16th Dec 2010: The movie director, Blake Edwards, has passed on to give DeathList 2010 another success. Edwards, 88, was most famous for the Pink Panther movies, but shouldn't be overlooked for the glorious movie, The Party, also with Peter Sellers ( "Howdy Partner", "Birdy Num Num"). Edwards was married to Julie Andrews and was making his third appearance on DeathList, this year at number 38. Edwards' death is the ninth success of the year. Can DeathList 2010 finally sneak into double figures??
11th Nov 2010: Movie producer, Dino De Laurentiis, has died to give DeathList 2010 its eight success of the year. De Laurentiis produced a string of hit movies, including Barbarella, Death Wish, The Dead Zone and a number of the Hannibal Lecter movies. De Laurentiis was 91 and making his fifth appearance on DeathList, this year at number 26.
15th Oct 2010: English actor, Simon MacCorkindale, has given DeathList 2010 its seventh success. MacCorkindale made a number of movies but had most success in his TV roles, appearing in Dynasty and BBC's Casualty. Public disclosure of terminal cancer in 2009 was enough to secure MacCorkindale his debut appearance on DeathList in 2010, makingthe number 21 slot and helping to continue DeathList 2010's momentum in the later months of the year.
4th Oct 2010: Sir Norman Wisdom, popular British slapstick comedy actor, has passed away, aged 95, to give DeathList 2010 its sixth score of the year. Wisdom was the star of many black and white movies in the 50's and early 60's, often playing madcap underdog character, Norman Pitkin, whose catchphrase was the shriek of "Mr Grimsdale!". Wisdom went on to became an unlikely folk hero in communist Albania, where the struggles of his characters were taken to be a political statement. Wisdom was also a favourite with DeathList making seven appearances in total and breaking into the top ten with the number nine slot this year.
3rd Sep 2010: Big Cyril Smith, British Liberal MP for Rochdale throughout much of the 70s and 80s, has made a selfless contribution to world hunger by passing to the great debating chamber in the sky to give DeathList 2010 its 5th success. Smith was a well respected politician who came from a different era where there were never rumours of sharing his room/bed with his "special adviser" (although this may primarily have been as a result of safety concerns). Smith made 5 appearances on DeathList, squeezing into the number 46 slot in 2010. With a peak weight of 29 stone (406 pounds) Smith managed an impressive 82 years on this earth which probably leaves recently deceased and outstanding athlete, Laurnet Fignon, feeling short changed by 30 odd years or so. It's a funny old game.
31st Aug 2010: French cyclist, Laurent Fignon, has passed away at the age of 50 after a short battle with cancer. Fignon twice won the Tour de France and narrowly missed a third victory in 1989. He was famous for sporting distinctive round glasses and a long ponytail and was nicknamed "The Professor". Fignon was making his first appearance on DeathList this year, taking the 24 slot, and is just the fourth celebrity to coast over the line so far this year. We await the arrival of the peloton...
29th May 2010: Hell-raising actor, Dennis Hopper, has lost his battle with prostate cancer, aged 74. Hopper was probably best known for his 1969 movie, Easy Rider, but also appeared in a long list of major movies including Rebel Without A Cause, Cool Hand Luke, Apocalypse Now and Colors. With tales of epic drug use and five marriages, including the last of which was in acrimonious meltdown at the time of this death, Hopper clearly made effective use of his 74 years on the planet. 2010 saw Hopper's first appearance on DeathList, securing the number 36 spot, and delivering DeathList 2010 with its third success of the year.
3rd Mar 2010: Michael Foot, former British politician, has shuffled off his scruffy mortal coil to provide DeathList 2010 with its second score of the year. Foot became leader of the opposition Labour Party in the early 80’s, pitching his “Columbo-like” appearance against Margaret Thatcher’s power suits. Foot was destroyed by Thatcher in the 1983 general election and resigned as Labour leader. In his later years, there were accusations that he had been a KGB agent and a Plymouth Argyle fan, although only the latter had been proven at the time of his death. Foot was 97 years old and was making his 11th appearance on DeathList, appearing at number 6 this year.
28th Jan 2010: Reclusive author, JD Salinger, has passed away to give DeathList 2010 its first success. Salinger was almost exclusively known for his hugely successful and controversial novel, The Catcher in the Rye, which was published in 1951. The attention brought by the book drove Salinger to become a recluse, publishing his last book in 1963. Salinger was 91 and was making his fourth appearance on DeathList, this year in 33rd place.