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The DeathList 2022

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2020 holds the current record of 20 deaths

Here is DeathList 2022. This is a list of 50 celebrities chosen by the DeathList committee, before the start of the year, for the fact they may die in 2022. The concise summary of the DeathList rules: Candidates must be famous enough such that their death is confidently expected to be reported by the UK media; Candidates cannot be famous solely for the fact they are likely to die imminently and only 25 candidates can reappear from the previous year’s list. After the record-breaking year of 2020, DeathList 2021 was a bit of a let-down with only 12 deaths, well short of the record of 20. Plenty of new blood on the list this year might give DeathList a much needed boost…

The 2022 List

Rank Name Age Description
1 Dick van Dyke 97 Actor
2 Henry Kissinger 99 Diplomat
3 Angela Lansbury 97 Actress
4 Bob Barker 99 The Price is Right
5 Alan Greenspan 96 Economist
6 Nigel Starmer-Smith 78 Rugby Commentator
7 Loretta Lynn 90 Country singer
8 June Brown 95 Eastenders Dot Cotton
9 Jimmy Carter 98 Ex US President
10 Tony Bennett 96 Crooner
11 Dick Cheney 81 Politician
12 Queen Elizabeth II 96 Queen
13 Harry Belafonte 95 Singer
14 Mel Brooks 96 Comedian / Director
15 Mikhail Gorbachev 91 Former Soviet leader
16 Sir Bobby Charlton 85 Footballer
17 David Attenborough 96 Broadcaster and Natural Historian
18 Emperor Akihito 89 Japanese Emperor
19 Leslie Phillips 98 Comedy Actor
20 Rosalynn Carter 95 Ex- FLOTUS
21 Sandy Gall 95 TV news reporter
22 Desmond Morris 94 Zoologist
23 Ted Kaczynski 80 Unabomber
24 Jean-Marie Le Pen 94 French Neo-Nazi
25 Estelle Harris 94 Actor
26 James Whale 71 Broadcaster
27 Cleo Laine 95 Jazz Singer
28 Bill Turnbull 66 TV Presenter
29 Jerry Lee Lewis 87 Rocker
30 Jacques Delors 97 French Politician
31 Denis Law 82 Footballer
32 Prunella Scales 90 Sybil Fawlty
33 Sidney Poitier 95 Actor
34 Burt Bacharach 94 Singer Songwriter
35 Stanley Baxter 96 Comedian
36 Robert Durst 79 Jinxed Murderer
37 Noam Chomsky 94 Intellectual
38 Bill Treacher 92 Eastender Arthur Fowler
39 Norman Tebbit 91 Politician
40 David Crosby 81 Crosby, Stills and Nash
41 Pelé 82 Footballer
42 Michael Gambon 82 Actor
43 Douglas Hurd 92 Politician
44 Silvio Berlusconi 86 Former Italian Premier
45 Marianne Faithfull 76 Singer
46 Milan Kundera 93 Author
47 Linda Ronstadt 76 Singer Songwriter
48 Jean-Luc Godard 92 Movie Director
49 Joss Ackland 94 Actor
50 Shane MacGowan 65 Pogue

Latest News

  • 13th September 2022

    Godard's Breathless

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    French/Swiss movie director, Jean-Luc Godard, has passed to provide DeathList 2022 with another success. Godard was born in Paris in 1930, to a French father and Swiss mother. He started to come to prominence with his first major film, Breathless, in 1960, which used many unconventional techniques and styles and was very successful generating much interest in the “French New Wave”. Later in 1960 he filmed The Little Solider which starred Anna Karina who was to go on to be his wife and star in a number of his early films. During his career he made more than 40 feature films and became a legend of French cinema, making his last film in 2018. He died at the age of 91 by way of assisted suicide, only the second DeathList candidate ever not to die of natural causes. Godard was making his first appearance on DeathList this year, at number 48.

    1 appearance: 2022 (48)
    8th Death
    Age: 92, Movie Director, Cause of death: Assisted Suicide
  • 8th September 2022

    From Sceptre to Spectre

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    After 70 years on the throne of the United Kingdom and 96 years on the planet, Queen Elizabeth II, has passed away to provide DeathList 2022 with one of the highest profile deaths in its history. Elizabeth’s reign started in 1952 at the age of just 25, following the passing of her father, King George VI. Generally a popular figure, she steered the monarchy carefully through many changes and challenges, plenty arising from her offspring where failed marriages and other activities regularly led to the role of the Royal Family being called into question. She was an avid fan of horse racing, owning many successful racehorses, and also owned some 30 or so corgis throughout her life. Her final formal duty as Queen was an audience with Boris Johnson and Liz Truss, to appoint the latter as the new Prime Minister. It’s unclear how much this contributed to her ultimate demise. Elizabeth was making her fourth appearance on DeathList, in number 12 this year.

    4 appearances: 2022 (12), 2021 (25), 2017 (24), 1990 (10)
    7th Death
    Age: 96, Queen, Cause of death: TBA
  • 1st September 2022

    Breakfast host is toast

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    British TV presenter, Bill Turnbull, has passed away to provide DeathList 2022 with its sixth score. Turnbull was most famous for being a presenter on BBC’s Breakfast TV show, a role which he had from 2001 until 2016. His career in the media started on local radio and progressed to being a US correspondent for BBC news. Later in his career, he also joined the BBC religious show Songs of Praise. In 2017 he announced that he had been diagnosed with incurable prostate cancer, the disease which would eventually take his life. He was 66 when he died and was making his first appearance on DeathList, at number 28.

    1 appearance: 2022 (28)
    6th Death
    Age: 66, TV Presenter, Cause of death: Prostate Cancer
  • 30th August 2022

    Red and dead!

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    Former Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, has passed after a long illness at the age on 91. Gorbachev entered the world stage in 1985 when he succeeded Konstantin Chernenko as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Gorbachev undertook a program of significant reforms including perestroika and glasnost. Over time Soviet countries steadily gained greater autonomy and the Soviet Communist party’s influence started to slip. Ultimately, in 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, and Gorbachev was superseded by Boris Yeltsin, who became president of the new Russian Federation. In recent years Gorbachev had become a critic of Vladimir Putin but didn’t live to see the end of the latter’s attempt to rebuild a Russian Empire. Gorbachev was making his second appearance on DeathList, this year in 15th spot.

    2 appearances: 2022 (15), 2019 (40)
    5th Death
    Age: 91, Former Soviet leader, Cause of death: TBA
  • 4th April 2022

    June Brown Bread

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    June Brown, better known as Eastenders’ Dot Cotton, has passed away at the age of 95 to provide DeathList 2022 with a quick follow-up. Brown’s acting career began in the early 1970s with a series of small parts in British TV shows. It wasn’t until 1985 that she made her big breakthrough, landing the role of Eastenders launderette attendant, Dot Cotton, mother of the evil Nick Cotton. Dot Cotton went on to become a household name, involved in endless implausible storylines, eventually leaving the show in 2020. Brown was making her fourth appearance on the list, this year selected at number 8.

    4 appearances: 2022 (8), 2021 (14), 2019 (21), 2018 (36)
    4th Death
    Age: 95, Eastenders Dot Cotton, Cause of death: TBA
  • 3rd April 2022

    Mrs Potato Dead

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    Comedy actress, Estelle Harris, has passed at the age of 93. Harris was born in 1928 and started to make a number of low-key appearances in TV commercials and shows in the 1980s. In 1992 she landed the role for which she became famed, Estelle Constanza in the highly successful TV show, Seinfeld, playing George Constanza’s short-fused mother. After the end of Seinfeld in 1998, Harris continued to be active in TV and movies, including many voice roles. In 1999 Harris voiced Mrs Potato Head in Toy Story 2, a role she reprised in the subsequent Toy Story movies. Harris was making her first appearance on the list, selected at number 25.

    1 appearance: 2022 (25)
    3rd Death
    Age: 94, Actor, Cause of death: Natural causes
  • 10th January 2022

    Ashes to ashes, Durst to dust!

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    Robert Durst, the recently convicted murderer, has quickly brought his full life prison sentence to an end, passing away from a cardiac arrest. Durst was a multimillionaire real estate heir, although had little involvement with the family business, the Durst Organization. Durst shot to fame when he was the star of an HBO Documentary “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst”, which set out to explore the terrible series of misfortune that had followed Durst since the sudden disappearance of his wife in 1982. In 2000, Susan Berman, Durst’s friend was mysteriously gunned down in her home. In 2001, misfortune struck again, when an elderly neighbour of Durst’s disappeared and turned up dismembered, floating in a nearby bay. In 2010 Durst contacted movie director Andrew Jarecki inviting him to interview him about the misfortunes he had suffered. The series was shown in 2015. In the final interview with Durst, while alone in a room with his microphone still on, Durst appears to admit to the murders. Durst was arrested and tried in 2021 for the murder of Susan Berman. He was found guilty and sentenced to life. During the trial, Durst’s health deteriorated including a bout of Covid-19. Durst was making his first appearance on DeathList, lasting just 10 days at number 36.

    1 appearance: 2022 (36)
    2nd Death
    Age: 79, Jinxed Murderer, Cause of death: Cardiac Arrest
  • 7th January 2022

    Poitier not coming to dinner!

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    Sidney Poitier, pioneering black actor, has kicked off DeathList 2022 with a bang, passing at the age of 94. Poitier’s movie career started in 1950 and developed through the next two decades with his most famous appearances being in To Sir, With Love, In The Heat of the Night and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, all roles addressing racial issues. In 1964 he became the first black actor to win an Oscar for a leading role in Lilies of the Field. In the 1970s Poitier became a director, his most well-known work being Stir Crazy starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. In 2002 Poitier was awarded an Honorary Academy Award for his contribution to American cinema. Poitier was making his third appearance on DeathList, this year at number 33.

    3 appearances: 2022 (33), 2021 (40), 2019 (36)
    1st Death
    Age: 95, Actor, Cause of death: Natural Causes