Well, here we go again. The list of celebrities below have been specially selected for their likelihood to die in the year 2001. As usual we have restricted ourselves to selecting 25 stars who appeared on the previous year's list (In fact this year there are only 23 who were on the year 2000 list). Undertakers...start your hearses! EMail us with your comments and suggestions for next years list at email@example.com
|5||Brother Theodore||93||Difficult to explain this one|
|7||Edward Heath||85||ex PM|
|8||Leni Riefenstahl||99||Hitler's Film Director|
|9||Princess Alice||100||Queen Mum's sister-in-law|
|10||Dame Ninette De Valois||99||Royal ballet founder|
|11||Estée Lauder||95||Fashion leader|
|12||Max Schmeling||96||Hitler's Boxer (or maybe not)|
|13||William Hanna||89||Catoonist (Hanna-Barbera)|
|17||Simon Wiesenthal||93||Nazi Hunter|
|18||Ernest Gallo||92||Wine maker|
|21||Queen Juliana||92||ex Queen of Netherlands|
|22||Fay Wray||94||King Kong's squeeze|
|26||Princess Margaret||70||Queen's Sister|
|27||Hardy Amies||92||Dress maker|
|30||Harry Secombe||76||Religious Goon|
|32||Artie Shaw||91||Big Band leader|
|35||Pope John Paul II||81||Pope|
|38||Ronald Reagan||90||(former) Idiot|
|40||Lord James Callaghan||89||ex-PM|
|42||Stanley Kramer||84||Film Producer|
|44||Gerald Ford||88||ex US President|
|45||Jack Jones||88||ex TUC Leader|
|46||Bert Millichip||87||ex FA leader|
|47||Chapman Pincher||87||Journalist / Investigator|
For the second year in a row the Death List has finished the year with a record equaling ten deaths. With 7 deaths by mid April things were looking good for a new record, but sadly things faded during the later part of the year. Surely 2002 will provide the opportunities for an even better performance.
Mary Whitehouse, the campaigner against sex and bad language on television, has filed her last complaint. The 91 year old, who was number 36 on this year's Death List, become the tenth success of the year. Its unlikely that she would have approved of the death list, however the Death List committee whole heartedly approve of her decision to die and take this years total to equal the highest ever score.
Lord Hailsham, former Conservative politician and Lord Chancellor, has died aged 94 bringing this year's death list total to 9. Hailsham was the number 25 selection on the 2001 list and finally gave in to the trusty 'long illness'. Just one more death need now in 2001 to tie the record number of deaths of 10 in one year.
Lord Longford, the controversial British politician, has died aged 95 to bring to the end a long barren spell for the 2001 Death List. Longford, who was number 14 on this years list, was famous for having described Moors murder, Myra Hindley as 'delightful'. On hearing of his death members of the death list committee are said to be 'delighted' that Longford has brought this year's total number of successes to 8.
Sir Harry Secombe, the former goon, has died aged 79 to bring Death List 2001's total to six with barely three months of the year gone. Secombe surprisingly beat the much-fancied number 2 selection, Spike Milligan (another former goon), to his grave. The last two months have been the most active in Death List history and with the remaining list still packed with quality we expect more success soon.
News has slowly filtered its way to Death List HQ that Brother Theodore Gottlieb, obscure US humorist, died back in April aged 94. Theodore's inclusion at the number 5 spot on this year's list had been questioned on the grounds that he was not famous enough - he has however generously repaid the decision to include him by being the 7th reported success for Death List 2001.
William Hanna, half of the Hanna-Barbera partnership, has died aged 90 continuing a very successful period for the Death List bringing the body count to five for the year. News of Hanna's ill health had reached the Death List committee and consequently he was awarded the prestigious number 13 spot. The record of 10 deaths in one year is now looking in all sorts of trouble as half the target has been achieved before the end of the first quarter.
The founder of the Royal Ballet, Dame Ninette de Valois, has finally died at the grand age of 102. This year Dame Ninette moved up to tenth position on the Death List and has chalked up the fourth death of the year with the pace really hotting up since mid-February.
Times Journalist, John Diamond, has finally died after a long bout with cancer. Diamond,47, had publicised his illness in his columns and really selected himself for this year's list. Diamond was the number 33 selection this year and the third death in just over three months. A promising start to 2001.
Australian cricket hero, Don Bradman, has provided the Death List with a quick follow up to last week's first death. Bradman has been a veteran of many years on the list and had worked his way up the order to this years number 3 selection. Bradman, 92, was finally bowled out by pneumonia just like Stanley Kramer earlier in the week.
Veteran film director, Stanley Kramer, has kicked off Death List 2001 by dying of pneumonia. Kramer, who was described as 'The conscience of Hollywood', was appearing on his first Death List and wasted no time in getting the job done. Kramer's inclusion at number 42 was questioned by some as being too obscure however he has provided his supporters with an emphatic statement.
So here we go again...Death List 2001 only managed to equal the previous record after a promising start. This year's candidates have been selected, so now lets watch em drop!