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The DeathList 2014

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Once again the DeathList committee, using the invaluable research provided by the forum members, has drawn up its list of 50 celebrities most likely to die in 2014. The DeathList rules require candidates to be famous enough such that their death is expected to be reported by the UK media, however they cannot be famous solely for the fact they are likely to die in the near future. Also, only half of the candidates can have appeared on the previous year’s list. DeathList 2013 had a powerful finish, finally ending with a total of 13 successes. With four of the top five passing in 2013, including DeathList ambassador, Ronnie Biggs, the 2014 list sees some new blood coming in and some old favourites moving up. Will the furious pace of December carry over into the new year?

The 2014 List

Rank Name Age Description
1 Wilko Johnson 67 R&B Guitarist
2 Billy Graham 96 Evangelist
3 Eli Wallach 99 Actor
4 Sam Simon 59 Co-Creator of The Simpsons
5 Zsa Zsa Gabor 97 Actress
6 Gough Whitlam 98 Former Australian PM
7 Chapman Pincher 100 Journalist / Investigator
8 Luise Rainer 104 Actress
9 João Havelange 98 Ex Fifa president
10 Olivia de Havilland 98 Actress
11 Valerie Harper 75 Rhoda
12 Clive James 75 TV presenter
13 Denis Healey 97 Eyebrowed politican
14 Chris Woodhead 68 Ex UK Inspector of Schools
15 Fidel Castro 88 Dictator
16 Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh 93 Casual racist
17 Helmut Schmidt 96 Former German Chancellor
18 Ian Paisley 88 Unionist
19 Terry Pratchett 66 Fantasy novellist
20 Joost van der Westhuizen 43 Rugby player
21 Vera Lynn 97 Singer
22 Peter O'Sullevan 96 UK horse racing commentator
23 Kirk Douglas 98 Actor
24 Al Molinaro 95 Happy Days Al
25 Lord (Peter) Carrington 95 UK Politician
26 PD James 94 Author
27 Mickey Rooney 94 Actor
28 Jake LaMotta 93 Boxer
29 Javier Perez de Cuellar 94 Ex UN Secretary General
30 Peter Sallis 93 Last of the Summer Winer
31 Abe Vigoda 93 Actor
32 Stephen Hawking 72 Theoretical Physicist
33 Stan Lee 92 Marvel comics
34 Patrick Macnee 92 Avenger
35 Denis Norden 92 Comic / TV Presenter
36 James Randi 86 Magician / Skeptic
37 Sid Caesar 92 Comic Actor
38 George Bush Senior 90 Former President of USA
39 Charles Aznavour 90 Singer
40 Lauren Bacall 90 Actress
41 Casey Kasem 82 Shaggy
42 Shaw Taylor 90 Police 5 TV Presenter
43 Dick van Dyke 89 Actor
44 B B King 89 Bluesman
45 Jerry Lewis 88 Comedian
46 Tony Bennett 88 Crooner
47 Fats Domino 86 Singer
48 Ed Asner 85 Lou Grant
49 Christopher Lee 92 Actor
50 Ian Brady 76 All round Mr Nice Guy

Latest News

  • 30th December 2014

    It's Rainer, but it doesn't pour

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    In the closing hours of DeathList 2014, Luise Rainer, has pushed the success total into double figures. Rainer, a multiple Oscar winning actress, passed away at the age of 104 suffering from pneumonia. Most of Rainer’s movies were made in the 1930’s and she left Hollywood in the early 1940s and remained relatively low profile for the rest of her life. Somewhat surprisingly, Rainer was making her first appearance on DeathList this year, but was selected at number 8.

    1 appearance: 2014 (8)
    10th Death
    Age: 104, Actress, Cause of death: Pneumonia
  • 27th November 2014

    Cover Her Face

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    British crime writer, P.D. James, has provided the answer to her final mystery in passing away at the age of 94. James published some 19 novels between 1962 and 2011, many of which were made into TV shows or movies, her most famous work being Children of Men. She was granted a life peerage in 1991, becoming Baroness James of Holland Park. James was making her third appearance on DeathList, in number 26 for 2014. She is the ninth success of the year for DeathList 2014.

    3 appearances: 2014 (26), 2013 (35), 2012 (37)
    9th Death
    Age: 94, Author, Cause of death: Unknown
  • 20th October 2014

    It’s Time for Gough

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    Gough Whitlam, former Australian Prime Minister, has passed away at the ripe old age of 98 to give DeathList 2014 its eight success of the year. Whitlam took the Australian Labor Party to power in 1972 for the first time in 23 years and won a second election in 1974 but lost a further challenge in 1975. Whitlam was making his second appearance on DeathList, this year securing the number six slot.

    2 appearances: 2014 (6), 2013 (14)
    8th Death
    Age: 98, Former Australian PM, Cause of death: Unknown
  • 12th September 2014

    Paisley Underground

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    Fearsome Irish Unionist politician and religious leader, Reverend Ian Paisley, has preached his last to provide DeathList 2014 with another score. Paisley was a major figure at the height of the troubles in Northern Ireland throughout the 70s and 80s and became the First Minister of the Northern Ireland assembly when it reconvened in 2007. He was made a life peer in 2010. In recent years Paisley retried from his public roles and passed away at the age of 85. Paisley was making his fourth appearance on DeathList, this year at number 18.

    4 appearances: 2014 (18), 2013 (16), 1993 (22), 1989 (15)
    7th Death
    Age: 88, Unionist, Cause of death: Unknown
  • 13th August 2014

    The Big Sleep for Bacall

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    Actress Lauren Bacall has made DeathList 2014 her last starring role in passing a month short of her 90th birthday. Bacall was most famous for her films in the 1940s and 1950s, often playing the leading lady to Humphrey Bogart, in movies such as The Big Sleep, Key Largo and How to Marry a Millionaire. She was awarded an honorary Oscar in 2009. Surprisingly, she was making her first appearance on DeathList in 2014, being selected at number 40.

    1 appearance: 2014 (40)
    6th Death
    Age: 90, Actress, Cause of death: Unknown
  • 5th August 2014

    DeathList gets a Pincher Hit

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    Chapman Pincher, British journalist and spy hunter, has died aged 100 to provide DeathList 2014 with another score. Pincher worked as the defence and science correspondent at the Daily Express for more than 30 years, but in his retirement he focused on espionage, publishing a number of books. Pincher was no stranger to the DeathList, appearing eight times, landing in seventh position this year.

    8 appearances: 2014 (7), 2013 (6), 2012 (17), 2011 (27), 2010 (7), 2009 (8), 2008 (10), 2001 (47)
    5th Death
    Age: 100, Journalist/Investigator, Cause of death: Unknown
  • 24th June 2014

    The Good, The Bad and The Dead

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    Actor Eli Wallach has passed away, aged 98, providing DeathList 2014 with another death. Wallach was best known for his role in The Good, The Bad and The Ugly but also appeared in The Magnificent Seven and, in later years, The Godfather Part III. Wallach had been a nearly permanent fixture on the DeathList in recent years making a total of 12 appearances, peaking at number 3 this year.

    12 appearances: 2014 (3), 2013 (11), 2012 (9), 2011 (28), 2010 (8), 2009 (10), 2008 (12), 2007 (21), 2006 (22), 2005 (39), 2004 (38), 2001 (48)
    4th Death
    Age: 99, Actor, Cause of death: Unknown
  • 15th June 2014

    Kasem Cased

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    Casey Kasem, presenter of the American Top 40 and voice of Shaggy in Scooby-Doo, has presented his final hit in passing at the age of 82. Kasem started his career as a disc jockey but ended up as a successful voice actor for many animated TV shows and even guest appeared in classic TV shows such as Quincy and Charlie’s Angles. Kasem was making his first appearance on DeathList, and just missed the top 40 with 41st position. He was 82.

    1 appearance: 2014 (41)
    3rd Death
    Age: 82, Shaggy, Cause of death: Unknown
  • 7th April 2014

    Waned Rooney

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    Veteran actor, Mickey Rooney, has brought his 88 year career to a close, passing away at the age of 93. Rooney’s started as a child actor in the 1920s and was America’s big box office star by the end of the 1930s. He appeared in numerous movies throughout, including It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World alongside an actor who would provide DeathList 2014 with its first success of the year. He was nominated a number of times for an Oscar, was declared bankrupt twice and married eight times. 2014 was Rooney’s eight appearance on DeathList, this year at number 27.

    8 appearances: 2014 (27), 2009 (34), 2006 (41), 2004 (48), 2003 (41), 2001 (50), 1998 (39), 1997 (26)
    2nd Death
    Age: 94, Actor, Cause of death: Unknown
  • 12th February 2014

    Hail Caesar!

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    American comic actor, Sid Caesar, has provided DeathList 2014 with its first success of the year. Caesar’s career peaked with pioneering TV shows in the 1950s and 1960s but he went on to appear in movies such as Grease, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World and History of the World, Part I. Caesar was making his first appearance on DeathList and only lasted 43 days. He was number 37 on this years’ list.

    1 appearance: 2014 (37)
    1st Death
    Age: 92, Comic Actor, Cause of death: Unknown
  • 1st January 2014

    DeathList 2014 tips off

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    With no more Ron, how will DeathList 2014 get on?