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The DeathList 2006

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So here is Deathlist for 2006. A quick summary of the idea behind DeathList: The DeathList committee draws up the list at the end of each year with the objective of selecting the celebrities most likely to die in the next calendar year. The list comprises 50 celebrities, with no more than 25 who appeared on the previous year's list. Candidates are not eligible if their only claim to fame is that they are likely to die shortly. Candidates must also pass the famousness test - which is basically that their death will be covered by the UK media. DeathList 2005 finished with 12 successes, the same total achieved in 2004. The record performance remains the mighty haul of 14 deaths in 2003. Whether this can ever be beaten remains to be seen.

The 2006 List

Rank Name Age Description
1 Lou Rawls 71 Soul Singer
2 Alfredo di Stefano 80 Soccer Legend
3 Ronnie Biggs 77 Ambassador
4 Brooke Astor 104 Philanthropist
5 Charles Lane 101 Actor
6 Stanley Kunitz 101 US Poet Laureate
7 Albert Hofmann 100 Creator of LSD
8 Oscar Niemeyer 99 Architect
9 Claude Levi-Strauss 98 Scientist
10 Harold Pinter 76 Playwright
11 Suharto 85 Ex President of Indonesia
12 Ernest Gallo 97 Wine maker
13 Al Lewis 96 Grandpa Munster
14 Patrick Moore 83 Astronomer
15 Joseph Barbera 95 Cartoonist (Hanna-Barbera)
16 Lady Bird Johnson 94 Former first lady
17 Milton Friedman 94 Economist
18 Byron Nelson 94 Golfer
19 Gerald Ford 93 ex US President
20 Michael Foot 93 Tramp
21 Jane Wyman 92 Actress
22 Eli Wallach 91 Actor
23 John Profumo 91 Politician
24 Norman Wisdom 91 Comedian
25 Kirk Douglas 90 Actor
26 PW Botha 90 Dictator (deposed)
27 Dom Mintoff 90 Ex Malta PM
28 Caspar Weinberger 89 Politician
29 Vera Lynn 89 Singer
30 Abdelaziz Bouteflika 69 Algerian President
31 Kurt Waldheim 88 Nazi
32 Alexander Solzhenitsyn 88 Author
33 Billy Graham 88 Evangelist
34 Muhammad Ali 64 Butterfly / Bee
35 Ingmar Bergman 88 Film Director
36 Margaret Thatcher 81 Milk Snatcher
37 Dino de Laurentiis 88 Film Producer
38 JD Salinger 87 Author
39 Claire Rayner 76 Agony Aunt
40 Jake LaMotta 85 Boxer
41 Mickey Rooney 86 Actor
42 Charlton Heston 82 Actor
43 General Pinochet 91 Dictator
44 Tony Curtis 81 Actor
45 Nelson Mandela 88 Politician
46 Charles Haughey 81 ex Irish PM
47 George Melly 80 Jazz Man
48 Aaron Spelling 83 TV Producer
49 Elizabeth Taylor 74 Wife
50 Clive Dunn 86 DeathList Favourite

Latest News

  • 27th December 2006

    Ford Fiesta!

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    Former US president, Gerald Ford, has passed away, giving DeathList 2006 its 13th success. 93 year old Ford is the only president not to have been elected to office, however, he was elected by the DeathList committee on six occasions, this year finding the number 19 slot. Ford’s death contributes further to DeathList 2006’s strong finish, with five deaths in the final quarter of the year…so far…

    6 appearances: 2006 (19), 2005 (33), 2004 (29), 2003 (27), 2001 (44), 1997 (42)
    13th Death
    Age: 93, ex US President, Cause of death: Old Age
  • 18th December 2006

    Yabba Dabba Doo!

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    The remaining half of legendary cartoon team Hanna-Barbera, Joseph Barbera, has died aged 95, giving DeathList 2006 its twelfth success of the year. The prolific partnership produced a huge proportion of the popular TV cartoons of the twentieth century including Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, Wacky Races, Scooby Doo, Hong Kong Phooey and Top Cat to name just a few. This was Barbera’s fifth appearance on DeathList, this year achieving his highest ever placing of number 15 and providing a welcome “Yabba Dabba Doo!” as the end of the year closes in.

    5 appearances: 2006 (15), 2005 (20), 2004 (23), 2003 (20), 2002 (23)
    12th Death
    Age: 95, Cartoonist (Hanna-Barbera), Cause of death: Old Age
  • 10th December 2006

    Chilean Out

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    General Augusto Pinochet, infamous former dictator of Chile, has passed away aged 91 to give DeathList 2006 its eleventh success. The ruler of Chile from 1973 until 1990 was famously arrested in the UK in 1998 following charges of human rights abuses brought in Spain. Although he was eventually not extradited and was allowed to return to Chile, the Chilean authorities pursued charges against him, eventually placing him under house arrest just days before he managed to slip through their fingers by dying. 2006 was Pinochet’s tenth appearance on DeathList, this year receiving the number 43 position. News reports have suggested that there have been mass street celebrations in Santiago to mark DeathList 2006's eleventh success.

    10 appearances: 2006 (43), 2005 (40), 2004 (37), 2000 (15), 1999 (39), 1997 (9), 1996 (30), 1995 (36), 1994 (42), 1992 (24)
    11th Death
    Age: 91, Dictator, Cause of death: Heart Attack
  • 16th November 2006

    Economic History

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    Veteran US Economist, Milton Friedman, has finally gone to analyse the great free market in the sky and, in doing so, has given DeathList 2006 its tenth success of the year. Friedman was 94 years old and was selected in the number 17 slot in what was his third appearance on the DeathList. So it’s into double figures at last for DeathList 2006 but the year is fast running out.

    3 appearances: 2006 (17), 2005 (27), 1999 (42)
    10th Death
    Age: 94, Economist, Cause of death: Heart Failure
  • 31st October 2006

    A lot less Botha...

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    PW Botha, former premier of South Africa, has given DeathList 2006 a trick-or-treat special and its ninth success, by passing away, aged 90. Botha ruled South Africa for an 11-year period in which he managed to uphold the apartheid regime against massive international pressure. 2006 marked Botha’s sixth appearance on DeathList, this year finding the number 26 slot. Many DeathList successes bring with them some sadness, so it’s all the more pleasing when we have a success with a candidate who is generally accepted as evil.

    6 appearances: 2006 (26), 2005 (43), 2004 (40), 2003 (36), 1994 (19), 1992 (25)
    9th Death
    Age: 90, Dictator (deposed), Cause of death: Old Age
  • 25th September 2006

    Nelson holes out!

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    Byron Nelson, legendary american golfer, has played his last round at the age of 94. Nelson first appeared on the DeathList in 2001 and slowly crept up the leaderboard in four subsequent appearances to this year’s number 24 spot. The pummelling taken by the USA team in the Ryder Cup must have been a disappointment to him, however his contribution to DeathList 2006 won’t be overlooked as he scores the 8th success of the year.

    4 appearances: 2006 (18), 2005 (24), 2004 (26), 2001 (41)
    8th Death
    Age: 94, Golfer, Cause of death: Old Age
  • 23rd June 2006

    No Spelling Mistake

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    Aaron Spelling, infamous creator of such TV trash as Beverly Hills 90210, Dynasty and Melrose Place, has joined the great soap opera in the sky following a “minor” stroke. 83-year-old Spelling received the ultimate axe in his first appearance on DeathList, sneaking into this year’s number 48 slot. Whether this all happens to be an elaborate dream sequence which will be undone in the next season remains to be seen, but his death marks the seventh success for DeathList 2006 and starts to beg the question as to whether a record 15 successes is a possibility.

    1 appearance: 2006 (48)
    7th Death
    Age: 83, TV Producer, Cause of death: Stroke
  • 12th June 2006

    Haughey’s health Fianna-ly Fails

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    Charles Haughey, the former Irish Prime Minister, has died aged 80 to give DeathList 2006 its sixth success of the year. Haughey had been ill for some years following a diagnosis of prostate cancer and had appeared on DeathList on two previous occasions. This year he was awarded the number 46 slot. He was dogged by financial scandal towards the end of his career, but there can be no complaints with his solid DeathList performance.

    3 appearances: 2006 (46), 2004 (27), 2002 (26)
    6th Death
    Age: 81, ex Irish PM, Cause of death: Prostate Cancer
  • 14th May 2006

    Dead Poets Society?

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    Stanley Kunitz, former US poet laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner, has died to give DeathList 2006 its fifth success of the year. The 100 year old Kunitz was appearing for the first time on DeathList, but jumped straight into the No. 6 slot. He becomes the first of the four centenarians on this year’s list to go, proving that they are not as easy targets as one might think.

    1 appearance: 2006 (6)
    5th Death
    Age: 101, US Poet Laureate, Cause of death: Old Age
  • 27th March 2006

    Caspar the Ghost

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    American politician, Caspar Weinberger, has died, aged 88, to give DeathList 2006 its fourth success. Weinberger was Secretary of Defence under President Ronald Reagan, getting wrapped up in the Iran-Contra affair as well as being a big supporter of Ronnie’s “Star Wars” project. Weinberger was the number 28 selection on the 2006 list, which was also his first appearance on DeathList. With four successes in the first quarter, DeathList 2006 is setting a strong early pace.

    1 appearance: 2006 (28)
    4th Death
    Age: 89, Politician, Cause of death: Old Age
  • 10th March 2006

    Profumo keels over

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    John Profumo, the subject of a major British political scandal in the 1963, has died at the age of 91 to give DeathList 2006 its third success. Profumo’s started an affair with good time girl Christine Keeler, only for it to be discovered that she was also close to a high-ranking Russian naval attaché. Profumo was forced to resign and the conservative government subsequently lost the next election, however the event did spawn a successful movie in 1989. Profumo was the number 23 selection on this year’s list in his first ever appearance.

    1 appearance: 2006 (23)
    3rd Death
    Age: 91, Politician, Cause of death: Old Age
  • 4th February 2006


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    Al Lewis, most famous as Grandpa Munster, has passed away aged 95, giving DeathList 2006 its second success. Apart from the Munsters, Lewis appeared in several other TV shows and movies, ran a restaurant, was a basketball talent scout and even stood as a political candidate after his 90th birthday. This was Al’s second appearance on the DeathList, with disputes about his real age possibly preventing him from a greater number of appearances. However, he found the number 13 spot this year and answered his selection in style.

    2 appearances: 2006 (13), 2005 (17)
    2nd Death
    Age: 96, Grandpa Munster, Cause of death: Old Age
  • 6th January 2006

    Lou Rules!

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    Grammy award winning soul singer, Lou Rawls, has given DeathList 2006 its first success with January barely even underway. Rawls gave dead-poolers around the world just the sort of tip they were looking for announcing, in mid-December, that he had lung and brain cancer, never a positive sign for longevity. Rawls was 72 years old and the number 1 selection on this year’s list.

    1 appearance: 2006 (1)
    1st Death
    Age: 71, Soul Singer, Cause of death: Lung and Brain Cancer
  • 1st January 2006

    2006 is off and running

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    The 2006 DeathList is up and running...