The DeathList 2017

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Below you will find DeathList 2017, a list of 50 celebrities selected by an expert committee for their likelihood to die during 2017. There are a few rules to DeathList summarised as follows: Candidates must be famous enough such that their death is expected to be reported by the UK media; Candidates cannot be famous solely for the fact they are likely to die in the near future and only 25 candidates can reappear from the previous year’s list. 2016 was billed as the year of the celebrity death by some and, although DeathList 2016 started strongly, it hit a very lean period from June to November and ended with a final score of 12, two below the all time record of 14. Has the big celebrity clear-out of 2016 made the task more challenging for 2017 or will the rate of celebrity deaths continue apace? Only time will tell...

Rank Name Age Description
1 Kirk Douglas 101 Actor
2 Vera Lynn 100 Singer
3 Billy Graham 99 Evangelist
4 Lord (Peter) Carrington 98 UK Politician
5 Peter Sallis 96 Last of the Summer Winer
6 Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh 96 Casual rascist
7 Denis Norden 95 Comic / TV Presenter
8 Pierre Cardin 95 Fashion Designer
9 Stan Lee 95 Marvel comics
10 Olivia De Havilland 101 Actress
11 Herman Wouk 102 Author
12 Tony Booth 86 Actor
13 Bob Dole 94 Politican
14 Leah Bracknell 53 Actress
15 Jimmy Carter 93 Ex US President
16 Gord Downie 53 Tragically Hip Singer
17 Leslie Phillips 93 Comedy Actor
18 Robert Mugabe 93 Dictator
19 Javier Perez de Cuellar 97 Ex UN Secretary General
20 Jake Lamotta 96 Boxer
21 King Michael of Romania 96 King of Romania
22 Betty White 95 Golden Girl
23 Nobby Stiles 75 Footballer
24 Queen Elizabeth II 91 Queen
25 Jill Gascoine 80 Actress
26 Bob Barker 94 The Price is Right
27 Doug Ellis 93 Ex-Aston Villa Chairman
28 George Bush Senior 93 Former President of USA
29 Honor Blackman 92 Actress
30 Ian St John 79 Footballer
31 Hugh Hefner 91 Playboy
32 David Prowse 82 Darth Vader
33 Jerry Lewis 91 Comedian
34 David Rockefeller 102 Billionaire
35 Sandy Gall 90 TV news reporter
36 Pope Benedict XVI 90 Former Pope
37 Bruce Forsyth 89 Entertainer
38 Fats Domino 89 Singer
39 Hosni Mubarak 89 Former Egyptian President
40 Desmond Tutu 85 Archbishop
41 Emperor Akihito 84 Japanese Emperor
42 Gay Byrne 83 Broadcaster
43 Glen Campbell 81 Country Singer
44 Liz Dawn 78 Vera Duckworth
45 John Noakes 83 Blue Peter Presenter
46 Valerie Harper 78 Rhoda
47 Joost van der Westhuizen 46 Rugby player
48 Mary Tyler Moore 81 Actress
49 Errol Christie 54 Boxer
50 Ian Brady 79 All round Mr Nice Guy

    Latest News

    • 20th March 2017

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      Rockefeller has given his all

      Billionaire philanthropist, David Rockefeller, has made his last donation by contributing a hit for DeathList 2017. David Rockefeller was the grandson of the wealthiest American ever, John D. Rockefeller Sr, who made a vast fortune in the oil industry. Rockefeller had a long career at Chase Manhattan bank between the 1946 and 1981. In his later years, he become known as a generous philanthropist, giving away more than $2 billion during his lifetime. Despite this, his net worth was still estimated to be in excess of £3 billion. He was 101 years old when he died and was making his first appearance on DeathList, claiming 34th place.

      1 apperance: 2017 (34)
      3rd Death
      Age: 102, Billionaire, Cause of death: Congestive heart failure
    • 6th February 2017

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      Joost Over The Line

      South African Rugby icon, Joost Van der Westhuizen, has succumbed to motor neuron disease to provide DeathList 2017 with its second success. Van der Westhuizen got his first South African cap in 1993 and, in 1995, was a key part of the South African team that defeated the All Blacks in the final to win the Rugby World Cup. By the time of his retirement in 2003 he held the record for most capped player for South Africa with 111 appearances. After being diagnosed with the disease in 2011, Van der Westhuizen went on to chalk up four appearances on DeathList, although this year was only selected in 47th position.

      4 apperances: 2017 (47), 2016 (21), 2015 (28), 2014 (20)
      2nd Death
      Age: 46, Rugby player, Cause of death: Motor Neurone Disease
    • 25th January 2017

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      Mary Tyler No Moore

      Sitcom legend, Mary Tyler Moore, has passed away to provide DeathList 2017 with its inaugural success. Moore is most famous for her US Sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which ran for seven years in the early 1970s. The show was a huge success and produced several spin off shows including Rhoda and Lou Grant, both of which were also very successful and all of which were produced by the production company she set up with her husband. Prior to this, Moore had played Laura Petrie in another hit show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, for five seasons in the 1960s. In addition to her TV work, Moore also had some success in movies, most significantly in the 1980 movie, Ordinary People, for which she received an Oscar nomination. Moore had faced a number of health problems in recent times and was 80 years old when she died. She was making her second appearance on DeathList but only just snuck into 48th place on this year’s list.

      2 apperances: 2017 (48), 2016 (13)
      1st Death
      Age: 81, Actress, Cause of death: Pneumonia