Here we go again - Another year, another Death List. 50 celebrities have been selected for their likelihood to die during 2002. We do enforce one restriction on the list - at least 25 of the celebrities must not have appeared on the previous year's list. Once again we're chasing the record of ten deaths during the year. Maybe with just a little helping hand from the Grim Reaper we'll get there. EMail us with your comments and suggestions for next years list at email@example.com
|4||Max Schmeling||97||Hitler's Boxer (or maybe not)|
|6||Leni Riefenstahl||100||Hitler's Film Director|
|7||Princess Alice||101||Queen Mum's sister-in-law|
|9||Fay Wray||95||King Kong's squeeze|
|12||Albert Hofmann||96||Creator of LSD|
|13||Simon Wiesenthal||94||Nazi Hunter|
|15||Pope John Paul II||82||Pope|
|18||Maharishi Mahesh Yogi||91||Guru|
|21||Ian Brady||64||All round Mr Nice Guy|
|23||Joseph Barbera||91||Cartoonist (Hanna-Barbera)|
|25||Ronald Reagan||91||(former) Idiot|
|26||Charles Haughey||77||ex Irish PM|
|27||Osama Bin Laden||45||Arsenal supporter|
|28||W. Clement Stone||100||Author|
|29||Joseph Bonanno||97||Mafia Boss|
|32||Lionel Hampton||93||Jazz Man|
|33||Benny Carter||95||Jazz man|
|34||Buddy Ebson||94||Beverley Hillbilly|
|36||Artie Shaw||92||Big Band leader|
|37||Edward Teller||94||Hydrogen bomb inventor|
|38||Estée Lauder||96||Fashion leader|
|40||John Kenneth Galbraith||94||Economist|
|42||Lord James Callaghan||90||ex-PM|
|44||Ernest Gallo||93||Wine maker|
|46||Hardy Amies||93||Dress maker|
|48||Suharto||81||Ex President of Indonesia|
With Deathlist 2002 poised to claim the record number of deaths since September, it was disappointing to see the year close without any further successes. We can only look forward to better death news in 2003.
100 year old, W Clement Stone, has become the tenth success of Death List 2002. The philanthropist, who was famous for his positive thinking quotes and books such as 'Success Through Positive Mental Attitude', is now working on a new level of mental attitude from his grave. Death List 2002 now has nearly four months to gain another success and claim the Death List record.
Jazz vibraphone player, Lionel Hampton, has died of heart failure aged 94 to give Death List 2002 its ninth success of the year. Hampton was making his first appearance on the Death List and took this year's number 32 slot.
Sam Snead, veteran US golfer, has suffered a series of strokes culminating in his death to provide Death List 2002 with its eighth success. 'Slammin Sam', who was 89, comfortably made the cut, being awarded 20th place on this year's list. Eight dead within five months is excellent progress for the year so far.
97 year old mafia boss, Joe Bonanno, has died to give the Death List its seventh success of the year. Also known as 'Joe Bananas' (although we're not sure any used that name to his face), his autobiography is called 'Man of Honor'. There is some debate over whether he was a 'Man of Honor' in the general sense however his performance as a newcomer to the Death List has been more than honourable.
After a quiet day yesterday, Death List 2002 pounced back into action with the mighty news that the Queen Mother has given her final Royal wave. The 101 year old Queen Mother has been rated in the Death List top five for more years than anyone cares to remember. Her death marks an unprecedented fourth success in four days and sets this years list well ahead of record pace.
Where will it end?? Billy Wilder's death is the Death List's third success in two days. The 95 year old film director was No. 5 on Death List 2002, moving strongly up the list after being No.16 on Death List 2001. Famous for directing movies such as 'Some like it hot', Wilder finally succumbed to pneumonia to make it five deaths so far for the year.
Hot on the heals of Dudley Moore, news of Milton Berle's demise has been received. Berle, a pioneering television start and comedian, was 93 years old and No. 11 on this year's list. Two successes in one day is a stunning endorsement of the quality of this year's Death List.
After spending the whole of 2001 at the No. 1 position on the Death List, Dudley Moore has made an emphatic statement about his relegation to the No. 19 position on this year's list, by finally dying as a result of a degenerative brain disease. 66 year old Moore, a comedian, musician and movie star, had been vocal about his imminent demise although it seemed he was starting to outlive his own estimates.
Zany comedian and last remaining Goon, Spike Milligan, has died aged 83 to give Death List 2002 is second death in quick succession. The Goons have proved a lucrative source of death candidates with Sir Harry Secombe being the sixth celebrity to die on the 2001 list. Milligan has been a confident selection for several years and finally his liver agreed.
Chuck Jones, cartoonist responsible for Bug Bunny and Road Runner to name but two, has uttered 'What's up doc?' for the last time to give Death List 2002 its first success. The 89 year old was number 16 on this year's list and helps to ease the pain of failing to select Princess Margaret for the 2002 list.
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!