The Twelfth Annual Deathlist has once again been carefully prepared to included celebrities our panel of experts thinks will not make it to the Millennium; in other words will die in 1999. This year's Deathlist has the added restriction that there have to be a minimum of 25 new names of celebrities compared to the 1998 list. Now let's sit back and watch them drop!EMail us with your comments and suggestions for next years list at firstname.lastname@example.org
|1||Pope John Paul II||79||Pope|
|4||Princess Alice||98||Queen Mum's sister-in-law|
|5||Ronald Reagan||88||(former) Idiot|
|7||Barbara Cartland||94||Literary Genius|
|11||Fay Wray||92||King Kong's squeeze|
|21||Simon Wiesenthal||91||Nazi Hunter|
|26||King Hussain||64||King of Jordan|
|28||Vaclav Havel||63||Czech PM|
|33||Lord James Callaghan||87||ex-PM|
|34||Alf Ramsey||75||Football Manager|
|35||Max Schmeling||94||Hitler's Boxer (or maybe not)|
|36||Douglas Fairbanks Jnr||90||Actor|
|37||E W Swanton||88||Writer|
|45||Julian Critchley||69||ex MP|
|46||Helen Rollason||40||TV Presenter|
|48||Joe Di Maggio||81||Baseball|
The year comes to a slow end without any more Death List successes, but the 10 death total is a new record. We can only now look forward to greater success in 2000.
Quentin Crisp, the 90 year old entertainer, has given the death list its 10th success this year by dying in a house in Manchester. Crisp was appearing in Manchester in a one man show when his death came. The show is expected to continue as a no man show. With six weeks of the left, this years list is now poised to be the best ever.
Veteran comedy actor and radio personality, Deryck Guyler, has chalked up another point for the Death List. Guyler who was 85 and well known for playing the washboard, was number 32 on this year's list. Roll on number 10!
The final whistle has blown for British sports presenter Helen Rollason. The 43 year old, who was number 46, is a relative newcomer to the Death List but stamped her authority all over it with a decisive cancer death. With eight deaths this year so far the biggest ever total is now well within reach.
86 year old actor Victor Mature has finally decided to contribute to the Death List statistics. After years of being on (and off) of the list Mature at last succumbed to old age. After a quiet couple of months Mature, number 25, is the seventh victim of this years list and puts us back in with a chance of the record.
Gene Sarazen, the 97 year old veteran golfer, has finally holed out to collect sixth position on this years Death List. Sarazen was number 20 on the list had had vigorous support for inclusion over recent years. The spate of celebrity deaths over the last few weeks included several former Death List stars but it was only a matter of time before a return to form. The 1999 Death List is now well ahead of target for the record of 10 deaths in one year.
News just in the Alf Ramsey, celebrated England Football manager has died. Unfortunately other new stories in London have obscured Alf's death but its still a success for the No.34 entry on this year's list.
The continued spate of celebrity deaths was bound to deliver again sooner or later and sure enough Ernie Wise finally decided he wanted a mention on this page. Wise, half of English comedy duo Morecambe and Wise, only just sneaked onto this years list at number 50. A triple heart bypass operation earlier this year suggested he was always going to be a good bet not to see out the year. Wise brings this year's count to four and we're now well on schedule to beat the previous best of 10 in one year. Earlier this week there had been disappointment when Rod Hull fell off his roof while trying to fix his TV aerial and killed himself. We would be very grateful for any information of other celebrities with bad TV pictures. We were just wondering if there is any truth in the rumour that Pope John Paul has had trouble getting a good picture for those AC Milan games?
Further disappointment for the Death List has been followed by another triumph. Last weekend saw Stanley Kubrick and the Emir of Bahrain both passing away with neither even being considered for this years list. However the tide has turned again with Baseball great Joe DiMaggio reaching his final home plate. 84 year old DiMaggio had been ill since October of last year and finally succumbed to complications. Special thanks to Andy MacCalman for alerting us so promptly of DiMaggio's demise and to the good folks at Portfolio Communications (the only place for all your PR requirements) for their continued enthusiasm (We still think Clint Eastwood has some life in him yet!).
Well we didn't have to wait long to get back on the right track. Lord Denning, the 100 year old English judge, has banged his gavel for the last time. News of our recent disappointments clearly spurred Denning on to throw in the towel. Lets hope that the death of this year's number Eight selection will inspire other candidates to do the decent thing.
King Hussein of Jordan kicked things off for this year's Death List by finally succumbing to cancer. The 63 year old king of Jordan was a lowly 26th on the list but was always a solid contender. There was a short period of controversy when the king was pronounced 'clinically dead' late on 5 Feb. An emergency meeting of the Death List ethics committee decided full physical death was required before he could be counted. Luckily we didn't have to wait long.
King Hussein of Jordan looks set to become the first deathlist success of the year. Apparently 'going home to die' it now looks like foregone conclusion. Also a nice message of support received today from an anonymous fan:
Fri, 05 Feb 99 00:12:12 GMT
Received: from <PIWIII@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 4 Feb 1999 18:57:56 EST
Subject: JESUS CAN SAVE YOU FROM YOUR WICKEDNESS
JESUS CAN SAVE YOU FROM YOUR WICKEDNESS
Well correct us if we're wrong but we thought Jesus was already dead and clearly such celebrities are not allowed on the list - Nice Try anyway!
The 1999 list has now been finalised and targets painted on the backs of 50 celebrities. 25 new names appear on this year's list and should bring some much needed new blood into the arena. The Death List often starts rolling early in January so keep your eyes peeled.