burma
11. Lady Pamela Hicks, sister of the Countess Mountbatten.
12.HRH The Prince of Wales
13. Rob Ford, titular mayor of Toronto
 
Posted by Og: Thread Killer (# 3200) on :
 
1. Steve Guttenburg
2. Robert Mugabe
3. Burt Bacharach
4. Stephen Sondheim
5. James Last
6. Ian Paisley
7. Charles Aznavour
8. Shane MacGowan
9. Charles Taylor (Liberian bad dude)
10. Bow Wow (rapper) (token 27th birthday next year)
11. James Caan
12. Tom Baker
13. Edward Brooke (US politician = token old dude of the year..long may he live)


No women this year. Long may they all live.

[ 07. December 2013, 15:35: Message edited by: Og: Thread Killer ]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe:
OK, here we go:
5. Marco Rubio (US Senator from Florida)

Not saying a word. [Devil]
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
Here's my list. About half are the same as last year. The kiss of life, in other words.

1. Frankie Muniz
2. Randy Travis
3. Valerie Harper
4. Kareem Abdul Jabbar
5. Tommy Chong
6. Nick Cannon
7. Muhammed Ali
8. Pope Emeritus Benedict
9. Justin Bieber
10. Helen Mirren
11. Stephen Hawking
12. George H W Bush
13. Charlie Sheen
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
I lost two fairly obvious ones in 2013 (Baroness Thatcher and Nelson Mandela), so I'll have to come up with replacements ...

Kiss of Life List:
1. HM Queen Elizabeth II
2. HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
3. His Holiness Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
4. Sir Terry Pratchett
5. Michael J. Fox
6. Dr. Francis Jackson, organist emeritus of York Minster
7. Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen's Music
8. Martina Navratilova
9. Sir Cliff Richard

Quite A Lot Of Points List:
10. Paris Hilton
11. Justin Bieber

Why Isn't He Dead Yet List:
12. Robert Mugabe

Why Isn't He Dead Yet and Quite A Lot Of Points List:
13. Kim Jong-Un
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
And, barring some very interesting New Year's Eve parties, I'm 0 for 13. Welp. I would say "so much for my luck," except that it's kinda hard to be sad about people living. So, health and long life (if, perhaps, in prison) to:

1. Benedict XVI
2. Francis
3. Angelo Scola
4. George H. W. Bush
5. Steven Fry
6. Hugh Laurie
7. Lindsy Lohan
8. Keith Richards
9. Justin Bieber
10. Héctor Beltrán Leyva
11. Omar Treviño Morales
12. Mokhtar Belmokhtar
13. Talib Saud Abdullah Al Talib

A nice mix of older folks, those with access to wild lifestyles, and those who have large numbers of people with weapons after them.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
OK, a list from me. I have never scored particularly well, except when other also have, so these are probably names to avoid:

1. Billy Graham
2. Dowager Duchess of Devonshire
3. HM Queen Elizabeth II
4. Paul Gascoigne
5. Robert Mugabe
6. Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead)
7. Michael Crawford
8. Leonard Nimoy
9. Prince Philip
10. Stephen Hawking
11. Dick Van Dyke
12. Ian Paisley
13. Bruce Forsyth
 
Posted by Curiosity killed ... (# 11770) on :
 
Ariston - what has poor Hugh Laurie done to have you put him on your list? He looked really healthy when I saw him perform a couple of weeks back (John Lloyd's With Great Pleasure going out on Christmas Day).
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Here's my little list - and there's precious few of them that would be missed!

1. Rupert Murdoch.

2. General Than Shwe.

3. L K Advani.

4. Narendra Modi. [Advani's nasty successor as nasty right-wing leader of nasty right-wing Bharat Janatha Party]

5. Newt Gingrich.

6. Jean Marie LePen.

7. Robert Mugabe.

8. Raj Thackeray.

9. Pat Robertson.

10. Ian Paisley.

11. Mitt Romney.

12. Gerry Adams.

13. Philip Mountbatten.
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Curiosity killed ...:
Ariston - what has poor Hugh Laurie done to have you put him on your list?

1. He has a long history of deaths in the family; word on the street is, most of his ancestors died themselves.
2. All men are moral. Hugh Laurie is a man.
3. You really think I'm going to pass up the chance for 50 bonus points if Fry & Laurie take their final bows together?
 
Posted by Lucia (# 15201) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ariston:

2. All men are moral. Hugh Laurie is a man.

All men are moral? Really?? [Killing me]

[ 08. December 2013, 14:33: Message edited by: Lucia ]
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Curiosity killed ...:
Ariston - what has poor Hugh Laurie done to have you put him on your list? He looked really healthy when I saw him perform a couple of weeks back (John Lloyd's With Great Pleasure going out on Christmas Day).

And yet you've no problem with him wishing dead Steven Fry?
Hmmmm, CK, hmmmmmm.
 
Posted by Curiosity killed ... (# 11770) on :
 
I don't wish Steven Fry dead, I just think Hugh Laurie (at 53) isn't that old and as a runner is pretty fit and healthy and looking a lot younger than Mr Fry (who I saw in the flesh last year playing Malvolio at the Globe).
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
With nine lists posted so far Robert Mugabe appears most often (six) and Justin Bieber, Prince Phillip, Ian Paisley (assuming everyone has chosen the same one) & Pope Benedict share second place with four.
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
1. Margaret O'Brien
2. Shirley Temple Black
3. Betty White
4. Ronnie Corbett
5. Angela Lansbury
6. Dame Maggie Smith
7. William Shatner
8. Johnny Mathis
9. Frankie Valli
10. Sir George Martin
11. Miley Cyrus
12. Liam Gallagher
13. Bear Grylls
 
Posted by Spike (# 36) on :
 
1. Douglas Hurd
2. Prince Philip
3. Julie Andrews
4. John Noakes
5. Muhammed Ali
6. Ken Dodd
7. Ronnie Corbett
8. Kylie Minogue
9. Brian Cant
10. Michael Aspel
11. Liz Smith
12. Denis Healey
13. Jasper Carrott
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lucia:
quote:
Originally posted by Ariston:

2. All men are moral. Hugh Laurie is a man.

All men are moral? Really?? [Killing me]
And this man is either hopelessly optimistic or makes typos.
 
Posted by BessHiggs (# 15176) on :
 
1. Hillary Clinton
2. Pope Francis
3. Kyle Busch
4. Miley Cyrus
5. Willie Nelson
6. Jenna Jameson
7. Queen Elizabeth II
8. Silvio Berlusconi
9. Rob Ford
10. Angela Merkel
11. Lindsay Lohan
12. Lou Holtz
13. Stephen King
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ariston:
quote:
Originally posted by Lucia:
quote:
Originally posted by Ariston:

2. All men are moral. Hugh Laurie is a man.

All men are moral? Really?? [Killing me]
And this man is either hopelessly optimistic or makes typos.
I don't understand. All men are coral?
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
1. Robert Mugabe
2. Ion Iliescu (former President of Romania)
3. Brad Pitt
4. Sir Alex Ferguson
5. Miley Cyrus
6. Bruce Forsyth
7. Prince Philip
8. Prince Harry
9. Eric Pickles
10. David Dimbleby
11. Grayson Perry
12. George HW Bush
13. Macaulay Culkin
 
Posted by Heavenly Anarchist (# 13313) on :
 
1 Mary Berry
2 Prince Philip
3 Tom Baker
4 David Hasselhoff
5 Stephen Hawking
6 Bruce Forsythe
7 Macaulay Culkin
8 Robert Mugabe
9 Archbishop Desmond Tutu
10 Rev Ian Paisley
11 Pope Emeritus Benedict
12 Ozzy Osbourne
13 Ronnie Corbett
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
1. Kirk Douglas
2. Betty White
3. Pat Robertson
4. HRH Prince Phillip
5. George H. W. Bush
6. Pete Seeger
7. Hosni Mubarak
8. Kim Jong-un
9. Miley Cyrus
10. Kim Kardashian
11. Barack Obama*

I may add a few later.

* Mainly due to the wing-nuts I've been dealing with the past week. They are getting more and more twitchy.
 
Posted by Caissa (# 16710) on :
 
1. Rob Ford
2. Ariel Sharon
3. P.D. James
4. Duke of Edinburgh
5. Robert Mugabe
6. Jimmy Carter
7. George H.W. Bush
8. QE II
9. Hosni Mubarak
10. Billy Graham
11. Bashar Al-Assad
12. Fidel Castro
13. Stephen Hawking
 
Posted by comet (# 10353) on :
 
1. Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta aka Lady Gaga
2. Lindsey Lohan (c'mon baby, it's our year!)
3. Shia LeBeouf
4. Megan Fox
5. Robert Pattinson
6. Amanda Bynes
7. Zac Efron
8. Hillary Duff
9.Kesha Rose Sebert aka Ke$ha
10. Nicole Polizzi aka Snooki
11. Tom Felton
12. Mary-Kate Olsen
13. Ashley Olsen (counting on you girls!)
 
Posted by Og: Thread Killer (# 3200) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by comet:

9.Kesha Rose Sebert aka Ke$ha
..

You know, I considered her because she is turning 27 but usually the 27 year olds who die are kinda good at music at some point in their careers.

The list of people in music turning 27 next year is pretty lame.
 
Posted by churchgeek (# 5557) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Curiosity killed ...:
I don't wish Steven Fry dead, I just think Hugh Laurie (at 53) isn't that old and as a runner is pretty fit and healthy and looking a lot younger than Mr Fry (who I saw in the flesh last year playing Malvolio at the Globe).

Well, sadly, we learned this year that he attempted suicide last year. Luckily, he was found before he died. Here's to his continued good health and good humor! [Votive]
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Curiosity killed ...:
I just think Hugh Laurie (at 53) isn't that old and as a runner is pretty fit and healthy and looking a lot younger . . . .

Just the kind that are prone to drop suddenly. Whenever anyone asks me if I exercise, I reply that I get all the exercise I need attending funerals of people who exercised.
 
Posted by Timothy the Obscure (# 292) on :
 
Jim Hall, no longer the greatest living jazz guitarist, has joined his bandmate Chico Hamilton in making the heavenly choir swing... (come on Gabriel, loosen up, get funky...)
[Votive]
 
Posted by St. Gwladys (# 14504) on :
 
1. Queen Elizabeth II
2. Prince Phillip
3. Pope Benedict
4. Kim Jong Un
5. Terry Pratchett
6. Steven Hawking
7. Fred Phelps
8. Ian Paisley
9. Michael Parkinson
10. Terry Jones
11. John Cleese
12. Mohammed Ali
13. Desmond Tutu

A mixture of the great, the good and the not-so-good.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
1. Chris Chattaway
2. Ian Black
3. John Surtees
4. David Broome
5. Stirling Moss
6. Anita Lonsbrough
7. Dorothy Hyman
8. Mary Rand
9. David Hemery
10. Ann Haydon-Jones
11. Princess Anne
12. Mary Peters
13. Jackie Stewart
 
Posted by Alban (# 9047) on :
 
A few low hanging fruit here, as well as some complete guesses. Preparing equipment for my 'round the world (covert) assassination tour.
1. Betty White
2. Lindsay Lohan
3. Jack Nicholson
4. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
5. James Cromwell
6. Taran Smith (Formerly of Home Improvement)
7. Amanda Bynes
8. Fidel Castro
9. Jack Nicholson
10. Macauley Culkin
11. Miley Cyrus
12. George HW Bush
13. John Major
 
Posted by kankucho (# 14318) on :
 
Sacrificing points for probability...

1 Kirk Douglas
2 Vera Lynn
3 Pete Seeger
4 Ronnie Ronalde
5 Eli Wallach
6 Olivia de Havilland
7 Zsa Zsa Gabor
8 Cliff Michelmore
9 Gough Whitlam
10 Dennis Healey
11 Marguerite Patten
12 Richard Hoggart
13 Billy Graham
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Alban:
Preparing equipment for my 'round the world (covert) assassination tour.

Do be wary of any rule 8 violation although I'm not sure on which side the burden of proof would lie.
 
Posted by Lyda*Rose (# 4544) on :
 
Time to commit:

!. Benedict, Pope Emeritus
2. Robert Schuller
3. Valerie Harper
4. Fidel Castro
5. Burt Reynolds
6. Mary Tyler Moore
7. Bret Michaels
8. Stephen Hawking
9. Hamid Karzai
10. Mamnoon Hussain
11. Jonathan Rhys Meyers
12. Larry King
13. Jayceon Terrell Taylor (the Game)
 
Posted by maleveque (# 132) on :
 
Guaranteeing that all these people will survive to see 2015, here is my list:

1. Billy Graham
2. Josef Cardinal Ratzinger, lately Pope Benedict
3. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
4. Valerie Harper
5. Amanda Bynes
6. Lindsay Lohan
7. Buzz Aldrin
8. Joanne Woodward
9. Jean-Luc Godard
10. George H.W. Bush
11. Ayman al-Zawahiri
12. Deborah Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
13. Ke$ha
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
maleveque - finally another on who thinks The Dowager Duchess might not make it much longer!
 
Posted by Tree Bee (# 4033) on :
 
Here's my selection, all alphabetical like

1 Anastacia
2 Bellingham ,Lynda
3 Dennis,Felix
4 Douglas,Michael
5 Fox,Michael J
6 Franklin,Aretha
7 Gahan,Dave
8 Hallyday,Johnny
9 James,Clive
10 John, Elton
11 Michael,George
12 Minnelli,Liza
13 Spector,Phil
 
Posted by Timothy the Obscure (# 292) on :
 

 
Posted by balaam (# 4543) on :
 
Only one change, I must be keeping people alive. Only 11 years and BB King will be a negative score.

1 Mahmoud Abbas - Palastinian leader (disputed)
2 Aziz Duwaik - Palastinian Leader (disputed)
3 B B King - greatest living guitarist
4 Charlie Watts - because Keith is indestructible
5 Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
6 Baron Kinnock - (Neil Kinnock - former Labour leader)
7 Stephen Hawking
8 Terry Pratchett
9 Sir Paul McCartney
10 Xi Jinping - Chinese leader
11 Jean-Marie Le Pen - French NF former leader
12 Simon Cowell - Ruler of the universe
13 Dame Judy Dench [/QB][/QUOTE]
 
Posted by Pa'Looka (# 17917) on :
 

 
Posted by Cottontail (# 12234) on :
 
Time to get mine in. The usual mixed bunch:

1. Wilko Johnson
2. Mikail Gorbachev
3. President Alberto Fujimori of Peru
4. Paul Gascoigne
5. Linda Bellingham
6. John McVie
7. Clive James
8. Liz Dawn
9. Chris Woodhead
10.Hosni Mubarak
11.Ian Paisley
12.Pope Emeritus Benedict
13.Richard Attenborough

Good luck to them all!
 
Posted by ChaliceGirl (# 13656) on :
 
1. Valerie Harper
2. Rush Limbaugh
3. Pope Benedict
4. Jimmy Carter
5. Billy Graham Sr.
6. Fidel Castro
7. Ringo Starr
8. Lindsey Lohan
9. O.J. Simpson
10. George Bush Sr.
11. Dr. Ruth Westheimer
12. Hugh Heffner
13. Stephen Hawking
 
Posted by Hedgehog (# 14125) on :
 
I could have just copied my list for 2013, but I have decided to drop a few people and add more baseball players.

No reason. Just decided to.

From oldest to youngest:

(1) Betty White
(2) Henry Kissinger
(3) Yogi Berra ("Nobody goes there anymore. It's too crowded.")
(4) Helmut Kohl
(5) Jim Bunning (the Father's Day Perfect Game)
(6) Emperor Akihito
(7) Tom Baker
(8) Henry "Hank" Aaron (the non-steroid home run champ)
(9) Bill Mazeroski (first player to end a World Series with a home run)
(10) Bob Dylan
(11) Steve "Lefty" Carlton (winning pitcher in over 45% of the Phillies' wins in 1972)
(12) Macaulay Culkin
(13) Lindsay Lohan
 
Posted by Campbellite (# 1202) on :
 
This year's "kiss of Life" goes to the following (In age descending order):

1. Stephen Hawking 71
2. Muhammad Ali 71
3. Terry Pratchett 65
4. Hamid Karzai 56
5. Scott Hamilton 55
6. Michael J. Fox 52
7. Charlie Sheen 48
8. Mike Tyson 47
9. Lance Armstrong 42
10.Pete Doherty 34
11.Macaulay Culkin 33
12.Lindsay Lohan 27
13.Justin Bieber 19
 
Posted by Mamacita (# 3659) on :
 
1. Mohammed Ali
2. George Herbert Walker Bush
3. Amanda Bynes
4. Jimmy Carter
5. Dick Cheney
6. Kirk Douglas
7. Aretha Franklin
8. Billy Graham
9. Valerie Harper
10.Lindsey Lohan
11.Fred Phelps
12.Charlie Sheen
13.Lil Wayne
 
Posted by Alban (# 9047) on :
 
Oops.
It seems I posted Jack Nicholson twice, let's pretend that the second one was a misspelling of Jack Nicklaus - not a display of poor proofreading/incompetence, shall we?
Thanks to The Rogue for his vigilance.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Og: Thread Killer:

11. James Caan

Is that James Caan the actor or James Caan the UK/Pakistani entrepreneur?
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
Changed mutatis mutandis.

1. Prince Philip
2. Robert Mugabe
3. Pete Doherty
4. Keith Richards
5. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
6. Tom Baker
7. Alex Ferguson
8. Clive James
9. Stephen Hawking
10. Silvio Berlusconi
11. George W Bush
12. Vladimir Putin
13. Paul Gascoigne
 
Posted by Light User (# 14254) on :
 
This year's bunch of deadpooling desperados:

1) Sister Wendy Beckett
2) Stuart Hall
3) Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI
4) Clive James
5) Mother Delores Hart
6) Dustin Hoffman
7) Patriarch Mesrob II of Constantinople
8) Lemmie Kilminster
9) Rabbi Lionel Blue
10) Rev Ian Paisley
11) Lord James Molyneux
12) Rev Fred Phelps
13) Claudio Abbado (Conductor)
 
Posted by Sparrow (# 2458) on :
 
Here are mine:


1. Robert Mugabe
2. President Assad of Syria
3. Kirk Douglas
4. Paul Gascoigne
5. Russell Brand
6. Fidel Castro
7. Duke of Edinburgh
8. Bruce Forsyth
9. Dawn French
10. Gary Glitter
11. Denis Healey
12. Salman Rushdie
13. Peter Salllis
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
In an attempt to help others, Michael sadly might be worth a punt for this list. The news does not sound good.
 
Posted by la vie en rouge (# 10688) on :
 
After a particularly successful 2013, several exciting new opportunities have opened up on my list of the despotic and disreputable. The survivors can ride because I’m too lazy to think of anyone else.

Therefore my unlucky 13 looks like this:

1. King Mswati III of Swaziland
2. Fidel Castro
3. Hosni Mubarak
4. Mullah Fazlullah
5. Silvio Berlusconi
6. Bashar al-Assad
7. King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia
8. Islam Karimov
9. Nursultan Nazarbayev

And a few non-despotic picks:

10. Michael Douglas
11. Paul Daniels (just because)
12. Ben Jonson (Olympic cheat and famous anabolic steroid abuser - bad for the heart)
13. Peter Stringfellow (long shot - but I personally have a theory that he's dead already and just hasn't stopped moving about)

(It turns out that I’m a big softie after all – I don’t have the heart to put Michael Schumacher on the list [Tear] )
 
Posted by St. Gwladys (# 14504) on :
 
I'm not! Can I swop Michael Schumacher for John Cleese?
 
Posted by Gussie (# 12271) on :
 
1. Robert Mugabe
2. Alan Sugar
3. Fats Domino
4. Little Richard
5. Jerry Lee Lewis
6. Rabbi Lionel Blue
7. Christian Bale
8. Pete Townsend
9. Roger Daltrey
10. Fidel Castro
11. Pete Seeger
12. Bruce Forsyth
13. Vince Cable

More or less the same as last year - luck fina;;y ran out for Margaret Thatcher.
 
Posted by Auntie Doris (# 9433) on :
 
1. Ken Dodd
2. Prince Philip
3. Val Doonican
4. Michael J Fox
5. Michael Schumacher
6. Lesley Phillips
7. Fidel Castro
8. George Michael
9. Miley Cyrus
10. Murray Walker
11. Billy Graham
12. Muhammad Ali
13. George Bush Snr

Happy 2014 to my candidates [Smile]

Auntie Doris x
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by St. Gwladys:
I'm not! Can I swop Michael Schumacher for John Cleese?

I believe changing is not allowed. I am off to kill one of my picks* so I can swap Michael in.....

*I don't lose any points for killing them off before the new year, so I?
 
Posted by JFH (# 14794) on :
 
So, another year, another list. I suppose my lack of interest in Hollywoodies and excessive interest in world politics may have influenced my list. If any of my choices are deemed to be too obscure, please tack on Paris Hilton at the end.

1. Omar Treviño Morales
2. General Choe Ryong-hae
3. General Kim Jong-gak
4. Kim Jong-Un
5. Michael Schumacher
6. Justin Bieber
7. Lindsay Lohan
8. Miley Cyrus
9. Bashar Al-Assad
10. Mohammed Morsi
11. Dokka Umarov, Chechen rebel leader in a country hosting the Olympics
12. Mokhtar Belmokhtar
13. Vladimir Putin
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
St Gwladys, I agree with Schroedinger's cat's analysis of the changing name issue and can confirm that his proposed action will be allowed under the rules although if he kills off someone on his 2013 list then those points will not be allowed.
 
Posted by Amazing Grace (# 95) on :
 
1) Hosni Mubarak
2) Fidel Castro
3) Bashar al-Assad
4) George HW Bush
5) Mohammed Morsi
6) Michael Schumaker
7) Rev Ian Paisley
8) Valerie Harper
9) Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
10) Rev. Billy Graham
11) Mohammed Ali
12) Kyle Buell
13) Lindsay Lohan
 
Posted by Curiosity killed ... (# 11770) on :
 
I deliberately leave compiling a death list late to allow for recent events:

  1. John McVie - Fleetwood Mac
  2. Michael Schumacher
  3. Valerie Harper
  4. Randy Travis - country singer
  5. Nick Cannon (Mr Mariah Carey)
  6. Sally Farmiloe - (Howard's Way actress, had an affair with Jeffrey Archer)
  7. Lindsay Lohan
  8. Paul Gascoigne
  9. Mohammmed Ali
  10. Steve Tyler (guitarist from Aerosmith)
  11. Mullah Fazlullah (Taliban leader)
  12. Samantha Lewthwaite (White Widow)
  13. Wilko Johnson

 
Posted by Sandemaniac (# 12829) on :
 
Once again, desperately scraping in under the wire!

Having to make a substitution as Hugo Chavez, bless him, shuffled off in March, so...

1. Aretha Franklin
2. Bashar Al-Assad
3. Rush Limbaugh
4. Sharif Ahmed (Somali President)
5. George H W Bush
6. Jimmy Armfield
7. Michael Douglas
8. Paul Gascoigne
9. Hilary Clinton
10. Alan Stanford
11. Bernie Madoff
12. Tony Blair
13. Jerry Lee Lewis

AG
 
Posted by Organ Builder (# 12478) on :
 
I missed doing this last year and regretted it all year! So here is my list:

1. Michael Schumacher
2. Pope Benedict XVI
3. Fidel Castro
4. Tony Benn
5. Billy Graham
6. Clive James
7. Michael Douglas
8. Valerie Harper
9. Stephen Hawking
10. Robert Mugabe
11. Mohammed Morsi
12. Hosni Mubarek
13. George HW Bush

I don't think any of them are dead yet...but some of them are barely hanging on. If my record from the past continues, this will give some of them the Zsa Zsa Gabor Kiss of Life Award.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Just over five hours left to nominate.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Here's one for today's opportunists: Schumacher's Condition Improves.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Amazing Grace tells me by pm that she meant to say Ryan Buell when she typed Kyle Buell. As I can't find a celebrity called Kyle Buell I will accept the change as non-existence can be interpreted as a variety of being dead.
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
TEN MINUTES REMAINING
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
Happy 2014! The time for entries or changes is now CLOSED.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Thanks, Ariston. I can report already that there are forty three entries and that if all our chosen celebrities were to die today comet would score most points by a long way - 954 points with JFH in second place on 724 points. Amazing Grace and Campbellite would, remarkably, share third place with 676 points despite the fact that they only have three nominations in common.

Everyone would share the "Inside Track With The Grim Reaper" award and the "Sudden Death" award and everyone except Kysyl (who only made eleven nominations) would share the "Quantity Not Quantity" award.

However, if that were to happen the secret services of several countries would be investigating the Ship and all her crew so let's hope that it doesn't.

Let battle commence!
 
Posted by Og: Thread Killer (# 3200) on :
 
Game on
 
Posted by Og: Thread Killer (# 3200) on :
 
What?!

Nobody's died in the last 12 hours?

Humph......

Og goes hunting for lawn bowl's coverage on a live stream in order to feed his need for competitive fury.
 
Posted by Curiosity killed ... (# 11770) on :
 
Jamal al-Jamal Palestinian diplomat in the Czech Republic has died - mishandling explosives.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Not on anyone's list so I don't have to determine the exact time (and year) of death. Phew.
 
Posted by Hedgehog (# 14125) on :
 
Actor James Avery has died.

Meanwhile, Barbara Bush and Ariel Sharon are both in the hospital.

Probably different hospitals.
 
Posted by Curiosity killed ... (# 11770) on :
 
Can't see that anyone had her, but Elizabeth Jane Howard died today.
 
Posted by Caissa (# 16710) on :
 
Reports indicate that I will soon be getting points for Ariel Sharon.
 
Posted by Timothy the Obscure (# 292) on :
 
Phil Everly, RIP [Votive]
 
Posted by PeteC (# 10422) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Caissa:
Reports indicate that I will soon be getting points for Ariel Sharon.

Ithought he was dead years ago!
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Caissa:
Reports indicate that I will soon be getting points for Ariel Sharon.

Maybe. He might still hang on for decades.
 
Posted by la vie en rouge (# 10688) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by PeteC:
quote:
Originally posted by Caissa:
Reports indicate that I will soon be getting points for Ariel Sharon.

Ithought he was dead years ago!
I had him on my list for years but got bored waiting for them to switch him off.
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
Simon Hoggart, parliamentary sketch writer and broadcaster has died, aged 67.
 
Posted by Heavenly Anarchist (# 13313) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sioni Sais:
Simon Hoggart, parliamentary sketch writer and broadcaster has died, aged 67.

[Frown] I loved his writing.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Now that the 2013 event has finished I will be analysing our picks for this year. As part of that I will pm everyone with who I think they have selected over the next few days. Please do reply and confirm or otherwise.

Pointless statistics will appear here in due course.
 
Posted by Japes (# 5358) on :
 
Ariel Sharon has died.
 
Posted by Caissa (# 16710) on :
 
15 points for me.
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
15 points, and an Inside Track with the Reaper award! Well done!
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Did anybody have Trigger?

quote:
If it's a boy, they're calling him Rodney, after Dave
RIP
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by piglet:
Did anybody have Trigger?

quote:
If it's a boy, they're calling him Rodney, after Dave
RIP
That's very sad. Pancreatic cancer too, which is a real bastard.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
The Ship of Theseus will always be known as Trigger's Broom.
 
Posted by Campbellite (# 1202) on :
 
The Professor finally made it off the Island.
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
Well, if he's looking for a new manager...
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Conductor Claudio Abbado is hearing music of a different sort.
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
Despite his career as a journalist and MP and setting a world 5,000 metre record, Sir Christopher Chataway who died yesterday age 82, is best known for his performance in a race he didn't win (Sir Roger Bannister won, in the first sub-four minute mile).

2014's looking a prolific year for deaths already. [Frown]
 
Posted by JFH (# 14794) on :
 
Damn it, I had a hunch something like this would happen, but didn't dare to go full out on a single event like that!

( [Votive] for everyone in that sad country that is North Korea)
 
Posted by Lyda*Rose (# 4544) on :
 
Dear God. [Votive]
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
And this is Dennis Rodman's good friend and really nice guy? I wonder what Rodman is thinking now . . . if he thinks at all.
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by JFH:
Damn it, I had a hunch something like this would happen, but didn't dare to go full out on a single event like that!

( [Votive] for everyone in that sad country that is North Korea)

They appear to have missed a nephew ...
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe:
And this is Dennis Rodman's good friend and really nice guy? I wonder what Rodman is thinking now . . . if he thinks at all.

I expect Rodman is shitting himself at the possibility of anything he did or said being interpreted unfavourably.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
The singer Pete Seeger is now receiving his reward for his life of campaigning.
 
Posted by Gussie (# 12271) on :
 
I had Pete Seegar, and though he didn't gain me many points I'm sorry to see him go.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Gussie:
I had Pete Seegar, and though he didn't gain me many points I'm sorry to see him go.

Ditto, Not that I wanted to see him go.
 
Posted by Lyda*Rose (# 4544) on :
 
My cousin who is a professional musician and indie producer spoke of having the Seegers to his home for use of his studio where they did some recording. It was a real experience and an honor. [Tear]
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
Maximillian Schell has died. Age 83. Can't do a link on my stupid iPad. I'll provide one once I get to a real computer.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
Link...
Schell
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Philip Seymour Hoffman takes his last bow.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Firenze:
Philip Seymour Hoffman takes his last bow.

Just saw this on my news feed. Sad loss.
 
Posted by Og, King of Bashan (# 9562) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Kyzyl:
quote:
Originally posted by Firenze:
Philip Seymour Hoffman takes his last bow.

Just saw this on my news feed. Sad loss.
Fuck. [Votive]
 
Posted by Kelly Alves (# 2522) on :
 
Exactly, Og. RIP Mr.Hoffman. [Votive]
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
Sad as well, I am, but angry too. All that talent wasted on a fucking needle.
 
Posted by PeteC (# 10422) on :
 
Is this All Saints, now?
 
Posted by Hedgehog (# 14125) on :
 
Typical. I added a few baseball players to my list this year, but missed an (in retrospect) obvious one:

Ralph Kiner is gone, goodbye.

Hall of Fame player, then a memorable broadcaster, known for his many malaprops (he once forgot his own name, calling himself "Ralph Korner")(and, the classic, on Father's Day he stated that he wanted "to wish all the fathers in the audience a happy birthday.").
 
Posted by Kelly Alves (# 2522) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by PeteC:
Is this All Saints, now?

People have been making comments about specific deaths on the death pool thread for the last several years. I'm sure the Circus Hosts are on top of it.

[ 07. February 2014, 03:27: Message edited by: Kelly Alves ]
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
No one had them, I'm sure, but Gabriel Axel, director of that wonderful film Babette's Feast, is partaking of the heavenly banquet.

And I mention Deogratias Muganwa Byabazaire, Bishop of Hoima, Uganda, who is now giving thanks to God in person, merely because of his wonderful name.
 
Posted by Hedgehog (# 14125) on :
 
Christopher Barry has directed his final cliffhanger.
 
Posted by Sandemaniac (# 12829) on :
 
Anyone got Shirley Temple? 15 points if so.

AG
 
Posted by PeteC (# 10422) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sandemaniac:
Anyone got Shirley Temple? 15 points if so.

AG

[Eek!]
 
Posted by Kelly Alves (# 2522) on :
 
Yeah, came here to check on here.

There's one lady that is gonna get a "well done, good and faithful servant!" [Votive]
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
Sid Caesar is doing Your Show of Shows in the Great Beyond...

Variety

[edited to correct spelling]

[ 12. February 2014, 23:30: Message edited by: Amanda B. Reckondwythe ]
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Forgive me, Kyzyl, but he deserved to have his name spelled correctly.

I remember him on TV in the 50s with the late great Imogene Coca, and of course in such films as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, which was a veritable gallery of greats, some in cameos: Jimmy Durante, Jack Benny, Ethel Merman, Spencer Tracy, and of course Terry-Thomas.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe:
Forgive me, Kyzyl, but he deserved to have his name spelled correctly.

I remember him on TV in the 50s with the late great Imogene Coca, and of course in such films as It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, which was a veritable gallery of greats, some in cameos: Jimmy Durante, Jack Benny, Ethel Merman, Spencer Tracy, and of course Terry-Thomas.

Thanks, I hate typing on my iPad.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
Ralph Waite of The Waltons, NCIS, etc...

Ralph Waite
 
Posted by Hedgehog (# 14125) on :
 
Another baseball death that was not on my list (I am beginning to detect a pattern):

Jim Fregosi, former Phillies manager, has died. He took the Phillies to the World Series in 1993 with a team that had been a last-place team the year before. (The Phillies lost that World Series to Toronto, but that is a story for another day.)
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
Sir Tom Finney, Preston North End and England footballer, has died at 91. He was one of England's top half-dozen players and played right across the forward line.

There will be the usual armbands and minutes of applause on Saturday but very few people will be asking "Who was he?"
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
a Muppet Family Reunion. John Henson, son of Jim, joins his father.
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sandemaniac:
Anyone got Shirley Temple? 15 points if so.

AG

She's on my list. Not that I take any pleasure in it; I admired her a lot.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
No one had this fellow, I'm sure, but I humbly submit that his death goes toward proving the existence of God.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
What a loony! [Eek!]
 
Posted by St. Gwladys (# 14504) on :
 
What about "Do not put God to the test"?
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
The truth is, so many of the people who insist on the importance of the biblical text, of taking the text at its word, are those who actually ignore those bits that they don't like.
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
*polite cough*
Not saying this sounds like it might be heading toward a discussion of practical implications of an actively lived hermeneutic of biblical inerrancy (though that might be interesting), not saying we're getting too far off the given topic of reading obits of interesting people and seeing who has connections with the Dark Angel, but I don't want to have to say either of those things. Talking about dead people is cool; dead horses, not as much.
—Ariston, Circus Host
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
Ariston - sorry. What we meed is more dead people.
 
Posted by SvitlanaV2 (# 16967) on :
 
This is over a month ago now, but I was surprised that none of you mentioned the death of Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers. None of you are of my dad's vintage, obviously.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Timothy the Obscure on 3 January:
Phil Everly, RIP [Votive]


 
Posted by SvitlanaV2 (# 16967) on :
 
Oh sorry, I missed that! I do remember looking, though.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
Ah this is better - new dead people.

Christopher Malcolm From Rocky Horror and Ab Fab has died.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Those of us who grew up during the Vietnam War era will rejoice that Garrick Utley will be reporting the news in heaven for us to read when we get there.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Miss Amanda hates to give the impression that she reads nothing but the obituaries, but no one has yet noted that Maria Franziska von Trapp is now hearing the sound of a different sort of music.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
Harold Ramis is battling another kind of ghost...
Who you gonna call??
 
Posted by Stetson (# 9597) on :
 
I thought these comments by Ramis about Groundhog Day might be of interest to Shipmates.

[ 25. February 2014, 22:49: Message edited by: Stetson ]
 
Posted by no prophet (# 15560) on :
 
Paco de Lucía, the Spanish, spanish guitar genius died today, okay I should have said flamenco, but when do I get to put spanish twice in a row else?. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GNmCZfU0_d4 for a live concert vid.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
I'm not sure that you needed the comma between Spanish and spanish. But you are right, opportunities like this should not be wasted.
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
The fine Irish actor Jimmy Ellis, probably best known as Sergeant Bert Lynch in Z-Cars, has died at 82.
 
Posted by Heavenly Anarchist (# 13313) on :
 
Bob Crow has died.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Heavenly Anarchist:
Bob Crow has died.

That is a sad loss. He was a proper, decent trade unionist. Always prepared to speak his mind, and always standing up for his workers. There are no others like him sadly, who believed in his principles, and put them into practice.
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
Sarah Palin is happier today.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
Anything that makes Sarah Palin happy is bad.
 
Posted by Japes (# 5358) on :
 
Tony Benn has died, aged 88.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
Those of us with a more left-leaning political position are having a bad week.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Although their political views were very different from mine, I admired Messrs. Benn and Crow for sticking to their principles and fighting for what they believed to be right - an example we could all follow.

RIP.
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
In a World where action movie adverts have become a bit more boring.
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by lilBuddha:
In a World where action movie adverts have become a bit more boring.

So, of course, his best work.
 
Posted by Organ Builder (# 12478) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Japes:
Tony Benn has died, aged 88.

Given some of the real scoundrels on my list, why did he have to give me my first points since Michael Jackson died?
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ariston:
quote:
Originally posted by lilBuddha:
In a World where action movie adverts have become a bit more boring.

So, of course, his best work.
That is brilliant. Thank you, Ariston.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
So far this year the angel of death has struck our lists six times. Ariel Sharon, Chris Chattaway, Claudio Abbado, Pete Seeger, Shirley Temple Black and Tony Benn will be ineligible for next year's game.

Eight contestants have scored once each so the Quantity Not Quality award is currently shared. Claudio Abbado was furthest away from getting a telegram from the queen so Light User is leading the main competition. The first celebrity to disturb the obituary writers was Ariel Sharon so Caissa gets the Inside Track with the Grim Reaper award.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
Clarissa Dickson Wright has joined her friend in the heavenly kitchen.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
I was just about to post the same thing, SC. I always enjoyed Two Fat Ladies- great, no-nonsense, slightly tongue-in-cheek stuff.

CDW was one of my (very few) "celebrity sightings" - I saw her at Edinburgh Airport once while en route somewhere.

RIP.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Schroedinger's cat:
Clarissa Dickson Wright has joined her friend in the heavenly kitchen.

'
No! That is sad. I just watched her "Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner" series on You Tube this past week.
 
Posted by Tree Bee (# 4033) on :
 
L'Wren Scott! [Frown]
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
British actor Malcolm Tierney has died - Charlie Gimbert from Lovejoy will be ducking and diving in Heaven.

My late father-in-law's auction-house in Colchester was the setting for Gimbert's in the Lovejoy books, but I hasten to add that he was nothing like Gimbert!

RIP Mr. Tierney
 
Posted by Kelly Alves (# 2522) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by piglet:
I was just about to post the same thing, SC. I always enjoyed Two Fat Ladies- great, no-nonsense, slightly tongue-in-cheek stuff.

CDW was one of my (very few) "celebrity sightings" - I saw her at Edinburgh Airport once while en route somewhere.

RIP.

Oh, no! [Frown]
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
Fred Phelps just earned 16 points for several people.

I pray that he now knows we have a loving Father -- who loves EVERYONE.
 
Posted by Hedgehog (# 14125) on :
 
Here is a link to the BBC report of Phelps' death.
 
Posted by St. Gwladys (# 14504) on :
 
+16 points.
 
Posted by Kelly Alves (# 2522) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by St. Gwladys:
+16 points.

[Big Grin]

Can't say the man hasn't contributed something of value to the Ship.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
His Holiness Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, will not be attending the upcoming ecumenical council.
 
Posted by cygnus (# 3294) on :
 
He's only one point, but Indian writer Khushwant Singh died last week at the age of 99. I was lucky enough to meet him in Delhi a few years ago- a charming man with a wicked sense of humour, and in no way politically correct.
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
One less Time Lord, Kate O'Mara dies.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
Frankie Knuckles has died. I have heard some of his music, and love it, but his influence on the music scene is huge. Everyone has heard Knuckles inspired music.
 
Posted by North East Quine (# 13049) on :
 
Margo MacDonald has died. One of the great political figures, she transcended party politics.
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
Author, naturalist and cofounder of the Paris Review, Peter Matthiessen has transcended this plane of existence.
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
Acting legend, Mickey Rooney has died. May his path be no more troubled.
 
Posted by Curiosity killed ... (# 11770) on :
 
Peaches Geldof has been found dead aged 25
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Curiosity killed ...:
Peaches Geldof has been found dead aged 25

I was just coming to post that. Really sad news. So young.
 
Posted by Heavenly Anarchist (# 13313) on :
 
That is tragic [Frown]
 
Posted by Tree Bee (# 4033) on :
 
Shocking. [Votive] for her family.
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
Not as famous as the other recent, But a tremendously funny man, John Pinette laughs no more.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Mary Anderson, who played Maybelle Merriwether in Gone With the Wind and was one of its last surviving cast members, has entered that great Tara in the skies.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
The Heavenly Choir will be getting another bass/baritone: John Shirley-Quirk has died.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
Sue Townsend of "Adrian Mole" fame has died at 68.
 
Posted by maleveque (# 132) on :
 
Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died.

Anne L.
 
Posted by Kelly Alves (# 2522) on :
 
[Waterworks] [Waterworks] [Waterworks] What a huge loss.
 
Posted by JFH (# 14794) on :
 
Stumbling in and realized I probably needed to look up the people on my list, just to guard my interests.

Turns out Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan and Justin Bieber are all still alive. Dokka Umarov, on the other hand, is not. 50 points.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
If I may be pedantic, 51 points. Had he survived another 26 days he would have died on his fiftieth birthday.

I'll do a full round up in the next few days.
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Kelly Alves:
[Waterworks] [Waterworks] [Waterworks] What a huge loss.

OTOH what a huge legacy. It's sad but his death will wake people up to what he did.
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
The Hurricane is calmed, Rubin Carter has died.
 
Posted by TheAlethiophile (# 16870) on :
 
Farewell to Bob Hoskins. You were a good'un.
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by TheAlethiophile:
Farewell to Bob Hoskins. You were a good'un.

Oh my, genuine tears roll down my cheeks, one of the best ever.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. has changed his address from 77 Sunset Strip to the Elysian Fields.
 
Posted by Hedgehog (# 14125) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe:
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. has changed his address from 77 Sunset Strip to the Elysian Fields.

I am sitting here trying to think what my favorite role of his was. For years, he was the face of the FBI. And he was brilliant as suave con man Daniel Chalmers in Remington Steele.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Elena Baltacha, Scottish tennis player and former British ladies' No. 1 seed, has died aged 30.

Poor girl - may she rest in peace.
 
Posted by JFH (# 14794) on :
 
General Choe Ryong-Hae has been removed from top positions in North Korea, according to the BBC. The articles are inaccessible here in China so I cannot link them. Could be nothing, could be 34 points coming up.

[ 06. May 2014, 08:27: Message edited by: JFH ]
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
Seveteen Points for anyone who had Leslie Thomas, author of "The Virgin Soldiers" and the "Dangerous Davies" series.

Another talented Newport boy gone.
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by JFH:

Turns out Miley Cyrus, Lindsay Lohan and Justin Bieber are all still alive.

Arguably.
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
British planetary scientist Professor Colin Pillinger has died at age 70.
 
Posted by JFH (# 14794) on :
 
Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul, director of the Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugar Man, was found dead, only 36 years old. The police have concluded that no crime was involved but are reluctant to reveal more information concerning where he was found. Massive loss for Swedish film, and for documentary film as a genre internationally.
 
Posted by ArachnidinElmet (# 17346) on :
 
H.R. Giger, artist and creator of cyber-craziness, best known for Alien, has died.
 
Posted by TheAlethiophile (# 16870) on :
 
Farewell to the charity fundraiser, Stephen Sutton, who has died at the age of 19.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
Jerry Vale...
Jerry Vale
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
Jack Brabham has died. From a time when it was possible to design and drive an F1 car.
 
Posted by ArachnidinElmet (# 17346) on :
 
Mary Stewart, perhaps most famous for writing The Crystal Caves, has sailed away to Avalon.
 
Posted by Lyda*Rose (# 4544) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by ArachnidinElmet:
Mary Stewart, perhaps most famous for writing The Crystal Caves, has sailed away to Avalon.

Loved practically all her books, especially the Merlin ones. The only one I had trouble with was The Wicked Day. It was her finale of Arthur's story, and of necessity sad, but too depressing for me to finish.
 
Posted by PeteC (# 10422) on :
 
Damn! I had Lloyd Robertston! Instead, Knowlton Nash dies.
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
Pin-up calenders in heaven? No more bad lighting for Bunny Yeager.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Donald Levine, the toy executive who designed the G.I. Joe action figure, is no longer a member of the Church Militant.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
Maya Angelou has died...
Poet Maya Angelou

[I don't think this was the link you were looking for, so I've found one that might be more appropriate.

—Ariston, Circushost]

[ 28. May 2014, 15:28: Message edited by: Ariston ]
 
Posted by Stetson (# 9597) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe:
Donald Levine, the toy executive who designed the G.I. Joe action figure, is no longer a member of the Church Militant.

Given that his funeral is being held at a place called Temple Beth-el, it seems unlikely that he ever was.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
Thanks Ariston. That's what I get for trying to do links from an iPad Mini.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
Ann B. Davis is Heaven's new housekeeper. She was best known as Alice on "The Brady Bunch," but she was known to many of us as an active Episcopalian. She was very involved with our national General Conventions as a Volunteer. I also heard recently that she attended my church once, before I was a member, and unannounced got up to read one of the Lessons.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
And don't forget Ann B. Davis was Shultzy before she was Alice...
Shultzy & Bob Cummings
 
Posted by TheAlethiophile (# 16870) on :
 
RIP Rik Mayall/Captain Flashheart.
 
Posted by Sparrow (# 2458) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by TheAlethiophile:
RIP Rik Mayall/Captain Flashheart.

Oh bugger. They're starting to die now when they're younger than me.
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sparrow:
quote:
Originally posted by TheAlethiophile:
RIP Rik Mayall/Captain Flashheart.

Oh bugger. They're starting to die now when they're younger than me.
Exactly my thoughts. Too many recent deaths are at my age or younger.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
I was just coming to post this one - he was a few years older than me, but still way too young.

RIP Lord Flasheart. [Frown]
 
Posted by TheAlethiophile (# 16870) on :
 
Today we bid farewell to Eric Hill, creator of Spot the Dog. You enriched our childhoods.
 
Posted by Tom Day (# 3630) on :
 
I was just going to post the same. I love reading the Spot the Dog books to my kids!
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
Gary Gilmour, the Aussies bowler from the mid-1970's will be bowling at the Heavenly Choir by now.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
The great Ruby Dee has passed.
Ruby Dee
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Kyzyl:
The great Ruby Dee has passed.
Ruby Dee

Terrific actor and a powerful person.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos is conducting the music of the spheres.
 
Posted by Celtic Knotweed (# 13008) on :
 
Sam Kelly is no more. [Frown]
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
On no one's list, but worth noting; Carla Laemmle, Silent film actor and niece of the founder of Universal Studios has died.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
the great byond now has a Top 40 DJ

Casey Kasem has died.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
The Warhol crew is getting smaller and smaller.

Ultra Violet
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
A sad day for fans of baseball...

Tony Gwynn

[ 16. June 2014, 16:14: Message edited by: Kyzyl ]
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
That's three in a row, I feel like the Grim Reaper.
 
Posted by Matt Black (# 2210) on :
 
Allow me to interrupt then!

Captain Scarlett's voice at least is no longer indestructible

[ 16. June 2014, 16:51: Message edited by: Matt Black ]
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Showing my age a bit: in my mind he's Paul Temple. [Hot and Hormonal]
 
Posted by Hedgehog (# 14125) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Kyzyl:
A sad day for fans of baseball...

Tony Gwynn

Indeed. I am sure the San Diego Padres organization will be in deep mourning.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
The heavenly choir has gained two new members: Johnny Mann, who has gone Up, Up and Away at last; and Gerry Goffin, who is doing the Locomotion with the saints.
 
Posted by ArachnidinElmet (# 17346) on :
 
There will be many Flowers for author Daniel Keyes this week.
 
Posted by Starbug (# 15917) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Celtic Knotweed:
Sam Kelly is no more. [Frown]

I used to follow him on Twitter. He ad a dry sense of humour. Mr Bug and I have been watching the documentary series about Porridge recently, which featured Sam. Of course, he was also in On The Up and Allo Allo .

[ 21. June 2014, 14:46: Message edited by: Starbug ]
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
Someone who should have been more a celebrity, Stephanie Kwolek, inventor of Kevlar, has died.

[ 21. June 2014, 16:46: Message edited by: lilBuddha ]
 
Posted by TheAlethiophile (# 16870) on :
 
Patsy Byrne, aka Nursie, had gone to join Lord Flasheart in the choir invisible.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
That is sad - she was superb in blackadder.

Are the other cast members now booking doctors appointments?
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
I hope it's too early for Blackadder to become like watching the credits on Dad's Army: "He's dead, he's dead, he's dead ..."

RIP Nursie.
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Schroedinger's cat:
That is sad - she was superb in blackadder.

Are the other cast members now booking doctors appointments?

I've got two on my list...
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
Eli Wallach has died at 98.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
Linky for Eli Wallach

NYT Eli Wallach
 
Posted by Og: Thread Killer (# 3200) on :
 
I just read the plot for Baby Doll, the first film by Wallach.

Makes me wonder if the 50's were more about sex then we realise.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
Julius Rudel, Longtime Director Of New York City Opera, Dies At 93. He directed New York city's "#2 Opera Company" during its heyday, with singers such as Beverly Sills and Placido Domingo. I was fortunate to have attended many of his productions.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Howard Baker, star of the Watergate hearings of 1973, knows at last what the President knew and when he knew it.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe:
Howard Baker, star of the Watergate hearings of 1973, knows at last what the President knew and when he knew it.

Ah my misspent youth! I hid from the Texas heat and watched the hearings live. The start of my interest in politics.
 
Posted by TheAlethiophile (# 16870) on :
 
Bobby Womack has shuffled off this mortal coil.
 
Posted by Tree Bee (# 4033) on :
 
Just found out Felix Dennis has died.
33 points please!
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
Meshach Taylor, best known from the US comedy series Designing Women ...
Meshach Taylor
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Paul Mazursky, director of such memorable films as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "An Unmarried Woman" and "Down and Out in Beverly Hills," may very well be directing the Second Coming.
 
Posted by Jack the Lass (# 3415) on :
 
Don't think he's on any lists, but former Soviet Foreign Minister and later President of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze has died aged 87.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
Eileen Ford will have the angels modeling the latest robes and halos.
 
Posted by JFH (# 14794) on :
 
Would it be possible to get to know the scores, given that half-time just passed (on)?
 
Posted by Hedgehog (# 14125) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by JFH:
Would it be possible to get to know the scores, given that half-time just passed (on)?

Certainly. I'm at 0.

--Hedgehog, always happy to be of help.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
As promised on 19th April here are the current standings.

At the moment 11 of our 301 celebrities are seeking fame in other realms. Since my last review Dokka Umarov, Fred Phelps, Richard Hoggart, Felix Dennis and Eli Wallach have died.

The youngest so far was Dokka Umarov (51 points) and JFH's was the only list with him on which means you are top of the table for points.

kanchuko is leading the Quantity, not Quality race with 3 celebrities gracing the obituary columns but still only has 13 points in total.

Fred Phelps is the celebrity whose demise was most widely anticipated with 4 nominations.

Nobody has done a Shakespeare and actually died on their own birthday but Chris Chattaway was closest, dying just 12 days before his 83rd.
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
No more need for sedation, Tommy Ramone joins his brothers.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
The Heavenly Orchestra* is now being conducted by Lorin Maazel.

(*Since there's a Heavenly Chorus, I'm assuming there's also a Heavenly Orchestra.)
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
Inspiration to many, first black woman to win Olympic gold, Alice Coachman Davis dies at 90. Also the first black woman to endorse an international product. I will have a Coca-Cola in her honour today.
 
Posted by Stetson (# 9597) on :
 
I'm gonna guess that nobody had this person.
 
Posted by ChastMastr (# 716) on :
 
Rest in peace, Nadine Gordimer.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
Johnny Winter
Guitarist Johnny Winter
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
Actress Elaine Stritch has died at 89.
 
Posted by Kelly Alves (# 2522) on :
 
Here's to the ladies who lunch. [Votive]
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Bret Maverick is dead.
 
Posted by Kelly Alves (# 2522) on :
 
[Frown] Just saw that. There goes a big hunk of my childhood.
 
Posted by Timothy the Obscure (# 292) on :
 
Bummer. And worse, I took him off my list this year.
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
Veteran British actress Dora Bryan has died at 91.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Dan Borislow, inventor of the internet telecommunications device Magic Jack, now has a direct line to the Almighty.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
Bel Kaufman has gone up the final staircase.
 
Posted by Stetson (# 9597) on :
 
My parents had that book on their bookshelf when I was a kid. When I looked at it, it kinda freaked me out, 'cuz it was written in the form of straight dialogue with no narrator, plus letters memos etc, which seemed very weird at the time. Plus, it was about high-school kids, who always had a faint aura of disreputable edginess about them.

Years later, I saw the movie on TV, and it seemed like just a typical Blackboard Jungle(or whatever the template for that genre is) knockoff.
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
Well, now he can actually haunt your dreams, makeup legend Dick Smith has died.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
Another childhood loss Mike Smith has died.
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
It doesn't seem that long since he was the Bright Young Thing of Radio 1.

RIP.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
James Brady has taken his last for the Gipper.
 
Posted by LeRoc (# 3216) on :
 
Maybe the angels will respond a bit slower than usual to your prayers over the next couple of days. They're all completely absorbed in listening to Cristina Deutekom.
 
Posted by Lyda*Rose (# 4544) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe:
James Brady has taken his last for the Gipper.

Latest news: Brady's death has been ruled a homicide by a coroner in Virginia where he passed away. In other words, he died of complications from the shooting in 1981. [Frown]
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by LeRoc:
Maybe the angels will respond a bit slower than usual to your prayers over the next couple of days. They're all completely absorbed in listening to Cristina Deutekom.

That clip is so fabulous I keep going back to it!

Thank you, LeRoc.
 
Posted by LeRoc (# 3216) on :
 
quote:
Welease Woderwick: That clip is so fabulous I keep going back to it!
Me too, and I'm not even a big opera fan. A truly remarkable voice, may she rest in peace.
 
Posted by Curiosity killed ... (# 11770) on :
 
And Robin Williams - which does not sound good
 
Posted by ChastMastr (# 716) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Curiosity killed ...:
And Robin Williams - which does not sound good

Oh, Jesus, no. [Tear]

May God bless him and keep him. [Tear] [Votive]
 
Posted by Hedgehog (# 14125) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Curiosity killed ...:
And Robin Williams - which does not sound good

I'm stunned. And saddened. It is not fair. You spend your life fighting the demons, but the demons only have to win once.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
From Huffington Post
Robin Williams
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
No! [Waterworks]
He was way too young. [Frown]
 
Posted by Lyda*Rose (# 4544) on :
 
May God comfort and heal his soul. [Votive]
 
Posted by Mamacita (# 3659) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Lyda*Rose:
May God comfort and heal his soul. [Votive]

This. Damn, damn, damn that black dog. What a talented man, what a loss.
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
And Bogart just whistled.
 
Posted by Oscar the Grouch (# 1916) on :
 
Bacall was a true legend and superstar. At least she's back with her beloved Bogie. [Votive]
 
Posted by LeRoc (# 3216) on :
 
Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos, today in an airplane crash. I spoke with him once.
 
Posted by Kyzyl (# 374) on :
 
The voice of Saturday Night Live, original Jeopardy, and more is announcing from beyond...
Don Pardo
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
James Alexander Gordon - "Forfar 5 - East Fife 4"
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
Jean Redpath falls silent.
 
Posted by Light User (# 14254) on :
 
Emmanuel Kriaras, possibly the world's oldest Greek lexicographer and philologist, has died at the tender age of 107, leaving behind the twenty three volume Dictionary of Medieval Demotic Greek, 1100-1669 as his legacy. When asked recently what should be done regarding the current economic struggles facing his country, he replied thus:

Quote
"First, the young should not leave to go abroad. They should learn to bear and persist. We are being drained of our blood as a nation by this youth flight. Second, they should stay here, work and love their work, they should not strike, especially teachers and doctors. Third, I should be going...I am tired. I don't want to live anymore and watch this situation."
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Ann:
James Alexander Gordon - "Forfar 5 - East Fife 4"

He'd have had a good one today:

Inverness Caledonian Thistle 1, Celtic 0

I can just hear the surprise in his voice. [Yipee]


May he rest in peace. [Votive]
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Richard Attenborough
 
Posted by Cottontail (# 12234) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Doublethink:
Richard Attenborough

That's my duck broken. Sadness. [Frown]
 
Posted by The5thMary (# 12953) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Light User:
Emmanuel Kriaras, possibly the world's oldest Greek lexicographer and philologist, has died at the tender age of 107, leaving behind the twenty three volume Dictionary of Medieval Demotic Greek, 1100-1669 as his legacy. When asked recently what should be done regarding the current economic struggles facing his country, he replied thus:

Quote
"First, the young should not leave to go abroad. They should learn to bear and persist. We are being drained of our blood as a nation by this youth flight. Second, they should stay here, work and love their work, they should not strike, especially teachers and doctors. Third, I should be going...I am tired. I don't want to live anymore and watch this situation."

Oh, dear. I read Demotic Greek as Demonic Greek! I've heard it can be quite demonic to learn Greek... [Biased]
 
Posted by Sandemaniac (# 12829) on :
 
Calling Uriel, calling Uriel...

-3 points should anyone have had Norman Gordon in their team - last man to have played Test cricket before WW2, and last man to have played in a timeless test.

AG
 
Posted by Matt Black (# 2210) on :
 
Betty White is not dead, despite rumours to the contrary...

[ 04. September 2014, 16:28: Message edited by: Matt Black ]
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Joan Rivers is, though.
 
Posted by michel44 (# 18211) on :
 
It’s sad to see Lindsay Lohan in the 2014 celebrity death pool. I hope she doesn’t make it in there and somehow manages to overcome her problems. It’s hard being a celebrity.
 
Posted by Lyda*Rose (# 4544) on :
 
Welcome, michel44!

In most cases we aren't really rooting for death, here. It is mostly just a morbidly humorous way to note the inevitable passage of life. I, too, rather hope that poor Lindsay can pull off a recovery ala Britney Spears and right the listing boat of her life.

[ 06. September 2014, 05:11: Message edited by: Lyda*Rose ]
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Somalian militant Ahmed Abdi Godane, the al-Shabab leader, has joined his ilk in the lowest depths of hell.

(The above link does not confirm his death, but another link does -- however, that link wants to install a Trojan on my PC, according to my antivirus software.)
 
Posted by LeRoc (# 3216) on :
 
Dutch poet Gerrit Kouwenaar has joined the Heavenly writing team. The next edition of the Bible will be with words in strange fonts written up-side-down and sideways to resemble pictures.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
Wolfhart Pannenberg has died. He was a great theologian, even if some of his theology was wrong (on homosexuality).
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
Jaws is dead
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Let us hope that S. Truett Cathy, the founder of the Chick-Fil-A fast food empire, whose conservative stance against same-sex marriage prompted a boycott, is not refusing to serve same-sex couples at the heavenly banquet -- if invited to cater same, that is.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
Sir Donald Sinden has moved on to declaim at the angels.
 
Posted by Ann (# 94) on :
 
Somebody famous is dead
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe:
Let us hope that S. Truett Cathy, the founder of the Chick-Fil-A fast food empire, whose conservative stance against same-sex marriage prompted a boycott, is not refusing to serve same-sex couples at the heavenly banquet -- if invited to cater same, that is.

In Old Harry's Game, a radio comedy set in Hell, there was a section reserved for popes, who were all, perpetually 9 months pregnant.

On a similar basis, this guy ought to be given a food franchise, with exclusively gay and lesbian customers. If they want to lay off the ambrosia for a day or two.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Someone I thought had already died - Ian Paisley
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Rogue:
Someone I thought had already died - Ian Paisley

Twelve points to a lot of people. An interesting day for St Peter.
 
Posted by Welease Woderwick (# 10424) on :
 
I can see St Peter wearing his Triple Crown and the shield with the crossed keys welcoming him at the Pearly Gates.
 
Posted by Matt Black (# 2210) on :
 
John Bardon, aka Jim Branning, is now supping pints at the celestial banquet rather than the Queen Vic

[ 12. September 2014, 15:41: Message edited by: Matt Black ]
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Welease Woderwick:
I can see St Peter wearing his Triple Crown and the shield with the crossed keys welcoming him at the Pearly Gates.

His path will take him nowhere near the Pearly Gates.
 
Posted by Stetson (# 9597) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe:
quote:
Originally posted by Welease Woderwick:
I can see St Peter wearing his Triple Crown and the shield with the crossed keys welcoming him at the Pearly Gates.

His path will take him nowhere near the Pearly Gates.
I'll bet NOW he wishes that purgatory existed.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
It does . . . but his path won't lead anywhere near it either.
 
Posted by ChastMastr (# 716) on :
 
I agree Paisley was a dreadful man who did many awful things, but shouldn't we be praying for his soul rather than assuming he's damned? [Frown]

May God have mercy on him and all others named in this thread, and bring them to Him in the end. [Votive]
 
Posted by piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Don't get me wrong - I wouldn't have voted for Paisley if he'd been the last man on earth - but I don't believe he was all bad, and certainly no worse than some of the extremists on the other side of the Political Divide.

I understand that the people of North Antrim found him to be a very good constituency MP, who would fight for their rights no matter which foot they kicked with.

He may have been a loony, but at least he didn't actually kill anyone, which can't be said of all NI politicians.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Prince Nicholas Romanovich Romanov, the oldest member of the Russian Empire's Romanov Dynasty, is holding court up above.
 
Posted by Doublethink (# 1984) on :
 
Aha, memorials.

DT
Circstyx Host
 
Posted by Stercus Tauri (# 16668) on :
 
quote:
Crap spouted by The Rogue:
Someone * thought had already died - Ian Paisley

* almost literally bumped into Ian Paisley at Heathrow a couple of times, as the Belfast shuttle must have arrived about the same time as the one from Edinburgh - and remember him as a giant, towering over me. For years * hated him, but one day * heard an interview where he was asked, "Why are you always so negative, Ian?" "* am NOT!" he replied. How could * hate him after that?
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Country singer George Hamilton IV has gone to that Abilene, Sweet Abilene, in the sky.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
I'm not sure if I have asked this before. Does anyone have any links to previous Death Pools? I have got the first one in 2004 and then 2007 all the way up to the present. So it is 2005 & 2006 that I am looking for.

Cheers,
 
Posted by Heavenly Anarchist (# 13313) on :
 
The Dowager Duchess of Devonshire has died. I believe she was on someone's list.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
She was on my list! Wow.

I thought I was granting her many decades more of life. It is a sad loss, because she was the last of the Mitford sisters, and so the last of a period that is now lost to us - a time of innocence, and a time of European unity to a level we don't see today.
 
Posted by Heavenly Anarchist (# 13313) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Schroedinger's cat:
She was on my list! Wow.

I thought I was granting her many decades more of life. It is a sad loss, because she was the last of the Mitford sisters, and so the last of a period that is now lost to us - a time of innocence, and a time of European unity to a level we don't see today.

I have a biography of the Mitford girls on my shelves and they were fascinating for their diversity in character. Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love is a wonderful caricature of her family life growing up and a description of an entirely different age.
 
Posted by maleveque (# 132) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Schroedinger's cat:
She was on my list! Wow.

I thought I was granting her many decades more of life. It is a sad loss, because she was the last of the Mitford sisters, and so the last of a period that is now lost to us - a time of innocence, and a time of European unity to a level we don't see today.

I had her on my list, too! Not many points, though. I, too, was sure I was guaranteeing her many more years.
- Anne L.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Christopher Hogwood has joined the Academy of Really Ancient Music.
 
Posted by JFH (# 14794) on :
 
There are internet reports that Kim Jong Un has not made any public appearances for more than a month...
 
Posted by Firenze (# 619) on :
 
One can but hope.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Walter Josef Fischer, one of Germany's most prolific subway graffiti vandals -- oops, I mean artists -- has been struck and killed by a subway train.

I doubt if he was on anyone's list, but I respectfully submit that his manner of death argues for the existence of God.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
And Gaby Aghion, who founded the fashion house of Chloe, is now designing robes for the heavenly choir.
 
Posted by L'organist (# 17338) on :
 
Kim Jong Un - not dead: apparently he's broken both of his ankles falling off the 'lifts' in his shoes [Snigger]

RIP Michael Scott-Joynt, Bishop of Winchester 1995-2011, in the vanguard opposing Jeffrey John as a suffragan bishop.
 
Posted by Tree Bee (# 4033) on :
 
Lynsey de Paul has died suddenly.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
Haiti's 'Baby Doc' Duvalier is dead at 63 -- how can someone with no heart die of a heart attack?
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
And Father Benedict Groeschel, one of the shining lights of Mother Angelica's Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), is gently chiding the saints for their weaker moments while on earth.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
Paul Revere, leader of the 1960s rock band Paul Revere and the Raiders has taken his final midnight ride.
 
Posted by Sipech (# 16870) on :
 
Elizabeth Pena, one of the stars of Batteries Not Included has added her voice to the choir invisible. Source: BBC
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
Linda Bellingham - who achieved fame, I believe, through her Bisto ad - has died. A sad loss, she was witty.
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
Gough is off, giving Kanchuko two points and Australia many memories and talking points.
 
Posted by Kelly Alves (# 2522) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sipech:
Elizabeth Pena, one of the stars of Batteries Not Included has added her voice to the choir invisible. Source: BBC

[Frown] !

Too soon!
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
The angels' robes are now being designed by Oscar de la Renta.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
And they'll be listening to that wonderful saxophone solo from Baker Street. If you scroll down the page, you can get an actual earworm. [Smile]

RIP.
 
Posted by Sipech (# 16870) on :
 
The choirs of heaven just got a bit more groovy now that they've been joined by Alvin Stardust.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
That's another little bit of my youth gone, although I must admit I remember him as much for the Green Cross Code advert:
quote:
Hey, you must be out of your TINY MINDS!
RIP.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
Jack Bruce - genius, legend, bassist from Cream, has died.
 
Posted by balaam (# 4543) on :
 
Imagine Raphael Ravenscroft and Jack Bruce jamming...

...nice.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Another scores update.

Since my last report the additionally dead include Sally Farmiloe, Richard Attenborough, Ian Paisley, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, Lynda Bellingham and Gough Whitlam.

Twenty one of the forty three players have now scored points and top of the tree is Tree Bee with sixty seven points from two deaths. Cottontail is next with fifty six points and JFH third with fifty one points.

The Quantity Not Quality title is being lead by kankucho who has correctly predicted four deaths.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
Joan Quigley, whose astrological predictions allegedly called the shots during the Reagan White House years, is now among the stars.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Now Acker Bilk is joining the choir (and band) invisible.
 
Posted by Pigwidgeon (# 10192) on :
 
I was devastated to learn that Tom Magliozzi has just driven through the Pearly Gates. He will be deeply missed. [Waterworks]

For those of you not in the U.S., Tom and his brother did a weekly radio show about car repairs and whatever else struck their fancy. Even those of us with no interest in car repairs listen devotedly every week (they've been on in reruns the past two years), and my biggest fear is always that I'll drive off the road laughing if I'm in my car when I listen.
 
Posted by jedijudy (# 333) on :
 
[Waterworks] [Votive]

What will we do without Click and Clack?
He was way too young, and I'll miss him. [Tear]
 
Posted by ChastMastr (# 716) on :
 
[Votive]
 
Posted by Kelly Alves (# 2522) on :
 
Noooooo!
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
Gerard Hughes - the author of God of Surprises - has died.
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
Rappers a little less deoighted today.
 
Posted by Matt Black (# 2210) on :
 
Warren Clarke has died
 
Posted by Sipech (# 16870) on :
 
As has Howard's mother.
 
Posted by ElaineC (# 12244) on :
 
Also Casualty Star Rebekah Gibbs
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Devoted listeners of New York's classical music station WQXR will remember the commercials featuring Jim Lebenthal, municipal bond guru extraordinaire, and those of his daughter Alexandra after he retired from the business -- a business founded, by the way, by his mother. Jim Lebenthal is now selling municipal bonds to finance renovations to the Pearly Gates.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
Jimmy Ruffin is now with the broken hearted.
 
Posted by Sipech (# 16870) on :
 
Mike Nichols has graduated from this life.
 
Posted by An die Freude (# 14794) on :
 
I left Mullah Omar off my list this year, now rumour has it he's gone.
 
Posted by la vie en rouge (# 10688) on :
 
Dammit. I didn't include him either. I usually do so well out of the Taliban High Command.
 
Posted by Wet Kipper (# 1654) on :
 
will there be a 2015 game open for entries soon ?
 
Posted by Ariston (# 10894) on :
 
The term of DC's mayor-for-life Marion Shepilov Barry has ended.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Wet Kipper:
will there be a 2015 game open for entries soon ?

When the Christmas decorations start going up.
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Rogue:
quote:
Originally posted by Wet Kipper:
will there be a 2015 game open for entries soon ?

When the Christmas decorations start going up.
The tree outside our office already has lights on. Write to your MP if you like, it's a civil service office.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
I thought this story was worth a mention not least because I had a wonderful Chemistry teacher who died after being hit by a cricket ball (late 20s I think). Dangerous game.
 
Posted by orfeo (# 13878) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Schroedinger's cat:
I thought this story was worth a mention not least because I had a wonderful Chemistry teacher who died after being hit by a cricket ball (late 20s I think). Dangerous game.

This is dominating Australian news today (and indeed, the last couple of days). Everybody is deeply shocked.
 
Posted by Uncle Pete (# 10422) on :
 
I'm a cricket fan. I am sorry to hear of this freak accident. But all the time I was reading the story, I was wondering about the poor fellow who bowled that ball. My heart goes out to him, as well.
 
Posted by orfeo (# 13878) on :
 
Yeah, he has been receiving counselling ever since this happened, and is getting a heck of a lot of public support, but I think he is going to be absolutely devastated. He's even younger - just 22 years old.
 
Posted by Sipech (# 16870) on :
 
It wouldn't surprise me if Abbott decides to not play again. At the very least, he'll take himself out of the game for some time. If he were to bowl, what might go through his mind in deciding when to bowl a short-pitched delivery?
 
Posted by Sipech (# 16870) on :
 
And now PD James has died. Though no one yet knows who dunnit.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sipech:
It wouldn't surprise me if Abbott decides to not play again. At the very least, he'll take himself out of the game for some time. If he were to bowl, what might go through his mind in deciding when to bowl a short-pitched delivery?

I doubt that he will be able to bowl with the level of commitment needed in the top level of the game. Even though it was a freak accident, nothing to do with him, I feel really sorry for him.

quote:
Originally posted by Sipech:
And now PD James has died. Though no one yet knows who dunnit.

Just heard this. A sad loss, but 94 is a pretty good age really.

I blame the butler.
 
Posted by Uncle Pete (# 10422) on :
 
I never wanted to put Dame James on my death list, since I always hoped for another novel out of her. Even though I recognised that Pemberley was probably her swan song.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Uncle Pete:
... I was wondering about the poor fellow who bowled that ball. My heart goes out to him, as well.

Yea and amen - poor chap. RIP Mr. Hughes. [Votive]
 
Posted by Caissa (# 16710) on :
 
six points for me. I believe there is an unpublished novel that was set to be released after her death a la Agatha Christie.
 
Posted by Huia (# 3473) on :
 
I hope it's better than Pemberley.
 
Posted by Curiosity killed ... (# 11770) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Uncle Pete:
I never wanted to put Dame James on my death list, since I always hoped for another novel out of her. Even though I recognised that Pemberley was probably her swan song.

I saw her as part of a panel discussing Pride and Prejudice partly because she had written Death comes to Pemberley. She said then that she'd written Death comes to Pemberley as she knew she didn't have time to write one of her books, the immersion in the background, so DctP was something she could write as the background already existed and it was based on a book she loved.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Roberto Gómez Bolaños, more commonly known as Chespirito, one of the best loved film and television personalities of Mexico, is now making them laugh up yonder.
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
I don't think anyone had Jack Kyle, who has died at 88. Not only was he probably Ireland's greatest rugby player, guiding them to a Grand Slam and two further Five Nations titles, but after rugby he practiced medicine in Indonesia and then, until he was seventy-four, in Zambia.
 
Posted by LeRoc (# 3216) on :
 
quote:
Amanda B. Reckondwythe: Roberto Gómez Bolaños, more commonly known as Chespirito, one of the best loved film and television personalities of Mexico, is now making them laugh up yonder.
Best loved all around Latin America. This is having a big impact here. Just to give you an idea: the original run of his show was in the seventies, but it is still watched in syndication by close to a hundred million people every day today. Without any doubt a comic genious.

I hope St. Peter won't be too hard on him when he's a bit naughty sometimes. It was all 'accidentally on purpose'. Que descanse en paz*, El Chavo.


(*Rest in peace)
 
Posted by Pancho (# 13533) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by LeRoc:
quote:
Amanda B. Reckondwythe: Roberto Gómez Bolaños, more commonly known as Chespirito, one of the best loved film and television personalities of Mexico, is now making them laugh up yonder.
Best loved all around Latin America. This is having a big impact here. Just to give you an idea: the original run of his show was in the seventies, but it is still watched in syndication by close to a hundred million people every day today. Without any doubt a comic genious.

I hope St. Peter won't be too hard on him when he's a bit naughty sometimes. It was all 'accidentally on purpose'. Que descanse en paz*, El Chavo.


(*Rest in peace)

He's a big, big deal throughout Latin America (Spanish and Portuguese speaking) and the Latino community in the U.S. Somewhere else online someone said it was as if Jerry Lewis stayed at peak popularity for 60 years but Chespirito was really more like Charlie Chaplin (in my opinion).

T.V. network Univision showed his funeral mass on Sunday, held at Azteca stadium in Mexico City
 
Posted by ChaliceGirl (# 13656) on :
 
Sax player for the Stones has died:

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/rolling-stones-saxophonist-bobby-keys-dead-at-70-20141202?utm_medium=social&utm_source =rstwitter
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
Sir Fred Catherwood died at the weekend. I feel his passing should be noted.
 
Posted by Tree Bee (# 4033) on :
 
Ian McLagan of the Small Faces has died.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Jeremy Thorpe has fought his last election.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Yet another one who was on my "I thought he'd been dead for years" list.

RIP.
 
Posted by sharkshooter (# 1589) on :
 
Jean Beliveau has passed away. A gentleman's hockey player.
 
Posted by Mili (# 3254) on :
 
Not well know internationally, but she made an impact here in Australia and might get a kick out of being on the death pool thread. Stella Young comedian, journalist, disability advocate, broadcaster etc has died too soon.
 
Posted by Hedgehog (# 14125) on :
 
Ken Weatherwax, almost certainly better known as Pugsley from "The Addams Family" TV series, has died. Age 59.
 
Posted by lilBuddha (# 14333) on :
 
Not on anyone's list, or likely on your radar at all, but noted photographer Phil Stern has died.
 
Posted by Sandemaniac (# 12829) on :
 
Thirty points if anyone had Mandy Rice-Davies.

AG
 
Posted by Heavenly Anarchist (# 13313) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by Sandemaniac:
Thirty points if anyone had Mandy Rice-Davies.

AG

Only yesterday I was watching an Andrew Marr history documentary which discussed the Profumo affair. I wonder how she felt later on about her infamy.
 
Posted by Amanda B. Reckondwythe (# 5521) on :
 
Actress Billie Whitelaw is now drawing a heavenly audience.
 
Posted by Sioni Sais (# 5713) on :
 
Britain's greatest soul singer, Joe Cocker, has died, at the age of seventy.
 
Posted by Zappa (# 8433) on :
 
[Tear]
 
Posted by Sipech (# 16870) on :
 
Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once: Jeremy Lloyd is making them laugh by the pearly gates.
 
Posted by Piglet (# 11803) on :
 
Good moaning.

RIP.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Here is a BBC summary of various Brits who have died this year. I hadn't realised some of them had gone and I hadn't heard of some at all. YMMV.
 
Posted by Tree Bee (# 4033) on :
 
quote:
Originally posted by The Rogue:
Here is a BBC summary of various Brits who have died this year. I hadn't realised some of them had gone and I hadn't heard of some at all. YMMV.

Thanks, that was good to watch. Some I'd forgotten about; several left us far too early.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Since my last report on the state of play this year just one of our celebrities has died - PD James. She was worth just six points so there isn't much change to the leaderboard.
 
Posted by Schroedinger's cat (# 64) on :
 
Another one sneaking in before the deadline: Christine Cavanough
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
The BBC have put something together for non-Brits.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
And time is now up for calling time on our celebrities. It is quite possible for some deaths to not be reported for a while so I will wait a few days before announcing the results.
 
Posted by Og: Thread Killer (# 3200) on :
 
Just for the record: the 8th Duke of Wellington who I picked in 2013 died on the last day of 2014.

I am glad to see that all my old geezer pics get past the year on my list.
 
Posted by Caissa (# 16710) on :
 
Is there a list of all the scoring for this season?
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
There will be.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
Another late entrant - Dave Comer who discovered many of the locations used in the Lord of the Rings films. His obituary speaks well of him.

I will sort out some final scores later today.
 
Posted by The Rogue (# 2275) on :
 
It's results time!

A grand total of 18 of our 301 nominees complied with our suggestions and the winner of the main competition is Tree Bee with 67 points. Runner up is Cottontail with 56 points and third is JFH with 51.

Winner of both the Inside Track with the Grim Reaper award and the Sudden Death award is Caissa for Ariel Sharon and PD James respectively.

The Quantity Not Quality award goes to kankucho who correctly anticipated 4 deaths.

Well done, everyone, especially the 22 entrants who managed to score bugger all.
 
Posted by Tree Bee (# 4033) on :
 
Just seen this, I'm overwhelmed! I'd like to thank my Mum, God, the Grim Reaper, ect,ect.
 


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