The DeathList 2016

On today, gone tomorrow

DeathList Forums | DeathList Merchandise

The DeathList 2016

12 / 50 dead

For the 30th time, the DeathList Committee has sat and drawn upon multiple resources, including the invaluable contributions on the forums, to compile a list of 50 celebrities that it considers most likely to die in 2016. The Committee constrains itself with a few rules as follows: Candidates must be famous enough such that their death is expected to be reported by the UK media; Candidates cannot be famous solely for the fact they are likely to die in the near future and only 25 of the candidates from the previous year’s list can reappear on this year’s list. DeathList 2015 just failed to set a new record, once again equalling the best of 14 deaths. A significant amount of new blood has been drafted in for 2016. Can the good form carry on into the new year?

The 2016 List

Rank Name Age Description
1 Martin Crowe 54 Cricketer
2 Zsa Zsa Gabor 99 Actress
3 João Havelange 100 Ex Fifa president
4 Olivia de Havilland 100 Actress
5 Bhumibol Adulyadej 89 King of Thailand
6 Billy Graham 98 Evangelist
7 Herman Wouk 101 Author
8 Javier Perez de Cuellar 96 Ex UN Secretary General
9 Richard Adams 96 Watership Down author
10 Kirk Douglas 100 Actor
11 Abe Vigoda 95 Actor
12 Liz Smith 95 Royle Family "Nana"
13 Mary Tyler Moore 80 Actress
14 Nancy Reagan 95 Actress
15 Peter Sallis 95 Last of the Summer Winer
16 Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh 95 Casual racist
17 James Randi 88 Magician / Skeptic
18 Lord (Peter) Carrington 97 UK Politician
19 Clive James 77 TV presenter
20 Bob Dole 93 Politican
21 Joost van der Westhuizen 45 Rugby player
22 Prunella Scales 84 Sybil Fawlty
23 Jimmy Carter 92 Ex US President
24 Henry Kissinger 93 Diplomat
25 Tommy Chong 78 Cheech & Chong
26 Doug Ellis 92 Ex-Aston Villa Chairman
27 George Bush Senior 92 Former President of USA
28 Vera Lynn 99 Singer
29 Leslie Phillips 92 Comedy Actor
30 Fidel Castro 90 Dictator
31 Sandy Gall 89 TV news reporter
32 Fats Domino 88 Singer
33 Robert M Pirsig 88 Author
34 Desmond Tutu 84 Archbishop
35 Lester Piggott 81 Jockey
36 Glen Campbell 80 Country Singer
37 Stan Lee 94 Marvel comics
38 Boutros Boutros-Ghali 94 Ex-UN Secretary General
39 Jake LaMotta 95 Boxer
40 Cliff Michelmore 97 TV Presenter
41 Denis Norden 94 Comic / TV Presenter
42 Murray Walker 93 Formula 1 Commentator
43 Jimmy Greaves 76 Footballer / pundit
44 Gordon Banks 79 Goalkeeper
45 Muhammad Ali 74 Butterfly / Bee
46 Jacques Chirac 84 Ex French President / PM
47 Stephen Hawking 74 Theoretical Physicist
48 Paul Gascoigne 49 Gazza
49 John Noakes 82 Blue Peter Presenter
50 Bruce Forsyth 88 Entertainer

Latest News

  • 24th December 2016

    Watership Downed

    Richard adams 3e438df2c9c3243fbeaffa78cb39df8e

    Richards Adams, British author of Watership Down, has provided another end of year score for DeathList 2016. Watership Down was Adams’ first book and was published in 1972 and soon went on to be a major hit. In 1978 a Watership Down movie was released which was also hugely successful. Adams went on to publish some 20 books, although no others got close to the success of his first. Adams was 96 years old when he died and was making his third appearance on DeathList, breaking into the top ten at number 9 this year. His passing marks the twelfth success of the year.

    3 appearances: 2016 (9), 2015 (44), 2013 (36)
    12th Death
    Age: 96, Watership Down author, Cause of death: Unknown
  • 24th December 2016

    Nana Hey Hey Goodbye

    Nana2 1e23cfa070ac59455965dab602c9f3ee

    British actress, Liz Smith, best known for her portrayal of Nana in the BBC comedy TV show, The Royle Family, has passed on aged 95 to provide a festive boost for DeathList 2016. Smith only broke through as an actress when she started to win some TV roles in her late 40s. In the 1990s she started appearing in the sitcom, 2point4 Children as well as he most famous role. Smith first appeared n DeathList 2015 and was promoted to No. 12 on this year’s list. She is the eleventh success of the year.

    2 appearances: 2016 (12), 2015 (40)
    11th Death
    Age: 95, Royle Family "Nana", Cause of death: Unknown
  • 18th December 2016

    Zsa Zsa No More

    Gabor c189614cd54b6eb9b4679e299ae2e11c

    After being on the brink of a score for almost the whole year, Zsa Zsa Gabor has finally rewarded DeathList 2016 for its patience. Gabor was sometimes described as an actress, but was more correctly described as a socialite. Gabor was married nine times but made ten appearances on DeathList, including the last seven years in a row. Gabor had been in intensive care since February and passed away less than two months before her 100th birthday. Her death marks the tenth success of DeathList 2016 as it struggles to post a respectable score after an excellent start and a bumper year for celebrity deaths.

    10 appearances: 2016 (2), 2015 (1), 2014 (5), 2013 (8), 2012 (12), 2011 (2), 2010 (4), 2008 (20), 2003 (42), 1991 (33)
    10th Death
    Age: 99, Actress, Cause of death: Unknown
  • 26th November 2016

    Better Dead Than Red

    Fidel castro salute a5ffeedaf21dccbfc587cd9d9f6998fd

    Cuban revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro, has finally passed away to provide DeathList 2016 with a much needed boost. Castro wrestled control of Cuba and converted the country to a communist state in 1959 and remained its leader for 47 years until passing the title to his brother in 2006. There were numerous attempts on Castro's life throughout the years but, in the end, he lived to ripe old age of 90 and made 13 appearances on DeathList. This year he had slipped down to 30th place on the list and delivered the 9th success of the year.

    13 appearances: 2016 (30), 2015 (13), 2014 (15), 2013 (19), 2012 (27), 2010 (10), 2009 (11), 2008 (9), 2007 (1), 2005 (49), 1996 (45), 1995 (26), 1994 (14)
    9th Death
    Age: 90, Dictator, Cause of death: Unknown
  • 13th October 2016

    The King of Tie Dye

    Thai king 3ba347bcce1f9ef125fb2799167d727d

    After many years of declining health, Bhumibol Adulyadej, the King of Thailand, has passed on to give DeathList 2016 another score. Adulyadej ascended to the throne in 1946 in mysterious circumstances when the previous king, his brother, died of gunshot wounds in his bedroom, which was officially recorded as assassination by palace aides. He then ruled Thailand for the next 70 years until his death at the age of 88. Adulyadej was making his third appearance on DeathList, this year rising to fifth position. He is the eighth success of the year in, what is proving to be, a very slow second half.

    3 appearances: 2016 (5), 2015 (21), 2012 (11)
    8th Death
    Age: 89, King of Thailand, Cause of death: Unknown
  • 16th August 2016

    Full time for Havelange

    464 8f1cf53ac988b24fd4489867dc4ad0f3

    Former FIFA President, João Havelange, has taken his last bribe, passing away at the ripe old age of 100 years old. Havelange was an Olympic swimmer and water polo player before he moved into the more lucrative world of sports administration. He became a member of the IOC in 1963 and was elected as FIFA president in 1974 and held the post until 1998, during which time it appears the organisation spiralled into a mass of bribery and corruption. It has been alleged that Havelange “earned” in excess of US$50 million in bribes during his career. Havelange was selected in the third spot this year and was making his fifth career appearance on DeathList.

    5 appearances: 2016 (3), 2015 (3), 2014 (9), 2013 (9), 2009 (4)
    7th Death
    Age: 100, Ex Fifa president, Cause of death: Unknown
  • 4th June 2016

    Ali finally counted out

    409 d29353580563f90fed06e4522194d8e0

    Boxing legend, Muhammad Ali, has finally succumbed to decades of deteriorating health to provide DeathList with its sixth knockout of the year. Ali started out as a boxer named Cassius Clay, but over time he transcended the sport to become one of the most famous celebrities the world has ever seen. Ali fought some legendary fights in a career in which he won the heavyweight title three times. The Thriller in Manila and the Rumble in the Jungle have gone down as some of the most famous sporting events in history, helping to cement him as the global icon he was. Ali had been suffering from Parkinson’s disease for the last 30 years and was making his third appearance on DeathList this year, sneaking in at number 45.

    3 appearances: 2016 (45), 2012 (44), 2006 (34)
    6th Death
    Age: 74, Butterfly/Bee, Cause of death: Respiratory Illness
  • 17th March 2016

    Cliff's the Fifth!

    316 2a2f11f1abeb2af4cecb001cdfc4e3b6

    Veteran British broadcaster, Cliff Michelmore, has taken his place in the great green room in the sky to provide DeathList 2016 with its fifth success. Michelmore was the presenter of a number of BBC television shows from the 1950s through to the late 1980s, including the TV programme “Holiday” in his later career. He also covered a hosted the TV coverage of number of general elections, Apollo moon landings and the assassination of JFK in 1963. At the ripe old age of 96, Michelmore was making just his third appearance on DeathList and even this year still only secured 40th place on the list.

    3 appearances: 2016 (40), 2015 (36), 2004 (47)
    5th Death
    Age: 97, TV Presenter, Cause of death: Unknown
  • 6th March 2016

    First Lady of the Year

    467 1c2a8a8b4eb2d3bc4c55ac2528a63b40

    Former actress and First Lady of the USA, Nancy Reagan, has added to DeathList 2016’s total in passing at the age of 94. As Nancy Davies she found fame as a Hollywood movie star in the 1940s and 50s and married Ronald Reagan in 1952. On being elected to the White House in 1981, Nancy Reagan became a high profile First Lady, with perhaps her “Just Say No” anti-drugs campaign being her biggest claim to fame. After five previous appearances on DeathList, 2016 was the year that Nancy just said yes, checking out from 14th position on this year’s list.

    5 appearances: 2016 (14), 2015 (38), 2013 (38), 2011 (48), 2009 (36)
    4th Death
    Age: 95, Actress, Cause of death: Unknown
  • 3rd March 2016

    Crowe finally declares

    549 9e71485c5dd889d278ae23de6ab2df62

    Legendary New Zealand cricketer, Martin Crowe, has finally succumbed to cancer to provide DeathList 2016 with another wicket. Crowe’s international career lasted from 1982 until 1995, at the end of which he held the record for most runs scored by a New Zealand batsman in both test matches and one day internationals. Crowe was diagnosed with lymphoma in 2012 and appeared to have successfully battled against the disease, only for it to return in 2014 and ultimately take his life. Crowe was the cousin of movie star Russell Crowe and was making his second appearance on DeathList, grabbing the top spot this year.

    2 appearances: 2016 (1), 2015 (20)
    3rd Death
    Age: 54, Cricketer, Cause of death: Lymphoma
  • 16th February 2016

    The final resolution for Boutros-Ghali

    571 8d29073f1bf8d46f0da8c10465aee725

    Boutros Boutros-Ghali, the UN Secretary General from 1992 to 1996, has passed on to the great debating chamber in the sky to give DeathList 2016 its second success of the year. Boutros-Ghali is probably better remembered for his name rather than his achievements in office, where the ineffectiveness of the United Nations was frequently highlighted. He did however have one highlight when attempting to explain to Ali G in an interview why Disneyland was not a member of the UN. Boutros-Ghali was 93 years old and making his debut appearance on DeathList, being selected in 38th position.

    1 appearance: 2016 (38)
    2nd Death
    Age: 94, Ex-UN Secretary General, Cause of death: Unknown
  • 26th January 2016

    That's Sal Folks

    Tombstone 8224b42b00f8262867d91adccfe4ebe304770f39b190dfbad7da9307d656e1e4

    Veteran actor, Abe Vigoda, has passed away at the age of 94 to provide DeathList 2016 with its maiden score of the year. Vigoda was most famous for his portrayal of Sal Tessio in the first Godfather movie and also as Phil Fish in the 1970’s sitcom Barney Miller. Vigoda’s other claim to fame is the fact that he was mistakenly reported as dead back in 1982 by People magazine. Fake reports of his death went on to become a regular joke and a website was even set up to provide up to date information on whether he was in fact dead or alive ( Vigoda made it up the 11th position on DeathList 2016 in what was his third appearance.

    3 appearances: 2016 (11), 2014 (31), 2007 (41)
    1st Death
    Age: 95, Actor, Cause of death: Old Age
  • 1st January 2016

    DeathList 2016 underway

    Tombstone 8224b42b00f8262867d91adccfe4ebe304770f39b190dfbad7da9307d656e1e4

    The corpses of 2015 have been cleared away and the 2016 list is in play.