After the good recovery in 1997 to score a respectable 9 deaths the 1998 Death List has a significant number of new candidates. Extensive research has produced fifty celebrities who are teetering on the brink of Death List glory. As Mike Buffer would say - "Lets get rrrrready to tumble!"EMail us with your comments and suggestions for next years list at firstname.lastname@example.org
|1||Pope John Paul II||78||Pope|
|5||Princess Alice||97||Queen Mum's sister-in-law|
|6||Ronald Reagan||87||(former) Idiot|
|8||Barbara Cartland||93||Literary Genius|
|11||Helen Wills Moody||88||Tennis|
|14||Joan Hickson||88||Miss Marple|
|15||Lord Lew Grade||88||founder BBC|
|16||Fay Wray||91||King Kong's squeeze|
|20||Hardy Amies||89||Dress maker|
|27||James Earl Ray||69||Assassin|
|33||Red Adair||83||Fire Fighter|
|34||Johnny Morris||78||TV presenter|
|37||Simon Wiesenthal||90||Nazi Hunter|
|40||Joe Di Maggio||80||Baseball|
|42||General Jaruzelski||75||ex Polish PM|
|43||Anne Haddy||68||Helen Robinson|
|47||Pol Pot||64||Dictator (Deposed)|
1998 finished quietly and closed the year with 8 Death List deaths. A moderate year by our standards and disappointing considering the media attention that arose the year. Thanks to everybody who submitted suggestions for the 1999 list. Lets hope 1999 sees a better performance.
Lord Grade, broadcasting giant, has ceased transmitting! The 92 year old gave some festive joy to the Death List experts by finally yeilding to the years. He was number 15 on the 1998 list. Media coverage of the Death List has started to wane but this may just be the lift that was needed. Its eight deaths now and we're looking carefully at that list for some end of year surprises.
A slow period in death list activity has been ended by the death of the Number 14 selection Joan Hickson, the actress who played Miss Marple. At 92 years of age she was always going to be a good selection. Surprisingly her death was not surrounded by mystery - she simply appears to have died of old age - but it still counts as the 7th death of the year for the list.
1940's Cowboy Roy Roger's has taken his last ride into the sunset and chalked up the sixth death of the year for this year's list. Roger's was 86 and occupied the 24 spot. His horse, Trigger, died in the 1960's and was stuffed and put on display in Roger's own museum. We await confirmation that Roger's himself will be joining Trigger in the museum.
Number five is chalked up with the death of Catherine Cookson. The 91 year age author, who has written more books than years she lived, wrote her final chapter by succumbing to a rare blood disease. The 1998 Death List is now just ahead of pace for the record of 10 deaths in a year.
Yes that's right...Frank wanted to be a part of it! Frank Sinatra, the Death List's number 4 candidate, died today finally bringing to a close a long series of near misses. He had be in and out of hospital in recent years but just seemed to be toying with us. Finally the trusty heart attack has taken him out to score our fourth death of the year. Its now three death's in a month and there's plenty more where they came from.
The news wires are hot with reports that James Earl Ray has failed to serve out the full 99 years of his jail term for the murder of Martin Luther King. Ray was widely tipped for the 1997 list but disappointed the committee by surviving the year. Dropping this year to the No. 27 spot was just the incentive he needed to finish the job. That's two deaths in a week, bringing back memories of last years glorious 4 in 3 weeks. Keep 'em comin'!
Rumours have been confirmed of the death of Pol Pot in jail in Cambodia. Information regarding Pot, who was either 70 or 73, was very confused for some time as some reports denied his death. Pot was of course famous for operating his own personal 2 Million strong death list on which every last candidate dies. Pot is the second death for this years list, dropping off from the number 47 slot.
With the blue touchpaper of the 1998 Deathlist barely lit, Helen Wills Moody, 30's tennis heroine, has become 98's deathlist heroine. The disappointment of missing out on Frank Muir is more than compensated by the death in California of the Number 11 seed, who was 92. The record books show that this is the quickest death in the 11 year history of the list and is an ominous sign of the quality of the celebrities that have been included this year.
The 1998 Death List becomes active today. After some late fine tuning we're expecting a bumper haul in 1998. The second half of 1997 saw celebrity death become cool again and we're confident it's gonna stay that way.