Deathlist 2003 is an expertly compiled list of 50 celebrities selected for their likelihood to die during 2003. The first Deathlist was drawn up in 1987 and each year since then has achieved various degrees of success. Deathlist 2002 had 10 successes - equalling the record performance for the fourth year in a row. The only main rules in compiling the Deathlist is that no more than 25 of the candidates must have appeared on the previous year's list and that the candidates must be famous enough to ensure that their deaths are newsworthy (in the UK at least). Email us with your comments and suggestions for next years list at firstname.lastname@example.org
|1||Warren Zevon||56||Singer / songwriter|
|3||Pope John Paul II||83||Pope|
|5||Max Schmeling||98||Hitler's Boxer (or maybe not)|
|6||Leni Riefenstahl||101||Hitler's Film Director|
|7||Princess Alice||102||Queen Mum's sister-in-law|
|8||Strom Thurmond||101||US Senator|
|9||Albert Hofmann||97||Creator of LSD|
|11||Fay Wray||96||King Kong's squeeze|
|14||Edward Teller||95||Hydrogen bomb inventor|
|15||Estée Lauder||97||Fashion leader|
|17||Simon Wiesenthal||95||Nazi Hunter|
|19||Hardy Amies||94||Dress maker|
|20||Joseph Barbera||92||Cartoonist (Hanna-Barbera)|
|22||Ronald Reagan||92||(former) Idiot|
|24||Lord James Callaghan||91||ex-PM|
|27||Gerald Ford||90||ex US President|
|28||Jack Jones||90||ex TUC Leader|
|34||Red Adair||88||Fire Fighter|
|35||Yitzhak Shamir||88||Ex PM Israel|
|36||PW Botha||87||Dictator (deposed)|
|39||King Taufa'ahau Tupou||84||King of Tonga|
|42||Zsa Zsa Gabor||86||Actress|
|43||Peter Ustinov||82||Writer, Actor & Raconteur|
|44||Suharto||82||Ex President of Indonesia|
|46||Johnny Carson||78||TV Presenter|
|50||Vaclav Havel||67||Czech PM|
So 2003 ends with a record 14 deaths - 28% - smashing the previous record of 10. The successes, as is often the case, came in a few bursts but none near the end of the year. Hopefully this means there's a few candidates teetering on the brink!
Veteran film director, Elia Kazan, has died in New York aged 94 to give DeathList 2003 its 14th success. Kazan, who was most famous for directing East of Eden, has appeared on the DeathList for the last 3 years. Happily he has resoundingly justified his promotion to the number 18 slot on this year's list. It looks like DeathList 2003 is going to set an awesome target that won't be surpassed for many years to come.
Johnny Cash, legendary US country singer, has finally succumbed to a multitude of complaints to give Deathlist 2003 its fourth death in five days. After Walking the Line for 71 years, Cash can now expect many Men in Black to be attending his funeral. As the 13th success of the year theres no evidence that it will be unlucky 13 for Deathlist 2003.
The explosive form of DeathList 2003 continues with news of the death of Edward Teller, so-called father of the H-Bomb, has died. The shockwave following the deaths of Zevon and Riefenstahl is still ripping through the list with three deaths in three days. The 95 year old scientist was number 14 on this years list and leave us wondering how many victims the fallout will claim. So its 12 deaths for the year so far. Are there more to come??
Hitler's filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl has finally joined the big Reich in the sky. The 'hun'-dred and one year old nazi, who has been a deathlist regular since 2000, has passed away to give Deathlist 2003 its glorious record-breaking 11th success. Now its just a question of how high the bar can go!
Just weeks after the release of his farewell CD - The Wind - American singer songwriter Warren Zevon has lost his battle with cancer. 56 year old Zevon was diagnosed with inoperable cancer last year and leapt straight to the top of this year's Deathlist charts. With tracks such as 'I'll sleep when I'm Dead' and albums entitled 'Life'll Kill Ya' and 'Wanted Dead or Alive' Zevon seemed destined for Deathlist success. His departure is the 10th success of the year and makes Deathlist 2003 the joint record holder.
Idi Amin, the infamous former Ugandan dictator, has finally died to give the deathlist its ninth success of the year. 80-year-old Amin has been on the critical list for several weeks and eventually gave into to popular demand. The tally for Deathlist 2003 now stands at nine with over four months of the year to go. The record of ten deaths in a year is now well within reach. NB. Since Idi's death it has been brought to our attention that our original write up may have been unfair. Amin was apparently an accomplished accordion player, the self appointed 'King of Scotland' and also enjoyed fishing and swimming. We apologise if it appeared that Amin was just famous for being an evil dictatorial murderer - that was just what he was best at!
After appearing on every Deathlist since 1994 Bob Hope has finally justified his selection as the number 2 candidate this year by passing away just weeks after his 100th birthday. Hope has become one of the Deathlist greats in appearing an amazing 13 times - a feat only bettered by the Queen Mother. So it now looks as if Deathlist 2003 is on the Road to... record breaking year. Now back to work on preparing Idi Amin's obituary...
DeathList 2003 is in unstoppable form following the news of a third success in the space of five days. Actress Katharine Hepburn, selected in this year's number 12 slot, has died aged 96. The DeathList Committee has been emailed several times in the last few years informing us that Hepburn was already dead, but we can finally celebrate with definitive proof. With seven deaths in the first sixth months the record of 10 deaths in a year now looks well within reach.
Veteran US Senator and racist, Strom Thurmond, has died to give DeathList 2003 its sixth success and second inside two days. Thurmond, who was 100 years old, was nearly omitted from this year's list on the grounds of not being famous enough in the UK. However, the correct decision was eventually made and he was selected in the number 8 slot. With the DeathList 2003 total at six deaths with more than half a year to go the record pace is back on.
Sir Denis Thatcher, husband of the former British Prime Minister, has died aged 88 to give DeathList 2003 its fifth success. This year's number 31 selection, who was well known for enjoying a drink or two, had last appeared on the 1994 DeathList but was wisely reselected this year. With two deaths this month DeathList 2003 looks as if it is finally starting to gather momentum.
Veteran actor Gregory Peck has thankfully brought a quiet Spell(bound) for the Deathlist to an end. The 87 year old movie star was confidently selected in this year's number four slot following (Cape) Fears that he wasn't in the best of health. Clearly The Omen's weren't good for Peck and it was only a matter of time before he added to this year's total. With only four deaths so far this year the Deathlist 2003 needs to pick up its pace over the second half of the year to achieve a reasonable result.
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British actress, Dame Thora Hird, has died today giving Deathlist 2003 its third success in the space of 11 days. Hird, who starred in TV's Last of the Summer Wine, passed away aged 91 a week after suffering a stroke. It turned out to be a 'stroke of luck' for the Deathlist, which is now back on record pace after a slow start.
Following his well-publicised battle against cancer using only homeopathic medicines, British motorcycling legend, Barry Sheene, is once again in the news, this time for his well-publicised death. Thanks to Sheene's positive statements about his approach to conquering the big 'C', the Deathlist committee confidently slotted the 53 year old into this year's number 25 position and have been rewarded with the second success within a week. As so often happens, Deathlist 2003 made a slow start but has now opened up its throttle and is starting to roar through the field. Hopefully by the time the chequered flag is waved, Deathlist 2003 will be ready for a lap of honour!
The Queen's former dressmaker, Sir Hardy Amies, has died aged 93. It did seam that the Deathlist committee had pinned high hopes on Amies this year as there was a distinct pattern in his recent positioning on the list - on Deathlist 2002 he was number 46, this year he was awarded the number 19 spot. With the first success of the year compleat - we shall sleeve it there and needless to say we look forward to the next success.
After promising early progress Deathlist 2002 once again could only equal the record of 10 deaths in the year. Deathlist 2003 includes a strong selection of candidates who maybe can deliver a new record. Obituary writers at the ready!